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Old 05-17-2019, 01:47 AM
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My step father got a job working on the Tarcoola to Alice Springs railway line in 1979. We lived in a 28ft caravan 200 miles from the nearest town of note in the outback. Obviously there was a lot of construction equipment etc around. Well the form work they used to make culverts was recycled each time. Big arse pieces or marine ply held together with 6X4's. Well they used to pile all that ply and timber up in a holding yard and told us kids to stay out. Yeah right. We got all that ply and layed it out in a huge (Before it's time) running track. Had cambers and all. Problem was that this shit was held together normally by 9inch nails. Sometimes the crew missed the odd one. Well I was pelting around the track as a 9 year old at top speed and was litterally stopped in my tracks as I was impaled straight through my thongs (flip flops for you lot). I wouldn't let anyone near me until Mum came and calmed me down. As she distracted me one of the workers reefed my foot off the nail and I was fine. Well so I thought. Seems living in the tropics in the outback with no medical aide nearby weighed heavily on mums mind. She called the Royal Flying Doctor service out to give me a look over. You aint ever seen a 9 year old boy hop so fast as me when I realised they were gonna give me a tetanus injection!!!!
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:13 AM
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Nope!
We all did it. What was actually in that cloud?
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:27 AM
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Playing doctor with my neighbor
Swimming and fishing in the lake we grew up on
taking the canoe out after my older brother got off second shift to wash and swim (I was 9)
regular family gatherings at my grandfathers house (lived across the same lake)
lots of bike riding and day hikes
neighborhood baseball games in the small gravel pit
kick the can with the whole neighborhood
scaling cards
fourth of July clambakes at my parents house
haging out with my older brothers first wife fishing, running, horseback riding, whatever.

God I miss childhood.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:06 AM
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Thanks for the ride down memory lane...We had a lot of imagination as kids for we did not have a lot of money. Beercan Bazookas, Tree forts in the woods, BB guns and 22's, banana seat bikes to BMX and then dirt bikes, wheelie contest and ramps to clay pits, tracks and jumps. Cap guns, caps, to cap rolls and the hammer or a match lol, firworks and fire, collecting bottles, playing kick the can, while collecting bottles on the way to C store. Pinball machines, space invaders, asteroids, Atari, Fort Pickens and Fort McRee, boating Rusty's fish camp, fishing, learning how to snatch fish (mullet) at the bayou Marcus water treatment plant (caught a 5' gator on a snatch hook at 12), Catching snakes, lizards in the woods and crawdads, and congo eels in our ditch, Legos, water balloons, the pool at Saufley Field Navy base, Rock bottom spring behind Saufley Field, collecting golf balls by snorkeling in the waterholes of local golf courses and selling them ect ect. Pensacola was a wonderful place to grow up. I am so glad I was only 7 when we moved here.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:15 AM
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I forgot about the time we found a potatoe gun in my uncles roof rafters. Kept us busy all summer
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:19 AM
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I forgot about the time we found a potatoe gun in my uncles roof rafters. Kept us busy all summer
Potato guns also made great paintball mortars. Paper towel down the tube first, dozen or so paintballs, followed by another paper towel. Had to be careful not to overcharge the hair spray or they would burst in the tube. Done right and at a 45 degree angle they were good for an easy 250 yards. Which just so happened to be the distance from the house to the road.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:25 AM
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Anticipating when, "Billy the Bread Man", would show up.
If we were not home then he would deliver milk and bread and put it in the small insulated box kept on the side porch. Most times we were home though.
You were to put the empty milk bottle in the box for him to take back.

Special treat on the Fourth of July.
Mom said each of us, 5 kids in our family, could pick out what flavor of ice cream we wanted from, Billy the Bread Man.
1/2 gallon of ice cream, one for each kid!!! We ere RICH I'll tell ya, RICH!!!! Or at least we felt that way on that day. Thanks Mom!!!

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Old 05-17-2019, 08:33 AM
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All of the above.

And being dropped off on Ship Island on Friday afternoon; then being picked up on Sunday afternoon. 48 hours of prowling the island - fishing, swimming, camping.

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Old 05-17-2019, 08:55 AM
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Heck when young back in the 70's we'd talk in school often about guns and hunting also carried a pocket full of bullets at times, after school often me and 2 or three others with rifles cradled in arm (.22's ,12 gauge even a Marlin 336 in .35) would walk right down the main drag towards the railroad tracks and either just plan plink or hunt small game and waterfowl . I know in my hometown in this day and age that kinda activity wouldn't go over well at all .... bummer
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:17 AM
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Heck when young back in the 70's we'd talk in school often about guns and hunting also carried a pocket full of bullets at times, after school often me and 2 or three others with rifles cradled in arm (.22's ,12 gauge even a Marlin 336 in .35) would walk right down the main drag towards the railroad tracks and either just plan plink or hunt small game and waterfowl . I know in my hometown in this day and age that kinda activity wouldn't go over well at all .... bummer
For us it was mostly dove and quail sometimes squirrels and rabbits. Even had a guy bring his brand new A-5 Browning to school because we were going hunting after school. We were talking about it during lunch and the assistant football coach overheard us and said he was looking at one the previous weekend. Went to the parking lot to look at it. One thing leads to another and before long the football coach was popping doves in the school parking lot............what would be the reaction today.

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Getting a good LAN party going with all your pals on a Friday night
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:34 AM
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Oh the memories are coming back by 10th grade I had two previous teachers one was seventh grade the other ninth and both were part time LEO well we talked guns in school and the next thing ya know we the two teachers included were shooting handguns at a local sand pit fun fun that was my first ever experience with handguns , a 44 Ruger Blackhawk and a 38 revolver . Now if that happened in this day those two would lose their job and probably their carry permit . Great memories I should find them two and thank them for the education
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:36 AM
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We all did it. What was actually in that cloud?
Something DDT based, I'm sure...
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:51 AM
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Nice thread, the only problem with it is I realized I'm getting old, the good part, I'm not alone.
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:11 AM
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Burning the tires off my Dad's Chrysler....please don't tell him.....
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:13 AM
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Oh yeah....running back and forth through the cloud of DDT sprayed behind a jeep that roamed around FT Belvoir VA....( Probably explains alot)
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:16 AM
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We'd have to buy Bugler tobacco just to get the rolling papers that came with it. That reminds me, who ever used the Laredo machine to roll their own cigarettes.
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:25 AM
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I grew up in a very rural area of SW Roanoke Va on the side of a mountain. It was awesome, there were 10 other kids on my "street" which was a private road. I learned to drive a CJ5 at a very young age so I could go get the paper at the mailbox on the weekends for my father.

List included Big Wheels (the original drift vehicle screaming down a mountain road)
Forts... we made a bunch of tree forts.
hiking & camping.
Bikes then dirt bikes.
Sledding and skiing in the winter (no state maintenance on our road and it was 2 miles long).
Bond-fires in the winter, all the parents were hammered drunk (and sledding).
My all time favorite was snowmobiling on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the winter. They would shut it down but we were allowed, even had a "Sno-Runner" with a tow rope.


My GF can't believe the stories I would tell her. I would tell my parents that I was going camping with my friends after class on a Friday. Their requirement was "Dinner is at 6 on Sunday, make sure you are there". No phones, no lawyers, no worries..
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:54 AM
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The classic back in the day line to parents "I'm going out I'll be back when I get here" , If my kids pulled that one I'd smack'em old days good memories or not things are different now
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14 year old girl neighbor making us play doctor when we were about 9 or 10.
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