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Old 10-05-2020, 10:41 PM
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Default Things Baby Boomers let there kids do that seem Crazy now...

I’ll start.... Growing up in the sticks my summer job was always helping all the farmers. Dad bought me a old Datsun pickup to drive to work and to the grill to get lunch. Man was that living at 13. lol And it was just a normal thing nobody even question it or me.

I miss it
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Several of us from my neighborhood used to hop trains. Our parents didn't know. We did so much crazy shit. It's a miracle so few of us got seriously hurt or died.
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So many things that were OK in the old days...how about simply shaking hands? going out without a mask? drinking water out of a tap (faucet) instead of some bottled, triple filtered high octane, mountain spring maidens pee? actually walking or riding your bike to see of your friend was home, actually knocking on the door and speaking to someone, (no text), you just took your chances he/she would be there, going into a shop to order some take away, rather than sitting on your fat ass waiting for a home delivery, or even worse, actually making something to eat at home, sounds exhausting doesn't it?
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Leaving all the doors unlocked. Ass tore up with a switch when you screwed up.
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Drive all over town with no GPS or cell phone.
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Friend and I rode in the back of my parents pickup from CT to VA Beach for vacation (had a cap).

Mom locked brother and I OUT of the house during summer vacation while they were at work. Had two aunt/uncles on the street though.

walked to the local ski area on snow days and raced to get there first with our shovels to clear the walks to get a free ski pass (only 3 blocks).

had my first boat at 8 and allowed to use the motor as soon as I could start it myself (almost 10....Sears 5hp POS).
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We had a weekend lake house. I would get up at sunrise and leave in my 10’ Jon boat, 3.5 hp air-cooled, long before my parents got up. I would spend most of the day in that boat. My mother had a farmhouse bell she would ring if she needed me, so I couldn’t get too far.

Riding everywhere in the back of a truck.

We didn’t have house keys until I was in high-school (class of ‘84). We left it unlocked.
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Ride a bike without a helmet. Take guns to school to go shooting after. I remember sliding around in the “way way back” of the family station wagon with cousins.
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Age 12-13, I used to get up at zero dark thirty to ride my bike across town to go striper fishing. I’d ride home after the sun had come up, walk in with Mom having morning coffee, How was fishing? she’d ask. Great memories.
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Dirt bikes and quads screaming down the street.
50 round banana clips for my 22.
Dismantling 308 rounds and filling baby food jars with gun powder to make gopher hole bombs.
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In the 60's I learned to drive My Mom's 1955 V.W at 12 yrs. old.Used to try and do Burn outs in the Alley behind the House! LOL..She then got a 63 Falcon Sprint with a 6 cylinder 4 speed..Yes I said 4 speed...She would take Me out in the Country and let Me drive around at 13 yrs. old...
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Used to ride my KX 80 dirt bike 3 towns over along the train tracks to “ The Pit”. Parents had no clue where I was. I was in 5th grade
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Dropped me off at 13 to an all boys boarding school steeped in Old British Tradition. My Housemaster was an Afrikaner who still loathed the English for their sins in the Boer wars. Let the beatings, bullying and hazing begin!!
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We used to make tennis ball cannons out of Campbell soup cans by taking the tops off and taping them together. Put lighter fluid in a hole in the side and slosh it around and light it. We cut down trees and tied them together into rafts. We would paddle around the reservoir and shoot tennis balls at each other like we were pirates. Parents knew. We were in 6th grade
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This was more when I was growing up. 60's- 70's.
- Gun racks in the back window of pick up trucks WITH guns in them.
- Not wearing seatbelts.
- House, cars, trucks, sheds, etc. were never locked.
- Never had AC. (Maryland) At night, all the doors and windows were open and had screens. The hall had an attic fan sucking up and going out the gable vents, drawing outside air in cooling the house.
- Sleeping to the hum of that fan running.



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Originally Posted by polarred21 View Post
Leaving all the doors unlocked. Ass tore up with a switch when you screwed up.
I still remember friends whining and crying When there Momma told them to go get a switch off the tree.Made me not want to play with them out of fear I would get whooped
Never happened (switch) to me , my mom used what ever was in immediate grasp, pots and pans, dog leash !
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taking a ride in the bucket of a backhoe on city streets, watching my neighbor shoot squirrels out of trees with a shot gun, delivering newspapers while sitting on the tailgate of a station wagon, ski jogging on the back of cars during the winter.
Thats about all I can disclose at this time
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Every kid at school had a pocket knife.
Be back before dark.
Most kids that had the most fun had a cast on their arm or leg.
Guns in the gun racks at school, nobody even thought twice about it.
Girls didn't act like total whores.
Hot Rods every where, drag racing every weekend.
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This was in the 80s in the suburbs:

Age 5-10- would go outside, without parents, to go “play.” We would be in the neighborhood, parents had no idea where we are, who we were playing with and whose house we were in. Not a big deal.

Age 10-14- Could ride our bikes a couple miles away to the store.
Were given sling shots and let loose. (No supervision)
Were given BB guns and let loose.


Parents still live in the same house. If my kids now roamed the neighborhood with BB guns...... police guaranteed would be called.

Ironically? Crime rates and kidnappings when I was 10 were more than DOUBLE what they are now.

I live a mile from where I grew up, and no chance my wife would let our kids roam the neighborhood without knowing exactly where they are.
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Wow you guys really had it great (rolls eyes) I did the same shit in the 80s.
potatoe guns
BB gun wars
fished at the lake alone before school, couldn’t take the boat til I was 16 (law).
Shooting squirrels one time a cop stopped us, gave us a lecture about trespassing (which we weren’t)
skiing behind cars
mad dog 20/20 and a blow pop
we had to stay in our “neighborhood” woods on 2 side, lake on another, We thought we were cool cause we could go wherever but it was gated lol

oh and the women were all whores lol

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