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Old 01-18-2006, 06:41 AM
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Got this e-mail from fellow THTer Tom Jewell . . . it deserves sharing

Sorry for the people not born in the 30's, 40's and 50's, you missed so much !!!

- - - - -

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in icepack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE... and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym),

Instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell
us how much safer we are now..

Flunking gym was not an option even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and
everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got
that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked there and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from! a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?

LOVE TO ALL OF US WHO SHARED THIS ERA, AND TO ALL WHO DIDN'T- SORRY FOR WHAT YOU MISSED. I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING

[b]Do you agree?[/] . . . under 30s need not respond

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Old 01-18-2006, 07:14 AM
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Don't cha' just LOVE bein' an OLD FART!!!

I DO!!!

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Well said...I also remember Memorial Day parades where each child got a small flag to place on the war memorial and the older guys who were in the military actually wore their uniforms on leave and got patted on the back at the firehouse by the older men who fought in WW2.
Didn't have to worry much about crime as the chief of police would run strangers out of town as vagrants if they couldn't show a legitimate reason to be there.
The school teaching things like the bill of rights and what it meant to be an American,what the framers did for us and something called "sacred honor", a concept which seems to have been lost in just 50 years.
Thanks for the nostalgia trip.
Dick
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Here's something similar. I might even have picked it up on this board


If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, or 60's. Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have... - As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. - Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a young kid!) - We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors. - We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem. - We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable. - We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame, but us. Remember accidents? - We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it. - We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never overweight...we were always outside playing. We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this. - We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms ... we had friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them. - Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. - How did we do it? - We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever. - Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment..... Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors. Tests were not adjusted for any reason. - Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that! - This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. - And you're one of them. Congratulations! - What a luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good.
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I remember those days so well...not that everything was great then....there were problems then also......No need in debating them here...as we all know what they were...
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I'm 50 i remember them good old days. Gee i sound like my parents wish i would have listened. Good post augusta
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I am 37 and they ALL apply(ed).

Love this one...

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.
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Well said !!!. Boy do I remember the rock fights i had as a kid..I'm talking rocks the size of golf balls thrown at each other with reckless abandon.. This kind of ties into my thread "the youth of today....sad..." We had it much better..IMHO..
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all apply to me also

did you ever have the 1 pump wars w/ the crossman 760 bb gun
eeeeeoooowwwwww that smarts

great post gus it sure takes me back and i'm only 41 ....................
OH MY GOD I'M 41!!!
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one pump???? It was 5 or less and below the waist...and I cheated....Skip Tucker was really mad at me...heheheheeee
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funny and true...applies to me and I am only 35...heck the town I grew up in did not get the main stop light until 1977....

even then I had a jon boat that was unfit to be a plant potter in the backyard but I still used it with a 1969 Johnson 4 hp......boat had so many holes in it you would have to bail a gallon every 30 minutes....and my parents would not worry about us until after the sun set...

best boat ever taking my freinds fishing/bailing in...now adays the marine patrol would not let a 7 year old use a power boat especially one with holes in it and no safety equipment...all I needed was a bailer and a paddle


Thanks for sharing......
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I get lots of those 50 nad 60's nostalgia emails and we all have selective memories - I think thats a good thing - there are great things for all generations to remember - its good to be able to not dwell on the other stuff as TB says... Nostalgia is fine but never forget..

These ARE ..............the good old days!!!!!!!
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[QUOTE]33pounder - 1/18/2006 12:06 PM



did you ever have the 1 pump wars w/ the crossman 760 bb gun
eeeeeoooowwwwww that smarts





My buddies had the 760's I had a sheridan pellet gun and wasn't allowed to play
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Some of my favorite candies were from the 50's, many no longer available. Until I found the site below. They also have some of the old balsa hand gliders, dolls and other small toys. Check if your old favorite candy is there.

http://hometownfavorites.com/shop/candy_cat.asp?abc=1

ron

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LI Sound Grunt - 1/18/2006 2:26 PM

I get lots of those 50 nad 60's nostalgia emails and we all have selective memories - I think thats a good thing - there are great things for all generations to remember - its good to be able to not dwell on the other stuff as TB says... Nostalgia is fine but never forget..

These ARE ..............the good old days!!!!!!!
Yup
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Unknown author, "The older I get, the smarter my parents were"..........
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sounds like a Mark Twainism....
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yea sure rub it in old timers....sounds like society was alot better back then. My dad tells me all the things he and his friends used to do as kids and i can only hope i am somehow reborn into that time period.....these days kids can't do anything without getting in trouble. I think I'm one of the youngest THT'ers too....go figure.
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Aaaahhh~ Don't feel so bad RaritanBayF225 - sometimes it ain't the fact that things were "better" and no one hardly got into troulbe ~ sometimes it's just a matter of not GETTIN' CAUGHT!!

Believe me - one day YOU will look back on "these days" and THEY will be the "Good Ol' Days" in your eyes.

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Or we're getting too old to really remember what really happened during the drug induced fog of our youth.....

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