Thread: Oldies, But Fun. Where's Yours?
07-14-2004, 09:50 AM #1
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Oldies, But Fun. Where's Yours?
"Those of us over 30 should be dead!.
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, or even maybe the early 70's probably shouldn't have survived.
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 the risks we took hitchhiking.)
As children, we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat! We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.
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 street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day.
NO CELL PHONES!!!!!
Unthinkable! We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 599 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.
We had friends!
We went outside and found them.
We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.
We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
They were accidents.
No one was to blame but us..
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. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them!
Tests were not adjusted for any reason.
Our actions were our own.
Consequences were expected.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law.
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
This is Rex Barker C.S. (Continuing to Succeed, in spite of myself) saying that I'm proud to be one of them!
Do You Have A.A.A.D.D. ?
Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests:
I decide to wash my car.
… As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table.
… I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
… I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table, and notice that the trash can is full.
… So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first.
… But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
… I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left
… My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking.
… I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
… As I head toward the kitchen with the coke a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be watered.
… I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.
… I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.
… I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote.
… Someone left it on the kitchen table.
… I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.
… I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it spills on the floor.
… So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.
… Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
… At the end of the day: the car isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter, the flowers aren't watered, there is still only one check in my checkbook, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.
… Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired.
… I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.
… Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember to whom it has been sent.
… Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!
GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY.
GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL
LAUGHING AT YOURSELF IS THERAPEUTIC!If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)
"I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD
"Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)
Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!
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07-14-2004, 10:54 AM #2
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- Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
Oh Boy! I sure can relate to this.
07-15-2004, 01:50 AM #3
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- Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....
IT IS NOT!!!!
Growing Old is NOT Mandatory. I am 62, going on 17. Where is the problem in that?? (except for the math).Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006
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07-15-2004, 02:21 AM #4
If I'd have known I was going to live this long, I wouldn't have done some of the stuff I did as a kid. Especially knowing full well that I was was most likely gonna break bones when I did it. Things really seemed like they would be kinda kewl at the time.
Thank God for Advil.Steve Gallagher
"I don't apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes
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