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iggy Posted: Mon Apr 11 23:55:40 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  i'm one of them :) and proud to be one!


Down memory lane.

Always good to review, especially if you are born before 1975


According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were
kids in the 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived,
because our baby cots were covered with brightly colored lead-based
paint which was promptly chewed and licked. We had no childproof lids on
medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to
play with pans. When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just
lip-flops and fluorescent 'spokey donkey's' on our wheels. As children,
we would ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags - riding in the
passenger seat was a treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted
the same. We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy juice
with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always
outside playing. We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle
or can and no-one actually died from this.

We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top
speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After
running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the
problem.

We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as we
were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one
minded. We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at
all. No 99 channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no
mobile phones, no personal computers, no DVDs, no Internet chat rooms.

We had friends - we went outside and found them. We played elastics and
rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt! We fell out of trees,
got cut, and broke bones but there were no law suits. We had full on
fist fights but no prosecution followed from other parents. We played
knock-on-the-door-and-run-away and were actually afraid of the owners
catching us.

We walked to friends' homes. We also, believe it or not, WALKED to
school; we didn't rely on mummy or daddy to drive us to school, which
was just round the corner.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls. We rode bikes in packs
of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.

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.

And you're one of them. Congratulations!

Pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow as real kids,
before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good.

For those of you who aren't old enough, thought you might like to read
about us.

This my friends, is surprisingly frightening......and it might put a
smile on your face:

The majority of students in universities today were born in
1986........They are called youth.

They have never heard of We are the World, We are the children, and the
Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel. They have never
heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena Cherry or Belinda Carlisle. For
them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam. AIDS has
existed since they were born. CD's have existed since they were born.
Michael Jackson has always been white. To them John Travolta has always
been round in shape and they can't imagine how this fat guy could be a
god of dance. They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible
are films from last year. They can never imagine life before computers.
They'll never have pretended to be the A Team, Red Hand Gang or the
Famous Five. They'll never have applied to be on Jim'll Fix It or Why
Don't You. They can't believe a black and white television ever
existed. And they will never understand how we could leave the house
without a mobile phone.



 
Aeon Posted: Tue Apr 12 00:06:34 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I find it hard to believe (at least in the U.S.A.) that you walked to school if you were born in the early 80's. Alot of the other stuff is probably true but most of the innovation happened before 1970, counting out EVERYONE this list is talking about. I mean, geez, it's like that Bill Cosby routine about walking to school in the snow, uphill both ways, and having to fight a bear just to get your notebook.


 
Posted: Tue Apr 12 00:10:03 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I don't know about youth today as a stereotype. I know pop culture is geared towards the MTV/TRL life-devoid imbeciles, but there are a good many more of us that are fairly diverse.


 
antartica Posted: Tue Apr 12 00:45:15 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  a few rubber bands and a couple of rulers borrowed from our pencil cases would become guns and we'd be able to play war all day

bottle caps could become treasure or if we were lucky to find a plank we'd be able to play checkers

"supertrump" means something to you

we had bicycles and NOT electric scooters

roller skates was the in thing... WTF is a roller blade!

"TAP-si" cola was some times all the "soda" we could afford and quenched our thirsts as well as much as isotonic drinks

one word - visionaries

another word - transformers

you'd know what K.I.T.T. stands for

the movies "jason and the argonauts" & "clash of the titans" was like the bestest effects ever!

:))


 
DanSRose Posted: Tue Apr 12 02:24:25 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Of that list, only 3 tings stand true for me:
Supertrump: the fuck?
TAP never tasted good, just like Clash of the Titans never looked good.

Also, if you have a scooter, you are allowed to get runover. My favorite episodes were the ones with the eeevil Hasselhoff ('cause he had the moustache and goatee) and C.A.R.R.


 
addi Posted: Tue Apr 12 07:07:06 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I hate being a child of the '80's. I feel like i missed out on so much


 
Mesh Posted: Tue Apr 12 07:19:27 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I grew up like that, only I wasnt born in the '60s.

My kids, If I ever have any(oh god, how horrible would that be, offspring of meshuggah) will be doing what I was when I was a kid. They wont have any videogames or computers or anything until they are older.

If I could have fun and do schoolwork without a computer, so can they. My kids arent going to be fat, lazy, over-pampered little softbody wusses like so many kids are these days. I'll make sure of that. Hell, when I was a kid, we were FORCED to go outside and run until we could run no more by our parents. Child abuse? I think not.


 
ifihadahif Posted: Tue Apr 12 09:42:55 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I had to walk to school. That was way back in the early 70's.
But it wasn't uphill or anything but it sucked when the weather was bad.
Fortunately my best friend got car in our junior year and I didn't have to walk anymore.



 
laurie Posted: Tue Apr 12 12:22:06 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I was born in '89, so it seems I am included in the soulless youth of today, but I don't consider myself to have grown up controlled by computer screens and mobile phones.
When i was a kid (maybe im still a kid but you know.. a little kid, with shorts and pigtails and a bike) I spent all the time i could outside, there was a huge group of us who rode out bikes, made gokarts, had dens, waterfights, explored the forests, ate rediculous neon coloured sweets, swam in the rivers, got lost on long walks, made mud pies. However we were constantly watched by disapproving adults, told not to play in the street, not to go to far, these people often weren't even our parents, and perhaps they thought they were keeping us safe, but, really they were just anal,we ruined their quiet suburban street and so we werent allowed to bounce our footballs off doors, or play hockey near their houses, for this, i will never forgive. (though saying this, we did try and start a forest fire at least twice, and often tried to poison each other)
In conclusion, kids are kids, they dont control the environment they're brought up in, it is kids of the generation you speak of so fondly above that are apparently raising kids of today to spend 12 hours a day watching their 99 channels (I only had four) To me, it just doesnt add up.
And maybe I never applied for Jim'll fix it or read the famous five. But Jimmy Saville is a scary old man, and the famous five are racist sexist and frankly boring books I wouldnt let my kids read.
:) Just my two cents.


 
beetlebum Posted: Tue Apr 12 12:52:19 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I was born in 81, but I have to agree that most of what Chan said is true. Except what *is* supertrump?

I think I was definitely an 80s child though, because I remember Cabbage Patch Kids, Garbage Pail Kids, LiteBrite, Puffalumps, and cartoons like Tale Spin, Gummy Bears (I think- they were bouncing here and there and everywhere) and Rescue Rangers. Anyone remember 3-2-1-Contact?

Still, I do remember getting lost in the woods, starting fires, being chased after many times by a crazy woman with a shotgun (we'd break into her house and then pay the price by peeing our pants when she fired a shot in the air), neighborhood kickball games, fort-building, catching fire flies and hunting crawdads, and reading the Boxcar Children, Sweet Valley High Twins (were you Elizabeth or Jessica?), and Nancy Drew. I can't remember getting into serious trouble for any mischief I got into- and not because we were sly, but simply because breaking a window with a baseball meant paying back the debt by raking leaves all autumn for your neighbor. (I hated that. We all did.)

I love being a late-70s/early 80s child. I feel bad for some kids today and their shoddy attention spans. Ugh.


 
addi Posted: Tue Apr 12 13:10:51 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  antartica said:

>"supertrump" means something to you

Don't want to put words in ant's mouth, but maybe he meant the group Supertramp

The Logical Song - Supertramp

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily,
joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world's asleep,
The questions run too deep for such a simple man
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd but please tell me who I am



 
antartica Posted: Tue Apr 12 13:13:53 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  sprry to dissapoint ya Addi but is not supertramp

i'll let a few more guess before i say anything :)


 
addi Posted: Tue Apr 12 13:32:27 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Hmmm...
Is that what Donald Trump made the other kids call him in school?


 
Nikki Posted: Tue Apr 12 13:42:56 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  kids today are more and more disrespectful, narrow-minded, fearful, dead-brained, and just plain stupid!

Basically, they should all be Euthanized...ESPECIALLY those born after 1980


 
libra Posted: Tue Apr 12 15:19:37 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  beetlebum said:
>I was born in 81, but I have to agree that most of what Chan said is true. Except what *is* supertrump?
>
>I think I was definitely an 80s child though, because I remember Cabbage Patch Kids, Garbage Pail Kids, LiteBrite, Puffalumps, and cartoons like Tale Spin, Gummy Bears (I think- they were bouncing here and there and everywhere) and Rescue Rangers. Anyone remember 3-2-1-Contact?
>
>Still, I do remember getting lost in the woods, starting fires, being chased after many times by a crazy woman with a shotgun (we'd break into her house and then pay the price by peeing our pants when she fired a shot in the air), neighborhood kickball games, fort-building, catching fire flies and hunting crawdads, and reading the Boxcar Children, Sweet Valley High Twins (were you Elizabeth or Jessica?), and Nancy Drew. I can't remember getting into serious trouble for any mischief I got into- and not because we were sly, but simply because breaking a window with a baseball meant paying back the debt by raking leaves all autumn for your neighbor. (I hated that. We all did.)
>
>I love being a late-70s/early 80s child. I feel bad for some kids today and their shoddy attention spans. Ugh.

I was an '85 child, and this is what my childhood was like too. Except for the woman with the gun and the window breaking.


 
beetlebum Posted: Tue Apr 12 15:21:33 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  libra said:
>beetlebum said:
>>I was born in 81, but I have to agree that most of what Chan said is true. Except what *is* supertrump?
>>
>>I think I was definitely an 80s child though, because I remember Cabbage Patch Kids, Garbage Pail Kids, LiteBrite, Puffalumps, and cartoons like Tale Spin, Gummy Bears (I think- they were bouncing here and there and everywhere) and Rescue Rangers. Anyone remember 3-2-1-Contact?
>>
>>Still, I do remember getting lost in the woods, starting fires, being chased after many times by a crazy woman with a shotgun (we'd break into her house and then pay the price by peeing our pants when she fired a shot in the air), neighborhood kickball games, fort-building, catching fire flies and hunting crawdads, and reading the Boxcar Children, Sweet Valley High Twins (were you Elizabeth or Jessica?), and Nancy Drew. I can't remember getting into serious trouble for any mischief I got into- and not because we were sly, but simply because breaking a window with a baseball meant paying back the debt by raking leaves all autumn for your neighbor. (I hated that. We all did.)
>>
>>I love being a late-70s/early 80s child. I feel bad for some kids today and their shoddy attention spans. Ugh.
>
>I was an '85 child, and this is what my childhood was like too. Except for the woman with the gun and the window breaking.

Which is probably a good thing. Grin.


 



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