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2014-03-20 11:04:28 AM
Just like wine tastes better from a lead goblet, water tastes better from an old hose.
Good times.
 
2014-03-20 11:11:25 AM
Most of those are correct, but why won't kids play darts? No explanation was given.
 
2014-03-20 11:48:56 AM
Remember party lines? Pick up the phone and someone's already on it. Good times...
 
2014-03-20 11:52:55 AM
 
2014-03-20 12:51:17 PM
Lead laced garden hose?
 
2014-03-20 12:52:26 PM

Bob Falfa: Most of those are correct, but why won't kids play darts? No explanation was given.


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2014-03-20 12:56:25 PM
Play in the street???  My kids do that every single day.  When all you hipsters in SF are busy sniffing at us small town dwellers for not having a Starbucks on every street corner (or at all) we can actually do that and not freak out because every other kid is out there too.
 
2014-03-20 12:57:16 PM
Sniffing fresh, purple mimeographed pages.
 
2014-03-20 12:57:36 PM
Those things help build up an immune system.   Today's kids are too weak, parents should make them eat some mud every now and again.
 
2014-03-20 12:59:05 PM
These articles crop up all the time, and always confuse me. I really don't get some of these. My husband and I intend for our future kids to run around the neighborhood and play outside without supervision as soon as they're old enough. Granted, we live in a non-urban area, but I just don't see why there is more risk today than there was 25-30 years ago. This isn't about changing technology, this is about learning independence and letting your imagination run free as you play in the woods. Sure, you'll get scratched up. Might get bitten by a critter or two. Might even break your arm. But that's what growing up is about!
 
2014-03-20 12:59:10 PM
I often drank from garden hoses.  That explains a lot.
 
2014-03-20 01:00:16 PM

snocone: Just like wine tastes better from a lead goblet, water tastes better from an old hose.
Good times.


Damn right.
 
2014-03-20 01:00:21 PM
-  Calling someone with the fundamental dread that their parent, sibling, or other hostile interrogator will answer the phone (holy crap must it be a lot easier to ask someone out these days)

-  Long distance charges, or, for that matter, even having to think about how long you're on the phone

/ why no, I dnrtfa, why do you ask?
 
2014-03-20 01:00:29 PM

PocketfullaSass: Sniffing fresh, purple mimeographed pages.


OMG, yes! They smelled like bubble gum and purple! I still remember sniffing my first grade homework all the time. After that we always had photocopies, but those are fond memories!
 
2014-03-20 01:00:47 PM
I had pegs on the front and back of my California Freestyle, so I could take 2 friends.
 
2014-03-20 01:01:06 PM
Mom, why are there notches in this candy dish?

www.supplierlist.com
 
2014-03-20 01:01:22 PM

pute kisses like a man: Bob Falfa: Most of those are correct, but why won't kids play darts? No explanation was given.


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Because no kid (nor man) would be caught dead playing with that plastic crap with plastic tiped darts board set.

I still have a set of Jarts in the garage... now that was a game.

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2014-03-20 01:01:56 PM
How did we all survive?
 
2014-03-20 01:03:08 PM
There was no lead in that water. The pipes were clogged on the inside with sediment.
 
2014-03-20 01:03:21 PM
Obsolete technology shouldn't count. Most of them will never hitch up a mule team, prime a handpump at the well, or learn how to properly tie an onion to their belt, either.

Too bad about the need for not letting them roam independently all day like we did as kids, but neighborhoods just aren't as safe from bad people as they used to be.
 
2014-03-20 01:03:43 PM

PocketfullaSass: Sniffing fresh, purple mimeographed pages.


I always loved that.  And that white paste.  What's pica, you say?
 
2014-03-20 01:03:55 PM
They don't use scantrons anymore?  I was in college less than 5 years ago and they were sure as shiat used, especially for the joke gen ed classes.
 
2014-03-20 01:04:04 PM

fsufan: pute kisses like a man: Bob Falfa: Most of those are correct, but why won't kids play darts? No explanation was given.

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Because no kid (nor man) would be caught dead playing with that plastic crap with plastic tiped darts board set.

I still have a set of Jarts in the garage... now that was a game.

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I found my old set of Jarts in the old man's garage.  I promptly took them.
 
2014-03-20 01:04:39 PM
Lots of those things really sucked. Like music on tape. typewriters, and music on a record player.
you can't jump around and have fun when you are listening to music on a record player.


I still see packs of feral children running about. In the street even.
Hell, I see packs of feral adults playing in the street too, usually on longboards.
I still see kids with no helmets,
and I don't see how anyone is going to stop their kid from drinking from the hose.
the buying of the Halloween candy is just ridiculous.. who does that?
the bubble gum machines are still out there, they just don't usually take pennies anymore.
I took a test on a scantron sheet just last month.
I never read the paper as a kid.
and marbles? marbles! I'm no where near old enough to have played marbles!
 
2014-03-20 01:05:12 PM
Oh look...yet another article/video/blog entry reminding us that we didn't wear bike helmets. Ahhh...the good ol' days!

p.s. I'm firmly entrenched i middle age, and I never called my parents from a rotary phone.
 
2014-03-20 01:05:29 PM

Cold_Sassy: PocketfullaSass: Sniffing fresh, purple mimeographed pages.

I always loved that.  And that white paste.  What's pica, you say?


That white paste stuff spelled great and tasted great.
 
2014-03-20 01:07:28 PM

MrBallou: Too bad about the need for not letting them roam independently all day like we did as kids, but neighborhoods just aren't as safe from bad people as they used to be.


Is there any evidence proving this though? As far as I know it's just hysteria - neighborhoods aren't actually any less safe than they used to be. Your neighborhood paedophile may even be less inclined to prey on real children with the availability of child porn on the internet, although I have no evidence to support that claim either.
 
2014-03-20 01:08:22 PM
My dad used the ol' standard "we walked 5 miles to school".

I do basically the same thing, except I tell my daughter "when I was a kid you had to walk over to the TV to change the channel".
 
2014-03-20 01:09:04 PM

Zappagirl: This isn't about changing technology, this is about learning independence and letting your imagination run free as you play in the woods. Sure, you'll get scratched up. Might get bitten by a critter or two. Might even break your arm. But that's what growing up is about!


Putting your children in situations where they "might even break their arm?"

That would be considered neglect and abuse in many jurisdictions.  You should have your future kids taken away.
 
2014-03-20 01:09:15 PM
In what part of the country did they fashion garden hoses out of lead?
 
2014-03-20 01:12:52 PM

Zappagirl: These articles crop up all the time, and always confuse me. I really don't get some of these. My husband and I intend for our future kids to run around the neighborhood and play outside without supervision as soon as they're old enough. Granted, we live in a non-urban area, but I just don't see why there is more risk today than there was 25-30 years ago. This isn't about changing technology, this is about learning independence and letting your imagination run free as you play in the woods. Sure, you'll get scratched up. Might get bitten by a critter or two. Might even break your arm. But that's what growing up is about!


Yeah, my kids don't run around the street because we live on a street that assholes use as a commuter lane all day at about 50 mph. We have a parking lane on each side that gets used as a passing lane by people who can't be bothered to even slow down, let alone wait 7 seconds. I came home one day to see a car in the yard across the street that was usually parked in the parking lane. Behind it, straddling the sidewalk was another car. The dipshiat had hit the parked car hard enough to send it up over the curb, and another 15-20 feet. They ended up taking 2 people away in an ambulance from that one, one of them strapped to a back board. I don't think not letting my kids play near that road is farking being a "helicopter parent".

AteMyBrain: Oh look...yet another article/video/blog entry reminding us that we didn't wear bike helmets. Ahhh...the good ol' days!

p.s. I'm firmly entrenched i middle age, and I never called my parents from a rotary phone.


Yeah, these annoy the shiat out of me, too. Kids without bike helmets got injured, kids still get injured, there's no problem with trying to reduce that. I used rotary phones all of the time, though.
 
2014-03-20 01:13:19 PM

bikerbob59: Cold_Sassy: PocketfullaSass: Sniffing fresh, purple mimeographed pages.

I always loved that.  And that white paste.  What's pica, you say?

That white paste stuff spelled great and tasted great.


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2014-03-20 01:13:38 PM

sendtodave: Putting your children in situations where they "might even break their arm?"

That would be considered neglect and abuse in many jurisdictions.  You should have your future kids taken away.


Yet plonking your kid in front of the TV, iPad or video games all day isn't...sad state of affairs. I do get why it isn't safe to play unsupervised in the streets in urban areas - I don't think it was that safe 20-30 years ago either. But in suburban or rural areas, the world within walking distance should be the kid's oyster.
 
2014-03-20 01:13:53 PM
Too bad about the need for not letting them roam independently all day like we did as kids, but neighborhoods just aren't as safe from bad people as they used to be.


Perception, not reality
 
2014-03-20 01:14:04 PM

Zappagirl: These articles crop up all the time, and always confuse me. I really don't get some of these. My husband and I intend for our future kids to run around the neighborhood and play outside without supervision as soon as they're old enough. Granted, we live in a non-urban area, but I just don't see why there is more risk today than there was 25-30 years ago. This isn't about changing technology, this is about learning independence and letting your imagination run free as you play in the woods. Sure, you'll get scratched up. Might get bitten by a critter or two. Might even break your arm. But that's what growing up is about!


Lots of people want their imaginary children running loose on the streets.
Q: How many of you neighbors do you know on a first name basis?
Q: Have you googled sex offenders in your neighborhood yet?
 
2014-03-20 01:15:30 PM
Scantrons are very much alive! I use Scantron forms on most of the tests I give. Cuts grading time significantly.
 
2014-03-20 01:16:06 PM
No scantrons?  Author has no idea.  We scan those things.  I have millions of tests going through my scanners that beg to differ.
 
2014-03-20 01:20:38 PM

ristst: My dad used the ol' standard "we walked 5 miles to school".

I do basically the same thing, except I tell my daughter "when I was a kid you had to walk over to the TV to change the channel".


I actually did walk a 1/4 mile to school and we walked home and back for lunch ( which was an hour long when I was a kid).There were very few kids who stayed at school for lunch as most of us had stay at home moms. We also only had 1 car until I was in high school. I feel ancient when I tell young people that.
 
2014-03-20 01:20:43 PM

Devo: Lots of people want their imaginary children running loose on the streets.
Q: How many of you neighbors do you know on a first name basis?
Q: Have you googled sex offenders in your neighborhood yet?


We're moving in a month to a location we picked because it's near to a lot of forest, has a large lot for a subdivision, and hopefully nice neighbors. I'm more worried about the pond on our property, which is at the bottom of a hill and I can see small children falling in and drowning. We're going to be fencing this in until kiddos are old enough to swim.

As for sex offenders, you can't tell from the registry what type of sex offense they committed in most cases. While I'd rather not have a rapist living next to me, there's a difference between a sex offender against adults and a paedophile. And I just don't understand why we think there are more paedophiles now than 20-30 years ago. My grandmother was sexually molested by a priest in a confession booth when she was in her early teens. This was in the 1930s.
 
2014-03-20 01:21:13 PM
Schools don't use scantron anymore for testing?
 
2014-03-20 01:21:18 PM
No, these were not what Alec Baldwin had in Glengarry Glen Ross.
upload.wikimedia.org
/his are much tinier
 
2014-03-20 01:25:57 PM

fsufan: pute kisses like a man: Bob Falfa: Most of those are correct, but why won't kids play darts? No explanation was given.



Because no kid (nor man) would be caught dead playing with that plastic crap with plastic tiped darts board set.

I still have a set of Jarts in the garage... now that was a game.


Amen! I'm a pretty decent darts player, but only on a traditional rope or cork dartboard. The plastic ones, I don't know why but I can't hit anything. The dart hits the plastic between the holes and bounces out.
 
2014-03-20 01:26:34 PM

Zappagirl: MrBallou: Too bad about the need for not letting them roam independently all day like we did as kids, but neighborhoods just aren't as safe from bad people as they used to be.

Is there any evidence proving this though? As far as I know it's just hysteria - neighborhoods aren't actually any less safe than they used to be. Your neighborhood paedophile may even be less inclined to prey on real children with the availability of child porn on the internet, although I have no evidence to support that claim either.


My impression, from my observations, is that people aren't as inclined to take care of other people's kids as they used to be. Fragmentation of society, fear of litigation, etc. When I was a kid, my parents could rest assured that if I got into trouble somewhere away from home, a friendly neighbor would help me, just like they would have.

Now I don't know half my neighbors, so I wouldn't know whether to approach their kids if I thought they needed help, for fear of being accused of trying to molest them.

I once got soaking wet in a creek on a cold day and was near hypothermia. A kind lady took me inside her house and let me take a warm bath and gave me dry clothes. Can you imagine the fark headline if that happened today?
 
2014-03-20 01:27:14 PM

Cold_Sassy: I always loved that.  And that white paste.  What's pica, you say?


Lawn darts.

And putting a Root Beer Fizzie on your tongue and holding it there until it is entirely dissolved.
 
2014-03-20 01:28:01 PM

MrBallou: Too bad about the need for not letting them roam independently all day like we did as kids, but neighborhoods just aren't as safe from bad people as they used to be.


Myth.

In contributing to this impression, you are part of the problem.
 
2014-03-20 01:30:16 PM

Zappagirl: MrBallou: Too bad about the need for not letting them roam independently all day like we did as kids, but neighborhoods just aren't as safe from bad people as they used to be.

Is there any evidence proving this though? As far as I know it's just hysteria - neighborhoods aren't actually any less safe than they used to be. Your neighborhood paedophile may even be less inclined to prey on real children with the availability of child porn on the internet, although I have no evidence to support that claim either.


Kids can't roam the neighborhoods anymore. Nobody pays any attention when they drive, and city streets are far more crowded than they were.
 
2014-03-20 01:30:25 PM
www.mikanet.com

/always wanted to give one of these to a teenager to see what they could make of it
//plenty of old movies and tv shows, they'd probably figure it out
 
2014-03-20 01:33:41 PM

Sword and Shield: Amen! I'm a pretty decent darts player, but only on a traditional rope or cork dartboard. The plastic ones, I don't know why but I can't hit anything. The dart hits the plastic between the holes and bounces out.


I'm good enough that I had a bunch of Brits at an English pub compliment my playing one time. Plastic tipped darts suck the hog, that's for sure, and part of it's because half of the time they bounce out, just like you said. I refuse to play on those pieces of shiate.
 
2014-03-20 01:34:34 PM

UtileDysfunktion: [www.mikanet.com image 570x426]

/always wanted to give one of these to a teenager to see what they could make of it
//plenty of old movies and tv shows, they'd probably figure it out


Been done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkuirEweZvM
 
2014-03-20 01:35:13 PM

UtileDysfunktion: [www.mikanet.com image 570x426]

/always wanted to give one of these to a teenager to see what they could make of it
//plenty of old movies and tv shows, they'd probably figure it out


Remember you had to write you phone # in the white space in the middle of the dial?
 
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