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(SFGate)   Waiting in line for a pay phone, scantrons, drinking from lead laced garden hoses...kids these days don't know what they're missing   (blog.sfgate.com) divider line 131
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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.


i.walmartimages.com
 
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.


img.fark.net

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.

scootinoldskool.files.wordpress.com
 
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.

[img.fark.net image 500x500]

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.

[scootinoldskool.files.wordpress.com image 600x402]


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.


img.fark.net
 
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?
 
2014-03-20 01:36:43 PM  

grinding_journalist: 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.


Well, I guess that settles it then. Thanks.

Or see other comments in this thread. This stuff isn't just pulled out of some helicopter parent's tailpipe. The world has changed. That's why Amber Alerts are a real thing.
 
2014-03-20 01:38:43 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.


You know it!
 
2014-03-20 01:40:09 PM  

doubled99: 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


Right.  They were never safe.

Parents back in the day were just neglectful all around.  They didn't even reward their kids for showing up!

Not getting constantly rewarded really damages a kid's psyche.
 
2014-03-20 01:41:01 PM  
I remember the good ol' days when hose water tasted like liquid happy. When my shoestrings were gray from being caught in my bicycle gears. I remember hobbling home with blood pouring from both my knees and the wild fury that caused me to pop Kenney Farmer in the forehead with a shovel. I remember the glory of making a GI Joe encampment realistic with the liberal application of illegal fireworks and I remember finger-banging John's older sister down by the creek.

And I knew damn good & well that the Russkies didn't have the balls to try to stop me.
 
2014-03-20 01:41:22 PM  

Cold_Sassy: 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.

You know it!


Ever put a jar behind the radiator for a day to make it chewey?
 
2014-03-20 01:41:29 PM  
Glad to see scantrons haven't gone the way of the dodobird.

I'm guessing the author lives in a school district that got one of those iPad grants and just assumed that was how the rest of the world was working.

Did you guys know caller ID for a cable land line can show up on your TV now?  My dad has that and it blew me away.  Not that the technology is that impressive since all the services are on the same line, but that they bothered creating it.
 
2014-03-20 01:43:03 PM  

Sword and Shield: 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.


Me and my brother got a plastic dart board when we were kids, dad tried it a few times and said "Fark it I'm getting you a real one" Sooooo much better, plus the real one we could play baseball on the back.
 
2014-03-20 01:45:26 PM  

Mikey1969: 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.


Thirded

/still have my tungstens with custom flights somewhere around here
//loved that game
 
2014-03-20 01:45:51 PM  
I was told at an early age that in order for Abe Lincoln to watch television at night, he'd have to light candles to see.

/don't know why he couldn't just watch it on his telephone.
 
2014-03-20 01:46:26 PM  

MrBallou: The world has changed. That's why Amber Alerts are a real thing.


I'll give you your earlier point on people not looking after other people's kids as much. But that's more about responding to serious injury. Kidnappings of kids did happen before - Amber Alerts are a real thing because we have ways of informing more people more quickly now, which may lead to a happy ending from a horrible situation.

Mikey1969: Kids can't roam the neighborhoods anymore. Nobody pays any attention when they drive, and city streets are far more crowded than they were.


Generally, playing in the street isn't a great idea, and I would never suggest kids playing in city streets. I think there's a real difference if you live in a suburb that is actually sub-urban, or a small town-type suburb, surrounded by fields and forest. We recently moved to Mississippi from London. I would never ever have contemplated allowing kids to play in the streets in London.
 
2014-03-20 01:47:19 PM  

vudukungfu: 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.


OMG I totally forgot about fizzies - I loved them; our grammy always used to have them when we came over to visit.

/Also a proud Jart owner.  Even have the original box they came in.
 
2014-03-20 01:48:32 PM  
I don't miss most of the stuff listed in the article. A lot of things are much better today.
We used to roam the streets more than kids do now, but I think part of the reason is that kids today are more involved in structured activities like sports, dance class, etc., etc. Or they're in afterschool activities because both parents work. I can tell you from first hand experience that there were plenty of perverts roaming the streets in the olden days.
I'm going to go yell at a cloud now.
 
2014-03-20 01:48:54 PM  
I sure miss polio!
 
2014-03-20 01:49:52 PM  

groppet: Sword and Shield: 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.

Me and my brother got a plastic dart board when we were kids, dad tried it a few times and said "Fark it I'm getting you a real one" Sooooo much better, plus the real one we could play baseball on the back.


darts aren't really that much of a threat anyways. i doubt you could even cause an injury that would require a hospital (except dart to the eye... but, a plastic dart to the eye would probably be about as bad).

but, the plastic darts did protect the walls.  and i sure as shiat wouldn't give my kids a real dart board to play with in a room i cared about.

/ i don't have kids, so i set up the dart board wherever i wanted.  because I don't miss the board.  much.  well, i was drunk all those times, doesn't count.
 
2014-03-20 01:51:19 PM  

snocone: Cold_Sassy: 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.

You know it!

Ever put a jar behind the radiator for a day to make it chewey?


Interesting, but it never occurred to me.  That, and the teacher would always put it away somewhere after the "art" portion of school day was over.
 
2014-03-20 01:52:46 PM  
In my opinion, it is less safe for kids to play outside now than it was when I was rowing up in the late 70s, early 80s.  It is less safe because there are less kids outside playing.  I knew that I could go to one of three or four places and find someone I knew as long as it was light out.  Now, most areas don't have that, as kids have too many planned activities, and other distractions.

If my daughters could go out and be with 10+ kids all day like I was, I would need to know where they were, the herd would protect them so to speak.  Now, unless kids are going to the mall, I don't see them walking anywhere.
 
2014-03-20 01:55:43 PM  

MrBallou: The world has changed. That's why Amber Alerts are a real thing.


Increased publicity / awareness does not equal increased frequency or severity, but if you like living in fear, knock yourself out.

The actual problem is that the *perception* of greater frequency / OMG EVERYONE IS A MONSTER has led to a demonstrated reduction in the willingness of strangers to help others, especially kids.  In contrast to the lack of increase in actual monsters in the world, there *has* been an increase in irrational / misguided / wrongheaded persecution of people who only looked at a distance like they might be doing something wrong, thanks to that incorrect idea that the world is a worse place "these days."

I try to be a nice guy, and happen to be a trained EMT (once  upon a time) and a reasonably handy mechanic... but there is *zero* chance I am going to help a crying kid on the side of the road, with a skinned knee and a bike with a dislodged chain.  Sucks, and makes me question myself, but it is what it is.

The even sadder bit is that -- in *actual* abduction / lost kid / at-risk situations, the best thing a kid could do is run to a stranger for help:  *Nearly*everyone* is decent at heart and willing to help a stranger.  In the "that guy is actually trying to hurt me" vs. "I don't know that guy" question, I know which one I'd pick, and which one I'd want a kid / friend / better half / etc to pick!  Same goes for the "I'm lost and scared and will figure it out myself" vs. "I'm lost and scared and will ask that stranger for help" question.  But, we're all taught/teaching, "don't talk to strangers!"  Wrongheaded.

Anybody mention "trying to catch the song you like on the radio, with the tape all cued up on a blank spot"?
 
2014-03-20 01:57:16 PM  

MrBallou: grinding_journalist: 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.

Well, I guess that settles it then. Thanks.

Or see other comments in this thread. This stuff isn't just pulled out of some helicopter parent's tailpipe. The world has changed. That's why Amber Alerts are a real thing.


The world did change.  Everyone started actually paying attention to all this crap.  Don't forget that television only became commonplace 50 years ago.  Communication and news have permeated society significantly since the 1970s when cable and later the internet started providing information non-stop.  The same technology (telecommunications) also makes the amber alert systems possible.

You don't think kids went missing in the 30s and 40s?  Hell, all you had to do was get away from the scene and put some distance between you and the crime and you were basically scot free.  That's an exaggeration, but there was no fingerprinting, no security camera, no "Crimestoppers" hotline for the local TV, no footage of you robbing someone being broadcast over and over, plus jurisdiction was a bit harder until the FBI really got rolling in the cold war days.
 
2014-03-20 01:57:18 PM  

Zappagirl: Mikey1969: Kids can't roam the neighborhoods anymore. Nobody pays any attention when they drive, and city streets are far more crowded than they were.


Generally, playing in the street isn't a great idea, and I would never suggest kids playing in city streets. I think there's a real difference if you live in a suburb that is actually sub-urban, or a small town-type suburb, surrounded by fields and forest. We recently moved to Mississippi from London. I would never ever have contemplated allowing kids to play in the streets in Londo


The problem is that a lot of the suburbs are being swallowed up by the city. When I was a kid, travelling through the Salt Lake area, the metro area stretched pretty much as far as it does now, but the little suburb towns were all separated, and there wasn't cross city traffic through them. Now, there isn't even any kind of division between these towns, sometimes you're in 3 different towns in 5 blocks, and didn't even realize that you left the first one. It sucks. Somebody is always cutting through your neighborhood to shave 2 minutes off of their commute, but they barrel down your street like it's the friggin' interstate.
 
2014-03-20 02:00:46 PM  

Cold_Sassy: snocone: Cold_Sassy: 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.

You know it!

Ever put a jar behind the radiator for a day to make it chewey?

Interesting, but it never occurred to me.  That, and the teacher would always put it away somewhere after the "art" portion of school day was over.


Predated, eh?
The Single Jar Strategy was implemented after so many mysterious disappearances during the Everyone Has A Jar Days.
Go figure.

"Behind the radiator" was mine own personal chemistry lab for years.
 
2014-03-20 02:02:06 PM  

Mikey1969: I'm good enough that I had a bunch of Brits at an English pub compliment my playing one time.


Brits are darts SMEs.
 
2014-03-20 02:08:12 PM  
Sorry, Smitty but in some places kids will get to experience waiting in line for a payphone more than ever before.

Thanks to all the zero-tolerance policies we've been busy putting in place in order to create a criminal subclass.

There are payphones in jails and prisons that charge the person you're calling.
 
2014-03-20 02:08:34 PM  

SFSailor: MrBallou: The world has changed. That's why Amber Alerts are a real thing.

Increased publicity / awareness does not equal increased frequency or severity, but if you like living in fear, knock yourself out.


You sound like a child molester.

Kidding. I agree it sucks to have less confidence that the world is good. If that's a product of media fear-mongering there's not much way around it, unless you're comfortable with risking losing of your kid.

My kid is finally old enough that I'm pretty sure she can take care of herself if she needs to, so I now let her out of my sight. She always finds her way back, too.

Anybody mention "trying to catch the song you like on the radio, with the tape all cued up on a blank spot"?

My old car still has a cassette tape player, so she's seen it work but keeps mentioning stone tools and dinosaurs.
 
2014-03-20 02:08:39 PM  

liltingbanshee: I don't miss most of the stuff listed in the article. A lot of things are much better today.
We used to roam the streets more than kids do now, but I think part of the reason is that kids today are more involved in structured activities like sports, dance class, etc., etc. Or they're in afterschool activities because both parents work. I can tell you from first hand experience that there were plenty of perverts roaming the streets in the olden days.
I'm going to go yell at a cloud now.


This came up just last night.  My fiancé is in a class and privilege sociology class and they pointed out the difference between how lower classes, middle classes, and upper classes fill children's time.  She was surprised that we didn't have all of the structured activities as kids despite being decidedly middle class.

I had to remind her that these things were taking off when we were kids and we were probably just a year or two ahead of being one of the kids who never had permission to go roam the neighborhood.  Why yes, that's a birth year in my handle.
 
2014-03-20 02:09:55 PM  

snocone: Cold_Sassy: snocone: Cold_Sassy: 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.

You know it!

Ever put a jar behind the radiator for a day to make it chewey?

Interesting, but it never occurred to me.  That, and the teacher would always put it away somewhere after the "art" portion of school day was over.

Predated, eh?
The Single Jar Strategy was implemented after so many mysterious disappearances during the Everyone Has A Jar Days.
Go figure.

"Behind the radiator" was mine own personal chemistry lab for years.


What?  You got your own jar?  Dang.  We didn't even have a radiator.

You know what else they forgot in this thread?  The fact that TV stations used to go off the air at midnight and no TV until the next morning.
 
2014-03-20 02:12:57 PM  

Earl of Chives: In what part of the country did they fashion garden hoses out of lead?


Subby is so old he had to walk up the aqueduct to get to school BOTH WAYS.

www.roman-britain.org
 
2014-03-20 02:14:02 PM  

MrBallou: grinding_journalist: 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.

Well, I guess that settles it then. Thanks.

Or see other comments in this thread. This stuff isn't just pulled out of some helicopter parent's tailpipe. The world has changed. That's why Amber Alerts are a real thing.


My guess is that those people yelling "myth" are rural types that that never stepped further than their county or one like it and have no idea of what the rest of the world is like.
 
2014-03-20 02:14:20 PM  

Cold_Sassy: snocone: Cold_Sassy: snocone: Cold_Sassy: 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.

You know it!

Ever put a jar behind the radiator for a day to make it chewey?

Interesting, but it never occurred to me.  That, and the teacher would always put it away somewhere after the "art" portion of school day was over.

Predated, eh?
The Single Jar Strategy was implemented after so many mysterious disappearances during the Everyone Has A Jar Days.
Go figure.

"Behind the radiator" was mine own personal chemistry lab for years.

What?  You got your own jar?  Dang.  We didn't even have a radiator.

You know what else they forgot in this thread?  The fact that TV stations used to go off the air at midnight and no TV until the next morning.


And only three channels!!  (Not including PBS)
 
2014-03-20 02:15:53 PM  

mike_d85: MrBallou: grinding_journalist: 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.

Well, I guess that settles it then. Thanks.

Or see other comments in this thread. This stuff isn't just pulled out of some helicopter parent's tailpipe. The world has changed. That's why Amber Alerts are a real thing.

The world did change.  Everyone started actually paying attention to all this crap.


My wife has the theory that it's worse than it used to be because the internet lets like-minded perverts support and reinforce each others' sickness. A perv used to have to hide alone in the shadows. That probably kept him from acting, usually. Now he can find chatrooms full of people telling him they feel the same way and it's OK. That may make it easier to act on the feeling.
 
2014-03-20 02:16:54 PM  

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 ,me either . We didn't have a phone .
 
2014-03-20 02:20:37 PM  
My kids read the newspaper and marbles were pretty much dead when I was a kid, back in the seventies.
 
2014-03-20 02:22:38 PM  

Monkey2: Deslidedhttp://deslide.clusterfake.net/?o=html_table&u=http%3A%2F%2Fb log.sfgat e.com%2Fsfmoms%2F2014%2F03%2F19%2Fthings-you-did-as-a-kid-that-your-ki ds-will-never-do%2F%2321657101%3D0


I love you now.
 
2014-03-20 02:24:48 PM  
"Eat all the Halloween candy. Today's parents often pay their kids to toss their pile of sweets. "

Those parents are called "dickheads", and they will all end up in sh*tty nursing homes, each and every single one of them.
 
2014-03-20 02:40:08 PM  
I remember reaching into an open topped cooler, outside a store, on a hot, humid day, full of ice water and little chinks of ice, to grab a freezing cold, glass bottle of tasty Nehi Grape or Orange soda.

Then, with my arm nearly frostbitten, I'd pop the metal crimp cap off with the built in bottle opener and hear it clatter into the catch basin. Then I'd have a guzzle of that cold, cold, intensely delicious soda, wolfing it down so fast I'd nearly get brain freeze. The smooth, cold glass bottle top felt smooth and cool between my lips and might rattle against my teeth.

I was SOOOOOO good! It cost 10 cents plus a nickel deposit for the reusable bottle.

Often, such stores had asphalt parking lots, which were covered by thousands of bottle caps driven into the surface by car tires and shoes. It was traditional then, for the owner to come out, pop the cap collector off and toss the contents onto the tar in the hot, hot sun.

Eat all the Halloween candy. Today's parents often pay their kids to toss their pile of sweets.

Back then, we went out in groups around the neighborhood, as soon as dusk hit. All dressed up in costumes -- most of which were manufactured to be shiny and glitzy and last maybe the night, with a stiff, ill fitting plastic mask held on by an elastic band.

We held no fear of anything. Houses were decorated up, with adults often spending an astonishing amount of time to turn their yards and garages into deliciously scary, interactive scenes, with assorted scary music records on turn tables.

Adults were always around, each not only looking out for their own kids, but others. Sometimes we had to run to the car and swap bags because ours got so jam packed with candy and goodies.

The night was full of shouts and laughter, screams and joy, smelling of various candies and baked goods, along with that interesting scent of new costumes.

We went home tired and laden with 'loot'. It was dumped out on the carpet in the living room and sorted greedily, with our folks expertly managing to grab most of it to pack into glass gallon sized pickle jars 'for later'.

The night was always magical, mystical and wonderful. My Mom would always corral the pieces of fruit we would inevitably get from old men and ladies who didn't quite 'get it' and put it in a fruit bowl on the kitchen table.

Folks back then were generous with their handouts also. Not just one piece, but a handful.

It was a delightful time for a kid. None of us ever considered it 'evil', just fun.

Every boy I knew in school carried a small pocket knife. Even teachers. They were used for whittling, admiring, cutting string and so on, but never as a weapon in a fight. It was against the Kid Code of the time and considered really bad form. You never got suspended or tossed in jail for having one.

At one time, in High School, the PTA was considering sectioning off part of the commons to be used as a smoking place. They knew a lot of us kids smoked, but then, so did nearly every adult on campus. They were getting tired of kids sneaking smokes in the bathrooms and clogging up the urinals with butts. Plus, teachers confiscated so many packs of cigarettes from kids weekly that the office could have made money reselling them.

Mention doing such a thing today will probably get you drawn and quartered by the Smoke Nazi's.

I loved the smell of freshly mimeographed papers. Modern copiers have no souls because their in has no smell.

I took a class in typing, using old, manual standard Royal typewriters. Big, noisy, clunky things, requiring special erasers to correct mistakes, using greasy, ink filled cloth ribbons, with keys with metal print heads flashing about of metal arms. (Really, if you've ever seen one, especially inside, the mechanics involved are hideously complicated and unpowered, yet they could take thousands of hours of pounding before needing adjustment or repair.)

I just learned to hunt and peck faster. Never did grasp being able to type without looking at the keys.

NONE of your kids will ever be able to walk into a store, buy several pounds of grade A beef for under $2.00 a pound and slice it up and eat it raw if they like with NO FEAR of disease. We could. Raw hamburger also. Rare to us meant raw, with just some searing on the outside.

You could buy a quarter of a cow, sliced up and wrapped in butchers paper, for $75. They tossed in the bones for free to make soup.

Ahh, the good old days.
 
2014-03-20 02:44:40 PM  
Lived back in the sticks but stuff we did / had to endure:

- Party lines on the rotary phone
- Only 3 channels (2 in the summer) of TV because of crappy reception
- Ran around in the woods alone or with 1 or 2 other kids max from 4th grade on. Sometimes 2+ miles from home
- Biked on the road, or really crappy bikes. For miles. No helmets or any of that jazz. Sometimes played "bike polo" with sticks and an empty can
- Jarts
- Went out plinking with the .22 rifle
- Walked around for miles at night in the summer if it was clear and the moon near full

All this was when I could get away from having to do boring farm work like hoeing weeds or training bean runners or something equally monotonous.
 
2014-03-20 02:46:46 PM  
Add to the list ice skating on a pond or small lake or sledding pretty much anywhere decent.  Lawyers and all that.
 
2014-03-20 02:48:27 PM  
Good times. Good times.
 
2014-03-20 02:49:03 PM  
1. Waiting for the radio/tv/phonograph to "warm up"
2. Calling the local date+time number "At the tone, the time will be..."
3. Carbureted cars with manual chokes. Lots more reliable than the automatic bimetallic ones that came later.
4. Car seatbelts with optional shoulder belts that snapped into the buckle
5. "Operator, could you please bill this call to my home number?"
6. "Mail early in the day"
7. Paper routes
 
2014-03-20 02:52:53 PM  
Better times.
 
2014-03-20 02:58:06 PM  

grinding_journalist: 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.


My grandfather was a district attorney back in the 1950's. He got his reputation by prosecuting a case where an alcoholic (and most likely bipolar) man abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered an 8 year old boy.The case was never in the newspaper or mentioned on the TV/radio local news: only talked about in quiet whispers in certain company. It was never discussed with family and I didn't get the details until after my grandfather passed away in the 1990's. For the longest time it was just known as "The Case".

Compare that to these days with situations like Hailey Owens in Springfield Missouri or any other case Nancy Grace sinks her teeth in to.
 
2014-03-20 03:02:06 PM  

Mikey1969: Zappagirl: Mikey1969: Kids can't roam the neighborhoods anymore. Nobody pays any attention when they drive, and city streets are far more crowded than they were.


Generally, playing in the street isn't a great idea, and I would never suggest kids playing in city streets. I think there's a real difference if you live in a suburb that is actually sub-urban, or a small town-type suburb, surrounded by fields and forest. We recently moved to Mississippi from London. I would never ever have contemplated allowing kids to play in the streets in Londo

The problem is that a lot of the suburbs are being swallowed up by the city. When I was a kid, travelling through the Salt Lake area, the metro area stretched pretty much as far as it does now, but the little suburb towns were all separated, and there wasn't cross city traffic through them. Now, there isn't even any kind of division between these towns, sometimes you're in 3 different towns in 5 blocks, and didn't even realize that you left the first one. It sucks. Somebody is always cutting through your neighborhood to shave 2 minutes off of their commute, but they barrel down your street like it's the friggin' interstate.


THIS

I have two daughters (5 and 4) and their school is about 2 blocks away. The streets between our house and the school are straight as an arrow and link a lot of the residential neighbourhoods with a number of the busier roads and commercial neighbourhoods (stores). Day and night people fly through that neighbourhood like the cops were chasing them.
 
2014-03-20 03:02:54 PM  

Cold_Sassy: The fact that TV stations used to go off the air at midnight and no TV until the next morning.


Date nights in Pittsburgh were Chiller Theater, with Chilly Billy. They stayed on the air until 1 AM.
You could grab some boob watching this while parents konked out upstairs.
 
2014-03-20 03:07:49 PM  
I had no idea that so many people actually played Jarts.
 
2014-03-20 03:08:36 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


Someone did just that

Kids are presented with rotary phones, and asked how they work. Hilarity ensues
 
2014-03-20 03:09:05 PM  

sendtodave: I had no idea that so many people actually played Jarts.


Good lord.
It was a fundamental thing.
Like a must have at parties.
 
2014-03-20 03:09:15 PM  
Cold_Sassy: The fact that TV stations used to go off the air at midnight and no TV until the next morning.

I remember getting up at like 5am to go deer or duck hunting with my, turning the TV on and none of the stations had gone on the air yet.
 
2014-03-20 03:10:19 PM  

vudukungfu: Cold_Sassy: The fact that TV stations used to go off the air at midnight and no TV until the next morning.

Date nights in Pittsburgh were Chiller Theater, with Chilly Billy. They stayed on the air until 1 AM.
You could grab some boob watching this while parents konked out upstairs.


You naughty man, you ;)
 
2014-03-20 03:13:41 PM  

sendtodave: I had no idea that so many people actually played Jarts.


Well, just think of it this way:  so many people were impaled (and I'm sure that was just a fraction of all players) that they got banned.  So, there were probably quite a few people who did.
 
2014-03-20 03:25:48 PM  

stevetherobot: My kids read the newspaper and marbles were pretty much dead when I was a kid, back in the seventies.


Marbles were popular when I was little... (early 80s) in my area. They went down in popularity after a number of parents slipped on the things (and confiscated them) but the NES launching killed marbles off entirely.

sendtodave: I had no idea that so many people actually played Jarts.


It was incredibly popular.
 
2014-03-20 03:29:13 PM  

Rik01: NONE of your kids will ever be able to walk into a store, buy several pounds of grade A beef for under $2.00 a pound and slice it up and eat it raw if they like with NO FEAR of disease.


Plenty of people of people could eat it without fear if they stayed uneducated and ignorant of food borne illnesses and diseases.

Like how they used to be.
 
2014-03-20 03:41:32 PM  

Rik01: Eat all the Halloween candy. Today's parents often pay their kids to toss their pile of sweets.

Back then, we went out in groups around the neighborhood, as soon as dusk hit. All dressed up in costumes -- most of which were manufactured to be shiny and glitzy and last maybe the night, with a stiff, ill fitting plastic mask held on by an elastic band.


once, when i was a kid, i dressed up as an islamic terrorist for halloween.  head scarf, generic military dress, plastic m-16.  painted on beard-like make up.

this was back in the 80s.  nobody knew what i was supposed to be.  thought i was a bank robber.
 
2014-03-20 03:43:23 PM  

Cold_Sassy: You naughty man, you ;)


Let's just say that show was responsible for more impalements than Jarts.
 
2014-03-20 03:45:32 PM  
"Get off the internet I am waiting for a phone call!"
 
2014-03-20 03:50:04 PM  

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


I have this on my lanai. And all join in. And my grandson plays in the street and roams with all the wild kids with no helmets and hardly a shoe in sight.
I encourage him to play outside and skin his knees, get into the fire ants and drink from the hose.
He's a happy, healthy kid.
 
2014-03-20 03:52:46 PM  

We were pretty much immune to dengue fever and malaria back then.



We would chase them on our bikes.
I'm just glad my daughter doesn't have webbed feet or an extra eyeball.

thesocietypages.org

lh6.ggpht.com
 
2014-03-20 03:57:37 PM  
I had times when I was a kid where I came home from school to an empty house. Both my parents worked and I had my own key. I usually didn't stay for more than ten minutes before I went to a friend's house.
 
2014-03-20 04:01:56 PM  

Maud Dib: We were pretty much immune to dengue fever and malaria back then.

We would chase them on our bikes.
I'm just glad my daughter doesn't have webbed feet or an extra eyeball.

[thesocietypages.org image 641x289]

[lh6.ggpht.com image 512x328]


You're no relation to Jayne Mansfield, I take it.
 
2014-03-20 04:14:58 PM  
Noticed those kids in the photos pretty much weren't fat phhucks.
 
2014-03-20 04:23:34 PM  
static.fjcdn.com
 
2014-03-20 04:24:05 PM  
Some of you are more enamored with your youth than a Bob Segar song.
 
2014-03-20 04:24:22 PM  

MrBallou: 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.



Neighborhoods are just as safe as they ever were.  I'd say it's the perception of danger that has changed, but I don't even think that's the case.   We had tons of education on stranger avoidance when I was a kid, and a "helping hand" house on every block, and this was in the 1960s in a small town.  But I still got sent outside to play (unsupervised) every day, as did all the other kids in my neighborhood.

The real danger to us wasn't "bad people," it was our own behavior, like "let's be scientists and mix every liquid we can find in the garage and basement in one container."
 
2014-03-20 04:27:10 PM  

Devo: 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?


--At least 30, just counting the adults
--Yes
 
2014-03-20 04:30:04 PM  

Zappagirl: 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. . . . .



You can????  Good grief, get off the computer and call 911 right now!
 
2014-03-20 04:32:26 PM  

Steve Majors: No scantrons?


One less burning culm dump.

ww4.hdnux.com
/we'll always have wilkes barre
 
2014-03-20 04:38:45 PM  

MrBallou: mike_d85: MrBallou: grinding_journalist: 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.

Well, I guess that settles it then. Thanks.

Or see other comments in this thread. This stuff isn't just pulled out of some helicopter parent's tailpipe. The world has changed. That's why Amber Alerts are a real thing.

The world did change.  Everyone started actually paying attention to all this crap.

My wife has the theory that it's worse than it used to be because the internet lets like-minded perverts support and reinforce each others' sickness. A perv used to have to hide alone in the shadows. That probably kept him from acting, usually. Now he can find chatrooms full of people telling him they feel the same way and it's OK. That may make it easier to act on the feeling.


Meh, Whether the danger is real or imagined it doesn't matter. I grew up on the east coast in the late 60's early 70's and ran like a feral dog all day everyday with my pack of like minded feral neighbor kids. Then I moved west, got married had kids etc. I bought a house in a nice family looking neighborhood so my kids could do the same. I was slightly more cautious than my parents were but I intended to let them have freedom and explore. Problem is nobody else would let their kids out of the front yard. As it turns out running wild and free by yourself sucks so my kids became like all the rest. I thought it was a west coast thing but i've visited the motherland back east many times and it's the same there. Maybe in the midwest?
 
2014-03-20 04:40:23 PM  

sendtodave: I had no idea that so many people actually played Jarts.


Actually, the ones talking about it on this thread are the only survivors.
 
2014-03-20 04:54:44 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


I still have one of those in my garage. It's now hooked to an Obi100 so I can't use it to dial out, but it still works other that that. I think I can probably get a pulse to tone converter, but I can't justify spending the money on it for as little as it gets used.
 
2014-03-20 05:22:47 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: 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

Someone did just that

Kids are presented with rotary phones, and asked how they work. Hilarity ensues


Was this a link fail, or am I just that old that I don't get the euphemism?
 
2014-03-20 05:34:20 PM  

Earl Green: Some of you are more enamored with your youth than a Bob Segar song.


where were you in '69
smoking dope and drinking wine
 
2014-03-20 06:02:27 PM  
Waiting for the sun to go down so you could turn on your AM radio and pick up Beaker Street or the King Biscuit Flower Hour on KAAY Little Rock, or listen to WLS, Chicago.
 
2014-03-20 06:09:17 PM  

AntiQ: Waiting for the sun to go down so you could turn on your AM radio and pick up Beaker Street or the King Biscuit Flower Hour on KAAY Little Rock, or listen to WLS, Chicago.


Or the Dr. Demento show all while having that cassette tape (or in my case) a reel to reel ready to record that most excellent song Existential Blues by Tom "T-Bone" Stankus!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nJ30dodvdc
 
2014-03-20 06:21:52 PM  
Sitting by the radio with one of these and waiting to record your favorite songs when they came on?

2.bp.blogspot.com

Then yelling at your kid sister because she walked in and slammed the door halfway through Styx's "Renegade".
 
2014-03-20 06:31:22 PM  

SFSailor: Anybody mention "trying to catch the song you like on the radio, with the tape all cued up on a blank spot"?


Yeah!  I totally remember that.  I had a million mix tapes, every song missing the first 1-3 seconds.  And many songs having an annoying DJ leading in or leading out over a few seconds.
 
2014-03-20 07:14:24 PM  
I guess you could consider me an adult, a lot of those things on the list i never did as a kid... 

Marbles? How the fark old is the author?
 
2014-03-20 07:17:19 PM  
Hey!.......I played marbles as a kid.
 
2014-03-20 07:37:02 PM  

mjohnson71: Sitting by the radio with one of these and waiting to record your favorite songs when they came on?

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Then yelling at your kid sister because she walked in and slammed the door halfway through Styx's "Renegade".


Yup. Each one of those recorders has its own internal sound that comes through on the recording, also.
 
2014-03-20 07:59:21 PM  

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


It took a while to get my wife to not freak out when I finally bought a dart board, and I still have to put the darts away because we don't want the kids playing with them without us.  This is why, we don't want kids with aerated heads.
 
2014-03-20 10:39:43 PM  
I'm fairly certain today's kids arent missing any of those things.

I would have traded every one of those things listed to have a media smartphone as a kid on my walks home from school.
 
2014-03-21 02:43:37 AM  
sendtodave

Rik01: NONE of your kids will ever be able to walk into a store, buy several pounds of grade A beef for under $2.00 a pound and slice it up and eat it raw if they like with NO FEAR of disease.

Plenty of people of people could eat it without fear if they stayed uneducated and ignorant of food borne illnesses and diseases.

Like how they used to be.


How old are you?

When I was a kid, there was little, if any, chance of getting sick from raw meat. Physicians used to prescribe raw beef liver for anemics. You didn't have to treat chicken like it was radioactive. The danger began years later, after a beef shortage, when the government turned Grade B meats into Grade A and moved the ranking. You've probably never bought a chunk of meat with the distinctive FDA APPROVED government stamp on it either.

Problems began when caging meat animals, like chicken and pork, in tiny confines to save space and make it easier for the farmer to feed them became popular. Then, inspections of slaughter houses grew lax as funding was cut due to the economic crisis caused by the oil crunch. Plus, slaughter houses started being overwhelmed by the demand. We also started importing a lot of meat products from other nations which have different health standards because US meats soared to record highs during the shortage. After the shortage ended, retailers did not lower the cost of meat. More profit for them.

It might interest you to know that even as we were suffering through the beef shortage, we were busily exporting our beef to foreign nations.

Plus, the practice of injecting every meat animal with antibiotics had just begun and not enough time had passed for the usual deadly bacteria to develop a resistance to it.

So it had nothing to do with ignorance or lack of education. You might also consider that many hunters of wild deer, moose and bear have no hesitation of slicing off a chunk of raw meat to chew on as they prepare their kill because the chances of any bacterial infection is next to none since such animals are not commercially raised and usually not sent through commercial meat packing plants.

A popular and traditional dish for the Inuit People today is raw seal meat, chopped up and served in the seals blood. They do not catch diseases from the food.

Prior to the 20's, the main danger from raw meat was spoilage, since refrigeration was primitive and even earlier, butchers hung their fresh carcasses out for customers to view and select cuts. No refrigeration. You had to smack the side to get the flies off before you made your choice. You bought what you would cook that day. Leftovers were stored for consumption the next day in special food cabinets and the dishes had lids to keep bugs out.

No refrigeration. Some folks got ill from eating cooked foods they stored too long. People often would mention that a broth or stew was 'going high', meaning starting to spoil and they could taste it.

When I was a kid, I never heard of anyone getting ill from eating raw meat -- though it was well known that pork had to be thoroughly cooked because of the Trichinosis worm.

Times have changed. There were some good things about the 'old days'.
 
2014-03-21 09:25:33 AM  

AltheaToldMe: AntiQ: Waiting for the sun to go down so you could turn on your AM radio and pick up Beaker Street or the King Biscuit Flower Hour on KAAY Little Rock, or listen to WLS, Chicago.

Or the Dr. Demento show all while having that cassette tape (or in my case) a reel to reel ready to record that most excellent song Existential Blues by Tom "T-Bone" Stankus!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nJ30dodvdc


I got played on that show -
Condom machine Blues.
 
2014-03-21 01:12:02 PM  
Im 50.  Did all hose things.

My dad used to tell me kids had lots more freedom when he was young.  At 13 his weekend fun was to ride his bike around and collect bottles to cash in.  When he had enough money he went to the store and bought a box of .22 shells.  He then put his bolt action .22 rifle across the handlebars of his bike and rode to the edge of town to go plinking in the woods.
 
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