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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.

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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.

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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
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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?

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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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