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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 18
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2014-03-20 01:13:53 PM
3 votes:
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 12:57:16 PM
3 votes:
Sniffing fresh, purple mimeographed pages.
2014-03-20 11:52:55 AM
2 votes:
2014-03-20 11:04:28 AM
2 votes:
Just like wine tastes better from a lead goblet, water tastes better from an old hose.
Good times.
2014-03-20 06:21:52 PM
1 votes:
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 04:14:58 PM
1 votes:
Noticed those kids in the photos pretty much weren't fat phhucks.
2014-03-20 03:09:15 PM
1 votes:
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 01:55:43 PM
1 votes:

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 01:43:03 PM
1 votes:

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 01:41:01 PM
1 votes:
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 01:30:25 PM
1 votes:
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 01:26:34 PM
1 votes:

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 01:20:43 PM
1 votes:

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 01:20:38 PM
1 votes:

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 01:07:28 PM
1 votes:

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 01:04:04 PM
1 votes:

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 12:59:05 PM
1 votes:
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 11:11:25 AM
1 votes:
Most of those are correct, but why won't kids play darts? No explanation was given.
 
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