Are we getting old? SO WHAT!?

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    Jul 22, 2008 8:43 AM GMT

    According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived, because our baby cots were covered with brightly-colored lead-based paint which were promptly chewed and licked.

    We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans. When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip flops and fluorescent "spokey dokeys" on our wheels.

    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags - riding in the passenger seat was a treat.

    We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted the same.

    We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

    We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no one actually died from this.

    We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes.

    After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

    We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one minded.

    We did not have Playstations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99+ channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, and no Internet chat rooms. We had friends, we went outside and found them.

    We played hop-scotch and street rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt. we fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but there were no lawsuits.

    We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other parents.

    We played knock-down-ginger and were actually afraid of the owners catching us.

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

    We made up games with sticks and tennis balls.

    We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.

    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law unheard of. They actually sided with the law.

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem-solvers and inventors, ever.

    The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

    We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

    And YOU'RE one of them! Congratulations!

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

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

    The majority of students in universities today were born in 1985........They are called YOUTH.

    They have never heard of "We Are The World, We Are The Children", and the "Uptown Girl" they know is by Westlife, not by Billy Joel.

    They have never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena or Belinda Carlisle.

    For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam.

    AIDS has existed since they were born.

    CDs have existed since they were born.

    Michael Jackson has always been white.

    To them John Travolta has always been round in shape and they can't imagine how this fat guy could be a god of dance!

    They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible are films from last year. They can never imagine life before computers.

    They'll never have pretended to be The A Team, Red Hand Gang or the Famous Five.

    They can't believe a black and white television ever existed and don't even know how to switch on a TV without a remote control.

    And they will never understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone.

    Now let's check if we're getting old...

    1. You understand what was written above and you smile.

    2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after a night out.

    3. Your friends are getting married/already married.

    4. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably with computers.

    5. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head.

    6. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good old days, repeating again all the funny times you have experienced together.

    7. Having read this post, you are thinking of sharing it to some other friends because you think they will like it too... Yes, you're getting older.... but then.... so what.... we DID have a good time!!!

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    Jul 22, 2008 9:39 AM GMT
    Jesus fuckin christ how much starbucks did you have today??? ...or did you just shamelessly take something that someone else has already written? lol
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    Jul 22, 2008 9:55 AM GMT
    This thread finally served its purpose. I finally caught your attention. Now, when are you sending those naked pics of yours that you promised, hun? x
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    I don't drink coffee nor tea.
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    Jul 22, 2008 1:04 PM GMT
    I am one of those Kids lead Paint Hose Sucking and look at me now????????????
    Also Joan Collins?
    Vivien Westwood!


    We survived and drank the fountain of youth?


    Hamburgers and coke you will all age quickly ha ha ha!!!
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    Jul 22, 2008 5:10 PM GMT
    Anyone remember the Cheeseburgler from Mcdonalds???
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    Jul 22, 2008 5:13 PM GMT
    nysexy saidAnyone remember the Cheeseburgler from Mcdonalds???


    OMG YES!!!

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  • auryn

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    Jul 22, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    Yeah, what happened to him. I used to love the cookies with his face and Grimmace's. Oh, the good ol' days.
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    Jul 22, 2008 5:18 PM GMT
    Kids these days have EVERYTHING WAY TOO easy!! Everything is practically handed to them and personal electronic devices are beginning to segregate people from other people. I remember being yelled at for being IN the house! I also told to get outside on your bike or something....
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    Jul 22, 2008 5:26 PM GMT
    a1972guy said
    nysexy saidAnyone remember the Cheeseburgler from Mcdonalds???


    OMG YES!!!

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    What was the purple guys name? And wasn't there some kind of female bird?

    OMG! These guys FREAKED me out when I watched Sesame Street!

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    Jul 22, 2008 5:27 PM GMT
    HighVoltageGuy saidWhat was the purple guys name? And wasn't there some kind of female bird?

    OMG! These guys FREAKED me out when I watched Sesame Street!

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    I doubt the had names, but I LOVED THEM icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 22, 2008 5:29 PM GMT
    Its the HAMburgler, the purple guy was Grimace, and the bird was Birdie.

    And i remember the cookies shaped like them and the FryGuys!
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    Jul 22, 2008 5:31 PM GMT
    StripperRocco saidIts the HAMburgler, the purple guy was Grimace, and the bird was Birdie.

    And i remember the cookies shaped like them and the FryGuys!


    Oh yeahhhhh!
  • auryn

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    Jul 22, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    Dammit, now I'm remembering the taste of the reconstitued onions, centuries old pickles, mustard, and ketchup on a soft bun with flavorless meat... and it's making me hungry.

    I wanna Happy Meal.
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    Jul 22, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    Hmm... I actually used to ride on the running board at the back of the orchard sprayer, while great granddad was spraying... DDT and who knows what? Nowadays they wear moonsuits to do that (and you can't even buy the good stuff any more), but I only wore a pair of cutoff shorts. Anyway, it hasn't affected me. (twitch, twitch)
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    Jul 22, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    a1972guy said
    nysexy saidAnyone remember the Cheeseburgler from Mcdonalds???


    OMG YES!!!

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    ...Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun....

    How about Tang?
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    Jul 22, 2008 6:13 PM GMT
    It does seem weird looking back. Born in 74 and living for a brief moment where the word AIDS didn't define some horrific disease. Having a Microwave and VCR were unheard of when I was a toddler. When they finally did start becoming a standard in each home the cost was outrageous so only the very wealthy or credit challenged individual trying to outdo the jones' dared to get them. I can remember a time when there was no HBO and movie channel and clearly recall the day we got our "box" on top of our 500lb 25inch tv and were told we could now get nasty rated R movies right in the house LOL.

    Cell phones, CD'S, and home computers didn't exist at one time. You actually had to go to the library to do your research. If you did hear mention of any of the above it was associated with a far off future where it was going to be very similar to the Jetson's. You actually had to show respect to all adults and if you dared to mouth off it didn't matter if you were in the right. You were a kid. Shut your mouth and sit down.

    I can remember the phenom's called Michael Jackson who was black at one time, Madonna who was considered so controversial she couldn't even get MTV coverage. Fuck, I remember a time before MTV, and pre cracked Whitney Houston blowing us all away with her beauty and voice. Each changing the face of pop culture with their then unique talents.

    I remember as a kid when Toto was meeting Rosanna all the way and everyone was listening to it. I remember when Men At Work briefly came from a Land Down Under and then disappeared. I actually saw an innocent wide eyed girl named Diana marry this nasty looking older guy and never could have imagined how sad and tragic that whole fairy tale would end.

    I can remember the vast majority of humans sadly embracing the thought that homosexuals were degenerates. Watching religious men of honor say some of the cruelest things publicly all in the name of God and being applauded for it. Pathetic attempts like that idiots current comic strip about gay men were welcomed with open arms back then. Even then as a kid I sensed there was something very wrong going on.

    By the time I was 20 ( 94) AIDS had ravaged the gay community but it was that same community that had been treated so ghastly that willingly reached out to the straight community to provide support and service. They were surviving and flourishing and not sitting back taking the abuse. Even then I was humbled by those that had gone too soon and suffered greatly. Flash fwd now and many times I'm sickened at the lack of education, awareness, and smug behavior of a generation that will never ever fully understand what the gay community has been through.


    It's been one hell of a ride. I'm glad I was born then and not now. Some times I feel like something is missing. Can't quite put my finger on it.
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    Jul 22, 2008 6:17 PM GMT
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    a1972guy said
    nysexy saidAnyone remember the Cheeseburgler from Mcdonalds???


    OMG YES!!!

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    ...Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun....

    How about Tang?


    Ewww Tang! BLECH!
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    Jul 22, 2008 6:28 PM GMT
    Oh god...tang. Remember the jiffy pop stuff that you fixed on top of the stove???

    As a kid, we actually had to call someone, on the phone, within earshot of everyone else, because the phone was in the kitchen.

    I feel kids today miss out on some of the simple pleasures, through no fault of their own. Technology just really took over. I remember sneaking downstairs to watch Looking for Mr. Goodbar on HBO, and seeing Richard Gere in a jock in 1978 was quite a coup. Now, naughty bits are everywhere for the horny teens to find.
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    Jul 22, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    dhinkansas saidOh god...tang. Remember the jiffy pop stuff that you fixed on top of the stove???

    As a kid, we actually had to call someone, on the phone, within earshot of everyone else, because the phone was in the kitchen.

    I feel kids today miss out on some of the simple pleasures, through no fault of their own. Technology just really took over. I remember sneaking downstairs to watch Looking for Mr. Goodbar on HBO, and seeing Richard Gere in a jock in 1978 was quite a coup. Now, naughty bits are everywhere for the horny teens to find.


    I grew-up in a very small town - we didn't have to dial an area code or prefix for a local call - just the last four digits... and even then you could always ask the operator to dial it for you (yes, an actual live person!).
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    Jul 22, 2008 6:39 PM GMT
    dhinkansas saidOh god...tang. Remember the jiffy pop stuff that you fixed on top of the stove???

    As a kid, we actually had to call someone, on the phone, within earshot of everyone else, because the phone was in the kitchen.

    I feel kids today miss out on some of the simple pleasures, through no fault of their own. Technology just really took over. I remember sneaking downstairs to watch Looking for Mr. Goodbar on HBO, and seeing Richard Gere in a jock in 1978 was quite a coup. Now, naughty bits are everywhere for the horny teens to find.


    Jiffy pop? Hell yeah! Remember air popcorn poppers? One of our cats use to sit there mesmerized watching that thing.
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    Jul 22, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
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    I can never understand these pre-information age people.
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    Jul 22, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    i had a childhood like that, thanks for all the memories. We sure had a great time, still have!(and quite like the Internet, lol)
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    Jul 22, 2008 7:05 PM GMT
    dhinkansas said
    As a kid, we actually had to call someone, on the phone, within earshot of everyone else, because the phone was in the kitchen.


    I don't quite understand this one... as opposed to what?

    When I was a kid, we had party lines. That means everyone in the valley could listen in, simply by picking up their receiver, and there were those who did. On the other hand, if you wanted to make a call, you had to wait until the line was available - and some of those motormouths never stopped talking.

    In fact, once in a while, you could pick up the phone to make a call and hear the neighbors gossiping about what they overheard you saying.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 22, 2008 7:07 PM GMT
    NNJfitandbi saidI was born during the last days of the Johnson administration. YIKES!



    I can top that...try Eisenhower administration here...Damn, I'm old! icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 22, 2008 7:18 PM GMT
    Most are this year, and several were taken in April during my 50th B-day weekend in California. The one main pic up now is maybe a week old. But, thank you, I've never really looked my age. I got carded to get into R-rated movies till I was 20 or so. I'm sure the day will come when I will wake up to find my pecs hangin' down to my knees and my abs buried in a sea of flesh, but hopefully not anytime soon. I chalk it up to a youthful spirit, taking good care of myself, and some good genes (Diesel, of course) icon_lol.gif