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I remember those days

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by burmafrd, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    40's, 50's and 60's survivors
    First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked
    and/or drank while they carried us.
    They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and didn't
    get tested for diabetes.
    Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered
    with bright colored lead-based paints.
    We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors
    or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no
    helmets, not to mention, the risks we took
    hitchhiking.
    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts
    or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm
    day was always a special treat.
    We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a
    bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends,
    from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
    We ate cupcakes, bread and butter and drank soda pop
    with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because WE
    WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
    We would leave home in the morning and play all day,
    as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
    No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of
    scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out
    we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a
    few times, we learned to solve the problem.
    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no
    video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video
    tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no
    personal computers, no internet or internet chat
    rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and
    found them!
    We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth
    and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
    We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and
    although we were told it would happen, we did not put
    out any eyes.
    We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and
    knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked
    in and talked to them!
    Little league, football and baseball had tryouts and
    not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to
    learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
    We did what we were told, most of the time, and were
    soundly corrected when we didn't -- we were held
    accountable. Imagine that.
    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the
    law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
    This generation has produced some of the best
    risk-takers, 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!
    Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to
    grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government
    regulated our lives for our own good.
  2. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Wow, 1950's TV fantasyland.....

    IT conveniantly ignores or misrepresents parts of the era in a haze of idealization.

    If you ignore the bad side of any period, you can make it sound so wonderful. You could do the same for any time, even the Plague years, if you wanted.

    I remember moving to Alabama in the early 1960's, and having to ask my father what these 'Whites only' and 'coloreds only' signs meant. That's also the wonderful 40's, 50's, etc.

    If you want to balance that 'list' item for item, it would not be difficult.
  3. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    And who can ever forget that family favorite, the iron lung?? Yes sir, the 50s really did have it all...

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