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    Super Sh!t Stirrer SSanf's Avatar
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    I liked this because it is SO true
    Example of how government isn't needed to protect us

    Granted this is a cut and paste from a chain letter, but a valid point is made

    TO everyone who survived the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's and 80's !!

    First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

    They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, 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 al ways 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, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we we ren'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 ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

    We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many 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 had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. 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 bes t 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

    And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

    You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

    While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

    Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
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    I survived all of that, too.

    But I was sure glad when THIS part ended:
    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all,
    I was bored out of my mind, until the invention of video games!

    And I'm glad not to have to endure THIS anymore, too:
    no personal computers, no Internet
    The Net was my ticket to avoiding both empl*yment--and Cardboard Box Avenue. And employment would never have continued to wash, with or without the Net.
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    Great post!! A lot of it reminds me of my college years... Good memories. Good standards. Good lessons learned. Lifechanging stuff...

    One thing is a bit out of tact in this article. It starts with:

    Quote Originally Posted by SSanf
    TO everyone who survived the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's and 80's !!
    1940's is a bit off, isn't it? That's WWII, guys & gals! Not so long ago, but still... Most of us around here didn't "come into being" until 1950's.

    The article ends with:

    Quote Originally Posted by SSanf
    The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas...
    "Past 50 years" is 1955 through 2005. I wonder why they mention the 40's.

    Geno

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    The original article (I think the email is actually a reprint of a newpaper piece) is probably a lot older than 2005.
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    When you think about it, even now a person born in 1935 would be 70, born in 1940 would be 65 and just starting out on social security retirement (if they're ready to retire, not all are), and born in 1945 would be 60 and still working a job or in a business. So there are still plenty of people around who survived the 40's and 50's without any of what's been around for entertainment the past few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leader
    The original article (I think the email is actually a reprint of a newpaper piece) is probably a lot older than 2005.
    Probably so.

    Geno

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    Except for this part:
    We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

    We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
    I think that someone was to my and decided to make an article with that info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geno - RussianLegacy
    Great post!! A lot of it reminds me of my college years... Good memories. Good standards. Good lessons learned. Lifechanging stuff...

    One thing is a bit out of tact in this article. It starts with:



    1940's is a bit off, isn't it? That's WWII, guys & gals! Not so long ago, but still... Most of us around here didn't "come into being" until 1950's.

    The article ends with:



    "Past 50 years" is 1955 through 2005. I wonder why they mention the 40's.

    Geno
    I was born in the 40's and I'm still kicking around just as good as ever.

    My mother is still alive and 94 years old. She was born in 1911.

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    Absolutely, Leader!
    Quote Originally Posted by Leader
    I survived all of that, too.

    But I was sure glad when THIS part ended:
    I was bored out of my mind, until the invention of video games!

    And I'm glad not to have to endure THIS anymore, too: The Net was my ticket to avoiding both empl*yment--and Cardboard Box Avenue. And employment would never have continued to wash, with or without the Net.
    Computers and the internet are the best thing that has happened to me ever, financially!

    After years of working as an office manager, full charge, double-entry bookkeeper, I found that being over forty made me virtually unemployable. If you had told me this would happen before I personally experienced it, I would have said, "No way. I have over 25 years of experience, know my way around a computer like the back of my hand and can learn just about any computer program in the shortest time of anyone I have met (outside of internet entrepreneurs)."

    Boy oh boy - was I in for a big reality check!

    Now thanks to computers and the internet, anyone with drive and gumption can make money. It's not easy, it is definitely work but it can be done.
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    Yes life then was an adventure and those generations not encumbered with liberal socialist raised up real men and women who excelled in every field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geno - RussianLegacy

    1940's is a bit off, isn't it? That's WWII, guys & gals! Not so long ago, but still... Most of us around here didn't "come into being" until 1950's.
    I think the people from the 40's are well represented here. I know of a few besides myself.
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    Born in the 50s here, victim of the 60s :-)
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    LOL! Most of my toys were metal, something that's considered "too dangerous" these days.

    Thanks for posting that.
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    My kids find it hard to believe we didn't have Cartoons on TV 24/7 and that there was a time you had to GO TO the TV to turn the channel.

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