Being A Kid When I Was Young

Discussion in 'Just for Laughs' started by Nelix, Jan 9, 2004.

  1. Nelix
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    Nelix Gigabyte Poster

    This is not really a Funny thing, I hope you, or some of you anyway, will remember and realise how much of this is very very true. This will, I guess pre-date some of us here, post-dates others ... and may make some of us nostalgic. hope I don't have to explain too much of it to the youngsters !!

    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 coloured lead-based paint which was 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 dokey's' 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, no Internet chat rooms.

    We had friends we went outside and found them. We played elastics 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 nick-nack and were 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 mummy 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!

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

    This my friends, is surprisingly frightening......and it might put a smile on your face:

    The majority of students in universities today were born in 1983........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 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.

    CD's 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, RedHand Gang or the Famous Five.

    They'll never have applied to be on Jim'll Fix It or Why Don't You.

    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.

    They will never understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone.
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  2. Phil
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    Phil Gigabyte Poster

    Wow, you know how to hit me right between the eyes with the nostalgia stick derek, mmmmm 3 TV channels and "Why don't you".... them were the days, never could stand Blue Peter though :)
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  3. Bruins

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    All that is ture over here in Canada to.
  4. SimonV
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    SimonV Petabyte Poster Gold Member


    It also needs "They'll never have sent pictures to Tony Hart to get them included in the Gallery".
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  5. flex22

    flex22 Gigabyte Poster

    Man I found that quite moving in a way, reading that.

    I was born in 1980, so obviously 70's references mean little to me.

    However, I can really associate with so much of that.It got me thinking actually, because now I'm not a kid, I just think that I don't play out in the street with me mates, that's normal.
    I just think that kids still do the same thing, but because I'm not a kid, I don't notice it.

    When I think of it though, our street used to be full of kids playing out, now I never see any, but I've never really thought about it.

    Me and my mates were always building dens every weekend, out of anything we could find.I never hear of kids building dens these days.
    Man I feel old now, lol.

    Man I don't think I ever got a lift to school, and I used to ride out to me nan's in lydiate (20 odd miles away) on my bike when I was 8,

    Suppose it's just a gradual slope to inactivity with kids.
  6. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    I have to say this...there must only be a handful of us who can truly relate to all that. I happen to be one of them. I really remember riding my bike all around the neighborhood, playing with my friends fo hours at a time. No one worried. We'd play baseball in the street and when a car came, we'd all pile over to the sidewalk until it passed, then go back to our original positions and continue the game.

    We'd play "war" and it wasn't politically incorrect (whatever that was back then). We'd wander all over the neighborhood, cutting through people's backyards and such holding semi-realisitic looking toy rifles and machine guns trying to "shoot" each other. When someone got the drop on you and fired, the traditional response was "You only wounded me!".

    I'd watch "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", "I Spy", "the Avengers" and revel in the "Cold War". And walking long distances to and from school was no big deal.

    Yeah, those were the days. Oh well. I kind of like computers and microwaves, though.
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  7. Nelix
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    Nelix Gigabyte Poster

    Im glad to see that I have made a few of you feel nostalgic, theres loads more that I could put in there but I thought it was going on a bit as it is.

    Keep your memorys of being a kid coming people
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  8. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    All great stuff in this thread, and I'm choking back the tears myself with nostalgia (or neuralgia !).

    Where did you pull this stuff from, Derek - tell me you did NOT sit down and compose that list yourself ? If you did, I'll have to come round and give you a sound kicking :D
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  9. Nelix
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    Nelix Gigabyte Poster

    I must admit that I did not compose the full list but I did do some of it :D
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  10. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    Lets face it - we all did that stuff, at least most of it !

    Bikes with no brakes, etc ? You remember the smell of when Mum/Gran/etc was making a fresh pot of soup ? How you smelt of Fairy Liquid and Pledge after washing/cleaning the family car for 50p ? etc, etc, .........
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