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 Post subject: Those born before 1986...a bit long but interesting
PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 2:51 pm 
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I saw this on a different board and it caught my attention so I thought I'd post it...

Me and my friends were talking about this same subject last night when we saw a group of 8 year old kids all with cell phones...I mean what in the hell does an 8 year old need a cell phone for?



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 and 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 juice 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 Play stations 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 DVDs, no Internet chat rooms.

We had friends - we went outside and found them. We played elastics and rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt! We fell out of trees, got cut, and broke bones but there were no law suits. We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other parents.

We played knock-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the owners catching us.

We walked to friends' 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 was 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, for our own good. 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 1986... 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 Cherry 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, the Dukes of Hazard or the Famous Five.

They can't believe a black and white television ever existed. And they will never understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone.


This is so true...


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:04 pm 
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Haha, I was born just in 1983, but it definitely still applies to me.

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yeah I am a 1983 kid too....

but even then the difference between the way we grew up and kids who were born in say 1987-1988 is HUGE!


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I was born in 1981 and much of that applies to me as well. I remember the days of the A-Team, MacGyver (who made duct tape famous), Knight Rider, and Magnum P.I.

Even I've seen my life evolve from one that was mostly outside to one that is mostly inside. I spent hours outside when I was little and always walked/rode to my friends house. Today I'm lucky to get a couple hours outside. It was nice this weekend though. My girlfriend and I went over to downtown Portland and wandered for 4 hours.

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Yulin wrote:
I'm a 1970 kid, and as usual when I see these lists, I just shake my head and say yep...yep...yep..

I mean, can you imagine trying to explain to one of of these kids how that cute little black kid from the Jackson Five turned into that white woman?


Whippersnappers! I'm from 1958. I remember when they invented football and Jesus. Seriously though, my son, who is now 15, said upon seeing the Thriller album cover for the first time, "Michael Jackson is black???!!!" It was asked in all innocence and with complete incredulousness. Funny as hell. I love that list though and it is very true. I refuse to give in....my kids always rode bikes with no helmets! Their skulls were so thick due to our unique genetics who was worried?


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Micheal Jackson is Black??????? :shock:


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[quote="backnblack"] Whippersnappers! I'm from 1958. quote]

Who are you calling a whippernapper, young'un? 1947 here and remember Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob and staring at the test pattern for long periods of time waiting for them to start! :-)


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