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Topic: When I was a kid ....

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Cincydawg

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When I was a kid ....
« on: March 09, 2021, 03:35:50 PM »
So, I'm old, so it's been a while, the 1950s and 1960s for me.  My first school did not have air conditioning, aside from open windows.  Our TV of course was B&W until about 1968 when we got color, the color was bad, and you had to tweak the antennae any time you changed the channel, by turning a dial.  We had two TV stations in Augusta, Atlanta had three, then a UHF station, and PBS.  That was Big Time.

The Sunday sports section had photos of big plays in the football game.  Otherwise, it was radio.  Our first car with AC was a 1965 Chevy Malibu, it had a two speed transmission called Powerglide.

On occasion, Dad would bring home a bucket of KFC, that was Big Time.  I had my first pizza when I was 16.  I got so bored the summer between 6th and 7th grade I started reading the World Book Encyclopedia, our internet of the day.  I got all the way to W.  Don't ask me about X-rays or yttrium.

I had a passbook savings account.  Every bank paid the same rate of interest, I think it was 4.25%.  I got a quarter a week allowance, later the neighbor paid me a dollar to mow his grass.

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Re: When I was a kid ....
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2021, 03:44:15 PM »
You left out walking to school,5 miles......up hill - both ways,in 2 ft of snow - in Georgia
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Re: When I was a kid ....
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2021, 03:45:15 PM »
when I was a kid we never locked our front door except at night

the car keys were kept in the cars ignition 

during the summer I could leave the house and be gone all day without missing persons being called

the main rules I grew up under were:

never lie and
do what youre told when youre told to do it
They won't let me give blood anymore. The burnt orange color scares the hell out of the doctors.

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Re: When I was a kid ....
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2021, 03:52:08 PM »
You've never Lied?Call me skeptical - rephrase that to never get caught in one
“Did I hear God call me an idiot? ”― William P. Young

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Re: When I was a kid ....
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2021, 04:02:02 PM »
You've never Lied?Call me skeptical - rephrase that to never get caught in one
sure I did but I quickly learned the possible consequences made it highly unpleasant 
They won't let me give blood anymore. The burnt orange color scares the hell out of the doctors.

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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2021, 04:10:33 PM »
You've never Lied?Call me skeptical - rephrase that to never get caught in one
In fairness, he said it was a rule.  He never said he didn’t break it.  I think “Never lie to me” is pretty much a universal parental rule.

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Re: When I was a kid ....
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2021, 04:17:47 PM »
Sure it is I'd slip an occasional one in there to save my skin.Definately don't play the folks for fools as I was the last of 5 they heard them all before...but I still had to try
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Re: When I was a kid ....
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2021, 04:24:34 PM »
when I was a kid we never locked our front door except at night

the car keys were kept in the cars ignition

during the summer I could leave the house and be gone all day without missing persons being called

the main rules I grew up under were:

never lie and
do what youre told when youre told to do it

We never locked our doors at all.  Like, ever.

Rode a bike without a helmet.

Rode in the back of pickup trucks.


Here’s the thing though.  Why?  This is common sense stuff.  I had wonderful parents but there was no reason to never lock a door.  There was no reason to let your kids ride in the back of trucks.  My parents should have kept better tabs on me when I was 10, 11, 12, years old.

Idk.  Older generations sort of scoff at kids these days as soft or parents as being overprotective, but a lot of it is just good parenting, imo.  My parents let me do stuff I’d never let my kids do.

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Re: When I was a kid ....
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2021, 04:53:42 PM »
We never locked our doors at all.  Like, ever.

Rode a bike without a helmet.

Rode in the back of pickup trucks.


Here’s the thing though.  Why?  This is common sense stuff.  I had wonderful parents but there was no reason to never lock a door.  There was no reason to let your kids ride in the back of trucks.  My parents should have kept better tabs on me when I was 10, 11, 12, years old.

Idk.  Older generations sort of scoff at kids these days as soft or parents as being overprotective, but a lot of it is just good parenting, imo.  My parents let me do stuff I’d never let my kids do.
I never owned a helmet 

we never had central air even in our schools except for the teachers lounge and the cafeteria

worked summer jobs from age 16 on for college

just like sandlot we had a neighborhood baseball team

we used to break into the high school baseball park when it wasnt being used

sometimes the police would chase us away (we knew all of them by name and they knew all of us by name)

sometimes the police would just sit in their car and watch us



They won't let me give blood anymore. The burnt orange color scares the hell out of the doctors.

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Re: When I was a kid ....
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2021, 04:59:13 PM »
I don't think anyone rode a bike with a helmet.  I don't know if one could buy a bike helmet anywhere back then.


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Re: When I was a kid ....
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2021, 05:19:05 PM »
The general public didn't wear helmets that's for sure.  I didn't, until my upper teens/20s when I was regularly road-cycling 30-50 miles per day.

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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2021, 05:35:28 PM »
To borrow from my Dad, who had this to say about growing up in the 50s: "Marijuana, Cocaine, and Heroin were foreign words. Nowadays you mention them to start conversations at Circle K. The only drug users were Bikers and Jazz Musicians and everyone else went to church."

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Re: When I was a kid ....
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2021, 05:47:17 PM »
when I was a kid the world wasn't overrun by pussies. 

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Re: When I was a kid ....
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2021, 05:53:48 PM »
To borrow from my Dad, who had this to say about growing up in the 50s: "Marijuana, Cocaine, and Heroin were foreign words. Nowadays you mention them to start conversations at Circle K. The only drug users were Bikers and Jazz Musicians and everyone else went to church."
I wish coke was still cola, and a joint was a bad place to be.



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