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This was in the LI Chevelles news letter and I can thoughly relate to it!!!

Black and White (Under age 40? You won't understand.)

You could hardly see (the TV) for all the snow, spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.

Pull a chair up to the TV set, 'Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet.'

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom use to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I use to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in icepack coolers, but I can't remember getting e-coli

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE. And risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross -training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.


Flunking gym was not an option... even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a cap and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked there and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next-door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house? Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?

TO ALL OF US WHO SHARED THIS ERA, AND TO ALL WHO DIDN'T- SORRY FOR WHAT YOU MISSED. I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING.
 

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One you missed,all the schools around here have police there all the time.
 

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Any body else get this from dad?..."Boy, now you know you shouldn't have done that. Go cut me a switch, and it better be a good one". I wish I had a buck for every whippin I got as a kid.
 

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I remember, I was about 16. Got into an argument with my parents. Said FU to my mother as I was running out the door. (mistake #1) as I got to the end of the porch I turned around (mistake #2) just in time to see my fathers fist strike me square in the chest. Two steps down, (never touched) 4' wide sidewalk (never touched) 3 rail split rail fence (didn't hold). Made a mental note to never cuss my mother again.

If I'd have only known that I could have had my father put in jail for 10yrs and enjoyed all the freedoms I wanted. What a wonderful person I could have been. Instead, I have to go through life respecting others and treating people nicely. Man I hate this life I'm forced to live.:D
 

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Me to remember all of that and even more.:yes:
Remember when they came out with remote for the TV I think it was called the clicker? And when they came out with the beta max that had huge tapes.
 

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Any body else get this from dad?..."Boy, now you know you shouldn't have done that. Go cut me a switch, and it better be a good one". I wish I had a buck for every whippin I got as a kid.
I remember selecting the switch. It was the most carefully selected switch I could find. What power pyschlogical suff.
 

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Now maybe when I was a little kid getting hit might make a difference. But I imagine coming into my teenage years all hitting me would do is make me mad.

If any male hit me my reaction would be to fight back. It wouldn't matter if it was my dad or a teacher or whoever.

I get along too well with my dad for anything like that to happen. I'm just saying.

Maybe it's just me being part of the lazy, sense of entitlement, disrespectful generation.
 

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Oh yea remember running behind the fogger guy when he came down the road killing bugs:yes::sad:
 

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Oh yea remember running behind the fogger guy when he came down the road killing bugs:yes::sad:
man, that stuff smelled GREAT
 

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...written by the generation that ruined everything for generations to come. :yes:

The kids that grew up in that generation are the ones that created the lawsuit-happy society we must now live in fear of. :sad:
I think Foreman has a point here. :D
 

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...written by the generation that ruined everything for generations to come. :yes:

The kids that grew up in that generation are the ones that created the lawsuit-happy society we must now live in fear of. :sad:
I dont think thats a fair assessment ..It was the damn dopehead hippys kids known as yuppies
 

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I dont think thats a fair assessment ..It was the damn dopehead hippys kids known as yuppies
Yea and Derek is a Dexter Yuppie:D
 

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I got so many licks from the vice principal at school, it didn't really bother me much. I learned to accept that the pain was for the fun I wasn't supposed to have in school. Usually. ;) I think the guy who screwed it up was the same guy who kept swattin' me with a Levi's jacket in 7th grade homeroom. The teacher didn't see him hit me about six times, or me tellin' him to stop. She only saw me turn around and punch him in the nose. After I took my 5 licks, he was up to bat. After the third one, he was hoppin' around, screamin' "I'll take the suspension!" :D The VP told him to man up, it was too late to switch off. :D

He probably grew up to be a politician, changed the rules to "protect our children" from the only other who could legally keep them in line while out of sight of their parents. :rolleyes:
 
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