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I saw this on another forum and thought most of us fit this 'criteria'. I read it and remembered how most of us were all outside screwin' around not giving a shit. Here it is ... a tribute to all of us born before 1986.

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 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 sky 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!British bulldogs,run off,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 chap-the-door-run-away (bobber knockin) and were actually afraid 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 parents 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 governments 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 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.
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

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.

Now let's check if we're getting old...
1. You understand what was written above and you smile.
2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after a night out.
3. Your friends are getting married/already married.
4. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably with computers.
5. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head.
6. You remember watching Dirty Den in EastEnders the first time around.
7. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good Old days,repeating again all the funny things you have experienced together.
8. Having read this you are thinking of forwarding it to some other friends because you think they will like it too...

Keep it real. *taps chest* Peace outside.
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That was so full of painfully British culture references, my teeth started to turn brown and fall out.

1969 bitches!
 

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We need a shout out for the Banana seat and real BMX bikes - building backyard or sidewalk jumps, skidding competition and, of course, getting to know the nurses and doctors at the hospital- dem were the days!!!
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1986... but different country and...
no helmets
no seatbelts in the back seats
actually driving a car under supervision at the age of 12 (was a kick ass experience)
beer for all regardless of age, YAY! :D
I can go on and on.
 

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1966 bitches......dont forget throwing those rookie hockey cards against the school walls. Dam id be rich.my wife said sweat bands and rugby pants/shorts..also she said leg warmers hahahahaha.god the 80s are coming back.then there will be big hair ...o yes feather it too.awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
 

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Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Befitting classic tragedy (partly inspired by Shakespeare's melodrama/tragedy Romeo and Juliet) in an arching pattern, the narrative film is neatly divided into five acts:

the exposition of the dysfunctional conflict between parents and children - all three children are experiencing serious problems due to a lack of a father figure
interaction between the teenage characters, both befriending and taunting
the climactic challenge of the daredevil 'chickie run'
the peaceful and loving, but transitory denouement following the fatal challenge
and the final tragedy of the last act when the three young people are brought together and only two survive to enter into adulthood and maturity
 

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1977 bitches.
Who can forget the classic (and I'll argue best) cartoons from the early 80s? G.I. Joe, Transformers, He-Man, etc. Those were real cartoons, not the mamby-pamby shit that suffices for kids today. I wonder what the fuck they have to wake up excited for on Saturday mornings?
 

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1977 bitches.
I wonder what the fuck they have to wake up excited for on Saturday mornings?
1. Gotta run some "packages" to support mom's habit.
2. Learning to cook crank from the internet.
3. Plan a school shooting.
4. "I've been in front of this TV for 80hrs straight; is Saturday morning already?"
5. Remember: PopTarts before noon, Pizza Pops after noon, and always drink pop for hydration.
 

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Tattoodles said:
That was so full of painfully British culture references, my teeth started to turn brown and fall out.

1969 bitches!
Aah .. memories of playing "chap-the-door-run-away (bobber knockin)"
'65 :rockon
 

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Yup, this must be the geezer club and I am a full member.

How about brown paper grocery bags and carry out service? A&W and Dog & Suds drive-ins? Drive-in (make-out) movies? Black phones with rotary dials? Ten cent and nickel chocolate bars and pops? Conkers made with chestnuts? Spinning a button on a looped piece of string? Cat-In-The-Cradle string game and how many steps you could go? 33.3 and 45 rpm vinyl records?(still have a large collection). Mighty Mouse, Tom & Jerry, Heckyl & Jeckyl, Popeye, Sky King, Dr. Ben Casey, Ed Sullivan, The Andy Williams Show, Route 66,
77 Sunset Strip and Kookie Burns (song - Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb), Hawaii Five O (Book him Danno), Rin Tin Tin (Yo Rinnie!), Spin and Marty (eeyaw-keee), The Wonderful World of Disney with Walt Disney, Walter Cronkite?

I don't remember when this happened it must have been about 30 years ago but a young (16 year old) girl asked me: "Did you know that Paul McCartney was in another band before Wings?" Yikes!

Wow, trips down memory lane boys.

But you know what? The bikes are soooo much better today! Faster, stop quicker, more reliable, start them with the punch of a button, prettier or more macho.
 

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wow, that was trip down memory lane!

here's to ball tag with 15-20 kids, mini bikes with metal tanks so you could crash all you liked, loosing wayne gretsky rookie cards (3 of them..who knew)DOH!


1970 for this old cougar :)
 

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Did any one here ever get strapped when they did something bad at school?
By the way I am talking elementary school.
The principal used to take a leather belt to our hands.

1974 beotches.
 

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times have changed dramaticaly, everyone is a fucking pussy now!
 
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I'm 1972,Wow, what a bunch of memories. Remember the noise of old cards rattling in the spokes of a bicycle's wheel ? The first roller skates ? with fuzz boots ? Remember your first ''Big Wheel'' ? Does the name Evil Knievil remind you of anything ? A tv show called Chips ? Ha ha ha!

I guess we adapted pretty well to this realy fast growing era, but I do wonder once in a while about our kids, or the after 1990 borned kids. Not sure what they have in bank for us.
 

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nothing absolutely nothing
 
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