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  1. fredball

    Vancouver, WA
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    No matter what our kids
    And the new generation think about us,

    OUR Lives are LIVING PROOF !!!

    To Those of Us Born1925 - 1970:At the end
    Of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don't read anything else,
    PleaseRead what he

    Very well stated,
    Mr. Leno.~~~~~~~~~TO ALL THE
    KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE1930s, '40s, '50s,
    '60s and '70s!!

    First, we survived
    Being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drankWhile they were

    They took aspirin,
    Ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

    Then, after that
    Trauma, we werePut to sleep
    On our tummiesIn baby cribs
    CoveredWith bright colored
    Lead-based paints.

    We had no
    Childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets,And, when we
    Rode our bikes,We had baseball
    Caps,Not helmets, on
    Our heads.

    As infants and
    Children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts,
    No air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes..

    Riding in the
    Back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

    We drank water
    From the garden hose and not from a bottle.

    We shared one
    Soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

    We ate cupcakes,
    White bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.
    And we weren't overweight.

    Because we were
    Always outside playing...that's why!

    We would leave
    Home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights
    Came on.No one was
    Able to reach us all day.--And, we were

    We would spend
    Hours buildingOur go-carts out
    Of scrapsAnd then ride
    Them down the hill,Only to find
    Out we forgot the brakes.. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned
    To solve the problem..

    We did not
    Have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There wereNo video games,
    No 150 channels on cable,No video movies
    Or DVDs,No surround-sound or
    CDs,No cell phones,No personal computers,No Internet and
    No chat rooms.

    WE HAD FRIENDSAnd we went
    Outside and found them!

    We fell out
    Of trees, got cut,Broke bones and
    Teeth,And there were
    No lawsuitsFrom those accidents.

    We would get
    Spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand,
    And no one would call child services to report abuse.

    We ate worms,
    And mud piesMade from dirt,
    AndThe worms did
    Not live in us forever.
    We were given
    BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses,made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and -although we were
    Told it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes.

    We rode bikes
    Or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just
    Walked in and talked to them.

    Little League had
    TryoutsAnd not everyone
    Made the team.Those who didn't
    Had to learnTo deal with

    Imagine that!!

    The idea of a parent bailing
    Us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

    These generations have
    Produced some of the bestrisk-takers,Problem solvers, and
    Inventors ever.

    The past 50
    To 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..

    We had freedom,
    Failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

    If YOU are
    One of those bornBetween 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS!

    You might want
    To share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers
    and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

    While you are
    at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents

    Kind of makes
    you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?~~~~~~~The quote of
    the month
    byJay Leno: "With hurricanes, tornadoes,
    fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the
    country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist
    attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?" For those that
    prefer to think that God is not in control...go ahead and delete this.For the rest
    of us.....
    please pass this
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  2. Mikej

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    I never made, or ate mud pie. I never ate a worm. I sold worms, they are for fishing.
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  3. Just Jim

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    All of the above was just an average life but I guess considered awesome by those who can't live that way now.:D

    I can tell you the start of it changing but it won't matter as you can never go back. Today is now the "good old days" so just imagine what the future will bring.:s0142:
  4. Joe13

    NW of Vancouver
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    Isn't that a country song...?
  5. raftman

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    I was born well after 1970 and most of that list still applied to me.
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  6. Medic!

    East side Portland
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    I grew up in the country on a river. Ten miles from a town of about 3000 people.

    Hunting was very good out there. I ate squirrel, rabbit, porky pine, deer, bear, beaver, quail, chucker, pheasant, and home grown duck and chicken. We grew a garden. And canned for winter. We also caught trout and smelt to smoke and save.

    In other words. Living took a lot more energy. And took constant thoughts, and preparation.

    Food was never a guarantee. And I could not afford to be picky about my diet. We were poor!
    They don't allow people to be poor like that today!

    I think the definition of ''HUNGRY'' today. Is missing a meal once a week! And Uncle Sam will step in if you qualify and want help!

    For better or worse. It sure has changed.

    I never get mad with how easy kids have it today. I mostly feel sorry for them. They will never know, or be shaped by that kind of hardship. It's a great teacher.
  7. salmonriverjohn

    N.W Oregon coast, Gods country
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    Amen Medic. I was born the son of a dirt poor coal miner/moonshiner and we made do just fine. I'm not sure how he did it but him and the old woman raised four of us boys up during the 50's and 60's and there were some tough times, but you'd have never guessed it watching and talking to us back then.
    Like you, I too grew up hunting, trapping, fishing and raising most of the food we used and loved it all,,, what a ride!

    I do kind of shake my head though at times when I see "grown" men in their 20's living at their folks place showing up at pawn shops looking for video games they don't have in pajama bottoms and T-shirts with no idea what to do with themselves.
    No job, hanging at Moms house, eating Moms food, not contributing to any worthwhile cause and no intention (incentive) to change. What would they do if the power went out for more than a day? I cringe when I think of them being the next generation to lead us.
    Don't get me wrong, there are some real good young people out there that restore some of my faith when I meet them, yet I see them less often of late and it's a damn shame.
  8. mjbskwim

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    Hey, don't ya know? This is called "bushcraft" now lol
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  9. Medic!

    East side Portland
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    ''Bush craft'':s0140:

    True that.

    Life was survival back then. Practicing survival wasn't even a thing yet.:s0092: And the motivation wasn't to post a video on youtube.

    It was to get rid of the hunger in your empty belly!
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  10. clearconscience

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    I think this is the main reason for todays problems. Life has gotten far to complicated and busy.
    It's not in human nature to be so stressed and complicated at such a young age now.
    Too many grown children now a days that don't know what poor is, what being hurt is, being hungry, or most importantly hard work!!
    They know nothing of adventure or simplicity. I think this is a reason for all the growth of mental defectives these days.

    And I'm only 33!
  11. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu
    PDX OR
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    I grew up in the 50's and 60's we were poor too but didn't really know it. It was just life!
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  12. DSAPT9

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    I grew up in the Spokane Valley and graduated in 76 and I too did most of those things on that list. As a kid in the 6th grade all the way through getting a drivers license my friends and I rode our bikes to swim in the Spokane River (1.5 miles away) or Liberty Lake (3 miles away) and never thought anything about it. I was told to be home at a certain time so I got home at that time. I got my BB gun at 11 but I already had a 22 that was my fathers (and still do). I would shoot for hours in our backyard and no one ever got hurt from it. We either played cowboys and Indians or cops and robbers depending on the day.

    We had no cell phones radios or other communications that kids have today.

    I was told once by an older woman I worked with many years ago that the problem with the kids today is they are not needed. In her day you needed kids to work the farm, baby sit siblings and help around the house.

    Move to today and it is even truer I read once that most college grads can’t even balance a check book they have never even held a part time job and never had to even do chores at home. As kids they were not allowed to play dodge ball or any sport with contact until high school if then and everyone gets a trophy.

    So yes we are awesome!
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  13. Stomper

    SHUT YOUR FACE!! Gold Supporter

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    Dang... So many newly promoted Captains around here with the same last name of... OBVIOUS!! :D
  14. salmonriverjohn

    N.W Oregon coast, Gods country
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  15. Medic!

    East side Portland
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    The times were awesome. All that not having much. Was a lot!
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2015
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  16. salmonriverjohn

    N.W Oregon coast, Gods country
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    Very nice medic, what a beautiful place to grow and grow up.
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  17. Stomper

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    Ahem.... Is is OBVIOUS that we are awesome. :D
  18. salmonriverjohn

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