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Old 23-12-06
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1930's 40's, 50's, 60's 70's and 80's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

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

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets as rode up that ramp & soared into the air, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking .

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose, puddles 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 cakes, white bread and real butter, stuffed ourselves with crisps and sweets and drank pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......


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 O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride 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 Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no dvd's no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no Lawsuits from these accidents .

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We 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 yelled for them!

Football teams had trials and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

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

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, 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



And YOU are one of them!


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 our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

PS -The big type is because your eyes are shot at your age
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Re: Survivors

From an old forty something, this is perfectly true UNFORTUNATELY and your piece shows how society has become these days. Children are in danger if they go out to play (abduction etc) and are a danger when they go out to play nowadays (well some are), but that is the way of life now and it shouldn't be that way.
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Re: Survivors

The social situation looks like surprisingly same here in Japan as in the UK. Most children just do not go out to play because of the said environments. On the other hand, playing mainly at home, maybe playing with TV game or whatever, makes him/her just dull (?). - they lack something important in life - lack of social skills (maybe there should be more proper words which I can not conceive of.)

BTW I went a bookstore in a big city two days ago and found to my surprise that the top 1 of the bestseller books are "Japanese in the collected world jokes". The author collected them in the world. I have almost read it through and enjoyed it. They are ethnic jokes so not necessarily suitable to talk about it here. That said, how about this one? It must be related to the expensive living costs here.

A foreigner placed an order for a cup of coffee at a Cafe in Tokyo. He learned it costed 10 USD for only one cup. He murmured with a big surprise, " in other contries robbers wear stocking in the head but in Japan they wear it in the leg!"

one more: Joke and Japanese
One joke makes Japanese laugh three times.
1. when they listened to it
2. when they were explained the meaning of it
3. when they can understand the interesting part of the joke only after going back home.

Hopefully translated so so ok. The original must be in English.
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