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    How our lives have changed

    These are so true. Funny how times have changed :>



    Are you a survivor???
    If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, 60's or 70's, looking
    back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have...

    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
    Riding in the back of a ute on a warm day was always a special treat.

    Our cots were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no
    childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cupboards, and when we
    rode our bikes we had no helmets.

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

    We would spend hours building 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.

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    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.

    No mobile phones. Unthinkable.

    We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no
    law suits from these accidents.
    They were accidents. No one was to blame, but us.
    Remember accidents?

    We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and
    learned to get over it.

    We ate patty cakes, bread and butter, and drank cordial, but we were
    never overweight... we were always outside playing. We shared one
    drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this.

    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, video games, 65
    channels on pay TV, video tape movies, surround sound, personal
    mobile phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms ... we had
    friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to
    a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell,
    or just walked in and talked to them.

    Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out
    there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian - how did we do it?

    We made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and ate worms, and
    although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very
    many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

    Footy and netball had tryouts and not everyone made the team.
    Those who didn't, had to learn to deal with disappointment.....
    Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and
    were held back to repeat the same grade. Tests were not adjusted for
    any reason.

    Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide
    behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was
    unheard of. They actually sided with the law - imagine that!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem
    solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has 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!

    Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as
    kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives....... for
    our own good......

    I remember the GOOD Times
    I also remember when i was about 14/15yo talkin 66/67 here, loading up my push bike ( no gears) and heading of with a friend for a weeks holiday in the Dandenong Ranges, not many house then bloody suburbs now 60km each way. Todays parents would have a fit at an ask of this nature from the kids these days.
    Health and good fortune always,
    Damien.

    We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
    We ran to the sounds of thunder.
    We danced among the lightning bolts,
    and tore the R10's assfromunder.

    Robert Jordan & memyself&I

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    I still drink from the garden hose...

    But I'd never drive without a belt.

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    I guess I'm one of these new 'protected' generation kids . I do wish at times that I had grown up back then - I remember reading books like the Secret Seven and wondering why I couldn't ride off with friends to discover stuff in the country side. As for parents having a fit - mine were less than impressed when they rang me on my mobile on a friday night to find out if I would be home for dinner only to be told I was actually at Philip Island... We only went down there as it had been our last day of school and we wanted to do something different. The responce was to always tell them when I'm going somewhere like that. Now I've learnt it is much easier to just say "I'm out, I should be home in a few hours"

    I don't know, these parents of today. Incidently they are probably your age roll_lau whip

    EDIT: I too still drink from a garden hose on occasion...

    <small>[ 08 December 2002, 10:46 AM: Message edited by: nJm ]</small>
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    nJm,

    Yeah, yeah....

    But would a father of the 40's,50's,60's,70's have gone out on a cruise with his son driving on his L's?
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    for some reason my old man never likes going for drives with me either on my L's or any other time once i got my license
    maybe the very few times he did come along for a ride was enough to warn him off
    BTW he is a '35 model so that would put him around a child of the 40's
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    Good post Damien!

    I was just thinking the other day about how, when I was between 10-14, I regularly rode a motorbike (a 90cc Harley eek! ) with no helmet, flat out at 100 km/h on the Great Northern Highway, carried a gun most of the time, played 'brandy' with air rifles, drove crazily in pretty high performance baja style buggy (high performance = wheelstandable) walked through snake infested bushland without ever wearing shoes (and encountered many), made bombs from war surplus .303 shells and shoplifted explosives fuse, set fire to everything in sight, swam in dams, played in enormous piles of wheat in silos...

    Great times. Now I have my own kids disappro

    Stuey


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    Geeeez they were good days.
    i can relate to most of your adventures Stuey, even down to riding a villiers powered home made (By me 15yo) mini bike 6-7miles on suburban roads, no helmet to a suitable paddock to ride on, i had several trips home in rear of Divy van, a case of thanks officer saved me some petrol. lol i was a bit of a cheeky sod then. Home made canons made from old steering columns, minus the centre shaft, 5d bunger and a tom bowler.
    Explanation:- for the fire works deprived younger generation 5d = 5 penny ie, "cost" it's a large fire cracker approx from memory 5" long 1" diameter 2" fuse. Tom bowleris a Glass marble 1 1/2 diameter.
    The cracker was lit & dropped down the tube the marble was dropped in & canon aimed quickly, said appliance would put marble thru a pailing fence from 300 yards and therefore 300 yds head start on home owner hehehe.
    Mind you the role of the police officer was quite different then i was let off many times with a foot up the backside or clip in the ears. (literally). whip whip whip

    <small>[ 09 December 2002, 05:19 AM: Message edited by: Damien Gardner ]</small>
    Health and good fortune always,
    Damien.

    We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
    We ran to the sounds of thunder.
    We danced among the lightning bolts,
    and tore the R10's assfromunder.

    Robert Jordan & memyself&I

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    N-scale 1/160th Renault & Citroen, Advert. Signs & Billboards

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    DTwo:

    But would a father of the 40's,50's,60's,70's have gone out on a cruise with his son driving on his L's?
    DTwo - exactly my thoughts :p Especially someone like Nick who we hear regularly had the 505 sideways (or was trying to) eek!

    Your dad can't be that bad Nick!

    Derek

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    [QB][QUOTE]Originally posted by DTwo:
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    But would a father of the 40's,50's,60's,70's have gone out on a cruise with his son driving on his L's?

    Actually this brings back memories, My Dad did take me driving once. It went like this 17yo first car Customised FJ Holden First lesson on road "The Aussie frog member from Bentleigh will relate to this". Travelling down Centre Rd towards Nepean Highway 60k zone Dad says if ya go a bit faster we'll make the lights we went thru intersection at 60 mph (100km) at which time he says next right so i did at said 100kph he shit himself lol we stopped at my pop's place in this same street & it was several hours before my dad was ready to travel again at which time he took my keys and drove us home. 33yrs later he still wont travel with me unless there's no way out.
    Health and good fortune always,
    Damien.

    We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
    We ran to the sounds of thunder.
    We danced among the lightning bolts,
    and tore the R10's assfromunder.

    Robert Jordan & memyself&I

    1/48th Scale Alpine A310,
    N-scale 1/160th Renault & Citroen, Advert. Signs & Billboards

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    Yeah, I guess I am pretty lucky. Jason's dad was the same,
    Nick
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    "All of its cars from the 1.1 litre 205 through the ugly duckling 309 to the 2.2 litre 505 GTi had a rightness and a righteousness about them that turned every humdrum drive into a journey. Someone, I once wrote, in the bowels of Peugeot understands handling and how a chassis should feel." - Jeremy Clarkson

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    My son now 24 got his learners permit at 16yo and by the time he turned 18 he had 20,000km under the belt. i guess i'm one of the good dads
    when he turned 16 i got him 6 lessons to teach parking etc, the 6 before getting licence to get rid of the bad habits learned from me & his mum.

    dance dance dance
    Health and good fortune always,
    Damien.

    We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
    We ran to the sounds of thunder.
    We danced among the lightning bolts,
    and tore the R10's assfromunder.

    Robert Jordan & memyself&I

    1/48th Scale Alpine A310,
    N-scale 1/160th Renault & Citroen, Advert. Signs & Billboards

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    DTwo:
    nJm,

    Yeah, yeah....

    But would a father of the 40's,50's,60's,70's have gone out on a cruise with his son driving on his L's?
    Mine would have... if he'd have gone on the cruise at all. I often drove my dad around while I was learning to drive. Lots of good practice.

    "Ls"? Now that's a modern bit of nomenclature.

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    Damien Gardner:
    These are so true. Funny how times have changed :>



    Are you a survivor???
    If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, 60's or 70's, looking
    back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have...
    .
    I was a child of the 70s and 80s, so most of those things were true for me too, but I'm glad my parents always got me to wear a seat belt.

    Dave
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