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#1 OFFLINE   Dan Quinn

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Posted 05 December 2005 - 08:21 PM

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 used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it
raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in waxpaper 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 damagedpsyches. What an archaic health
system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat 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 athreat.

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?

LOVE TO ALL OF US WHOSHARED THIS ERA, AND TO ALL WHO

DIDN'T - SORRY FOR


WHAT YOU MISSED. I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING.........
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Posted 05 December 2005 - 10:41 PM

Thanks for the memories and I severed them all.

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:31 AM

Dan, you grew up under the same terrible(??) times as us. How did we live through a regular upbringing?
Now look at us, we're Caravaners touring North America :lol: :lol:
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:50 AM

I grew up like this. And my kids will also. My hope is they will actually be able to take care of themselves.
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 09:30 AM

In Bob's inimitable words, "thanks for the memories"! Times have changed so much a friend of mine moved to Nebraska just to raise his kids. He's been back to CA now for several years but is now so re-dissalusioned he is retiring to Idaho! If I knew then what I know now... :D
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:46 PM

"bottle of Mercurochrome"

Wow -I had forgotten the smell of iodine-and the lil glass applicater

As to being bored back in the day-I dont remember-but i think it was when I too lazy to go outside and my mom would shoosh me out, so it didnt last long. It was the imagination that made what we had available to us whatever we needed and made the world around us part of our play time.

Thats why I love taking the kids & our grand kids camping-especially the younger ones, doesnt take long
before those sticks & stones and clods of dirt become all sorts of magical things.

Good thoughts-thanks

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 02:17 AM

All so very true Dan. I wouldn't trade those simple days for anything. Those days things were so much simpler and I think a whole lot more fun. From building tree forts to riding your bike with the transistor radio blaring from the handle bars with hockey cards in the spokes, snowball fights and nicky nicky nine doors....geting a little tear in my eye...gotta go......... :ph43r: :lol: :) :( :P
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Posted 07 December 2005 - 06:10 AM

All so very true Dan. I wouldn't trade those simple days for anything. Those days things were so much simpler and I think a whole lot more fun. From building tree forts to riding your bike with the transistor radio blaring from the handle bars with hockey cards in the spokes, snowball fights and nicky nicky nine doors....geting a little tear in my eye...gotta go......... :P :lol: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: -_-
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Same goes here! But never heard of HOCKEY CARDS?? BASEBALL CARDS here all the way! :lol: :) :( The real tear jerker is to think what those cards would be worth today. :ph43r:

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 06:34 AM

Same goes here! But never heard of HOCKEY CARDS?? BASEBALL CARDS here all the way! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif The real tear jerker is to think what those cards would be worth today. ohmy.gif


We collected hockey cards when we we're little tikes. My younger brother passed away and he was the last one to know where they were. We had Bobby Orr rookie cards. That would help with a down payment on a truck :ph43r:
My chances of finding them are very slim since my mom and dad moved four times since I left home. :lol: :)
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