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Went caching yesterday, but got rained out. Got a light wait rain jacket that I been
taking with me every where I go. I got in a short rain one time, but the vents were unziped
and water came in. I zipped it all up, folded it up in its own pocket. That makes it about
the size of a solf ball. It worked fine in a few little mise rains. But yesterday I put it on
for the down pore and I got wetter than I would with a t-shirt. Garbage!
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of
us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the
early 80's, probably shouldn't have survived.
Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or
cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.
(Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.)
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or
air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm
day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with
sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were
always outside playing. We shared one soft drink with four
friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps
and then rode 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 would leave home in the morning and play all day, as
long as we were back soon after dark. No one
was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no
video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape
movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal
computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had friends! We went
outside and found them.
We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really
We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth,
and there were no lawsuits from these acciP� dents. 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 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
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on
the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to
Little League 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. Horrors!
Tests were not adjusted for any reason.
Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected, 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
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 if you're one of them, congratulations!