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Old 10-29-2012, 10:48 PM   #21
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Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
Oh, I used to love all the kids lying down in the back of the family station wagon with all the seats down and no seatbelts, watching out the back window as we drove home late from Grandma's house.

Terribly unsafe and we'd have been human missiles if we'd hit anything. But it's still a very fond memory.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:57 PM   #22
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Both electrons and protons carry charge, and can be useful. Having only neutrons, now that's true destitute. In fact, people did not even know they had neutrons until 1932.

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Boomers parried the attack of the preboomers and have them fleeing battle in a hasty and disorganized retreat.
Well, talk about being outnumbered.
I am a boomer, but being so old-fashioned that I found things in the list that I agreed with. And yes, I have received similar emails too.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:49 AM   #23
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Usually a wheel would come off a go-cart. Just like Ben-Hur.
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Boomers parried the attack of the preboomers and have them fleeing battle in a hasty and disorganized retreat.

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I am neither a boomer (perish the thought) nor a pre-boomer. However, I do have two grade school age kids. I resent twaddle like the OP's chain email because it is an attack on parenting.

Yep, my kids have a different childhood than I did and are being raised somewhat differently than I was. It happens every generation.
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Bucky Covington....born in 1977. He never lived in that "different world" he sings about, it was gone before he arrived. The cars in the barn, the b/w television, etc, pre date him by a good twenty years.
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I am neither a boomer (perish the thought) nor a pre-boomer. However, I do have two grade school age kids. I resent twaddle like the OP's chain email because it is an attack on parenting.

Yep, my kids have a different childhood than I did and are being raised somewhat differently than I was. It happens every generation.
Twaddle is right...

However, I had nothing to do with being born a boomer!

Besides, trying to pigeonhole 78.3M people, born over an 18-yr period, is absurd...
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Besides, trying to pigeonhole 78.3M people, born over an 18-yr period, is absurd...
Agreed. And we are all ****ing special individuals, every one of us...
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Bucky Covington....born in 1977. He never lived in that "different world" he sings about, it was gone before he arrived. The cars in the barn, the b/w television, etc, pre date him by a good twenty years.
He sure looks better after getting his teeth fixed. Bucky was a real snaggletooth when he was on Idol.
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I'm just really burned out on the "How much better things were in them olden days" stories, because my relatives in their 80s can't seem to get beyond their selective views of the past, even though they clearly enjoy modern conveniences such as email, computers and small inexpensive digital cameras. Thus I am the constant recipient of patronizing "see how things were so much better then" chain emails that are usually nonsensical.

Miraculously, my Dad (who is in his early 80s) does not suffer from this disease at all and seems to live and relish the present. And he doesn't pass along chain emails either. So hopefully I won't fall into the trap.
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DS is outside anytime the weather permits and sometimes when it does not. We are blessed to live in an isolated housing development with several children his age to play with. He has worn out tires on his bicycle, climbed trees, hunted toads, he is really enjoying life! I wish I had some of his energy.
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I'm just really burned out on the "How much better things were in them olden days" stories, because my relatives in their 80s can't seem to get beyond their selective views of the past, even though they clearly enjoy modern conveniences such as email, computers and small inexpensive digital cameras. .....
Things have never been better, IIRC, IMHO, YMMV
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I'm progressive on most things. I've been an early adopter of tech since the early 80's. My children grew up in a different world than their parents. I went out and roamed as a child. For my kids, activities were planned and we drove them because of distance to playing fields.

We shared our values with them, while embracing their music, etc. It seems funny that they enjoy many types of music now, including the best of our era.

Our days were far from ideal. Everything can be improved, and the following generations get their their chances to make a better mark on history.
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Besides, trying to pigeonhole 78.3M people, born over an 18-yr period, is absurd...
And I think what really gets me about that email forward is that it is pigeonholing all the people born between 1930 and 1979 into having a shared childhood. That long long long list of golden memories just don't apply across the board. But it just keeps getting forwarded.
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And I think what really gets me about that email forward is that it is pigeonholing all the people born between 1930 and 1979 into having a shared childhood. That long long long list of golden memories just don't apply across the board. But it just keeps getting forwarded.
I agree. I spend time on a tractor forum largely populated by rural whites that love to wax poetic about how great the 50's and 60's were. I suspect they might have a slightly different opinion if their complexion was a bit darker.
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Early 70s my mother would load 10 of us into a 64 Chevy to go to the Drive In. We`d have kids in the trunk and under blankets.
I raised my kids with less "safety crap" and they are raising theirs the same. A lot of dirt never hurt anyone.
Only time Id take them to the emergency room was for not breathing or loss of 3 quarts of blood.
I believe lots of people are soft.
A minor cough or cold and they are off to the doctor.
A bug in the house and call the exterminator.
A little storm or snow and its a major delemma.
Many have little or no patience.
How about common sense.
Or manners.
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Early 70s my mother would load 10 of us into a 64 Chevy to go to the Drive In. We`d have kids in the trunk and under blankets.
I raised my kids with less "safety crap" and they are raising theirs the same. A lot of dirt never hurt anyone.
Only time Id take them to the emergency room was for not breathing or loss of 3 quarts of blood.
I believe lots of people are soft.
A minor cough or cold and they are off to the doctor.
A bug in the house and call the exterminator.
A little storm or snow and its a major delemma.
Many have little or no patience.
How about common sense.
Or manners.
Sorry about the rant.
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I like to have guys like you around. I'm less likely to have people putting up "get off my lawn" movie posters in response to some of my posts. Although I moistly disagree with your points, particularly as regards child safety.


Keep 'em coming!

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Funny, I lived through a lot of that stuff, but I can't say I wax nostalgic about it. I also remember polio, the Cold War, fallout shelters, assassinations, self-immolations, segregation, war/protests/riots, all on the TV every night...

And we liked it!
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Funny, I lived through a lot of that stuff, but I can't say I wax nostalgic about it. I also remember polio, the Cold War, fallout shelters, assassinations, self-immolations, segregation, war/protests/riots, all on the TV every night...

And we liked it!
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I believe children should learn about fire,tools,ropes,knives,hammers and nails,water safety,the woods,how to make your own lunch,when to plug something in,storms,snow shoveling,bicycle common sense,sleeping in the back yard,treating others with respect and GOD.
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