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Old 12-17-2015, 02:45 PM   #41
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And I think about all the Boy Scout camping trips where 20-30 boys of 11 or 12 years of age were all carrying large sheath knives and often a hatchet on their belts. Sloppy hatchet work to make kindling for campfires. Swimming across large lakes with no lifeguards around just because.

A very different world, wasn't it?
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:48 PM   #42
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And I think about all the Boy Scout camping trips where 20-30 boys of 11 or 12 years of age were all carrying large sheath knives and often a hatchet on their belts. Sloppy hatchet work to make kindling for campfires. Swimming across large lakes with no lifeguards around just because.



A very different world, wasn't it?

Yes it was....Do something stupid then it was your fault, do something stupid now, it is someone else's fault....Of course some simple safety changes have been added that should boggle the mind why it wasn't used back then.


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And I think about all the Boy Scout camping trips where 20-30 boys of 11 or 12 years of age were all carrying large sheath knives and often a hatchet on their belts. Sloppy hatchet work to make kindling for campfires. Swimming across large lakes with no lifeguards around just because.

A very different world, wasn't it?
Yes and we all remember watching Davy Crockett and others on TV throwing knives and hatchets, so we all practiced that on our scout trips. I got pretty good at throwing my hatchet, not so good with my knife though. On our scout camp outs we were pretty much left to do what we wanted most of the day. Make our own fires, cook our own food, etc. Where I grew up our scout leaders were all Marines or ex Marines, so we were not expected to be watched over all the time. Actually never. A great time to be a kid!
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And I think about all the Boy Scout camping trips where 20-30 boys of 11 or 12 years of age were all carrying large sheath knives and often a hatchet on their belts. Sloppy hatchet work to make kindling for campfires. Swimming across large lakes with no lifeguards around just because.

A very different world, wasn't it?
It sure was.. ruled by the law of natural consequences. If you carried a sharp knife carelessly and injured yourself it was your own stupid fault, not the fault of the knife manufacturer, the retailer who sold it, or the troop leaders. Ditto for other stuff.

Now that said... I concede that there is a bit of good fortune in my being alive today given some of the stupid sh!t stuff that I did in my youth (and I was reserved compared to many). Drunk driving, bb gun fights, etc. (statute of limitations is over) Not only that... I never really even got hurt... no broken bones or anything like that.

If my kids even thought of doing some of the things I did I would have a cow.
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Old 12-17-2015, 05:21 PM   #46
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But OTOH they didn't have to walk three miles in the snow to school, uphill both ways.

All kidding aside, my father took me to visit his family in rural Illinois when I was about 14 years old, and we stayed in his old house where his mother still lived so I got to see that part.

He had always told me about walking three miles to school and I was kind of skeptical, but he showed me his school and it really was about three miles away. No buses in those days, of course, just narrow country roads. The remarkable thing to me was that it was actually a one room schoolhouse, just like he said. He was skipped twice because he was smart, so he only had six years of grade school, and high school was out of the question so that was it for him. He was born a couple of years before the Sopwith Camel was designed and died long after men had walked on the Moon.

Looking back, it has been such an incredible time that I realize I can't even imagine what it will be like when our kids are our age. Simply impossible to extrapolate from our experience.
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It sure was.. ruled by the law of natural consequences. If you carried a sharp knife carelessly and injured yourself it was your own stupid fault, not the fault of the knife manufacturer, the retailer who sold it, or the troop leaders. Ditto for other stuff.

Now that said... I concede that there is a bit of good fortune in my being alive today given some of the stupid sh!t stuff that I did in my youth (and I was reserved compared to many). Drunk driving, bb gun fights, etc. (statute of limitations is over) Not only that... I never really even got hurt... no broken bones or anything like that.

If my kids even thought of doing some of the things I did I would have a cow.
Ah yes, the drunk BB gun fights. The good old days.
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