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A tail of a girl..

Friday, October 20, 2006


*I don't usually do forwarded stuff,but I can't help it...just proving a point that today's kids are made helpless by the gazillion stupid protection enforced on them!!

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived, because our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured, lead-based paint which was promptly chewed and licked.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans.

When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip-flops and fluorescent 'spokey dokey's' on our wheels.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags and riding in the passenger seat was a treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted the same.

We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy juice with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing. We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no-one actually died from this.

We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one minded.

We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99 channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no DVDs, no Internet chatrooms.

We had friends - we went outside and found them. We played elastics and rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt! We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but there were no law suits.

We played knock-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the owners catching us. We walked to friends' homes. We also, believe it or not, WALKED to school; we didn't rely on mummy or daddy to drive us to school, which was just round the corner.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls. We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of...they actually sided with the law. (true is that.my parents always think I'm wrong even when I'm not)

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 you're one of them.


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

For those of you who aren't old enough thought you might like to read about us.

This, my friends, is surprisingly frightening......and it might put a smile on your face:

The majority of students in universities today were born in 1986....The Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel. They have never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena Cherry or BelindaCarlisle.

For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam. AIDS has existed since they were born. CD's have existed since they were born. Michael Jackson has always been white.

To them John Travolta has always been round in shape and they can't imagine how this fat guy could be a god of dance.

They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible are films from last year. They can never imagine life before computers. They'll never have pretended to be the A-Team, the Dukes of Hazard or the Famous Five.

They can't believe a black and white television ever existed.

And they will never understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone.

Now let's check if we're getting old...
1. You understand what was written above and you smile.
2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after a night out.
3. Your friends are getting married/already married
4. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably with computers.
5. When you see children with mobile phones, you shake your head.
6. Having read this, you are thinking of forwarding it to some other friends because you think they will like it too...
Yes, you're getting old!!


Blogger Skippy-san said...

1986? Hell I had already been to the Arabian Gulf and back 3 times by then.....and almost got killed off the catapult each time. ( Mid air collision, engine failure and a frozen rudder...). Try 1966...that's more my speed.

10/21/2006 02:34:00 PM  
Anonymous dreymer said...

i agree with the cell phone statement. i was in fresno for 2.5 yrs and i never had a cellphone and didn't think it was sucha big deal to not have one :) i'm a true 1970ish kid!

10/21/2006 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger sourrain said...

skippy:Lols!It actually sounds quite alarmingly scary...but all's the rich tapestry of life.How was life in 1966?

dreybee:Me too.I remember the days where I had to throw stones on your window.How romantic.Minus the guitar.Nowadays I even ring you on your cell when I am right outside your house!

10/21/2006 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous harajukucat said...

yes yes, i remember them good old days. i also remember a pack of 10 malboro lights and a box of matches used to cost me 87 pence when i started smoking at about 14!!! i also remember getting red packets off everyone wcome b'day, xmas and also just random visits by relatives - these days i'm the one the kids expect red packets from!!!

10/21/2006 09:32:00 PM  
Blogger sourrain said...

catcat: I can't stomach the red packet thing as well..it's absolutely disgusting when there are only outputs and not inputs!

10/23/2006 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger Skippy-san said...

In 1966, I was 9 years old and watching Star Trek......and pretending I was Capt Kirk! Had I known then what I know now, I would have been someone else............

10/23/2006 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger sourrain said...

Skippy:Strangely enough, in 1984,Bacon was 9 years old, and his days consist of watching star trek and pretending he was captain kirk as well.

Some things are not so different, after all.Fast forward 22 years later, he is still pretending to be captain kirk, and forcing me to watch star trek on the sci fi channel.

My fav thus far is Ahura - she sounds like "A HOOVER"

10/23/2006 02:07:00 PM  
Blogger Skippy-san said...

Hey Kirk got all the girls. Spock, on the other hand ,only got nookie every 7 years- which would you want to be? Just don't be caught wearing a red jersey.....it's not good for your life insurance premieums!

I'm more of a Deep Space 9 fan myself...........

10/24/2006 02:32:00 PM  

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