Feeling Old??

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by amgray, Jun 10, 2004.

  1. amgray

    amgray Member

    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,

    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 saucepans.

    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 -
    riding in the front 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 pop 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

    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

    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, and no Internet chat

    We had friends - we went outside and found them.

    We played elastics and street rounders, and
    sometimes that ball really

    We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but
    there were no law

    We had full on fist fights but no prosecution
    followed from other

    We played knock-and-run and were actually afraid of
    the owners catching

    We walked to and from friend's 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.

    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. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    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 we 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
    1983........They are called youth.

    They have never heard of We are the World, We are
    the children, and the
    Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel.

    They have never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama,
    Nena or Belinda

    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, Red
    Hand Gang or the
    Famous Five.

    They can't believe a black and white television ever
    existed and don't
    even know how to switch on a TV without a remote

    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

    2. You need to sleep more, usually until the
    afternoon, after a night

    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 teenagers with mobile phones, you
    shake your head.

    6. You meet your friends from time to time, talking
    about the good old
    days, repeating again all the fun you have
    experienced together.

    7. Having read this mail, you are thinking of
    forwarding it to some
    other friends because you think they will like it

    Yes, you're getting older
  2. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    It still is......just don't tell Mum!!! Or the ladies of the staffroom :wink:

    [qoute]We drank water from the garden hose and not from a
    bottle and it tasted
    the same.

    You think I am gonna pay for spring water??? Awoonga Dam is clean, efficient and piped right up to the house. I don't care which faucet Awoonga water comes through!!

    Or made them up

    Don't remind me. I got hit on the head with a cricket ball at LEAST 3 times a season!!!

    but my eupho was too heavy to carry over the hill!!!!!

    Belinda Carlisle........**drooooool**

    They can still pretend????? I thought everyone did everything in simulation??

    and in some cases, have kids!!!!!!!

    Oh my God!!! I'm ooooooooooooooold!!!!!!!!!
  3. Rambo Chick

    Rambo Chick Member

    i was born mid 80s (1984) just on the edge of your definition

    i guess i feel old!! but cant quite REMEMBER some of the names but i have heard of them :)
  4. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    Oh man... you feel old at 20?!
    Just wait til you hit 21 next year...
    I got the "you're an old git" comments from a lot of people! :roll:

    ..and they know who they are... and I will get them back!
    :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    however this:
    made me feel a bit better
  5. Raspberry

    Raspberry Member

    Yes I am getting older - and am quite old anyway (according to a fellow tmper). Points 3 and 6 are particularly true!!!
  6. Rambo Chick

    Rambo Chick Member

    GULP! :shock: oh no its pension time soon!

    ahhh yes a feeling of relief 8)
  7. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    I got told by my grade 5 prac class that I looked 36.....on my 19th Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Reading that made me happy thinking back to when life was a lot simpler than it is now. And it has made me feel old even tho I'm only 24!!
  9. flugelgal

    flugelgal Active Member

    And that has made me feel old since I'm just a little older than 24. 24 is YOUNG - go out and enjoy yourself while you still can! :wink:
  10. akwarose

    akwarose Active Member

    hahah!! all ye old ppl. i'm only 16..........

    ...........and i'm sensing i'm about to die extremely young
  11. JessopSmythe

    JessopSmythe Active Member

    Of course, the real definition of old has to be when you catch yourself saying :

    Look at the state of that. She'll catch her death of cold going about dressed that way. I'd never let my daughter go out looking like.....Hang on, that is my daughter.

    As long as you can stop after the first sentence, and mean it admiringly, you're still young!

  12. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    I think most of those things apply to kids of the 90s as well, or at least they do for me! It's just the last few years that some parents have gone a tad psycotic....
  13. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    I am amazed at some of the freedoms today's youth have. They wander streets late at night, drive around in cars, just because they want to, they ALL have mobiles. I remember as a kid my father every year on my birthday would reward me by increasing the size of the area I was allowed to ride my bike in. I went from 2 blocks to half of town in 10 years.
  14. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    today they have "virtual bikes" which they can ride wherever they like without ever having to do any exercise whatsoever! It's just magical!

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