Feeling Old??

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,
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 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
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, and no Internet chat
rooms.

We had friends - we went outside and found them.

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

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

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

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

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
Carlisle.

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
control.

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 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
too...

Yes, you're getting older
 

Okiedokie of Oz

Active Member
amgray said:
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or
latches on doors or
cabinets and it was fine to play with saucepans.
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.
[/quote]

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!!

We had friends - we went outside and found them.
Or made them up

We played elastics and street rounders, and
sometimes that ball really
hurt.
Don't remind me. I got hit on the head with a cricket ball at LEAST 3 times a season!!!

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

They have never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama,
Nena or Belinda
Carlisle.
Belinda Carlisle........**drooooool**

They'll never have pretended to be the A Team, Red
Hand Gang or the
Famous Five.
They can still pretend????? I thought everyone did everything in simulation??

3. Your friends are getting married/already married.
and in some cases, have kids!!!!!!!



Oh my God!!! I'm ooooooooooooooold!!!!!!!!!
 

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 :)
 

Naomi McFadyen

New Member
Rambo Chick said:
i guess i feel old!!
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:
The majority of students in universities today were
born in 1983........They are called youth
made me feel a bit better
;-)
 

Raspberry

Member
amgray said:
3. Your friends are getting married/already married.


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

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

Rambo Chick

Member
Naruco said:
Rambo Chick said:
i guess i feel old!!
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:

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

Naruco said:
however this:
The majority of students in universities today were
born in 1983........They are called youth
made me feel a bit better
;-)
ahhh yes a feeling of relief 8)
 

Okiedokie of Oz

Active Member
Naruco said:
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:
I got told by my grade 5 prac class that I looked 36.....on my 19th Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

flugelgal

Active Member
littlemisshorns said:
And it has made me feel old even tho I'm only 24!!
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:
 

akwarose

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



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

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!

:wink:
 

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....
 

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.
 

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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