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    I just got this email from a friend of mine. She was telling me she was so tired of her kids being miserable without video games or cartoon network that she finally gave in and told them what life was like growing up in the 70's and 80's.

    It gave me such a fabulous flashback, I just wondered if anyone else had great memories from those days.

    For instance.....

    I remember watching cartoons till 12 then playing my heart out in the woods, no fear of critters until Roland Martin was done fishing so I could watch Solid Gold. Or when it rained my brother and I would put on our records of KISS and play air guitar all day, that is until we moved up to tennis rackets. How about going to parties where the most risque thing you did was play kiss chase or spin the bottle or even...Light as a Feather' now you have to worry that your kids are having sex or getting plastered or stoned.

    Well, just thought Id start a happy thread and maybe revive some good old memories. Ive noticed the older I get the less memories I make....I think I will change that.
    Leslie

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    I remember playing basketball or stickball all day until it got dark outside. The basketball was real leather and so worn out and slippery it was a small miricle you could dribble it, the stckball games we used broomsticks taped with DUCT TAPE (gotta love duct tape) and tennis balls that had no bounce left in them.

    No one had money for fancy equipment, we didnt have organized "teams" but damn, we sure had a TON of fun!

    Of course, there was always the 30 minute break at 5:00 where we all went to the closest persons house, because Batman was on channel 11. Remember..no one ever got killed, and instead of the "sound effects" there were the "ZOWIES!" and "POW!" and "KERBLOOIE" and all those greta words during the action scenes!!
    Last edited by Wardog; 10-21-2004, 10:07 PM.
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    • #3
      "Ive noticed the older I get the less memories I make...."

      How soooo TRUE.

      I remember watching Land of the Lost and Lost in Space.
      After that we would as you did play in the woods til the street lights came on.
      Anyone up for a game of "kick the can"
      I think I hear my dad calling for dinner. uh oh! got to go.lol
      Thanks for starting this thread.

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      • #4
        We had a small stream by our house. I remember trying to make a raft out of old lumber scraps salvaged from a place they were building houses

        I think we floated on our raft for a good three feet before it sank, but it was a week of fun building it!

        Kids really have NO idea how to have fun today!
        Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing so gentle as real strength

        The wolf is not just an animal,but something inside you that makes you want to fight back,to come back, to be whole again

        WOLF He stands alone always watchful, ever vigilant
        His stature brings us courage and pride
        He guards that which is most precious to us
        The pathway to our souls

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        • #5
          Ok...I have another good one. I spent the first 6yrs of my life in a small town in MS. Worse than that I lived about 6 miles out of town. Nothing around except woods. My brother and I rode dirt bikes, played in the woods, worked in the garden, but the most fun was when it rained. We had this huge drainage ditch inbetween our yard and the main road, which was approximately a good acre away from the house. When it rained that ditch would fill up with water and that was our pool! My kids probably wouldn't go near a ditch to swim, well the middle one would, but geez they are so spoiled. For Halloween this year I think Im throwing hay in the back of the truck and taking my kids on an old fashioned hayride, with caramel apples and popcorn balls for treats, I think they will make their own costumes out of what we have and Im going to do something a little less commercial and more imaginitive. They will probably hate me for that...lol
          Leslie

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ntrllftr
            "Ive noticed the older I get the less memories I make...."

            How soooo TRUE.

            I remember watching Land of the Lost and Lost in Space.
            After that we would as you did play in the woods til the street lights came on.
            Anyone up for a game of "kick the can"
            I think I hear my dad calling for dinner. uh oh! got to go.lol
            Thanks for starting this thread.
            Hey, I remember the "Sleestacks" from Land of The Lost!! Loved that show.
            "Well done is better than well said"

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            • #7
              Growing up for me was football in the front yards and steet hockey in the summer. The street was out of bounds and the driveways were the endzones. I remember many days getting road rash patched up after being knocked out of bounds. During the winter the ponds would freeze so we would play hockey usually with a frozen tennis ball. Talk abaout a stinging pain getting hit with a frozen tennis ball.


              Come to think of it I had a really painfull childhood.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by GetnBigr
                Hey, I remember the "Sleestacks" from Land of The Lost!! Loved that show.
                Oh man, you must be near my age!!!!

                I remember when I was 12, we held up a liquor store, stole a car and went joy riding for the day
                Hit a party that night with all the booze (only way 12 yr olds were getting in) lost my virginity to a 20 yr old drunk college girl
                When the cops came, we dove out the windows and slashed the tires on the squad car
                Wow, what memeories of innocent youth








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                • #9
                  ok blue...Im keeping that story away from my children. Hell, Im hoping that at 12 my kids will still think that kissing can get them pregnant. But realistically, I know that I am not that far from grandparenthood.

                  I love to hear stories about ya'll that got snow and ice. We would get an inch and school was closed. We are wimps in the Mississippi when it comes to snow. I remember once it snowed and my brother and his friends were out riding on the hood of a car behind a truck. We didnt have sleds readily available to us. They would not let my friends and I go, so to pay them back we made snowballs to throw at them from the balcony as they came up. We stuck them in the freezer to save. Needless to say when they came home we threw big round ice cubes at them. Cost my brother 6 stitches above his eye and me a week of cleaning his room. Oh man that was fun!
                  Leslie

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                  • #10
                    You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx.....Those were the rockin years...
                    Heckman aka "WISE" OLD MAN

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ntrllftr
                      I remember watching Land of the Lost and Lost in Space.
                      I loved those shows. I also watched Tarzan with Johnny Weismueller (sp?) in black and white and The Lone Ranger. I stretched out Saturday TV for as long as possible.

                      I remember my aunt locking us out of the house during the summer (6 girls in and out and in and out of the house. I'd've strung us up if I'd been the adult) and climbing through everybody's backyard, collecting aluminum cans (Dr. Pepper was still using steel - remember?) and crushing them to get money for candy and riding our bikes everywhere. Spending hours and hours at the library, reading every book about animals they had. We were at the library today - I miss the old card catalogs instead of computers. By the time I was 9 we had to be out of the house at 6:30 am for summer track and we actually walked the 2 miles to the public pool for swim team practice at 11. No parents, no rides, no a/c. Remember no seat belts in cars and standing in the back seat? When you could have a VW Bug drive 7 people to the mall and a regular cab pickup was ok for a family of 5? Those were the days.
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                      • #12
                        School house rock on Saturday mornings..... then played all day.... until our parrents forced us to come in for the night...
                        oh yeah someone mentioned channel 11pix earlier remember this... pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix.. deep breath pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix pix...lol

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                        • #13
                          [QUOTE=TheLil'Missus]I loved those shows. I also watched Tarzan with Johnny Weismueller (sp?) in black and white and The Lone Ranger. I stretched out Saturday TV for as long as possible.
                          collecting aluminum cans (Dr. Pepper was still using steel - remember?)"




                          Doc. Pepper POP TOP CANDIES were my favorite. Remember those?

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                          • #14
                            [QUOTE=ntrllftr]
                            Originally posted by TheLil'Missus
                            I loved those shows. I also watched Tarzan with Johnny Weismueller (sp?) in black and white and The Lone Ranger. I stretched out Saturday TV for as long as possible.
                            collecting aluminum cans (Dr. Pepper was still using steel - remember?)"




                            Doc. Pepper POP TOP CANDIES were my favorite. Remember those?
                            I remember those! I went to a drive in movie a few weeks ago and they had all the old throw back candy from those days. Like candy cigarettes...I loved those things!
                            Leslie

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ntrllftr

                              Doc. Pepper POP TOP CANDIES were my favorite. Remember those?
                              Oooo...I loved those! What're your favorite Halloween candies? I don't like the mini-candy bars. They're supposed to be big. And tootsie rolls look like turds, especially the big sized ones they do now. I loved the pixie sticks and smarties.

                              Though its not candy, I loved the single guy down the street that always gave out dollar coins. Free money! Very cool. Still have some of them.
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