TO ALL THE THOSE THAT GREWUP BEFORE THE 70's
First, many survived while being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because...... WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building coasters out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we could have used brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms.......... WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these 'accidents'.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We went trick-or-treating and were allowed to eat the candy, including the home made stuff.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we didn't put out all that many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, 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!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?
Persh- Forget Bahamas, fly to Kona. Splurge Mauna Lani have a great Mai Tai $8.00 but Macadamians are free.Good view of Green Flash look up and see snow-capped Mauna Kea. Then drive south meet Aok & Fay at Manango Hotel in Capt Cook room $23 have a Primo [really bad Hawaiian beer] and a pork chop with 3-finger poi.Next day drive up Saddle Road ignore rental cars prohibited fine print try to reach observatory telescopes, I did..Aloha
I saw them several times in the Caribbeans, but only with binoculars, for 3-4 seconds at most.
I saw a Humpback whale and dolphins too. I caught a Mahi Mahi and an King Mackerel.
We have talked about the green flash on this MB in the past. I saw it in Alaska 6-7 yrs ago. It's real. I think Plute has seen it, but then, he probably thinks it's no big deal or even a disappointment.
I thank you for that. I went the worry route when I got diagnosed and my world got radically changed. Have since come to beleive that all things happen for a reason and have stopped the mental "pissing and moaning poor me,etc." As your wife and son can attest you can always find someone with worse problems than yours!
I have great Doctors who really know their stuff and am doing reasonably well as a result.
As to your Mom, I am beginning to think that "there is something in the water" these days that was not present in our folks day. My mother in law gave birth twice and saw a doctor once a year as needed but zero procedures! Go figure??
Creep-Sedona is too touchy feely for me eveyone sees vortexes and I'm sure those that like Sedona may also like Santa Monica.I prefer water views and when I stayed in LA it was old Huntington in Pasadena.I know Libertyville as a kid,nice town but boring.Potomac-living in Virginia really grows on you,restaurants of all ethnic choice except a good Mexican one.El Cholo near USC founded in 1929 was my favorite.My mother would be 104 today but had a hemmoragic stroke 10 years ago and died 10 days later.Never went to a physician, never in hospital,never sick, never took any prescription medicines,never smoked or drank except a "highball" with me on the many trips to Hawaii in evening waiting for the "Green Flash".I think I have her genes but do take hypertension med to keep BP 120/70.I have all my son's Med School books like to research for friends who have problems and say all I have to do to practice is take boards.Key to long healthy life is DON'T WORRY!
Elvis was usurpped in S. Cal by the Beatles when they came along in 64!
I went to a Jesuit school and our Latin teacher heard me utter a 4letter word during a baseball game; as a "penance" I had to translate Hound Dog into Latin. What a bitch.
when I was finally through I really never wanted to listen to Mr. Presley again!
Lux et veritas,