SOMEHOW WE SURVIVED.........................
You lived as a child in the 60s or the 70s.
Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as
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
Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets,
and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a young kid!)
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then
rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After
running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we
were back when the street lights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable.
We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth and there were no law suits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents?
We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and
learned to get over it.
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never overweight.........we were always outside playing.
We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no
one died from this?
We did not have Play stations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, video games at
all, 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound,
personal cellular phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat
We had friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or
walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. How did we do it?
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and
although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.....
Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.....Horrors.
Tests were not adjusted for any reason.
Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has 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.
guapoza: As I'm sure you know, the cost of living elsewhere in the world is of little importance to someone trying to balance their budget and raise a family in the U.S. (other than that their job may be exported to the third world with its cheap labor market, of course). U.S. citizens working a 40 hr week deserve to make a living wage and "living wage" has to be defined locally, not on the basis of the cost of rice or housing in China or India. It's pretty tough to raise a family on $30,000/yr in the U.S., and especially true in Calif. The giovernment has a responsibility to address that problem, and, IMO, it is a bigger problem than providing subsidies to fat cat corporate farmers and many other rich crooks.
None of this is relevant to the original question, of course. My point was and remains that these are not "the good ol' days." These are tough times for many of our fellow citizens.
As for me, don't worry your little, non-compassionate head. I grew up in Calif and will return there to retire comfortably whenever I wish. Calaveras Country is a very pretty place where I vacationed when young, and I bought a good deal of land there many years ago. Whether it makes you happy or not that I am going to be living in Calif. is of no consequence to me. I'll just hope you're not a neighbor.
Roger: Get real. You can pity Howard Hughes for his mental illness or criticize him for his stupidity (depending on your point of view), but please do not equate his situation to someone trying to raise a family on $30,000/yr or less.
In a way, your cavalier response proves my point. People who have time, money and a computer to play around here on the internet stock threads have a greatly different life and set of options from those who really work for a living (and by that I mean flipping burgers or physical labor or really any hourly job at less than $10 or even $20/hr). My guess is that your situation is much better than that and mine is too. The difference between us is that I remember that my situation is not typical.
Roger: No disagreement from me that life itself is a blessing. But if you think quality of life is independent of income you are mistaken. I find that people with excellent incomes (say $150,000/yr and up) sometimes measure their worth as people by their income, but I do not find that among people making average incomes of about $30,000/yr or less. Those folks are just trying to survive and not have their lack of money compromise their health or their children's education.
Too many people setting policy in the U.S. (Congress and President) have no real idea of how life is lived by the non-wealthy.
Forget about money for just a moment. You have breath life! In other words, you are sucking in air right now. Isn't that enough? Why do people today have to measure everything by their income levels? In the older days the one thing that was better was that people didn't measure their worth by looking at income level. "...for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Quoted from The Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 12:15.) By todays standards The Lord Jesus Christ was a worthless man since he had little or no income. And anyone reading this post should know that that's not true. He was the most valuable man that ever lived, according to the scriptures! Now, let's get back to investing (see Matthew 25:24-29). TO THE MOON HERE NEXT!
This is a little before my time but I grew up in a small town that was a little behind, so most of it is true for me also. Part of the reason I hang around telecom stocks, until 7th grade we had a party line telephone with 13! other houses on it.
THE FABULOUS 50'S
"Hey Dad," My Son asked the other day, "what was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?"
"We didn't have fast food when I was growing up."
"C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?" "We ate at home," I explained.
"My Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we all sat down together at the table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I had to sit there until I did like it."
By this time, my Son was laughing so hard I was afraid He was going to suffer some serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to get my Father's permission to leave the table.
Here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I had figured his system could handle it.
My parents never: wore Levi's, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country, flew in a plane or had a credit card.
My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was because soccer back then was just for the girls.
We actually did walk to school. By the time you were in the 6th grade it was not cool to ride the bus unless you lived more than 4 or 5 miles from the school, even when it was raining or there was ice or snow on the ground.
Outdoor sports consisted of stickball, snowball fights, building forts, making snowmen and sliding down hills on a piece of cardboard. No skate boards, roller blades or trail bikes.
Pizzas were not delivered to your house back then, but the milk was. I looked forward to winter because the cream in the milk was on top of the bottle and it would freeze and push the cap off. Of course, us kids would
get up first to get the milk and eat the frozen cream before our mother could catch us.
I never had a telephone in my room. Actually the only phone in the house was in the hallway and it was on a party line. Before you could make a call, you had to listen in to make sure someone else wasn't already using the line. If the line was not in use an Operator would come on and ask "number please" and you would give her the number you wanted to call.
There was no such thing as a computer or a hand held calculator. We were required to memorize the "times tables." Believe it or not, we were tested each week on our ability to perform mathematics with nothing but a pencil and paper. We took a spelling test every day. There was no such thing as a "social promotion." If you flunked a class, you repeated that grade the following year. Nobody was concerned about your "self esteem." We had to actually do something praiseworthy before we were praised. We learned that you had to earn respect.
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut on screen. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they just didn't do that in the movies back then. I had no idea what they did in French movies. French movies were considered dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.
You never saw the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers or anyone else actually kill someone. The heroes back then would just shoot the gun out of the bad guy's hand. There was no blood and violence.
When you were sick, the Doctor actually came to your house. No, I am not making this up.
Drugs were something you purchased at a pharmacy in order to cure an illness.
I must be getting old because I find myself reflecting back more and more and thinking I liked it a lot better back then.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your kids or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they wet themselves laughing. Growing up today sure ain't what it used to be like in