Things our kids will never do...

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Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:29 am

These are some of the things I remember doing as a kid and others about small town life in general. With the exception of a few such as seatbelts most are a turn for worse. I was born in 71 so I caught the glorious end of these days in my youth, glad I did.

1. Stopping off at the Mom and Pop candy store right next to the school to buy penny candy.There are no more stores like this, our town had 3 or four.

2. Walking to elementary school at 6 or 7. lol...right, parents are way over protective and even if they did they would probably get arrested for neglect. Wouldn't be possible in most places anyway because Instead of the local elementary schools most have been consolidated into much larger schools very far away and kids now have to be bussed.

3. Walk home from elementary school for lunch, see #2

4. Walk to any school, see last part of #2

5. Going to the small grocery to pick up a pound of ground beef for my mother and watching the butcher grind it, then leaving with out paying, they just put it on the tab. Like the really small Mom and Pop stores these medium sized grocery stores have all disappeared. Both replaced by convenient stores, whats so convenient if you can't get a pound of fresh ground beef?

6. Knowing where your teachers lived. :twisted:

7. No sense running from the cops when you know each other by name.

8. Fireflies and frogs, don't know where the hell they went. A few now and then but the skies would be full of fireflies most nights in the summer and frogs were all over the place.

9. Going to the store to buy cigarettes for my Grandfather and thinking nothing of it. Having them sold to me and the store owner thinking nothing of it because he knew they were for my Grandfather.

10. Standing outside your friends house and yelling "A call for " Cell phone? Internet IM? wtf is that....

11. Sitting in the front seat of the car with no seat belt. Who knew better then.

12. Walking across the bridge to the "city" to see a flick at the American Theatre which has since been torn down. One Screen, the same one or two movies all week. Saw my first movie there just me and my best friend by ourselves at age 5 or 6, a flick called Rocky... maybe some of you heard of it? :P Then having nightmares for weeks after because of the preview they had for "Don't answer the phone" before it.

13. Riding my bike everywhere at very young age with no helmet. They didn't have any helmets then and traffic wasn't anything like it is now.

14. Going door to door by yourself to your neighbors house selling candy for the Boy Scouts. Giving that order slip to your parents to take to work? Good luck with that...

14. Hanging out on a corner at night in my teens and watching the cops go by and wave. See #7

15. Going to Grablick's to get a ice cream sundae any time of the year, it's now a bank.

16. Trick or treating at night with friends by yourself.

17. The high dive at the local public pool, the pool is still there. These of course have been removed, someone might get hurt then sue. Removed from the high Schools too. I can still remember standing on the edge of that thing looking down thinking how far it was. The rule there was you had to dive, couldn't go feet first so it was that much scarier.

18. The big stainless steel sliding board at the park, the jungle gym and other "dangerous" obstacles. Replaced by a bunch of plastic *censored* that isn't anything more than a maze.

19. Going to the big hill at Fox Hill country club in the winter to go sleigh riding which was used for generations for this purpose. If you were really brave you could try "suicide hill". The golf Course has been fenced off and they don't allow it anymore for insurance reasons.

20. Walking down the street in my early teens with my BB gun to the river bank, if a kid did this now someone would probably call the swat team and he'd be sent to a mental hospital for evaluation. BB gun fights... :shock: ouch that hurt.

21. Playing football, baseball or whatever at the closest unoccupied field whether it was a real field or not, they are all fenced in now and if they aren't you'll get chased from the property.

22. Getting in trouble at you friends house and getting whacked by HIS Mom..... going home and getting whacked again. :lol:

23. Tag at recess... can't do that now.. WTF.

I'm sure there is a lot I missed here, feel free to add your own.
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: gaw On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:36 am

Richard S. wrote:These are some of the things I remember doing as a kid and others about small town life in general...
9. Going to the store to buy cigarettes for my Grandfather and thinking nothing of it. Having them sold to me and the store owner thinking nothing of it because he knew they were for my Grandfather.

Same here only it was pipe tobacco for my dad.

Richard S. wrote:11. Sitting in the front seat of the car with no seat belt. Who knew better then.

My favorite was to stand on the hump in the back, did this until about 5 years old I guess.

Richard S. wrote:13. Riding my bike everywhere at very young age with no helmet. They didn't have any helmets then and traffic wasn't anything like it is now.

Bike helmet! What's that? How about gravel rash on the belly from not so successful ramp jumps.

Richard S. wrote:19. Going to the big hill at Fox Hill country club in the winter to go sleigh riding which was used for generations for this purpose. If you were really brave you could try "suicide hill". The golf Course has been fenced off and they don't allow it anymore for insurance reasons.

Remember Lightning Glider sleighs? Manufactured in Duncannon, PA great sleds and the company is out of business for many years now.

Most boys started to carry pocket knives at about age 12 to 14 and even to school and nobody cared.

I would check a trap line in the early morning before school and sometimes forget to take the .22 bullets out of my pocket. You could go through school all day and not have to worry about getting caught or getting into any trouble for a dozen .22s in your pocket.
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:12 am

gaw wrote:Remember Lightning Glider sleighs? Manufactured in Duncannon, PA great sleds and the company is out of business for many years now.


No I don't but I did have flexible flyer. It's still around somewhere.


I would check a trap line in the early morning before school and sometimes forget to take the .22 bullets out of my pocket. You could go through school all day and not have to worry about getting caught or getting into any trouble for a dozen .22s in your pocket.


It was really non-issue then. I don't think I ever took a knife to school, I did get caught with one of those chinese throwing stars once that I truthfully took to school by accident. It was in my gym bag and I picked the gym bag up and the damn thing fell out right in front of the teacher. :lol: They were not too happy, the pricipal didn't even know what it was. I had to explain, I should have told him it was special gear for my bike.
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:06 am

i used to ride my cub cadet into town and along the way pick up aluminum cans and put em in the trailer.....town was about 2 miles away and across a 4 lane highway and the schuykill river......when i would get to the beer distributor to cash the cans in a the machine i usually had enough money to fill my tank on the tractor (90cents a gallon maybe) after i cashed the cans in i had enough money for a slice of pizza, two sodas, 2 ice cream sandwiches, and enough gas to get me home......never bothered by a cop, the chief stopped me when i was going past his house one day and he put a safety triangle on my trailer for me.
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: spc On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:37 am

How about laying down in the back window of the car.
I’d sit in my fathers lap & he would let me steer the car.
When there was “parents” night at school my dad would make sure every teacher knew they had the green light to adjust my attitude. :lol:
Boy how times have changed.
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: stoker-man On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:03 am

I grew up in the 50's and 60's, the oldest of 5 children, in a sparsely populated area. I can't even imagine a more ideal childhood, or parents, for that matter.

My mom would send me one mile on my bike to the store in Vera Cruz with a quarter to buy two loaves of bread for 24 cents. I had a large selection of candy to choose from to spend the penny on. Usually, I got "red hot dollars" because they were two for a penny. Sometimes I bought what are called today, licorice babies.

We could ride our bikes 5 miles from home and sell flower seeds to all the stay-at-home moms.

There were plenty of pheasants and rabbits to hunt in the back field and I was shooting a shotgun before I was 10 years old.

There were also the air raid drills at school where my teacher would have us huddle in the hallway while she was yelling "The Japs are coming, the Japs are coming, cover your heads" My grandfather said we could always come to his house in case the atomic bomb was dropped nearby because his stone walls were 24" thick. Little did he know, shortly after his death, a car drove right through the wall. :D

Drugs? What were they? I never even heard of drugs until I was in the service. By the way, the prospect of Vietnam was on every teen's mind in the 60's

Seatbelts? What are they? I still don't use them. My father said that if you're going to get into an accident, hold tight to the steering wheel.

And, of course, who can forget the times when you didn't lock the doors at night.
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:21 am

I knew where every one of my grade school teachers lived..... they were all Nuns and we live right next door to the convent. LOL
One of my very first memories was when in the car my Mom saying "You come sit in the front seat so I can put my arm out in case we're in an accident".
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: e.alleg On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:34 am

By the time I was about 12 my dad would take me to the automotive swap meets where I'd help him sell old car parts. The old Chevy van only had 2 front seats, and most of the time my buddy would come along so someone had to sit on a milk crate in the middle of the seats. We used to call it the "ejector seat" for obvious reasons. Dad never crashed us. I remember being in 3nd grade and I would ride my bike down to the river and go fishing at 4am, no problem even though the river was a good 5 miles away. Nobody ever bothered us and we never were afraid.
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: coal-cooker On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:44 am

I was born in 51 and spent most of my early years in Georgia. We all walked to school, h*** I don't think we even had buses there that I can remember. I do remember the old coke machine that took .15 for a bottle of coke, had a big crank on the front. And those gas wars, dad would fill up for .10 a gallon, throw us boys in the back of the station wagon with the dog and head for Virginia or New Jersey to visit. I don't think we ever traveled any other way. I could come home from school, grab a gun and head for the woods, or head out with a couple of friends to camp all week end without an adult. All the boys and some of the girls carried a knife and no one thought anything of it, may have even questioned why you didn't. And a really big memory "honey buns were a dime and were twice the size they are now."
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: billw On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:32 pm

When I was 10 -12 years old my dad would call the corner bar and I'd go pick him up two 6 packs of beer. Try that now and everyone goes to jail.

We used to go to Purvin dairy for a banana split. 50 cents if I remember right. Our summer vacation was a day trip to San Souci amusement park. I remember the one year we went to Angela park in Hazleton, about 20 miles away. That was like going to Disney. :)
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: stoker-man On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:50 pm

My dad ran a cab company in town and I was in charge of the cigarette machine. I was about 9 years old and I could ride my bike to the wholesaler and buy all my supplies and then stock the machine. One lady heavily smoked Salems and I really got yelled at if her Salems ran out.

About gas prices: When I first started driving, gas was .29 a gallon. My job paid the going wage of $2 per hour. So, you had to work 1/6th of an hour for a gallon of gas. In today's market, where an average wage is $15, for example, 1/6th of an hour is $2.50. So, until recently, gas wasn't truly overpriced. Except that we hate it.
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: acesover On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:40 pm

One of my fondest memories was hitch-hiking to the drive-in every night in the summer to watch the movie, we would wate till dark sneak in and sit in front of the screen, the owner never said anything to us, I guesss cause we would buy stuff at the concession stand. (saw Gold Finger about 10 times)
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:57 pm

When I was a kid I had to walk 10 miles to school, in the snow, uphill both ways, using old inner tubes for snow boots.
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: billw On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:30 pm

Only 10 miles? :D
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Re: Things our kids will never do...

PostBy: Cyber36 On: Thu May 01, 2008 10:43 am

How about driving a gas powered vehicle & having a decent paying job..........
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