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Old 09-03-2013, 06:49   #1
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"Back in my day" nonsense.

Yes being a younger guy older people always tell me how my stuff is bad and what they used to do, and it seems like there looking back through a filter.

I always love the "we weren't playing video games we were outside every day all the time." Then i bring up what they did during downpours, blizzards, ice storms and other greatest hits of the northeast's bipolar weather, they say they still went out. Then I ask them their favorite T.V. shows were and they name a million, so obviously they were inside watching tv not playing outside.

Or the we walked everywhere uphill both ways nosnsense. Busses existed if you lived in a city.

Whats your favorite things you were told.?
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:54   #2
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When he was 16, my dads family of 5 lived in a 16 foot camper for two years (he slept in a unheated shed) while my grandfather worked on the buildings for the manhatten project in Washington state.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:55   #3
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It is true though, as a kid (and I am under 40) we played outside all day most everyday. If it rained, we waited for it to stop (often in the garage) or played in the rain. (no winter storms where I grew up)

Sure we watched TV, all 5 channels...the Bozo show before school and whatever our parents had on at night along with Saturday morning cartoons.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:08   #4
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Ditto what Rabbi said. Sure we watched TV but there really wasn't a big choice. All I remember was the A-Team and Dukes of Hazzard on Friday nights during the middle 80's. And, of course, Dallas. (Early teens for me).

We were always outside, and had to be home when the street light came on.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:18   #5
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I agree with a couple of posters above. It was up-hill both ways. Google Pittsburgh's steepest streets and you'll see why. Growing up in the 1950's-60's we didn't have much TV action in our house. We played outside year 'round and had to be in when the streetlights came on except in winter months when sled riding in the woods or shoveling snow. tom.
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Ditto what Rabbi said. Sure we watched TV but there really wasn't a big choice. All I remember was the A-Team and Dukes of Hazzard on Friday nights during the middle 80's. And, of course, Dallas. (Early teens for me).

We were always outside, and had to be home when the street light came on.
I had to be within ear shot when the street lights came on, but didn't have to come in for the night until mom yelled it was time. We stayed out playing hide and seek, kick the can, just chattin with the neighbor kids...rarely inside but a few hours a day. During bad weather we either played in it or waited for it to be over usually standing under a car port or a tree. Snow was ALWAYS an exciting thing for me because I would go shovel for my neighbors and make over a hundred dollars a day!
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It is true though, as a kid (and I am under 40) we played outside all day most everyday. If it rained, we waited for it to stop (often in the garage) or played in the rain. (no winter storms where I grew up)

Sure we watched TV, all 5 channels...the Bozo show before school and whatever our parents had on at night along with Saturday morning cartoons.
First part - I agree. I was outside all the time when the weather allowed.

Second - you grew up spoiled. 5 channels???? We had 3, and two were fuzzy. I used to HATE after-school specials - they got in the way of Scooby-Doo and the Superfriends.
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First part - I agree. I was outside all the time when the weather allowed.

Second - you grew up spoiled. 5 channels???? We had 3, and two were fuzzy. I used to HATE after-school specials - they got in the way of Scooby-Doo and the Superfriends.
Actually....we had 6.

Houston in the late 70's early 80s.

2, 11, 13 (NBC, ABC, CBS)

8 (PBS)

and on UHF we had 26 and 39 (dont remember the call letters) but laaaate at night, 39 would show Benny Hill and we would stay up and watch that show week after week just to catch a 2 second glimpse of british boob!
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Actually....we had 6.

Houston in the late 70's early 80s.

2, 11, 13 (NBC, ABC, CBS)

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and on UHF we had 26 and 39 (dont remember the call letters) but laaaate at night, 39 would show Benny Hill and we would stay up and watch that show week after week just to catch a 2 second glimpse of british boob!
Ah yes ...channel 39 also had Houston Wrestling on Saturday night ...with Paul Boesch.
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Old 09-03-2013, 23:11   #10
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It is true though, as a kid (and I am under 40) we played outside all day most everyday. If it rained, we waited for it to stop (often in the garage) or played in the rain. (no winter storms where I grew up)

Sure we watched TV, all 5 channels...the Bozo show before school and whatever our parents had on at night along with Saturday morning cartoons.
Lucky you.

We had channel 4,6,8, 13 and 4 was so fuzzy it was barely watchable.

EVERY channel was off the air at midnight.
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Old 09-05-2013, 17:44   #11
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It is true though, as a kid (and I am under 40) we played outside all day most everyday. If it rained, we waited for it to stop (often in the garage) or played in the rain. (no winter storms where I grew up)

Sure we watched TV, all 5 channels...the Bozo show before school and whatever our parents had on at night along with Saturday morning cartoons.
So you too still hear "Go play outside" in your sleep? I swear Mom used to say that before we were outta bed in the morning....of course that was when we didn't have work in the field to do.
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It is true though, as a kid (and I am under 40) we played outside all day most everyday. If it rained, we waited for it to stop (often in the garage) or played in the rain. (no winter storms where I grew up)
Do you realize that we are the last generation that played outside?
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Do you realize that we are the last generation that played outside?
I still see plenty of kids playing outside but yes, I realize we were at the very tail end of the generation that did it because there was no other option.
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I still see plenty of kids playing outside but yes, I realize we were at the very tail end of the generation that did it because there was no other option.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:21   #15
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When I was a kid, I really did play outside all the time that it was permissible to be outside. When it rained, I played inside until it stopped raining. In the winter, I waited impatiently for the temp to get above freezing so I could go play outside. this involved bi-hourly trips out to the thermometer on the clothesline pole to check for the mercury to reach that vaunted height. Also, sometimes a little judicious breathing on the thermometer to help the weather..... I was healthier as a kid than I have ever been since.
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Yes, I was a young whippersnapper once, but back in my day we didn;t have time to start threads on the internet as we too busy walking up hill both ways going to school.

One thing is for sure, back in my day (and today as well) we never wasted valuable hunting or fishing time shoveling rain.
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Again, it has to be emphasized that "favorite TX shows" shows came on at night. Daytime TV was very different before cable. It was pretty much Soaps, news and early talk shows. Geared exclusively towards housewives. No kid wanted to watch that. It was horrible.

You played outside all day everyday (or after school) and of course you were home in the evening and you watched what your parents watched. Chances are they watched the popular shows of the day as well. Only a handful of channels and shows to choose from.
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Again, it has to be emphasized that "favorite TX shows" shows came on at night. Daytime TV was very different before cable. It was pretty much Soaps, news and early talk shows. Geared exclusively towards housewives. No kid wanted to watch that. It was horrible.
Yep. Once Captain Kangaroo was over at 8am, we kids had to wait for Sesame Street to come on at noon. After that, it was Captain 11 with cartoons at 4pm.

If you wanted to see the new cartoons, you had to wait until Saturday morning for those. American Bandstand marked the close of the Saturday cartoons.

If you didn't go outside, your entertainment was reading or playing board games. Not much else.
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Yep. Once Captain Kangaroo was over at 8am, we kids had to wait for Sesame Street to come on at noon. After that, it was Captain 11 with cartoons at 4pm.

If you wanted to see the new cartoons, you had to wait until Saturday morning for those. American Bandstand marked the close of the Saturday cartoons.

If you didn't go outside, your entertainment was reading or playing board games. Not much else.
Most TV stations would actually stop broadcasting late at night. The only thing you could watch was snow.
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They aren't lying about it. We really did play outside pretty much all day, winter, spring, summer, and fall. Of course we had school and I did lots of inside stuff too. But TV? Yeah, sometimes. I had certain shows I tried to watch and would get up at 6:00 AM to watch Saturday morning cartoons. After about 9:30 the good ones were over so we'd head outside to play. I read the entire World Book Encyclopedia when I was in 5th grade. I built model airplanes (these actually flew and had internal combustion motors) and also built a rubber-band powered helicopter of my own design. I'd enter contests of all sorts, like one that was a contest to see who could build a rubber-band powered car that went the furthest (got 3rd place in my school district.)

I played Little League, started on my grade school and middle school basketball team, shot hoops out on our driveway, played pickup baseball games all the time, made rockets and rocket-powered cars, jump my bicycle off sweet ramps, made my own stilts, made many custom kites and would sell those (along with my rubber-band powered helicopters, those where very popular.) I even made cardboard Star Trek communicators, phasors, and Tricorders and sold them at school for 50 cents each. I did that when I was about 7.

First video game I played was Pong. My mother's father gave it to us for Christmas. Got bored with it within a day or two. Later I did become somewhat addicted to Pac Man, Joust, and Gallaga but even so you had to leave the house to play them.
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I read the entire World Book Encyclopedia when I was in 5th grade.
Wow - I forgot about this. My brother and I always read these. They were full of cool stuff and still are.

We also spent a lot of time playing with plastic army men and had dirtclod wars.
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My Dad taught me a great deal and he appreciated everything he had, and that he had to work for. He lost his parents early when he was very young, and grew up with relatives and family friends. He lived through the great depression, and talked of the misery, and how people lost everything they owned. Suicides. When eating meals, he would make us clean our plates, saying that people were starving all over the world, and would cherish what was on our plates. Families socialized more, sitting around visiting, playing cards. These were weekly events, mainly on Sunday afternoons. I was taught to respect my elders, and not to stare at people that were unfortunate. My mother was a very loving mother that I miss a great deal. She taught me many great virtues also.
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Yes being a younger guy older people always tell me how my stuff is bad and what they used to do, and it seems like there looking back through a filter.

I always love the "we weren't playing video games we were outside every day all the time." Then i bring up what they did during downpours, blizzards, ice storms and other greatest hits of the northeast's bipolar weather, they say they still went out. Then I ask them their favorite T.V. shows were and they name a million, so obviously they were inside watching tv not playing outside.

Or the we walked everywhere uphill both ways nosnsense. Busses existed if you lived in a city.

Whats your favorite things you were told.?

It's all true, if my dad and uncles are to be believed. Had to walk over a mile to school 4 times a day. Morning, lunch, end of day.
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Yup...

during the summer, from the time I awoke, I was either outside running up and down the river, fishing, hunting, shooting, riding my bicycle, or later my dirt bike, until it got dark.

During the school year, we had to be home by 8:00 p.m. but if the homework and chores were finished, I had the freedom to take off until school night curfew.

What was even better, parents back then didn't have to worry nearly as much about nuts driving around trolling for children. Different times for sure.
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There were a lot of old cartoons on TV in the afternoon. Mighty Mouse. Heckle & Jeckle. I may have seen a few/several of those. LOL

I read a BUTT-TON. I credit my ability to learn and retain today to reading almost constantly from age 8 to 18 (and beyond). I have many many friends that were out to have a good time and skate by early in life. They are continually amazed at the wealth of knowledge that I consider to be "common" knowledge.
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