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Old 05-16-2005, 10:52 AM   #1
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This was sent to Tania by her 80 year old girlfriend from Buffalo:

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and roll out pie crust on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes too, but I can't remember getting E-coli. Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), the term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE . . . and risked permanent injury with a pair of hightop Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall
any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now. Flunking gym was not an option. Not even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Every year, someone taught the whole school a lesson by running in the halls with leather soles on linoleum tile and hitting the wet spot. How much better off would we be today if we only knew we could have sued the school
system. Speaking of school, we all said prayers and the pledge and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention. We must have had horribly damaged psyches.

I can't understand it. Schools didn't offer 14 year olds an abortion or condoms (we wouldn't have known what either was anyway) but they did give us a couple of baby aspirin and cough syrup if we started getting the sniffles. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself. I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, playStation, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital cable stations. I must be repressing that memory as I try to rationalize through the denial of the dangers that could have befallen us as we trekked off each day about a mile down the road to some guy's vacant 20, built forts out of branches and pieces of plywood, made trails, and fought over who got to be the Lone Ranger.

What was that property owner thinking, letting us play on that lot? He should have been locked up for not putting up a fence around the property, complete with a self-closing gate and an infrared intruder alarm. Oh yeah . . . and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played king of the hill on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48 cent bottle of mercurochrome and then we got our butt spanked. Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics
and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked (physical abuse) there and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.

Mom invited the door to door salesman inside for coffee, kids choked down the dust from the gravel driveway while playing with Tonka trucks(remember why Tonka trucks were made tough? - It wasn't so that they could take the rough Berber in the family room), and Dad drove a car with leaded gas.

Our music had to be left inside when we went out to play and I am sure that I nearly exhausted my imagination a couple of times when we went on two week vacations. I should probably sue the folks now for the danger they put us in when we all slept in campgrounds in the family tent.

Summers were spent behind the push lawnmower and I didn't even know that mowers came with motors until I was 13 and we got one without an automatic blade-stop or an auto-drive. How sick were my parents?

Of course my parents weren't the only psychos. I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that we needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac!

How did we survive????

Easy, Simply; "In God We Trust"

Seems to me there is a bunch of truth in this note!

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This was sent to Tania by her 80 year old girlfriend from Buffalo:

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and roll out pie crust on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes too, but I can't remember getting E-coli. Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), the term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE . . . and risked permanent injury with a pair of hightop Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall
any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now. Flunking gym was not an option. Not even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Every year, someone taught the whole school a lesson by running in the halls with leather soles on linoleum tile and hitting the wet spot. How much better off would we be today if we only knew we could have sued the school
system. Speaking of school, we all said prayers and the pledge and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention. We must have had horribly damaged psyches.

I can't understand it. Schools didn't offer 14 year olds an abortion or condoms (we wouldn't have known what either was anyway) but they did give us a couple of baby aspirin and cough syrup if we started getting the sniffles. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself. I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, playStation, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital cable stations. I must be repressing that memory as I try to rationalize through the denial of the dangers that could have befallen us as we trekked off each day about a mile down the road to some guy's vacant 20, built forts out of branches and pieces of plywood, made trails, and fought over who got to be the Lone Ranger.

What was that property owner thinking, letting us play on that lot? He should have been locked up for not putting up a fence around the property, complete with a self-closing gate and an infrared intruder alarm. Oh yeah . . . and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played king of the hill on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48 cent bottle of mercurochrome and then we got our butt spanked. Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics
and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked (physical abuse) there and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.

Mom invited the door to door salesman inside for coffee, kids choked down the dust from the gravel driveway while playing with Tonka trucks(remember why Tonka trucks were made tough? - It wasn't so that they could take the rough Berber in the family room), and Dad drove a car with leaded gas.

Our music had to be left inside when we went out to play and I am sure that I nearly exhausted my imagination a couple of times when we went on two week vacations. I should probably sue the folks now for the danger they put us in when we all slept in campgrounds in the family tent.

Summers were spent behind the push lawnmower and I didn't even know that mowers came with motors until I was 13 and we got one without an automatic blade-stop or an auto-drive. How sick were my parents?

Of course my parents weren't the only psychos. I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that we needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac!

How did we survive????

Easy, Simply; "In God We Trust"

Seems to me there is a bunch of truth in this note!

Dave
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Ah the good old days.
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Dave, I see your current location is Florida, don't know where you grew up, but it sounds like it could have been right next door to us. Sounds awfully familiar.
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Hello Dave:

Thanks for the Memories.

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Wow what a rememberance. Meurcuracrome. That stuff burned. And it had a round glass thing on the end that Mom stuck on every thing. Germs Thanks, Dave
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I thought that it was merthiolate that burned and mercurochrome didn't - well, not as much, anyway!

Yep, I don't know how we ever survived. My mother was a schoolteacher whose motto was, "Whatever punishment you get in school, you can figure on double when you get home." I stayed out of trouble and never questioned why she and Dad didn't say "If you get in trouble in school, we'll hire an attorney and take care of it." And, yeah, our neighbors would bust your tail just as quick as our parents - all of our parents must have had some sort of neighborhood agreement.

And remember trying to take those 100 lb Schwinn bicycles over jumps? No one ever thought of litigation against Schwinn when the front wheel fell off and you busted your head on the concrete sidewalk. I guess we just figured it would keep the gene pool purged out. Same for BB gun fights.....

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You forgot picking the Dandy Lions and other weeds out of the lawn.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">...summers were spent behind the push lawnmower and I didn't even know that mowers came with motors until I was 13... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
if i showed a push mower to my 12 year old, he would go and ask mom why i was punishing him again and what would i be thinking?, a 20' square lawn for my kid, as versus the 60' square one I mowed by hand??

And the missus and i both recall that our folks got a little peace and quiet around the house by shooing the kids to the local park. And we kids would get there the long way, down the creek, thru some new homes being built, and finally thru the railroad yard, all instead of just walking the 5 blocks directly down the street. And then it was just us kids at the park.
These days I pretty much see one adult for every one kid at the park. Keeping an eye.
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Did you all have pea shooters, we did and a several pockets full of pea size beans. I havn't seen one of them in a looong time.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Novi:
Dave, I see your current location is Florida, don't know where you grew up, but it sounds like it could have been right next door to us. Sounds awfully familiar. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hi Novi and everyone else!

Actually I think I might have been close to you. Tania and I were born and raised in Western New York and lived most of our lives in the Buffalo and Rochester areas until we took early retirement in 1999 and started our full time RV adventure.

I worked for a food retail/wholesale division of Loblaw's for nearly 20 years and became very familiar with I-90 and the QEW.

And I remember the pea shooters too, especially in homeroom when I was sittin' in the back of the class and wanted to make a point with some one in front of me! (now you have me letting out secrets no one ever knew)

Tania and I reminisced about the different items for an hour or so and both agreed that the iRV2 family would enjoy it.

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While I didn't grow up in western NY form the sounds of your post I could have. Reminds me of my mid-western home town.
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