Something to think about...
Published on February 27, 2004 By The Gent In Just Hanging Out
My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread Mayo 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 high top 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.... 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.

We played in vacant lots, 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).... and then we got
our butt spanked again when we got home. 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.

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???...

on Feb 27, 2004
the prozac was crsuhed up and put in all the food back then... that was before the drug companies realized how much money they could make if they could just convince doctors to prescribe it.

ok, maybe not...

i definitely hear what you're saying, and i agree on all accounts. and it was very well written. This is the kind of eye opener that gets mass emailed all over our state of the art communication system we now have... you know, the one that we use to NOT actually communicate with anyone on a personal level...

on Feb 27, 2004
Some of us didn't. Things looked good then, but some parents beat up each other and their children. Some were alcoholics, and others had single moms who raised their kids without help. It is easy to look at the past as if it was better. In some ways it was. But is also was a time a racism and of hiding problems beneath the rug.

As for e-coli, there probably were cases, we just didn't know why people died of those diseases. Mayonaise kills germs. Some things were better then, other things were worse.
on Feb 27, 2004
maybe the better question is, how many of you guys died?
on Feb 27, 2004

I agree with your completely. If things continue the way they're going, soon a small band of girls scouts will be able to take over the world by force.

I blame the liberals.