Overnight Open Thread (7-18-2012)

Childhood's End - The Shrinking Range of Kids

It's not your imagination - kids today really do roam their neighborhoods far less than they did even a generation or two ago.

A British study called One False Move, investigating the mobility of children, found that the average eight-year-old saw its 'home habitat' shrink to one-ninth of its size within a single generation. In 1970, 80% of British kids 7 or 8 years of age were allowed to go to school unsupervised; by 1990, this figure had dropped below 10%.

The result of this gradual shrinkage of children's habitat, is the effective end of the outdoor childhood.

And here's a map showing how much the range of one family's children in Sheffield, England has shrunk in four generations:

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I've seen this in my own lifetime as well. As a kid I was lucky to have some woods just a mile or two from our house so quite often my friends and I would announce that we were going 'exploring', stuff some food and water into our backpacks, and head off into the woods with our dogs for most of the day.

We probably only got a mile or two into woods - and in retrospect given their size couldn't have gotten truly lost if we'd tried - but to us it felt like we were very, very far from home and on our own. And I won't even go into the many hours of fun we had wandering along the railroad tracks.

But my nephews (9 and 11 years old) who now live just on the other side of the very same woods have never walked into them on their own. In fact I doubt they've ever walked or biked beyond a half mile radius of their house. And it's not like they're lazy or homebodies - they're quite active and play sports year round - or in a bad neighborhood or that my sister is the over-worrying mother type.

Mostly it's because they have far less free-time to wander around than I did, there's already a lot of fun stuff to do at each others houses and there is constant low grade pressure from *all* the parents to not stray too far. So I doubt that they'll ever walk into the woods just a mile and half away. And that's a shame.

U.S. Becoming a Nation of Dependents

The Obama administration is rapidly pursuing its vision of a "transformed" America-an America in which most people are dependent on government, and therefore the party of government, the Democrats, will be dominant.

And one of the stealth ways of doing this is by slowly expanding the reach of government benefits until nearly everyone is compromised to some degree or other by them. And we're pretty much already there.

Here are the effective tax rates i.e. taxes paid minus government benefits received as a percent of income from back in 2009.

Bottom quintile: -301 percent
Second quintile: -42 percent
Middle quintile: -5 percent
Fourth quintile: 10 percent
Highest quintile: 22 percent

Top one percent: 28 percent

The negative 301 percent means that a typical family in the bottom quintile receives about $3 in transfer payments for every dollar earned.

The most surprising fact to me was that the effective tax rate is negative for the middle quintile. According to the CBO data, this number was +14 percent in 1979 (when the data begins) and remained positive through 2007. It was negative 0.5 percent in 2008, and negative 5 percent in 2009. That is, the middle class, having long been a net contributor to the funding of government, is now a net recipient of government largess.

"What is the most Burkean line from Animal House?"

A classic 2001 column from Jonah Goldberg.

Regardless, now that my spirit has been renewed and I, like Jackson, can return to my public ministry (if he can have one, why can't I?), I feel I must fulfill my covenant with my readers and address the deeply pressing question, "What is the most Burkean line from Animal House?"

If you're not familiar with Edmund Burke, well the short version is that he was The Man of original conservative thought. Probably a good half of all the conservative ideas rattling around in your brain were first (and better) expressed by him back in the 1790s.

And here are some suggestions that were rejected by Jonah:

Many readers were convinced that "fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life" was the apotheosis of Burkean thought. This can't be right, because it would rule out the lifestyles of many British Monarchs, whom Burke supported.
A more promising guess comes from the line during the trial of the Delta House. Eric "Otter" Stratton says: "The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guests - we did. [winks at Dean Wormer]...Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America!"

This is an excellent suggestion on several points. It shows a deep appreciation of the integral role that institutions play in the social fabric. But it also displays a degree of unquestioning patriotism bordering on jingoism. No, sorry: close but no cigar.
Then there's my absolute favorite suggestion: "The Negroes stole our dates!"

Considering Burke's moral clarity on racial issues, I must say this fails, but I just think it's hilarious. Hold on to it for my quiz on the line from Animal House most befitting Calhoun.

You'll have to read the column to find out the answer.

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How to Really Test Bullet-Proof Vests

It's one thing to design a bullet-proof vest that based on specs can also stop intermediate powered bullets - but it takes true confidence in your design to let someone fire an AK-47 into your chest from a few feet away.

Newspaper Blurb, 1962

I wonder what ever happened to those guys.

rs168

Really into Astronomy?

There's a special hotel just for you:

Located in the Elqui Valley in Chile's Norte Chico region, Elqui Domos is one of the few astronomical hotels in the world. The area is renowned for its sparkling clear skies and Elqui Domos takes advantage of this by offering lodgings in a series of geodesic domes with elevated loft beds and open rooftops as well as recently added wooden cabins designed with star-gazing in mind. .Both the geodesic domes and observatory cabins are furnished with their own telescopes for guest use.

...Daytime activities include hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, wine tasting and yoga. Prices at Elqui Domos start from US$120 per couple per night.

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Damn You NBA!

Upon defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games, two porn stars made a bet on Twitter with the stipulation they'd give oral sex to Heat fans if their team won the title.

In order to fulfill their promises, the duo, better known as Sara Jay and Angelina Castro, formed a website, TeamBJNBA, for fans to cash in on their "winnings." They set up the rules of their free giveaway because, you know, if they were actually paid for their services that would be both wrong and illegal. But who are we to judge?

Needless to say, this got the duo in a bit of hot water with the ultra-PC NBA. Not wanting to see their carefully crafted image destroyed, the league moved to stop the giveaway.

...The NBA has demanded that the entire website and picture be pulled off the Internet and that the URL Teambjnba.com and Twitter handle @teambjnba be transferred to its ownership.

Not phased, the duo are still planning to go ahead to make many people's day.

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Teh Tweet!

Yahoo group. That is all.

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Comments

1 Live from Franklinton, NC! WHAZZAP BITCHEZ!!!

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 10:01 PM (yh0zB)

2 Hi Andrew!

Posted by: Mark formerly in Spokane,now in Sandy Ut at July 18, 2012 10:03 PM (xGX1p)

3 When I was about, we had about a 9 mile radius from home that we would cover on our bikes.

Posted by: Lemmiwinks at July 18, 2012 10:03 PM (61yvg)

4 Trayvon should have stayed a little closer to home.

Posted by: Big Johansson at July 18, 2012 10:05 PM (aZcPb)

5 Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable failure.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 10:05 PM (6o4Fb)

6 Dateline: The Peoples' Republic of AnnArbor

g'evenin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at July 18, 2012 10:06 PM (JMmQ9)

7 I knew the Jonah answer because he had it in his most recent book

Posted by: Ben at July 18, 2012 10:06 PM (VPxJg)

8 One of the reasons kids don't roam much is the great fear of kidnapping.People hear about every case and are worried.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 10:07 PM (6o4Fb)

9 We used to ride bikes out to the fishing pond about 4 miles away. There wasn't an alleyway in my little Iowa town that I didn't know about. My favorite fishing spot was out by the railroad bridge, no roads, you had to follow the tracks to get there.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 10:08 PM (yh0zB)

10 '...and don't come back til sundown!'.

Posted by: Things Dad would say at July 18, 2012 10:09 PM (4s44r)

11
BJNBA?

A lot of ball handling, and then the shot.

And now David Stern controls all that. What a killjoy.

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes..... at July 18, 2012 10:09 PM (sJTmU)

12 Depends on age. When young, I was limited to my street or maybe a neighbor's house < half a mile away. As I aged, my boundary grew. Eventually I was running around in the woods, miles from home.

Posted by: Stinky Feet at July 18, 2012 10:10 PM (aanT8)

13 Post Office is going tits up.

Couldn't happen under a nicer president.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at July 18, 2012 10:10 PM (mIoJ0)

14 "Knowledge Is Good"

Posted by: Navin R Johnson at July 18, 2012 10:10 PM (HpT9p)

15 '...and don't come back til sundown!'.

Posted by: Things Dad would say at July 18, 2012 10:09 PM (4s44r)


"Be back when it gets dark." (things that Mom would say)

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 10:10 PM (yh0zB)

16 I generally do not follow the NBA. But, suddenly, I have become a Heat Fan.

And Good Evening, Moronettes and Morons.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at July 18, 2012 10:11 PM (OWjjx)

17 When I was a kid, my friends and I used to play manhunt in an area that covered about 4sq miles. We used to ride our bikes clear across the city into another state. I rarely see any kids playing outside nowadays.

Posted by: General Woundwort at July 18, 2012 10:11 PM (DWgdc)

18 6. Good Evening Ann Arbor from the People's Republic of Madison, the place where the "recall Scott Walker" bumper stickers still live in harmony with the "co-exist" stickers.

PS--don't tell us about the BJNBA if it is not still active. That just makes me sad......

Posted by: FOWFan at July 18, 2012 10:12 PM (B8z6M)

19 13
Post Office is going tits up.

***

That's cuz all us successful people wore it out.

Posted by: Lemmiwinks at July 18, 2012 10:13 PM (61yvg)

20 As a kid I was lucky to have some woods just a mile or two from our
house so quite often my friends and I would announce that we were going
'exploring', stuff some food and water into our backpacks, and head off
into the woods with our dogs for most of the day. We probably only got a
few mile or two into wood


-------

As an Army brat, I grew up on military bases in exciting. Some of which were quite large.

Spent a couple of years living in Dugway Our house was on the edge of the living area, just a block from the desert (one end of Mosier Drive, if you know the place). I used to go for long, long walks in the desert. Play in the sand dunes. All kinds of fun. I once walked out to the air field.

Of course, that was before I had any clue what they were *doing* in that desert...

In Stuttgart, lived in Robinson Barracks, which is a large base on top of a hill. There was a great big grassy area between my house and the school. Some peach trees; I gather it used to be an orchard before WWII. Of course, we walked to school; a couple of miles.

Italy was Camp Darby. We lived on the economy in Tirrenia, a couple of blocks from the Mediterranian. There was a big chunk of forest just north of where we lived; big, tall, umbrella pines.

However, somewhere in Italy I discovered books and became a homebody.

Posted by: Anachronda at July 18, 2012 10:13 PM (1c58W)

21 Watching this crime show reminds me why I carry. When your only defense is to play dead after you are shot, you have made some pretty poor choices (or had poor choices thrust upon you).


I carry because I'm too old to fight, too fat to run, and too mean to die.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 10:13 PM (yh0zB)

22 Evening all,

When I was ten or so, I would go to my friend's farm, and we would pack up food, water and a bedroll, along with a 22 gauge shot gun, and spend the weekend riding horses and camping out. We needed the guns for the mountain lions and coyotes that would sometimes decide we were a midnight snack. We would leave on Friday afternoon, and show up at the house on Sunday morning, filthy, and so proud of ourselves for being "pioneers."

I wouldn't in a million years think about letting my kids do that at the same age, because they would have shot themselves, or the horse.

Posted by: moki at July 18, 2012 10:13 PM (dZmFh)

23
The world may or may be safer/more dangerous than when I was a child growing up (in the 1960's), but the perception is that things are worse.
I used to ride the bus all over town when I was 11 or 12 to go places. My wife thinks that was crazy. When I was 13 I got up a 4 am to deliver the morning paper. And thinking about that now, seems like it was crazy.
But I rarely felt like things weren't safe or that I was in any danger. I think it's the drugs, and the stories of sexual predators that scares people today.

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes..... at July 18, 2012 10:15 PM (sJTmU)

24 "Take your sleeping bag" (things my parents would say in unison)

I never did figure out why the house was locked up when I returned home....

Posted by: AltonJackson at July 18, 2012 10:15 PM (JMmQ9)

25 By the time I was a 9 or 10 year-old, there were just about zero restrictions as to where I could go. My parents rarely asked where I was off to, and didn't bat an eye if I was away from the house for the entire day and well into the evening. So thankful I grew up when I did.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at July 18, 2012 10:16 PM (vbh31)

26 I put my son in an all-day summer camp. Outdoors, no computers, no phones, nothing electronic. Just swimming and fishing and playing games. Closest you can get in this day and age.

One more thing. A child's time is consumed (even in summer) with "activities" it takes us a least a week to coordinate with his friends to play.

Posted by: The Huggable Robot Devil at July 18, 2012 10:16 PM (DNTer)

27 @22

I weep in envy.

Posted by: General Woundwort at July 18, 2012 10:16 PM (DWgdc)

28 I wouldn't in a million years think about letting my
kids do that at the same age, because they would have shot themselves,
or the horse.

Posted by: moki at July 18, 2012 10:13 PM (dZmFh)


Not if you teach them right. Of course, these days the sight of a kid with a .22 rifle or a 20 gauge shotgun would be enough to cause heart attacks.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 10:16 PM (yh0zB)

29 Street lights come on and I would head home. My range was about 15 miles or so. Once I walked in the Minnehaha Creek all the way up the chain of lakes in Mpls. Ended up in Lake of the Isles. When we go there we wondered how we would get home to St Paul as we were dead tired and didn't have money to call anyone and let them know where we were.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:16 PM (jucos)

30 I can remember being a little girl, probably aged 6, and carrying a milk crate down to the mail box at the end of the street to mail letters for my mom. (I was very short and needed the crate to reach the handle.) It was probably about 8 houses down. I'm guessing my mom was watching me the whole way.

By the time I was 9, I had free reign -- could basically go wherever I could reach by bike.

Posted by: Y-not at July 18, 2012 10:16 PM (5H6zj)

31 I am from Philadelphia. When I was about 12, I got the brilliant idea that I wanted to ride my bike across the bridge to NJ. I told my Mom about this adventure as an adult. My Mom's reply, "There is no time limitation on me spanking you for doing something stupid." It was a long distance along some busy streets. It was fun. Glad I did it.

Posted by: Long Island at July 18, 2012 10:18 PM (kzp9t)

32 27- you know, you could do that now on the "dude" ranches. Various outfits in Texas and Montana have "city folk"join them for cattle drives over a weekend, or sometimes a full week. You would also be so much better fed than we were. Peanut butter that started out creamy, and got crunchy from the pebbles and crap that got in the jar wasn't really all that good.

Posted by: moki at July 18, 2012 10:18 PM (dZmFh)

33 My Dad beat my ass bloody because I walked down around the end of the fence at Fort Eustis and spent a couple of hours with some drunks who were shore fishing on the river shore. That was in about 1963.

The song remains the same.

Posted by: Shirley Anger at July 18, 2012 10:19 PM (7+pP9)

34 I was just watching Animal House today. I looked up Martha Smith (Babs) on google image. Took safe search off beforehand. Was happy about it.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 10:19 PM (03CLp)

35 Chile, of the Atacama desert, where the sight of a cloud is an annual event and where rainfalls are recorded centuries apart. Yes, it is a hotspot for astronomy - I understand that several extrasolar planets have been found from their observatories.

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at July 18, 2012 10:20 PM (QTHTd)

36 With us, it was "Be back when the streetlights are on." Like Maet, I have great memories of exploring the woods near my home. Suburban boomer kids really lived in a Golden Age of Childhood. 100 years earlier and we would have toiled in factories. My Depression era parents spent their summer vacations helping out on the farm. Kids today are shuttled from one adult-supervised activity to another. Or else they're texting the kid who lives across the street. We had both time and freedom to explore.
Maybe that's why the Boomers turned out so disasterously in the end. They expected all of life to be as idyllic as childhood and threw a hissy fit when it wasn't.

Posted by: Donna V. at July 18, 2012 10:20 PM (EflcN)

37 Maybe that's why the Boomers turned out so disasterously in the end.

Not all of us.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at July 18, 2012 10:21 PM (vbh31)

38 28 Get them riddled with bullets by a SWAT team.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 10:21 PM (6o4Fb)

39
Romneys next ad should be the style that the dumbocrats used (Apple commercial style) with about 15 registered dems giving a sentence on why they're voting for Romney.
That there would be a proverbial kick in his tiny nuts.

Posted by: Hal Burton at July 18, 2012 10:21 PM (iYvMQ)

40 ...who were shore fishing on the river shore.

But I repeat myself.

Posted by: Shirley Anger at July 18, 2012 10:22 PM (7+pP9)

41 "You fucked up--you trusted us."

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 10:22 PM (IoNBC)

42 I looked up Martha Smith (Babs) on google image. Took safe search off beforehand.

Whoa, she got '70s bush!

Posted by: Jay at July 18, 2012 10:22 PM (QTHTd)

43 But I rarely felt like things weren't safe or that I
was in any danger. I think it's the drugs, and the stories of sexual
predators that scares people today.

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes..... at July 18, 2012 10:15 PM (sJTmU)


I don't think it's any more dangerous, I think you just hear about it more in this age of instant communications. Our world used to be very small, now it is very large.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 10:23 PM (yh0zB)

44 Used to go all over creation when I was a kid. All neighborhood kids did likewise. Nowadays, all kids have are "play dates" scheduled and supervised by mommy.

Our town here in MS has an ordinance that bike riders must have helmets. Also a relatively new phenomenon. Heck, I used to ride my sister's ten-speed helmetless at breakneck speed down steep hills and it didn't even have brakes on it. you can, I think, ride a motorcycle without a helmet. Makes perfect sense.

Posted by: Ezra's Equal at July 18, 2012 10:24 PM (BAnxQ)

45 The Gulf Coast of MS has wet ground tonight -- wet dreams are optional.

A bj from a porn star? I'll have to pass.

Posted by: GnuBreed at July 18, 2012 10:24 PM (ccXZP)

46 I must be the contrarian in the group.......but I let my 13 year old son have free range. He and his friends will ride bikes around the town without any supervision. I remember doing this as a kid, thought it was great and decided to let him have the same experience and freedom. He usually takes off in the afternoon and gets home before dinner (usually 6).

Of course, his basketball/baseball/soccer/school activities and work usually cut into this time......but still, I think he has a fair amount of freedom and I hope he enjoys it.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at July 18, 2012 10:25 PM (OWjjx)

47 Talk about roaming. When I was a kid we had horses, and my best friend's family had horses. In Michigan a working class family could own enough land for a barn and a field for horses, so it wasn't so much rich people who had horses.

In the summer we would go off on our horses for the whole day until dinnertime. And parents weren't nearly as concerned about safety. With 6 kids in the family my mother just thought that making the occasional trip to the emergency room was part of being a parent.

Posted by: nerdygirl at July 18, 2012 10:25 PM (96XVT)

48 I agree with those that say that we have squeezed all of the fun out of childhood. It will not serve this generation well.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:25 PM (jucos)

49 Our town here in MS has an ordinance that bike riders must have helmets. Also a relatively new phenomenon.

Understand this like you understand cops ticketing speeders at 8 AM when school is not in session.

Revenue, revenue, revenue

Posted by: Boulder Toilet at July 18, 2012 10:25 PM (QTHTd)

50 that would make a great "reality" show: two 1970's era 10 year olds on 16" Schwinns (with the banana seat, natch) and two current day 20 year olds, on the latest state of the art mountain bikes.

Turn them loose after breakfast, tell them "don't come home until dark"

Guess which pair comes home early and which pair covers more miles?

Posted by: AltonJackson at July 18, 2012 10:25 PM (JMmQ9)

51 “In the hours leading up to the strike by the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 SEIU (the Union) against five HealthBridge Management Health Care Centers in Connecticut, Union members engaged in multiple illegal and dangerous acts against Center residents,” reads a statement released by HealthBridge on Tuesday afternoon.

According to police reports obtained by The Daily Caller and reported Monday by the RedState blog, HealthBridge Management Health Care Centers alleged that union employees in at least three of its facilities intentionally mixed up or removed patient name plates, photos, medical bracelets and dietary advisories as they began their strike. Additionally, the police reports include allegations of both vandalism and larceny.


... but hey, they care !!

Posted by: Florence Nightingale at July 18, 2012 10:26 PM (e8kgV)

52 ahem, fat finger.

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at July 18, 2012 10:26 PM (QTHTd)

53
42
Yup. Miss July of 1973. Old school grooming.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 10:26 PM (03CLp)

54 Bike helmets!We rode like maniacs,jumped homeade ramps etc with no helmets.I don't remember anyone I knew getting seriously hurt.I chipped a front tooth once,big whoop.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 10:26 PM (6o4Fb)

55 I am live streaming Al Jazeera to catch what's going on in Middle East. I can report what the American Media won't....it's a big, violent, scary mess and is deteriorating fast. Talking about Syria and Isreal as well as Euro Economy. Our media does not cover even 5% of the real news. I know Jazeera is radical and hates the US but their reporting is more unbiased than ours. Imagine that.

Posted by: DailyDish at July 18, 2012 10:26 PM (+b3dK)

56 "The time has come for someone to put his foot down, and that foot is me."

Posted by: Ezra's Equal at July 18, 2012 10:26 PM (BAnxQ)

57 Mind if we dance with your dates?

Posted by: WNBA players at July 18, 2012 10:27 PM (vDl/w)

58 "But sir, Delta Tau Chi has a long tradition of existence both to its members and the community at large.”

That is such a good line I want to steal it.

Regarding the shrinking world of children: Don't think that it doesn't have political consequences. Most persons raised with little independence are going to see dependency as the natural order of things. Rather than looking at freedom of the individual as something that only occasionally ought be curtailed for the sake of the whole, they're going to think freedom is something doled out in grudging little dollops for the individual's own good. You just can't be trusted to know what's best for you, and you have to be protected by those who do.

Posted by: Nicholas Kronos at July 18, 2012 10:27 PM (IGYyt)

59 A bj from a porn star? I'll have to pass.

Yeah, I can put my dick in an oven for free and it'll only get burnt that one time

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at July 18, 2012 10:27 PM (QTHTd)

60 I grew up in a fairly small town and have a very large extended family. We could be gone all day, and my mother could tell us everything we had done by the time we got home in the evening. We roamed the roads all day long during the summer. We swam in a private pond, fished the canal, rode motorcycles, made our own gunpowder (we probably would be arrested for that one these days), walked to the corner store and bought cigarettes for my dad (sometimes he actually got them), played video games at the arcade, and generally terrorized the neighborhood. This was in the '80s.

Posted by: no good deed at July 18, 2012 10:28 PM (0lYad)

61 Growing up in Saint Paul, as long as we were home for dinner and then home by the time the street lights cameonall was well. If my Dad had to come looking for us it was not going to be a pleasant night me and my brother. We would spend hours at the lake swimming or playing in the woods a couple miles from out house. I actually feel sorry for the kids nowadays that they don't have that. But having two little ones of my own, it's hard to let them roam like we did. It just seems like there's so many more creeps out there. Maybe it's just that the news covers it more and my wife andI argue over how much freedom to roam to give them. If it was up to her she'd never let them out of the front yard. But then I wonder how I'd feel if something happend and I relent. It's a tough call.

Posted by: Minnfidel at July 18, 2012 10:28 PM (tmbXy)

62 @49 No doubt. I let my kids ride on our dead end street without them. Someone call the Feds!

Posted by: Ezra's Equal at July 18, 2012 10:28 PM (BAnxQ)

63 Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 10:26 PM (6o4Fb)
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I once wiped out on my 10 speed on freshly tarred and sanded streets (St Paul). Knocked me out. The next thing I remember was waking up in a neighbors house.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:28 PM (jucos)

64
I was lucky enough to grow up in a rural area, with the family farm a mile from my house. Our range was miles...the only place we weren't supposed to go was into town. The farm itself provided all kinds of wilderness, but we also had mountains nearby.

What the hell amI doing here in an urban area?

Posted by: USS Diversity at July 18, 2012 10:28 PM (2d71t)

65
Greetings from the fever swamps of the Northern Neck of Virginia.

Hope it is a good day for all of you.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at July 18, 2012 10:29 PM (k3Mlu)

66 Seven years of college down the drain. Might as well join the fuckin peace corps.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 10:29 PM (03CLp)

67 @63 I feel your pain. Did the same on previously mentioned 10 speed. Down a steep hil and small into a barrier to the street. Bent up the front wheel and did the full 360 over the handle bars. Decently sprained knee. I blame Bush.

Posted by: Ezra's Equal at July 18, 2012 10:30 PM (BAnxQ)

68 We dribble before we shoot!

Posted by: BJNBA players at July 18, 2012 10:30 PM (vDl/w)

69 As a kid my range was about as far as I could go in two hours. Earliest memories are of being sent to the store @ about 6 years old to by my moms cigarettes for her. Probably a felony these days.

Posted by: Hal Burton at July 18, 2012 10:30 PM (iYvMQ)

70 Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
(Not Burkean....but submitted to honor the current state of American education)

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at July 18, 2012 10:31 PM (OWjjx)

71 Posted by: Minnfidel at July 18, 2012 10:28 PM (tmbXy)
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What part of St Paul? Do you remember tarred and sanded streets?

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:31 PM (jucos)

72 Bah- talk about dependence- kids today couldn't make a sandwich if you spotted them two slices of bread and aslab of bologna!
...and get off my lawn!

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 18, 2012 10:31 PM (hgSh3)

73 Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

Posted by: AltonJackson never gets to quote the really good lines at July 18, 2012 10:31 PM (JMmQ9)

74 63 Everybody got hurt up to and including broken bones but no one made a big deal out of it.It was natural.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 10:31 PM (6o4Fb)

75 I don't think it's any more dangerous, I think you just hear about it more in this age of instant communications. Our world used to be very small, now it is very large.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 10:23 PM (yh0zB)


I vaguely recall reading somewhere that the relative number of true stranger kidnappings has been constant since the early 70's. We're just much more aware of them these days.

Of course when it comes to predators and weirdos a group of kids together is smarter than any individual child. So even on our own I doubt we were ever really at risk.

Posted by: Mætenloch at July 18, 2012 10:32 PM (pAlYe)

76
Bike helmets!We rode like maniacs,jumped homeade ramps etc with no helmets.I don't remember anyone I knew getting seriously hurt.I chipped a front tooth once,big whoop.

I jumped a ramp whenI was 10 on a bike I had outgrown. Did a face plant in a gravel parking lot. Literally tore my nose half off.

Posted by: USS Diversity at July 18, 2012 10:32 PM (2d71t)

77 @74
I also remember playing "smear the queer" in High School. I don't think school administrators would allow that now

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:33 PM (jucos)

78
In a small town in the early 70's my two cousins and i roamed as far as we cared to walk...always home at dusk. During the winter we wore bread bags over our socks. Of course, the persperation made them wet but we thought we were pretty smart!
Those woods and trails seem so much smaller now...

Posted by: Cicero Kid at July 18, 2012 10:33 PM (iSrxa)

79 71 Posted by: Minnfidel at July 18, 2012 10:28 PM (tmbXy) ------------------------------------------------------- What part of St Paul? Do you remember tarred and sanded streets?
Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:31 PM (jucos)

East Side. And Yep. Still have the scars!

Posted by: Minnfidel at July 18, 2012 10:33 PM (tmbXy)

80 Everybody got hurt up to and including broken bones but no one made a big deal out of it.It was natural.

Kid breaks an arm these days and they treat him or her for PTSD.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at July 18, 2012 10:34 PM (vbh31)

81 Yeah,went for cigarettes for my dad pretty often.Beer too sometimes.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 10:34 PM (6o4Fb)

82 I hate Verizon FIOS. If you're thinking of getting it, don't. It's fucking awful. It doesn't matter how much it saves you a month.

Posted by: Ben at July 18, 2012 10:34 PM (VPxJg)

83
We had so much woods around our neighborhood when I was a kid that we once got so far lost we came upon an old hermit with a shotgun.
We built three story forts, burned 'em down and built new ones. Creeks, caves and crawdads.
My kids have a strip of woods between our cul de sac and an office building parking lot on the highway outer road. It's that easy access to the highway that scares me.

Posted by: Justamom at July 18, 2012 10:34 PM (Sptt8)

84 51)

Just gettin' a jump ahead of the death panels.

Posted by: Bark Obamma at July 18, 2012 10:34 PM (72afg)

85 so the la times blogger doesn't know the difference between 'phased' and 'fazed'? how reassuring

Posted by: mallfly at July 18, 2012 10:34 PM (NI3M5)

86 http://tinyurl.com/cltjdpn

Shell apparently hasn't noticed that their ad contest gallery has been taken over by the environazis. Good times.

Posted by: tdpwells at July 18, 2012 10:35 PM (7vA7k)

87 East Side. And Yep. Still have the scars!
Posted by: Minnfidel at July 18, 2012 10:33 PM (tmbXy)
-----------------------------------------------------------
Highland Park here. Never understood the tarring and sanding thing. Used to drive my mom insane as we always tracked though the house with fresh tar on our sneakers

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:35 PM (jucos)

88 I still think Goldberg is a coward who should get solidly bent. Moldbug had his number here (http://tinyurl.com/79ebaqk) and here (http://tinyurl.com/6sy6nan). For "liberal fascism", Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn is the man to read.

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at July 18, 2012 10:36 PM (QTHTd)

89
Jarts was fun, so were my many electronics "experiments" on electrical appliances @ 110 volts.

Posted by: Hal Burton at July 18, 2012 10:36 PM (iYvMQ)

90 8
One of the reasons kids don't roam much is the great fear of kidnapping.People hear about every case and are worried.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 10:07 PM

Back in my youth, child molesters or child killers were either executed or locked away so far they had to have sunlight pumped to them. Nowadays, they're out in a few years because some "expert" pronounced them "rehabilitated".

Back then, there also wasnt the jackpot justice we have now, if the neighbor's kid skinned his knee on your sidewalk you didn't get served with papers the next morning

I don't remember many summers where you didn't have at least one kid with a cast on his arm or leg

Posted by: kbdabear at July 18, 2012 10:36 PM (Y7XKa)

91 But on a semi-serious note- I think children learn lessons about consequences of actions much more vividly when there actually are some negative consequences of those actions and the choice is actually theirs. All the skinned knees on Morons listed above probably helped shape the adult Morons...oh wait a minute, maybe not the best example...

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 18, 2012 10:37 PM (hgSh3)

92
My brother just bought Jarts at a garage sale!
Going to give to my dad for his birthday!

Posted by: Justamom at July 18, 2012 10:37 PM (Sptt8)

93 I think that why a lot of the dystopian teen books like Hunger Games or Divergent are popular now-because the protagonists decide to roam, to "buck" authority, and provide for their families by hunting, trapping, fishing, gathering etc. There is a sense of freedom in their oppression by doing these things, and it's extremely appealing.

I absolutely loved the freedom of riding horses all day, (attempting) to shoot our dinner, building a campfire, and protecting ourselves from creatures that wanted to hurt us. It was liberating, and it taught us how to be responsible when we were older. I wish this for my own kids, but I can see how a paranoid society, and a school system that seeks to indoctrinate kids to obey government will stifle this. it is very sad.

Posted by: moki at July 18, 2012 10:38 PM (dZmFh)

94 Toys that could really hurt you? Click Clacks. I once shattered a set that sent shrapnel into my little brothers eyes. Good times.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:38 PM (jucos)

95 "Look, these parades you throw are very expensive. You using my police, my sanitation people, and my Oldsmobiles free of charge. So, if you mention extortion again, I'll have your legs broken"

Quick Quiz. Who said the above quote: Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Carmine DePasto, or Preezy Choomy? No one throws a parade on their own.

Posted by: Ezra's Equal at July 18, 2012 10:39 PM (BAnxQ)

96 Creeks, caves and crawdads.


Ah, summertime crawdad expeditions. We'd bring home bucketfuls of 'em and my buddy's mom would boil 'em for us and set us out in the backyard with a roll of paper towels and Tabasco. Just didn't get much better than that.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at July 18, 2012 10:39 PM (vbh31)

97 That US Becoming a Nation of Dependents article is so depressing. Something else that needs to be pointed out more, is how government agencies can so easily make criminals out of good people using tons of regulations. Gibson Guitars was the first big case I noticed. But John Stossel's highlighted many other cases and the 700 Club had a great report a day ago on farmers robbed by the government.
One man was going to be let off lightly until his case made the media. Then he was made an example for anyone else that might get uppity.

Posted by: Stateless_Infidel at July 18, 2012 10:39 PM (8UijS)

98 If today's kids are not allowed to roam free, then they'll have no concept of freedom.

That is extremely worrying, and probably will spell the end of human freedom in general.

How can we expect future generations to venerate the concept of freedom, when they will literally have no experience of it and will be unable even to conceive of it?

Posted by: rickl at July 18, 2012 10:39 PM (sdi6R)

99 When I was a kid, I used to hike in the woods behind my house with friends. We would walk to the locals shops that were a mile away and bike to the local pool two miles away.

Then again I grew up in a suburb 40 minutes from a major city. So my parents weren't as worried about strangers. I would think their main concern was me doing something stupid and getting hurt, which did happen on more than one occasion.

Posted by: Ben at July 18, 2012 10:39 PM (VPxJg)

100 I broke both arms, at different times, just messing around as a kid.

It just wasn't a big deal back then.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 10:39 PM (IoNBC)

101 I remember being a kid in Baton Rouge and walking all around the neighborhood with my cousins as a kid, not worried in the least. In any case, there could be pretty severe consequences for harming children as I recall. There was a kid who was abused by his karate instructor. The police were leading the pervert through the Baton Rouge airport and it was on live TV. The kid's Dad approached him and shot him in the head at point blank range.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 10:39 PM (03CLp)

102 When I was in first grade I rode my bike two miles up to school or I walked there. On the weekends I rode around the neighborhood with pretty much free reign.

One thing to consider is that with the high divorce rate, a lot of kids don't get the chance to explore. They move back and forth from one parent's house to another, so they are never let out of sight and never have enough time to learn all of the streets and backyards and such.

Posted by: Alex at July 18, 2012 10:40 PM (3+RPg)

103 Mayor DePasto

Posted by: AltonJackson never gets to quote the really good lines at July 18, 2012 10:40 PM (JMmQ9)

104 East Side. And Yep. Still have the scars! Posted by: Minnfidel at July 18, 2012 10:33 PM (tmbXy) ----------------------------------------------------------- Highland Park here. Never understood the tarring and sanding thing. Used to drive my mom insane as we always tracked though the house with fresh tar on our sneakers/
LOL Not Sure why but many wipeouts happend

Posted by: Minnfidel at July 18, 2012 10:40 PM (tmbXy)

105 >>>he police were leading the pervert through the Baton Rouge airport and
it was on live TV. The kid's Dad approached him and shot him in the head
at point blank range.


Those were good times.

Posted by: Ben at July 18, 2012 10:41 PM (VPxJg)

106 #51

Wow, this endangering of patients on the part of unionized health care workers is going to be all over the mainstream media.

It'll probably be featured on 60 Minutes.

Posted by: nerdygirl at July 18, 2012 10:41 PM (96XVT)

107
Its not that the kids do not want to roam... its that we do not let them. We now hear about any horror story of crime from all over the Country, and sometimes the entire world... so we think we need to keep them safe.... when in reality crime is DOWN on a National Level.

Its not the ALL the kids.... its also the Parents.

Posted by: Romeo13 at July 18, 2012 10:42 PM (lZBBB)

108 One thing to consider is that with the high divorce rate, a lot of kids don't get the chance to explore.
At least some of us manage to get out.

Posted by: zombie trayvon martin at July 18, 2012 10:43 PM (vDl/w)

109
Many good times going down to the local landfill and playing inside the fully doored refrigerators.
OK, that was a lie. But that reminds me of many fun times lying.

Posted by: Hal Burton at July 18, 2012 10:43 PM (iYvMQ)

110 re 51 106: you didn't build that healthcare facility...

Posted by: mallfly at July 18, 2012 10:44 PM (NI3M5)

111
70 Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? (Not Burkean....but submitted to honor the current state of American education)
Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at July 18, 2012 10:31 PM (OWjjx)


What's Pearl Harbor?

Posted by: The true current state of American Education at July 18, 2012 10:45 PM (GULKT)

112 "54 Bike helmets!We rode like maniacs,jumped homeade ramps etc with no helmets.I don't remember anyone I knew getting seriously hurt.I chipped a front tooth once,big whoop.
Posted by: steevy"

I fell off my horse on a gravel road once and hit my head hard enough that I couldn't remember more than 24 hrs, and had to spend the night in a hospital getting head xrays. The big concern of my family that I remember was that I might be afraid to get back on the horse.

Um, I wasn't afraid because I didn't remember the fall.

Posted by: nerdygirl at July 18, 2012 10:45 PM (96XVT)

113 I'm mostly on the side of the free-range stuff. My mom was notoriously cautious about safety. She barred sleepovers because of the possibility of molestation or rape by trusted people. But we had the fortune to live in a rural area with tons of woods and not a lot of people, so we generally walked everywhere in the summer (or winter). And there were other places too.

But if I had a kid and let him free roam, and then he or she ended up in some kind of trouble with a deviant, like that kid from NYC who was never seen again after a three block walk to the bus stop, I don't even know how I would feel. Maybe the morons with kids can enlighten me.

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at July 18, 2012 10:45 PM (csi6Y)

114 Kids my age used to play army with bb guns. Nobody shot anybody's eye out

Posted by: kbdabear at July 18, 2012 10:46 PM (Y7XKa)

115 Live is what happens while you are busy making other plans strapping on your elbow and knee pads!

Fixed it!

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 18, 2012 10:46 PM (hgSh3)

116
My parents divorced when I was ten. I lived with my mom and she worked night and day.
There's no way my kids will get by with the tiniest fraction of what I got up to.
But I hope they have some fun.

Posted by: Justamom at July 18, 2012 10:47 PM (Sptt8)

117 We'd walk down the railroad tracks directly behind the house, down to the sewage plant, and throw rocks in the standing water all around just to see the water fizz. Still alive....

Posted by: Hal Burton at July 18, 2012 10:47 PM (iYvMQ)

118 I remember once as a kid of 12 or so helping my older brothers friend take a car to be junked at a landfill. It was like a 65 or 66 Ford Country Squire and my brother and his friend were going CRAZY trashing the thing before they got to the landfill. It even scared me at a time when not much did. If my mom only knew.....

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:47 PM (jucos)

119 They couldn't give that blow job by themselves.

Posted by: Injuin Blackfoot Barry, the one who eats dogs at July 18, 2012 10:47 PM (Cydud)

120 Grrr...durned formatting!!!

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 18, 2012 10:47 PM (hgSh3)

121 Nothing beats the thrill of reaching 50 mph on a 10 speed bike down a good hill.

Or facing the necessity of having to stop the bike quickly

Posted by: kbdabear at July 18, 2012 10:48 PM (Y7XKa)

122
114
I remember kids pointing roman candles or firing bottle rockets at each other.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 10:48 PM (03CLp)

123 Hello, again!

As kids my friends and I pretty much roamed all over our small town playing or we rode our bikes everywhere. No computers, Wii, X-Box, 3 channels on the TeeVee and chores to do if you stayed home and complained that there was nothing to do. I feel sort of sorry for today's kids, but I know that if I had any I'd want to keep them close to home. Too many weirdos out there.

Posted by: Theresa at July 18, 2012 10:49 PM (36Yg+)

124
I fell off my horse on a gravel road once and hit my head hard enough that I couldn't remember more than 24 hrs,
----
LOL - reminds me of the time I fell off the top of the slide onto the gravel. Woke up to my parents putting some greasy salve on the bump on my head. As if thats going to do anything.

Posted by: Hal Burton at July 18, 2012 10:49 PM (iYvMQ)

125 Kids my age used to play army with bb guns. Nobody shot anybody's eye out

Heh. We used to wear cheapo scuba masks that you could get at Woolworth's, just in case.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at July 18, 2012 10:49 PM (vbh31)

126 I remember running with scissors once.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 18, 2012 10:50 PM (hgSh3)

127 Everybody got hurt up to and including broken bones but no one made a big deal out of it.It was natural.
Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 10:31 PM (6o4Fb)

I think that, along with fear of kidnapping, this is a huge part of what's changed. Now if a kid gets hurt there's often police involvement, and the fear of that is enough to make a lot of parents decide not to even take the chance by letting the kids roam. God forbid that a child die while playing. It used to be considered a tragedy and the parents consoled, now the (*possibly* overblown, I admit) fear that any other kids you have will be taken away means it just isn't worth the risk.

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada Hobbit at July 18, 2012 10:51 PM (AMLP7)

128 and by "enlighten me" I mean "enlighten me as to what the particular thoughts are behind letting their kids free roam vis-a-vis the risk of predation"

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at July 18, 2012 10:51 PM (csi6Y)

129 In 1975, my best friend in high school was walking down the street right behind my house and was forced at gunpoint into a car, taken behind the high school, raped and shot in the face and left for dead.


So I guess I have reason to keep an eye on my teenage daughter.

Posted by: rockmom at July 18, 2012 10:51 PM (vvEHK)

130 I used to cross my eyes just to see if they would stay that way

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:51 PM (jucos)

131 @130- Did they?

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 18, 2012 10:52 PM (hgSh3)

132 The police were leading the pervert through the
Baton Rouge airport and it was on live TV. The kid's Dad approached him
and shot him in the head at point blank range.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 10:39 PM (03CLp)


I remember watching that.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 10:53 PM (yh0zB)

133 And of course there was always the good ol' M-80 in somebody's mailbox on Halloween. Good times.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at July 18, 2012 10:54 PM (vbh31)

134 Posted by: rockmom at July 18, 2012 10:51 PM (vvEHK)

Oh Lord. Rape victims are almost always alone when they're attacked.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 10:54 PM (IoNBC)

135 @130- Did they?
Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 18, 2012 10:52 PM (hgSh3)
----------------------------------------------------
Not because of that. The Opti-Grab made my eyes cross for good.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:54 PM (jucos)

136 Growing up in the 50's and 60's no one gave a shit where you went and if you got lost, someone would give you a ride home.

Starting fields on fire was something someone did every summer cooking out and of course, everyone had a BB gun to shot shit with. Climbing into an through drain pipes was a big hit too. Riding your bike to school, about a mile away, was not an option. Mom sure as hell was going to take you unless it was snowing or you had a report.

This still is done in the South and Mid West.

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo intellectual at July 18, 2012 10:54 PM (Cydud)

137 114 Kids my age used to play army with bb guns. Nobody shot anybody's eye out

I beg to differ. Shoulda listened to Mom.

Posted by: Ralphie at July 18, 2012 10:54 PM (BAnxQ)

138 Saturday morning. Fried baloney and eggs. Hit the alleys looking for pop bottles. Go to the grocer for that 5cent deposit! Corner gas station for bottles of yoo-hoo! If not enough money for three bottles then draw straws to see who gets the first swig.Take an old tire from behind the station and roll it down the hill into the river and watch it splash....

Posted by: Cicero Kid at July 18, 2012 10:54 PM (iSrxa)

139 All you chocolates! Into the showers!

Posted by: TSA inspector at July 18, 2012 10:55 PM (vDl/w)

140 I enjoyed the scene in Mad Men where Don and Betty Draper enjoyed a leisurely family Sunday by having their 8 or 9 year old daughter mix them cocktails.

It's good to make children feel useful.

Posted by: nerdygirl at July 18, 2012 10:55 PM (96XVT)

141 Driving tractors and farm trucks when we were like 9.

Posted by: USS Diversity at July 18, 2012 10:55 PM (2d71t)

142 It's hard to imagine that there was a time when you just left the doors unlocked.

Posted by: Stateless_Infidel at July 18, 2012 10:56 PM (8UijS)

143
132
It became national news. The kid's Dad thankfully got very little time in jail.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 10:56 PM (03CLp)

144 141 Driving tractors and farm trucks when we were like 9.
Posted by: USS Diversity at July 18, 2012 10:55 PM (2d71t)

Ha! We did that too. For a couple of years, the tractor was a substitute car for my brother and me.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 10:57 PM (IoNBC)

145
Collecting dud fireworks the morning of the fifth and building big bombs.

Posted by: Justamom at July 18, 2012 10:57 PM (Sptt8)

146 I used to skip school with 5 bucks in my pocket and take bus with 4 other 7th grade hormonal mutts to Detroit to catch a game, Wow imagine that 5 white punks taking a bus to Briggs Stadium to catch a game , My dad was an army investigator, he was waiting on the front porch when I got home , and said how was school today ?

Posted by: Clemenza at July 18, 2012 10:57 PM (qA9lG)

147 So I guess I have reason to keep an eye on my teenage daughter.

Posted by: rockmom at July 18, 2012 10:51 PM (vvEHK)


Here's the difference...in 1975 everyone in the immediate area knew about it, but away from there, not so much. These days EVERYBODY knows about it thanks to the miracle of 24 hour news cycles. So, we tend to keep our kids closer.
And I hope they caught that guy and strapped him down to Old Sparky, after giving Dad about 15 minutes and a baseball bat.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 10:57 PM (yh0zB)

148 Todays odds of a child being kidnapped and held or killed by a stranger at 1 in 347,000. It's a mostly meaningless stat, because it doesn't say what the odds are if the kid is sitting home protected, which makes the odds almost nill, or the kid is walking 3 miles a day down public highways.

Posted by: Hal Burton at July 18, 2012 10:57 PM (iYvMQ)

149 Eh, I'll believe this when I see it. Still.

SYRIAN GOVERNMENT EXPECTED TO FALL IN 36 HOURS (Maybe - From Pat Dollard)

http://tinyurl.com/7at2g8p

Maybe Assad will decide to go out in a blaze of glory?

Posted by: Kratos at July 18, 2012 10:57 PM (c1WVm)

150
I remember you little brats and bitches. I pwnd all your asses.
"It stings!
Mommy.
It stings!"

Posted by: Bacitracin at July 18, 2012 10:58 PM (wFzJ2)

151 Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:54 PM (jucos)
*************
He hates these oil cans!!!!

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 18, 2012 10:58 PM (hgSh3)

152
142 It's hard to imagine that there was a time when you just left the doors unlocked.
Posted by: Stateless_Infidel at July 18, 2012 10:56 PM (8UijS)


I've never had a house key to my parents home. And I'm pretty sure that if we needed to make copies it would likely be easier to go out and buy all new door locks.

Posted by: buzzion at July 18, 2012 10:58 PM (GULKT)

153 We also used to hike to the maneuver grounds and check out the camouflaged gun positions and observation posts. Thank God my father only found out about my older brother doing it so the rest of us didn't get our asses whipped. He was convinced the places were full of hand grenades and such left behind.

Perhaps the most fun we had was crawling through the honeysuckle tunnels around the General's house made by his pair of Basset Hounds. If we were VC we could've slit his sorry ass neck, the dumbfuck that he was.

There's a reason why people use child soldiers.

Posted by: Mitt Anger at July 18, 2012 10:58 PM (7+pP9)

154 As kids my friends and I pretty much roamed all over
our small town playing or we rode our bikes everywhere. No computers,
Wii, X-Box, 3 channels on the TeeVee and chores to do if you stayed home
and complained that there was nothing to do. I feel sort of sorry for
today's kids, but I know that if I had any I'd want to keep them close
to home. Too many weirdos out there.


Posted by: Theresa at July 18, 2012 10:49 PM

That in a nutshell is the number one reason that we have the "obesity epidemic" that has the Nanny Bloombergs grabbing the Slurpees out of our hands. Weight gain is caused when caloric intake is not offset with calories burned by physical activity

The Amish eat huge portions of "non-healthy fatty" foods but they work their asses off 6 days a week

Posted by: kbdabear at July 18, 2012 10:59 PM (Y7XKa)

155 Speaking of childhood. I remember my Scwhinn with the Bananna seat. Gold metal flaked with actual chrome fenders! But why did boy bikes have the bar in the middle? I'm also old enough to remember nuke drills in school. Yes, I'm sure that old metal desk would protect me from a 10 megaton bomb. I think about how much freedom we really did have though. Ah to be a kid again.

Posted by: Minnfidel at July 18, 2012 10:59 PM (tmbXy)

156 Re The Feminists: Will I be ostracized if I confess that I want to go to there? I'm guessing the leather uniforms would be pretty cool.

Posted by: Little Miss Spellcheck at July 18, 2012 10:59 PM (a5ljo)

157 My buddy's dad was a welder and we used to fill giant balloons with acetylene and oxygen and attach long makeshift fuses to 'em. That always got the neighborhood's attention.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at July 18, 2012 10:59 PM (vbh31)

158 I hope the italics work.
124
LOL - reminds me of the time I fell off the top of the slide onto the
gravel. Woke up to my parents putting some greasy salve on the bump on
my head. As if thats going to do anything.


I tell kids that people hated kids in the '70's and my evidence is that the 'padding' under the jungle gyms at my school was gravel. Yeah, imagine that. Kid falls off the jungle gym, whew!! Good thing those rocks were there to break his fall!

Posted by: J. Random Dude at July 18, 2012 11:00 PM (72afg)

159 I enjoyed the scene in Mad Men where Don and Betty Draper enjoyed a
leisurely family Sunday by having their 8 or 9 year old daughter mix
them cocktails.

And don't let the little bastards play with your plastic dry cleaning bags--they might eff up your dresses!

Posted by: betty draper at July 18, 2012 11:00 PM (vDl/w)

160 Posted by: Bacitracin at July 18, 2012 10:58 PM (wFzJ2)

Bacitracin ("Bactine") was for rich kids. We got the Merthiolate.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 11:00 PM (IoNBC)

161 My dad was an army investigator, he was waiting on the front porch when I got home , and said how was school today ?

Posted by: Clemenza at July 18, 2012 10:57 PM (qA9lG)


Sucks being you...

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:00 PM (yh0zB)

162 8
One of the reasons kids don't roam much is the great fear of kidnapping.People hear about every case and are worried.

Posted by: steevy

I was in southern California when Samantha Runyon was taken from her own front yard. I was in the Bay Area when Polly Klaas was taken from her own bedroom. I don't blame parents for getting a little paranoid.

For one thing, there was so much coverage that every single parent must have started seeing kidnapping child-rapists behind every bush.

Posted by: Dianna at July 18, 2012 11:00 PM (mKMj1)

163 We weren't always the best behaved kids, but in our small town there was always somebody who knew you, your mom or your dad and who wouldn't hesitate to call your folks if you were misbehaving.

One of the great joys of my childhood was having a tree house which consisted of 4 boards nailed across two branches in the tree in our backyard for the platform. You had to jump up to grab the lowest branch on the tree and swing yourself up so you could climb up. Spent many happy hours there.

Posted by: Theresa at July 18, 2012 11:01 PM (36Yg+)

164
We had seven kids. Kitchen table was a picnic table and benches, painted olive green and antiqued to match the pineapple star wallpaper that Archie Bunker also had.
Ate our fried baloney with the edges slit on white bread with mayo and got sent outside while parents ate with friends in dining room.
Popped up in dining room windows and shouted, "Ground up pig guts! Ground up pig guts", until they got really mad.

Posted by: Justamom at July 18, 2012 11:02 PM (Sptt8)

165 Remember what every parent used to say?

"You'll put somebody's eye out"

"I'll give you something to cry about"

"There's starving kids in China you know"

"Do that again and I'll kick your ass till your nose bleeds"

Back then, a dad's belt did more than hold his pants up

Posted by: kbdabear at July 18, 2012 11:02 PM (Y7XKa)

166 Oh, and I recently discovered Long John Baldry, and I'm liking him way more than I ever liked the Stones.

Posted by: Little Miss Spellcheck at July 18, 2012 11:02 PM (a5ljo)

167 I have on my Facebook page a video that was taken yesterday afternoon. About 8 blocks from my house, a creep wad caught on tape trying to abduct a 10 year-old girl who wad walking with her 2 year old brother. Luckily she got away but so did the creep. Given the, um, demographics of the neighborhood, if the creep is caught by a citizen before gbr police, he'll be in a world of shit.

Posted by: Damn Sockpuppet at July 18, 2012 11:02 PM (Asr6U)

168 Posted by: Bacitracin at July 18, 2012 10:58 PM (wFzJ2)

Bacitracin ("Bactine") was for rich kids. We got the Merthiolate.
Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 11:00 PM (IoNBC)
-------------------------------------------------------
Lucky! My mom would clean out cuts and abrasions with Isopropyl Alcohol and then put Iodine on them.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 11:02 PM (jucos)

169 God forbid that a child die while playing. It used
to be considered a tragedy and the parents consoled, now the (*possibly*
overblown, I admit) fear that any other kids you have will be taken
away means it just isn't worth the risk.

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada Hobbit at July 18, 2012 10:51 PM (AMLP7)


Had three friends out riding two dirt bikes, one ran into the other and killed one of them. Broke another's leg. Number 3 got back on the bike and went for help. No one got sued, it was an accident, that's all.

Have you settled on a place to move yet?

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:02 PM (yh0zB)

170
they're quite active and play sports year round - or in a bad neighborhood or that my sister is the over-worrying mother type.


About the time parents begin to think they worry too much about their kids, a couple of girls from a nearby small town go missing.

http://tinyurl.com/ctjhz2x

Posted by: katya, the designated driver at July 18, 2012 11:03 PM (bMLFV)

171 At 12 - 14, hopped freight-trains, rode bikes for miles to go fishing in the Willamette or Columbia, walked into town to watch signs blow-off stores and windows blow-out during the Columbus-Day storm('62?).
No helmet-laws for bicycles or motor-bikes. How did we manage to survive?
Nowadays, our parents would be arrested and we would be in the custody of CPS while they looked for foster-homes.

Posted by: ChrisP at July 18, 2012 11:04 PM (VshXf)

172 Re The Feminists: Will I be ostracized if I confess that I want to go to there? I'm guessing the leather uniforms would be pretty cool.
***
I zing zat zomething could be arranged.

But first ve vill require ze proof zat you could be vun of us. You know ze drill, jawhol?

Posted by: Ilse the She Wolf at July 18, 2012 11:05 PM (AUeaU)

173 And I really hate the spell checker on this thing.

Posted by: Damn Sockpuppet at July 18, 2012 11:05 PM (Asr6U)

174 I believe in fascism that will curtail all perv acts

Posted by: lock at July 18, 2012 11:05 PM (4Ymj9)

175
Toys that could really hurt you? Click Clacks. I once shattered a set
that sent shrapnel into my little brothers eyes. Good times.
Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 10:38 PM



Holy shit I remember those. I think every kid in school had a set. I remember my father screwing with the set I had and exploding them in the living room. Mom freaked. Yeah they blew up in a high velocity shower of fragments.

Posted by: Berserker at July 18, 2012 11:06 PM (FMbng)

176 #160, yep, we also got the merthiolate, and I hated it! Man, did that shit sting. It seemed worse to me than actually getting hurt.

Posted by: Theresa at July 18, 2012 11:06 PM (36Yg+)

177 Posted by: Bacitracin at July 18, 2012 10:58 PM
Pussy.

Posted by: mercurochrome at July 18, 2012 11:06 PM (vDl/w)

178 I wonder if some part of the decreasing range of children might be that people have fewer of them - so they spend more time with the ones they have AND worry more about losing their only child...

Posted by: 18-1 at July 18, 2012 11:06 PM (AUeaU)

179 I was in southern California when Samantha
Runyon was taken from her own front yard. I was in the Bay Area when
Polly Klaas was taken from her own bedroom. I don't blame parents for
getting a little paranoid.

For one thing, there was so much
coverage that every single parent must have started seeing kidnapping
child-rapists behind every bush.


Posted by: Dianna at July 18, 2012 11:00 PM

Remember the pervert who raped and killed a girl in Sarasota FL after he'd been let out of jail by an idiot judge a week or so before? It made national news, and Bill O'Reilly screamed at the judge live on his show, while the judge was unrepentant

That's only a few blocks from where I live now. I worry a bit when I see a kid walking alone and it's a pretty typical suburban neighborhood

Posted by: kbdabear at July 18, 2012 11:06 PM (Y7XKa)

180 So, it's 50's and rockets are big. My neighbor and I decide to make one. Saw open some 12 ga shells, take out powder, fill up aluminum foil made tube, put string fuse on it and light it.

To our great disappointment it simple flashed up.

Today I'd be arrested for attempting to make a terrorist device, possession of ammunition by a minor, and my parents would be arrested for letting me have access to the shells.

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo intellectual at July 18, 2012 11:07 PM (Cydud)

181 Merthiolate stung like hell, but it made a cool Red Badge of Courage.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 11:07 PM (IoNBC)

182 Toys that could really hurt you? Click Clacks.
***
LAWN DARTS.

Almost killed my grandmother's cat with those - completely accidental too - she ran out of the woods to see what that multi colored hoop on the ground was as I had one in flight.

I don't think I've ever prayed so hard for a miss in my life.

Posted by: 18-1 at July 18, 2012 11:07 PM (AUeaU)

183 Used to love the old Ford with no A/Cwith vinyl seats in the summer with shorts on. Then they'd throw a metal freaking buckle right in the middle of the seat. Which was just great when it was in the high 90's. Jarts anyone? Lawyers ruined half of the good shit we had.

Posted by: Minnfidel at July 18, 2012 11:07 PM (tmbXy)

184
165
I heard...."Just wait till your mother gets home!"

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 11:07 PM (03CLp)

185 "There's starving kids in China you know"




I made the mistake one day of saying "Send this to them then."




My Mom was not one of those "Wait till your Dad gets home!" sort of mothers. I never made that mistake again. Or at least, I never made the mistake of saying it out loud again.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:08 PM (yh0zB)

186 When I taught in South Korea, one of the things that really surprised me was seeing the kids walking home 10:30 and 11:00 PM after the after-school schools let out. I remember seeing girls walking alone down the dark streets and thinking how you don't do that in Detroit.
My co-workers were young and just out of university. It was almost funny that they wouldn't jaywalk, but wouldalways seem to usethe crosswalks.

Posted by: Stateless_Infidel at July 18, 2012 11:09 PM (8UijS)

187 Today I'd be arrested for attempting to make a terrorist device,
possession of ammunition by a minor, and my parents would be arrested
for letting me have access to the shells.
***
Actually, wasn't there a news item recently where some teenage girl was blowing up old toilets ON HER OWN PROPERTY and the Feds busted her for the full panoply of terrorism charges?

Posted by: 18-1 at July 18, 2012 11:09 PM (AUeaU)

188 114 Kids my age used to play army with bb guns. Nobody shot anybody's eye out

----------------------------

My sister very nearly got her eye shot out with some sort of bb or pellet gun. She wasn't playing, though. The poorly-supervised neighbor kids (I know that one was 7, one was 10, and I think the other was 11) were playing in the backyard next door (they say they were shooting cans) and one came through the chain-link fence and hit her in the face, like centimeters from her eye. She started kindergarten with her face swollen and scabbed; my mother trying to find a way to casually make it clear to the teacher that no one was locking Jae in the closet and beating her.

And, that's where I sort of butt heads with the free-range kids thing...not always safety issues, but how often the parents and the rest of the community disagree on the line between "free-range" and "unsupervised kids causing actual problems". I don't hover, or at lest try not to, but I'm honestly more afraid of two things than I am of kidnappers or even my kids being hit by a bad driver while out roaming the neighborhood. Those are 1.) A well-meaning passerby or neighbor thinking my kids are just unsupervised and possibly alerting the school, police and 2.) My kids messing up in some epic way that I only find out about when confronted by the parent of an injured child or the owner of damaged property. I don't think my kids are *too* capable of the latter, most days...but then I remember that they are half me and half my husband and I am tempted to lock them in the house until they are 21.

Posted by: Jenny Tries Too Hard at July 18, 2012 11:10 PM (FIYvq)

189 @184

Billy, am I going to have to tell your father about this?

Please god no, I'll do anything.

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo intellectual at July 18, 2012 11:10 PM (Cydud)

190 @
178 I wonder if some part of the decreasing range of children might be that people have fewer of them - so they spend more time with the ones they have AND worry more about losing their only child...*********************
Heh- I was youngest of seven boys.My folksprobably wouldn't have noticed if I went missing. If they did it would have been "Hey- where's little whasisname?"

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 18, 2012 11:10 PM (hgSh3)

191 "114 Kids my age used to play army with bb guns. Nobody shot anybody's eye out

Posted by: kbdabear "

Really? Your friends must have been good shots or something. A neighbor of ours had his eye hit with a bb. My cousin lost sight in one eye to an arrow, and my dentist lost sight in one eye to a bb.

Posted by: nerdygirl at July 18, 2012 11:11 PM (96XVT)

192 Have you settled on a place to move yet?
Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:02 PM (yh0zB)

I *really* appreciate the input everyone gave but am very much just in fact-finding mode at the moment. I still don't know ifwe're going to move or not. There's a lot of good stuff for the kids here, as in the 14 year old is going to start teaching traditional Jewish dance to anyone in the church who wants to learn which isn't needed in CO (because that's where the dance group we learned from is). A big part of the problem is that the house is about 8 years old, and not built wonderfully well, so there's getting to be a lot of little repairs that need done and I can't find anyone to do them.

The truth of the matter is that I'm mostly becoming exhausted from being the one who has to be responsible ( I was *very* spoiled) and more and more afraid that I'm going to screw everything up somehow so that we're left with nothing to provide for us.

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada Hobbit at July 18, 2012 11:11 PM (AMLP7)

193 I'm 56.
When I grew up in a smallish town in the southwest, we went all over everywhere. We would get into the storm drains and follow them all the way to downtown.
Bikes were ridden into the ground. No shirt no shoes for the summer. I'd get tanned to a toasty shade of brown and could walk across the asphalt streets or dirt lots any where.
I could also strip and clean a 1911 when I was 7 years old, knew gun safety from the age at which I could hold one.
Fall out of trees, cuts scrapes and fights.
Hell, I'm sure my folks had no idea what terrible parents they were.

Posted by: VW Zao at July 18, 2012 11:11 PM (vWZa0)

194
160 Posted by: Bacitracin at July 18, 2012 10:58 PM (wFzJ2)

Bacitracin ("Bactine") was for rich kids. We got the Merthiolate.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 11:00 PM (IoNBC)


No, Bacitracin (an ointment) and "Bactine" (a spray) were different animals. As were Mercurochrome and Merthiolate. The former didn't hurt and was full of mercury goodness!

Posted by: Mitt Anger at July 18, 2012 11:12 PM (7+pP9)

195
I remember getting the belt and hearing "this hurts me more than it does you".

I didn't get it.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 11:12 PM (53mQQ)

196 We used to play BB gun war too. To prevent getting your eyes hurt we simply wore shop goggles.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 11:12 PM (jucos)

197 Nobody shot anybody's eye out
***
I remember watching the masterlock commerical where they shoot the lock and it still works.

Well, that was cool...so I set up my masterlock on my bb gun target range. Knelt down, took aim, hit is dead center, and suddenly in slow motion I could see it heading right back for me.

Instinticly I told me body to drop...and it did...but nowhere near fast enough.

The good news is I was wearing glasses, and while the BB smacked it squarely it did not break them.

Lesson learned - don't be too accurate with spherical projectiles...

Posted by: 18-1 at July 18, 2012 11:12 PM (AUeaU)

198 In my family Mom was a stay at home until I was about 11. Mom spanked us when we'd misbehaved, and if we'd done something extremely evil we also got it from Dad when he got home from work.

Posted by: Theresa at July 18, 2012 11:13 PM (36Yg+)

199 Grew up in the late 60's and 70's. By 6th grade took 100 mile bus trips to buy my own school clothes. Hunted every day after school. Took guns to show and tell. Made 40 mile road trips on the 10 speed. On dirt roads. Ouch.

I let my kids do overnight camping starting in 9th grade. Had organized Airsoft battles that even the local cops envied. Small towns do have their charm.

Posted by: ObjectionSustained at July 18, 2012 11:13 PM (WO3mu)

200 When I was a kid we left the house in the morning and only came home to eat for a few minutes before heading out again. The only real rules were to let someone know where I was heading if I planned to go far and to be home when the streetlight came on. Our regular range was about 2 miles. As a teen, I regularly rode my bike about 6 miles to my best friend's house. Half the route was down Hwy 21 (one of the busiest through-fares in the county) and across a two-lane bridge.

We played doctor with the boys. We had out first swig of Jim Beam whilst crouched away behind the school. We used to skateboard on the metal roofs of walkaways between the school buildings. We played bike tag and double-dog-dared each other to do tricks on the monkey bars.

After one very not-cool episode with an older kid down the street, the eagles' eye became much sharper and we had to remain within yelling distance, but were still given a great deal of freedom to play until we were sunburned and, if we skinned our knees, our grandparents would apply merthiolate, then off we went again.

No fear of swimming with gators and moccasins or of breaking a limb pulling stunts on our bikes.

Good times.


Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at July 18, 2012 11:13 PM (piMMO)

201 Heh, Mercurochrome. It sounds so wrong to modern ears. Chrome? WTF? MERCURY!!!?

Posted by: Waterhouse at July 18, 2012 11:14 PM (SGAnK)

202 Good evening.

The Heat is my new favorite team.

Posted by: Robert at July 18, 2012 11:14 PM (HWUv9)

203 185, GGE,
My mom HAD to be one of the: "Wait 'till your father gets home", as I could out-run her. I would stay 'just ahead' yelling; "Everybody's looking at you."
She would give-up and I would lay-low until dad got home. He would always listen to my side before the 'beatin'. Often, there wasn't one. She was nuckin' futz...

Posted by: ChrisP at July 18, 2012 11:14 PM (VshXf)

204 Never wore a seatbelt, let alone a car seat. I don't think they even had car seats in my day. Many all day drives in the station wagon, sometimes having to sit on the hump of the transmission. Windows UP, moms cigarette LIT.

Posted by: Hal Burton at July 18, 2012 11:14 PM (iYvMQ)

205 I remember Mercurochrome being painful. The upside was it made your cut/scrape look like a serious wound, and thus more manly.

Posted by: Waterhouse at July 18, 2012 11:15 PM (SGAnK)

206 Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada Hobbit at July 18, 2012 11:11 PM (AMLP7)



I understand.



Texas and Florida both have good weather (mostly) and no income tax. Every state has something going for it. Might want to see how close to family (yours or his, either one, as long as the relationships are good) you can get.



Have faith.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:15 PM (yh0zB)

207 On the other hand, had to start working at my dad's truck stop in fifth grade.

Posted by: ObjectionSustained at July 18, 2012 11:16 PM (WO3mu)

208 We lived on a lake in Northern Va, yeah I WAS there when 7 Corners opened, and one day we decided to walk through the marsh part of the lake, barefoot of course. It was mud up to you knee, but we were making good progress. I stepped up on a solid object in the marsh and told the other to hurry up. About then the biggest damn snapping turtle's head came out of the water.

I can assure you I made it back to land before anyone else.

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo intellectual at July 18, 2012 11:16 PM (Cydud)

209 This is just the worst fucking hash ever.

Posted by: Waterhouse at July 18, 2012 11:16 PM (SGAnK)

210 I remember as a toddler watching the highway zoom past through the rusted out floor pans of my moms station wagon. Yup, not safe at all.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 11:16 PM (jucos)

211 We didn't shoot bb guns at each other but we did throw rocks at each other.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 11:16 PM (6o4Fb)

212 "There's starving kids in China you know"
I made the mistake one day of saying "Send this to them then."


Been there, done that. Heh.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at July 18, 2012 11:16 PM (vbh31)

213 My friends and I once went on an adventure to go look at the dead body of a kid hit by a train. The guy from Sliders was there, the guy from the Viper Room was there and Jack Bauer was there..

Posted by: Ben at July 18, 2012 11:16 PM (VPxJg)

214 GD, 20 years ago or so, we used to tie 5 sticks off 80 percent dynamite together and shove it in a skunk hole.

At nite, when all was quiet.

The neighbors from 5 miles away would comment, that I was drunk and out blowing shit up.

Posted by: lock at July 18, 2012 11:17 PM (4Ymj9)

215 Posted by: nerdygirl at July 18, 2012 11:11 PM (96XVT)

My neighbor had access to BB guns and pellet guns when he was seven, and real guns not much later. So did most of the kids around the area. Our mom didn't allow US to have any guns until a long time after. I wouldn't change anything, however...

HAVING SAID THAT, it is more than possible for kids to shoot their eyes out. Friend had a close call with a high powered airsoft gun. He was trying to unjam it, shot at the ground without wearing safety goggles, and got a ricochet in the center of the eye. He made it through okay, but it could have been worse.

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at July 18, 2012 11:17 PM (csi6Y)

216
Trash night:
Old metal trash cans on either side of the street.
Fishing line.

Posted by: Justamom at July 18, 2012 11:18 PM (Sptt8)

217 I let my kids do overnight camping starting in 9th grade. Had organized Airsoft battles that even the local cops envied. Small towns do have their charm.
Posted by: ObjectionSustained at July 18, 2012 11:13 PM (WO3mu)

Amen. Big airsoft battles is the ultimate outdoor sport.

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at July 18, 2012 11:19 PM (csi6Y)

218 #179 - Yes, I remember that, and when Jessica (last name escapes me) disappeared (and were they ever hunting her dad as the villain, it turned out to be some disgusting molester from less than a block away, who attended the grandparents' church.

And that 13 year old girl, Cassie something (I always want to saddle the child with the name of a girl I knew in high school, and I know it's not the right name), who was taken at the car wash - her mother was not that far away! It's enough to give any parent nightmares.

Posted by: Dianna at July 18, 2012 11:19 PM (mKMj1)

219 Heh, Mercurochrome. It sounds so wrong to modern ears. Chrome? WTF? MERCURY!!!?


****

I remember that Mercurochrome hurt less that Merthiolate.

Remember black salve?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at July 18, 2012 11:19 PM (piMMO)

220 *are?

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at July 18, 2012 11:19 PM (csi6Y)

221 This is just the worst fucking hash ever.


Posted by: Waterhouse at July 18, 2012 11:16 PM (SGAnK)
I don't get it.

Posted by: Frank Ucker at July 18, 2012 11:19 PM (AUeaU)

222
Evening, y'all.

I don't ever remember seeing "Missing Kid" faces on milk cartons, when I was growing up.
I think this has a lot to do withwhy parents started keeping their kidscloser to home.
....Crimes against kids.

We would take off for the woods in the morning....come back for lunch...then go back to the woods and stay there till dark.
We caught lightning bugs....and put them in jars, which worked pretty good as a dim light source.....if you put enough of them in there.
If someone was bleeding bad enough to need stitches or something....then we'd get home in a hurry.

Nice ONT, Maetenloch.
Thanks.

Posted by: wheatie at July 18, 2012 11:20 PM (MbB0O)

223 Posted by: Waterhouse at July 18, 2012 11:16 PM (SGAnK)

rofl that's awesome

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at July 18, 2012 11:20 PM (csi6Y)

224 Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:15 PM (yh0zB)

I'm lucky with family since they're both in the same town, advantage of being high school sweethearts. Southern WY would only be an hour from them, but I don't know if I can take the wind (I *hate* the sound of wind). I'd love to convince my parents to move here since my dad would be a great handy-man and those seem to be in short supply. My in-laws would like to be closer, but both have arthritis and even short visits in the humidity become a problem for them so they're pretty sure they're not going to move here.

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada Hobbit at July 18, 2012 11:20 PM (AMLP7)

225 He would always listen to my side before the 'beatin'. Often, there wasn't one. She was nuckin' futz...


Posted by: ChrisP at July 18, 2012 11:14 PM (VshXf)



Ha. My Mom was the oldest of 6, she had 4 brothers between her and her younger sister (Grandma and Grandpa were good Catholics) and she was expected to keep them in line while her parents worked the farm. She did, too. She's in her 70s now and I still won't fuck with her.

My kids think she's the nicest person they have ever met. HA!

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:20 PM (yh0zB)

226 This is just the worst fucking hash ever.


****

Where it with pride, skank.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at July 18, 2012 11:20 PM (piMMO)

227 I remember when my parents burned their trash in 55 gallon drums in the alley behind our house. It was in the city too. I could just imagine the fines you'd rack up now if you were to do that.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 11:21 PM (jucos)

228 A little BLUE MURDER, anyone?

For all you John Sykes fans out there!

RIOT!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABsBugiyzVQ

Posted by: Robert at July 18, 2012 11:21 PM (HWUv9)

229 My friends and I once went on an adventure to go look at the dead body
of a kid hit by a train. The guy from Sliders was there, the guy from
the Viper Room was there and Jack Bauer was there..
***
Heck, you'd love my story.

Posted by: Richie Tozier at July 18, 2012 11:21 PM (AUeaU)

230 With a bit of Googling it looks like there was more than one type of Mercurochrome and the one my mom used did sting as someone else above recalls too.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 18, 2012 11:21 PM (vDl/w)

231 If someone was bleeding bad enough to need stitches or something....then we'd get home in a hurry.

Very true. Somehow we knew when someone was hurt badly enough that confession was required.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 11:22 PM (IoNBC)

232 It appears the average morons here were pretty lucky to have been able to "explore" as in; Billy what are going to do? Go exploring.

I guess that's why most of the group are independent conservatives.


But you didn't do that by yourself.

Mom and Dad helped.

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo intellectual at July 18, 2012 11:22 PM (Cydud)

233 I was an introverted bookworm but I didn't think anything of bicycling five or so miles if I thought it might be interesting. Thousand Oaks in the 70s was pretty idyllic. (Consistently in the top ten of safest towns of its size, according tot he FBI.) Semi-rural but just a short drive from Los Angeles. The house we were in until 1974 backed up on a huge undeveloped region with a creek running through and no end of trouble to seek.

Remember all those TV ads and warnings in school about playing with unused refrigerators? We were actively looking for one, just to see if someone would really be unable to get out on their own. Never could find one of the damned things. From the PSAs you'd think they were everywhere.


Posted by: epobirs at July 18, 2012 11:22 PM (kcfmt)

234 Waterhouse, lulz.

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at July 18, 2012 11:22 PM (QTHTd)

235 Nice ONT, Maetenloch.
Thanks.
Posted by: wheatie at July 18, 2012 11:20 PM (MbB0O)
-------------------------------------------------------
He most certainly did NOT do it on his own.

Posted by: Preznit Training Pants at July 18, 2012 11:22 PM (jucos)

236 This is just the worst fucking hash ever.
Posted by: Waterhouse at July 18, 2012 11:16 PM (SGAnK)

Waterhouse gonna gank your shit!

Posted by: Robert at July 18, 2012 11:23 PM (HWUv9)

237 In maybe seventh grade drama class, we did a western skit in front of the whole school plus parents.
I was a bad guy and needed a gun.
So I brought a .22 revolver and holster from home.
Teacher thought it was awesome.
Don't remember the plot, but I think we won critical acclaim.
I also recall getting sent home once because my hair was over my ears and touching my collar. So there's that.

Posted by: VW Zao at July 18, 2012 11:23 PM (vWZa0)

238 #232

Only by not interfering. Take a hint, feds.

Posted by: epobirs at July 18, 2012 11:23 PM (kcfmt)

239 Those two gila monsters follow the NBA? Fascinating!

Posted by: derit at July 18, 2012 11:23 PM (ruiF1)

240
204
I remember my Mom driving me to preschool. I'd sit in the front seat with no seat belt. We never wore seat belts. I knew one kid's Mom who would make us all wear them when I rode with them, and I remember thinking she was odd.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 11:23 PM (9qIKa)

241
I ate a dog.

Posted by: SCoaMF at July 18, 2012 11:24 PM (iYvMQ)

242 Oh, and for any Iron Maiden fans out there, GOOD NEWS!

http://www.steveharrisbritishlion.com/

Steve Harris solo album, British Lion, out this September. METAL!!!!! \m/

Posted by: Robert at July 18, 2012 11:25 PM (HWUv9)

243 her mother was not that far away! It's enough to give any parent nightmares.

It is amazing how easy kids can disappear when you are out with them. Really you can't always focus 100% of your time on them...and it doesn't take much time to wonder off.

I remember when iw as young myself - maybe 7 - wandering off because I saw a ball pit. I walked maybe 20 ft away before they noticed and they freaked out for a while before finding me...

Posted by: 18-1 at July 18, 2012 11:25 PM (AUeaU)

244 Where it with pride, skank.


Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at July 18, 2012 11:20 PM (piMMO)



HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:26 PM (yh0zB)

245 We didn't shoot bb guns at each other but we did throw rocks at each other.

Rocks? F'n 1%er. We threw dirt clods at each other and liked it.

Posted by: AltonJackson at July 18, 2012 11:26 PM (JMmQ9)

246 One time I got one of those cartridges that they used to drive bolts into cement and hit it with a hammer.It seemed like a good idea at the time.I thought I blew my thumb off and didn't want to tell my mom but my friend made me.Turns out I only probably hit it with the hammer.Swollen and blackening but there.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 11:26 PM (6o4Fb)

247 I remember as a kid in Madrasa yanking Achmeds Holy Koran off of his desk. He did pants me later, but boy did I laugh and laugh.

Posted by: Preznit Training Pants at July 18, 2012 11:26 PM (jucos)

248 Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 11:23 PM (9qIKa)

OH GOD! When I itty bitty I had a tendency to just stand on the seat. I would go flying into the back seat every time the brakes were applied too hard.

Came out alright.

*Twitch*

Posted by: Robert at July 18, 2012 11:26 PM (HWUv9)

249 Grew up mostly in Army posts overseas --mostly Germany. At the edge of the housing area in Nurnberg ( late 50s ), there were open field where German shepards ( actual ) with German shepards ( the dogs ) tended flocks.


Walked through a mile or so of garden plots to the PX. Nine to 11 years old.


Moved to Munich. The housing area was at the edge of the city: Perlacher Forrest. Waked miles into the 'state forest' with friends, 11-12 years old

Before that, as a six to nine years old, roamed into neighboring areas of Yonkers, along the Hudson. Never heard of a child being attacked, etc

Posted by: Wally in Walla Walla at July 18, 2012 11:26 PM (Dll6b)

250 #191

Where do you live? Is this the ancestral homeland of the Bad Example people?

Posted by: epobirs at July 18, 2012 11:27 PM (kcfmt)

251 Blue Murder - Sex Child

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OKlMpUb5Gc

Posted by: Robert at July 18, 2012 11:27 PM (HWUv9)

252 I say if you are out in farm land, shooting dynamite should be legal. I still believe it.

Posted by: lock at July 18, 2012 11:27 PM (4Ymj9)

253 "If it wasn't for government street lights, your kid wouldn't know when to go home."

Posted by: Barack Obama at July 18, 2012 11:27 PM (uv9eO)

254 I am 50 years old. I walked and biked for miles around as a kid but I don't let my teenage kids walk to the corner alone.

There have always been predators but they used to get ostracized and driven to the margins of society, i.e., the other side of the tracks. Today, the little psychopaths are protected and nurtured and are tolerated in our midst until they snap and start raping and killing.

All my kids are black belts with special training in knives, swords, staffs, and any other bludgeoning or cutting weapon you could name. Firearm training began this summer.

In the meantime, we take them many places and assure rich experiences with strong interpersonal interaction but the socialist paradise of Detroit is no place to allow children to run the streets because the place is crawling with criminals and psychopaths.

I would leave but my dream girl has a huge family she is unwilling to move away from so I train, prepare, and equip my kids to survive and encourage them to leave the Mogadishu of America as soon as they can.

Posted by: Grumpy the Younger at July 18, 2012 11:28 PM (jts1f)

255 Every day Obama speaks is a day life is good. How many attacks can backfire on one man in a row?

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 18, 2012 11:28 PM (tsC/8)

256 I once went on an exploration to try and find my father. Had a friend named Bill write a book about it after I grew up.

Posted by: Preznit Training Pants at July 18, 2012 11:28 PM (jucos)

257
First job at 14 (lied about age, of course) was at a fireworks stand. We worked in a tent 12 hours a day. Made what was to me a ton of money, plus the last night got a big box to fill up for free.
Went straight for the whistling bottle rockets with report.

Climbed up on the roof and spent many hours perfecting timing and trajectory, placing bottle rockets in chimney netting pointed at oncoming cars. Then lit off a gross in the neighbor's front yard.

Posted by: Justamom at July 18, 2012 11:28 PM (Sptt8)

258 As a kid in the burbs, we used to play at the local flood control catch basin, which we all called "The Sump". A regular wilderness area with decent sized body of albeit, "questionable" water. We built a raft, played real-life COD with BB guns, caught lizards, etc.. Very fond memories of the Sump.

Posted by: Eisenhorn at July 18, 2012 11:28 PM (OjQYm)

259 And that 13 year old girl, Cassie something (I always want to saddle the child with the name of a girl I knew in high school, and I know it's not the right name), who was taken at the car wash - her mother was not that far away! It's enough to give any parent nightmares.
Posted by: Dianna at July 18, 2012 11:19 PM (mKMj1)

--------------------

I bet you're thinking of Carly Brucia. I remember that one because it was close to the name of a girl I knew. The coverage of that one, too, the parents were drug users (which really had not one thing to do with why or how their daughter got kidnapped and killed) and they really got raked over the coals in the news. There was another California one, Danielle Van Damm, that I remember the parents being just horribly treated about. What a nightmare.

I think that's really another thing. Parents know that if we do let our kids roam, and some statistically damn near impossible thing happens to them, there will be no shortage of people around to make sure that we don't forget how awful and unfit we are as parents. If you venture into the comments section below any article about something awful happening to a kid walking home from school, or home alone, or whatever, it will take about .05 seconds to find "WHERE WAS THE MOTHER??!!" followed by a diatribe about how many kids, jobs, and health problems the commenter has and how it still doesn't keep them from running a tight ship.

Posted by: Jenny Tries Too Hard at July 18, 2012 11:28 PM (FIYvq)

260 Posted by: Robert at July 18, 2012 11:26 PM (HWUv9)


Fly into the back of the front seat I should say.

Posted by: Robert at July 18, 2012 11:29 PM (HWUv9)

261 245 Oh,we did that too,those hurt a lot less.I had a pile of dirt in my yard when my parents did an extension that made me the envy of the neighborhood.We played King of the Hill constantly.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 11:29 PM (6o4Fb)

262 Spending the night at a friend's house was always a great way to get into trouble in junior high.
Stayed overnight at a friend's house when I was 12 or so, circa 1979, and we walked to a nearby Winchell's Donut Shop on May Avenue (Oklahoma City). Started talking to the night security guard. He offered to give us a ride in hissecurity vehicle, showing off his handcuffs, pistol etc.We got in, and he was showing off, speeding, tearing down May Avenue when an OKC cop in his cruiser pulls along side of us and rolls downhis window, he sees us 'yutes in the car and laughs and says to the security guy, If you wanna race, you're gonna have to pedal faster!" and then tears off ahead of us doing >60mph on May Avenue at 3 in the A.M. The donuts tasted awesome that morning.
Good times, good times.

Posted by: King Ding Dong at July 18, 2012 11:29 PM (EFl3q)

263 Every day Obama speaks is a day life is good. How many attacks can backfire on one man in a row?

*Holds up a sign with a question mark

Posted by: Wily E Obama at July 18, 2012 11:29 PM (AUeaU)

264 We were told not to play on the slow moving trains, 20 feet behind the house because the kid down the street had lost a leg doing it. The warning, and actual example of seeing the kid riding up and down the street on his bike, with one leg didn't deter us from playing on the trains.

Posted by: Hal Burton at July 18, 2012 11:30 PM (iYvMQ)

265 Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada Hobbit at July 18, 2012 11:20 PM (AMLP7)



Wind? Really? My daughter lives in Casper WY, I really need to get out there one day. I remember driving a motorcycle across Wyoming from Rapid City SD across Ten Sleep to Thermopolis and then down Wind River Canyon to Riverton. The trip back we rode through Hell's Half Acre. Interesting places. I still have the motorcycle, maybe one day I'll get it running again.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:31 PM (yh0zB)

266 GD, when I was a kid we could blow shit up (skunks holes) and not be prosecuted. Now look at us

Posted by: lock at July 18, 2012 11:31 PM (4Ymj9)

267 unfortunately my kids (under the age of 5)

will never have the freedom I did as a kid in the 70's


Frick
I got to ride my BMX bike to school which was 5 miles one way in the spring when it was a nice day as a 5th and 6th grader

Posted by: jake in ID at July 18, 2012 11:32 PM (RQjPS)

268 Blue Murder - Valley Of The Kings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6mdb-IloPs

Posted by: Robert at July 18, 2012 11:32 PM (HWUv9)

269 I think that's really another thing. Parents know that if we do let our
kids roam, and some statistically damn near impossible thing happens to
them, there will be no shortage of people around to make sure that we
don't forget how awful and unfit we are as parents.
***
I remember walking home from school years ago, and I some creepy guy is in his front yard - he asked me if I wanted to come in for some ice cream.

I said no and picked up the pace - so I guess my parents drilled that lesson into me well.

I wish to this day I had mentioned it though, as I am pretty darn sure I hadn't just met a good Samaritan. And he lived near the middle school...and he had no compunction about inviting kids into his house...

Posted by: Wily E Obama at July 18, 2012 11:32 PM (AUeaU)

270 oops - sock fail

Posted by: 18-1 at July 18, 2012 11:33 PM (AUeaU)

271 New sig' picture, while I catch up on the ONT. Guess what show I've been watching.

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 18, 2012 11:33 PM (tsC/8)

272 Used to put gasoline on caps and smash them with rocks. The explosions were epic.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 11:34 PM (jucos)

273 My high school BF made a bow and arrow from a stick, a piece of string and a goldenrod stalk. He shot his neighbor buddy right in his Adam's Apple with it. It didn't penetrate deep enough for a life threatening situation but it bummed his neighbor out really bad. And it really freaked out my friend seeing his buddy dancing around with the thing sticking out of his throat.

Posted by: Emmett Anger at July 18, 2012 11:34 PM (7+pP9)

274 Now we throw an m80 in the street and the cops come running

Posted by: lock at July 18, 2012 11:34 PM (4Ymj9)

275 271 I really liked that show at first than it got too weird.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 11:35 PM (6o4Fb)

276 My dad was a process engineer for Thiokol Corp. They always had samples of solid rocket propellant that were discarded when they reached their shelf date. He brought them home for us to play with.

And Rosie O'Donnel thinks fire can't melt steel.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 11:35 PM (IoNBC)

277
I remember when my cousin and I were about ten years old our grandparents would give us about three bucks a piece and drop us off at the mall to see a movie. We of course would buy a ticket to see a G rated film and then promptly go into another screening room and see something R rated. That's how I saw Deathwish II.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 11:36 PM (9qIKa)

278 He shot his neighbor buddy right in his Adam's Apple with it.
***
I can imagine how much that hurts!

Posted by: Rachel Maddow at July 18, 2012 11:36 PM (AUeaU)

279 ....high powered airsoft gun....

the Browning AirSoft?

Posted by: AltonJackson at July 18, 2012 11:37 PM (JMmQ9)

280
We used to have one mom drop us off at the movies Saturday morning and another mom pick us up at closing.
Went into the bathroom between shows.

Posted by: Justamom at July 18, 2012 11:37 PM (Sptt8)

281 Did you used to steal those metal tire air caps to use on your bike?That was real popular.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 11:37 PM (6o4Fb)

282 He brought them home for us to play with.



And Rosie O'Donnel thinks fire can't melt steel.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 11:35 PM (IoNBC)


What could possibly go wrong???

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:37 PM (yh0zB)

283 We used to split up into two teams of two for playing lawn darts. One team was in the front yard, the other in the backyard, as we tossed them over the roof of the house.

Posted by: Twala Anger at July 18, 2012 11:37 PM (7+pP9)

284 277 Ha!My mom and aunt thought Deathwish 2 was appropriate for 10 year old me,it was oonly viloence right?They covered my eyes during the rape scene.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 11:40 PM (6o4Fb)

285 Why are all the kids fat?

Maybe if all these helicopter parents would actually let their kids walk out the door they would get rid of some of those pounds.

It's no wonder that today's kids are a bunch of tubby wimps. Too many parents want to make their kids spend their childhood in bubble-wrap.

Posted by: MrHobbit at July 18, 2012 11:40 PM (sbaXF)

286 Okay, time for me to start getting ready for woik. Here's one more for the road.

Blue Murder - Out Of Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKUJuiX2S7M

Catch ya'll later. Rock on, ONT. Rock on.

Posted by: Robert at July 18, 2012 11:40 PM (HWUv9)

287 They covered my eyes during the rape scene.
***
Think I know what I'm netflix'n tonight!

Posted by: Bill Clinton at July 18, 2012 11:41 PM (AUeaU)

288 Hi.

Think I will remain in lurk mode. That is all.

Posted by: DC in Towson at July 18, 2012 11:41 PM (N/WI2)

289 Once had a lot of fun with the neighbors compound bow. We'd shoot arrows staright up so high you couldn't see them, by the time you saw it coming back down, you had about 1 second to make sure you were out of its way. Now that I think about it, I should be dead.

Posted by: Hal Burton at July 18, 2012 11:41 PM (iYvMQ)

290 I agree with you all that all regulations and laws are not right

Posted by: lock at July 18, 2012 11:41 PM (4Ymj9)

291 Hi folks.

When I were a lad, I lived first on a busy street, then in a secluded neighborhood full of kids. At age 5, my mom let me walk to the corner store to buy candy.

The only time I got in trouble for staying out was when I slept over a friend's house next door without telling my parents.

My kids are 8 and 10, they play in an enclosed back yard, and they don't ride bikes.

Honestly I would let them do whatever they wanted. But that's because I'm the irresponsible dad and not the doting mom.

When I think about how small their unsupervised world is, I get sad.

Posted by: Truman North, iPhone snob at July 18, 2012 11:42 PM (I2LwF)

292 When I was a kid, my effective range was as far as my feet or my bike could take me. That was often in the 10mi range.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 18, 2012 11:42 PM (UQVV6)

293 We played King of the Hill constantly.
In winter at our grade school the snowplow would pile the playground's snow up along one side of the fence into a huge ridge and we'd play King of the Castle all recess long. We'd yell "I'm the king of the castle and you're the dirty asshole!" but I only discovered in the past 10 or so years that the real rhyme is supposed to have been "dirty vassal".

When we were quite young and so quite light, we'd play broomball hockey on the ice on top of the tarp of our in-ground swimming pool over the shallow end until we got too heavy and a friend put his leg through the ice and the tarp. I think the same friend was also the one who got his arm caught in my mom's clothes-wringer causing some breakage but not serious. My mom was furious and forced my dad to buy a clothes-dryer afterwards. My dad is/was one of those types who either had to be the first to have something on the block or the last. The friend's a doctor in the States now BTW.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 18, 2012 11:42 PM (vDl/w)

294 Think I will remain in lurk mode. That is all.

Posted by: DC in Towson at July 18, 2012 11:41 PM (N/WI2)


Lurk on, Citizen. Lurk on.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:42 PM (yh0zB)

295 One team was in the front yard, the other in the backyard, as we tossed them over the roof of the house.



First team to have all its members incapacitated loses?

Posted by: Waterhouse at July 18, 2012 11:42 PM (SGAnK)

296 Many's the time one of us lying down in the very back of our station wagon or lying or standing on the back seat got tossed around when the car braked suddenly.

Once we were driving to Northern WA in the winter to visit family, pulling through some little burg, my brothers were fighting, Dad yells at them, crosses some railroad tracks and sees a train coming at us, slowly, but coming at us, and is able to turn the car and go down the slight embankment off the tracks as the train moves by. I was lying in the back, felt the car turn (none of us remember hearing the train whistle) and I sat up and saw the train coming at us. I was too scared to even scream.

Posted by: Theresa at July 18, 2012 11:44 PM (36Yg+)

297 "You fucked up--you trusted us."

Bumper sticker:

America, you fucked up, you trusted us - the Democrats.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 18, 2012 11:44 PM (UQVV6)

298
284
That movie freaked me out. Good soundtrack by Jimmy Page though.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 11:44 PM (9qIKa)

299 Nostalgia gets the posts flying.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 11:44 PM (6o4Fb)

300 We used to split up into two teams of two for playing lawn darts. ...
Posted by: Twala Anger at July 18, 2012 11:37 PM (7+pP9)

and don't stick the mo fo in the roof or you dad goes ape shit, at least I read about that on the interwebs....



Posted by: jake in ID at July 18, 2012 11:45 PM (RQjPS)

301 272
Used to put gasoline on caps and smash them with rocks. The explosions were epic.

Posted by: Truck Monkey

*Groan*

Roll of caps. Lots of charcoal. Lighter fluid.

My dad never forgave me.

But seriously, the comb-over never was very convincing, anyway.

Posted by: Dianna at July 18, 2012 11:46 PM (mKMj1)

302
I do remember some dialogue from Deathwish II
Bronson: Do you believe in Jesus?
Thug: Yes sir.
Bronson: Good, because you're about to meet him.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 11:46 PM (9qIKa)

303 Reading this thread is like reliving my childhood.


Keep going.

Posted by: irongrampa at July 18, 2012 11:46 PM (SAMxH)

304
Lets see: we would play in the woods, play in falling-down barns, explore rickity sheds on vacant land, crawl through ditch drainage thingies, swim in the creek and through the ditch drainage thingies under the road going over the creek, fish in the muddy pond in the woods, wade in the muddy pond in the woods, ride bikes all over the gravel roads in town WITHOUT helmets, rode double on each other's bikes, run around barefoot all summer WITHOUT sunscreen, play outside for hours in the freezing Winter, climb trees, throw rocks at each other, get stung by bees and wasps the pull ticks out of our skin that were buried past their heads. Oh yeah, my brother and I used to collect the unburnt fireworks the day after the fourth, peel them open and dump out the gunpowder, line it up on the sidewalk and set it on fire. When were bored we would pull fat ticks off the dogs, set them on the sidewalk, walk back several feet and throw rocks at them to see the splat when we hit them.

Posted by: katya, the designated driver at July 18, 2012 11:46 PM (bMLFV)

305 Hmm, was it asparagus and its effects that got the 2000 post ONT?

Posted by: 18-1 at July 18, 2012 11:46 PM (AUeaU)

306 A study has shown that the more the news is on Obama, the worse he does in polls. The less, the better. Tough to campaign that way.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 18, 2012 11:46 PM (r4wIV)

307 Mama and Daddy and five kids in a 1962 Ford Fairlane station wagon.

Dollar night at the drive-in.

Mama filled grocery sacks full of popcorn before we left.

Daddy put Brian and me on the roof (with a giant bag of popcorn) so everybody would be able to see.

Goddam, that was fun.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 11:47 PM (IoNBC)

308 bicycle ghost rides down hills

Posted by: derit at July 18, 2012 11:48 PM (ruiF1)

309 Wow, car thieves are dumb. Here's an obvious setup...car in the driveway, engine running, no one around? Seriously???

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:48 PM (yh0zB)

310 I bought a full auto blank firing machine gun; the first time I fired it the cops were crawling all over the neighborhood.

Fk the blank rounds cost the same as real ammo.

Posted by: lock at July 18, 2012 11:50 PM (4Ymj9)

311 The strange thing is, with all of the things that could have/should have killed me as a kid, most kids nowadays kill themselves doing other stuff.

Posted by: Jethro Anger at July 18, 2012 11:50 PM (7+pP9)

312 I had a pile of dirt in my yard when my parents did an extension that made me the envy of the neighborhood.We played King of the Hill constantly.
Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 11:29 PM


reminds me of the summer when they put the sanitary sewers in..we had both rocks and dirt clods

Posted by: AltonJackson at July 18, 2012 11:51 PM (JMmQ9)

313 play outside for hours in the freezing Winter

Oh yeah ... spending entire Saturdays playing hockey outdoors. Sometimes I wonder how we did it.

Posted by: Waterhouse at July 18, 2012 11:51 PM (SGAnK)

314
Looks at the round scar on his leg....

Bamboo spears.... 14 year old boys.... some assembly required...

Posted by: Romeo13 at July 18, 2012 11:51 PM (lZBBB)

315 I was never allowed to buy fireworks on the 4th,we did go around the day after collecting the unexploded stuff.There was lots and lots of unexploded stuff.The police let you shoot off fireworks to your hearts content in those days.There were huge piles of firecracker packages on the side of the road.

Posted by: steevy at July 18, 2012 11:51 PM (6o4Fb)

316 Well ladies and gentlemen (and I use that last term VERY loosely), I'm running off for a bit, probably be back later on. See ya!

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:51 PM (yh0zB)

317
Speaking of drive ins, we'd always collect the aluminum can tabs, and make necklaces out of them. Kind of faggy now that I think about it. So was ripping the stomach off the lightning bugs and wearing it as a ring.

Posted by: Hal Burton at July 18, 2012 11:51 PM (iYvMQ)

318 309
Wow, car thieves are dumb. Here's an obvious setup...car in the driveway, engine running, no one around? Seriously???

It's happened, I fear; usually early in the morning. I think it's like those times you see someone's coffee mug on the roof of the car.

Posted by: Dianna at July 18, 2012 11:52 PM (mKMj1)

319 we had both rocks and dirt clods

1 %er! Get 'im!

Posted by: Waterhouse at July 18, 2012 11:52 PM (SGAnK)

320 leave the Mogadishu of America as soon as they can.
Posted by: Grumpy the Younger at July 18, 2012 11:28 PM (jts1f)


that is some sad shit bro



I'm not moving to a Blue State for nothing


fukkin Michael Dukakas types......





Posted by: jake in ID at July 18, 2012 11:52 PM (RQjPS)

321 It would suck to be a kid today. Imagine being 8years old and having to sit in a car seat. Maybe water wings should be mandatory until 21.

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 18, 2012 11:53 PM (tsC/8)

322 Trayvon should have stayed a little closer to home.

Right.. like there was anything worth stealing in his own hood. Please.

Posted by: StuckOnStupid at July 18, 2012 11:53 PM (R5yLq)

323 Speaking of drive ins. Did you know that you could fit 6 teenage boys in the trunk of a '66 Newport?

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 11:53 PM (jucos)

324 My next-door neighbour friend and I decided to walk to a plaza (I think they're called strip malls in the States) one evening that was quite far away. I can't remember why although I remember it was the place where our family got our North American style Chinese food so maybe that was it. But we got lost walking there and the cops picked us up and took us home.

There was also one lot at the end of our street that was wooded (it's since been replaced by about five free-standing houses to give you an idea of its size) that we called "The Jungle"; and there was a large wooded lot next to my grade school that we called "The Woods". Alot of fun tooling around there.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 18, 2012 11:53 PM (vDl/w)

325 204Many all day drives in the station wagon...

------------

There were times when we were out for a short little jaunt and it was easier for mom to put down the tailgate and let us sit on it than pile us all in the car.

Vista Cruiser. What a car that was.

Posted by: Anachronda at July 18, 2012 11:53 PM (1c58W)

326 So was ripping the stomach off the lightning bugs and wearing it as a ring.

Holy shit, I did that too. They'd stick together perfectly. I worked for hours one time to make a glowing necklace for the second-grade love of my life.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 11:54 PM (IoNBC)

327 I can certainly sympathize with these test subjects -- http://tinyurl.com/c9em28u .

Posted by: cthulhu at July 18, 2012 11:54 PM (kaalw)

328 i remember rock fights, those were the days. Chucking rocks at each other as hard as we could, fun till Jay got knocked out and had a huge gash on his forehead

Posted by: The Dude at July 18, 2012 11:55 PM (tw6Ar)

329 Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:31 PM (yh0zB)

The wind blows constantly in the Cheyenne area, which is where I'd be looking since the goal's to be near family. And yes, I know it sounds dumb but I have "issues" with wind that come from having our modular house shake as the wind came along the first row of foothills where the house was placed. A family friend had her brick wall moved in by a wind storm when I was very young and impressionable.

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada Hobbit at July 18, 2012 11:55 PM (AMLP7)

330 My home range as as kid was about 100 square miles. We hunted, fished, rode bikes, dirt bikes... it was killer

Posted by: The Jackhole at July 18, 2012 11:56 PM (DU15A)

331 Wow, car thieves are dumb. Here's an obvious setup...car in the driveway, engine running, no one around? Seriously???

Guess it depends on where you live. In my home town that wouldn't be something that would be all that unusual. We often leave our cars running/unlocked when we head into the local grocery or gas station.

In a town larger than 1000 people? Then yup, I'd say that's almost certainly a bait car.

Posted by: StuckOnStupid at July 18, 2012 11:56 PM (R5yLq)

332 The best line I remember from an episode of Death Wish was one word from Bronson after a spring trap hit a CRAZED THUG in the face. A neighbor pointed at the board seeing something bloody on it asked "What's that"?
Bronson. "Teeth".

Posted by: Ohio Dan at July 18, 2012 11:56 PM (JKNDp)

333 Good night! It's almost nine, and I've got to be up at 5.

Posted by: Dianna at July 18, 2012 11:57 PM (mKMj1)

334 i remember rock fights, those were the days. Chucking rocks at each other as hard as we could, fun till Jay got knocked out and had a huge gash on his forehead
Posted by: The Dude at July 18, 2012 11:55 PM (tw6Ar)
HA !I got knocked out by a rock. I also shot a kid with a kmart arrow, right in the forehead. He has the scar to this day

Posted by: The Jackhole at July 18, 2012 11:58 PM (DU15A)

335
OK, remember the Phil Donahue show?
They broke in the show when my mom was watching circa 1975 to warn about a sniper taking shots at the high school football team. Helicopters and police cruisers all over.

My brother got a shotgun and found shells in the creekbed. Called Dad at work who said that gun doesn't leave the house. So we shot it out the bedroom window into the woods, waayyyy downhill from the high school.

Posted by: Justamom at July 18, 2012 11:58 PM (Sptt8)

336 My Dad told me stories of how he would make cast iron toy soldiers with molds by himself when he was ten. He would also shoot fireworks that would be considered military grade today. This was in 1940 though.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 18, 2012 11:59 PM (9qIKa)

337 Cheyenne. Heh. My ex lives in Cheyenne. She's happily married to one of my good friends (the one that introduced us, FWIW) and I wish her all the happiness in the world. We get along a lot better now that we don't have to have anything to do with each other.


OK, I'm really going this time.



ONT! WHY CAN'T I QUIT YOU???!!!???



OK. Laterz!

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 18, 2012 11:59 PM (yh0zB)

338 We thought we built this city on rock and roll.
It turns out somebody else made that happen.

Posted by: Starship at July 18, 2012 11:59 PM (tsC/8)

339 i remember rock fights, those were the days. Chucking rocks at each other as hard as we could, fun till Jay got knocked out and had a huge gash on his forehead
Posted by: The Dude at July 18, 2012 11:55 PM (tw6Ar)

Rock fights were never the thing but dirt clod fights, fallen apple fights, fallen plumb fights, game on.

as a wee tike in SoCal even had lugie fights, man that was some gross shit.


Lugie fights can turn into fist fights sometimes, if I remember right




















Posted by: jake in ID at July 18, 2012 11:59 PM (RQjPS)

340 All that stuff kids used to do was natural selection at work. The really reckless managed to kill themselves, the ones who were good at calculating risk survived.

There's a baseball field in my hometown named after twins who were too reckless and stupid to survive childhood. One OD'd before graduating HS, the other dove headfirst into a submerged pipe in an unexplored part of a lake and never came up.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 18, 2012 11:59 PM (UQVV6)

341 God I remember chucking m80s with sling shots at each other and starting a few fields on fire.

Throwing fire crackers at each other was fun also. Timing them to not blow up in your hand and instead blow up in your opponents ear was fun.

Seriously I loved it, but now I look back..

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:00 AM (4Ymj9)

342 We'd go to the drive-in as a family (station wagon) occasionally too; or out to a local hamburger chain called The Red Barn that was bought out by McDonald's in the early 1970s. I vaguely recall seeing The Sound of Music (probably in re-release post 1965) and Tora! Tora! Tora! although I might be misremembering that from early TV.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 19, 2012 12:00 AM (vDl/w)

343 I remember enriching uranium to weapons-grade quality as a 6th grade science project. In the 8th grade I vaporized a neighboring town.

Try getting away with that kind of shit today. The EPA would be all over your ass.

Posted by: Cicero at July 19, 2012 12:02 AM (zMouK)

344 I also shot a kid with a kmart arrow, right in the forehead. He has the scar to this day

Posted by: The Jackhole at July 18, 2012 11:58 PM (DU15A)

only have three scars, one is a blue dot on my chest from me and a friend stabbing each other with sharpened pencils, my right eyebrow has a huge gash behind it from getting hit in the eye by a glass bottle (broke my orbital bone) and a large gash on my throat from me falling out of the treehouse only to catch my neck between a Y in the tree base (fell a good 20 feet, still surprised I didn't break my neck).

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 12:02 AM (tw6Ar)

345 Posted by: @PurpAv at July 18, 2012 11:59 PM (UQVV6)



In my home town, car wrecks were the only things that killed kids



Posted by: jake in ID at July 19, 2012 12:04 AM (RQjPS)

346 Vista Cruiser. What a car that was.
---------

You could literally cruise the vista!

Posted by: Red Forman at July 19, 2012 12:04 AM (N/WI2)

347 There was also one lot at the end of our street that was wooded (it's since been replaced by about five free-standing houses to give you an idea of its size) that we called "The Jungle"; and there was a large wooded lot next to my grade school that we called "The Woods". Alot of fun tooling around there.

______________

Ha, I remember that there was a wooded area by my grandma's house that was just "The Circle". My cousins and my brothers and I would play there for hours when we'd visit, and Grandma would threaten to make us go out and cut our own switch from the cedar trees if we were bad. Weirdly, I remember being like four or five and not knowing what a "switch" in that context was and my cousin becoming very exasperated. I kept looking for something like a light switch to be growing on a tree.

My brother and I also got stopped by police, walking around our neighborhood. Once we were made to call our parents at work, because there was no one at home and my dad was absolutely livid. It probably didn't help that we had to use a stupid early-90s pager to reach him, as he probably would've had to sell one of us to get a cellular phone.

Posted by: Jenny Tries Too Hard at July 19, 2012 12:04 AM (FIYvq)

348 Location: Mayer Dr. downhill PA, ~1500 feet with > 100 ' drop, 70' start, hard left then straight.
Time: Semi-monthly let's race.
Participating this particular evening: Everyone (yes Gary Everyone).
We're off, usual scrambling for 1st to the turn, back and forth and zip
my 3 years younger, 1 ' and 20# fastest middle-school freshman is in front. 1/4 way down the hill and no one can pass. He's holding off all challengers. Then the high speed front tire wobble (Huffy not built for speed). Down he goes, I'm wrecked. He's in the middle of the street and EVERY kid on the block wrecks into him or his bike. He gets a few bruises. I watch kids flipping ass over tea-kettle everywhere like it was moto-cross.

My nephews have helmets and don't really appreciate this story.


Posted by: DaveA at July 19, 2012 12:05 AM (yVsIQ)

349 We had dirt clod fights but thy were only for the boys. The girls wanted to some kind of similar fight so we started acorn fights. Sometime during the 2nd fight I found a golf ball sized acorn and threw it with all my might at a girl. I only managed to hit her in the calf, but she shrieked and got a lump about the size of a lemon on her leg.

And that was the end of the girls/boys games.

Posted by: Uncle Jed Anger at July 19, 2012 12:05 AM (7+pP9)

350 Well, let's see. Riding our bikes (Schwinns) from the middle of LA to Santa Monica beach, call it 15 miles one way, or up Cahuenga Pass and back down (maybe 12 miles round trip?) and then the snake hunts in Griffith Park, plus climbing through storm drains and up high tension pylons. Then there was a group of apartment buildings at the far edge of our neighborhood and you could jump from one garage roof to the next for about half a block. Exploding whole rolls of caps at once. Mumbley-peg. Plus the pump-up rockets and the firecrackers. Et cetera.

Posted by: Skookumchuk at July 19, 2012 12:05 AM (0Db2g)

351 I remember enriching uranium to weapons-grade quality as a 6th grade science project. In the 8th grade I vaporized a neighboring town.

What used to be considered Hijinks is now considered terrorism. Go figure.. lol

Posted by: StuckOnStupid at July 19, 2012 12:05 AM (R5yLq)

352 In the 4th grade, I shot a man in Reno. Just to watch him die.

That caused an early end to the family summer vacation that year.

Posted by: Cicero at July 19, 2012 12:05 AM (zMouK)

353 346 Vista Cruiser. What a car that was.

I'd love to have one right now.

Posted by: Scobface at July 19, 2012 12:06 AM (IoNBC)

354 acorn top and bottle cap whistles

Posted by: derit at July 19, 2012 12:06 AM (ruiF1)

355 maybe Israel should nuke Iran?

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:06 AM (4Ymj9)

356 I also shot a kid with a kmart arrow, right in the forehead. He has the scar to this day Posted by: The Jackhole at July 18, 2012 11:58 PM (DU15A) only have three scars, one is a blue dot on my chest from me and a friend stabbing each other with sharpened pencils, my right eyebrow has a huge gash behind it from getting hit in the eye by a glass bottle (broke my orbital bone) and a large gash on my throat from me falling out of the treehouse only to catch my neck between a Y in the tree base (fell a good 20 feet, still surprised I didn't break my neck).
Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 12:02 AM (tw6Ar)
My friends sister fell out of the treehouse and fell at least 15 feet. To this day I don't know how she wasn't killed.
I have a giant horsehoe scar on my head from flying from standing in the back seat of the car, between the bucket seats and into the dash and the open ashtray. My mom put a diaper on my head on the way to the hospital.


Posted by: The Jackhole at July 19, 2012 12:07 AM (DU15A)

357 In the 4th grade, I shot a man in Reno. Just to watch him die.

That caused an early end to the family summer vacation that year.


Well, not so good for the family vacation, but at least Johnny Cash got a hit song out of the deal.

Posted by: StuckOnStupid at July 19, 2012 12:08 AM (R5yLq)

358 When the Hunt brothers ran the price of silver through the roof, my dad had a little silver refining operation going in the basement turning scrap coin into 99.999 pure silver.

It involved an old electroplating tank full of cyanide. At an early age, I was given a healthy respect for poisons, chemicals, and dangerous industrial equipment by my dad.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 12:08 AM (UQVV6)

359 OK, I'm out

I leave you with dreams of blowin' siht up when you were ten years old

tomorrow night, mi amigos

Posted by: AltonJackson at July 19, 2012 12:09 AM (JMmQ9)

360 My nephews have helmets and don't really appreciate this story.


Posted by: DaveA at July 19, 2012 12:05 AM (yVsIQ)


a buddy in HS delivered papers in the 9th grade, hauling ass on his 10 speed down the only hill in town hit a cat and wiped the fook out.


scabs and bruises galore.



for some reason he HATED cats after that














Posted by: jake in ID at July 19, 2012 12:09 AM (RQjPS)

361 I used to break old mercury thermometers on purpose just so I could play with the mercury. Coolest. Shit. Ever!

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 19, 2012 12:09 AM (jucos)

362 oh GD, where the good ol days?

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:11 AM (4Ymj9)

363 Even in 1962 they didn't get Keith Richard's name right. No wonder he added the (s) a few years ago.

Posted by: Bill R. at July 19, 2012 12:11 AM (QnRSM)

364 361 I used to break old mercury thermometers on purpose just so I could play with the mercury. Coolest. Shit. Ever!
Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 19, 2012 12:09 AM (jucos)

It truly was. I collected the shit for a while. Had a little medicine bottle full of it.

Posted by: Scobface at July 19, 2012 12:11 AM (IoNBC)

365 maybe Israel should nuke Iran?

Ya, I'm sure that would go over well.. lol

Posted by: StuckOnStupid at July 19, 2012 12:12 AM (R5yLq)

366 BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – First lady Michelle Obama spoke to a crowd of supporters this evening with passion, enthusiasm and urgency.

“I believe our president is doing a phenomenal job,” she said to the crowd.

She evoked her working class upbringing, and that of the president, and said that way of life was what they wanted to continue to champion in a second term. “We are doing this for the vision for this country that we all share.”

Responsibility should be rewarded, she said. People should be able to work hard work, build a decent life and send their children to school.

“Here in America there is always something better if you are willing to work for it,” she said.

She warned that this election will be closer than the last. Sitting on the sidelines is simply not an option, she said.

“This election could come down to the last few thousand people we register” she said, and to those who get to the polls.

She ended her talk with a pep rally feel:

“Are you in?” she shouted

“Yes.” the crowd shouted back.

“No, Are you really in?” She demanded.

Posted by: steevy at July 19, 2012 12:12 AM (6o4Fb)

367 I love destruction. Creative destruction.

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:12 AM (4Ymj9)

368 Ya, I'm sure that would go over well.. lol
Posted by: StuckOnStupid at July 19, 2012 12:12 AM (R5yLq)



well,


if they nuked them right good, the world would be more polite for sure










Posted by: jake in ID at July 19, 2012 12:13 AM (RQjPS)

369
And somehow? we all survived....

Had a few bears on 4th of July about 5 years back... and taught my then 16 year old Son how to shoot bottle rockets, from your fingers....

Bottle Rocket fight with the neighbors ensued....

X wife heard about it and ranted about taking me to court... LOL...

Posted by: Romeo13 at July 19, 2012 12:13 AM (lZBBB)

370 HA ! I had a little container of mercury and was always looking in old houses to get the mercury switch out of the thermosats.

another stupid thing we did was keep lead pellets for our air rifles in our mouth. That way you could reload faster.
I used to shoot a carton of BBs in a weekend with the red ryders. Shit we would wear them out pretty quick.

Posted by: The Jackhole at July 19, 2012 12:13 AM (DU15A)

371
“No, Are you really in?” She demanded.


Posted by: steevy at July 19, 2012 12:12 AM (6o4Fb) Something she asks Barry on their monthly Sex night?

Posted by: Romeo13 at July 19, 2012 12:14 AM (lZBBB)

372 I don't know about breaking thermometers on purpose but I remember letting mercury roll around on the palm of my hand. Vic reminisced in the past few months about that too. We're all still here.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 19, 2012 12:15 AM (vDl/w)

373 "Here in America there is always something better if you are willing to work for it,” she said.

Umm.. wait, I though her stuttering clusterfuck of a hubby was telling us that it didn't matter how hard you worked, that success is all a result of big daddy government.

Really wish these people would settle on one lie and stick with it. Makes my head hurt.

Posted by: StuckOnStupid at July 19, 2012 12:15 AM (R5yLq)

374
366
Well if I could find my damn car keys I'd drive my SUV outta here!

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 19, 2012 12:16 AM (9qIKa)

375 "Ground Zero, Population 5"

Hat tip Instapundit.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/07/16/156851175/
five-men-agree-to-stand-directly-under-an-exploding-nuclear-bomb?ps=cprs

Posted by: rickl at July 19, 2012 12:16 AM (sdi6R)

376 Michelle Obama is a demented, nasty bitch.

Posted by: Cicero at July 19, 2012 12:16 AM (zMouK)

377 worst accident I saw as a kid was my friend Markus riding his brand new Harro bike in a race down a hill. He hit the brakes and his front tire locked up making him do the nastiest endo ever at about 30 mph. Still have the sound of his skull bounce off the street run through my head once in awhile. Fucker shit his pants and woke up 30 hours later in the hospital.

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 12:17 AM (tw6Ar)

378 Michelle Obama is a demented, nasty bitch.
Posted by: Cicero at July 19, 2012 12:16 AM (zMouK)


Um, she is kinda hot, I want to fuck her







Posted by: Valeria Jarret at July 19, 2012 12:17 AM (RQjPS)

379 lock=raykon troll. Nuke'im.

Posted by: buzzion at July 19, 2012 12:17 AM (GULKT)

380 We kids used to polish the silver coins with mercury. Lunch was a quarter and the poor lady taking the lunch money would get dozens of mercury polished quarters on 'mercury' day.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at July 19, 2012 12:17 AM (k3Mlu)

381 if they nuked them right good, the world would be more polite for sure

The euroweenies would have a total mental breakdown, and that would just be the start of it. Sadly though it may very well come to that, since our leaders lack the testicular fortitude to do anything that has even the slightest chance of preventing Iran from getting nukes.

And sadly once Iran has them, I have little to no doubt that they will use them.

Posted by: StuckOnStupid at July 19, 2012 12:18 AM (R5yLq)

382 The Moron Lifestyle starts young. You need to get good and damaged to prepare for the decades of self-abuse to follow. Not everyone makes the cut.

Posted by: epobirs at July 19, 2012 12:18 AM (kcfmt)

383 worst accident I saw as a kid was my friend Markus riding his brand new Harro bike in a race down a hill. He hit the brakes and his front tire locked up making him do the nastiest endo ever at about 30 mph. Still have the sound of his skull bounce off the street run through my head once in awhile. Fucker shit his pants and woke up 30 hours later in the hospital.
Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 12:17 AM (tw6Ar)
Ruthless, some of that stuff is just burned in your memory

Posted by: The Jackhole at July 19, 2012 12:18 AM (DU15A)

384 I used to rip 1/4" square sticks off old 2x4's on the table saw and tape Estes rocket motors to them to create a super-sized bottle rocket. Then you drape a M80's fuse over the rocket exhaust and you got a super size bottle rocket with a report.

Got hundreds of Estes motors for like $.05 for a box of three when Two Guys was going out of business and blowing everything out. I still got some of those left decades later.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 12:19 AM (UQVV6)

385 Bottle Rocket fight with the neighbors ensued....


Posted by: Romeo13 at July 19, 2012 12:13 AM (lZBBB)

never did bottle rocket fights, only roman candles with everyone decked out in crappy jeans and a white tee

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 12:20 AM (tw6Ar)

386 i love the loud noise
after all we are all boys

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:20 AM (4Ymj9)

387 And sadly once Iran has them, I have little to no doubt that they will use them.
Posted by: StuckOnStupid at July 19, 2012 12:18 AM (R5yLq)



The only question on Iran is when.


Our current gov'met does not want to confront 12'ers or Salafists.



It is only a matter of time untill they bring it to us when they think we are week






Posted by: Jake in ID at July 19, 2012 12:20 AM (RQjPS)

388 Then there putting the plug in the bathroom sink and mixing together all the cleaning chemicals in the cabinet underneath. Energine cleaning fluid (naptha?) plus carbon tetrachloride plus Comet plus I forget = running out of the bathroom seeing stars. A friend who had been a chem warfare guy in the Army told me many years later that I had probably synthesized phosgene gas, but I don't know if that is really true...

Posted by: Skookumchuk at July 19, 2012 12:21 AM (0Db2g)

389 oh GD as boys did you ever build pipe bombs?

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:22 AM (4Ymj9)

390 389 oh GD as boys did you ever build pipe bombs?

Actually, no. I never did that.

Fucker.

Posted by: Scobface at July 19, 2012 12:24 AM (IoNBC)

391 Good evening reprobates. We used to go behind the hospital, along the riverbank where construction demolition materials were dumped. Spent hours and hours floating sticks out on the water and bombing them with rocks/bricks/mortar chunksfrom the shoreline. good times were had by all.

Posted by: zeera at July 19, 2012 12:24 AM (XtxRN)

392 what is the statute of limitations for pipe bombs? kids

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:24 AM (4Ymj9)

393 Then there putting the plug in the bathroom sink and
mixing together all the cleaning chemicals in the cabinet underneath.
Energine cleaning fluid (naptha?) plus carbon tetrachloride plus Comet
plus I forget = running out of the bathroom seeing stars. A friend who
had been a chem warfare guy in the Army told me many years later that I
had probably synthesized phosgene gas, but I don't know if that is
really true...


Posted by: Skookumchuk at July 19, 2012 12:21 AM (0Db2g)

when it came to chemicals, we only had gasoline. Pie tins filled and throwing them like a frisbee (dad did it during block parties). Then one day we dropped a lit match into a gallon red container filled, we spazzed out and poured it out on my neighbor's yard. Almost 20 years later and grass still doesn't grow in the spot. That was a sad end to fun.

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 12:25 AM (tw6Ar)

394 Did somebody say Pipe Bombs?

Posted by: Z Occupy at July 19, 2012 12:26 AM (tsC/8)

395 oh GD as boys did you ever build pipe bombs?


Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:22 AM (4Ymj9)

nope, built a shit ton of potato launchers though (don't ever aim them at anyone, it doesn't feel good)

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 12:27 AM (tw6Ar)

396
oh GD as boys did you ever build pipe bombs?


Nope. That shit was dangerous, and I knew it. Its even dangerous as an adult knowing exactly what you're doing. Its screwing on the 2nd endcap that gets people killed. All it takes is one spec of powder on the threads, and they can blow when the caps are torqued down.

I suppose a glued together PVC bomb with externally applied frag materials could be assembled a lot safer...

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 12:27 AM (UQVV6)

397
My 6th grade teacher was... special. She was low on cleaning products for her bathroom, so she mixed bleach and ammonia in her toilet. The fire department had to come to clean up.
She never knew not to do that. Ah, California, you had the worst fucking schools.

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 12:28 AM (tsC/8)

398 isn'r lock a troll?















Posted by: Jake in ID at July 19, 2012 12:28 AM (RQjPS)

399 pssst. lock=raykon

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at July 19, 2012 12:28 AM (QTHTd)

400 when it came to chemicals, we only had gasoline.

Ohhhh....

gasoline + Styrofoam = expedient napalm

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 12:29 AM (UQVV6)

401 Pretty lazy troll.

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 12:29 AM (tsC/8)

402 pssst. lock=raykon


Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at July 19, 2012 12:28 AM (QTHTd)

figures

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 12:29 AM (tw6Ar)

403 Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 12:28 AM (tsC/

my mom was telling me not to do that since the 3rd grade, same with drinking to much liquor in about the 5th,

Posted by: Jake in ID at July 19, 2012 12:29 AM (RQjPS)

404 he had you all running

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:31 AM (4Ymj9)

405 oh GD as boys did you ever build pipe bombs?

Nope. That shit was dangerous, and I knew it. Its even dangerous as an adult knowing exactly what you're doing.

----------------------

You're telling me.

Posted by: Bill Ayers' Zombie Girlfriend, Diana at July 19, 2012 12:31 AM (FIYvq)

406
Took my daughter out to dinner with some "boyfriend" and started telling a story about how when I was his age I was painting grafitti on a wall when two cops came up asking me what I was doing. So I shot them.
The look on the kids face for a couple seconds was priceless.

Posted by: Hal Burton at July 19, 2012 12:32 AM (iYvMQ)

407 pipe bombs and static
across the universe

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:33 AM (4Ymj9)

408 cool Triumph bike prints and I gots no money

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 12:35 AM (tw6Ar)

409 fk, if you build a pipe bomb the very act of pouring the powder can ignite the explosion (static)

Across the universe

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:37 AM (4Ymj9)

410 408

My Triumph decided to start spraying gas all over the place. MotoGP in a week and a half, and a part that is super easy to find in some alternate dimension.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at July 19, 2012 12:40 AM (Qxdfp)

411 boggs hisom did i spell it right

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:40 AM (4Ymj9)

412 Some friends nearly touched off a brush fire once.....we were out in about a five-acre field behind some houses with a bunch of tumbleweeds and sand and they were dropping firecrackers on grasshoppers, when I happened to hear a crackle where we had just been -- and discovered some dried weeds were starting to go. I started swearing and was throwing handfuls of sand over it and finally managed to get it smothered -- while thoroughly getting pricked by the thorns in the scoops. Didn't seem nearly as fun after that.

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 12:40 AM (kaalw)

413 My parents got me a motorcycle for my birthday -- I was either 12 or 13. On the first day I owned it, I forgot which widget controlled what and rode it through a wooden fence. My dad ran out and nailed the fence boards back up.

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 12:43 AM (kaalw)

414 fk, if you build a pipe bomb the very act of pouring the powder can ignite the explosion

"pros" do it damp and allow ample drying time, and work on anti-static pads w/wrist straps and such. Basically all the kit needed for electronics assembly with CMOS devices.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 12:43 AM (UQVV6)

415 307
Mama and Daddy and five kids in a 1962 Ford Fairlane station wagon.



Dollar night at the drive-in.



Mama filled grocery sacks full of popcorn before we left.



Daddy put Brian and me on the roof (with a giant bag of popcorn) so everybody would be able to see.



Goddam, that was fun.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 11:47 PM

Yes, it was. Fat ass Fred didn't yell yabba dabba doo when he caught me and Pebbles at the drive in 12 years later

Damn that Pebbles was hot. She was a ginger though

Posted by: Bam-Bam Rubble at July 19, 2012 12:44 AM (Y7XKa)

416
Posted by: Clutch Cargo at July 19, 2012 12:40 AM (Qxdfp)

if you're curious, here is a link to the prints
http://tinyurl.com/7v7wswj

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 12:45 AM (tw6Ar)

417 323
Speaking of drive ins. Did you know that you could fit 6 teenage boys in the trunk of a '66 Newport?

Posted by: Truck Monkey at July 18, 2012 11:53 PM

Yes, I knew that

Posted by: Barney Frank at July 19, 2012 12:45 AM (Y7XKa)

418
I think crashing into something or throwing yourself off is part of everyone's motorcycle learning experience.
My friend moved to Taiwan and bought a motorcycle, didn't know anything about it but is so pig-headed he figured he was a Hell's Angel. He nearly immediately tore up his knuckles in a crash. The next accident was only a few days later when he threw his girlfriend off the back when pulling out of a stop light.
She was pissed.

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 12:47 AM (tsC/8)

419 "pros" do it damp and allow ample drying time, and work on anti-static
pads w/wrist straps and such. Basically all the kit needed for
electronics assembly with CMOS devices.

What advice would you give for kids?

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:47 AM (4Ymj9)

420 I never understood the fire thing some kids had. It never fascinated me. Fire to me was just a tool you used to accomplish something. I learned how touse a propane torch early on for soldering, and always treated them with a lot of respect.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 12:48 AM (UQVV6)

421 if you're curious, here is a link to -

See, that's usually where I stop reading

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at July 19, 2012 12:48 AM (QTHTd)

422 I never understood the fire thing some kids had.


Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 12:48 AM (UQVV6)

primal fascination with fire

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 12:49 AM (tw6Ar)

423 Bunch of my buddies and me had a great place to go airsofting in the woods. Lasted about 3 years, then the town found out and shut it down. It had trenches and bunkers and and a river and it was awesome. Filled the place in with dirt told us to never come back.

Posted by: Big T Party at July 19, 2012 12:50 AM (EhUTA)

424 static and gasoline

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:50 AM (4Ymj9)

425
When we were children, we liked to start fires, wet the bed and torture animals.
Why are you looking at me like that?

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 12:50 AM (tsC/8)

426 if kids want to blow shit up where should they go?

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:51 AM (4Ymj9)

427 426if kids want to blow shit up where should they go?
Posted by: lock #OWS

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 12:51 AM (tsC/8)

428
What advice would you give for kids?

------------

Stay away from guys named Bill. And communists. Especially stay from communist guys named Bill. And especially avoid building bombs for communist guys named Bill---you know they're only after one thing and you'll never respect yourself in the morning (or you could die, which would also suck).

Posted by: Bill Ayers' Zombie Girlfriend, Diana at July 19, 2012 12:51 AM (FIYvq)

429 Vista Cruiser. What a car that was.



Posted by: Anachronda at July 18, 2012 11:53 PM

Fantastic car to take your girl to the Drive-in with, before the advent of custom vans

I was at a car show once and a couple older guys smiled at a 47 Hudson and one said "I wonder how many cheerleaders lost their cherry in the back of that one"

Posted by: kbdabear at July 19, 2012 12:52 AM (Y7XKa)

430 I can remember being 6 and going unsupervised down the street (about six or seven houses) to play with a few friends, and then it was the street light thing.

A few years later I was all over our small town and as a teenager rode buses into the city and etc., and was no worse for the wear. I wasn't especially street smart, but sensible, and probably had good intuition because I remember one year selling stuff for school and the driver tried to talk me into the car (I was about 13). I felt really uneasy and heard the lie in his voice ("I live, like, right next door to you.") I declined politely and moved away quickly.

Now I have a nine year old boy and no way in a million years would I let him sell stuff door to door. I must add that he has a developmental delay and Asperger's--he's super smart,s o smart it's almost scary, but his common sense is, shall we say...underdeveloped. We have been able to discuss the stranger danger stuff, and he plays in the cul-de-sac and looks at the rare U-turn (or whatever some stranger is doing in there) like a small town person looks at an obvious out of towner. But he does get closer to the house (or his friend's house) if the person gets too close (I can't rely on "senses" because he doesn't always get environmental cues) and isn't allowed inside during the summer. In fact he loves outdoors. So that's a good thing.

But I do sometimes mourn those golden childhood days...waking at 9 or 10 am in summer, lazing about, going to the library and hauling home a wagon full of books, spending the day with two other kids reading books and swimming. I, unlike my mother, have to work every day and so my son has to wake up a bit early. He does have a nice day camp program, though.

(Ha, I just had a memory of that I was signed up for summer recreation but went when I felt like it...nowadays it's much more tightly controlled.)

Posted by: Isobel Ingoldesthorpe at July 19, 2012 12:53 AM (PDKu6)

431 static and jp4
has anyone ever seen jp4 burn

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:54 AM (4Ymj9)

432 What advice would you give for kids?

Don't build pipe bombs if you plan on living long enough to graduate HS.

Miniature working replicas of medieval siege engines (catapult, trebuchet, etc) are far more interesting and more valuable as mechanical and engineering skill developers. Those will serve you well later in life. Pipe bomb construction skills have limited utility.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 12:54 AM (UQVV6)

433 ignore the troll purp.

Posted by: buzzion at July 19, 2012 12:55 AM (GULKT)

434 Its only a good car if you can sit on the hood with your back on the windshield with your girl and be comfortable, watching the fireworks or the stars.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 19, 2012 12:57 AM (r4wIV)

435 jp4 burns hot as hell.
i have never felt such heat

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 12:57 AM (4Ymj9)

436 My 6th grade teacher was... special. She was low on cleaning products for her bathroom, so she mixed bleach and ammonia in her toilet.

*********

Ha, my mother did that when she was first married and my grandmother had to rescue and reprimand her. I never understood how it could happen--that stuff stinks so bad who'd want to mix it.

Then again, I drank bleach when I was 3, so maybe I shouldn't talk.

Posted by: Isobel Ingoldesthorpe at July 19, 2012 12:58 AM (PDKu6)

437 has anyone ever seen jp4 burn

Yep. Works fine in kerosene lanterns. JP4 is basically kero with a little better refining to remove crud and paraffin content. It won't smoke up as bad as ordinary pump kero in a lantern, it just costs more.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 12:58 AM (UQVV6)

438
Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 12:58 AM (UQVV6)

avenger feeding the troll

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 01:00 AM (tw6Ar)

439 ahhhh jp4, like the fires of hell burning my soul

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 01:04 AM (4Ymj9)

440 fk it burned like a cauldron

heat

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 01:05 AM (4Ymj9)

441 god i have never felt heat that intense

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 01:07 AM (4Ymj9)

442 Good evening again.

Thread dead?

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:09 AM (4ixH5)

443 SIR JOSEPH:


When I was a lad I served a term


As office boy to an Attorney's firm.


I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor,


And I polished up the handle of the big front door.


I polished up that handle so carefullee


That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!








CHORUS REPEATS





As office boy I made such a mark


That they gave me the post of a junior clerk.


I served the writs with a smile so bland,


And I copied all the letters in a big round hand--


I copied all the letters in a hand so free,


That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!











CHORUS.





In serving writs I made such a name


That an articled clerk I soon became;


I wore clean collars and a brand-new suit


For the pass examination at the Institute,


And that pass examination did so well for me,


That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!











CHORUS.





Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip


That they took me into the partnership.


And that junior partnership, I ween,


Was the only ship that I ever had seen.


But that kind of ship so suited me,


That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!





CHORUS.





I grew so rich that I was sent


By a pocket borough into Parliament.


I always voted at my party's call,


And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.


I thought so little, they rewarded me


By making me the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!





CHORUS.





Now landsmen all, whoever you may be,


If you want to rise to the top of the tree,


If your soul isn't fettered to an office stool,


Be careful to be guided by this golden rule--


Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,


And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navee!





CHORUS

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 01:09 AM (kaalw)

444 OMG! The formatting! The horrible formatting!! Aiyee!!!!!

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 01:10 AM (kaalw)

445 Hi, Robert!

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 01:10 AM (kaalw)

446
JP-4 is a nonconductive liquid, prone to build up static electricity
when being moved through pipes and tanks. As it is volatile and has a
low flash point, the static discharge may cause a fire. Since the mid
1980s, an antistatic agent
was added to the fuel to lower the charge buildup and decrease the
corresponding risk of fires. Flow rates must be controlled, and all the
equipment used must be electrically interconnected and well grounded.

The desire for a less flammable, less hazardous fuel led the U.S. Air Force to phase out JP-4 in favor of JP-8; the transition was completed by the fall of 1996.

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 01:10 AM (4Ymj9)

447 My dad was Air Force, assigned for a time to Mountain Home AFB in Idaho, back in the mid-fifties.

I was in the 4th and 5th grade. We kids found a corral outside town with a few horses in it, but no owner in sight.

We got up on the corral fence, then waited until the horses came near to investigate and jumped on them to ride around bare-back.

Cool. Except for the kid who pissed off one horse, who chased him and bit him on his back while he was trying to climb the fence and escape.

In our wanderings we also found an oasis with a clump of trees in the otherwise parched land a couple of miles outside the little town of Mountain Home. We called it "Russia", and walked out there with sleeping bags and enough food for long weekends . No tents , just sleeping under the stars, playing "Army" and having a great time without any adults to "supervise".


Posted by: Jim Sonweed at July 19, 2012 01:11 AM (fBsx6)

448 nd by "enlighten me" I mean "enlighten me as to what the particular thoughts are behind letting their kids free roam vis-a-vis the risk of predation"

*********

Yoshi, that kind of thing is what I fear as well. In third grade I rode my bike to school. My son is about to start 4th grade and no way in hell would I let him do that.

I'm quite aware that statistically, probably nothing bad will ever happen to him. But not knowing which stranger out there is the next freak, or if my child is "his type," is threatening. Only one child will be targeted, but which one? It could be anybody's kid.

Also, I have no clue if the number of pervs has increased--"this didn't happen when I was a child," my friend's mom says--yes it did, it just wasn't well known, in fact it was shameful and was hidden. But bigger also is how the stupid activist groups scream about the "rights" of child molesters, and all the legislation that in some cases lets these jerks off free.

There's a book about that Etan Patz case, and an attorney close to the case spent years trying to get the guy he suspected to admit it. And the only reason he was jailed for another molestation is because this same attorney, Stuart GraBois, got licensed in PA so he could prosecute the guy himself. Otherwise he would have gotten away with it on some stupid technicality.

Living in the state with the nation's highest sexual assault numbers also ups one's awareness, but it is a lovely place and many things to do, so we just try to explore what we can do and do it. I have to supervise my boy and his friends more, but I try to give them space and watch without cramping their style.



I just try to stay cautious but have as much fun as possible.

Posted by: Isobel Ingoldesthorpe at July 19, 2012 01:13 AM (PDKu6)

449 This Windows Phone SDK is a really polished piece of work. Microsoft has impressed me. I wrote my first Windows Phone app in just a few minutes.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 01:14 AM (UQVV6)

450 Anyone remember gray pellets about the size of modern twist-on Coke bottle tops that you would light on the 4th of July, and watch them make weird snaky shapes as they burned?

They gave off smoke with a smell that I can't quite remember, but will never forget.

Posted by: Jim Sonweed at July 19, 2012 01:16 AM (fBsx6)

451 >>>But not knowing which stranger out there is the next freak

It's not the all the sudden prevalence of freaks. It's the collapse of community thanks to social division that leads to enhanced risk. Yet another great product from brand D.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Troll Hunter! at July 19, 2012 01:16 AM (GE1+K)

452 Dora and Diego have no parental supervision, and they manage just fine.

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 01:19 AM (tsC/8)

453 Howdy, Cooth, how's it goin'?

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:19 AM (4ixH5)

454 Re child predators:

Even in Mountain home we had a case of that. Some guy tried to pick up little girls, one of whom was my sister.

My parents called the cops, and damned if the guy didn't drive by while we were talking to the police!

They gave chase, and we later learned that the perv was, in the finest tradition of the Old West, run out of town.

Posted by: Jim Sonweed at July 19, 2012 01:19 AM (fBsx6)

455 Dora and Diego have no parental supervision, and they manage just fine.

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 01:19 AM (tsC/

Explain how Dora got teen pregnant just before Diego was deported.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:19 AM (4ixH5)

456 This made me lol.

http://cthulhu-hand-luke.tumblr.com/post/27508602393

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:20 AM (4ixH5)

457 No tents , just sleeping under the stars, playing "Army" and having a great time without any adults to "supervise".



Posted by: Jim Sonweed at July 19, 2012 01:11 AM

You can hide, but I'll find you!

Posted by: Your Mom with a tray of Smores at July 19, 2012 01:20 AM (Y7XKa)

458 That wasn't Diego. Swiper swiped Dora's maidenhood.

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 01:21 AM (tsC/8)

459 jp-8 is safe

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 01:22 AM (4Ymj9)

460 For a nostalgic laugh, I like to look up Urban Legend stories that we used to tell while camping out in our back yards

Posted by: kbdabear at July 19, 2012 01:23 AM (Y7XKa)

461 jp-4 was high performance fuel
what is the point? ladies?

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 01:25 AM (4Ymj9)

462 http://cthulhu-hand-luke.tumblr.com/post/27165997829

Would you hit it? Now be honest.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:25 AM (4ixH5)

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 01:25 AM (4Ymj9)

464 wish steam had a hentai section

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 01:26 AM (tw6Ar)

465 http://cthulhu-hand-luke.tumblr.com/post/27069493551

Now this show I'd watch.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:27 AM (4ixH5)

466 hi Robert!
whats shakin?

Posted by: gushka's got a Kitty what plays fetch! ! at July 19, 2012 01:27 AM (r7Ddb)

467 194

160 Posted by: Bacitracin at July 18, 2012 10:58 PM (wFzJ2)

Bacitracin ("Bactine") was for rich kids. We got the Merthiolate.

Posted by: Scobface at July 18, 2012 11:00 PM (IoNBC)

No,
Bacitracin (an ointment) and "Bactine" (a spray) were different
animals. As were Mercurochrome and Merthiolate. The former didn't hurt
and was full of mercury goodness!

***********

Correctamente!!!

Bactine was indeed a spray. Their ad went "Sssst! Goes the Bactine! Ssst! Goes the Bactine! Down go the mean old germs."

Merthiolate was Red Orange Death. Hurt like hell, and not just because it was dissolved in alcohol.

I have had a small bottle of the French equivalent of Mercurochrome in my medicine cabinet for years, and when I want to kill something really nasty (like infections from cuts sustained while breaking up lobster shells), I haul it out.

No Minimata disease....thus far.

Posted by: Jim Sonweed at July 19, 2012 01:27 AM (fBsx6)

468 http://cthulhu-hand-luke.tumblr.com/post/27057444575

When Cooth needs a little snack.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:28 AM (4ixH5)

469 Tomorrow night: the childhood trauma ONT.

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 01:28 AM (tsC/8)

470 Oh yea, the gray "snakes". Pretty cool.

Those paper wrapped tadpole shaped things that explode when tossed on a hard surface are cool too. I think they're metallic picrate crystals.

We used to make nitrogen triiodide and sprinkle it on the floor near the door to the HS chem lab. Good times as the teach walked in and the stuff crackled like frying bacon when stepped on.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 01:28 AM (UQVV6)

471 Howdy, Gushie!

No shakin' here. Too sore.

Ow!

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:28 AM (4ixH5)

472 wish steam had a hentai section Posted by: The Dude Did you watch the facehugger scenes in Alien too much as a child?

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 01:29 AM (tsC/8)

473 Tomorrow night: the childhood trauma ONT.

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 01:28 AM (tsC/

Santa sleeping with mom on Christmas morning. Wrong fucking year to wake up early

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 01:29 AM (tw6Ar)

474 Did you watch the facehugger scenes in Alien too much as a child?

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 01:29 AM (tsC/

having notices of me playing Bazooka Cafe on the screen of the people on my friend list would be interesting

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 01:32 AM (tw6Ar)

475 ohh maaam

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 01:32 AM (4Ymj9)

476 "Mom, you have the same candy the Easter Bunny gives. . . Mom, you're the Easter Bunny!"

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 01:32 AM (tsC/8)

477 Tomorrow night: the childhood trauma ONT.

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 01:28 AM (tsC/

I was born durin' the Carter Administration.
*Blues riff*
So ugly the nurse hit me twice.
*Riff*
Papa said she was takin' out her frustration
*Riff*
Cause he had jizzed all over her eyes!
*Riff*

I got da blues!

Posted by: Robert ain't never gonan make it as a songwriter at July 19, 2012 01:33 AM (4ixH5)

478 i just sold the bay colt to a lovely family with four wonderful kids, sent the famous Ellie off to camp to learn to be a saddle horse (not chancing it with my back!) and am getting a friends mare in to train real soon! so i am stoked. Jellybean is coming home next week and then i will be back to three cats in the house and all will be right with the universe

Posted by: gushka's got a Kitty what plays fetch! ! at July 19, 2012 01:33 AM (r7Ddb)

479 ladies i believe we owe u

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 01:33 AM (4Ymj9)

480 It's not the all the sudden prevalence of freaks. It's the collapse of community thanks to social division that leads to enhanced risk. Yet another great product from brand D.

*********

I agree-and that's what I was saying (trying)--not that there's been a sudden explosion of them. They were there all along and instead of dealing with them, brand D, as you say, decided they need rights bigger and better than our children's--and they have been rewarded with those rights.

I've actually wasted my time in a "discussion" forum with one of those bozos who advocates for molesters, in complete denial about the recidivism rate; all he kept saying was "they've served their time." THESE are the clowns in charge.

Posted by: Isobel Ingoldesthorpe at July 19, 2012 01:33 AM (PDKu6)

481
Santa sleeping with mom on Christmas morning. Wrong fucking year to wake up early


Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 01:29 AM (tw6Ar)

that makes me so glad to be jewish. of all my traumas, that was NEVER one of them

Posted by: gushka's got a Kitty what plays fetch! ! at July 19, 2012 01:34 AM (r7Ddb)

482 plus translated hentei games hardly ever go on sale outside of an occasional one on Right Stuf

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 01:34 AM (tw6Ar)

483 that makes me so glad to be jewish. of all my traumas, that was NEVER one of them


Posted by: gushka's got a Kitty what plays fetch! ! at July 19, 2012 01:34 AM (r7Ddb)

sad part is I started whaling on my dad, didn't know it was him

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 01:35 AM (tw6Ar)

484 ladies

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 01:35 AM (4Ymj9)

485 Tomorrow : the childhood trauma ONT.

I got nothing for that. I did wrestling and discus/javelin in HS which were all pretty uneventful injurywise, and avoided football and skiing where all the major knee/back injuries happened. Those dudes were always on crutches.

Didn't have any mini-bikes, snowmobiles, or go karts, and was smart enough to avoid falling off the barn roof or out of trees, and learned how to swim before I could walk, so I never had any water related dramas.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 01:37 AM (UQVV6)

486 ladies i drink
i fess the fact

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 01:38 AM (4Ymj9)

487 Alright. I'm popping in Good and drifting off to sleep. Cya, Morons and idiots.

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 01:39 AM (tsC/8)

488 Goon* not Good

Posted by: Z Ryan at July 19, 2012 01:39 AM (tsC/8)

489 Posted by: gushka's got a Kitty what plays fetch! ! at July 19, 2012 01:33 AM (r7Ddb)


That's great! Afte Ellie becomes a saddle horse, what's the next thing for her?


Jellybean is the three legged kitteh, right?

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:41 AM (4ixH5)

490 GUSHKA!!!!

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 01:41 AM (kaalw)

491 Happy Wednesday ...

Posted by: a cynical but rarely angry Adriane at July 19, 2012 01:41 AM (qmMAj)

492 Good night, Z Ryan!

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:41 AM (4ixH5)

493 Howdy, Adriane!

*Nab*

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:42 AM (4ixH5)

494 465
http://cthulhu-hand-luke.tumblr.com/post/27069493551

Now this show I'd watch.


Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:27 AM (4ixH5)


Looks good to me.

*******************************

462
http://cthulhu-hand-luke.tumblr.com/post/27165997829



Would you hit it? Now be honest.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:25 AM (4ixH5)



Doesn't.

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 01:43 AM (kaalw)

495 hmm new Final Fantasy directed by the guy behind VI and IX. Actually going back to a fantasy setting would be nice

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 01:44 AM (tw6Ar)

496 I had a bum tooth extracted this AM and I'm cruising on some sweet Vicodin right now...just popped another a few minutes ago.

Neighbor hooked me up with the remains of bottle of Oxycotin they didn't use up after hysterectomy incase the Vicodin don't cut it.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 01:44 AM (UQVV6)

497 tomorrow
u might get lucky but not tonight
lol

Posted by: lock at July 19, 2012 01:45 AM (4Ymj9)

498 Square wants the game to surpass Skyrim and FF7.



• Including the concept planning and pre-production phase, the game has already been in development for over 4 years.


• It entered full production in January 2010, a month after FFXIII was
released in Japan. Since then it has had a development team of just over
200 people.


• The director is the same person who directed FFVI, FFIX and FFXII, Hiroyuki Ito.


• The co-director led a small part of the development team to make
Tactics Ogre for the PSP in parallel with FFXV. He’s currently
multi-tasking as lead UI designer of FFXIV 2.0 and co-director of FFXV.


• The game design and battle system will be a major evolution of FFXII.


• The game will be open world and have sprawling, crowd-filled cities on par with Assassin’s Creed.


• The battle system now allows you to target different parts of an enemy’s body like in Vagrant Story.


• Yoichi Wada (president of Square Enix) wants the game to have a world
scale and volume of content that surpasses The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
He also wants the game to surpass FFVII in worldwide sales and critical
reception.

• Will release on all major current gen platforms.

Posted by: The Dude at July 19, 2012 01:46 AM (tw6Ar)

499 I'm a virtually honorary Jew.

Technically I qualify, depending on the rules, but I wasn't raised that way.

And I love bacon.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at July 19, 2012 01:46 AM (qN9Zh)

500 Jellybean is the three legged kitteh, right?

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:41 AM (4ixH5)
if you look on my mobile uploads you will see her coming home from her vet visit in my friend Melanie's hat!

After saddle breaking i do not know what Ellie's next adventure will be. depends on how brave she is. if only moderately brave she will be a trail horse. If very brave, Mounted combat. Whatever the case, she will get bred and have such pretty babies. I want to breed my black mare now, too.

Posted by: gushka's got a Kitty what plays fetch! ! at July 19, 2012 01:47 AM (r7Ddb)

501 And, of course, GUSHIE!

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at July 19, 2012 01:47 AM (qN9Zh)

502 You've been sadly missed around here, Gushka. Half the time, I'm so dispirited that I don't even pose Robert on the TPAKTOP.

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 01:49 AM (kaalw)

503 Posted by: gushka's got a Kitty what plays fetch! ! at July 19, 2012 01:47 AM (r7Ddb)


MOUNTED COMBAT!


Together, you shall conquer Asia.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:51 AM (4ixH5)

504 *Heroic pose*

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 01:51 AM (4ixH5)

505 *Fans self*

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 01:52 AM (kaalw)

506 Who wants some nice animal pictures? This is a nice group of Ukranian Red Foxes. Very nice, very nice indeed.

http://tinyurl.com/7wjg5e4

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 01:53 AM (UQVV6)

507 lol i missed you too Cooth. On FB i send images to Robert that remind me of you.

Posted by: gushka's got a Kitty what plays fetch! ! at July 19, 2012 01:55 AM (r7Ddb)

508 Are you just dropping in tonight, or is your schedule getting back to where you can hang sometimes?

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 01:58 AM (kaalw)

509 i finally have a better schedule. i was having to get up at dark to work horses before the sun came up and the day got hot, but now its better. also i had a house guest for 2 weeks

Posted by: gushka's got a Kitty what plays fetch! ! at July 19, 2012 01:59 AM (r7Ddb)

510 506
Who wants some nice animal pictures? This is a nice group of Ukranian Red Foxes. Very nice, very nice indeed.

http://tinyurl.com/7wjg5e4


Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 01:53 AM (UQVV6)


Very nice. Some lovely pelts there.

Posted by: Buffalo Bill at July 19, 2012 02:03 AM (kaalw)

511 On FB i send images to Robert that remind me of you.

Posted by: gushka's got a Kitty what plays fetch! ! at July 19, 2012 01:55 AM (r7Ddb)


I'm Gushie's Cooth stand in.

I'll have to start wearing this.

http://tinyurl.com/87ucrol

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 02:06 AM (4ixH5)

512 509
i finally have a better schedule. i was having to get up at dark to work
horses before the sun came up and the day got hot, but now its better.
also i had a house guest for 2 weeks


Posted by: gushka's got a Kitty what plays fetch! ! at July 19, 2012 01:59 AM (r7Ddb)


It's good to hear. We're scrambling around because the BH has an extended business trip to NC on Saturday, so I'm going to have to sack out soon tonight.....and I didn't want to think that it'd be weeks and weeks before you were here again.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 02:08 AM (kaalw)

513 The FDA just approved an obesity drug that caused tumors in rats and was turned down in 2010 for that reason, along with it not doing much re weight loss.

Sweet. Good to know they're looking out for the peeps.

http://news.yahoo.com/obesity-drug-qsymia-gets-ok-fda-170836451.html

Have we got a problem with too many empty hospital beds or something?

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 02:08 AM (UQVV6)

514 Heheheheheheh......

Posted by: Meremortal at July 19, 2012 02:08 AM (Usk3+)

515 Have we got a problem with too many empty hospital beds or something?
Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 02:08 AM (UQVV6)


Thankfully we're not rats.

But I'd say the company finally gave in and donated to King Barry's re-election campaign. Indirectly, of course.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at July 19, 2012 02:10 AM (qN9Zh)

516 I'm Gushie's Cooth stand in.



I'll have to start wearing this.



http://tinyurl.com/87ucrol

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 02:06 AM (4ixH5)


I've got a little knit Cthulhu ( about this size --http://tinyurl.com/6qg95jg ) that keeps me company next to the keyboard. But I don't (yet) have a cap like that one.

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 02:13 AM (kaalw)

517 Why not just ship gelcaps full of water instead? That won't do anything for weight loss, and it won't cause tumors.

I used to think the FDA was overly paranoid, now I'm starting to think they're more reckless than a redneck tweaker that just stole a Bugatti Veryron and loaded the passenger seat with a 24-pack of Bud and took off on their own personal One Lap of America.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 02:16 AM (UQVV6)

518 Turns out, many people think that mixing Cthulhu and toys is a great combination. For instance -- http://tinyurl.com/5zgstk

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 02:16 AM (kaalw)

519 My cat keeps me company when I'm at my laptop.

And by keeps me company I mean gets up on my stomach and rubs against the screen while sticking her ass in my face.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 02:16 AM (4ixH5)

520 Toss a large cardboard box on the floor. For some reason, cardboard boxes have the magical ability to keep cats entertained for hours.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 02:19 AM (UQVV6)

521 520
Toss a large cardboard box on the floor. For some reason, cardboard
boxes have the magical ability to keep cats entertained for hours.


Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 02:19 AM (UQVV6)


Unfortunately, sticking their ass in your face also seems to keep cats entertained for hours. Of course, I'm allergic as hell -- even when I'm lucky enough to get the "good" end.....but I've observed it time-and-time-again with friends.

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 02:23 AM (kaalw)

522 I also find brushing my teeth with Mentadent works. Cat'll rub all over my face until she has some kind of kitty freak out.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 02:24 AM (4ixH5)

523 Unfortunately, sticking their ass in your face also seems to keep cats
entertained for hours. Of course, I'm allergic as hell -- even when I'm
lucky enough to get the "good" end.....but I've observed it
time-and-time-again with friends.


My stepmother's cat decided that if I was sitting at the dining table working then I wasn't paying him enough attention. I'd spend the next 15 minutes putting the cat on the floor only to have him jump up on the table again and lay across my laptop.

Posted by: Alex at July 19, 2012 02:26 AM (3+RPg)

524 I see many of the usual suspects are present and accounted for tonight. Hiya Gushka.

ZH sez that the Stennis will make FOUR carriers in the ME, then hints at whether an October surprise might be a comin'. I suggested last week that this might be the case, because the JEF will do anything to get reelected.

Now of course Israel is real pissed about the Bulgaria attack -- they won't let this one pass without retaliation of some sort. I can't blame them either -- women and children were the terrorist's targets.

May we live in interesting times.

Posted by: GnuBreed at July 19, 2012 02:34 AM (ccXZP)

525 A squirt bottle full of ammonia is good for "training" them about what areas of the house are verboten and which are allowed. It would probably work well on humans too.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 02:35 AM (UQVV6)

526 *Waves Charged Cell Phone Oceanically* at Robert ...

Posted by: a cynical but rarely angry Adriane at July 19, 2012 02:37 AM (qmMAj)

527
ZH sez that the Stennis will make FOUR carriers in the ME, then
hints at whether an October surprise might be a comin'. I suggested last
week that this might be the case, because the JEF will do anything to
get reelected.


I don't know what scares me more, if he were to launch an attack and succeed, giving him the boost to reelection, or if he were to launch an attack and it failed, possibly catastrophically.

Posted by: Alex at July 19, 2012 02:40 AM (3+RPg)

528 I don't know what scares me more

The fact that I live in a country which democratically elected him has scared the living shit outta me for some time now.

Posted by: a cynical but rarely angry Adriane at July 19, 2012 02:42 AM (qmMAj)

529 Anyway.

Hate to snark and run but ...

I'm too tired to run, so there is that ...

Posted by: a cynical but rarely angry Adriane at July 19, 2012 02:44 AM (qmMAj)

530 ZH sez that the Stennis will make FOUR carriers in the ME, then hints at whether an October surprise might be a comin'

That would be pretty transparent, and unnecessary...

Iran imports most of its gasoline through one terminal due to lack of refineries for gasoline. One Tomahawk in the right place at that terminal could put a huge part of their economy on the ropes within a couple of weeks.

A couple of Tomahawks targeting the power transmission lines to the underground facilities where the centrifuges shutdown the centrifuges. You can't spin thousands of centrifuges with a backup generator for too long. No centrifuges spinning == no splody toys.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 02:44 AM (UQVV6)

531 What's up kids?

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at July 19, 2012 02:46 AM (XyxyO)

532 Heh, just clicked on some icon I never clicked before...apparently Toshiba gives you 4 free e-book downloads with this laptop. Who knew?

How often is it you're *pleasantly* surprised by a computer?

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 02:48 AM (UQVV6)

533 Alex, the theory works like this -- Americans are traditionally reluctant to change leaders in the middle of a war. Attacking Iran in any way is likely to lead to a serious escalation of hostilities in a hurry.

I'm not worried about losing to them, but that we would suffer some losses and have a few setbacks. Frankly, Iran isn't going to stop their push towards a nuclear weapons capability without some regime change.

Posted by: GnuBreed at July 19, 2012 02:49 AM (ccXZP)

534 Now the question is -- are there 4 e-books anywhere that are worth downloading and actually reading?

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 02:51 AM (UQVV6)

535 Good night, Adriane!

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 02:52 AM (4ixH5)

536 Here's a useful webpage.

http://tinyurl.com/8axm5r6

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 02:54 AM (4ixH5)

537 @PurpAv,

per a quick check at wiki, the Iranians have 9 refineries:

Abadan Refinery (NIOC), 450,000 bbl/d (72,000 m3/d)
Arak Refinery (NIOC), 150,000 bbl/d (24,000 m3/d)
Tehran Refinery (NIOC), 225,000 bbl/d (35,800 m3/d)
Isfahan Refinery (NIOC), 265,000 bbl/d (42,100 m3/d)
Tabriz Refinery (NIOC), 112,000 bbl/d (17,800 m3/d)
Shiraz Refinery (NIOC), 40,000 bbl/d (6,400 m3/d)
Lavan Refinery (NIOC), 20,000 bbl/d (3,200 m3/d)
Bandar Abbas Refinery (NIOC), 232,000 bbl/d (36,900 m3/d)
Kermanshah refinery (NIOC), 21,000 bbl/d (3,300 m3/d)

Plus they have some pipeline capacity bringing in refined stuff. It's not as easy to shut them completely down as you might think.

Posted by: GnuBreed at July 19, 2012 02:54 AM (ccXZP)

538 I'm not worried about losing to them, but that we would suffer some losses and have a few setbacks.

A big chunk of their military budget for the past 10 years has been spent on coastal anti-ship missile batteries. They got a LOT of them...enough to overwhelm any given vessels defenses if they ganged it all up on one target and tossed in a couple dozen of those crazy suicide boats for distraction.


Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 02:56 AM (UQVV6)

539 I can't believe we the people are still paying this bozo's paycheck -- Dr. James Hansen of NASA had this to say in The Guardian:


“The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are factories of death.”

Posted by: GnuBreed at July 19, 2012 03:00 AM (ccXZP)

540 GnuBreed,

I know that part. My concern is that the Iranians have been preparing for this kind of fight for a while. If they can bloody our nose, especially early on, then it sends a signal to a lot of other players that the US is severely weakened. There has always been an element to our strength that was due to the perception of US power.

In the long run, we'd win, but it could cause some serious recalculations regarding power around the world, and not to our advantage.


Posted by: Alex at July 19, 2012 03:02 AM (3+RPg)

541 Bandar-Abas is the big producer and the key, that's right across from Dubai, and a major naval/air station as well. With that out of the way, everything starts gasping. They can't lose its production for long and keep functioning.

Pipelines are just a target, not an asset if there's any shooting

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 03:05 AM (UQVV6)

542 Shadenboner!

http://tinyurl.com/7oym6ar

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 03:07 AM (4ixH5)

543 I think they'd be looking to take out a cruiser with the idea that we'd quit after losing such an asset.

What we need are some of those smaller ultra quiet German diesel/electric subs designed for littoral work. Our sub force is still largely designed around confronting the Soviets.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 03:09 AM (UQVV6)

544 I guess a key item to watch is the stuff coming out from the MSM outlets. We already know they coordinate with the WH; if all of a sudden we start seeing a bunch of articles favorable towards 'reigning in the Iranians', it's game on time.

Posted by: GnuBreed at July 19, 2012 03:13 AM (ccXZP)

545 Wow, the last Vicodin I woofed is kicking in full throttle now. My jaw muscles were really achy where she stuck in about 5 needles full of Novocain, but they're feeling fine on the drugs.

Opiates rock.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 03:13 AM (UQVV6)

546 After 3+ years, to do it now though is kind of admitting you were naive/clueless and mishandled the situation for years allowing it to get to this point.

Obama has a hard time admitting he was wrong about shit, a real hard time. I think its a bluff, or he's waiting for Israel to do something so he can wash his hands of it and say "I tried to stop them".


Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 03:17 AM (UQVV6)

547 542 Robert,

Heh. I say bring it on Mitts. My dad was complaining to me last week that Romney didn't seem to be fighting back very hard (and sounding quite pessimistic in the process). I told him that he was getting too much info from TV news and the local McClatchy rag.

Yes, I want the gloves to come off. It's nad racking time.

Posted by: GnuBreed at July 19, 2012 03:18 AM (ccXZP)

548 I took vicodin for a few days after my second kidney stone last year. Dude...that shit's just wrong. I can't fathom why some people get addicted to it. My brain just got up and fucked off. It was like, "See ya!" and bolted. I couldn't do shit. I was a total zombie.

When that stone passed I was *so* relieved. I still vegged for a day while the vicodin left my system.

While it was good at keeping my from being in screaming pain, it really messed me up. Very unpleasant experience for me.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 03:20 AM (4ixH5)

549 Once upon a time, it was deemed honorable to "reduce" one's enemy. To grind them down by eliminating their military, their economy, and their population. After such a process, it was expected that the opponent might have a few decades of privation while they attempted to climb back into the civilized world.



It would be quite easy and straightforward to reduce Iran. In the popular vernacular, it would be "bombing 'em back to the stone age."



There are two problems that can arise in such an operation. First, there is the possibility that the natural state of affairs is actually paleolithic....in which case, you merely peel back the thin veneer of civilization and leave the warlords unbound (see "Afghanistan"). Second, you might inflame "the cult of victimhood" and end up with the MSM, the UN, and the left against you for "oppression" (see "Israel").



The problem is that the cult of victimhood has no way of dealing with Iran besides appeasement.




Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 03:21 AM (kaalw)

550
Posted by: GnuBreed at July 19, 2012 03:18 AM (ccXZP)

Things are getting interesting.
I so wish this song were Romney's campaign theme.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LObb3PAyDQ

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 03:22 AM (4ixH5)

551 I told him that he was getting too much info from TV news and the local McClatchy rag.

Tell dad, the place to get a decent roundup of US news is not the US media. The Brits and Germans are doing a MUCH better job of covering US news than US media is, and its a fucking disgrace.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 03:22 AM (UQVV6)

552 I've been on 30 day+ doses of Vicodin twice following surgeries, and oh yeah it has a certain addictive lure. I just made sure to taper down as the pain tapered and getting off was no problem. I can see though how someone with a chronic pain condition could get to the dependency point easily.

Posted by: GnuBreed at July 19, 2012 03:25 AM (ccXZP)

553 Did you hear the one about me being a punk?
Did you hear the one about me being a drunk?
Did you hear the one about me losing my nerve?
Or how I'm just another fucking sheep in the herd?
Did you hear about the money, how it made me change?
So funny to me, all the time that they waste.
Did you hear the one about me giving a shit?
Cause if I ever did I don't remember it.

Did you hear the one about me playing the game?
Selling my soul and changing my name.
Did you hear the one about me being a prick?
Did you know I don't care? You can suck my...
Did you hear the one about me trying to die?
Fist in the air and a finger to the sky.
Do I care if you hate me? Do you wanna know the truth?
C'est la vie... adiós... good riddance... fuck you!

Posted by: Mitt Romney channeling Five Finger Death Punch at July 19, 2012 03:26 AM (4ixH5)

554 ...couldn't do shit. I was a total zombie.

Yea, but it deals with the pain ;->

I'm getting drowsy...and I'm normally a vampire hitting prime time right now. I could handle having an arm chopped off with a rusty hatchet better than this tooth pain shit. This is just a different kinda pain.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 03:27 AM (UQVV6)

555 Well, it's a pleasant fantasy at any rate.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 03:27 AM (4ixH5)

556 Yea, but it deals with the pain ;->


Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 03:27 AM (UQVV6)

Exceedingly well!
Good night!

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 03:28 AM (4ixH5)

557 Demerol after abdominal surgery was good. Knocked the pain out and me at the same time.

Posted by: @PurpAv at July 19, 2012 03:29 AM (UQVV6)

558 550 Sounds like that band borrowed their name from Pei Mei's Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique.

Posted by: GnuBreed at July 19, 2012 03:31 AM (ccXZP)

559 Posted by: GnuBreed at July 19, 2012 03:31 AM (ccXZP)

They were very much inspired by martial arts cinema.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 03:37 AM (4ixH5)

560 I think it's about time to turn into a pumpkin.

Posted by: cthulhu at July 19, 2012 03:40 AM (kaalw)

561 Nitey nite all.

Posted by: GnuBreed at July 19, 2012 03:41 AM (ccXZP)

562 Good night, Cthulhu!

Good night, Gnu!

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 03:41 AM (4ixH5)

563 Pumpkin pie sounds really good about now.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 03:42 AM (4ixH5)

564 Everyone is leaving? Was it something I said?

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 19, 2012 04:21 AM (yh0zB)

565 Possibly.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 04:24 AM (4ixH5)

566 Lesse, what do I gotta get done tomorrow?

Mow the lawn.

And...

Nope, just gotta mow the lawn.


Guess I'll just stop by my buddy's shop and ask him what time he'll be at the theater on Friday to see Dark Knight Rises.

After that...nothin'. Just I'll just screw around and watch Pirates of the Caribbean 3.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 04:26 AM (4ixH5)

567 Huh.

I think I underate at dinner. I feel hungry.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 04:27 AM (4ixH5)

568 Pumpkin pie would probably fix that.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 04:27 AM (4ixH5)

569 Guess I'll just stop by my buddy's shop and ask him what time he'll be at the theater on Friday to see Dark Knight Rises.

After that...nothin'. Just I'll just screw around and watch Pirates of the Caribbean 3.


Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 04:26 AM (4ixH5)


Going to the drive-in with the Mustang club tomorrow night to see that and Dark Shadows. Should be fun.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 19, 2012 04:44 AM (yh0zB)

570 Welp, that's it for me tonight. See you laterz!

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at July 19, 2012 04:51 AM (yh0zB)

571 Good night, GGE!

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 05:10 AM (4ixH5)

572 Romney camp printing bright red shirt that say in white lettering "Mr. President I built my business". Game on. Also nice column by Jennifer Rubin in the WaPo on the subject. Wish I was not so techno inept or I would link.

Posted by: Thunderb at July 19, 2012 05:38 AM (Dnbau)

573 According to the Jawa Report, suicide bomber in Bulgaria had a Michigan driver's license and US passport. Hello CAIR.

Posted by: Thunderb at July 19, 2012 05:52 AM (Dnbau)

574 If any of you know Manhattan Ks, doubtful, I used to ride my bike up Tittle Creek Blvd from Allen Rd to Rocky Ford and on further to the outlet. Fishing pole in one hand tackle box in the other. Used to hang out at the By Low Sports Shop down below a Kwik Shop there on TCB run by a guy named Dutch. Thank you again Dutch for my early fishing instruction. Got to know a lot of the fishermen there.
This was 4th & 5th grade. By 5th grade mom would let me spend the night at the outlet when the big cats were running. I heard a lady friend of hers ask her about that. Mom told her I knew half the men down there and if anyone tried to hurt me it wouldn't turn out well for them.
Visulaize a 9-10 year old kid riding his bike down a 4 land highway with his f-pole in one hand, tackle box in the other and a stringer of white bass and crappie stretched across the handle bars. This was 1964-65.

Posted by: teej at July 19, 2012 06:40 AM (vzfrq)

575 That's Tuttle you stinking phone.

Posted by: teej at July 19, 2012 06:42 AM (vzfrq)

576 Okay, not even gonna try to fix the rest.

Mornin' Mr Vic.

Posted by: teej at July 19, 2012 06:44 AM (vzfrq)

577 Almost 10 till 7 back there on the east left coast and no one around. Yous guys sure have been a bunch of nooners lately. Vic I understand. The rest of ya...

Posted by: teej at July 19, 2012 06:51 AM (ZFXqT)

578 That's Tuttle you stinking phone.

Posted by: teej at July 19, 2012 06:42 AM (vzfrq)

Tittle sounds like a much more interesting place to visit.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 06:53 AM (4ixH5)

579 I'm #%$&ING STARVING!

I'm making eggs when I get home.

Anyone else want eggs?

I'm making eggs.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 06:56 AM (4ixH5)

580 coffee. need coffee. and morning thread. and vic.

Posted by: Thunderb at July 19, 2012 06:57 AM (Dnbau)

581 News thread is up.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 07:02 AM (4ixH5)

582 Do I even need to ask if there will be bacon with those eggs?
I'll take half lb of bacon, 3 eggs over medium, hash browns, toast and a big glass of OJ.

Posted by: teej at July 19, 2012 07:02 AM (Vdd8W)

583 The DNC just released a new Romney horse ad yesterday:<P>Mitt Dancing Around The Issues Volume I <P>http://tinyurl.com/7qnr77x

Posted by: Erica at July 19, 2012 08:13 AM (9znHX)

584 Three large eggs, scrambled, on a slice of wheat toast all covered in salt, pepper and hot sauce.

It was *most* delicious.

And hot. Very hot. Shouldn't get so carried away with the habeñero sauce.

Sorry, no bacon.

Posted by: Robert at July 19, 2012 08:41 AM (HWUv9)

585 "I'm feeling pretty good about that post now."

toss toss

Posted by: s u n s h i n e at July 19, 2012 09:09 AM (oZfic)

586 I still remember my 10th birthday. I gave myself a present. I rode the NYC subway by myself, determined to ride each train that existed at the time for at least a couple of stops (except the shuttles). I traveled between Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. I did it by number then letter order, except for the QB (there were still double letter trains back then) which I took at first opportunity because it only ran during rush hour and was difficult for me to get. Good thing the 8 train was gone by then. I didn't want to travel to the Bronx. It would take "forever", for a 10 year old.

Posted by: hadsil at July 19, 2012 12:36 PM (HYDTz)

587
Playground equipment isn't any fun anymore, either. The playground equipment at the park in my hometown (still there the last I checked) is very old, mega-sturdy, and pretty dangerous by today's wimpy standards.Every so often,a kid would fall off of something or get hitby itand maybe break an arm or a collarbone.
There was one piece of equipment, like a giant witch's hat on a very sturdy, tall pole. Kids stood up on the wooden"brim" of the witch's hat and held on to a metalrailing that encircled the hat. You had to hold on andtrot around ina circle on the groundto get it going, at first, but then you jumped onto it, and it circled the pole inlazy fashion for awhile with either side of it rising and falling gently as it circled.
There was another piece of equipment that would take too long to describe very well, but it was essentially a giant, horizontally-moving, woodenswing on a very sturdy metal frame that lots of kids could pile onto at one time. Once again, you had to hold onto it andwalk alongside for awhile, back and forth,to get it going, and then jump on.
With both of these pieces ofplay equipment, the bigger kids would usually get the thing going after the little kids had already gotten on. Then the big kids would jump on, too.
All of that oldequipment was lots and lots of fun.I took my own kids to play on it when we visited my hometown. Today's playground equipment is boring, boring, boring, IMO.

Posted by: elisheba at July 19, 2012 04:03 PM (54sKT)

588
In a small town closeby where I live, just this last week, two little girl cousins, aged 10 and 8, have disappeared while riding their bicycles not far from their grandmother's home, in a park near a small lake. So far, nothing has been found but the two bicycles, and one girl's little purse plus a cell phone that one of them was carrying which has been no help in the investigation. They have had so many people wanting to help search that they had to tell people not to come. They are currently draining the lake. Family-,memberabduction is not suspected at all in this case.
I think it is really is more dangerous nowadays than it used to be. Creepy people feel much more "entitled" to act out their evil fantasies than they used to, is all that I can think of to explain this.
I have enjoyed reading about all of your exploits, above. My friends and I ran all over town, too, a town of 1,000 people at that time, smaller now. My husband lived in a suburb with a forest preserve nearby, and he and his friends just lived in the forest preserve in the summer. I would never let kids do that by themselves, now. Sad.

Posted by: elisheba at July 19, 2012 04:11 PM (54sKT)






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