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I wonder how much of this is common to people in different parts of the world. I imagine much is the same but maybe some of the terminology is different.

> GROWING UP IN AUSTRALIA.................

> I'm talking about hide and seek in the park. The corner milk bar,hopscotch, billy carts, cricket in front of the garbage bin, skipping, handstands, footy on the best lawn in the street, British bulldog 1-2-3, go home stay home, slip'n'slide, the trampoline with water on it, hula hoops, kiss chasey, pogo sticks, stepping in enormous puddles, mud pies and building dams in the gutter. The smell of the sun and fresh cut grass, with the sound of the Victa still ringing in your ears.
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> 'Big bubbles no troubles' with Hubba Bubba bubble gum. A choc-top Mr Whippy cone on a warm summer night after you've chased him round the block. When 20 cents worth of mixed lollies was a meal and smoking **** was really cool.
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> Wait....... Watching Saturday morning cartoons...short commercials, The Thunderbirds (if you got up reeeeeally early), the Smurfs, AstroBoy, He-Man, Captain Caveman,
> Archie, Jem (truly outrageous!!) and heeeey heeeeey heeeeey it's Faaaaaaat Albert!!
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> Or staying up late and sneaking a look at the "AO" on the second telly.
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> When around the corner seemed far away, and going into town seemed like going somewhere. A million mozzie bites, wasp and bee stings. Sticky fingers. Cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, riding bikes and catching tadpoles. Marco polo in the neighbours' pool ("fish outta water?!""NOOOO"), drawing all over the road with chalk.
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> Climbing trees and building cubbies out of every sheet your mum had in the cupboard. Walking to school, no matter what the weather.
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> Running till you were out of breath. Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt. Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights. Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for the giggles.

> Being tired from playing... Remember that?????? The worst
> embarrassment was being picked last for a team. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon!!
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> Cricket cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a
> motorcycle...eating raw jelly, making homemade lemonade and sucking on a Funny Face or red Freeza.

> Remember when... There were only two types of sneakers girls and boys. Dunlop volleys with the green 'n' gold or blue and the only time you wore them at school was for "sports day."
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> You knew everyone in your street and so did your parents! It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends. You didn't sleep a wink on Christmas eve, and Christmas day was always so hot that you stuck to the car seat on the way to church.

> When nobody owned a pure-bred dog. When 50c was decent pocket money. When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for 10c. When nearly everyone's mum was at home when the
> kids got there from school. It was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb. When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at the local Chinese restaurant with your parents.
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> When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed her or use him to carry groceries and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
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> When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.
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> Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! Some
> of us are still afraid of them!!!

> Didn't that feel good? Just to go back and say, yeah, I remember that!
Remember when...
> Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo"or scissors, paper, rock. "Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest. Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly". The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was boy/girl germs, and the worst thing in your day was having to sit next to one. Having a
> weapon in school, meant being caught with a slingshot.
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> Nobody was prettier than your Mum. Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better. Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable vitamin C's. Ice cream was considered a basic food group. Going to the beach and catching a wave was a dream come true.
> Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dare". Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the
> fiercest protectors.
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> If you can remember most of these, then you have LIVED!!! Pass this on to anyone who may need
> a break from their "grown up" life................... I DOUBLE-DARE YA!!!
 
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Being an Okie I remember other things... $.09 gas, spin the bottle, catching fireflies, Johnny Quest, the Flintstones(not the crap they have now), Black & White 25" telivisions, bias tires, my dads almost new '60 Impala SS 'vert, sissy bars on my bananna seat Schwinn, working on a farm that's now in town, my town with 80,000 people(now 750,000), Hubba-Bubble for a penny & trying to eat $.10 worth, Icee's for a nickel, clean air, swamp coolers, man... I'm getting all misty now. I remember commercials, I always LOVED commercials. The new Mustang '65... running ponies, a Wimbledon White coupe... makes me smile! Man, even the guy down the street with the '68 Camaro SS that my dad used to race at the strip in his new 427 3 deuce '69 Impala SS. What a great time to be alive! Hope my memories hold up, I'm making so many new ones I think my head is gonna explode!
 

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It's something how much is the same. Except it was baseball, basketball or football depending on the season, not cricket. We had "Mr Softee" who sold ice cream. But in our neighborhood it was a local called "Matty" who drove a 46 Chevy ice cream truck. All the kids were fiercely loyal to him. Mr softee would drive down the block, all the kids would just look at him, as soon as he was gone, Matty would come. He was our Pide Piper!

Your parents only had 1 car. We'd pray for snow for Christmas, how else was Santa going to use his sleigh. *LOL*. It was freezing for Christmas up here.

I use to walk a 1/2 mile to and from school everyday by myself, even when I was 5! God you wouldn't think of letting your kids do that now.

Or when a penny actually bought something. Combing the streets and brooks for returnable bottles to make some money.

Going to the soda shop for a soda. They would have the silver holders that they would put the cone shaped paper cup in and then pump the soda syrup and then the seltzer in and mix it.

When you smoked candy cigaretttes, thank God I didn't pick that habbit up later!

When everyone only wore one type of pants, Levi's or Wrangler bluejeans. Designer what? T shirts were white and there were no pictures or printing on them.

When "my father could beat your father up" was just a saying.

You had a crew cut for the summer. Only girls had long hair or earrings.

There weren't "alternate" lifestyles. You had a mom, not two of them!

Couples were married man and wife, not "life partners" of the same sex.

It was pinball, not video games. Rockolas, remeber them?

You bought "45's" and "33's". What's that? *LOL*

You went to the local stationary store for Sunday papers.


Having grown up in the late 50's and sixties, I wouldn't trade that time for anything!
 

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You just reminded me of when I went for a ride in my cousin's brand new 63 Impala with 425 hp, 409 and 4 spd!
It was blue on blue and those funny shaped chromed valve covers!

One last thing to remember, ROAD DRAFT TUBES!
 
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