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10:57 am - What's the matter with kids 2day?
This morning someone forwarded this e-mail to me:

Congratulations

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE



1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

 



They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

 



Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

 



We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking
.

 



As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

 



Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

 



We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

 



We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

 



We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......

 



WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

 



We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

 



No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

 



We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem
.

 



We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound,
no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms........ ..WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

 



We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no

lawsuits from these accidents
.

 



We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

 



We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,


made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.




We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

 



Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

 



The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!

 



This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

 



The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

 



We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned

 



HOW TO

DEAL WITH IT ALL!

 



And YOU are one of them!


CONGRATULATIONS!

 



You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

 



and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

 



Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!







PS -The big type is because your eyes are shot at your age



I'm sure you've seen that one (or others like it) before. My favorite variant is a checklist of things that children of the '80s should remember. I don't think it has a formal title, but it could be called "How Many Dollars Worth Did Your Parents Love You?" I used to get these forwards on a regular basis, but then my coworkers started to notice that I don't pass anything on.

Anyway, something about the message posted above bugs me: has it not occurred to anyone that those "problems" were caused by the very people who are railing against them?

I'm assuming that mine was the first generation to whom most of these criticisms apply, but they're not our fault. I turned one the year that the FDA approved Nutrasweet. My generation wasn't old enough to care whether or not we were eating real sugar. We had curfews and tight parental leashes imposed on us. We certainly didn't sue anybody over the hair-eating Cabbage Patch Kids or Stretch Armstrong's Limber Limbs of Death. Let's give credit where it's due. I'm willing to let parents born in the '30s and early to mid-'40s off the hook, but if the standards listed above constitute irresponsibly overprotective parenting, the generations born since World War II are directly responsible for ruining their kids.

There should be another P.S. that reads, "Cut it out. Oh, what? You're menopausal or suffer erectile dysfunction and your kids have kids of their own? Then tell your kids to cut it out." Except that it should be terser and wittier than I feel like being this morning.

Now then. f u wnt 2 blame my gen 4 pwning teh english lang via IRC+AIM, thats totly legit. have @ it.
Current Mood: crazyZOMGCHOPROFLOLBBQEADB! Where are the Cheetos?
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From:defaultlisa
Date:June 23rd, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
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People who forward chain e-mails should be kicked in the head. Hard and repeatedly.

I had a co-worker who forwarded a version of that same e-mail, as well as plenty of "support our soldiers" chain e-mails and Jesus Junk.

I finally had enough and forwarded one of the religious e-mails to our HR department.

Even after the company policy on spam was reviewed (all of us received the reminder-- I guess they didn't want to single her out), she was persistent enough to send out one more religious chain e-mail ... but at that point, she was on her way out of the company anyway.
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From:sacredspud
Date:June 23rd, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
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People who forward chain e-mails should be kicked in the head. Hard and repeatedly.

I agree wholeheartedly, and I think my immediate coworkers would, too. These days the only forwards I get from them are news articles of genuine interest and links to Jon Stewart interviews. I'd feel guilty if I'd trained them only to seek out content that I like, but it's more probable that we all got sick of saccharine "Friendship is..." messages.
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From:evil_jim
Date:June 23rd, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Aieee, the font! Anyway,

Now then. f u wnt 2 blame my gen 4 pwning teh english lang via IRC+AIM, thats totly legit. have @ it.

Every generation has their own take on the English language. Before ebonics there was jive & before that the southern accent. Personally, I'm fond of the era when you could call a woman "toots" & not get slapped for it.
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From:sacredspud
Date:June 23rd, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Every generation has their own take on the English language.

I certainly wouldn't dispute that, but I think IMspeak is a different matter altogether. Words are constantly being added and dropped in the English language, but (to the perception of most readers) grammatical styles hardly changed during the 20th century. More recently, there has been a rash of articles and (more alarmingly) studies every May and September showing IMspeak shoehorning its way into common use. There’s no excuse when it happens in formal writing – that’s just stupidity and/or inattentiveness on the part of the writer. On the other hand, more and more elementary school-aged kids are having a hard time confusing proper English with careless abbreviations, and that worries me.

I think the difference might lie in the way colloquialisms are communicated. Literate people who speak constant ebonics still tend to compose literate, formal text, and literate people who always say “ain’t” in conversation almost always write (or type) it as “is not” (but almost never “isn’t”). Perhaps the problem comes from seeing in print so often, and getting used to using it in a non-oral way?
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From:seanorange
Date:June 24th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
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I think using "oh noes!" in casual conversation should be perfectly acceptable.

Beyond that? Ridiculous.

~Sean
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From:r3507
Date:June 23rd, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah. You elected Reagan and two Bushes. REALLY good job there. Asses. Even my parents have come to realize that the Baby Boomers are going to go down as the "least generation," historically speaking.

And they're cutting it off in the 70s? C'mon, do they REALLY wanna let some 26 year-olds off the hook from their crotchety old-man rant?
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From:sacredspud
Date:June 23rd, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Back in my day, cartoons were hand-drawn by real people, and they only came in two flavors: He-Man and Not He-Man, which we sometimes referred to as "The Smurfs."
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From:r3507
Date:June 23rd, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure the Transformers weren't Smurfs...
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From:sacredspud
Date:June 23rd, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Dude, I was in middle school before I was aware that they'd made cartoons out of Transformers and GI Joe. My parents didn't significantly restrict my TV watching, so I'm not sure how I missed out on that stuff.

Thundercats, too. I was aware of Thundercats, but I never watched it.
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From:r3507
Date:June 23rd, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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I would say that it's because you'd developed a sense of taste...but I can't imagine anyone would take He-man over Transformers.

But He-man over Thundercats, definitely. And as for G.I. Joe, well, this article pretty well sums up why that show should have been a bit less serious than it was.
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From:owlface1
Date:June 23rd, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
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all of those things apply to me, and yet the font is so large it actually HURTS my eyes
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From:jinxedkisses
Date:June 23rd, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
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It makes me want to go through the house of the person who wrote that and take their computer, tv, cell phone, regular phone, diet pepsi...and hell, anything else I feel like taking and just dare them to call the cops. "What you need these things to live?"
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From:sacredspud
Date:June 24th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Much as I agree with your sentiment, I hate to admit the degree to which I take that stuff for granted. Every tried to contact your Internet provider through their website to inform them that your connection is down? I have. So did my roommates. That's sad.
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From:phil_bond
Date:June 24th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
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I notice that your blanket abbreviation includes "CHOP."

That can only have come from Sean.
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From:sacredspud
Date:June 24th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps, but EADB is totally mine.
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From:toastmastertom
Date:June 24th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
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I was born into a home where those sub-par standards still rang true, clearly as a morning bell. Though I was born in the 80's, I grew up in a thoroughly retro home.
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From:sacredspud
Date:June 24th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Generally I did too, and look how we turned out.
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From:agaysexicon
Date:June 24th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
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Wasn't the Atari 2600 released in the 1970s?

And people STILL don't sue over kids falling out of trees. Just the doctors who can't use Star Trek equipment to instantly heal every possible ailment.
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From:sacredspud
Date:June 24th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I had no luck with Google, but (sadly) I'm sure that someone with more patience than me could find plenty of instances of a property owner being sued because a kid fell out of his tree.

And yeah, the Atari 2600 came out in 1977. Why would I even know that?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 25th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)

Let me see your penises

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Hey man. I have looked at penises in the past. Now I want to look at yours. If you want to show it send me some email.

jbiglio22@hotmail.com
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From:sacredspud
Date:June 26th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Let me see your penises

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Thanks, I'll think about it. Maybe.
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