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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-07-06 05:16 PM
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106. it's funny how unsupervised we were as kids
Edited on Sun May-07-06 05:16 PM by tigereye
my kid has very little freedom to wander as we did in the small town I am from. Of course we live near the city.

we used to:

set occasional small fires from the burncan
walk on the railroad tracks (put a nickel on em to see em get smushed)
climb under the bridges above the town creek
be gone all day, pretty much and come home for dinner
throw a lot of rocks
play with M-80s and caps
hide in the tunnels meant for storm overflow
sleep out on the front porch with our friends


as a teen, say I was going to the nearby mall and drive to see our boyfriends in the city 30 miles away...drive cars with bad brakes...cars full of teens....


those were different times! I think parents just figured everything would be ok. And usually, it was. ;)





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  - Sheer, dumb, blind luck.  Redstone   May-06-06 08:38 PM   #96 
  - I'm not sure.  xmas74   May-07-06 01:43 PM   #99 
  - Did you know you could make blue pop (soda) with Bull Dog  livetohike   May-07-06 02:39 PM   #100 
  - I actually gave myself an infection with a potato masher  VelmaD   May-07-06 02:54 PM   #101 
  - Now that is unique!  Xipe Totec   May-07-06 04:25 PM   #104 
  - I drank a lot of beer n.t  Joey Liberal   May-07-06 03:28 PM   #103 
  - it's funny how unsupervised we were as kids  tigereye   May-07-06 05:16 PM   #106 
  - Climbing up under railroad bridges, with a train racing past above you.  hunter   May-07-06 05:49 PM   #107 
  - my husband used to do that as a kid  tigereye   May-08-06 09:38 AM   #119 
  - You're kidding yourself, let me tell ya.  Xipe Totec   May-07-06 05:58 PM   #108 
     - My mom's eye's don't bug out anymore.  hunter   May-07-06 08:18 PM   #117 
     - ah  tigereye   May-08-06 09:36 AM   # 
     - ah  tigereye   May-08-06 09:36 AM   #118 
        - Wild Pigs. They're also called Razorbacks  Xipe Totec   May-08-06 10:15 AM   #120 
           - oh like the wild boars in Europe?  tigereye   May-08-06 10:40 AM   #121 
              - Yes, like them  Xipe Totec   May-08-06 11:55 AM   #124 
  - I haven't the faintest idea  skygazer   May-07-06 06:29 PM   #109 
  - That is truly Fascinating!  Xipe Totec   May-07-06 06:37 PM   #110 
     - I'm 45 years old  skygazer   May-07-06 06:40 PM   #111 
        - Very symbolic, I love it  Xipe Totec   May-07-06 07:10 PM   #112 
  - hmmm... i'm a teen  Ava   May-07-06 07:11 PM   #113 
  - Congratulations on making it this far!  Xipe Totec   May-07-06 07:19 PM   #114 
     - well it doesn't help when you're getting death threats!  Ava   May-07-06 07:20 PM   #115 
        - Death threats in Alabama?!  Xipe Totec   May-07-06 07:29 PM   #116 
  - I kept my mind off my ass and kept my ass to myself.  wildhorses   May-08-06 10:41 AM   #122 
  - LOL!  Xipe Totec   May-08-06 11:56 AM   #125 
  - With woods always nearby...  bikebloke   May-08-06 11:01 AM   #123 
 

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