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Old 06-01-2008, 10:21 PM   #51
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Old 06-02-2008, 01:42 AM   #52
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I know you are going to laugh at this but go ahead, I am used to it. I remember when I was a kid my dad would bring home these HUGE boxes used to cover refrigerators. They were heavy, thick and much stronger than the boxes typically used today. I would spend hours creating a fort, space ship or just a private hideaway, cutting holes for windows and making a doorway in. Using magic markers I would make the inside anything I wanted and it was more fun than any toy they could have bought. I saw a photo the other day my mom took back in the early 60's of one of my "Space Ships". It was quite an invention and I remember friends begging for me to "let them in".

Creativity in that regards is lost with a lot of kids today. They just turn on the video game...
A piece of notebook paper and a marker turned the back of the bus seat in front of me and my freind into the cockpit of Fireball XL5. I took on the character role of Robby the Robot.

A picknick table bench became a high-performance jet fighter for me, long before I ever heard of Snoopy and his "Sopwith Camel".

A small, circular clearing in the woods was our time machine. If you rode your bicycle clockwise, you went forward in time. Ride counter-clockwise to go back.

I simple click-style inckpen clicker mechanizm was a three stage rocket that got me into trouble in 2nd grade as it traveled skyward, pushed by my hand until the teach called "Yes Bobby, what do you need?". I needed more work to take up my time as my assignment was completed and I was day dreaming of space, evidently.

Imagination was/is a truly great asset. It can turn stick into a sword, or a picknick bench into a jet fighter. I now try to inspire that imagination and creativity for others. I organized and made a reality our town's anual cardboard sled race. This year will be our fifth. It's a whole lot of fun for the twenty-five or so teams that participate every year. We're just trying to figure out how to get more people involved.

I too thank you for inspiring those long ago memories.

Seeeeeya; Goodweed of the North
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Old 06-02-2008, 01:51 AM   #53
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When my grandson comes down I don't even let him watch TV. We spend all our time together on the beach building sand castles and playing simple games that don't require RAM memory or even so much as an AC outlet...
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:42 AM   #54
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1) a Science-fair 150 in 1 electronics set.
2) a Chemistry set.
3) my Bicycle (it allowed me to go further distances for my Dumpster diving exploits)

I used to supply most of my own "toys" from these dumpsters, broken TV sets and radios and all sorts of interesting goodies :)
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:27 AM   #55
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:21 AM   #56
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I forgot about my big yellow egg. At least that is what I called it. It was like a little car type thing I sat in. It has 4 wheels like a car. It was bright yellow and round. We kept it at my grandparents house and I loves driving around in it whenever I visited them.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:26 AM   #57
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Magnifying glasses.
My 2 smallest are right now laughing hysterically making each other's eye bigger with them..... they each have one.
I use to love starting stuff on fire with one in the sun....
Ahem I mean watching my brother do it!
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:32 AM   #58
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I didn't know that actually worked Suzi! (maybe the sun was never strong enough here!)
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Leaves work the best.....
So I've heard.
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Old 06-03-2008, 03:52 PM   #60
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I loved barby. she was HOT!!!!! LOL..... gunpowder was my favorite toy, no joke. i used to take three wires and hook one of them to the positive side of a 9 volt battery and then from there to some steal wool inside of a pipe bomb. the second wire would go from negitive of the battery to a block of wood and wrap around in a coil. the third wire would be at the opisite end of the wood and be in a coil and then go to the steal wool. i would have a mouse trap set and when it was tripped, the metal part would connect the two coils together creating a simple circut and thus exploding the pipe bomb. i would love to blow things up in my early years (8-12)
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