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Old 05-31-2013, 09:13 AM   #11
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My childhood was filled with parents. And they weren't mine. If you did something wrong, there was always a mother in the window and saw everything we did. Then our parents found out. We played in the streets. And so did my kids. Today, parents are afraid to let their kids play outside and find their own amusement. We all had our own "Information Please." You could go to any mother on the street and ask a question, get a band aid for a scrape,or even earn a nickel for running to the corner store. Today every one of those parents would be arrested for "Child Endangerment".
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:11 PM   #12
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These kids today really don't have a clue as to what a real childhood was like. We could entertain ourselves with an empty can or playing tag with a group of kids from all over the neighborhood. You could go out and play without any worries and could trust the parents on any given street.

I am so glad I got in on what was a real childhood. Sometimes being the oldest one in a group have the best memories. I pity today's youth.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:24 PM   #13
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Ha ! ... Oh wow .. I had forgotten that we also used to go to buy smokes for our parents. I think I was probably no more than 10 years old.
When I was 16, I worked at a local fast food place. Regularily a couple little boys, around 9 or 10, would come in and buy a pack of Luckies for their mom, along with their burgers and fries, while she waited in the car.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:29 PM   #14
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ah, the good old days.

when cigarettes were good for you, and certain people knew their place...

i understand the sentiment, but object to the myopic views in a larger than small town, ethnocentric sense.

just my opinion, of course.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:33 PM   #15
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A quarter, a nickel and a dime...it was nothing to double that and pick up two packs...my Dad still kicks himself in the butt for sending his kids to go buy his cigarettes.
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:12 AM   #16
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A few years back when the city and state started on their "No Smoking" anywhere campaign, they posted signs in stores that you had to be 17 to buy cigarettes. Now it is 18. You used to see a bunch of young kids hanging outside stores asking grownups to buy cigarettes for them as they were going in. Now you don't see any. And the City and State send underage age kids into stores as a sting. You can bet you will hear it on the news that night. And the store loses their cigarette license for ten days. That is a major hit in their pocket.

In the winter Spike gets my cigarettes for me. Only because it is too dangerous for me to go out on my scooter. But now that the good weather is here I go and get my own. I don't ask anyone to buy them for me. Even though Spike smokes also. I also can't take he scooter out in the rain. I can't get the console wet. So when I know it is going to rain, I make sure I have what I need in the house early on. Including cigarettes.
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