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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2019 7:49 p.m. PST

… You Were A Kid.

"Everyone's in a rush to grow up, but what you don't realize is that there are a ton of things that you have to leave behind, when you do. Let's face it, we're all nostalgic for things from our childhood that we miss, and wish were still around. There are activities, entertainment, or actual physical things that are just no longer available to us as adults…"
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Stryderg20 Jul 2019 8:40 p.m. PST

Lawn Darts

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2019 9:33 a.m. PST

Regal Crown, sour candies.

They're still available, or have come back, if you special order them, but the flavor of the sour cherry hard candy is not as intense and long-lasting as it used to be. A bit watered down now, sadly.

Major Matt Mason space station playset.

My Rat Patrol model playset, complete with nicely sculpted sand dunes.

Vinyl records.

My grandparents, and their family farm. The former are no longer with us, and the latter is a continent away.

von Schwartz21 Jul 2019 1:46 p.m. PST

How about respect and sense of personal responsibility?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2019 2:24 p.m. PST



14Bore21 Jul 2019 3:58 p.m. PST

My Matchboxes and Hot Wheels

von Schwartz21 Jul 2019 4:20 p.m. PST

Gulp indeed

JMcCarroll Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2019 5:11 p.m. PST

Catching snakes, frogs and anything else you could catch.

Airifix solders, BB guns, Kick the can.

All good times!

Lost Wolf21 Jul 2019 8:13 p.m. PST

Saturday morning cartoons, captain action, exploring the woods, and the Sunday morning trip to the downtown newsstand to buy a comic book

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2019 6:45 a.m. PST

Free time for painting and model-building
Three months of summer vacation

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2019 11:12 a.m. PST

Good memories all of them!… (smile)

Don't forget the Cinema!….so many action movies!….


14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2019 4:27 p.m. PST

We sharpened our lawn darts so they'd stick better in the ground. Safety, we don't need no stinking safety.

Wolfhag22 Jul 2019 6:05 p.m. PST

Practicing Civil Defense Drills in preparation for a nuclear attack.


Henry Martini22 Jul 2019 6:18 p.m. PST

As a child I lived in an outer suburb, and there were freely available slug guns (air rifles) I recall firing at plastic models (and occasionally being shot at with), and bows and arrows purchased from the local sports store that we used to walk across the road from home into the long-gone huge open paddock and shoot around without parental or other hindrance.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2019 9:51 p.m. PST

Rolled Lifesaver candies now too, apparently – both the cherry flavored rolls, and the mixed flavored ones.

Not sure when they went away, or why, but it is sad indeed.

Sure, you can still get the cherry ones, which are the best by the way, in individually wrapped plastic, but they cost far, far more than the rolled ones used to.

A pity, especially since sugar is still so inexpensive, compared to the cost of chocolate, and other candies.

Hot Wheels and Matchboxes are still alive and well, at Walmart, for $1.00 USD or so, each, just like in the old days.

von Schwartz23 Jul 2019 4:33 a.m. PST

Practicing Civil Defense Drills in preparation for a nuclear attack.

Sadly gone? You actually MISS being scared shi#*less as a young child?

Sigwald23 Jul 2019 10:32 a.m. PST

My innocence

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2019 12:20 a.m. PST

We never had duck-and-cover drills when I was in school. I think all the adults were just numb to the possibility that the world could come to an end one afternoon.

Legion 424 Jul 2019 6:08 a.m. PST

My mind … seems to be missing some parts the older I get … old fart evil grin

von Schwartz24 Jul 2019 5:29 p.m. PST

It's not so much my mind, hell that's been oatmeal for years, it' what covering it.

Personal logo Kaiju Doug Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2019 5:24 p.m. PST

My father took the center barrel out of our BB guns so we could not "put someone's eye out." Actually they worked much better that way, just stick the barrel in the ground and presto! you have a deer slug that doesn't travel as far but gives much more satisfaction when on target. And you never run out of ammo!
I grew up with Bugs Bunny and The Three Stooges but we had common sense back in those days and I never thought hit hitting my brother in the head with a hammer.

MiniPigs27 Jul 2019 8:43 a.m. PST

When I was about 11, the Juvie on my block who was about 18, living with his grandparents and still in the 8th grade (also built like the bully in Pee Wees playhouse film) was teasing my friend and I with nasty slurs.

As we were riding away from his verbal abuse, he threw an apple core into the spoke of my moving bike that sent me sprawling onto the pavement. I went to my garage and got an aluminum softball bat and while he was laughing that I didnt have the guts to use it, i hit him across the knee and he fell over like a the tub that he was. However, just as I was about to smack him in the head, my friends mom came up and put her arms around mine.

I always regret not being able to crack his jaw. Oh well…

von Schwartz27 Jul 2019 2:29 p.m. PST

Tsk, Tsk, such violence, SHOCKED I am SHOCKED!!

And to add insult to injury you used an ALUMINUM bat! At least have the decency to use a good ole fashioned Louisville Slugger wood bat.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2019 2:56 p.m. PST



MiniPigs27 Jul 2019 5:30 p.m. PST

I knew someone would bring that aluminum bat business up. They were in vogue then for softball and it was the first one (of many bats that lined my parents' garage)) I grabbed.

I suppose we all have our embarrassing episodes with clothing or other personal items.

Still, I have to say, when I hear comments like yours, it makes me wish I still owned it. :P

von Schwartz28 Jul 2019 4:47 p.m. PST

Well, still, a softball where the sun don't shine would've made a more lasting impression.

Get it…impression?

I crack myself up!

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