Originally Posted by orangello
Yep I sure do (now that I saw it on Wiki), I never had one but some of my friends did, if you had one you came from a rich family, I had the "Simon" game until someone stole it or my old man threw it out because of the error noise he hated.
I live in the house I was raised in now and I still have the old rotory phone, it can take a lighting strike and still work and you could beat an intruder to death with it, not like the cheap ass stuff nowadays.
My friends and I all carried knives and BB/Pellet guns on our bikes and shot frogs and other various animals in the woods, we had forts, tree forts, and some underground. No bike helmets to save the poor minded and we played with Lawn Darts (Jarts) and no body died. If I got injured I hid the injury from my old man because if you showed it to him, he would explain how stupid you were and that you should have known better. He was not shy about whooping your ass in front of God and everyone. We played Baseball in the summer in an empty field, not like these super mega sports fields that you see today, there was broken concrete, glass, rusted metal, old bed springs, pot holes, etc, etc. Safety was between your ears and if you didn't think right, you got punished. I got my first job when I was nine years old delevering papers and Momma didn't drive me in her car to do it. At ten I got a job at the local Party Store (In Detroit area a Party Store is a Convience Store, for those of you not from this area). At twelve I got the dream job of working at a Skeet & Trap Range. In the winter I shoveled neighbors drive ways ,summer mowed lawns, and raked leaves in the fall, all for money. I wasn't given money like the kids today, I was expected to work for it.
Things have changed alot, I don't know if it's for the better but it is the way it is, of course compared to my father my life was real cozy! At sixteen years of age he ran away and joined the Navy and fought in WWII, if that happened today there would be a congressional hearing.