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So true, Chainsaws, open cutter Reel Mowers and Alis Chalmers pigeon toed Tractors were daily parts of our living. Age wasnt a factor at all, mental and physical ability were!

Dont get me wrong, there were some pretty nasty accidents around here by a few people that were marked for life. We were well apprised as kids of why Mrs Ames didnt have an Eye or Mr March was missing an arm, anything with a PTO is dangerous.

I knew that jumping out of the haymow onto a hidden hayfork was a bad idea; when someone says "hold on", that's exactly what they mean; dont worry about the crappy tail hitting you in the face, watch the feet; The cow with the giant crayon hanging down is a bull, dont mess with him ever; never piss on an electric Fence, always hold the grain fork horizontal in the silo just in case you hit a air pocket filled with noxious and deadly gas; Cowsh!t washes off, mistakes dont.

Its sad to think even farmers kids dont know the stuff today we all did when I was young and dumb.
I grew up about the same way we were still using the hay fork with loose hay into the early 80s. You knew were growing up when you got to drive the tractor pulling the hay rope.

In the late 90s my cousin fell out of the hay loft through the hole that dropped hay into the stall. Landed on the hay and manure, wasn't hurt just a little sore the next day. When the teacher saw him the next day moving a little stiff and sore she called the principle, who called the school nurse, who called child protective services, who strip searched him looking for signs of abuse. Probably no one at the school even knew what a hay loft was, let alone you could fall out of one.
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And does anybody remember gun racks..? I never see them anymore, But growing up in Tenn, they must have been standard equipment, EVERY truck had one...
My guess would be that people got tired of having their windows smashed and their firearms stolen by drug addicts and other sundry losers.
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Try being raised by Cityborn, Ruraficated, Conservative, Redneck, Art and English Teachers! Mom and Dad were truly interesting and rare humans. We had all kinds of rules and regs in the house that were complimentary and some that were contrary to our surroundings and their upbringings. Some might call our household Liberal because of the folks liberal arts backgrounds and strong education influences; Rural because we lived in the boonies, nobody wore shoes unless we were going to school/ work or it was mid winter; Pro America cause the Chickens Foot (Peace Sign) was not allowed in our house ever, Pro 2a cause Mom and Dad had guns and swords and knew how to use them, hip without the Y as we shot our guns while listening to Joan Baez and Bagpipes and non denominational even though we were encouraged to go to church with our friends if we wanted to. It was an interesting upbringing and diverse before diverse was cool!

As many of you pointed out, rural living was different back then. Yes there were lots of guns and knives at school, no they werent used to scare or intimidate ever; guns were in the back windows of PU trucks of teachers and students and knives were used to play mumbly peg during lunch or sharpen a pencil (yes RG, I still have my old Buck knife and its still sharp even if its about 2 oz lighter 40 years later). Mom wouldnt yell at me for driving my Brakeless Minibike 20 miles down the road to go fishing unless I had my school sneakers on or forgot to mow the lawn first! School was our #1 job but opening day of Trout season was always a holiday. Walking barefoot through the barnyard was OK, walking into the house after without cleaning feet off wasnt OK! I could take my .22 out plinking alone at 12 but not with friends unless there was an adult with us. If we wanted anything our nickle allowance wouldnt buy, we had to go out and work for it shoveling sh!t, Baling hay or Babysitting for neighbors.
My Dad was a high school English teacher up until his retirement in 1987 (I went to a different school in the same district). Mom was a teacher too until us kids came along, then she stayed at home with us. I grew up on a quasi-commune with another family, all 4 of the parents went to Cal Berkeley together in the 1950's- the other parents were teachers too, my "other dad" was a professor of psychology at Stanford, he is now retired- (there was a third family who ended up moving away before we built the commune). We all went to the big Vietnam War protests in San Francisco in the 1960's and '70's. I clearly remember the Moon landing, Nixon resigning (I even remember listening to his resignation on the transistor radio while sitting around at the summer cottage in Mendocino we used to go to for most of every summer).

Funny thing is that the "commune" was fairly Liberal, but all 6 of us kids grew up to be more Libertarian or very Conservative (I am actually the most Libertarian I think) except for my one sister who lives outside of Seattle. She is still a Liberal (she has the daughters who went shooting with me last summer just before my Dad passed away. It was their first time holding a gun of any kind- I posed some pics at the time. My sister still has never handled a gun. I will change that some day soon.)

Our household was strictly anti-gun, but I was not restricted from going to friend's houses where we would spend a lot of time shooting and hunting. I learned to drive when I was 8 years old. We had a half mile long driveway and a few side roads to play on.

Sounds like there are some similarities in our stories!

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So true, Chainsaws, open cutter Reel Mowers and Alis Chalmers pigeon toed Tractors were daily parts of our living. Age wasnt a factor at all, mental and physical ability were!

Dont get me wrong, there were some pretty nasty accidents around here by a few people that were marked for life. We were well apprised as kids of why Mrs Ames didnt have an Eye or Mr March was missing an arm, anything with a PTO is dangerous.
We were operating chainsaws and log splitters (100% wood heat back in the day). Most injuries were relatively minor. Except the tinnitus. That stays with you and is far worse than many understand.

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"The four lane" and then there was also "the black top".
I was driving on the "blacktop" by the time I was 10 or 11. Learned many of the back roads around here at that age, mainly to avoid the rare Deputy. if one came along, it was on like Dukes of Hazzard!
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My guess would be that people got tired of having their windows smashed and their firearms stolen by drug addicts and other sundry losers.
Dont remember that ever happening...? And didnt even think pot was something you could sell until we moved to Ohio...Seems like anybody that smoked it, just had some growing between their tomatoes, and cucumbers...lol
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This thread is making me a little homesick... , thinking about how some things were different growing up. Like, i had never seen a dog fenced in, or on a chain until moving to Ohio, thought that was odd...still do.

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Dont remember that ever happening...? And didnt even think pot was something you could sell until we moved to Ohio...Seems like anybody that smoked it, just had some growing between their tomatoes, and cucumbers...lol
My sister has owned several farms. The two she had in Wisconsin had Marijuana growing wild on it. She wanted to get rid of it so she pulled it out and sold the plants to her neighbor.

I think my kids might have been raised by a sort of hippy-ish type person.
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And coal trucks ALWAYS have the right of way..not because its a law... but because they have bald tires/no brakes, or brakes on fire/and the guys driving them are bat s**t crazy.....

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And does anybody remember gun racks..? I never see them anymore, But growing up in Tenn, they must have been standard equipment, EVERY truck had one...
You know I was just saying the other day I don't see gun racks in trucks like I used to. I think it has more to do with dope heads breaking into vehicles though. I have seen several empty racks in trucks though. I guess they take them in at night. Pretty smart I'd say. I'm in south central Ky. (Rockcastle Co.)
In Cincinnati Oh where I grew up they where not prevalent. But LEO was not all that gun friendly back then anyway. If you got out of the city into the Cleves-Miamitown area in the far south went of the state you would see them. I'm not sure anymore as I left Ohio a couple decades ago and don't visit much anymore. And when I do I still will get a hotel usually in FT. Mitchel so I can sleep on the right side of the river
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You know I was just saying the other day I don't see gun racks in trucks like I used to. I think it has more to do with dope heads breaking into vehicles though. I have seen several empty racks in trucks though. I guess they take them in at night. Pretty smart I'd say. I'm in south central Ky. (Rockcastle Co.)
In Cincinnati Oh where I grew up they where not prevalent. But LEO was not all that gun friendly back then anyway. If you got out of the city into the Cleves-Miamitown area in the far south went of the state you would see them. I'm not sure anymore as I left Ohio a couple decades ago and don't visit much anymore. And when I do I still will get a hotel usually in FT. Mitchel so I can sleep on the right side of the river
here in Texas, even in the more rural areas, they are not common anymore. many years ago, i thought it strange if a truck didn't have a gun rack!

i still use them from time to time in my trucks, but now they are used as a hat rack! the guns are always out of sight if they are in my trucks.
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Dont remember that ever happening...? And didnt even think pot was something you could sell until we moved to Ohio...Seems like anybody that smoked it, just had some growing between their tomatoes, and cucumbers...lol
Not really talking about pot smokers, more like heroin addicts and meth junkies.
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