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Old 09-17-2011, 06:57 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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The Green Thing mentions pop bottles being returned to stores. One of the kids' pastimes was to go around the neighborhoods collecting all the bottles we could find for our two cent deposit. I guess you could say we were the precursors of the modern day bottle recycling system.
LOL! Those pop bottle returns kept me in sunflower seeds! Nowadays the children would have to fight the homeless for a bottle.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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LOL! Those pop bottle returns kept me in sunflower seeds! Nowadays the children would have to fight the homeless for a bottle.
First thing we did with our pennies was hit the gumball machine in the little candy store down the street. Our aim was to get the prizes inside, not the gumballs.
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:33 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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... Nowadays the children would have to fight the homeless for a bottle.
You must have been to Oregon lately.

It is pretty hilarious to see there 'forced' zeal for container recycling. The grocery stores get to smelling so bad, they are adding separate buildings for returns. Little does the consumer know the destination of most recycling.

OR and WA petty rules hosed my international project that would have recycled ~6 million tons of plastics / yr. They forced 100% PURE recycled content, where I could only find technology to separate contaminates down to 0.01% (100PPM). Even the highly regulated Europe recycling industry was very disappointed in OR and WA's uneducated edicts.
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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Back in the day - 40s and 50s - organized activities were relatively rare but for Little League and Pop Warner and they only took an afternoon or two and maybe a Saturday game. So what did we children do? We used our imaginations to entertain ourselves and actually - and this may require translation - played! And we did it outdoors.
And what makes you think kids today don't do that? There's a lot of misperceptions thrown about in the media with regards to how kids these days spend their time. If you spent time with kids where we live, you wouldn't believe all the negative talk you hear about today's kids. Behind where we live in a wooded area that runs along a river trail. The kids love to play back in there and also love to ride their bikes along the wooded river trails. They've built stone labrynths and forts and play all kinds of games - no adults allowed.The only difference between now and how kids played years ago is that now I use a cellphone to text my kids when I want them to come in for dinner.
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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And what makes you think kids today don't do that? There's a lot of misperceptions thrown about in the media with regards to how kids these days spend their time. If you spent time with kids where we live, you wouldn't believe all the negative talk you hear about today's kids. Behind where we live in a wooded area that runs along a river trail. The kids love to play back in there and also love to ride their bikes along the wooded river trails. They've built stone labrynths and forts and play all kinds of games - no adults allowed.The only difference between now and how kids played years ago is that now I use a cellphone to text my kids when I want them to come in for dinner.
That's encouraging! So, too, is the fact that children here are the same which I attribute to being in a rural throw-back to the 50s in many respects area, surrounded by nature, water and wildlife, hunting, fishing, etc. Wish all children had the opportunities for a healthy lifestyle that abounds here, and parents who insist upon it.

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Old 09-19-2011, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I can't speak from experience; only observation. I think that the kids coming home and playing video games until supper or being chauffeured from activity to activity by a parent is more of a suburban thing. That's how my nieces and nephews grew up.

You never saw kids playing outside on the sidewalk, empty lots or in alleys where we city kids played kid games.
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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That's encouraging! So, too, is the fact that children here are the same which I attribute to being in a rural throw-back to the 50s in many respects area, surrounded by nature, water and wildlife, hunting, fishing, etc. Wish all children had the opportunities for a healthy lifestyle that abounds here, and parents who insist upon it.
Me too.... actually this is one reason my husband and I will never buy a home with a HOA. Our experience with HOA's is that they make it very hard for kids to be kids. They can't run around the neighborhood, climbing trees, building forts, etc. We prefer the kinds of places like we live currently... more wild areas where you can still put a rope swing over the swimming hole and where fallen trees are bridges to the unknown...
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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I loved this book - if you guys haven't read it, you might like to check it out sometime: Amazon.com: Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (9781565123915): Richard Louv: Books

We feel pretty lucky to live where we do, though. Oregon certainly has it's problems, I don't mean to imply it's perfect or anything, but it's a really FUN place to be a kid, and to raise kids.
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I loved this book - if you guys haven't read it, you might like to check it out sometime: Amazon.com: Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (9781565123915): Richard Louv: Books

We feel pretty lucky to live where we do, though. Oregon certainly has it's problems, I don't mean to imply it's perfect or anything, but it's a really FUN place to be a kid, and to raise kids.
Having been raised in inner city Chicago it is interesting to see how kids in the country areas played and kept busy. I used to wish I lived near some woods, probably from watching Davy Crockett. My family always lived in large city apartment buildings.

But we kids had our play areas too. We were usually walking distance from a playground, park or even empty lot were we could play. There was the neighborhood candy store, grocery store and variety store.

We played in alleys, the sidewalk and wherever we could find a space. Empty lots usually overgrown with weeds were our "jungles" where we would go on "safari" to hunt the wild beasts that hid there.

Of course there were always our dolls and other toys to be taken out and played with on the front stoop. And lots of games: hide and seek, pinners, statues, mother-may-I, red light green light etc. We didn't need adults to "organize" us. We somehow figured out how to play together. Even the little kids were included.

The best playgrounds we had were our imaginations.
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:54 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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The best playgrounds we had were our imaginations.
YES! And I fear becoming a lost art as cyberspace replaces it!
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