I picked up the bike from its service on Saturday morning early and on the way home it started to rain. It rained all weekend. No riding!!! So in place of a Monday funny (which pvda will undoubtedly later supply) I thought I'd have a nostalgic look back. If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, 60's or 70's, you probably will remember these. Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have... As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Our bassinets and cots were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. Not to mention hitchhiking to town! We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors! We would spend hours building our billy-carts out of scrap and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the trees a few times we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back by dinner timed. No one was able to reach us all day. We had no mobile phones. Unthinkable. We played brandings and we tried to hit the other guy hard and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits from these accidents. They were simply accidents. No one was to blame, but us. Remember accidents? We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it. Again, without lawsuits. We ate lamingtons, bread and butter, and drank sugary soft drinks but we were never overweight...we were always outside playing. We shared our soft drinks with four friends, from one bottle and no one ever died from this. We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, or any video games at all. We couldn't conceive of 36 channels on Foxtel, video tape or DVD movies, surround sound, personal mobile phones, Personal Computers, or Internet chat rooms .. we had friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell, or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. How did we do it? We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever. Junior sports of all sorts had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't, had to learn to deal with disappointment..... Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a year and were repeated the same class.....Horrors. Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Teachers would actually write an "F" on your report card if you deserved it. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. Theer was no one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that! The result of this? This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. And today's scenario is progress????