June 16, 2004

For those over the age of 30

Received the following in an email that had been forwarded so often that the addresses took up more space than the actual text. However, it does offer some interesting perspective:

People over 30 should be dead.

Here's why ............

According to today's regulators
and bureaucrats, those of us
who were kids in the 40's,
50's, 60's, or even maybe
the early 70's probably
shouldn't have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered
with bright colored lead-based

We had no childproof lids
on medicine bottles, doors
or cabinets, ... and when we
rode our bikes, we had no
(Not to mention the risks
we took hitchhiking.)

As children, we would ride
in cars with no seatbelts
or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pickup
truck on a warm day was
always a special treat.

We drank water from the
garden hose and not from
a bottle.


We ate cupcakes, bread and
butter, and drank soda pop
with sugar in it, but we were
never overweight because
we were always outside

We shared one soft drink
with four friends, from one
bottle, and no one actually
died from this.

We would spend hours building
our go-carts out of scraps
and then rode down the hill,
only to find out we forgot
the brakes.

After running into the bushes
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
when the street lights
came on.

No one was able to
reach us all day.



We did not have Playstations,
Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no
video games at all, no 99
channels on cable, video
tape movies, surround
sound, personal cell phones,
personal computers, or Internet
chat rooms.

We had friends!

We went outside and found

We played dodge ball, and
sometimes, the ball would
really hurt.

We fell out of trees, got
cut and broke bones and
teeth, and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.

They were 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.

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.

We rode bikes or walked to
a friend's home and knocked
on the door, or rang the
bell or just walked in and
talked to them.

Little League 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 grade and were
held back to repeat the
same grade.


Tests were not adjusted
for any reason.

Our actions were our own.

Consequences were expected.

The idea of a parent bailing
us out if we broke a law was
unheard of.

They actually sided with
the law.

Imagine that!

This generation has produced
some of the best risk-takers
and problem solvers and
inventors, ever.

The past 50 years have
been an explosion of
innovation and new

We had freedom, failure,
success and responsibility,
and we learned how to deal
with it all.

And you're one of them!


Please pass this on to others
who have had the luck to grow
up as kids, before lawyers
and government regulated our
lives, for our own good !!!!!

People under 30 are WIMPS !

Posted by Physics Geek at June 16, 2004 04:00 PM StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

LOL! I miss those days. As it is, I'm fighting to get my daughter into the school that isn't next door a paedophile "treatment" centre that admits it's "clients" just as the kids are coming out of school. Sad, but true. Same area, years later...

As an ex-teacher, remember when you DIDN'T tell your parents you were in trouble at school as you'd get punished at home? I used to get "how DARE you speak to my foul-mouthed violent child like that, we know our Rights" ALL the time. Oh, and a panic-button on Parents night. Nice!

Posted by: Sally at June 16, 2004 08:19 PM

The best part is that all the weak children from that era were killed by those accidents, so the over 30 generation is VASTLY genetically superior to the "unders".

Hmmm... I should go breed now...

... or at least PRACTICE breeding :-P

Posted by: Harvey at June 16, 2004 08:57 PM

Practice makes perfect. Or in my case, more children.

Posted by: physics geek at June 16, 2004 09:01 PM

I'm an over 30, but I still reckon that I save my daughter's life nearly every day (Oh here's the bus, NOOOOO, DON'T run in front of it) but I agree it's been taken to extremes.

As for "practicing", it reminds me of the story about the English Lord who took his wife for fertility treatment...It turned out he'd been *ahem* "offside" the whole time. I'm sure Harvey's doin' it right though. He's American ;)

Posted by: Sally at June 16, 2004 09:13 PM

?Offside? Sally, you're killing me. :-)

Posted by: physics geek at June 17, 2004 01:55 PM

Sally - well, all those holes. It gets confusing...

Posted by: Harvey at June 17, 2004 06:15 PM