Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Half a dozen awesome: Things I did as a kid that are, in retrospect, astounding

People could get away with a lot back in the 70s and early 80s. These are a few of the things I cannot believe my parents let me and my friends do, things that today would get CPS called on your ass or get you or your parents arrested, things that — amazingly — didn’t get us killed. And things that, for the record, probably I won’t be letting Kid Gleemonex do.

--Riding around town sitting on the top of the back seat of the Rabbit convertible, its top down, my feet in the seat, one hand casually on the roll bar (a roll bar that years later probably saved my life, but that’s a story for another day) unless I was also eating or drinking something at the time, in which case, hands-free!

--Scooting along the highways and main thoroughfares of Cowburg, helmetless, licenseless, flip-flop-clad and not-so-very-mechanically-inclined, on the Honda moped (age 11-ish to 13-ish)

--Spending entire evenings with my friends throwing things at cars going past my house (water balloons, rubber bands shot from wooden rubber-band guns that in the dark must’ve looked like the real thing)

--Selling things door-to-door, alone, for school fundraisers or just to make extra money — and of course, going inside whenever I was invited, which was often.

--Disappearing for hours and hours, by myself, sans water, communication device or any kind of safety gear, on my bike, miles out on country roads

--Jumping off of various tall and/or unstable objects (such as scaffolding erected by drunks) onto our trampoline, usually with other people already on the thing.

Note: I bet the Hip Hop Lawyer’s list is lots better — i.e. scarier — than mine. He was the person I was trying to impress with lots of my silly-ass shenanigans, which were pale copies of his own.

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Blogger HHL said...

wow, where did you get that picture?! awesome.

yes indeed, it is amazing kids like us grew to maturity. and yes, i do have a fairly shocking list of stuff (tho most are virtually duplicates of yours). maybe i'll write it up (are you very tired yet of the constant political stuff on my blog??).

1:55 PM  
Blogger Gleemonex said...

That would be a very interesting list to see ... but no, I'm never tired of the political stuff on your blog -- you say what I haven't the patience and clarity of thought to express. And it's always entertaining. :-)

3:58 PM  
Blogger bgirl said...

Um, I was only allowed to ride my bike to the end of the street. Had to stay with my Nana after school until I was 15. Wasn't allowed to talk to strangers. Couldn't trick-or-treat at anyone's house I didn't know. Had to stay "by the buggie" in the grocery store.

Man, when I write all of that down, my childhood sounds frickin' miserable compared to you guys. It didn't seem like it at the time, but geez, I'm surprised I can leave my house now.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

wow, good one. i can think of a lot of things we did too. things that i would never let my kids do, but our parents thought nothing of it.

and i'm the PERMISSIVE parent.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Gleemonex said...

It all changes when you see it from the parental side, especially in this day of paranoia and litigation, doesn't it?

And bgirl, people in town probably thought we were a pack of wild animals with no-good hippies for parents ... but it sure was fun! :-)

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Berwie said...

Remember that time AF was throwing wads of toilet paper at cars during one of your slumber parties and hit...a police car?????? Fun Times!!!!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Gleemonex said...

Oh yeah!!! Dude, I totally forgot that. That was fuckin HYSTERICAL. We all scattered like headless chickens ... ohhh, good times!

11:46 AM  

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