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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 25,2011 Page7 WE ARE AWESOME!!! OUR Lives are LIVING PROOF!l! To Those of Us Born 1925 - 1970: Submitted by Richard LaMontagne At the end is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don't read anything else. Please read what he said. To all the kids who survived the 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70sH First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead- based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks -on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads. As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes. Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft drink' with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We dlank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar and we weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing ... that's why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach-us all day -- and, we were OKAY. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and. then ride them 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 did not have Play Stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no internet and no chat rooms. If we took all of this away from kids today they would not know how to handle it!!!I We had friends and we went outside and found themt We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents. We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse. We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10 m birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12 th, rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and although we were told it would happen -- we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house 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. Imagine thatt! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever. The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. If YOU are one of those born between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it? The quote of the month by Jay Leno: "With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?" Very well stated, Mr. Leno. For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us ... disregard this. For the rest of us ... please pass this on. _ Trash pickup is a nightmare for commuters trav- /t    eling on Benning- ton Street with traffic going both ways and cars parked on both sides of the narrow main street. Trash trucks are finding it difficult to pick up trash without holding up traffic as long as 15 minutes! Can't something be done??? ... Rated five-star by bloggers, Eastie's hidden treasure, Pockets Billiard Club & Bar located at 981 Bennington Street is a rare find .in East Boston. If you love shooting pool it's a cool place to hang out. The club services locals as well as out of towners. Prices are reason- able and the atmosphere is fun and relaxed. Lisa and Jerry DiPrizio have owned and operated the Pockets Club for the past 20 years. Located in Eastie's. busy Orients Heights bUsiness district. The club is opened from 2 p.m. till 2 a.m. 7 days a week ... Mayor Menino is taking away over 100 park- ing spaces in Boston to re- serve more room for bicycle parking. The idea is dis- couraging to visitors that Mrs. Murphy... As I See It drive to Boston and can't find a parking space! It can only hurt the economy! ... Last week's City Council race was no big surprise. Ayanna Pressley who topped the ticket is now considered mayoral potential. I believe Ayanna could give Hiz Honor a run for his money!l! ... Renzo Pizza on the beach is offering a special Early Bird half price menu from Mon- day-Friday 4-6 p.m. Renzo is located at 381 Revere Beach Blvd. It's Revere's hottest spot and features live enter- tainment from Thursday- Sunday. The restaurant and bar is a friendly place to socialize. Don't let the cold weather deter you off th beach. The views are equally beautiful in the winter as they are in the summert And, the boulevard is always cleared of snow! ... Heard China Roma on Broadway, Revere is opening another restaurant on Revere Beach Blvd., taking away the Dunkin' Donuts spot. One less Dunkin' to take up space. Revere is inundated with their franchisest ... Dan Rizzo won the Mayor's seat by approximately 59%. However, George Rotondo had better than expected num- bers despite having little resources! Jessica Giannino was a surprise winner for Councilor at Large. Giannino has a lot of spunk, and is on the ball. She is expected to serve Revere well! ... Occupy Boston and the occupied movement in general is becoming a nightmare for everyone. They're just a herd of hippies with no constructive message that are destroying our beau- tiful city. When is the Mayor going to step up to the plate and rid Boston of the trashy movement.9 ... The Salvation Army and Rosie's Place in Boston feed a lot of hungry souls. If you have an extra dime or two, please donate it to either of these great charities .... Condo living may be easy, but buyer be- ware there are hidden prob- lems within some buildings that can make your stomach curdle. If a building ends up with Board of Trustee members not acting in the best interest of unit owners it'can be difficult to get rid of them! ... Till next time! FILTHY RICH OF BOSTON ANNOUNCES Buon Natale'. The Fifth Annual North End Holiday Stroll Over 20 boutiques in Bos- ton's famous North End will stay open late for a special night of shopping and fun. Many of the venues will pro- vide refreshments and great savings for those participat- ing in the Buon Natale Holi- day Stroll. In order to take part in the Fifth Annual North End Holiday Stroll you must pick up your "passport" at any (,f the participating shops. Once you receive your passport you are ready to sh(pI Get the passport stamped at all of the shops HAPPY 75 TM BIRTHDAY a O :" 11,4' % L, & V O o BEN FUCCILLO from your Family & Friends participating in the North End Holiday Stroll and be entered to win a fantastic gift basket with goodies and treats from all of the shops! The participating shops include all .of the North End favorites: A Matter of Face*" Acquire* Ball & Buck Eclectic Ensemble Exhale Spa* Fairmont Battery Wharf Filthy Rich of Boston* Heart & Sole High Gear Jewelry* Injeanius* LIT Boutique Luke Aaron LuLu's Sweet Shoppe * Nahas Shoes North Bennett St. School Savas Studios Sedurre Shake the Tree* Sol Optics Studio 164 Twilight The Wine Bottega* *Businesses that have been awarded "Best .of Bos- ton" by Boston Magazine Sow l..0ul ... Have Spinelli's Cater Your Holiday Parties Spi.00lli'00 & P00,d00q Sloop, 282 Bennington Street, Ko,t god. ,,j ,,j r " i lelephonc 617-567-1992 [=ax 617-567-5150 www.spinellis.eom Ring in the New Year at SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY Lynnfield Call for reservations 781-592-6400