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— Nina Van Schmus, government contracts manager, Lawrence
“Neighborhood games like kick the can and cops and robbers.”
“Neighborhood games like kick the can and cops and robbers.”
— Brian Van Schmus, dispatcher, Lawrence
— Rica Salango, student, Topeka
— Gabe Bullard, student, Topeka
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Getting together with the other neighborhood kids and riding our bikes all over town. Playing pick up games of baseball, wiffle ball, kickball, football, etc.
You have to force kids of today to go outside. When I was a kid you had to force us to go inside. But I always had a curfew (which I rarely made)... my mom would always tell me "Be home when the street lights come on."
Pinball. 5 cents. By the time I was 16 I was at a near-wizard status. Then that computer stuff came along.
Climbing trees and playing marbles.
Climbing trees, playing hide & seek at dusk with all the kids in the neighborhood, cops & robbers, rolling in barrels, lemonade stands, Monopoly, card games, swimming, ice skating, building snow forts, sledding, snowball fights in winter, crabapple fights in summer, hockey, fishing, breaking into vacant houses (oops), spying on guys we had crushes on, playing with fire (usually in burn barrels), poking dead animals with sticks to see if they were really dead, exploring ever farther from our houses, practicing high jumps for track meets, sitting on the sidewalk pounding caps with stones and hammers, reading, drawing, playing pranks, slip & slide, wading in the gutter after gullywashers (and trying to dam the water with sticks & leaves...... I had a varied and fascinating childhood.
Your last name wouldn't happen to be Cleaver would it?
Glad that you were able to forgive and forget, so you didn't end up bitter or anything. Hey here's an idea, put his name on the third arrow...
Sounds like you could use a really good release.
Walking to and from school five miles up hill each way, in the blinding snow, barefoot. After cutting a cord of firewood. And milking 40 cows. I sure miss the good old days.
Romping, when I got tired of that, cavorting.
bike riding, tire swinging, buying pixie sticks at the Bungalow, swimming at the pool, skiing at Lone Star, remembering phone numbers.
Home Run Derby.
swimming, sports, hide and seek, and bikes!
Swim team and building sweet creations out of Legos.
I rather enjoyed building treehouses and forts that had my best porno mags and some smokes stored there (and a girly every once and again). Had a fireplace (god that was unsafe) and use to burn plastic and watch the flames drip (do not get it on your skin)
Riding my bike all over the place but the best was old Melissa P's house which had a pool. I was a suave 12 year old. Walking through the woods to old MP's house with a sixer of coke under my arm and a couple smokes so that I could go swimming with Joanna S and get my first real kiss from her (an a few other things). My parents found out I was in the game and gave me a pop-up book about the birds and bees and had me sit by my self and read it, fun times.
"Back in the days when I was young I'm not a kid anymore but some days I sit and wish I was a kid again."
Watching the Quetzalcoatlus getting frisky during their rutting season.
You mean it didn't involve Free State Beer?
There was nothing like the parties at Warren Jeffs house.
Bletch - I'd give that a -3 on a scale of 10. No offense dude, but you have the worst taste in music.
Spending summer days at the swimming pool, going to the fair and flirting with boys, riding my bike, playing cowboys and Indians (which I know now is offensive, but we did not understand it at the time), smoking cigarettes in the bushes by the church, BBQ's and ice cream!
Lets see... Olpe makes movies where every other word is the F-bomb, Andy tries to brainwash old people telling them Obama's policies are good, and Aunt Bee is dead. Church sure did them a lot of good. At least Olpe has a hot, hot, redheaded daughter.
Going to movies with friends
I'm just thankful that I didn't go blind.
Riding my bike, back in the days before helmets.
If you asked my sister she would say it was pestering her but I always loved playing house or making some place into my club house. I remember we had this big bush that was somewhat hollow in the middle and that was my favorite place to have a club house. Now I'm a grown stay-at-home mother of 3 and I wonder what I was in such a hurry for. Surely changing diapers and washing dishes didn't sound that exciting.
Laying in the street and counting mufflers.
Three stages, I think.
Kickball, soccer, and baseball right up until 7th grade when I blew out a disk in my back and had to stop playing sports.
Shoplifting and smoking from 7th to 9th grade until I got caught.
Being grounded from then until graduation. It had to be my favorite, because it was the only thing I got to do.
Mostly practicing my skills. You know, like nunchuku skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.
Sometimes I spent the summers in Alaska hunting wolverines.
shooting handguns at Dad Perry park. Man, that was fun..
Ash and I used to make the best of the trailerpark yard. Having no money was never a problem....who needed money when we had a whole neighborhood to explore? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqJMbb...
We preferred Johnny's version over The Hombres.
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