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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Good ole days

While running the other day, it hit me that I haven't been in an old fashoined footrace since sometime in high school. When I think back to the countless hours I spent playing outside with my friends when I was a kid, it just seems so innocent and pure a period. Basketball, soccer, football, baseball, frisbee, four square -- we played it all. And oh yes, we'd also engage in the occasional foot race.

Back when I was a kid, nothing was more fun and exciting than playing outside. Sadly, the joys of "playing outside" may be a thing of the past for many of today's children. Nowadays, kids have many more distractions and ways to entertain themselves than I had when I was a lad. Crazy video game systems, high speed internet, 500 tv channels, iTunes etc. It's not a stretch to say that you can live your whole life and not even leave your computer console. Who has time to go outside and play basketball when you can play NBA Live on your PS2, when you have 100 buddies to chat with online, and when you can download hundreds of mp3's by the hour. And then, of course, there is all that damn pornography. Though I never experienced the joys of high speed internet until I went to college, I can confidently say that if I had high speed internet when I was 14 or 15, I would have never left the house! Ya'll know what I'm talkin about!

Maybe it's because I've been up for 18 straight hours and I'm sort of out of it, but I feel bad for the youth of today. There is just something special about an era where kids didn't need an xbox or an ipod in order to have fun. Back in the day, all you needed were a pair of sneakers and a driveway. Reminds me of one of the best movie lines ever, one which I'm sure all the guys reading this will probably understand if they spent a great deal of time playing outside with friends growing up.

The quote is from "Stand by Me" and goes a lil something like this: "I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?"

Wow,.. this post is really fucking sappy.
Titties. Whew! ... thats much better :-)


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