Gut Rumbles
 

April 28, 2005

a crime

When Jennifer and I moved into our first house, I saw something that made me aware of how much the world has changed since I was young. A neighbor across the street threw out some trash and left it on the curb for almost a week before the trash collectors finally picked it up.

Part of that trash was an old baby carriage with four perfectly good wheels on it. Do you have any idea how long THAT TREASURE would have lasted on the curb when I was a boy? About five minutes is the answer. My friends and I would have taken those wheels and put them on SOMETHING that we could kill ourselves with.

Kids don't do that stuff anymore and I think it's a crying shame. Wood and nails were easy to find back then, because houses were being built everywhere. You give me four free wheels, and I'm gonna build something that rolls. Give me something that rolls, and I'll figure out a way to wreck it. The more spectacular the wreck, the better it is.

That's what I did as a kid.

Comments

yep. gots to agree.

wheels are da ticket for a young man. Specially free ones! Whooya!

Posted by: marcl on April 28, 2005 09:20 PM

And, if they had ball bearings, they would have been gone in two minutes.

Posted by: Jim - PRS on April 28, 2005 09:31 PM

I've got a grandson nicknamed "Crash" for that same reason.

Posted by: PawPaw on April 28, 2005 09:40 PM

Oh, Hell yeah! Wheels! Woo-Hoo!! Look out...AHHHHHHHhhhhh... thump...hehe. Lets do it again.

Posted by: Wichi Dude on April 28, 2005 09:58 PM

Hell, I remember when skateboards had *real* skates under 'em. Took about a half hour explaining that to my in-line skate kids years back.

And yeah, if you had wheels, and a good frame, and got REAL lucky by getting your hands on a two stroke engine....long as you cleaned up the tools you used (and God forbid, didn't break any of em) There was a motorized bike in your future...or a go-cart.

Posted by: Guy S. on April 28, 2005 10:08 PM

the good ole days...

Posted by: jessica on April 28, 2005 10:33 PM

When I was little, my dad and brother made a no-power go-kart out of a bunch of old boards lying around, a couple of old tricycle wheels (I took a while learning to ride a two-wheeler, but once I did, that trike was history) and steel roller skates under the front. It was steered with feet on the crosswise two-by-four that had the skates on each end, and a rope in case your feet came loose.

My brother wanted to take the Briggs & Stratton engine off my dad's lawn mower to power it, but (1) the go-kart wasn't made right for adding a motor, and (2) Dad still needed to mow the lawn.

Posted by: McGehee on April 28, 2005 11:03 PM

the life we live now really sucks!
Am thinking a pop to the brain might be the best way.
murry

Posted by: murry on April 29, 2005 02:38 AM
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