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Watto's Junk Yard / For you young'uns
« on: May 7, 2003, 04:48 PM »
Being a resident oldie (though not the eldest) this email may not have made it to you youngsters.  I find it entertaining, you may find it boring.  

I Can't Believe We Made It!
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's, probably shouldn't have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

We had no childproof lids or locks on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!  

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because ! we were always outside playing.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode 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 would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we  were back when the street lights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound,  personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.

We had friends!  We went outside and found them.We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.

We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us.  Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls  and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out any eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home 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.  

Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and  were held back to repeat the same grade.Horrors!  

Tests were not adjusted for any reason.Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.

The idea of  parents bailing us out if we got in trouble in school or broke a law was unheard of.
They actually sided  with the school or the law. Imagine that!

Other Toy Lines / Re: Official Simpsons Toys Thread
« on: May 7, 2003, 04:35 PM »
Yup, we did.  Senility is an evil, evil thing to have to live with. :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: THANK YOU for using REAL NAMES!
« on: May 7, 2003, 04:34 PM »

* Morgbug slaps Matt (1) right back

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: No Maxim at Wal Mart!
« on: May 7, 2003, 04:23 PM »

Who you kidding B?  You're so old, you still weren't very young 20 years ago!!!   :o   ;D   :-*

Sadly, you're probably right.  I was indeed 19, just 20 years ago *shudder*.  But all I was interested in was women, booze, sports and sleeping.  I couldn't care less about guns at that time, so wasn't too clear on the rules.

I do recall about 25 years ago, some guy walked into the neighbourhood Canadian Tire (think early, Canadian smaller version of Home Depot) asked to look at a gun (locked in a glass case), the clerk gave it to him.  He slid a bullet from his pocket into the chamber, put it to his head and pulled the trigger.  Boom, dead, right in front of the poor employee.  

That initiated the first change.  All guns on a cable lock with a trigger lock in place in the store.  I believe Canadian Tire got out of selling anything but pellet guns (and later paintball guns) at that point.  

Other Toy Lines / Re: Official Simpsons Toys Thread
« on: May 7, 2003, 04:12 PM »
Hmm, blue suited burns.  Maybe, just maybe.  Scott?

Only other coming figure that interests me is Stephen Hawking.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Saga 4-packs: Love 'em or hate 'em?
« on: May 7, 2003, 03:49 PM »
I think 3-4 weeks in the US is too long.  The first (BH) set is to arrive at TRU in Canada in May.  It's May, they ain't here, but should be out for you folks any day.  

Not sure if you'll see the staggered release like Canada will or not.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What else do you collect?
« on: May 7, 2003, 03:05 PM »
Note to self, make sure you get home before wifey today :-*

Oh, nothing like that.  

I didn't know you wanted all those swimsuit issues from the '80s.  Next time.   ;)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: No Maxim at Wal Mart!
« on: May 7, 2003, 03:03 PM »
Ah, Canada.

Previously, in certain respects, quite similar to the US.  Background check (usually 3 week turnaround) and then fine.  Probably 20 years ago that was not necessary, but I was just a bit too young to own a gun then.

Handguns, for the most part, have always been illegal in Canada.  Same goes for automatic weapons and most semi-automatic weapons.  The semi-auto stuff like AR-15s are a no no, for the most part.  Semi-auto hunting rifles are ok, but I believe magazine capacity is limited.  Back to handguns.  You can own them, but they must be registered and you must declare where they will be used.  Typically that is only at a range and then stored at home or range.  There are regulations about transporting them between the two points as well.

Recently, the Federal Goobermint installed the Firearms registration act.  You must now have a firearms acquisition certificate, essentially, a gun license.  This has cost the Feds at least a billion dollars to install, much to the dismay of most of the population.  Those would be tax dollars, not license fees too, though the latter exist, they hardly pay for the registration process.  Many have opted to not have the certificate and as such, are now viewed as criminals.  You need the certificate to purchase and own the weapon and to purchase and own the ammunition.  

Cynically, what it seems to amount to is civilians being charged when the weapons are stolen from their home and are used in the commission of a crime.  There are storage regulations for firearms as well.  Trigger lock, locking cabinet with ammunition locked in a separate compartment from the weapon itself.  

Realistically, it cost one billion dollars and rising and has done nothing to stop the use of firearms in commission of a crime.  That, for all but the political types, seems to be  a no brainer.  Most that are involved in armed crimes don't typically register their weapons.  Do they? ::)

I am completely willing to be corrected on finer points, but it gives you the gist of the regulations.  I do not own any firearms, though I have an FAC.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What else do you collect?
« on: May 7, 2003, 02:52 PM »
Brent - Not sure...if they do come, whoo boy She Hulky goodness, you might not see me for a few days

And I wouldn't blame you a bit.  

I'm not sure how accurate that shipping-tracking is.  Stuff usually gets down to your area reasonably quick (relative to when I shipped it :-\) so maybe.  But maybe not too.  I think there are lots of things in there I never told you about, so hopefully you enjoy the contents.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: May 7, 2003, 02:47 PM »

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: No Maxim at Wal Mart!
« on: May 7, 2003, 02:32 PM »
Agreed.  doing so without proper background checks and a suitable wait period is really not a particularly good or bright thing to do.  

Of course, it can be taken to the opposite extreme as well.  Just ask Canada.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What else do you collect?
« on: May 7, 2003, 02:29 PM »
One swell foop? :D

BTW, Scott, just so you know, Shulkie is coming to you.  In fact, according to the tracking number, you have it.  Is this so?

Newbies / Re: Truant finds home.
« on: May 7, 2003, 02:22 PM »
OK, at this point, you're Matt, they're Matthew and Virex.  

I remembered what I said in the chat.  Just trying to get 'Jeff's attention, though it didn't work.  Regardless 'Jeff', sorry.  

Not going to repeat it here.  Ahem. ;)

Newbies / Re: D'oh!
« on: May 7, 2003, 02:00 PM »
D'oheth, a fusion of my favorite sci fi series and my all time personal role model ( and some say look alike).  How much cooler could it be than that?  Welcome.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone 3-pk ...does it suffice?
« on: May 7, 2003, 01:58 PM »
Sounds like the builder sets will run $10 per pack of 3...

Wave 1 Case is

2x Clone Troopers
2x Destroyers
2x Battle Droids

Wave 2 Case

2x Clone Troopers
2x Destroyers
1x Jedi
1x Battle Droids

I ordered a case of Wave 2 from somewhere :-X

Thanks for the hint.  

I only ordered the wave 2 case.  To make up for it, I ordered teh Saga Scene pack and set of unleashed openers.   ;D

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