Are you referring to the Whitten Bridge neighbour?I was having a conversation today with one of my brothers and the topic turned to our childhood antics. I'd long forgotten about some of the shenanigans that took place between us 4 kids back in the late 80's/early 90's. Made me think, gosh we had fun and lived life on the edge, lol.
So, what are some of the things that you got up to as a youngster that would be classed as "reckless" (perhaps rightly so!) or dangerous?
Here's a quick list of things I can remember doing...
* Sitting on our roof. We'd climb the side fence and monkey swing our way across to the gutter and pull ourselves up. Cool thing was, we lived close to the airport and would see the planes taking off and coming in. We'd sit up there until it grew dark most nights.
* Who remembers "Cartoon Connection" with Agro? There was a segment where the host, Anne Maree, (don't know how I remember her name after 25 years!) would be blind folded and eat something "gross" and try to guess what it was. We kids decided to reenact the scenes, but used pretty much whatever we wanted, including many non edibles and probably toxic substances...
* "Playing" underneath the freight train bridge; this was when we were a bit older and rebelous, we had a quarter mile, old rickety train bridge nearby that ran across a very deep valley. Sometimes my older brother and I would sneak out in the middle of the night and meet up with the other local hoodlums and get access to the walkway just under the rail way. Holding on for dear life when the freight trains came across and the whole thing swayed was the aim. As an adult this actually haunts me, as it was just so bloody dangerous!
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Actually I think the Whitten bridge is the one parallel to the freight train bridge? Still over the same deep valley!
I spent my school holidays at my cousins in EK, I vaguely remember them putting coins on the train track (behind Sterling drive) and watch the trains go over and flatten them.
09-07-2016 21:27 #25
I didn't own a bike helmet until I bought one myself when I was about 20. I lived on my bike as a kid, riding around my suburb all weekend (in Brisbane). Shoes were also optional.
We played down at the creek behind the park near my friends' house all of the time. There was all manner of danger there but no one seemed concerned and we came to no grief.
We sat on the roof a lot.
09-07-2016 21:35 #26
We also built a skate ramp in one of the vacant blocks. I would have been 9 and the only girl amongst 20 or so boys ranging from 7-16. We'd be out there all day without anyone giving us a second thought.
Played in the creek behind our house without adult supervision.
We climbed through the ceilings of houses being built in our area. (This one not so safe as I fell through and ended ip in hospital).
Disappearing into the paddocks behind us for hours on end.
09-07-2016 21:56 #27
As I was just writing in another thread about car seats. Not only did we not have car seats (I think I went home from the hospital in a bassinet on the back seat), we also used to sit in the back part of the station wagon and drive around like that.
I'm worried about the licking the beater comment - I still lick the beaters and DD helps me.
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