Originally Posted by 5-90
Hell, man! I was a skydiver for a dozen years. I've fallen straight down faster than most people will ever drive! Try going out the door at 35,000' and see what's going on - as I recall, terminal velocity is something like 180mph @ 30,000' MSL, decreasing as you get closer to the ground (air gets thicker, slows you down more.)
Freako time when I was a kid was to take an old tractor tyre the ones that were about five or six feet tall and a couple of feet wide,) wedge yourself in, and have your buddies stand it up on top of the levee. Then give it a shove - and roll down the levee into the river! I found a good spot, ended up with about a third of a mile to build up speed before you hit the water...
I tell you, kids these days just don't have anything fun they can do, and parents these days wouldn't let them do it anyhow (I'd live to have a bigger hand in how my grandkids are growing up - may not have them play with explosives, but they'd have MUCH more fun than they do now!)
See, now that's just called having fun growing up. I just made it under the wire before everything went all marsmellowey and our society got "chickified" to borrow one from Rush. : ) At about 10, I saw the advent of the 1st video game for the home. You may remember PONG. Most fascinating thing I'd ever seen - for about 2 weeks. Then straight back to the dirt bikes, go carts, pellet guns, wrist rockets, fireworks, and all the fun stuff you weren't supposed to be doing with that crap. In all the places you weren't supposed to be doing it in the suburbs of Chicago. Nobody ever knew where my friends and I were or what we were really up to. In high school we really only spent money on 2 things: cars & girls - usually in that order. You're right. It seems kids don't stand a Chance of experiencing much. Most have been "diagnosed" with "disorders", then put on drugs to "even out their moods". From there, they have to be coddled, and protected from everything including getting their feelings hurt. What world are they being prepared for? Whatever, I'll just end up getting my nieces some fuzzy dice for their ECO Sustains, or any other ridiculous cars that may be available at the time.
EnWJoy the trail!