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Old 04-11-2016, 07:26 PM   #11
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Did anyone ever use a pea shooter as a child? I could hit a neighbor's window across my alley with one. Not quite as dangerous as a arrow shooting slingshot. Our slingshots used bicycle tire rubber between home made grips.What about taking a roller skate apart and attaching it to a 2x4 and making a true skate board.
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:36 PM   #12
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Used to use surgical tubing from the medical supply store for rubber and cut up a worn out billfold for a leather shot pocket. Wish I was 12 again.
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Well I'm not 12 anymore but I still use surgical tubing out of habit. Seems to perish quicker these days. We could share a shoe, I use the tongue for the shot pocket.

Hmm, instead of horseshoes etc. maybe a different type of competition at a rally.
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:39 PM   #13
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Did anyone ever use a pea shooter as a child? I could hit a neighbor's window across my alley with one. Not quite as dangerous as a arrow shooting slingshot. Our slingshots used bicycle tire rubber between home made grips.What about taking a roller skate apart and attaching it to a 2x4 and making a true skate board.
Yes to all those. Sometimes thinking back on childhood I marvel that any boys live to adulthood AND have both eyes. We used to have matchbook duels, you would hold the matchbook in one hand, the match on the striker with the opposite index finger and flick it so that it lit and few at your buddy. And then there was playing paratrooper jumping off garage roofs. Only one buddy broke his leg....
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:43 PM   #14
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I can attest that an umbrella makes a lousy parachute.
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:56 PM   #15
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I can attest that an umbrella makes a lousy parachute.
Darn - they always used to work in the cartoons...
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:00 PM   #16
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Did anyone ever use a pea shooter as a child? I could hit a neighbor's window across my alley with one. Not quite as dangerous as a arrow shooting slingshot. Our slingshots used bicycle tire rubber between home made grips.What about taking a roller skate apart and attaching it to a 2x4 and making a true skate board.
When I was growing up as a kid, they would have band concerts on the streets of the small Iowa towns on Saturday nights. The bandstand was a portable affair on wheels that would be set up on the street.

One night the clarinet player had his back to us with his bald head and several of us kids had just gotten pea shooters at the dime store. There it was, the perfect target for practice. Iowa Dave can probably relate to all of this. Loren
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We would slide under the fence at Padenzky's junk yard and appropriate a couple car antennas and disassemble them. Then we would find a leaky grain car that spilled out soy beans which we'd store in a bread wrapper ( wax paper in those days ). We called them bean shooters and fired away with reckless abandon at the kids foolish enough to buy specific pea shooter peas. Then there were water balloons, Steelie marbles, M80's and the king of the hill, Zip guns. Lucky indeed.
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Yep, the ammo was soy beans. Loren
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and the king of the hill, Zip guns. Lucky indeed.
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Lucky indeed just begins to cover it. To think that I thought rubber bands would be enough to keep the hammer from coming backwards, didn't learn about equal and opposite reaction until later. And to think that I thought glue would be OK to hold a wooden plug in place in a fire cracker gun. Man, I was a dumb but lucky kid.

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Old 04-11-2016, 08:17 PM   #20
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Jeeze...I thought us Newark, NJ city mutts were tough but you midwesterners almost remind me of home in the 60S. I'm gonna look up sling shots and the like, get on board and see if Judy and I can have as much fun youse guys. We're from Austin now so after some practice those javelinas had better scatter when we pull into that remote campsite ;-]
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