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September 10, 2013

We made our own kind of fun

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We, along with my father, would take metal stakes and an electric cord, wet down an area of our yard and let it stand for a day or two being kept wet. Then we would take the stakes and shove them into the ground around the edges of the wet area. Dad would then plug in the stakes to an outdoor plug and the worms came to the top of the ground pretty fast. I suspect the possibility of electrocution was high, but none of us even considered that. We sold worms for a penny each and crawdads when we had them for a dime. Seldom did we make any money, but we did fish a lot.

Evenings, instead of watching TV we would play slips. As we grew older our area of play in so far as slips was concerned increased and was done on bicycles. We would chose sides, one side would go hide the other go find them. The entire neighborhood ended up being our playground at these times. I remember one time I was attempting to get away from some hunters and managed to hit a light pole guy wire. I was peddling my bike as fast as I could and did not see the wire in front of me. I hit that darn thing full tilt and actually swung head over heels over the wire. My bike crashed into the alley and I crashed into the yard of our neighbor. I ended up with a bruise from my neck to my waist at an angle to my body. I sure had fun explaining that little thing to mom.

We would spend a lot of time in Memorial Park. There was a wading pool which was no more than a cement circle about two feet tall and had a pipe in the middle on a pedestal with water running all the time. There was a drain in the pond and it dumped the water into the branch as an overflow. There was also a large cast fountain that was mainly meant for drinking at the tennis courts and also around the end of the park toward 10th Street. Those fountains made for a lot of fun to wet down those who innocently passed by, if they were smaller than you were. The sunken garden around the same area was also a place to enjoy. In my youth it was well landscaped and had flowers blooming all the time and was very relaxing to just sit and enjoy.

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