October 21, 2010

Training Wheels & Hand Grenades


"Lob in a play hand grenade, and finish off the rest with the submachine gun."

Look, I didn't have one of those violin lessons & mufflers childhoods; I played my war in the ditches and woods like the rest of 'em.

But even on a level of bald-faced survival, I cannot see how training a kid in 1964 to go out on bike patrol, and perhaps ambush his dad in the backyard, his dad the Korean War vet with undiagnosed PTSD, could be a good idea.

16-inch Camo Patrol Bike, $19.95, from Sears, c. 1964 [1964.posterous.com via dt reader sara]

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