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The Team Captain
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Aug 3, 2009
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Falls Church, VA

Michigan State

Boone, I had missed that one. Very nice. Reminds me of my youth. Definitely did the mix all the chemicals in the chemistry set one (got some foaming green concoction - cool!). Also had the BB gun which was great for shooting at glass bottles as they would shatter very satisfactorily.

And I definitely lost a few model rockets. I remember getting one for Christmas and setting it off (in Guy Mason Park) only to have in land in the Vice-President's yard (Naval Observatory). No problem, my sister hopped the fence and retrieved it (I'd like to see a kid try that now). :)

We would also manufacture various implements of destruction. We would buy calcium carbide from Sunny's Surplus and then use it to make our version of a Molotov ****tail. Carbide was great fun. What could be better than simply adding water to rocks to get a flammable gas? Making Polish cannons was also a blast. I also recall my friend making a homemade mini-crossbow. This doesn't cover the other items we bought such as throwing stars and blow guns. :)

Ah, the joys of youth. My son will sadly miss out on many of these things.


The Commissioner
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Apr 11, 2009
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Greensboro, NC

Marine Corps Virginia

You sound like a kindred spirit China :)

And yeah, I think our kids are really missing out - their memories will be of classic Xbox video games and epic laser tag battles... I think I prefer our version....

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