It’s time for another Funky Foto Flashback hosted by Bex over at Adventures of the Grigg Boys. Join the fun if you haven’t already.

We lived on a cul-de-sac when I was young and practically every house had a kid for us to play with. These were the days before video games and our moms would kick our asses outside until dark. We would ride our bikes, play Red Light, Green Light, have scavenger hunts and acorn fights. On the days when our moms didn’t call us home right at dark, we’d play Ghost in the Graveyard and scare the crap out of each other. It was a fun bunch of kids and I hope my kids get to experience something similar. So far, there aren’t any kids their age on our street. Does anyone want to come be our neighbors?

I’m the goof on the right and my brother Trevor is in the blue collared shirt.

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  1. Amber
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    Really? I’m first? YAY!

    I’m pretty sure we grew up on the same street. And we’re also living on the same street now. I was just telling Tavis today how much I wish there were more (any) kids on our street! It freakin’ sucks! I played those exact same games you did. Til late at night when we’d bust out the Pepsi can and play kick the can in the street.

    I’ll come be your neighbor. Can I bring my mountains with me?

    PS, You’re a spaz! You’re so cute in that picture!

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  2. Cat
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    You are a lucky girl, growing up with kids on your block.

    My sister and I were the only people under the age of 30 in our neighborhood, and most were our grandparents’ age. We spent a lot of time retrieving newspapers for the neighbors and talking to imaginary friends. We did eat a lot of cookies, though.

    I don’t know why, but this pic reminds me of ET.

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  3. Ginny Marie
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    Aw, that is such a great picture! We have a lot of kids on our block, but they don’t hang out and play together yet. Hopefully they will when they get a little older! Your post brings back good memories of growing up!

    Ginny Maries last blog post..I’m Honest and Honored!

  4. bex
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    i think the guy on the left is about to check his watch and realize that he is expected at the Footloose dance contest and then meet up with his friends at the arcade for a pacman tourney.

    great pic!

    thanks for playing!

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  5. Karen @ If I Could Escape
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    Looks like a fun group of kids!!

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  6. mrsbear
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    Looks like a lot of fun. Growing up we didn’t socialize much with the boys down the block, which worked out well since their dad ended up in jail for some questionable activities. We have a few families on our street now with kids our age, only one that we actually hang out with routinely, the rest are more the wave from a distance type. πŸ™

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  7. Maureen at IslandRoar
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    Giant Steps, Red Light Green Light; we played all those games. Our street kids were the Harcourt Heroes. Fun times.

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  8. Sprite's Keeper
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    That is AWESOME! I used to love playing those games. We even played the “V” game based on the miniseries even though my sister and I hadn’t seen it, we still wanted to be whatever character was most awesome.

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  9. blissfully caffeinated
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    That sounds just like the street I grew up on. My mom would come looking for us at the end of every day. Now I’m nervous about letting my kids out the front door alone. Times have changed. Great picture!

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  10. Jessica Bern
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    I grew up on a street like that. things are so different now. I live in L.A. and won’t let me kid play in the front YARD alone never mind the street or walking over to the neighbor’s home

  11. GreenJello
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    I loved playing with all the neighbor kids. But since our family had 6 kids, it was often “the neighborhood against us” in any baseball games. πŸ™‚

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  12. Julie@Momspective
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    You’re cool like the Fonz. I moved to a Cul De Sac last year and everyone on it has a kid my kids ages, so this pic gives me hope. Not sure what kind of hope, but hope. Def. not Bob Hope.

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  13. CDB
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    You ARE a goof. (: Goofy Carly. OH wait.

    I love these..FFF’s. but wasn’t it KOOL and the Gang?

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  14. K
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    I also lived on a cul-da-sac full of kids (all of them boys) growing up. We had a blast.

    That was the life.

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  15. Michelle
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    LOVE! I really want to live on a street like that. ::le sigh::
    I do worry that our kids might not get enough outdoor alone time…

    Michelles last blog post..Things I Hoped My Daughter Would Never Experience

  16. GiGi @ Incrementum
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    I wish my brother had kids on his block with whom to play! Be barely know our neighbors. It really sucks.

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  17. Kyooty
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    Did you hear “come in when the lights come on on the poles!”? that’s what we were told. What a fun group!

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  18. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)
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    I LOVE that picture! We had a similar thing going on when we were growing up, too… We’d love to be your neighbors – I felt so bad for PN when she lamented the other day that she wished she wasn’t an only child so she could have someone to play with…all our neighbor kids are Jr. High and High School aged…such a bummer for PN! πŸ™‚

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  19. jenni
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    i have similar memories of growing up. those were the days.

    jennis last blog post..Uncontained Chaos

  20. HeatherPride
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    That looks like a blast! I grew up on a street filled with retirees so I would have died to come and be your neighbor! Now we live in a very youthful subdivision and there are kids everywhere. I love that my kids always have other kids to play with. It’s so much fun seeing the neighborhood “grow up”!

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  21. Captain Dumbass
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    Wanna do like a time-share neighbour thing? You can live in BC for 6 months and we’ll live in Florida for 6 months?

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  22. Lisa (Jonny's Mommy)
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    This is great! I love this shot and how the kids are just having so much fun together. Man, it takes me back. I didn’t have that many friends, or a street to play on because I lived in the Middle of Nowhere, but I had three very special friends and we had so much fun together! Riding bikes on the streets of the town they lived in (they actually lived in a town, but still kind of Middle of Nowhere territory! πŸ™‚

    So, you brought back memories for me with your personal flashback photo! Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  23. Zip n Tizzy
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    We’re very lucky. We have that now for our boys, and the kids call out to eachother from the screen door. They’re still too little to do a lot of wandering on their own, but, it’s going to be crazy in the next 5 years. Right now we’ve got 17 kids under 7. It’s going to be a madhouse when they all become teenagers!

  24. WickedStepMom
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    Awesome photo! We had a few kids my age growing up but as I got older there were less and less. It may be because we lived in the ghetto….

  25. Lesha
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    My group of neighborhood friends were also for the most part my cousins, which was fine, we hand a pretty large age range, but we had a ton of fun playing all those games, being silly, fighting every now and then of course. I feel lucky to have grown up with a great group of friends too. I wish the same thing for G, to be part of a neighborhood community with lots of kids for adventures and games and memories.

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  26. Andrea
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    Sounds good to me. I’ll start packing!

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  27. Karen @ If I Could Escape
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    Hey, it’s me again! Forgot to ask if you were going to the BlogHer meet-up in Tampa on Saturday night? I’m thinking about it, but haven’t fully committed yet!

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  28. Lin
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    I grew up on a block like that and it was loaded with boys–16 within a year of my age. Never got a single date with any of ’em. I was like their unwanted baby sister–think “Anybodys” from West Side Story.

    Now, there aren’t loads of kids on the block anymore and you don’t necessarily want your kids hanging with those kids anyway. Isn’t it all different now?? Sigh. I wish my kids had the “old days” too.

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  29. Jenni Jiggety
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    I grew up in a very similar neighborhood! Those were the days…

    Now I pretty much don’t let my boys out of my sight because I am afraid of perverts and wild dogs.

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  30. robin
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    Now that sounds like a great childhood!
    LOVE that look on your face. Can tell you were a total ham!
    Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

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  31. Tricia
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    I wished for a street like that when I was a kid, but all we had in our backyard was cows.

  32. ck
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    We’re totally moving next door. I always wanted to check out Florida.

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  33. cyndi
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    I’m packing now! I remember those days – we lived behind the local park, and it was a constant party. Mine have to ride over 2 miles to find friendlies πŸ™

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  34. Katie
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    Aww! We used to love manhunt. I’m suprised nobody got arrested for sneaking through yards after dark.

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