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Author Topic: 9 year old boy can no longer drive dads 30 tonne excavator 10 hours a day  (Read 1259 times)
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« on: December 03, 2009, 01:19:47 AM »

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,,26436095-5003402,00.html

I thought it must have been one of Dallas or Kens kids, but no hes an Aussie.
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2009, 01:32:14 AM »

Well, not quite the big loader - but at age 5 or so, I was standing on a box and steering the flatbed truck - using a throttle, instead of the gas pedal - as the men bucked bales.  Farm tractors, combines, etc. came later.  It was all fun - but even when it wasn't, there wasn't anything to do about it - work had to be done and kids did their share.
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2009, 02:05:00 AM »

That sounds a lot like me, I always got to drive something around on the farm. Started out raking hay and then pulling a hay wagon, we had an old cletrac dozer that I was driving at a very young age.

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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2009, 08:07:49 AM »

Oh, for pete's sake, the kid was having a blast - he wasn't playing with Tonka trucks, he was actually driving one!  Leave him alone.
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2009, 08:38:07 AM »

Wow...with 9 year old and 10 year old boys (and a couple of younger ones) I think I'm going to have nightmares after reading that story.  rolleyes
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2009, 12:50:50 PM »

I'm with reinbeau on this one. Leave the folks alone.

Too many kids today are plopped down in front of the TV and ignored until their 18th birthday, then kicked out and expected to make it.
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2009, 09:58:22 PM »

I'm with reinbeau on this one. Leave the folks alone.

Too many kids today are plopped down in front of the TV and ignored until their 18th birthday, then kicked out and expected to make it.

That is a very astute observation.
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2009, 10:23:28 PM »

I agree, man if I had have been doing that when I was a kid, I would be the owner of the Worlds best construction/demolition company now.

I spose the lil bastard is going to school so I see no problem. It wasnt that long ago that kids were sent down the mines at 9, in some places they still are.

All us blokes know for a fact that we would be besides ourseleves with joy doing that. Its a computer game come to life. I bet my life he can work those machines with a surgeons skill.
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2009, 10:23:34 PM »

Today, too many kids will spend days on end plunked down in front of a video screen.  Ask them to help do something creative or helpful and it's too boring.
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