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Old 09-03-2004, 08:27 PM
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Nostalgia!!!

"Hey Dad," one of the kids asked the other day,
"What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?"
"We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him.
"All the food was slow."
"C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?"

"It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained.
"Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work,
we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it."

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.
But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood
if I figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card.
In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card.
The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice.
This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer.
I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11,
but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black and white,
but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen.
The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of
fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day.
Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look arger.

I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza pie."
When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off,
swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too.
It's still the best pizza I ever had.

We didn't have a car until I was 15.
Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford.
He called it a "machine."

I never had a telephone in my room.
The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line.
Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers.
I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers were the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies.
Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies.
French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food,
you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?


MEMORIES from a friend:

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle" clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.

Ignition switches on the dashboard.

Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.

Real ice boxes.

Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.

Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.

Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz: C
ount all the ones that you remember,
not the ones you were told about Ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum

2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water

3. Candy cigarettes

4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles

5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes

6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers

7. Party lines

8. Newsreels before the movie

9. P.F. Flyers

10. Butch wax

11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)

12. Peashooters

13. Howdy Doody

14. 45 RPM records

15. S&H Green Stamps

16.Hi-fi's

17. Metal ice trays with lever

18. Mimeograph paper

19 Blue flashbulb

20. Packards

21. Roller skate keys

22. Cork popguns

23. Drive-ins

24. Studebakers

25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt,
but those memories are the best part of my life.

Don't forget to pass this along!!
Especially to all your really OLD friends....

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Old 09-03-2004, 08:33 PM
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Re: Nostalgia!!!

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"I never had a telephone in my room.
The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line.
Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
Incorrect, you did not have to worry about other people being on the other phones because you only had one phone. Why, because you paid considerably more for every additional phone you had in the house.

Still cool though, almost makes me wish this was 1966.
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Old 09-03-2004, 08:43 PM
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You know what, sometimes I wish I coulda grown up back in the 50's and 60's. Drive in, drive out to Lookout Point etc.....cheap rat rods....no worries.....





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Old 09-03-2004, 08:47 PM
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Kevin, you sure would love it over here at my house. we have all kinds of things, even some of what you mentioned.

funny part about this is, i'm only 23 and know about almost everything that you mentioned.

i'm kind of curious what my memories will be when/if i get to your age.

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Incorrect, you did not have to worry about other people being on the other phones because you only had one phone. Why, because you paid considerably more for every additional phone you had in the house.

Still cool though, almost makes me wish this was 1966.
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Incorrect, you did not have to worry about other people being on the other phones because you only had one phone. Why, because you paid considerably more for every additional phone you had in the house.

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everybody on the street used the same line. When you picked the phone up, you may hear one of your neighbors talking. Dan
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Old 09-03-2004, 09:05 PM
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oh, I guess my age is showing.
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Old 09-03-2004, 09:59 PM
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My grandma held me to those rules. The same set of rules she grew up with.

I still get odd looks when I bow my head and give thanks at any table I happen to be at.

My brother and I remember those lessons well. His children are held to those rules as well.

I remembered ten of the twenty five things listed and I'm only 33.

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Old 09-03-2004, 10:13 PM
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Dang, I'm older than dirt and I haven't even hit 40 yet! I remember we had a party line when I was a kid and my sisters and me would listen in on the phone calls. How many here use to have a paper route? Man how I hated delivering early on Sunday mornings! Collecting the money was never fun either! I use to have a drunk on my route that I could never collect from and when I did he would hit the roof over his bill.
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Old 09-04-2004, 12:06 AM
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Hated the aluminum ice trays - the levers never worked. Loved the wax bottle w/ sugar water but it really tasted bad! still have my 45s. Butch waxed my hair thru high school. Grew up on Howdy Doody. Wife and I furnished our house w/ 20x green and blue stamps when we first got married. Always fascinated at how the smooth blue flash bulbs were instantly turned to ulcerous ugly blobs in an instant. Was always fascinated watching mom use the ringer washer and loved to stand between the wet clothes hanging on the clothes line. Nice and cool in the summer. Didn't mention the use of light plants and out houses. We lived in a place w/ no electricity and my grandmother would sit up and ply solitaire until 2 or 3 in the morning burning gasoline in the light plant. Drove dad crazy. Killed a couple of rattle snakes curled up next to the cool out house. Going out there was always an adventure. My sister was bitten by a rattler when she was 7, I was 5. We were playing on the roof of the chicken house and I started crying so she got down to get mom. Her foot got caught between poles in a pile of telephone poles and the snake struck her 3 times in the calf before she got free. I still remember watcher her run to the house with blood gushing from her leg. Had a windmill pumping water into an elevated water tank that gravity fed the house. I remember the first car we got with air conditioning - a '56 Olds Holiday 88. I was about 8. Wow what a car! Still have our super 8mm movie camera and about two miles of film we need to transfer to CD before it goes totally bad. I used to get to run the mimeograph machine at school for the teachers.
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Boy does that stuff get a trip down memory lane going. I remember seeing my grandpa taking a roll of tp around the hill in the woods to do his business. Him an grandma lived in town for 35+ years (they kept both farms in the country) and he hated the indoor bathroom. Dad still talks about the one room school in Brodtville and the old 4 digit phone # to call home. Thanks for the trip Kevin.
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color TV anyone?

Not until I moved out of my Dads house and got my apartment with the lawn furniture and brand new 19" color TV......that was 1970 and I had a kid and a wife too.....came with the apartment??


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Re: color TV anyone?

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Not until I moved out of my Dads house and got my apartment with the lawn furniture and brand new 19" color TV......that was 1970 and I had a kid and a wife too.....came with the apartment??


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We got out first 19" color TV in about 1978 when our twins were about 6. A real step up form the 10" B&W! But then they wanted to watch Little House on the Prarie on Monday night so I still had to watch Monday Night Football on the 10".
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Yea, I remember, I refuse to grow up, maybe older but I will never forget those days. Did you tell him about the rotary telephone dials, the ones that used points instead of a NOISE (tone) to dial !!!
I once heard someone say that everytime they got behind their old car it took them back to those days! I guess that is why I still ahve all of my old Corvettes, refuse to grow up
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I used to get to run the mimeograph machine at school for the teachers.
Me also. No other smell like it.
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I got 21 on the list. Yeah, Willy's I remember the old outhouse. They were especially fun in the wintertime. Brrrrr!!!! We lived in an old barn when I was in grade school. Dad kinda turned it into a house. I had to carry water from across the road from the hand well pump the church had untill we got a well. Aslo had to chop and carry wood for the 2 wood stoves we had at the time. The kids on the bus would bray like donkey's when they left my sisters and I off the bus. I think we turned out better than most of them did. Ahhhh, yes. The good old days!!!!! (gag me with a spoon).
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