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Old 07-04-2009, 10:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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'Someone 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. !

'Mom cooked every day and when Dad 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 & 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 19.

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 21 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.

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 --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.

On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His 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. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

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 :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.

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 on the telephone
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11.. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S& H greenstamps
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 some of the best parts of my life.
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i remember the first 3! haha
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok now, I'm definitely not old and I remember a lot of those things. Those wax drinks were NASTY, but I loved them...

One of those and some of that big chew gum and I was set. Especially if the gum came with a Garbage Pail Kids card.
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I remember 3 and 14, so what does that make me?
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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2,3,4,5,11,14,15,16,17,18,19,23

Ha, I remember 12 items...I'm almost 37. Some of the stuff weren't new, just stuff that my friends' parents still used or had. Pizza Hut used to have the table jukeboxes through the 80's. The 8-track tape and metal/chromium cassette tapes should be on that list too.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I remember all of those.

Saw a re-run of Jeff Foxworthy doing stand up the other night that made me laugh. He was going on about how much we protect our kids and ourselves from every possible danger and then popped out about two popular toys of the day: woodburning kits and home chemistry sets (that had all the ingredients to make gunpowder). Of course, I got both for Xmas when I was 7.

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Hahaha...good stuff. I remember much of that. One thing for sure is we all rode our dirt bikes and went off jumps and no one had even heard of the idea of wearing a helmet and no one died or became a drooling veggie....

I think "progress" has given us a lot of good and some bad; the bad in my opinion is the lack of personal freedoms kids have today that us older peeps enjoyed. We never had to worry about being expelled from school for bringing a toy gun to play cops and robbers at recess. We never had to worry about being labeled as a "sex offender" for making out in the back seat at "inspiration point" and we did`nt have to worry about going to "Gitmo" and being labeled a "terrorist" for blowing shit up.

I feel really bad for kids today in this overly sensitive, almost Orwellian society we have created. Personally I would give up the Play station and all of the other modern gadgets to have that freedom again.
I half agree with you here but in my eyes kids today have it a lot easier in MANY other ways. Ask a kid in Jr. High the last time he had to ask to be dismissed from the table, or even ate at a table with his parents. Or when their curfew is, what type of music their allowed to listen to, their behavior, manners, morals, ect ect. It seems that all of these have become really relaxed and the kids running wild, making it now in the governments hands to have to do something to ensure safety for the other kids.
It just seems children years ago were a lot more disciplined, and taught to respect others ect. I'm 20 and even from me growing up and looking at my brothers friends (about 23) to looking at kids even a few years under me and how we all grew up it seems like there are some big changes in that short of time gap. This may be just from bad personal experience since I don't think Vegas is the ideal place. Seems as the parents give less and less of a crap the government has to make more pathetic rules to somehow and try to make them care. Of course though either way the children are what get hurt by it.
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Hahaha...good stuff. I remember much of that. One thing for sure is we all rode our dirt bikes and went off jumps and no one had even heard of the idea of wearing a helmet and no one died or became a drooling veggie....

I think "progress" has given us a lot of good and some bad; the bad in my opinion is the lack of personal freedoms kids have today that us older peeps enjoyed. We never had to worry about being expelled from school for bringing a toy gun to play cops and robbers at recess. We never had to worry about being labeled as a "sex offender" for making out in the back seat at "inspiration point" and we did`nt have to worry about going to "Gitmo" and being labeled a "terrorist" for blowing shit up.

I feel really bad for kids today in this overly sensitive, almost Orwellian society we have created. Personally I would give up the Play station and all of the other modern gadgets to have that freedom again.
As an 18-year-old, I completely agree. Especially one who the jailbait seems to all of a sudden love...
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I remember every single one but never saw a news reel before the movie. To add more...
12 gauge with rock salt behind the door
22 target shooting in PE
at 14 yrs old, guns in the truck rack to go hunting on the way to and from school.
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