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Old 12-05-2011, 10:01 PM   #57
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The Good Ol' Days

I seem to remember a world in which women were limited to a handful of career choices, in which it was assumed one kid in each class wouldn't return each year due to polio. It was a place in which innocent people were hung from trees because someone with a different skin color "had it in" for them. A world of water fountains and restaurants and bus seats and theaters from which many were excluded. It was taboo to report some things to the police; victims just sucked it up. Food poisoning deaths were just something to be dealt with; whole families died in minor traffic collisions. Forget zipping between major cities, since interstates didn't exist. Train accidents were frequent and claimed many lives. Deaths from influenza were just an accepted part of life; and, anyone who had the misfortune to contract cancer, well, they just died. Have a child with special needs? That's what attic rooms were for. What about Grandma in August? Air conditioning was something reserved for movie theaters; if she didn't make it, it was her time anyway. Smokers dying at 50 or 60 years wasn't too much different than the average life span of everyone else, so it didn't garner too much attention. Tornado headed for town? 'Hope people are looking outside their homes, because otherwise they won't know. George lost his eye at the mill, so he'll just have to move in with his kids. Want to fly from Baltimore to Greenville to see Aunt Myrtle? It'll cost you as much as a new car.

Give me another five minutes, and I can fill another page...
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:37 PM   #58
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Now I will get my two cents in, speaking of two cents, that is what I had left over from a quarter for the movies. 12 cents to get in, a nickle for popcorn, a nickle for a Coca Cola, the real thing, a penny for a piece of Double Bubble gum and the two cents? Well the two center went for Penny Jaw Breakers....and for that Quarter we got 10 cartoons, Flash Gordan, Lash Laroo, The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy and an intermission thrown in with a drawing for several prizes....I'll take my era over any thing present day has to offer....nothing left to imagination any more...Remember listening to The Shadow, Intersanctum, The Green Hornet, Red Ryder and Little Beaver, Buster Brown, Red Skeleton, Jack Benny, The Great Gildersleeve, Amos and Andy and being a boy I would listen the the Cavelcade of Sports sponsored by Gillette Blue Blades, Joe Louis, Sugur Ray Robinson, Archie Moore, Rocky Marciano, Carmen Basillio, Gene Fullmer Et Al, those were the days...God bless all of you that survived them.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:25 AM   #59
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My grandma was a boxing fan and every Fri night we would sit by her zenith radio (made in the USA) in her room and listen to Joe Lewis fight (whom ever) with nothing but the dial light eluminating the room. Great comfortable feeling..She died in 1946 and I still miss her.
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I seem to remember a world in which women were limited to a handful of career choices,...one kid in each class wouldn't return each year due to polio. ...innocent people were hung from trees because someone with a different skin color "had it in" for them. .... It was taboo to report some things to the police; victims just sucked it up. ... Food poisoning deaths were just something to be dealt with.... whole families died in minor traffic collisions. .... Deaths from influenza were just an accepted part of life; and, anyone who had the misfortune to contract cancer, well, they just died. Have a child with special needs? That's what attic rooms were for.... What about Grandma in August? Air conditioning was something reserved for movie theaters; if she didn't make it, it was her time anyway. Smokers dying at 50 or 60 years wasn't too much different than the average life span of everyone else, so it didn't garner too much attention. Tornado headed for town? 'Hope people are looking outside their homes, because otherwise they won't know. George lost his eye at the mill, so he'll just have to move in with his kids. Want to fly from Baltimore to Greenville to see Aunt Myrtle? It'll cost you as much as a new car. ...
A phone call across the country cost as much as a tank of gasoline for the car,
Your access to books and new information was limited to a trip to the library, which could not hold or afford every bit of information)
When your joints gave out you were confined to a wheelchair and called a "cripple".
You might never get to meet your grandchildren or relatives in another country.

Yes, it is easy to "wax nostalgic", Things change. Some for the better...Some not so much, but change is inevitable...
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It is a definite problem when you use whiteout on the computer monitor. Have you had success in getting rid of the whiteout.

Try turning the computer off.

If that doesn't work, use water. Get a bucket, fill it with water and pour it on the monitor screen. Make sure the monitor is plugged in and turned on.

If you believe any of the above you probably did use whiteout!

Wayne, I don't believe any of the above, but you can believe this, I used an old bottle of whiteout as touch up paint for my DWs white Suzuki Vitara. Matched the white color perfectly, covered those nicks on the leading edge of the hood real well!

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A phone call across the country cost as much as a tank of gasoline for the car,
Your access to books and new information was limited to a trip to the library, which could not hold or afford every bit of information)
When your joints gave out you were confined to a wheelchair and called a "cripple".
You might never get to meet your grandchildren or relatives in another country.

Yes, it is easy to "wax nostalgic", Things change. Some for the better...Some not so much, but change is inevitable...
True but a tank of gas was $5, funny but i don't remember too many folks in wheel chairs. There were many pluses and minuses but kids for the most part survived and prospered
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funny but i don't remember too many folks in wheel chairs.
OK, Let's say many folks in their 60's 70's that could barely walk and remained inactive.....(because wheelchairs were not so readily available or affordable)


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....kids for the most part survived and prospered
As they have since, and will do so in the future!

My children and my grandchildren have a lifestyle and opportunities neither I or my parents never dreamed of..

Personally, I am thankful that they "don't have to walk 4 miles to school,uphill." and will have educational and job opportunities undreamed of 50 years ago,

That they can reasonably expect to have an active healthy life well into their late 80's, due to knowledge about health and nutrition and advances in medicine.

That they live in a globally connected world with growing acceptance and celebration of the diversity of human beings.

I too "celebrate" where I came from (Midwestern farm boy born in the 50's) and am also happy that the world has "moved forward" and look forward to what is yet to come!
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Growing up in Michigan City Indiana in the 50's was the best. I could ride my Schwinn to the beach and amusement park or zoo. Very good memories. One was riding through the ddt cloud from the truck that came thru the neighborhood to kill the mosquitoes. We would hold our breath, everybody on bikes behind the truck. Parents never new.
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Yes! I could also post the negatives of my past, but I choose to post the positives. I much rather remember the good-old-times, then the bad ones. I guess it comes down to a philosophy of "Is the glass half full, or half empty." I prefer half full.

So post away. I'll forget the bad things by the end of the thread.
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How about the Good Humor and Mr. Softie truck and riding our bikes behind the mosquito fogger! Coming home for dinner when the five o'clock fire siren blew or lietening for the fire siren to blow in the morning if school was canceled for snow!
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We could stay out until the street lights came on.
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In the 70's our two boys could stay out until it started getting dark. Not many street llights in Alliance, NC. However, there were times that they needed to come home, either for lunch, dinner, or a scolding. They never knew which. I would step outside, place my index finger and thumb pinched together and give a whistle. The boys said it could be heard over a quarter mile away. It never failed. When I did that, DW would put her fingers in her ears to muffle the whistle.

Now-a-days, I'd probably have the local gendarme coming by for disturbing the peace.

In the 50's, Mom's voice sure did carry a good distance.
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Yep! Back in the 50's we could hear various parents calling or whistling for their kids to come home for dinner etc.
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