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Old 10-14-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Reminder of a simpler time or am I just getting old?

A friend sent me the following email. While it tells me I'm older than dirt, it brought back some good memories. Hope you enjoy.

Subject: I REMEMBER WHEN ALL THE FOOD WAS SLOW

'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, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never 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 6 AM 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. Ratings at the bottom.
1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarette s
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!
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:29 PM   #2
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Older Than Dirt Quiz :
Count 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 cigarette s
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
All of the above. What about 16mm film projectors in the classroom and the hall monitor. When was the last time you saw the placard on TV that said "Please Stand By. We are having technical difficulties."?

I saw one last week during a live broadcast of the Americas Cup World Series streamed live from on the water in San Francisco Bay. Think of how technology has advanced that I should see that placard during a live internet webcast.

Howdy Doody's girlfriend was Princes Summer-Spring-Winter-Fall and his pet was Flub-a-dub the Duck.

I don't think I'm that old.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:32 PM   #3
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I knew them all. When I was a teenager I helped deliver milk and block ice for ice boxes. I lived on Toronto Island in Toronto Ont. Everything was delivered by boat. The same person was the milk and iceman. I think Mobydick was a minnow when I was born.
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You don't have to be that old to remember all of these which I do. 59 and counting....
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:41 PM   #5
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I'm older than dirt, and it definitely was a simpler time. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:51 PM   #6
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The movie star quote about no ratings is out of place... Ratings came before TV. And the ratings were because 90% of all movies were porn.
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I guess I need to get the shovel and start digging in my dirt...because I remembered all of them and a few more.

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I'm dirt. The only one I didn't get was the party line. Maybe cause I was brung up in NYC.
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I'm only 35 and know 6 of them. I think its because my grand parents raised me
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:42 PM   #10
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Dad gum it, I knew them all. No wonder they call me the old F--t. lol
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We had fast food, it was chicken.

It was fast, if you caught it, it was... dinner.

Our first TV was green. We didn't have trouble sleeping, because (as Loretta Lynn put it) we was tired.

How long would parents stay out of jail today if while driving, both parents smoked Pall Mall's, driving a non padded dashboard, no power steering, manual drum brakes, bias tire car, no air conditioner, not seatbelted, doing a legal 70 mph on 19 cent gas, with three kids bouncing around the back of the car taking turns laying on the package tray and Mom's arm going out as if that would stop you from going through the windshield.

We got "don't make me stop this car" once, my brother got put out more than one occasion.

Yeah.. I don't see that happening again.. Didn't seem to hurt us none..

Oh and candy cigarettes and cigar bubble gum? What were they thinking? I guess we wanted to be like our parents and Granddad and his Roy Tan cigars.

What about the stale gum with that weird white powder that came with baseball cards.

The cartoon in Double bubble.

Church key to open a beer then pull tab can. Man.. a two hole can sure went down smooth..
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I'm older than dirt. I remember them all and I'm 64. We did have "fast food" tho, the Krystal in Chattanooga, Tenn. Krystal burgers were 10 cents in 1966 and gas was 50 cents a gallon. I was making $1.35 an hour at the Coca Cola bottling plant. Wow, them were the days.
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Ok I got 16 things on this quiz and there is no way I'm older than dirt,
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I hit 11 of them and I'm 47. I'd have to say your score board is right on the money.

How about back when you could rap a blown fuse on your vehicle with a gum wapper and be on your way. We now have multi color, multi size fuses you can't see and need a tool to pull out to look at, locate in various location through the vehicle. Isn't progress wonderful!
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