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Old 08-26-2012, 05:31 PM
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Neat email I received, thought I would share it.
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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... !
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..'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.'
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..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 at6AM 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 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 08-26-2012, 06:45 PM
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Gosh! I am older than dirt!

Mom would wash once a week with the wringer tub. It took up half the room.

I loved the metal ice trays!

My daddy worked for Studebaker before they left the country.

I looked at the S&H greenstamp book till it fell apart.

Blue flashbulbs were the next best invention along with sliced bread at that time.

My favorite Drive In was A&W Root beer.

I do not miss 45 rpms. 33 rpms either. Even older is the 78 rpms of which my brother collects.

Roller skates used to kill my feet and rip the soles of my shoes...but they were still fun! You had to have a key to tighten them to fit the shoe. Remember when you had to pull the toe and heels apart to stretch the skates to fit the length of the foot?

We didn't shoot peas through our peashooters. We shot spitballs. That was enough to clear the room of those who were not participating in the spitball fight.

The remembrance of the sprinkle bottle is one of the first and foremost signs that someone is older than dirt. It was before permanent press, polyester, rayon, spandex and all the other fabrics that we now wear. I like it better than the steam iron. Mom used to sprinkle the clothes with water, roll them up in a tight roll and return them to the laundry basket to 'soak'. in about 1/2 hour she would unravel clothes and iron them...one piece at a time.

This was all during a time when the husband's salary was sufficient to support his family and the mother stayed home to raise the children if she desired to.
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:51 PM
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I remember when McDonald's actually used to taste good!

I remember watching the silent comedian, Harold Lloyd on PBS!

I remember (barely) watching the original Scooby Doo episodes when they were new!

I remember Tom Baker as Doctor Who!
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:55 PM
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Re: Older than dirt

...I remember all of that.
Older than dirt here,....................(seems like just yesterday).
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:58 PM
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I remember when McDonald's actually used to taste good!
Ah...yes! Confirmation that McDonalds actually used to taste good!

My husband and I were talking about this the other day. I wondered if big Mac's changed or if my taste buds changed.

You won't see me at McD's these days. I've read the ingredients in their food online.
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:00 PM
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hawks cry, have you ever 'wiped out' in your roller skates when they would come loose from your shoes?

I had many skint up noses, palms and knees from that because we skated on sidewalks and streets and not roller rinks.
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I remember when MTV showed music videos.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:21 PM
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I remember 5.... whew!
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Re: Older than dirt

I was in the seventh grade in 1965. For lunch we could walk a few blocks to eat at Burger Chef or Macdonalds. Every day at either place I got the following.

Hamburger .30
Fries .15
Milk Shake .30

Yes it was 65 cents. And it tasted great.

Older than dirt coming in at 19 remembrances.

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Old 08-27-2012, 11:24 AM
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I remember when dad got his first brand new car.I was amazed that the car told you which way to turn with the turn signal.
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