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eg8r
06-30-2004, 07:58 AM
I usually don't post this type of stuff, but thought it was pretty interesting. There are a couple different things in the quote.

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"Hey Dad," one of my 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, <font color="blue"> and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it." </font color> <font color="green">I do remember those days, I am still a picky eater because of it. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif </font color>

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 larger.

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: 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
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&amp;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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<font color="green"> This is classic. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif </font color> "Senility Prayer"...God grant me...
The senility to forget the people I never liked
The good fortune to run into the ones that I do
And the eyesight to tell the difference."
Have a great week!!!!!!
<hr /></blockquote> Hope you enjoy.

eg8r

PQQLK9
06-30-2004, 08:10 AM
Well Ed I guess I am older than dirt and then some /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif .I had a similar conversation with my soon to be 21 yr. old daughter a couple of nights ago.

catscradle
06-30-2004, 08:18 AM
Gee whiz, thanks for making me feel even older than I did before and feeling sorry for the "kids".
I also remember:
baseballs which had lost their hide being wrapped in friction tape to extend their lives.
closepining baseball cards to my bike to emulate the noise of a motor.
cannibalizing 3 bikes to make one that worked.
rollerskating rinks.
hearing "number pleeeze" when picking up the handpiece on our pre-button, pre-dial phone.
saying 3-digit telephone numbers to the operator or just giving her (always her) the name of the person or business I was calling.
knowing who the operator is.
being able to get a baseball, basketball, hockey, or football game going without an organization run by adults.
hanging out in the bushes around the drive-in with my friends to see a movie for free.

I could go on forever and of course there was a downside then too, but iterating that is no fun.

Chris Cass
06-30-2004, 08:44 AM
/ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif,

Just asked Heide to buy me some of those ice cube trays the other day. She said, what kind? LOL I remember when the Nomad was a hot ride. I remember when you didn't swear in front of girls. I remember taking the tubes down to the drug store to test to get the tv back running. I remember when generaters were in cars. I remember when full service ment check the oil and do the windshield. I remember when, respect of others was the only thing to do.

Bummed now,

C.C.

Wally_in_Cincy
06-30-2004, 08:45 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote eg8r:</font><hr>
...I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza... <hr /></blockquote>

The only pizza I had until I was 14 was that Chef Boy-ar-dee stuff in the box.

I was just thinking the other day the first real Tex-Mex I had was in Austin when I was 19. Had my first margarita and first chicken-fried staek on that trip too. Been hooked on all of them ever since, even though I have never had chicken-fried steak as good as it was at a place called Rosie's(?) out in the country, about 2 miles from Lake Travis.

and me and TomCincy remember all that other stuff too, except for the colored lens on the tv /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Wally_in_Cincy
06-30-2004, 08:52 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote catscradle:</font><hr>
.... saying 3-digit telephone numbers to the operator...<hr /></blockquote>

I was born in the 5-digit age /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

If you really wanted to use 7 digits it was <font color="blue"> TWinbrook 50268 </font color> /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

pretty soon it will be 10 digits all the time

pooltchr
06-30-2004, 09:24 AM
I too fall into the "older than diort" catagory. Oh yeah, how about those ugly silver aluminum Christmas trees with a color wheel in front of it????
Steve~~~feel the need to go home and take a nap now.

catscradle
06-30-2004, 09:45 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Wally_in_Cincy:</font><hr>
pretty soon it will be 10 digits all the time <hr /></blockquote>

For whatever reason I don't know, but in my area code, and I think all of MA., it is already always 11 digits because even for a local call we have to dial 1 first.

Wally_in_Cincy
06-30-2004, 09:55 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote pooltchr:</font><hr> ...how about those ugly silver aluminum Christmas trees with a color wheel in front of it????
...<hr /></blockquote>

Yep /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif. Had one. After Mom and Dad moved out of the hills of Eastern KY they thought that was pretty hip /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Actually I think those things made a comeback recently. Nostalgia I guess.

Wally &lt;~~ thought they were hip too /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

<font color="blue">Introduced to the market in 1959 by the Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the aluminum Christmas tree soon became a staple in people's homes at Christmastime. Aluminum trees had a unique, "modern" look that appealed to consumers during the Space Age, they easy to set up and take down and they did not require the stringing of lights, due to the potential of electrical shock. Instead, lighting was provided separately by a rotating color wheel - a spotlight with three or four colored lenses that changed the apparent color of the tree as the lens rorated in front of the light.


http://www.aluminumchristmastrees.net/default.htm </font color>

pooltchr
06-30-2004, 10:48 AM
Wally, just out of curiosity, where in Eastern Kentucky. Just wondering. I spent the longest year of my life up there in a little town where the road behind my house lead up into Butcher Hollar! /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif

Wally_in_Cincy
06-30-2004, 11:40 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote pooltchr:</font><hr> Wally, just out of curiosity, where in Eastern Kentucky. Just wondering. I spent the longest year of my life up there in a little town where the road behind my house lead up into Butcher Hollar! /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif <hr /></blockquote>

What town? I've probably heard of it. Butcher Holler? That's coal mining country. What were you doing up there? You had to drive to Hazard to get a beer probably /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

They were not quite that far back in the hills. Livingston, to be exact. Rockcastle County. About 40 miles south of Richmond.

It was a dry county. They had to drive to Richmond to get beer. Richmond had about 50 liquor stores and 3 icehouses. You would buy 10 cases of beer and 25 pounds of ice to keep it cold as you drove back home on winding 2-lane roads, hammering beers all the way.

Rod
06-30-2004, 11:55 AM
I remember almost everything on the list. Party line, lol It was a party line but our phone number was a long and a short! I guess that pretty much qualifys me. And that's the long and the Short of it. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

SpiderMan
06-30-2004, 12:10 PM
In my home town of Sardis, the telephones had nothing but a blank face, and some sort of card with your three-digit number on it. You picked up the phone to call, the operator answered, and you told her (yes, always a "her", usually my aunt) who you wanted to call. Actually, Sardis may still be using that system /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

SpiderMan

SpiderMan
06-30-2004, 12:16 PM
I came after the newsreel era, but I do remember when you always got a couple of Roadrunner or Bugs Bunny cartoons between features.

BTW, I don't know why it stuck, but I can still remember the words to the "Soakey" jingle. And most of the words to the themes from "77 Sunset Strip" and "Fireball XL-5". And all of the words to "Long Lonesome Highway". Man, that was a summer - so many of us kids strapped sleeping bags onto the bars of a Honda 90 and took off for "adventure". Anyone else?

SpiderMan

pooltchr
06-30-2004, 01:09 PM
I had a Paintsville address but was closer to Prestonsburg. I was the manager of the Fedex station up there. Here's the real clincher....I transferred there from the Fedex station in West Palm Beach, FL.......Talk about CULTURE SHOCK!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

Wally_in_Cincy
06-30-2004, 01:19 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote pooltchr:</font><hr> Paintsville

<font color="blue">Home of John Pelfrey UK basketball 1989 IIRC. </font color>

address but was closer to Prestonsburg. I was the manager of the Fedex station up there. Here's the real clincher....I transferred there from the Fedex station in West Palm Beach, FL.......Talk about CULTURE SHOCK!!!!!!!!!!! LOL <hr /></blockquote>

Some pretty heavy accents back in those hills. We were at a baseball game sitting next to some folks from that area. One guy was hollering at the batter "No, don't hit it that-a-way, hit it over yonder" /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

dg-in-centralpa
06-30-2004, 03:35 PM
I guess I'm older than dirt as well. I remember most of everything on that list. While I missed the newsreels, I did have the cartoons first before the feature movie. My roller skates had the key and hooked onto my shoes.

DG- the good ole days?

Tom_In_Cincy
06-30-2004, 06:08 PM
Yes... all remembered and even the color screens on the tv.

Best Chicken fried steak I ever had was the size of the plate and with a cold 'long neck'. In San Antonio TX, circa early 80s.

SPetty
06-30-2004, 07:50 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SpiderMan:</font><hr> And all of the words to "Long Lonesome Highway". Man, that was a summer - <hr /></blockquote>You can find that song on the jukebox at PettyPoint Pool Hall - I expect to hear you sing along next time you're out this way... /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

pooltchr
07-01-2004, 05:22 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Wally_in_Cincy:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote pooltchr:</font><hr> Paintsville

<font color="blue">Home of John Pelfrey UK basketball 1989 IIRC. </font color>

<hr /></blockquote>

Some pretty heavy accents back in those hills. We were at a baseball game sitting next to some folks from that area. One guy was hollering at the batter "No, don't hit it that-a-way, hit it over yonder" /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif <hr /></blockquote>
Paintsville is also where Cornbread Red lived before his recent passing. Ya jes go to Pahkvul and make ya a left hainded tern and yule git there!
I was there for 6 months before I realized they really were speaking english up there. Very nice people, but VERY different!