Oh yea!

Submitted by John C on 01/05/2004. ( )


All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?

Nobody owned a purebred dog?

When a quarter was a decent allowance?

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time?
And you didn't pay for air?
And, you got trading stamps to boot?

Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . ..and they did?

When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car...to cruise,
peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?

No one ever asked where the car keys were
because they were always in the car,
in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends
and saying things like, "That cloud looks like a ."

and playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once,
you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace,
and share it with the children of today?

When being sent to the principal's office was nothing
compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.

Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

Send this on to someone who can still remember
Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy,
Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery,
the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows,
Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.

As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games,
Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool,
and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that"?

I am sharing this with you today
because it ended with a double dog dare to pass it on.
To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.
And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between
old enough to know better and too young to care.

How many of these do you remember?

Candy cigarettes
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops with table side jukeboxes
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Newsreels before the movie
P.F. Fliers

Telephone numbers with a word prefix....(Raymond 4-601).
Party lines

Howdy Dowdy
45 RPM records
Green Stamps

Metal ice cubes trays with levers
Mimeograph paper
Beanie and Cecil
Roller-skate keys
Cork pop guns
Drive ins

Washtub wringers
The Fuller Brush Man
Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
Tinker toys
Erector Sets
The Fort Apache Play Set
Lincoln Logs
15 cent McDonald hamburgers

5 cent packs of baseball cards -
with that awful pink slab of bubble gum

Penny candy

35 cent a gallon gasoline
Jiffy Pop popcorn

Do you remember a time when...

Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
A foot of snow was a dream come true?

Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?
"Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from
their "grown-up" life . . I double-dog-dare-ya!

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Thanks John

This response submitted by Coyote on 01/05/2004. ( coyote@wideopenwest.com )

Now I feel a lot older since my birthday was in December.....LOL



This response submitted by Alex on 01/05/2004. ( )

Your Old man !LOL

I know I'm old

This response submitted by Bobbi Meyer on 01/05/2004. ( bmeyer@iland.net )

since I remember at least 3/4 of those things !
and I have to wonder why my hair is turning gray !

Been there, recall 'em all

This response submitted by Doug on 01/05/2004. ( )

JOhn, you're a pretty young "whipper snapper" to remember some of those. I not only remember the drive-in restaurants. I remember a few "chicks" who came out to take my order and then return to hang da food tray on the 57 Chevy window. Cute hats, cute shoes, and WOO WOO between the two!(LMAO)

Well I have been around a while.

This response submitted by JOhn C on 01/06/2004. ( )

At times I do have access to wax coke bottles with syrup, Black Jack Chewing gum, Clove Chewing gum and Beaman Chewing gum (pepsin flavored) Even candy cigarretes.

The Roy Rogers Museum had opened in their new location in Branson MO.
Yep they moved everything!

Nope. Don't remember any of it.

This response submitted by Vicki Chritton-Myers on 01/06/2004. ( )

You must be WAAAAAYYYY OLDER than me....

I remember much of that and here's more

This response submitted by Hogger on 01/06/2004. ( )

Thank you so much John. I needed that. It was like a soothing dip in a cool pond.

Here's some that came to mind.

When mom used a wash board and liquid blue.

Aunt Jamaimah was queen and Cracker Jack was king

The Ahgoogah horn and seatbelts with no shoulder straps

Soda cans that required complete removal of the tab

When you could run a tab at the local grocier

When 20 years to life meant 20 years to life

When you could take a man at his word and hold someone accountable

Puppet shows in school

When "Gay" meant "Happy" and your feminine side was your wife

When art didn't include feces, vomit or graffitti

When your dog didn't need shots and pulling the wings off of a praying mantis didn't land you in therapy.

When men were still the heroes in the movies

The pledge of allegence

When Sears carried guns in their own name

When the ultimate sin of pleasure was playing with matches

When pregnancies were caused by marriage

Bible school classes were full and entry into the county fair was still free.

Police cars had that one bubble gum machine looking blue light in the center of the roof.

Thank you again Sir (remember when that word was common?)

A Happy Hogger

How about when beverage cans were steel and hard

This response submitted by John C on 01/06/2004. ( )

crush and the need for a pointed can opener to open.

Drive in movies.

Kids went parking on dirt raod.

when we had dirt roads.

Cars had muscle and did not sound like a sewing machine with failing gears.

You could not find help for taxidermy.

Kid did not drive better cars than their Mom and Dad.

Made in Japan ment the items was a piece of junk.

Made with pride in the USA, ment the product was the best.

You could tell the men from the women by the length of their hair.

Noone hired a guide to hunt deer or fish.

Firestone Wide Ovals and 500 tires.

Hauling hay during the summer and it was thousands of square bales.

Kinfolks would come to family reunions.

mid-afternoon dinner on the ground on Decoration day at the cemetary.

Motorcycle riders had to wear helmets, cars did not have seatbelts.

When you skipped school you lived in fear for several weeks that noone would tell your parents.

Parenst went to school two times per year for parent teacher conference.

You were a redneck if you had a horse.

Pinto (paint) horses had lots of colors and there was no breeding stock classification.

Everyone that killed a nice deer had their picture in the paper.

Bass clubs did not rape the lake.

You could drink from the spring and noone feared for thier life.

Chickens had taste.

You could buy raw milk down the road at your friends place.

You could be eggs that had dark yellow yolks.

Everyone had a garden.

You had to help snap green beans.

Ex-cons never wabted to go back to prison for the easy life.

Camping ment you were cooking over a wood fire.

Camping ment you had a tent and know how to set it up.

Few cars ever reached 100,000 miles.

You traded autos when it hit 50,000 to 60,000 miles.

Bias Belted tires.

Glass packs.

3/4 race cams.

Willys was a car.

Larry Dablemonts hunting and fishing stories were not reruns.

Class trips.

You went to the libary for research.

Cut and paste ment, sissor and glue.

One tv in the house and it had a black and white picture.

You had a blue, yellow and green plastic screen over the picture tube.

You had to work math problems on paper in class and not on a calculator.

Adding machines.

Memeographs machines.

DECA/VICA clubs.

Tube testers at the drug store and hardware store.

A tap on the bottom of the tv jared the tubes enough to come on.

TV repairmen.

Dialing a phone number could make your finger sore.

Colored phone charges!

Pants stretchers.

Jeans did not come from the makers faded, you had to work for them to fade.

Kids asking if they could mow your lawn or rake your leaves for extra money.

Picking up pop bottles for shells to hunt with.

Mobile telephones were as big at your home PC.

Crager SS wheels.

Methal alcohol for anti freeze.

You could swim in the creek.

Finiancing a home for 15-20 years.

36 months of car payments.

Crewcuts, flat tops

Cars had 3 dueces.

Air Shocks

Your Mom and Dad knew you got a traffic ticket on the way home from school or work and that was only a 10 minute drive.

When a car was totaled, it could not be rebuilt.

99,100, 101 Ethal.

Going on a cruise ment the military had put you in the belly of the ship.

The Draft and 1-A classification.

Gunracks in the back windows of pickups. They even had guns hanging in them. Noone feared the kid with the guns, teachers just wanted to know what and where you were going to hunt.

Back row at the drive in movie was not where you wanted your parents to see you.

You did not go home the sameday your had surgery. The hospital kept you for several days afterwards.

Home schooled? Noone was home schooled.

350 cc was a big motorcycle.

You hardley ever saw a Harley, when you did it was either full dressed a sportster or a chopper, seldom saw a Fatboy.

Personal Computer? you were lucky if your faimly had an typewriter, even luckier it it was electric, rich if it was an IBM.

Points and plugs.

Timing light.

Dwell meters.

Correct a type was a new thing.

A 150 mile oneway drive for an appoinment, and you would not be back till the next day.

You did not know anyone that went to the Carribean or Bahamas, Jamaca.

None did catch and release fishing.

You wondered why the TV fisherman relased that nice bass.

DD-214 with a Honorable Discharge, made sure you got a better job than the high school grad.

People with four years of college, had the best paying jobs.

You packed a picnic lunch for the first day of vacation.

If you were a small boy, your parents had you pee in a bottle cause Dad was not stopping until the car needed gas.

There were few no Interstate hwy near you.

A riding mower ment you had money.

Pickup trucks had 3 on the tree or 4 on the floor.

Chet Huntley and David Brinkley doing the news, Walter Cronkite reporting.

Denver Colorado had three tv stations. NBC Denver was on Channel 4, you watched the Fred and Fay show everyday.

Childrens hour NBC channal 3 in Springfield MO.

All the kids wanted to come to your house because you have the funky UHF a antenna with rotor.

Wrestling was on only on Saturday night. Danny Hodge, Scandar Acbar, Jerry Brown.

Taxidermist and Karate dojo's were 50 to 100 miles apart.

You shipped perishables by Greayhound or Trailways cause it would get there on time.

Flathead/slotted and phillips were the only screw drivers you needed.

A set of 7 open ended and 7 box wrenchs and a set of sockets you could do most work on your truck or car.

Then too 7/16, 1/2, 9/16 wrench were the most commonly used ones.

Paper deer forms!

Grandpa had a razor strap and know three ways to use it and only one of those was for sharpening his straight razor.

Tote Goat Motor Scooters.

When you looked up tanning in the phone book, it refered you to a taxidermist not the tanning place down the street.

John C

This response submitted by Steve on 01/06/2004. ( KySteve61@aol,com )

Thanks John c I remember it all, and those were the good old days, and I do mean THE GOOD OLD DAYS thanks again Steve.

Geeze ... now I'm bummed.

This response submitted by Nancy M. on 01/06/2004. ( )

I remember all of the stuff in John C's post and a lot of the others too, but for some reason I remember different TV shows. I was horse-happy, so I never missed "My Friend Flicka" or "Fury", and I also liked aircraft, so "Sky King" and "Whirlybirds" were on MY "must see TV" list. "Rin Tin Tin", "Lassie", and the original "Walt Disney Hour" were right up there too. (I have the same birthday as Walt Disney and I thought that was SO cool!)

How about those cinnamon oil flavored toothpicks?

Plymouths with giant fins? Seat belts were not required by law, but you could buy them and install them yourself.

Remember that colored plastic film that you could stick to the inside of your windshield to cut down on glare? You had to get it wet and then squeegie all of the bubbles out from under it.

Home heating units that had floor grates that got HOT? I mean REALLY hot! (I tripped over that thing and branded my legs with gridmarks more than once! The **** marks lasted for years.)

Tornado/air raid sirens?
Tornado/air raid drills in school?

Opening up the back of the TV did NOT void the warranty - we were just looking for tubes with the dreaded blue glow. Of course, it was OK on some tubes, and here's the most amazing thing - the TV manufacturers assumed that the American consumers were smart enough to read and figure out which was which! They weren't afraid of being sued if some bozo got zapped from sticking his hand in a TV.

Nostalgia is fun, but I truly do see a different mindset today and it bothers me a lot more than the evolution of gadgets and gizmos. Personal responsibility is passe'. Everything that happens today is someone else's fault.

If THAT'S progress, I want no part of it.

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