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  1. Barrelbulge(Fl)

    Barrelbulge(Fl) TS Supporters TS Supporters

    Aug 27, 2007
    West Central Florida
    gone but not forgotten....

    "Good night and God bless."

    I think you'll enjoy it. Whoever wrote this must have been my next door neighbor because it totally described my childhood to a 'T.' Hope you enjoy it.

    Black and White (Under age 40? You won't understand.)
    You could hardly see for all the snow,

    Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.
    Pull a chair up to the TV set,

    'Good Night, David.
    Good Night, Chet.'

    My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

    My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter and I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can't remember getting e..coli.

    Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

    The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

    We all took gym, not PE...and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.
    Flunking gym was not an option... even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

    Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

    We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

    I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

    I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

    Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

    We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

    Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

    We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either; because if we did we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home.

    I recall Don ny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off.

    Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house.

    Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

    To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family.

    How could we possibly have known that?

    We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes.

    We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac!

    How did we ever survive?


    Pass this to someone and remember that life's most simple pleasures are very often the best
  2. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Near but not in chicago
    I don't remember any of this Bulge, how long ago was this?
  3. ABH

    ABH Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Parsippany, NJ
    I remember very well and glad I was a part of it.

    ART H.
  4. shooterIII

    shooterIII Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    MN (state of socialism)
    I remember those days well.

    As far as the first ones, I have my own opinion, back then we had what is called an immune system, not like today when our world is so sterilized that the immune system in the younger generation is almost nonexistent.
  5. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    It wasn't that long ago ... was it? I had a B7W TV set in college because the price was right (free).

    I did get sick a few times from eating left over turkey that had been 'out and about' for just a bit too long but that was a pretty mild dose compared to my dining eploits south of the border. (way bad - uber sick)

    Pretty good times back then indeed but I'm enjoying present day also. One thing is for sure, I get to shoot a lot more and have way more toys than I did back then.
  6. likes-to-shoot

    likes-to-shoot Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    I can remember those days and I think that was the best time in the history of the world to grow up. Too bad there will never be another era like it.
  7. gailmk67

    gailmk67 Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    I too remember those days....and I am not that old IMO. I guess it was dependant on where a person grew up.
  8. DONNE

    DONNE Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I remember when Dad had out first TV set "delivered". It was a console with a radio and a 78 record player and about a 10" TV screen. I think there was only 3 stations back then too. Dad was really proud of that thing. Must have cost him a fortune !
  9. mike Adcock

    mike Adcock Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I remember only 3 channels and programs didn't start until 4:30 in the afternoon. Remember the test pattern.

  10. birddogs46

    birddogs46 Active Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    don't forget playing army, with god forbid toy guns and trying to kill the enemy and after that maybey getting on your bike, with the ball glove sled on the handle bars and playing ball with the same kids u were trying to kill just a couple hours b4 playing army the 1950's one of the best decades ever to be a kid.............dk
  11. Pull & Mark

    Pull & Mark Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    Yes, The good ole days indeed!!! When this country still have values, Now it seems to run on lawyers!!! Values were better. Maybe we'll come back full circle soon. Hope so anyway. Break-em all. Jeff
  12. don q

    don q TS Member

    May 13, 2006
    In the early 50's my dad built a tv out of a scope from a B-17, he worked for RCA at the time. We would cut school and watch Howdy Doody with a green tint and lines through it.
  13. DONNE

    DONNE Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    "don't forget playing army, with god forbid toy guns and trying to kill the enemy and after that maybey getting on your bike, with the ball glove sled on the handle bars and playing ball with the same kids u were trying to kill just a couple hours b4 playing army the 1950's one of the best decades ever to be a kid.............dk "

    birddogs46 , you must have been a neighbor but we had Beagles back then and Birddogs now :) !
  14. capvan

    capvan Active Member

    Oct 28, 2008
    I remember following an old army jeep on my bicycle that was pumping out fog to kill the mosquitos. Us kids would follow it around town all evening, running in and out of this great white fog. Great fun.

    Pure DDT.
  15. X Trap 2

    X Trap 2 TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I remember when we got our first oscillating fan.

    And we only heated the kitchen and a small ares that had the door to the bathroom. We slept under feather beads to keep warm. At times the ice would form on the inside on the panes.

    Had no car so we walked to the sitter and then she caught a bus to go to work.

    Put the clothes in a tub and put the tub in a wagon and pulled it to the washateria. She washed them then ran them through the wringer. Pulled clean clothed back to the house where mother hung them on the clothes line to dry.

    Spent most of the free time down at the creek. Finally got a BB gun at the drug store for $4.99. That was a lot of money then. Had great times. Ray
  16. maka

    maka Member

    Nov 23, 2009
    Grew up in good Catholic family; nine children. Father worked construction and always drove station wagons. Often on Sunday afternoons folks would load kids in and visit reletive in rural areas. None of us wore seat belts or child seats and all survived to adulthood.
  17. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2009
    IL(The gun friendly Southern Part)
    I always remember the stations going off the air at Midnight i believe. They would play the National Anthem on some stations as they were signing off. Then the test pattern popped up.

    I remember the first season or so of "Gilligan's Island" was filmed in black and white. They then switched to color filming. The last episode was filmed in '67. It wasn't until 1974 'til we got a color tv. I was amazed at seeing the Island and cast in color. The early color sets were not very good but much better than B&W.

    The best was getting to watch "Wrestling at the Chase" on Sunday mornings in color. It was filmed at the Chase-Park Plaza Hotel and shown on KPLR-TV channel 11. Seeing the wrestlers and the color of their outfits for the first time was awesome. I couldn't wait until Church was over to fly home and watch Joe Garagiola and Larry Matysik call the fights. Ahhhh Harley Race, Dick the Bruiser, Ted Dibiase, Ric Flair................Good Ole Days.
  18. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Eastern Washington
    I don't think that I am that old(55) but I remember those days!

    If I was lucky enough to stay up late enough, All the channels(3) played the national anthem at the end of broadcasting for the day.

    My dad would pull the neighborhood kids in the winter time behind an open jeep pulling a car hood upside down for hours. NOT one single parent got excited or even thought about that it might be dangerous! You could get a dozen kid on that hood!

    My first car tape player was a combo 4 or 8 track player(1970) I even had a couple of 4 track to play. I wonder what it would be worth today?
  19. claybuster60

    claybuster60 TS Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Ah yes! I remember those days well. I spent all summer vacation at the park playing baseball. I would be gone all morning. Would come home for lunch and then back to the park for more baseball. You didn't worry about "strangers" as all the guys at the park were there for one thing - baseball. When it would rain we would stay home and play board games - Monopoly, shute and ladders, or card games. Then I was introduced to slot cars, and spent a lot of time at the slot car tracks. I even built a track of my own at home. In the winter, I would go to the nearby ice rink and skate for an hour and half right after school. It was an outdoor rink right next my grammer school. Before the slot cars, I had a train layout that I would constantly work on, building neighbor hoods, and mountains and track layouts. Oh, yes, those were the days. I feel sorry for kids today - they don't know the friendships they could make as we did back then.

    Boy, I could go on and on, but this topic could go on for weeks. It is so great to relive the "good ol' days".

    Billy P.
  20. birdogs

    birdogs TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Vertical Hold, Horizontal Hold and test patterns. WOW, I miss them!
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