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Wasn't this most of us?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by senior smoke, Nov 1, 2011.

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  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    Wauwatosa Wisconsin

    I believe most of us can relate to years long gone. I miss those days.

    A little house with three bedrooms,
    one bathroom and one car on the street.
    A mower that you had to push
    to make the grass look neat.

    In the kitchen on the wall
    we only had one phone,
    And no need for recording things,
    someone was always home.

    We only had a living room
    where we would congregate,
    unless it was at mealtime
    in the kitchen where we ate.

    We had no need for family rooms
    or extra rooms to dine.
    When meeting as a family
    those two rooms would work out fine.

    We only had one TV set
    and channels maybe two,
    But always there was one of them
    with something worth the view.

    For snacks we had potato chips
    that tasted like a chip.
    And if you wanted flavour
    there was Lipton's onion dip.

    Store-bought snacks were rare because
    my mother liked to cook
    and nothing can compare to snacks
    in Betty Crocker's book.

    Weekends were for family trips
    or staying home to play.
    We all did things together --
    even go to church to pray.

    When we did our weekend trips
    depending on the weather,
    no one stayed at home because
    we liked to be together.

    Sometimes we would separate
    to do things on our own,
    but we knew where the others were
    without our own cell phone.

    Then there were the movies
    with your favourite movie star,
    and nothing can compare
    to watching movies in your car.

    Then there were the picnics
    at the peak of summer season,
    pack a lunch and find some trees
    and never need a reason.

    Get a bat and a ball together
    with all the friends you know,
    have real action playing ball --
    and no game video.

    Remember when the doctor
    used to be the family friend,
    and didn't need insurance
    or a lawyer to defend?

    The way that he took care of you
    or what he had to do,
    because he took an oath and strived
    to do the best for you.

    Remember going to the store
    and shopping casually,
    and when you went to pay for it
    you used your own money?

    Nothing that you had to swipe
    or punch in some amount,
    and remember when the cashier person
    had to really count?

    The milkman used to go
    from door to door,
    And it was just a few cents more
    than going to the store.

    There was a time when mailed letters
    came right to your door,
    without a lot of junk mail ads
    sent out by every store.

    The mailman knew each house by name
    and knew where it was sent;
    there were not loads of mail addressed
    to "present occupant."

    There was a time when just one glance
    was all that it would take,
    and you would know the kind of car,
    the model and the make.

    They didn't look like turtles
    trying to squeeze out every mile;
    they were streamlined, white walls, fins
    and really had some style.

    One time the music that you played
    whenever you would jive,
    was from a vinyl, big-holed record
    called a forty-five.

    The record player had a post
    to keep them all in line
    and then the records would drop down
    and play one at a time.

    Oh sure, we had our problems then,
    just like we do today
    and always we were striving,
    trying for a better way.

    Oh, the simple life we lived
    still seems like so much fun,
    how can you explain a game,
    just kick the can and run?

    And why would boys put baseball cards
    between bicycle spokes
    and for a penny, red machines
    had little bottled Cokes?

    This life seemed so much easier
    and slower in some ways.
    I love the new technology
    but I sure do miss those days.

    So time moves on and so do we
    and nothing stays the same,
    but I sure love to reminisce
    and walk down memory lane.
  2. Patrick Haskins

    Patrick Haskins Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Amen, brother. Been there & got the t-shirt.
    Pat Haskins
  3. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe

    Jan 29, 1998
    In the Cabana
    I agree Steve, when we started giving away all the good stuff, to get what we were told was better stuff the world as we started going down hill
  4. Jawhawker

    Jawhawker TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Amen... I'd leave today to be there again tomorrow.
  5. BDodd

    BDodd TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Can I go with ya'all P.master? I also, been there, done it, and still wear the T (and white gym sox)......breakemall
  6. Beretta687EELL

    Beretta687EELL Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Ah, yes the simpler times. Great memories.

    Before air conditioning, dishwashers and all those other gadgets that make life easier. Most of us would be dead by now because the average life expectancy of a male as about 63 years. Bill Malcolm
  7. GoldTrigger

    GoldTrigger Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    To be more like Walton's Mountain, A life style with family values, God in our daily lives and respect for one another.

    I don't see us able to go to those times ever again but it sure is comforting to know there are still people that long for those things and a decent lifestyle.

    Thanks Steve would love to meet you someday...

  8. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    innocence lost....
  9. mette56

    mette56 Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Camdenton, MO
    Only if yesterday would return for just one day

    Everything I have today I would gladly pay

    Promise I'd cherish it, and bottle it up

    To keep forever my dad, mom, dead sons and that old truck

    Would Vandalia also fit in

    With the feeling of that first win

    Along with shooting buddies once shoulder to shoulder

    Now gone forever leaving this world colder

    Time and this world gives, then takes away

    But for me I'd be thankful for just one more yesterday.

  10. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    Wauwatosa Wisconsin
    Beautifully said.
  11. BIG B

    BIG B Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    These sure aren't the good old days.....and they never were.

    Quote from Bob Clark at the TG&CC 1994
  12. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I just bought one of these new fangled things at auction

  13. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I just bought one of these new fangled things at auction

  14. avery53

    avery53 Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Northern Michigan
    Funny how we long for yesterday. The older I get, the more I miss the 50's and 60's. At least we have those GREAT memories guys!

  15. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    Wauwatosa Wisconsin
    What is questionable at best is that some young kid will someday say that 2011 were the good old days???????????
  16. slowdp

    slowdp TS Member

    May 7, 2007
    You forgot to add:

    Get up at 4 AM to feed the livestock and milk the cows before breakfast.

    After breakfast, harness the mules and head to the field to actually work a full 10 hours.

    working can to can't - that is can see to cannot see!

    Come back from the barn on Sunday morning to kill and clean a chicken for dinner after church.

    Have dinner in the middle of the day. Supper was leftovers from dinner. What the hell was lunch anyway - a fourth meal every day?

    Running to the out house in the rain and snow for the constitutional.

    Using slick advertisement pages from the Sears Roebuck catalog to wipe with because the good paper was already torn out.

    No money for the comforts of life like toilet paper. That stuff was for the rich folk in town.

    Drawing water - many buckets to wash - from a 100 foot deep well.

    Cutting wood for the fire and then cutting it more for the cook stove.

    Yep - the good old days. My grandfather lived to be 93. He ate pork once a day, beef once a day, sugar on everything (including his rice), drank a couple of beers or had a couple of pulls of the bottle at least twice a day, smoked continuously, worked daylight to dark 6 days a week. One of those things killed him at 93 - we are not sure which.
  17. fortycaliberglock

    fortycaliberglock Member

    Jul 21, 2011
    Ah yes, the good ole days, like in the 1930's, dust, poverty, hunger. Child labor, no weekends, polio, doctors recommending menthol cigarettes for your health, segregation, lives spent sweltering in unionized factories or mines with little hope for advancement, outhouses, septic tanks, no electricity in rural areas, Hitler, Stalin, the Soviet Empire, the Iron Curtain, the Berlin Wall, the Stasi, disco (though I'd take it over rap), Jimmy Carter (though I'd trade our current president for him any day), just to name a few. And yes Bill, many on this board would be dead by now. Of course, Al Gore hadn't yet invented the internet, so no board. And most sadly, there was no K-80...and before you say it, I know, there was the M32 (and Mr. Browning's rapturous M1911).

    I'm in my 40's, but I like my Chevy Tahoe with power everything, Blackberry, $400 laptop more powerful than NASA's moon-shot computers, microwave, DVD, CD, skis that don't break my legs, plentiful food that doesn't poison me, medicine to fix nearly every ailment, excellent medical care, my kids don't get chicken pox, 80 year life expectancy (see excellent medical care), hopping on a plane and flying accross the globe in 24 hrs, comfortable, heated and air conditioned homes, king size beds, incredible entertainment of every conceivable variety (and not just in Bangkok), job mobility, the 401K, my kids playing sports with modern safety equipment on beautiful turf fields, the NFL in HD, the thong! (on her), birth control, Slumber Parties (ask your wife), modern grooming practices (ask your girlfriend), gorgeous Eastern European women now free to travel (do not ask your wife), being able to see the Bolshoi in Moscow, walk through a mall(!) on Red Square accross from Lenin spinning in his grave, a kevlar vest and ceramic plates in Iraq and Afghanistan, calling my kids on my amazing dual-SIM cell phone after a bad day far from home, keeping in touch with old friends and Army buddies on Facebook, etc, etc, etc...

    Let's face it my friends, life is pretty darn good in modern American, better than it has ever been. It's certainly better than anywhere else on the planet. Even with our current problems, and our current president, we are more free, more prosperous, more mobile, healthier, more secure and more comfortable than we have ever been. Twenty years from now, we'll be even better off. Whether in 2012 or 2016, the Obama administration will fade away, our economy will be roaring (sooner with him gone), the OWS crowd will bathe, decide that a job and money aren't the source of evil and pretty handy in a way, they'll marry, make babies and move into a nice suburban home. We'll be building McMansions again in neighborhoods like "Pheasant Glenn" and "Meadow Brook Estates", more gadgets will emerge we can't live without and our grandkids will be torturing our ears with a band some concerned citizens will want to ban for corrupting the youth. I'll watch my grandkids run around the yard, cuss the neighbor's dog for tearing into my trash, and watch my beautiful young wife polish my many trap trophies (one can dream!) Yes, life will go on in America, much as it always has. Joe
  18. copper

    copper Member

    Oct 19, 2007
    I have got some of it back for how long time will tell. My wife and I bought small house cheaper taxes in Game Lands Have one pointing dog getting a second this March nice country road neighbors can,t do enough for you wave to everyone. A few clay targets a few shot guns trying to keep it low key Life it short you are owned by stuff. Not a bank full of money but every thing is paid for.
    my neighborhood
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