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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. 'Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa 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'.



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 lar ger.



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, the y 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: < /SPAN>

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 co lored 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&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 the best part of my life.

Don't forget to pass this along!!
Especially to all your really OLD friends

I guess I'm older than dirt....I remember them all....LOL
 

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Hopefully the day will come when we forget this too:


"Original:

Address Gun Violence in Cities: As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn't have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.

Now:

Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent. "
 

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Peashooters: The beginning of the end. Remember being told how "DANGEROUS" they were and you could put out your buddies eye with one of those "WEAPONS" as they went in the dust bin. Nothing changes they just move on to the next target!!

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I got 24 out of 25, I was brought up in a small town in NW Iowa, and we just had 4 numbers for the phone number, and ours was 2501

How about opening pitcocks and pulling a fly wheel to start a John Deere, milking cows by hand, pitching the hog house out by hand, shoveling sileage to feed the cattle, shelling corn, walking beans, detassleing corn, baling hay with a square bale and having to handle them all by hand.

And most of the above were done before you went to school or after you came home

And I ain't that old, just feel like it!!!!!!
 

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I don't know how old you are and it is probably none of my business in any event. I very vividly recall all 25. I am thankful that I do. You brought back some great memories. Thanks.
 

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Remembering Howdy Doody what about buffalo bob or Where are you froggy? answered by "twang your magic twanger froggy, hi ya kids, hi ya, hi ya, hi ya."or better yet how abour Sat morn radio with Buz Corey and the space cadets or noon on sat you could listen to Matt Dillon on "Gun Smoke". Friday nights there was "Inner Sanctum" to scare the be----- out of you. And I can still see my granny doing laundry with a ringer washer and listening to her favorite lunchtime show "Lorenzo Jones" follwed by the old favorite "Days of Our Lives" yes it was on radio before TV ever came about. Darned it hurts to be able to remember all this stuff. Now days its about all I can remember. Long term memory is great It's the short time stuff that gets me now. "Say are we shooting singles or doubles next?"

best

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Never owned their own house,wore levis, set foot on a golf course, tasted my first pizza at 13. THINK about it how far have we come in a very short amount of time and where are we going. All this hits home for a lot of us. Bill
 

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Hell, I'm only 43 and I remember using or seeing with my own eyes 19 of the 25.

Maybe we were poor.

Dad was a traveling salesman with Nebraska as his territory - so he was gone Monday through Friday, 4 weeks out of five. But we fished, hunted and shot EVERY weekend, and he never missed a little league game he was home for - I still remember him bringing the mower from home to mow the infield because the grass was a good 8 inches high otherwise and it wasn't much of a field.

On second thought, I was as rich as any kid needed to be...
 

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For you nostalgia lovers in the group(and who isn't) try the above link. I know it has been here before but I still like it and I listen and watch every once in a while. Turn the volume up and sit back and remember.

For those that like that link try this link there are many things that you will enjoy.

http://oldfortyfives.com

Bob Lawless
 

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Dixie cups with movie star pictures in the lid, cap guns(whacking a whole roll with a hammer, wow),pulling the trigger on your Daisy Red Ryder with the handle open, Marvel cigarettes, turning the handle on the cream separator, the card you put in the window so the Ice man knew how much to bring to the house, and 20 cartoons for 15 cents at the Pix theatre.

Oh, yeah.

HM
 

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pheasantmaster sold over 200 of these ? I think I missed something. Did you mean old 45's


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Well, I certainly remember them all, phone number 2459 in Walnut Creek, CA. Used to hunt those evil sparrows in the orchards and the creek around the home, packed the Red Ryder nearly everywhere and later stepped up to a single shot Benjamin multi-pump pistol that taught all that was needed to know about accuracy, eventried all those samples of gum and so forth at Sam's Store when I had a quarter to splurge with.....Bob Dodd
 

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pheasantmaster I have boxes and boxes of 33 RPM LP albums somewhere here in this house.

I also think there are some 78 RPM records around here somewhere. If memory serves me correctly some of those are Hank Williams records. They never even entered my mind until you said that about selling 200 45's

Bob Lawless
 
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