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Old 01-18-2013, 10:24 AM   #1
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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.
'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work,
we sat down together at the dining room table,& 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.
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.

My parents never drove me to school. 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 10. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at 11, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God. It came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people...

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone 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 --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at 5AM every morning.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

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:

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.
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! {or change the color of the print}
Ratings at the bottom.

1. Candy cigarettes
2. Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes
3 . Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4. Party lines on the telephones
5. Newsreels before the movie
6. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate].
7. Peashooters
8. Howdy Doody
9. 45 RPM records
10.Hi-fi's records
11. Metal ice trays with lever
12. Blue flashbulb
13. Cork popguns
14. Studebakers
15. Wash tub wringers
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If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age, &
If you remembered 11-15 =
You're older than dirt !!! THAT'S ME !!!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life..

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Old 01-18-2013, 10:56 AM   #2
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I won the older than dirt award. I wish life was still that way. Where has the time gone
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:58 PM   #3
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Older than dirt here. I also remember motorcycles with a foot clutch, hand shift, and left hand grip spark advance.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:01 PM   #4
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I am older than dirt and glad to be able to remember that stuff. I miss the old days when life was more relaxed and men were men and sheep were nervous
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:35 PM   #5
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Here's some more stuff to add to the list:

Rubber band guns
Cap guns
Wax mustaches
Erector Sets
Daisy Red Ryder BB guns
Mattel "Shoot'n Shells" with Greenie Stick-um caps
Yoyos
Tops
Kites with tails
Red hamburger (not too sweet) relish
Bubble-Up
The mail man delivering on his bicycle with the small wheel under the basket
Balsa model planes
Water rockets
All boys carried a pocket knife, even at school
Tree houses
Jacks
Hop Scotch
If you didn't specify, hamburgers came with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and mustard on a toasted bun
Marbles
Getting in trouble for chewing gum in school
Spitwads
TV antennas on every house that didn't have rabbit ears
Hay rides
Dime stores
Going to the pharmacy for a soda or a malted milk shake
Doctors making house calls
Smoking was permitted everywhere for adults
78 RPM records that were stacked on the player
Kool non-filtered menthol cigarettes
A bottle of Coca Cola was 5 cents out of a machine
Stilts
Roller skates with a key

And now someone else can add more...
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:40 PM   #6
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Steel penny's or Indian head penny's found in your change from the corner store. Three Stooges, Flash Gordon in the afternoon.
Movie, soda and a candy bar for a quarter. Be home when the street light came-on or 5:00pm whichever came first. Supper was 5:30 sharp. Push mowers. sling shots, chocolate dipped ice cream cone. Home made crystal radio, instruction found on the back page of a comic book. Nine transistor radio. Home made coaster crates. Sock Hops, six volt electrical systems. AM only radio's. Vacuum powered windshield wipers, Starter buttons, Hard candy that could break your teeth. Flat top, crew cut and DA (duck ***) defined the social groups at school. Vacuum tube testers free to use at the super market.
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JUST PULL THE DIRT IN
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:36 PM   #8
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I remember all of those too.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:44 PM   #9
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Storytime: We had a refrigerator about 5 foot tall that had a open front ice compartment about the size of a shoe box. This thing would ice up frequently and Mom would have to defrost it weekly. One week she was letting the accumalated ice melt and decided to help it along a little using a butter knife. This worked good until she got to a really hard spot and broke out the trusty ice pick. Yep, she jabbed that sucker and gas started spraying everywhere. Scared the hell out of her, as for me I reacted badly, as I rolled on the floor laughing at her reaction. I remember staying away the rest of the day until my Dad came home. I'll just say he wasn't happy.
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