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  1. #1
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    Just take the quiz at the end!
    Hey Dad," one of my kids 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 on, 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 larger.

    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, they 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.

    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: 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 colored 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 Green Stamps
    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.


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    Oh hell, 6-10 I am getting older. Sonny, pass me my cane!


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    I'm not that old and I scored an 11. What the F!!

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    I guess I am older than dirt.

    Remember when we could get on our bikes and ride all day long without our parents having to worry about us?

    We had to come home when the street lights came on!

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    hummmm....Im only 50 and I remember all that stuff

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    Originally posted by dec
    hummmm....Im only 50 and I remember all that stuff
    I'm 45 and I remember it.

    [Edited by HeyBob on 10-04-2005 at 01:00 AM]

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    Get the nurse I got 25.

    now add to the list

    Radio shows
    Big John and sparkie
    Gun Smoke
    Green hornet (radio not TV)

    Line busy the old crank phone ( phone with a battery)
    The first Kindergarden at shool
    5cent ice cream bars.
    When you could not use an out of town check


    There is more but I can mot remember
    Old snipes don't die they just loose their steam

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    How about two pieces of candy for .01

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    I'm only 35 and like I said I got 11. But I do remember, cigarettes .75, gas .50gal, 2 paper shopping bags of food $20, five and dime stores where everything was.05 and .10, able to stay out to dark with no worry, able to go down the train tracks to build a fort, needing a wagon to carry your personal portable stereo and it took 10-12 D batteries. How about going to a movie for .50 or .75 for the popular night movies, car washes where they actually washed your car or full service gas stations and getting full service.

    Boy, times sure have changed and not that long ago.

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    Originally posted by HeyBob
    I guess I am older than dirt.
    Remember when we could get on our bikes and ride all day long without our parents having to worry about us?
    We had to come home when the street lights came on!
    Isn't that the truth?

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    Go figure, I got 6.

    I've never heard of some of those things.
    Get back to work.

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    13. But my grandmother was born in 1910. And she kept things in good condition including those old ice trays. As kids we visited a lot. I'm 41.
    Back in the early 1970s we had our milk delivered. and I remember when I was in kindergarden my mom drove an old Studebaker that had nothing but problems. When we drove to the gas station she always asked for green stamps.
    Yes on the candy cigs. I had dozens of 45 records.

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    Great

    Don't remember seeing #1 or 20. If you licked the flash bulb before you put it in the socket it worked every time. LOL
    Be safe not fast. body parts don't grow back

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