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Older Than Dirt?

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#1 igonuts2


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Posted 27 June 2005 - 02:00 AM

probably not the most popular topic.

these are some of the things that remind me.

and whats your sign?


"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, 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 chinand 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
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
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: 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

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

the bonus:

"Senility Prayer"..God grant me...
The senility to forget the people I never liked, The good fortune to
run into the ones that I do, And the eyesight to tell the difference! ."

:thumbsup: igo

Edited by jgweed, 27 June 2005 - 09:41 PM.

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#2 yano


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Posted 27 June 2005 - 05:56 PM

I guess my age does show, cause I only got 0 (zero). :thumbsup: Good article, man I can't believe my parents had to go through that.

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Posted 29 June 2005 - 10:24 AM

mmm must be getting old... i scored 11 :thumbsup:
Any other oldies out there that would like to re-live the 70's, might like to have a look at this site:
Escape to the 70's
A friend of mine has helped to set it up.. you can recall all the old sweets, tv, sport etc.
They even have a forum if your really interested.
Take a walk down memorie lane. :flowers: :trumpet:


#4 PapaSmurf88


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Posted 29 June 2005 - 11:47 AM

Wow I feel young now. I scored only a 1 and thats cuz I bought candie smokes from the Ice Cream man as a kid
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