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Some of this stuff almost made me misty-eyed... Just remembering the good-'ol-days... :D

Doug... 8)


All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from

Nobody owned a purebred dog?

When a quarter was a decent allowance?

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had
their hair done every day and wore high heels?

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
without asking, all for free, every time?

And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?

Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden
inside the box?

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at
a real restaurant with your parents?

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . .
and they did?

When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car...to cruise,
peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went

No one ever asked where the car keys were

because they were always in the car,

in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends
and saying things like, "That cloud looks like a "

and playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules
of the game?

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals
because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you
could slip back in time and savor the slower pace,and share it with the
children of today?

When being sent to the principal's office was nothing
compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?

Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because
of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents
were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was
greater than the threat.

Send this on to someone who can still remember
Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy,
Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery,
the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows,
Nellie Bell , Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.

As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula
Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool,
and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.

Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I
remember that"?

I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a double
dog dare to pass it on. To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.
And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to
know better and too young to care.

How many of these do you remember?

Candy cigarettes

Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles

Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers

Newsreels before the movie

P.F. Fliers

Telephone numbers with a word prefix...(Raymond 4-601). Party


Howdy Dowdy


45 RPM records

78 RPM records!

Green Stamps

Metal ice cubes trays with levers

Mimeograph paper

Beanie and Cecil

Roller-skate keys

Cork pop guns

Drive ins


Washtub wringers

The Fuller Brush Man

Reel-To-Reel tape recorders


Erector Sets

The Fort Apache Play Set

Lincoln Logs

15 cent McDonald hamburgers

5 cent packs of baseball cards - with that awful pink slab of
bubble gum

Penny candy

25 cent a gallon gasoline

Jiffy Pop popcorn

Do you remember a time when...

Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?

Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?

"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest?

Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?

It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was

Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?

Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for
action figures?

"Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense?

Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?

War was a card game?

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a

Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from
their "grown-up" life . . .I double-dog-dare-ya!

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Well, I don't miss the ice cube trays... they were always empty - I like the ice dispenser on my fridge. And party lines - I remember "rubber necking" and listening in to the neighbors conversations. Back in the '60's, one of our local middle aged bachelors knew the old girls would listen in to his conversation to see if he'd been drinking and running around, so he set it up with his buddy, and told him that Froberger had died. Poor old Froberger was alive and well, but his cause of death had already been determined, and his funeral was almost planned before he got word of his demise. :D
Yeah, those were the good old days... I miss them, and my kids get to hear about how it was till they're ready to cry.

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Doug you just brought back alot of old memories.

I remember sitting out on the porch after dinner just to get some fresh air and relax

Every week when the time came we made a big ole pot of fresh Pop corn and sat down in front of the tv and watched Red Skelton, and laughed our butts off :lol:


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Discussion Starter #6
Yeah I know, that's why I put it here... :D Sure would be nice to know what happened :shock: :shock:

Doug... 8)

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I thought of another one. I am 35, graduated in 1990. In grade school, we used those projectors that you put the film in and somebody in the class would get to advance the film when the "beep" went off from the "tape" player. No VCR, CDs, or DVDs. We got two computers in the library in the 5th grade. I think they were Apple computers. I got a Commodore VIC20 computer in the early 80's for around $70.

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Damn, I'm 50 and remember every one of these, plus. Baseball cards in your bike spoke, lead paint, pregnant women smoking and drinking, beatle boots.... Damn I feel old.

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Man, I feel old now. I remember all of them but one on the list. I remember when you would get (2) peices of "Bazooka" gum for 1cent. And when the whole family watched " Hee-Haw" and ate popcorn, LOL.

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David W. I'm right there with you except I bought a Texas Instruments TI99. It has 18K or something like that.

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I actually have a complete set of the Hardy Boy books with the brown covers, and a whole bunch of Tom Swift books. Mention Tom Swift and the Bobseigh Twins in the same sentence and everyone thinks I'm talking about the neighbors!
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