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Those Where The Days

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  1. n2gun

    n2gun Thread Starter

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    No Fast Foods?

    "Hey Dad," My daughter 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." "C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?" "We ate at
    home," I explained.

    My Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we all sat down together at the table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I had to sit there until I did like it."

    By this time, my daughter was laughing so hard I was afraid she was going to suffer some serious internal damage, so I didn't tell her the part about how I had to get my father's permission to leave the table.

    Here are some other things I would have told her about my childhood if I had figured her system could handle it. My parents never wore Levi's, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country, flew in a plane or had a credit card.

    In their later years they had something called a "revolving charge card" but they never actually used it. It was only good at Sears-Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears and Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore.

    Montgomery Wards was Monkey Wards. There is no Monkey Wards anymore.

    My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was because soccer back then was just for the girls. We actually did walk to school. By the time you were in the 6th grade it was not cool to ride the bus unless you lived
    more than 4 or 5 miles from the school, even when it was raining or there was ice or snow on the ground.

    Outdoor sports consisted of stickball, snowball fights, building forts, making snowmen and sliding down hills on a piece of cardboard. No skate boards, roller blades or trail bikes.

    We didn't have a television in our house until I was 12. It was, of course, black and white, but you could buy a piece of special 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.

    I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza. It was a Sam's Pizza at the East end of Front Street in Coldwater. My friend, Steve took me there to try what he called "pizza pie." When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down and plastered itself against my chin. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

    Pizzas were not delivered to your house back then, but the milk was. I looked forward to winter because the cream in the milk was on top of the bottle and it would freeze and push the cap off. Of course us kids would
    get up first to get the milk and eat the frozen cream before our mother could catch us.

    I never had a telephone in my room. Actually the only phone in the house was in the hallway and it was on a party line. Before you could make a call, you had to listen in to make sure someone else wasn't already using
    the line. If the line was not in use an Operator would come on and ask "number please" and you would give her the number you wanted to call.

    There was no such thing as a computer or a hand held calculator. We were required to memorize the "times tables." Believe it or not, we were tested each week on our ability to perform mathematics with nothing but a
    pencil and paper.

    We took a spelling test every day. There was no such thing as a "social promotion." If you flunked a class, you repeated that grade the following year. Nobody was concerned about your "self esteem." We had to actually
    do something praiseworthy before we were praised. We learned that you had to earn respect.

    All newspapers were delivered by boys and most all boys delivered newspapers. I delivered the "Milford Daily News" six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. 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 on screen. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they just didn't do that in the movies back then. I had no idea what they did in French movies. French movies were considered dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.

    You never saw the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers or anyone else actually kill someone. The heroes back then would just shoot the gun out of the bad guys hand. There was no blood and violence.

    When you were sick, the doctor actually came to your house. No, I am not making this up. Drugs were something you purchased at a pharmacy in order to cure an illness.

    If we dared to "sass" our parents, or any other grown-up, we immediately found out what soap tasted like. For more serious infractions, we learned about something called a "this hurts me more than it hurts you." I never
    did quite understand that one?

    In those days, parents were expected to discipline their kids. There was no interference from the government. "Social Services" or "Family Services" had not been invented. (The ninth and tenth amendments to the constitution were still observed in those days.)

    I must be getting old because I find myself reflecting back more and more and thinking I liked it a lot better back then. If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your kids or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they wet themselves laughing.

    Growing up today sure ain't what it used to be like in my day.


    Got this in an email and thought some might enjoy it :cool: :) :D
     
  2. $teve

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    and .........MACDONALDS.........that was the old guy with the farm right?:D
     
  3. hewee

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    Those were great days back then and I wish things were that way today.
    There were more caring people then.

    But hey in high school there was a place that we went to.
    The bowling alley and for the ones that had cars one of the very first MACDONALDS.

    Boy they tasted good back then and the fries were the best. You could see them cut up the fries.
    They used beef fat to cook the fries in and that was why they was so good. :D
     
  4. Rep

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    n2 - Thanks for sharing. There is a conservative side of me that also looks back and wishes.....or, at least wonders.

    Some time, when I get, (or take) the time I will share my ideas on what I beleive are the causes of so many problems of the world. My theory is simple. It is the cheap gas problem we have.
     
  5. Mulderator

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    Well where the hell is it? I've never seen it! Or is that the side you sit on? ;)
     
  6. Rep

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    Rep said, "There is a conservative side of me."

    Like most conservative thought, Hehe :), it does come from the dark side.
     
  7. n2gun

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    I bet he hopes it is conservative and not Liberal to the point it is off the chair on either side.:D :D
     
  8. Sooky 47

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    We Survived!

    Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have.....

    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

    Our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

    We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.

    We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable. We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth and there were no
    law suits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents? We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

    We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never overweight... we were always outside playing. We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this?

    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cellular phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms..... we had friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them.
    Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. How did we do it?

    We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

    Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment..... Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.....Horrors. Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problemsolvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.


    :p
     
  9. franca

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    Boy ain't that the truth. That brought back so many memories.

    Thanks.
     
  10. boyoh53

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    That's what is wrong to-day, all the old values chucked out.
     
  11. $teve

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    oh yeah.............i long to go back to the days where we had 240 pennies in one pound......and 480 half pennies.
    and a while before that they had farthings,tiny wee coins......960 to one pound:rolleyes:

    but life was carefree back then...........no danger of being knocked down by a car because there were not many on the roads.:)
     
  12. Wino

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    Rubber guns with innertube strip ammo; foxholes and tree houses; firecrackers that would blow your hand off; chemistry sets with all kinds of dangerous stuff; poison marbles; sling shots; cap guns and rubber daggers; tag and hide-n-seek til all hours; playing doctor; dog bites, broken bones, nasty gashes, broken windows settled by mom or dad instead of lawyers; finding out you can't out run mom and getting your own switch for a whipping you so richly deserve; nasty little comic books; .08 cent neighborhood movie theater with 5 cent huge box of popcorn; the corner store meat market and groceries; wooden scooters made from old roller skates; play wagons and bikes made of heavy metal so as you would get a hernia picking them up; two lane interstate highways and friendly policemen; teachers that cared; house calls made by Doctors; fans instead of AC; that special whistle from the older brother meaning supper was ready and to get home now!
     
  13. n2gun

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    You sure have that right.;)

    Wino
    That brings back some memories, all good. The teachers that taught for the love of teaching and not for money. The childhood games and homemade toys. :)
     
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