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08-12-2010 08:22 PM  8 years agoPost 1
hockeysew

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Co-USA

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(Under age 40? You won't understand.)

You could hardly see for all the snow,
Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.
Pull a chair up to the TV set,
'Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet.'

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to def rost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice-pack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE . and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries, but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

Flunking gym was not an option, even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah ... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked. Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front step, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?

Liberals are like a "Slinky", useless but entertaining when pushed down stairs....

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08-12-2010 09:12 PM  8 years agoPost 2
Bell 430

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West Grove Pennsylvania

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cartoons were on saturday morning, they portrayed either a roadrunner beating up on a coyote or a cat beating up on a mouse!!

Brian Porter AMA 232513 My money flies better then I do

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08-12-2010 09:20 PM  8 years agoPost 3
griz2575

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Life so much better then( and fun )

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08-12-2010 10:57 PM  8 years agoPost 4
dilberteinstein

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I remember the old days of flying in the 60's and 70's.

Man those flights were great.

No TSA

Airline stewardesses thin enough to walk in the aisles

Airline stewardesses without the grumps

Airline stewardesses without the uglies

Airline stewardesses, period...not the confused, misplaced, male stewards of today

Warm nice meals

Just a general feeling of pride and professionalism.

Here's a sample of Southwest Airline stewardesses in 70. Now they hire cattle wranglers.

90% of life is "showing up"

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08-12-2010 10:59 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Dennis (RIP)

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Oregon

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I remember when I was a kid up in Alaska (this was late 50's) we could go to a kid movie (matinee), see a couple of cartoons, and get a candy bar or bag of popcorn all for .35 cents.

I remember when I was a teenager in central Washington state, we could get a pack of smokes for .35 cents.

When I got back from Vietnam in the late 60's, got a job at a Chevron station for $1.35 an hour. Bought a 65 metallic blue Chevelle convertible for cash money (cherry) and had money rolling out of my pockets. I wrecked it pretty bad a couple of months later being stupid. Got it fixed. But, it was never the same again.

I remember the gas wars in the early 70's up in central Seattle pumping gas for .28 cents per gallon. At that time, there were race riots just around the corner in the University district. Also, at that time a baggie (rather large one) was 10 bucks.

Good times.

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08-12-2010 11:59 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Ray Fernandez

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Guam (U.S.A.)

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I miss those days of old. Simpler time.

Ray Fernandez - GUAM

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08-13-2010 12:28 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Dennis (RIP)

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Oregon

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I miss those days of old. Simpler time.
When comparing, it was a totally different culture back then.

Not even close to what it is today.

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08-13-2010 02:01 AM  8 years agoPost 8
Ed W

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Reisterstown,M.D. US

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Growing up in the 40's & 50's it was an AMERICAN culture. Living close to the Canadian border (Buffalo) we went there often, all you had to do was be honest and crossing in either direction was easy.
The only problem with flying in the 70's was you had to sit in the rear of the plane to smoke. Also, in the late 50's early 60's cigarettes in the military were $1.00/ carton, don't remember if filters were available or not.
Also, your car sat in your driveway with the keys in it at all times. That way when someone wanted to borrow it you didn't have to find the keys.
We've really come a long ways since then, but don't think we are going to go much farther.
Ed

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08-13-2010 02:05 AM  8 years agoPost 9
Dennis (RIP)

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Oregon

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We've really come a long ways since then, but don't think we are going to go much farther.
We have been gradually degenerating for many years.

That ain't going farther. Its going backwards. Its not going to get any better for a very, very long time. If it ever does. Of course, most of us old goats will think that way.

I wonder how long have old goats thought that same way over time?

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08-13-2010 04:38 AM  8 years agoPost 10
GREYEAGLE

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Flat Land's

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Ah
Dirt Clod Fights

Walt Disney - vanilla ice cream, red Spanish peanuts and Hershey Syrup on Sunday night

Schwinn Stingray w, 8 ball shifter and sissy bar

3 - paper routes, AM, PM, and Sunday Special

Building your first car from part's

Kites

Pulling boxes on lines behind the bike to see them fly

1st, cleaner's bag parachute that thermaled out

Getting out of school to see the Red Stone launch

Getting my 1st prop cut from a .049

greyeagle

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08-13-2010 04:43 AM  8 years agoPost 11
Dennis (RIP)

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Oregon

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I never even knew what a TV was until almost 10 years old.

While living in Alaska in the middle 50's, we used to gather around the radio on Saturday evenings to listen to Gunsmoke and Perry Mason.

That was it for our media entertainment. That was all there was.

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08-13-2010 05:35 PM  8 years agoPost 12
RappyTappy

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Traveling the USA

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I am happy to be where what is around today. I think if you woulda given someone a smartphone back then, they woulda been blown away and happy to use it. It's amazing to have a device small enough to fit in a pocket yet, take pictures, record video, voice, unlimited information from the internet, phone calls, email, entertainment, movies, tv, ect ect. I mean, wow, how can you not say today is pretty darn awesome?

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08-13-2010 05:48 PM  8 years agoPost 13
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida ...28N 81W

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Thanks guys for all the memories, and remind me how old I am. But is was great back then.

Playing with mecuray and making a penny shine like a dime.

TV stations came on at 4 PM with Howdy Doody, and went off at 10 PM with the National Anthem.

Seeing all those glowing vacum tubes in the back of the set.

Falling on someones concrete steps and knocking my tooth out, no attorney, just a whooping for being careless.

Paddling at school, but the fear of going home with the note (you had to get it signed by a parent) knowing that would be worse.

Riding the bike to the movies, worring only the local bully might see you.

Getting beat up by the local bully, then you were pals after that.

Making match stick guns out of spring cloths pins.

School playgrounds that had stuff you could get hurt on.
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Diving boards

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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08-13-2010 05:52 PM  8 years agoPost 14
fla heli boy

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cape coral, florida

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all the tech is great, just too bad that people today are such idiots.

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