The good old days

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by tspergin, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. tspergin

    tspergin New Member

    newark ohio
    Scroll on down...wish I had that Chevy!!


    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 school?

    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 55 Chevy was everyone's dream cruise,
    peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?

    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 Doody 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 lines

    Howdy Doody
    45 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

    35 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 "cooties"?
    Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
    A foot of snow was a dream come true?

    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 giggles?

    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 motorcycle?
    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 lived!!!!!!!

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

    vfourmax New Member

    No doubt, they were the good old days and yes I do remember about 99.7% of everything you wrote! I find myself missing the slower pace that was life in those times it seems more and more as time passes. Go to a creek today and try to find a crawdad or a salamander, at least around here those are only memories also.

  3. Dano

    Dano New Member

    I remember all of that. I miss it.

    BAMA_CAT New Member

    Metal ice cubes trays with levers and you would lick the frost and get your tongue stuck!!! Man that was the good times
  5. Flintman

    Flintman New Member

    OKC, OKLA.
    Boy Tony I remember it all and I loved it.

    How about loading the trunk with kids and sneaking in the drive in movie, to watch a black and white movie. And again we ain't talkin about race. Thanks for a trip down memory lane.

    Oh yea, stealin watermelons out of the patch at midnight.
  6. Dano

    Dano New Member

    Are you from Texas. back in the day, us kids lived off watermelons and other fruits of the land growing about in S. Texas. Then get home bout dark for some gold fried chicken out of the "ice box". just in time to sit up a back yard tent and catch L. bugs for lite that night and bream bait next day..:big_smile:
  7. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

    GC, OHIO
    I remember most of those, thanks for sharing Tony.
  8. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

    Central Cail
    Yepper those where the day's... :big_smile:
  9. Dano

    Dano New Member

    Are you from Texas. back in the day, us kids lived off watermelons and other fruits of the land growing about in S. Texas. Then get home bout dark for some gold fried chicken out of the "ice box". just in time to sit up a back yard tent and catch L. bugs for lite that night and bream bait next day..:big_smile:
  10. gater460

    gater460 New Member

    reading all that reminded me just how old i really am:lol:
  11. Dano

    Dano New Member

    How did I post that twice.:embarassed::roll_eyes:
  12. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

    Central Cail
    Dano you went down memory lane twice lol:dribble:
  13. Love Them Cats

    Love Them Cats New Member

    Vinita, Oklahoma
    I must be older then I thought?

    I do remember most of them, and miss those good ole days.

  14. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

    Oh yea!!! I remember everyone of those, except gas was 15 cents a gallon. Did you ever go to your local soda fountain---usually located in the drug store and order a glass of water then put fizzes in them??? They never kicked us out, the waitress would just smile and shake her head. Remember sock hops and poodle skirts pretty women playing on the jukebox, dragging main street in my willys Jeepster, makin out in the balcony while the three stooges were doing there thing. Waitresses on roller skates at the local burger joint. Walking through town going rabbit hunting carrying my .22 rifle. Sky King, Lassie, Howdy Doody and Zorro Saturday mornings. Neighbors bringing over pies just because!! Sittin on the front porch swing drinking sun tea. Walking to church sunday mornings. The local swimming hole complete with tire swing. I miss those days, but i will be forever grateful that i grew up in those simpler more gentle times!!!:smile2:
  15. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    done em all plus we did home work by coaloil lamps.had a real ice man deliver ice for our ice box.listened to the grand old opre,the green hornet,and the shadow knows on my granddads radio.wore overals and went barefoot to school.went to the cellar ever time it thundered.paid 75 dollars for a model a drove it 3 years and sold it for 75 dollars.raised ever thing that we eat.hitched up the mule to the wagon to go to the woods and catch our hogs cause ever one let them run loose in the moutains.i could go on for ages like this.tells how far back in the sticks i was born.
  16. punkin570

    punkin570 New Member

    i just love listenin to these type stories, i do remember atleast 80% of them. do go on, im still listenin.
  17. postbeetle

    postbeetle New Member

    I do remember (and don't miss)-

    Using an outhouse till I was 16 yrs old.

    My Dad getting me out of bed at 4:00 a.m. to milk cows when I had gottin at in at 3:00 a.m.

    Sleeping in feather ticks in an upstairs bedroom with no heat.

    Finding corncobs for my mothers cookstove.

    Slopping the hogs from a slop barrel with a million flies on it.

    Baling hay in 95 degree weather.

    Being shut in in the winter for a week because the motorgrader couldn't handle the snow.

    Eating lard and fried egg sandwiches at lunch in my one room school.

    Having only $2.00 in my pocket and my girlfriend from town wanted a $3.00 meal.

    Carrying water from the pump for my Mother to wash clothes.

    Sitting in the potato cellar at two in the morning waiting for the tornado to pass.

    Going to High School and finding out most people thought I was a Hillbilly.

    Forking manure out of a barn all day.

    Watching my Mother cry when her egg money couldn't buy our school clothes.

    Passing the one TV set from family to family because we could afford only one.

    These are only a few of the things I remember and don't miss. I would do it over again in a heartbeat.--John
  18. olefin

    olefin New Member

    Tony I remember all those and a bunch more before then. :eek:oooh:

    Some were not the good old days. :roll_eyes:

    Just a few:

    My folks still had an outhouse when I went in the AF when I was 17. I saw my first TV at Lackland AFB 1952.

    It was 1950 before we had a vehicle that had anti-freeze. Up till then we drained them every night in the winter time.
    In the winter had to build a fire under the tractor crackcase to heat the oil so I could crank it.
  19. txthumper1691

    txthumper1691 New Member

    Temple, Tx.
    dont remember all of it, but alot. i dont remember if this was mentioned, but we had to be on th front portch when th street light came on.
  20. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

    Napoleon, Mo.
    I can remember all of them. I have lived!!