Daytons whale post got me thinking...how good, really, were "the good old days"? i am not real old, but i can remember a lot of stuff i wouldn't want to have to live with again. a lot of life was brutal years ago.technology has made the world much different today than it was 30 years ago, much less 100 years ago. i remember when radios, heaters, cigarette lighter and ashtrays were options in cars. i had a grandfather that worked on the railroad til he retired. he has been dead many years. he used to take a steel pipe or baton and walk the cars while they were moving. bums would hang onto the steel ladders between cars to hide from him. when he found them he would hit their knuckles with the baton til they let go. if they fell between the cars, so be it. today we would call that assult, if not attempted murder. then, it was part of the job. if the railroad found out he had been easy on someone he got in trouble. let's hear some stories from some of our senior members - was it really the good old days or does time just dim the pain and harsh reality?