Subject: How old are you???

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  1. Pappy

    Pappy Resident Septuagenarian

    Feb 29, 2008
    Subject: How old are you???

    'Someone 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,' I informed him.

    'All the food was slow.'

    'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'

    'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained. !

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

    By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

    But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

    Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore, Levis , set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card.

    In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

    My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer.

    I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).

    We didn't have a television in our house until I was 5. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

    I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.'
    When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

    We didn't have a car until I was 4. It was an old black Dodge.

    I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

    Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

    All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. My brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6 am every morning.

    On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

    Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

    My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

    How many do you remember?

    Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
    Ignition switches on the dashboard.
    Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
    Real ice boxes.
    Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
    Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
    Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.
    Older Than Dirt Quiz :

    Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about
    Ratings at the bottom.

    1 Blackjack chewing gum
    2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
    3. Candy cigarettes
    4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
    5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes
    6 . Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
    7. Party lines on the telephone
    8. Newsreels before the movie
    9. P.F. Flyers
    10. Butch wax
    11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])
    12. Peashooters
    13. Howdy Doody
    14. 45 RPM records
    15. S& H greenstamps
    16 Hi-fi's
    17. Metal ice trays with lever
    18. Mimeograph paper
    19 Blue flashbulb
    20. Packards
    21. Roller skate keys
    22. Cork popguns
    23. Drive-ins
    24. Studebakers
    25. Wash tub wringers

    If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
    If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
    If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
    If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!

    Don't forget to pass this along!!
    Especially to all your really OLD friends...

  2. DCortez

    DCortez TGT Addict

    Jan 28, 2009
    Houston, Cy-Fair
    Don't tell your age

    #5 The Pig Stand on Washington Avenue!

    #7 When I was a kid, you could dial your own number, hang up, and make your own phone ring.

    #23 Watched Tora! Tora! Tora! at the drive in. Was the first time I ever heard a kid say the F word.
  3. cowboy45

    cowboy45 Active Member

    May 1, 2008
    mexia texas
    How about counter checks. They had nothing but the name of the bank, Pay to the order of and no account numbers. I remember my mom using them. You could also take soft drink bottles to the little store down the street and trade for a pocket full of candy etc.
  4. onac255

    onac255 Active Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    El Paso, TX
  5. stockFD3S

    stockFD3S Active Member

    Apr 19, 2008
    Leon Valley, TX
    #7 and #11. Mid-90's in Saudi Arabia.
  6. txpolecat

    txpolecat Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    Yep, I've experienced 3 things on that list.
    Candy Cigs, wax coke bottles, and 45 RPM records.

    Youngun here.
  7. MadMo44Mag

    MadMo44Mag TGT Addict

    Jan 23, 2009
    Thanks Pappy for reminding me of how dam old I am!!! (Sarcasm intended - LOL)
    Man how times have changed.
    One to add and that was home pick up and delivery of dippers which were made of cotton cloth.
  8. cowboy45

    cowboy45 Active Member

    May 1, 2008
    mexia texas
    Forgot about S&H green stamps. How about the Brachs candy bins where you loaded your own sack. I havent seen one in years.What were the white block with the fake fruit in them called? And if you looked real hard in the caramels you could find the dark ones.
  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Active Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Round Rock
    Remember them all except the Packard. I don't recall ever seeing one on the road. Maybe I'm not "that" old.
  10. M. Sage

    M. Sage TGT Addict

    Jan 21, 2009
    San Antonio
    Heh. Head light dimmer on the floor? That's not that old, my Bronco is 20 and it's got one. Yeah, it's old, but not an antique.

    Ignition switches on the dashboard? Like almost every car out there (except the ones without ignition switches that are coming out now) today? ;)

    Heaters inside on the inside of the firewall...? which side is the inside? I'd guess that under the dash is the inside, but I think this means heater boxes in the engine compartment.

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