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#5323324 - 09/23/14 10:50 PM Slow Food
Gravytrain Offline
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Registered: 01/06/11
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Got this one in the mail from my uncle Bob!


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 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, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never 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 12. 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, "Today in Agriculture" featuring local people.

I was 21 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.

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-- I delivered a newspaper, 7 days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 6AM every morning.

On Saturday, I had to collect the 49 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. 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.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend :

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Colabottle. 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 green stamps

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 wringer

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!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.

Don't forget to pass this along!!

Especially to all your really OLD friends

#5323399 - 09/24/14 01:07 AM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
RedHoss Offline
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I thought for a minute there that we must have lived in the same house. We definately were raised in the same generation where folks still believed in quality, honesty, integrity and respect. Most of thesen are pretty much gone now days. I'm with you on this one, these are some of my greatest memories too and I sure do miss those days. Thanks for the memories!

#5323446 - 09/24/14 05:36 AM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
Dave Davidson Offline
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Yep, that's like looking in my rear view mirror. I also burnt my self on my first taste of pizza pie. Dang cheese stuck to the roof of my mouth and I had to dig it out with my finger. The skin finally grew back.
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#5323607 - 09/24/14 08:08 AM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
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Registered: 10/14/09
Posts: 614
Loc: Southern Okla.
I remember every thing on that list except the pant leg clips. Our milk was delivered on Saturday nights so the milk man could watch the fights with us.

#5323658 - 09/24/14 08:39 AM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
HuntingTexas Online   content
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Registered: 01/06/08
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Loc: Out of Dallas Co. SOON !!
Great post, thanks to you and Uncle Bob.

If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!
I'm at 17 ......

Pizza, I don't remember where it was but I do know I went to Shakey's and Shotgun Sam's in Dallas a lot back then.
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#5323697 - 09/24/14 08:57 AM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
redfred Offline

Registered: 04/18/09
Posts: 1380
Loc: La Porte
Oh, what a great way to start the day. I hit 25 out of 25. I just turned 60 and I keep getting reminded every day about "the old days". I've quit going to antique stores because I keep seeing the toys I played with as a kid for sale as "antiques". That's pretty depressing. If I had held onto some of my old toys, baseball cards, and BB guns from back then, I'd probably have more retirement funds than I have in my IRA.
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#5323748 - 09/24/14 09:26 AM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
redchevy Offline
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only 3

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#5323783 - 09/24/14 09:45 AM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
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older than dirt here, I remember all 25 ...
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#5325086 - 09/24/14 08:54 PM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
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Registered: 04/12/09
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Loc: Argyle
Older than dirt, but I grew up on my grandparents farm.

#5325199 - 09/24/14 09:37 PM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
Believer Offline

Registered: 11/14/09
Posts: 988
Loc: Belton, TX
You know your old when your kids toys are antiques and reall old when the grandkids toys make the list....... :>)
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#5326486 - 09/25/14 04:47 PM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
glb1955 Offline
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Registered: 07/21/11
Posts: 390
Loc: Brazos County Texas
Dang. I guess I AM old. I remember my senior year in high school I was sitting in a McDonalds for my first time. The golden arches had a sign under it that said, 'over 1 million sold'. That was long ago.

#5326503 - 09/25/14 05:01 PM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
Slow Drifter Offline

Registered: 04/09/09
Posts: 4534
Loc: Central Texas
I remember 15 very distinctly, and a few others that I'm not sure if I actually remember them or was exposed to them after their time had passed, but folks still used them. I'm between "don't tell your age" and "early stages of Alzheimer's" I guess.

For instance, in High School record shops still sold 45's, but by senior year a few of my friends already had CD players in their cars, but were still playing 45's and 33's at home, along with cassette tapes and 8-tracks, even a few 78's were still around.

Edited by Slow Drifter (09/25/14 05:07 PM)
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#5420262 - 11/14/14 09:40 AM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
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Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 96
Loc: anahuac/huntsville
23 years old i got 5

#5421834 - 11/15/14 04:38 AM Re: Slow Food [Re: redfred]
Seadog Offline
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Registered: 09/26/07
Posts: 13451
Loc: East Texas
Originally Posted By: redfred
Oh, what a great way to start the day. I hit 25 out of 25. I just turned 60 and I keep getting reminded every day about "the old days". I've quit going to antique stores because I keep seeing the toys I played with as a kid for sale as "antiques". That's pretty depressing. If I had held onto some of my old toys, baseball cards, and BB guns from back then, I'd probably have more retirement funds than I have in my IRA.

I'm in the same boat!!!
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#5422007 - 11/15/14 08:34 AM Re: Slow Food [Re: Gravytrain]
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Loc: North Texas - God's Country
I had a Muntz (?) 4 track player in my '69 Road Runner mounted on the floor hump. I think that car had vent windows too.

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