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Older Than Dirt
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Smitty    Posted 06-17-2004 at 11:13:19       [Reply]  [No Email]

LightningBugs / Older 'n Dirt!!

"Hey Dad," one of my kids 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. "Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa 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 AND 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 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day. Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger.

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 15. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a "machine."

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, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 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.

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 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
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)
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 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!

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

Don't forget to pass this along!!
Especially to all your really OLD friends....
"Senility Prayer"...God grant me...
The senility to forget the people I never liked
The good fortune to run into the ones that I do
And the eyesight to tell the difference."
Have a great week!!!!!!

deadcarp    Posted 06-17-2004 at 16:45:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Am i in trouble? I remember most all of them. And the Grit paper. And Chum gum. Here'a a brainteaser - name 6 candy bars that were around when you were a kid. That's about all of them. :)

GeneSC    Posted 06-17-2004 at 14:36:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah That's Me!!! How about outside bathrooms,
drawing water, walking 3-4 miles to school,
AND back, Sat. nite baths in a washtub with
water heated on the wood stove.(no Elect.)
one room schoolhouses with a big wood stove in
the middle to stay somewhat warm,
Kids nowdays would go "stark raving Mad" if they had to live in the way we grew up.
Thanks Smitty for the memories....Gene....

Lazy Al    Posted 06-17-2004 at 14:23:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
On the telephone thing we had a party line and our number was 67f4 so when the phone rang if it was for us it would ring 4 short rings of course every one on that line heard it too and could listen if they wanted and often did .
If you wanted to call some one on another line you would crank the little crank on the side and the operator would answer and you would give her or him the number and they would connect your line to the other one and ring that number for you Like if you called 58f21 she would ring two longs and a short . Of course you always had to stand on your tip toes to talk so you didn't talk to long . If you had an emergency you would crank the little crank for a longer time and every one on the line usually picked it up to see what it was and if they could help .

Joe Dirt    Posted 06-17-2004 at 13:09:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess I'm still mud...I figure I remember about 12 of them. Of course, I'm only 28....

Old John    Posted 06-17-2004 at 12:49:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hi Y'all

Hey, I remember all those things. And, from all the other posts too. Not ALL of 'em fondly.
I remember Dump-rakes for hay. And forking it loose, up on the haywagon. Hauling it up in the haymouw, with a big grabfork, pulled up by a horse, on the end of a long rope. Good work, hot work.

Guess I AM getting Old. 64, in February.
I'm not sure that All times are not Good Times.
I think it's all in your perspective, and how you look at things.

I have to say, so far, it's been a pretty good Life, for me.
'Til Later..........
old John

Texas    Posted 06-17-2004 at 11:31:02       [Reply]  [No Email] this confirms Im old? LOL I reckon it does. I remember most ALL those things.

bob ny    Posted 06-17-2004 at 11:28:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
i must be older than that cause i remember kerosene lamps,no electric, no phone no car, no tractors just horses. mt wife were in a fast food place last night and a couple with three kids
canme in and sat in the next booth them little brats were screaming and running around jumping up on the seats throwing food around and the parants said nothing to them. modern times

Burrhead    Posted 06-17-2004 at 14:45:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
me and Ma don't usually get a Sunday morning to ourself anymore so the last one we had we tore out 20 miles to IHOP for breakfast.

It was a most enjoyable breakfast until 3 yuppies showed up with their yuppie communicators and sat down in the booth next to us.

After that we could'nt talk for all the yuppie communicator music and rings, plus the loud talk from the yuppies into them yuppie communicators.

The youngest yuppie was at least 30 years old. I don't see how the youngsters of today will ever learn any manners until their parents learn a few.

Smitty    Posted 06-17-2004 at 11:18:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Guess I am Older Than Dirt rememberd all 25

Alias    Posted 06-17-2004 at 14:42:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Smitty, I'm older still. I remembered all 25 plus a few more not mentioned.

I feel sorry for todays youth. They don't have much with which to compare.

To some, it would seem like things were hard back then. But, my memories take me back to happier times........gfp

JB    Posted 06-17-2004 at 11:39:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Me too! And how about Dixie Cups of vanilla ice-cream, with a movie star's picture on the lid? You didn't know who you were getting, because the picture rested on the ice cream. What a lucky day when the picture was your favorite cowboy actor!

And how about 5 cents to 5 Dollar Variety Stores, and there was really a lot of stuff you could buy for a nickle?

And double dip cones, made to hold 2 dips of ice cream, side by side! Mmmmmm!

Chas in Me    Posted 06-17-2004 at 11:54:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Remembering Hollywood candy bars, Orange Crush in a dark glass bottle, bubble gum in baseball cards, Hit Parade Cigarettes, for that matter, the Hit Parade, and of course, hand throttles on your car.
Yeah, I'm older than dirt too, and lovin it.

Chas in Me    Posted 06-17-2004 at 12:01:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
A couple of years ago, there was a big rock concert north of us by a band named Phish. My wife and I went down to the interstate exit to sit at a gas station to watch the kids comin through and to reminisce a little.
One young fella drove a 1960's Ford van. Back then they were smaller than they are now. I asked him how it drove. He said it ran good, but that he had to choke it when it was cold.
I laughed and told him he was probably the only kid in his generation who knew what a choke was.
He said his friends looked at him funny when he told them they would have to choke it to start it.
It was a good moment of smiles and friendship with 40 years between us.

Patria    Posted 06-17-2004 at 16:47:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeap, there's still some good around us...not everything in modern times is bad.

I remember many things from the list, either from our home, or from our country living relatives. My mom and dad moved to the city when they were teenagers, and while they were not the only ones in the family that took the road to the city, several of our relatives remained in the country and we would visit one another quite often.


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