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How old are you?

  1. Less than 25 (12 votes [12.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.12%

  2. 26 to 35 (29 votes [29.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.29%

  3. 36 to 49 (30 votes [30.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.30%

  4. above 50 (28 votes [28.28%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.28%

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#21 Agnostic

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 03:18 AM

This was sent to me by a friend.

"......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.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.
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 Kati 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 bottles
5. Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
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 - Thank God... I don't know what this is! ha
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!...."
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#22 Buttersideup

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 03:59 AM

15430 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes, 59 seconds


:(
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#23 raffphi

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 11:02 AM

heck!

Buzzzzzzing since:

16225 days and 7 hours!
:P :D
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#24 babu

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 12:59 PM

Thanks, Ag, for making a liar out of me. I remember all 25, and thus really am older than dirt. But I'm not taking a 'dirt nap' just yet. I also remember when the 'butter' people wouldn't allow margarine to have color. Margarine was white, came in plastic bags with a packet of yellow coloring you could add to the bag and with copious squeezing, make the margarine an acceptable yellow color. During the early TV years, I remember when there were NO Saturday morning cartoons, and we had to play outside. I remember going to the movies, (20cents) and being able to sit through multiple showings, handy if you came in after the movie started. I remember the first house my parents owned, a 2-bedroom, cost $8,000; same house today: $400,000. Etc., etc., etc.

babu---
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#25 Odd

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 05:09 PM

^T^

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 06:05 PM

13035 days, 14 hours, 6 minutes, 21 seconds
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#27 xagversum

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 07:29 PM

Arvind got a puppy dog one time last year...no, in 2002 ; ) A few days after telling us Arv let us know he had decided not to keep the dog. Nevertheless, Durga returned and played with us on the forum from time to time. Good to see Odd has kept in contact : )
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#28 lynn

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Posted 05 January 2004 - 05:25 AM

Boy oh Boy.....Durga!! woof, woof,,,,good 'ol memories!

It does seem, perhaps I fall into the catagory of
"Older than Dirt",,,,,Drat:)
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#29 Agnostic

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Posted 05 January 2004 - 05:28 AM

This is for babu who has been there and done that.

How old are you?

:D
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#30 lynn

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Posted 05 January 2004 - 05:39 AM

Hey Agnostic! so nice to see ya, the link
doesn't work on this end...take care bud!:)
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#31 Agnostic

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Posted 05 January 2004 - 05:56 AM

Hi Lynn. Nice to see ya again. How're you doing? A very belated Happy New Year. Must be close to 10 pm where you are. It is closer to noon here.:)

Try to copy and paste the link in a new window and refresh the screen. It seems to work okay for me.
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#32 obmar

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Posted 05 January 2004 - 07:17 AM

Happy new year AG, a bit late though...
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#33 Agnostic

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Posted 05 January 2004 - 09:23 AM

Happy new year obmar.
What is all this about banning short-sleeved blouses, jeans, miniskirts, and skirts with slits, in Malaysia? Are you guys going the Taliban way too.;)
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#34 fern

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Posted 05 January 2004 - 10:06 AM

Exad,

thanks for the info. some part of my memory has got erased. now i remember Durga. :D

these days i feed a street dog and i'am wondering if it wonders me as her mom. Arvind = Mom is :rolleyes:
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#35 obmar

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Posted 05 January 2004 - 10:54 AM

Not heard anything like that, where did you got the news from?
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#36 babu

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Posted 05 January 2004 - 02:06 PM

Thanks, Ag.
Now you make me realize that I remember when there was no dirt at all, and all plants grew straight out of the rocks. And then god said, "Let there be dirt," and there was very much dirt. (god kind of overdid it) And god said, "Let there be cleaning products, to remove the dirt, and women to use them.":) And then, both god and man rested for awhile, in front of the TV god had created a few days before, and which was now covered with an exceeding fine dirt. And the women were cleaning the dirt and cursing god under their breath, but god heard them, and multiplied their pain, causing the women to have to bring beer to him and the man. And when he was really, really drunk, god created the rest of the world. And that's why things are so screwed up now.

babu---(that line in my profile should read: 'Been there, but DIDN'T do that)
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Posted 06 January 2004 - 01:41 AM

Half past three.
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#38 lynn

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 05:28 AM

Hey Agnostic seems to be working now thanx! A very
Happy New Year to you also, all is fine and wish the same
to you! Going on 9:30pm approaching shut eye..have a great
day:)
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#39 Buttersideup

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 06:10 AM

yesterday
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#40 lynn

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Posted 24 April 2004 - 03:30 AM

The day following today:)
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