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  1. A friend sent me this. It brought back a lot of memories and drove home how much things have changed in the last 60 years or so. Hope you all like it. Remember Slow Food?'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food whenyou 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 'atHome,'' I explained. !'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat downtogether at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she puton 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 goingto suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part abouthow I had to have permission to leave the table.But here are some other things I would have told him about mychildhood if I figured his system could have handled it :Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never setfoot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had acredit card.In their later years they had something called a revolving chargecard. 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 becausewe 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.It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the airat 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 alocally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.I was 19 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 slidoff, 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 inthe living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, youhad to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren'talready using the line.Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys deliverednewspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. Itcost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to getup at 6 AM every morning.On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. Hisfavorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him tokeep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemedto never be home on collection day.Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in themovies. There were no movie ratings because all movies wereresponsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanityor violence or most anything offensive.If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you maywant to share some of these memories with your children orgrandchildrenJust 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 topwas a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what itwas, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to makeit a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on theend of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn'thave 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 gum2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water3. Candy cigarettes4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles5. Coffee shops or diners with table side jukeboxes6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers7. Party lines on the telephone8 Newsreels before the movie9. P.F. Flyers10. Butch wax (that was our hair product)11.. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show andwere there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there wereonly 3 channels... [if you were fortunate )12. Peashooters13. Howdy Doody14. 45 RPM records15.S&H green stamps16. Hi-fi's17. Metal ice trays with lever18. Mimeograph paper19. Blue flashbulb20. Packards21. Roller skate keys22. Cork popguns23. Drive-ins24. Studebakers25. Wash tub wringersIf you remembered 0-5 = You're still youngIf you remembered 6-10 = You are getting olderIf 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 bestparts of my life.
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