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    Older than dirt.

    Most of you on this board might not be able to relate to this.

    "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
    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
    If you grew up i n 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 (Walnut-1095)
    12. Peashooters
    13. Howdy Doody
    14. 45 RPM records
    15. S&H Green Stamps
    16 Hi-fi's
    17. Metal ice trays with a lever
    18. Mimeograph paper
    19 Blue flashbulbs
    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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    , well I`m not older than dirt, but can remeber many of it from my youth and grandparents. I was born in the early 60`s...PR...

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