Took the test. I'm OLDER THAN DIRT!

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by JimB51, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    > '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 'at 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 19.
    > 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, 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 --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a
    > paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.
    > On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His
    > favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him
    > to keep the change. His 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?
    > 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 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 greenstamps
    > 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 some of the
    > best parts of my life.
    > Don't forget to pass this along!!
    > Especially to all your really OLD friends...
  2. elliespad

    elliespad Member

    Guess I'm older than dirt too. Where I live, we still have Drive-Ins AND my favorite pizza place in Lake George has the table-side juke boxes.

    Studebakers were before my time and I've never heard of Packards or Butch Wax. Other than those, they're all from my generation.

    Remember the little ditty?, The worms crawl in , the worms crawl out, In your Stomach and out your mouth. That's how old my dirt is.
  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I remember all that stuff. Nowadays you can take classes on stuff like
    this. It's called The History of Popular Culture 101.

    I remember all that stuff except for the pant leg clips. Read about 'em, but
    never actually saw a pair. I grew up in Minnesota. In the wintertime the milk
    left on the doorstep would freeze. A column of milk would push the paper
    cover up about an inch above the bottle top.

    When I took driver's training in High School, we learned how to signal by
    sticking our arm out the window. (Also a problem in winter weather.)
    Arm pointing left was left turn. Arm pointing up was right turn. Pointing
    down was stop coming up.

    When I was about ten a neighbor drove over one night to show us his new
    car. He opened the door and the dome light went on. We were all amazed at
    this marvelous new convenience and luxury.

    Population of our village was 1000. The folks in the country had party lines.
    At my uncle's farm the ring was two short and a long. In town our numbers
    were two digits. Ours was 37. My dad's restaurant was 89. And we didn't
    dial. We talked to Central (the operator) and gave her the number. Sometimes
    she'd say something like, "I don't think Pauline is home. You want me to try
    her sister's place."

    Yes, the movies gave you your money's worth in those days. Often a double
    feature plus a cartoon plus a short feature (like a travelogue or the 3 Stooges)
    and previews of coming attractions.

    As a kid I took a quarter to the movies. That covered admission, popcorn, and
    a box of Jujubees. The theater was built the year I was born. It was closed for
    some years. Recently my sister sent me a news clipping. It reopened. The only
    theater in business in the county. Still using the same popcorn popper that was
    bought in 1940.

    Blue flashbulbs. Another of the new modern marvels. Around l950 my mother
    went to the drugstore and found Ruby laughing her head off. She said
    Betty Sue (my first grade teacher) was just in here. She brought in her
    used flashbulbs to have them developed.

    (Well, sometimes the new technology was a little confusing.)

    Thanks for the memories, Jim.