Monday, May 18, 2009

The good old days---Part two!

Your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done and wore high heels.
Atomic War was a real everyday thought.
Men carried metal lunch boxes to work.
Mom was at home when the kids got home from school.
Nobody owned a purebred dog.
A quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter, a huge bonus.
You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
The worst thing you could do at school was smoke in the bathrooms, flunk a test or chew gum.
A '55 Chevy was everyone's dream car -- to cruise, peel out, lay rubber.
People went steady and girls wore a class ring with an inch of wrapped yarn so it would fit her finger.
No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked.
You got in big trouble if you accidentally locked the doors at home, since no one ever had a key.
Lying on your back on the grass with your friends and saying things like "That cloud looks like a ...?"
Jumping waves at the ocean for hours in that cold water.
Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game. Back then, baseball was not a psychological group learning experience; it was a game.
Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger.
Remember when being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home. Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we all survived because their love was greater than the threat.
Going to the bank meant going inside and seeing a teller - cashing a check - no automatic teller machines.
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo."
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do it over!"
"Race issue"; meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in Monopoly.
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare."
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.

The good old days--Part one!

Old Enough To Remember? Remember When?
Remember when... You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time. And, you didn't pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to boot!
Remember when...
All soft drinks came in bottles and you could get a deposit back.
Cars had no air-conditioning.
There was "free air" at all service stations.
There were S&H green stamps.
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time.
You could go as a child and buy your mom a pack of cigarettes.
Music was on vinyl records 45 rpm and albums were 78 rpm.
There was one light (red) on top of police cars.
There was only AM radio.
Everyone took the bus to town.
You could go and see a live Jan & Dean concert for $3.00.
Gas was .26 a gal and ethyl was way too high at .30.
Typing class was noisy.
You only had GM, Ford and Chrysler making cars in the US.
Most of the change in your pocket was pure silver.
Football helmets came without face guards.
The Network News was only 15 minutes long.
Motor oil came in metal containers.
Toothpaste came in metal tubes.
The balcony at the movie theater had the best view.
Cracker Jacks had a decent and unusual prize in it.
The only sideburns you saw were on the pictures of dead presidents.
Every one you knew had a vaccination scar.
You believed everything the Government said.
The worst you could do socially was drink a beer.
Every house had a tall outside TV antennae.
You could call a doctor and he would come to your house (the same day).
Men put on a suit, they also put on a hat.