Older than dirt!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by AlterEgo, Nov 20, 2007.


  1. AlterEgo

    AlterEgo Monkey+++

    OLDER THAN DIRT

    "Hey Gramps," 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 I 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. You didn’t spend money you didn’t have for things that were luxuries and rarely for necessities! You did without rather than going in debt! 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.

    When kids told parents the teacher grabbed them by the arm the parent said what did you do to make the teacher so angry! I was smart enought not to tell my parents if I didn't want some more!! My parents trusted the teacher until evidence proved different! My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer and they also figured I had legs. 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 1950. It was, of course, black and white and their were programs on for just three hours at night. Some people had a lens attached to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger. My parents didn't help me with my homework, but they still expected it to get done! I had to be quiet when we actually did go to a restuarant or be taken outside for a seat warming. If I raised a fuss in a store because I didn't get what I wanted my life was in jeopardy. I was not expected to cry unless sick or hurt! I didn’t interrupt adults talking, but waited to be recognized instead of shouting a demand for attention. Child abuse was hitting a child in anger, not corporal punishment used as a last resort in discipline.

    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 only had one used car in the family. It had a heater and a radio!
    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!! The cream was sitting on top of the milk in the glass bottle! If you were lucky a Good Humor Ice Cream truck came by in the afternoon and you could get a nickel ice cream bar!

    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. They had to have one foot on the floor in the bedroom scenes if they kissed! People liked dirty jokes and nasty pictures then too, but they knew not to make others who didn’t like them embarrassed. They kept them to themselves. You knew where to swear and where to watch your mouth! Not everyone waited to get married to have sex, but most were responsible enough not to have children until they were married and able to afford raising them. Those that did not were not respected. So we didn’t! Morality and manners were about caring about how your actions affected other people. It wasn’t just about you!!

    A granddaughter found 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 she 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 (OLive-6933)
    12. Peashooters
    13. Howdy Doody
    14. 45 RPM records
    15. S & H Stamps
    16. Hi-fi's
    17. Metal ice trays with 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!

    I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my life.

    Older than dirt! [lolol][lolol]
     
  2. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    + 1 for the Older Than Dirt list... [woot]
     
  3. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    I scored an 8

    Brings back some memories..... cool.
     
  4. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    Well, I'm at a disadvantage here. While I didn't grow up in the era of most of what was listed, I do know about it and have been exposed to it from my parents.
    I got 13, but then again, I'm hopeing to inherit my dads 45RPM collection and Jukebox (last count was somewhere near 1,000 records)
     
  5. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    I remmber 14 of them. $#!+ where have the years went?

    OGM
     
  6. fritz_monroe

    fritz_monroe Guest

    I scored a 13, but a couple of them I really had to think about. Like the party line, we never had one, but my aunt did when I was about 4.

    Remembering a Drive In doesn't mean a thing, we go to the local drive in about 5 times a year. Lots of fun. A shame it is one of the few that's left.
     
  7. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Lucky you, Fritz! They took all the drive-ins but one around here.

    I remember a lot of those things and grew up with those morals. My kids think I'm prehistoric because I expect them to live by them, too.

    How many of you ever drove a car with "3 on the tree"?
     
  8. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Perfect score. Well, I'm dated now. Hell uvva ride so far. [coffee2][troll]
     
  9. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Don't feel like the lone Stranger or Pronto, Ghrit...100% here.
     
  10. AlterEgo

    AlterEgo Monkey+++

    ghrit, Seacowboys, I'm sure glad you guys fessed up first. I was afraid that I would be the only one confessing to getting a perfect score.



    Tracy: Three on the tree that would always get locked in first. Have top go out and open the hood to unlock it.

    Got to run and take my Geratol now.hissyfit

    AE
     
  11. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    15 "don't ask; don't tell"....:) Thanks for posting that: remember clunk-clunk tv tuners/ rabbit ears with secret foil modifications ch#2cbs, ch #4nbc, ch5 some local ny station, ch#7 abc ch#9 wor,that was it...bill cosby, George Carlin , Cheech and Chong, Richard Pryor: comedy "records" (33 rpm lps).?
     
  12. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    I guess it's a good thing that the tribe has some elders with wisdom. At least we can hope for the latter after all these years.
     
  13. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    you young guys got plenty of old, slow, buffalos to tie up the wolves...(myself included)...
     
  14. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    OLD GUARD!! [beer] Front and center, hold off the dawgs while the kiddies sneak out the back.!!! [booze][boozingbuddies]
     
  15. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    OOH- RAH SGT MAJOR!!

    "GENTLEMEN... PREPARE TO DEFEND YOURSELVES!!"
    Sgt major plumley (from the movie "we were soldiers")
     
  16. sheen_estevez

    sheen_estevez Monkey+++

    Scored 25 damn

    But on that line, my kids sit down every night for a home cooked meal and they ask if they can leave the table before they even think of getting up.

    Also they remove their hats when they walk in the door, and don't ever think about wearing one at the table. Ask my 21 year old nephew and Brother-in-Law, they had to go outside to get their hats at Thanksgiving a few years ago, never come in the house with one on now.

    Head light dimmer switch on the floor, and yes I had 2 or 3 in the glove box so I could replace them on the fly when the water and salt made them stop working

    It was the way I was raised and it's the way I'm raising my kids, and my Dad still thinks I'm too soft on my kids good thing for my kids he is really older than dirt and can't chase them down :D.

    Not only did you have to worry about the teachers but the other parents in the neighborhood. If we did something wrong they would kick our butts then call our parents so they could kick our butts, when my parents were done with me my older brothers got a turn, just because they could.

    I think many of our problems today are because people don't follow the things you posted and above.
     
  17. poacher

    poacher Monkey+++ Founding Member

    I got 18. Not 100 but damn close. My Grandmother used butch wax on the boys hair when we came in from the field and didn't have much time before church. Course we usually got "reminders" from Grandpa about coming in so late and not watching our time.
    Heres one that alot of Monkeys should remember. Making chains out of beer can tabs.
    It's not the years but how you spent them.
    It's not the people you met but the friends you made
    and it's not what you've done but the memories you've made
    These things are whats important.
    Can't remember the Author sorry
    Take care Be safe Poacher.
     
  18. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    I Regret going easy on my two...been along time since we sat down together...
     
  19. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member



    I got 19 which qualifies me...But T3? You brought back some really good memories of me and my sister, listening to Bill Cosby Comedy Albums.....We would listen over and over and it was funny every time..and that man never used one curse word! He still cracks me up....But the old stuff? Like "Tonsils"..and "The Playground"...and the one about him and his brother jumping on the bed...and "THE BELT!" ...Priceless...

    I miss her some days more than others....Thanks for those memories surfacing today...She loved, Loved, LOVED any holiday or an excuse for a party!
     
  20. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    :) We actually played "buck-buck"....after stickball in the suburban streets ; we only knew one family on the block where the parents were divorced.And that was considered a tradgedy.
     
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