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"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 someon! e'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 line.

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 them.

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?


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 (OLive-6933)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
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!
My wonderful Son, Danny, emailed me this and thought it was hilarious - I on the other hand realized I am "Older than Dirt."

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

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RE: Older 'n Dirt!!

when i was a kid we used to get *6* chicken mcnasties in a happy meal and a real 12 ounce soda.

seriously.

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I'm afraid to ask, but what is 'Butch wax'?
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RE: Older 'n Dirt!!

I landed in the middle section, so not older than dirt, but I really think some of these things are cultural in nature. For example, I may be old enough to remember Butch Wax, but I never really hung around lesbians...

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The only thing I recognized was the wax Coke bottles with the sugar syrup and the candy cigarettes. I loved those things---especially the ones with the powder that 'smoked'. Imagine putting those in your kid's stocking now!
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I can remember our first window air conditioner was just a fan in a box, we filled a try in front of the fan with ice cubes.

I have 3 of them now.
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The only thing I recognized was the wax Coke bottles with the sugar syrup and the candy cigarettes. I loved those things---especially the ones with the powder that 'smoked'. Imagine putting those in your kid's stocking now!
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I'm afraid to ask, but what is 'Butch wax'?
Was used for old crew cut / flat top hair !

I confess I remember a lot of those - but NOT the phone numbers with a word prefix .......... I ain't *quite* that old .....
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RE: Older 'n Dirt!!

Why you young whipper-snappers, still wet behind the ears, he he. I remember every last one. LOL, But then, "I AM older than dirt". Some smart ass even gave me a stupid hat that say's just that. Yes, Butch wax was used for crew cuts, sort of like they use gel today, but stiffer, yes I have used it(for my hair). I remember my old phone number too, EDgewood (33)-89214.
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Our phone number was and still is at my mothers house, Eastgate7- 09xx
Us deviants knew that you could break off the plastic cover on flash bulbs and throw the individual bulbs on the sidewalk, creating your own mini napalm strike.
Those Coke machines where you would open the little glass door to pull out your 10oz bottle of Coke now fit a Heineken bottle perfectly.
I was on the cusp of the Black Jack's and Beemans/Teaberry gum extinction, but can still taste that delicious flavor to this day which is overshadowed by the throat searing, gag reflexing rubber taste of mucsilage on the back of green stamps.

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