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I got this email last night, thought it was good enuff to share ... is 'bout the 50's generation :P






50s Medley






This was MY life!!!





All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?


It took five minutes for the TV warm up?




Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?


Nobody owned a purebred dog?




When a quarter was a decent allowance?


You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?


Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?


All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had

their hair done every day and wore high heels?





You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,

without asking, all for free, every time?

And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?


Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?


It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner

at a real restaurant with your parents?


They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . .and they did?




When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car...to cruise,

peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?






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?



Lying on your back in the grass with your friends

and saying things like, "That cloud looks like a .."


and playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?


Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals

because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?


And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once,

you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace,

and share it with the children of today?


When being sent to the principal's office was nothing

compared to the fate that awaited the 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 survived because their love was greater than the threat.


Send this on to someone who can still remember

Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy,

Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery,

the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows,

Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.



As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games,

Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool,

and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.

Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that"?




I am sharing this with you today

because it ended with a double dog dare to pass it on.

To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.

And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between

old enough to know better and too young to care.


How many of these do you remember?


Candy cigarettes

Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles

Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers

Newsreels before the movie

P.F. Fliers



Telephone numbers with a word prefix....(Raymond 4-601).

Party lines




Howdy Dowdy

45 RPM records

Green Stamps



Metal ice cubes trays with levers

Mimeograph paper

Beanie and Cecil

Roller-skate keys

Cork pop guns

Drive ins




Washtub wringers

The Fuller Brush Man

Reel-To-Reel tape recorders


Erector Sets

The Fort Apache Play Set

Lincoln Logs

15 cent McDonald hamburgers



5 cent packs of baseball cards -

with that awful pink slab of bubble gum


Penny candy


35 cent a gallon gasoline

Jiffy Pop popcorn


Do you remember a time when...


Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?

Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?

"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest?

Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?

It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?


The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?

Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?

A foot of snow was a dream come true?


Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?

"Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense?

Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?


The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?

War was a card game?

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?

Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?


If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!! :lol:;):o:lol:

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Oh, man! That walk down memory lane brings a smile to my face! :lol: Much of that stuff was my childhood, and I remember it vividly.

I found it interesting that during Hurricane Wilma, with power out and schools closed, all the neighborhood kids were forced outside to entertain themselves for a week. Obviously with no power, their usual sources of entertainment were worthless. No PC's, no TV, no vide games or DVD players. Suddenly, all the parents were commenting on their kids being outside all day, playing in the street, sweating, getting exercise without knowing it, riding bikes, etc. My young one, who'll be 8 on Friday, complained to me during this time she was sore all over. I told her, "Those are muscles, kid. They're complaining because they aren't sitting in front of the PC!" :lol:

That's it! I need to get the hell out of south Florida, to a place more like the memories of my youth. Wonder how they'll like me in Iowa??

You've got me cryin', Bev. Candy cigarettes. . .wax lips. . .Blackjack gum. . .Fort Apache playset. . . :o

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they forgot when kids were told to something they didn't say WHY or HOW MUCH DO I GET.


of course my answer isn't like what I would have got (Smacked), it's a kinder more gentle Because I said and How about a bed to sleep in. :wub::blush:

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