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    Do you remember when life was simple, and there was very little stress at the end of the day?
    All the girls wore ugly gym uniforms.
    It took five minutes for the TV to warm up.
    Nearly everyone’s mom was at home when the kids got home from school.
    Nobody owned a purebred dog.
    A quarter was a decent allowance.
    You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
    Women wore nylons that came in two pieces.
    Nearly all 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 did not 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.
    Educators threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…and they did.
    When a ‘57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car to cruise around the drive-in and kids 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…”
    Playing sandlot baseball and not having fathers interpret the rules.
    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…would it not be nice if you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace and share it with the children of today.
    Being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited students at home. Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it was not because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat. But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

    How many of these items 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.
    Phone party lines.
    Newsreels before the movie.
    Telephone numbers with a word prefix…Raymond 4-601.
    Pea-shooters. Howdy Doody. 45 RPM records. Green Stamps. Hi-Fi’s
    Metal ice cubes trays with levers. Mimeograph paper. Beanie and Cecil. Roller-skate keys. Cork pop guns. Drive-ins. Studebakers. Washtub wringers. The Fuller Brush man.
    Tinker Toys, Erector sets, Lincoln Logs.
    The 15 cent McDonald hamburgers and 5 cent packs of baseball cards with the pink slab of bubble gum.
    Penny candy, 35 cent a gallon gasoline, and Jiffy Pop popcorn.

    Do you remember a time when…
    Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, “Do Over!”
    Race issue meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
    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 were not 30-minute commercials for action figures.
    Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling was cause for giggles?
    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 really lived.

  • #2
    90s baby here remembering the simpler things of life.

    1) Be home when the street lights come on.

    2) Finding the hangout of the day meant finding the house where all the bicycles were.

    3) Drinking straight from the hose.

    4) Riding in the back of pick-up trucks.

    No ringing phones, no text notifications.

    Social media was your friends living room and three way phone calls.

    Simpler times certainty are missed.


    • #3
      Simpler times:
      1. Everyone hanging out in the same room with no phones in sight actually talking to each other or playing a game.

      2. Parents sitting on their stoops while all the kids in the neighborhood played together

      3. having chicken pox parties so all the kids would get it at once (I was around so many kids with chicken pox and never had physical signs)

      4. Just driving around aimlessly looking for interesting places to stop for food, to walk around, or visiting local shops. When my husband and I were dating and early in our marriage we would take day trips to small cities or towns and just explore.


      • #4
        I remember sneaking "Shareware" Return to Castle Wolfenstein into the computer lab at school and trying to keep it a secret. Kids watching were getting motion sickness and it tipped the teacher off who proceeded to absolutely stun me, as I thought I would be in so much trouble, but instead next thing I knew we were installing it on the PC that had a Hard Drive and when some other kid brought in Doom we were connecting computers in pairs with RS-232, forming a queue at lunch time in order to play more and hitting the school up for the budget to buy and build a coax 10mbps LAN.

        TLDR - My computer lab teacher taught me how to geek.


        • #5
          We are so lucky to have a very busy drive in movie theater to this day. It is very sad what the world has become.


          • #6
            I remember getting off the school bus, grabbing my rifle and hunting knife and off to 100's of acres of virgin woods every day after school. Around dusk my mom would ring the texas chimes,which I still have, and I knew it was time to hike back home for dinner. I feel so sorry for kids that don't get that experience. Of course I took it for granted and thought thats what every kid did . . .


            • MariaE
              MariaE commented
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              We live in a rural part of Georgia and there is families with dinner bells here. You will hear kids playing and see them riding their bikes around or walking up and down the road. The day that Frank said he realized the sounds of kids playing isn’t around it made me realize I still have that sound here and appreciate it.

          • #7
            Remember these? These were awesome and then THE MAN banned them!
            I found at a flea market.


            • #8
              Being able to walk freely around an airport - my friends and I did that on weekend nights for fun. 🙂


              • #9
                Paul Harvey on AM radio right before the farm report.


                • Cavetoad
                  Cavetoad commented
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                  YES! Every morning during breakfast. Dad would even hush us sometimes so he could listen undisturbed.

              • #10
                Ours came on right at noon. I was worried this reference was lost in time! Thanks CaveToad.


                • #11
                  Yeah. Miss those days of yore…2017… and back