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   Posted 4/29/2010 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Friday has to be a good day because the weekend is here! Let's give our brains just one last stretch before we let them go to mush on Sat and Sunday... smhair turn Think back, as far back as you can, and try to think of something unique about that time. Think about something that doesn't exist any more, about how things were different when you were young, about how much more simple some parts of life seemed years back. Here's what I mean...

When hubby came home from work he had made a grocery store stop for me. Funny, I don't remember putting potato chips on the list wink . Out of the cobwebs in my head came memories of potato chips when I was young.

Remember when you bought chips and they came in a box. Inside the box were 2 separate bags to keep them fresh. They kept better and didn't get crunched up as bad. The choices were regular, BBQ and rippled ones eventually. A couple of times a year we got to have them for a special picnic or event. They were soooo good. Today the styles and flavors are endless. This is one thing I would be happy with the way it used to be.

Now, for those who are younger, don't feel like you can't participate. Of course you can because you can either choose something from your youth or you can share something you remember your parents or grandparents talking about when they were young. This is a time to remember the simpler days.

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   Posted 4/30/2010 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I remember only having 2 channels on the TV and having to get up and cross the room to change the channel.
When we went to my Grandma's house she had 3 channels. I remember getting up in the morning and watching the bullseye (or whatever it was) until the cartoons started. Funny.
Now we have a zillion channels and I can't find anything to watch.

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   Posted 4/30/2010 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 38 and can't ever remember milk or coffee being delivered to us or anyone we knew.  But my parents talk about the milk man delivering milk and my Grandmother talked about getting coffee delivered.  My best friends Grandfather was a milk man and has some very interesting stories about his milk delivery days.

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   Posted 4/30/2010 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I remember when the first cell phones came out. They were HUGE!! Now they can come so tiny they are only a couple of inches tall. I also remember some of the clothes when I was a kid. And I thank the Lord that they are out of style now. LOL. I don't remember all that much about my childhood. Oh! I remember when the first plastic sleds came out. They were all the rage. I remember that because we had one of the old wooden ones. Those were great sleds, but man, you sure can zip down those hills with the plastic ones.
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   Posted 4/30/2010 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
What comes to mind is how we used to make May Day baskets and take them to all the neighborhood kids.  We made them out of construction paper, and put little flowers in them, like violets and pansies.  We knew all the people on our street, at least somewhat.  My brother and I would be gone all day, on our bikes, free as a breeze.  No helmets, seatbelts, worries!  It was great.  I miss that sense of community that we just don't have today, unless we put a lot of effort into making it.  Or we have an online forum to come to.... cool   
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   Posted 4/30/2010 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Remember when t.v.'s and stereos were pieces of furniture? We had a huge RCA console t.v. that took a dolly to move. I had friends who had those wonderful stereo consoles. You would lift up the top to find a turntable that played records and a radio. The bottom cabinet held huge speakers. Many kids today have never even seen a record. shocked

Remember when the only diet soft drink available was Tab? Blech!! turn
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   Posted 4/30/2010 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I grew up in the little town next to where I live now. On Saturday mornings, my father and I would come into this town to get some things. On one two lane road there were many chicken farms, we always went to this one farm to get our eggs for the wk. Then we went across town to pick up a wooden case of soda, you could mix and match the soda bottles. We would return the case and bottles the next wk and pick up another.
We had to go to this town to do groceries when I was very little, my mother didn't drive so my father would take us on Saturday morning. Several yrs later we got a small shopping plaza in our burg, it had a 5 & 10, a bowling alley, barber and beauty shops and a grocery store. My parents grew up in the city and lived there for many yrs, so they had those shopping carts you pull behind you. My mother would drag it up to the store and pull it home full of groceries during the wk.
The town I live in now w/ that two lane road, well that street is one of the busiest rds around, and it has a huge mall. I miss the small town feel it had yrs ago. My children can't believe there used to be chicken farms here, 'why didn't we just get them from Shop-Rite?' They are so cute.  wink
Austen, your story reminded me of a student of mine yrs ago. Another teacher and I had a kindergarten class, the most adorable children, so eager to learn. The other lady brought in her g'pa's 33 1/3 of patriotic music for Veterans Day. One little girl said, 'Wow, that's a really big CD!' We laughed, it's all in what you know.
Good question, Chutz. I hadn't thought of the chicken farms in yrs. I can even smell them now, don't think I miss that part. lol
Hope everyone has a great day.
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 4/30/2010 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I remember when you had to go to the ice cream store to get a cone because that's the only way they sold ice cream. On a hot summer evening (no air conditioning then!) we'd have our baths in a big wash tub in the basement and get our jammies on and pile into the '55 chevy station wagon. Dad would drive to Moonie's Ice Cream Parlor and he and mom would get in line and all six of us kids would wait in the car. Used to be that making your kids wait in the car while you did things was totally fine. We kids would make friends (or enemies!) of the kids in the neighboring cars. At the ice cream parlor the line of parents went way down the block, maybe 75 people long. They would stand and chat and swat mosquitoes. After what seemed like a million hours they would return to the car with 4 cones each in their hands and we would just be in heaven for about the whole 15 minutes it took to eat those cones.

When I got a bit older the grocery stores started selling frozen ice cream and vegetables (no pizzas or waffles!) so the stores had special bags to take your ice cream home in. They were double thick with a layer of aluminum foil on the outside to help keep the ice cream cold (?) and you had to hurry home from the store and jam it in the tiny freezer before it all melted. Then you could have ice cream in a bowl... but it wasn't as neat as that ride to the ice cream parlor in your jammies.

We wore jammies to the drive in theater, too. (giggle!)
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   Posted 4/30/2010 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember getting running water (cold only) when I was 16. Before that we had to go to a neighbors house with a sled or wagon,
depending on the time of year, to get it in the old milk cans.
Walking uphill both ways to school to go to a 2 room schoolhouse.
Making toast on the burners of my Aunts coal stove.
My Dad driving to Oswego (about 14 miles round trip) for a dollars worth of gas.
Feeding me and my ex on $10 a week...bread was 19 cents for the big loaves.
Watching color TV for the first time after I got married.
We didn't have sleds or tobaggans, we used a car did that sucker go!!!!

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   Posted 4/30/2010 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I grew up in the 50's and wouldn't trade that for any era.  So many things to remember, but I do recall when the hula hoops first came out.
I couldn't wait to get to the 5 and 10 cents store to get one.  I thought that was the greatest thing.  I had to practice really hard to finally keep it going. 
Back then I was thin because we stayed active all the time.  Oh for the "good old days"!
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