Remember When?
Close your eyes...And go back....! !
Before the Internet or the MAC, before semi automatics and crack cocaine, before SEGA or Super Nintendo... Way back
Fun began Late at Night thats when the street lights came on
  • I'm talking about hide and go seek at dusk.

  • Flashlight tag, staying out late on a summer evening...At least until the streetlights came on.

  • Sitting on the porch, sharing a double-stick Popsicle with a friend.

  • Red light, Green light.

  • Chocolate milk, Lunch tickets, Penny candy in a Brown paper bag.

  • Hopscotch, butterscotch, Chinese jump rope, jacks, kickball, and dodgeball.

  • Mother May I?

  • Red Rover and British Bulldog and Hula Hoops and Sunflower Seeds.

  • Jolly Ranchers, Banana Splits, Wax Lips and Mustaches

  • Running through the sprinkler

  • The smell of the sun and licking salty lips.

How about these exciting activities--and Bedtime Yuk

  • Watching Saturday Morning cartoons

  • Fat Albert, Road Runner, The Jackson 5, H.R. Puff-n-Stuff, Sylvester, Tweety, and Bugs.

  • Catching lightening bugs in a jar

  • Swinging so high your stomach tickles.

  • When around the corner seemed far away,

  • and going downtown seemed like going somewhere.

  • Bedtime

  • Climbing trees

    Eating cookie dough raw and laughing so hard I remember those things!
  • An ice cream cone on a warm summer night

  • Chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe butter pecan.

  • A cherry coke from the fountain at the corner drug store.

  • A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers.

  • Cops and Robbers

  • Sitting on the curb

  • Jumping down the steps

  • Jumping on the bed.

  • Pillow fights.

  • Running till you were out of breath

  • laughing so hard that your stomach hurt

  • being tired from playing

  • Eating peanut butter cookie dough
Two Dollars Allowance! Yep that was big money
  • When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got there.
  • When two dollars was a decent allowance.
  • When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
  • When a penny would buy something.
  • When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time. And, you didn't pay for air.
  • Saving Green Stamps in those little paper booklets was exciting.
  • When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents
  • When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed.. And did!
  • When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving 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!

Double Dog Dare-- wow that was a challenge in the old days

  • Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo."
  • Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do over!"
  • Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly."
  • Being old referred to anyone over 20.
  • The net on a tennis court was the perfect height to play volleyball and rules didn't matter.
  • The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
  • It was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb.
  • It was unbelievable that dodge ball wasn't an Olympic event.
  • Nobody was prettier than Mom.
  • Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
  • It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big people" rides at the amusement park.
  • Getting a few inches of snow was a dream come true.
  • Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare."

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

  • Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute ads 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.
  • Water balloons were the ultimate weapons.
  • Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
  • Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin.
  • Ice cream was considered a basic food group.
  • Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.

I Still have my Mechanno Sets 8 level sets with the manuals
These are some of my Favorites !!!!!

  • Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
  • Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
  • Newsreels before the movie
  • Telephone numbers with a word prefix....(Raymond 4-601)
  • How about party lines and two longs and a short ring was the cue that it was your phone call.
  • 45 RPM records
  • Metal ice cubes trays with levers
  • Mimeograph paper
  • Cork pop guns
  • Studebakers
  • Washtub wringers
  • The Fuller Brush Man
  • Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
  • Tinkertoys
  • Erector Sets---Mechanno Sets---The Fort Apache Play Set---Lincoln Logs
  • Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
  • The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?

Can't Resist making some comments on this Batch ! !

**Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.
----Horrible tasting stuff like vanilla on steroids --didn't like it----

**Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
----Like a big floor freezer sure kept the pop cool though----

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
----Remember Blackjack horrible but cheap 2 cents licorice on steroids----

Home milk delivery in glass bottles, with cardboard stoppers.
----I liked it when it got cold in winter and it would freeze and the cardboard would pop off like a mini volcano. Frozen creme at the top tasted good----

Newsreels before the movie.
----Sometimes they were more interesting than the cartoons especially Mr.McGoo Yuk----

P. F. Flyers
----Don't remember if that was the wagon or the big ballon tired bike----

Pea shooters.
----They hurt when big daddy blasted one at you. Sure sent the girls screaming for cover----

Howdy Doody
----Never had a TV until 19 yrs old but remember the cartoons; not so hot cowboys were better----

----Mom loved music and bought one. Well Dad had a deal going on 160 acres of land same price as the Hi-Fi. So no land but one mighty fine recod player----

Metal ice cube trays-with levers
----Didn't work worth a damn You had to run water over it and then pull up the lever and get water all over the place. Mom got me to do it all the time.----

Mimeograph paper
----Smelled so good; even licked it once. It was blue and would be faded out and you could talk during a test to ask what it said, and clues to the answer----
Blue Flash Bulbs
----Big things and a bright flash good for playing cops and robbers in the night----

Cork pop guns
----Always take the string off the cork and put a nail through the cork for added brutality. Went about one foot out of the rifle before taking a nosedive----

Drive ins
----Yes sir that was girl time and "hot tomatoe" checking----

----Yep Gold Wing was a high class outfit climbing through the mountains of B.C. in the middle of a blizzard and the heater not working right.----

Wash tub wringers
----Mom the clean freak wore out two of these machines. These big gears were actually flattened. Dad the mechanic greased them with axel grease.----

The Fuller Brush man
----Sold everything but brushes. Remember this thick syrup grape that was twice as good as Kool Aide----

Reel-to-reel tape recorders
----Stupid things kept breaking and squishing the tape...Casette tapes were the cats meow when they came out

15 cent McDonald hamburgers
----Don't remember McDonald but there was this White Spot place in Detroit that offered 5 for a dollar and they were good.

5 cent packs of baseball cards...with that awful pink slab of bubble gum
----Used to get hockey cards and give away the cards and liked the gum. Stupid me.

Penny candy
----Had 5 cents spending for the Saturday matinee. 3 jaw breakers for a penny 3ju jubes, 3 jelly beans, and 4 stawberries, and your 5 cents was gone.

35 cent-a-gallon gasoline
----Yep $1 gas and you could cruise with your steady all night not counting the necking time.

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Revised 2013 by Larry Gentleman