Bonus Post: "Back in the day..."

It is February 5th, do you know what that means? Neither do I, but for the sake of providing an introduction, let me make this up. It is time for some B2Y humor!! :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap: Thank you, thank you very much. You can stop your applause now. :clap::clap:

I have no idea where this came from, but I know of a certainty it is perfectly fine to share it with you folks. Some of you will love this and some will scratch their heads in utter disbelief any of these things ever happened. Enjoy:

"Someone 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.

"Mom cooked every day and when Dad 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 & 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 19.

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 21 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.

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 --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.

On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His 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. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

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? Here are some 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? These are for the REAL old timers out there:

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.

I remember many of these and actually miss a few of them.

  1. Blackjack chewing gum & Teaberry also (I used to LOVE Blackjack gum)
    2.Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water (too far back for me)
  2. Candy cigarettes
  3. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
  4. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes
  5. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
  6. Party lines on the telephone (had these till I left home when I was 18)
  7. Newsreels before the movie
  8. P.F. Flyers
  9. Butch wax
  10. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])
  11. Peashooters
  12. Howdy Doody
  13. 45 RPM records
  14. S& H greenstamps
  15. Hi-fi's
  16. Metal ice trays with lever (thank God for ice makers)
  17. Mimeograph paper
  18. Blue flashbulb
  19. Packards
  20. Roller skate keys
  21. Cork popguns
  22. Drive-ins
  23. Studebakers
  24. Wash tub wringers

Those were the days... But I am thankful for many of the new conveniences such as this computer whereby I can get know all you wonderful folks.:clap:

Andrea Lynn @allforhim ·

OK I know what February 5th is, my birthday! :wink:

Thanks for the humor and I do remember some of these things but I don't think I date quite as far back as you do:eek:

I always said I was born 100 years too late, but like you am thankful for the modern conveniences and technology. If we could just make things simpler with the conveniences, for the world has gotten way too complicated for me!



K Reynolds @kreynolds ·


I remember far too many of these things...our sprinkler bottle was a coke bottle. However, I am a young 40-something so I am insisting it's not [b][i]that[/b][/i] long ago!

Thanks for the laugh. Now I get to go pick up 26 kids from the specialist's class. This should get me through the rest of the afternoon.

K :princess:

Sandy Brooks @poodlelady ·

Do I ever remember these!!! I loved teaberry gum! My mom had one of those pop bottle sprinkeling bottles for ironing, I can't count the number of skate keys I lost, and we were so happy to have that black & white TV with it's three channels -even if they weren't always clear! Oh and those 45's they were so much better than the old 78's! Wash tub wringers I'd like to forget -they are not made for arms! Green stamps I wish they'd come back -Mom bought lots of good stuff with them. Coke -the kind you drink for a nickel a bottle and gas for 15cents a gal- Oh those were the days B2Y!
Wonder what kids today would do without McDonalds -Subway -Pizza - Burger King- MP3's - IPod's - Wii's -DVD's and Cd's -- Good grief they might have to eat real meals and with their parents present! They might have to use their imaginations to invent active games to play and only 3 channels on TV and parents only allowing 1hr a day TV time and no computer! Surely they would wither and die!

I needed a good laugh today B2Y -thanks for sharing this.

Kirk M @blessings2you ·

It is really something to try and imagine only a black and white t.v. with three channels, and no government saying you MUST switch to digital by such and such a date. Those of us who grew up in the 50's and 60's should join together and file a class action law suit against the world for child abuse. We we deprived of some many things that everyone today says you MUST have to be happy. Funny thing, I remember countless days and evenings being happy as a clam inventing games, reading and talking to my parents. Most kids today would call that torture and report their parents to Homeland Security or Child Services.


Linda Young @savedbyegrace ·

Oh, what a trip down memory lane! PK, gosh, I'd long forgotten about a pair of pliers on the TV channel knob.

As a girl, I remember that we didn't wash our hair every day, mostly because we didn't have blow dryers, hot rollers and curling irons.

Watched Dark Shadows and Batman on TV.

All the kids would collect Coke bottles and then walk up to the corner store and redeem them for candy money.

I sold Girl Scout cookies door to door by lugging cases of them with me. No ordering.

We went trick-r-treating as a group, no parents, and carried pillow cases to haul our candy home in.

Nothing was open on Sunday, ever.

I remember gas at 29 cents a gallon.

The first two digits of our phone number were letters: EL7-1707.

I saved all my money and bought my first record album: The Monkees. I had Tiger Beat pictures of Davy JOnes on my wall.

In high school, the only thing we did on weekends was go to the football game and the sock hop after.

Ah, the good ol' days.


Alison Stewart @kiwibird ·

Now, I just want to make you all feel happy! :) We still only have have three channels on our tv and the picture is still bad! :( Cell phone reception is virtually non-existant. We only have the rain for our water supply (a bit of a challenge during a drought like we have now). The telephone uses power so we have to unplug it during a storm in case the electricity cable gets by lightning and heads down the line. (A lady I worked for got hit and ended up almost attached to her bedroom door!).

Monday was always wash day. Did I wear dirty clothes all week?

@ Grace I still have my "Monkees" record! It was the first one I got too!

Thank you for jogging my memory b2y. I thought all my memories were bad but they obviously aren't!


Phillip H Ruby @philruby ·

B2Y, I have copied and pasted so many of your blogs into documents to save that I had to create your own folder on my computer.

Funny stuff! Thank you for rising above (or should I say staying below?) the daily stresses to give us a laugh or three.


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