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You know you're old when...

(projects with best old codger voice)

You young whippersnappers...

/codger voice

Jazz girl is going to be 22 in a month. Yoinks! Where does the time go?

A friend of mine sent me a spammy email about getting old. It made me laugh - because I REMEMBER WHEN LIFE WAS LIKE THAT!

Older Than Dirt: Do You Remember When...

- parents never drove the kids to school

Yup. When it was nice, I had a bike. Big. Old. Clunky. One speed - slow. In the winter? You walked (or ran to keep warm)

- many people didn't have a television

Yup. We had a TV when we lived in Thompson, but when we moved to Sturgis, there were long periods of time we didn't have a TV. And then we had a black and white one. There was no cable service in that small town the whole time I lived there; you had to be in a city (nearest one was 30 miles away) for cable.

- TV went off the air at midnight

Yup! Oh Canada, then either null signal or static on our exicting line up of two (sometimes three if the wind was blowing right) channels.

There was a farm show. And a locally produced talent show. That my music teacher made me go on. ::facepalm:: Ah, I coulda been an Idol...

- kids did not have their own phones

I remember one or two kids in town who had a private line. Yeah, not so much, especially on the farm since all the farms were still on party lines.

*looks at the young 'uns*

Do any of the children here even know what a party line is?

- Pizzas were not delivered to our home... but milk was.

AHAHAHAH! Yeah, there were no pizza places unless you went to the city. But, we didn't have milk delivery either. We could, however, go just up the way to the local dairy farm and get some if we really wanted to. Seriously. Like as in, get a pail, get a stool... yeah.

- we had running water; you ran down to the well to get it and then ran back to the house.

In town we had tap water. On the farm? Let me just tell you that not all wells have cranks. Or pumps. Ours had a plywood cover that you had to move so you could toss the pail down and haul up some water. It obviously goes without saying that showers were not available on the farm.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?


How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor - YES
Ignition switches on the dashboard - NO
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards - YES
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner - NO
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals - ONLY WHEN THE SIGNAL BURNT OUT *snicker*

Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about
(The ones I remember are bold)

1.Candy cigarettes
2.Coffee shops with table-side jukeboxes
3.Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4.Party lines on the telephone
5.Newsreels before the movie
6.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])
8. Howdy Doody
9. 45 RPM records
11. Metal ice trays with lever
12. Blue flashbulb
13. Cork popguns
14. Studebakers
15. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 11-15 =You're older than dirt!


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 12th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
I only missed #5. Aaaaargghhh!
Feb. 12th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
15 out of 15. I turn 64 four weeks from Sunday.

But it isn't me who's old; my mom just turned 90.

Edited at 2011-02-12 03:38 am (UTC)
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
The young whippersnappers in our office did not get a Pet Shop Boys reference the boss made today. We oldsters kept trying to explain the whole early 80s music video thing to them. I felt like the ancient of days.
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
When I was a kid on Guam, we actually only had ONE television station... and it didn't come on until 10am and went off at 8pm. Of course, it also got all of its content on "videotape" (it was the monster big tapes they used to use) brought in once a week by plane, so our news broadcasts were all a week late.
Feb. 12th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)

(though I'd call 2. "diners" or "restaurants" with table-side jukeboxes, because there were no "coffee shops" or "donut shops" for that matter)
I'm giving myself bonus points for:
1) coal delivery
2) rag pickup (oh, hi, horsie)
3) occasionally a live chicken in the basement to be slaughtered for a special dinner

... all in the big city of Toronto

So I think I qualify to be extra-old (aka ancient) dirt, the kind that Daniel Jackson gets to play around in.

Edited at 2011-02-12 11:48 am (UTC)
Feb. 12th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Only missed number three and that was because the milk was in paper cartons.
Feb. 12th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, thzt sounds pretty advanced for the times. Were those available to buy at the grocery store?
Feb. 13th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
I remember bottles -- including cream-top -- and then cartons when I was a bit older. We also had bread/bakery delivery.
Feb. 12th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
Heeeeee. I remember a lot of these things, but I think some of that has less to do with my age and more to do with the extreme ruralness of where I grew up. :)
Feb. 12th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)

Some of those things still exist. In a retro sort of way, I guess.
Feb. 13th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
You hear songs from high school on the oldies station.
Feb. 14th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not telling. There will be no further comment on this matter.
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