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#236: The Good Old Days?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I called a local grocery store today to ask about using a check for groceries since I hadn't yet received my replacement ATM/debit card. "Just show a photo ID like a driver's license or passport," I was told. "Don't I have to fill out a check cashing card and wait to be approved?" "No," the lady told me, "that was in the old days."

That reminded me that at my age many things occurred in the "old days."

There is a post in the SparkPeople Cafe by KILLER_JOE that begins, "I'm old enough to remember... And on one of my teams we began a post titled, "I can remember when..."

The responses have brought back many nostalgic moments. Such as rotary party-line telephones, bathing in a wash tub in the kitchen, outhouses, 25 cent gas at stations where the attendant would pump the gas, check the air in the tires, check the oil and clean the windshield, all with a smile, for a couple of dollars worth of gas.

Then there were the curb feelers, little antenna-like things that stuck out from the tire area to let a driver know when the car was close enough to the curb.

Or memorable TV shows like Romper Room where I thought for sure the hostess could actually see me through her magic magnifying glass as she called out, "I see Judy and Steve and I see Mary and Dianne..."

And, how about the westerns of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Yancy Derringer, Paladin, Davy Crockett, Hopalong Cassidy, the Cisco Kid with Pancho and all the rest that entertained us for hours?

Remember the serials at the beginning of every Saturday movie matinee? Or the little wax Coke bottles filled with liquid sugar? Or all day suckers?

Then there were the dances from the twist to the bop, the stroll, the mashed potatoes and those of the 1930s and '40s.

Yes, just as check cashing cards have gone the way of the dodo bird, so have so many memories of the good old days.

Oh, sure, there weren't computers and cell phones or microwaves or color TVs but we entertained ourselves playing Monopoly for hours, or kick the can, or hide and seek. Innocent games perhaps, but ones that taught fair play and camaraderie.

Yes, I admit that I'm old enough to remember these and many more things from days gone by and I can readily remember when we had drive-in movies, wood burning stoves and could Trick or Treat for blocks around the house without being fearful of contaminated food or predators.

Ah, well. Enough reminiscences for tonight. If you'd like to add your thoughts to Killer_Joe's post on the Cafe or on ours at "I Can Do All Things Through Christ!" feel free to jump right in and share some fun memories.

For my nephews, the "olden" days are pre-CDs and Ipods and MP-3 players.

What are yours?

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    Doesn't it all make you wonder what life will be like for our great great grandchildren and future generations long after we are departed ? Thanks for the good memories Lou.
    4025 days ago
    In the nineties I worked as a camp nurse and a boy asked me what a record player was. I remember most of the things you talked about and enjoyed the remembrance. The outdoors games of baseball, tag, hide, seek or flashlight tag, swimming every day in the summer, and taking long walks were healthy pursuits then. Now the television, video games and the computer make kids into couch potatoes. You gave me a great idea for how to loose weight. I am turning fifty five in March. I think I will help coach some kids team.......It would certainly get me moving!
    4026 days ago
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    I agree totally, Lou! That thread you started on our team just puts me into a nostalgic mood everytime I visit it! Thank you so much. As much as I am at a loss when I don't have the internet at hand, (like now when I am traveling) it certainly seemed to be a much more relaxed time!
    Thanks again,
    4026 days ago
    How exciting it is that there is always something new to discover in this world. At the same time, we're taught there is nothing new under the sun. While "things" are new, our need for the familiar AND our need for discover remain the same. I love the thread in ICDATTC. It's awesome!
    4026 days ago
    It is amazing how times change! I can't begin to imagine what things kids of today will post in another 30 or 40 years. LOL Things we have not even yet heard of will be as obsolete as 8 track players, cassette tapes, and the old, metal roller skates that needed a key!

    Time marches on! Thanks for the great blog, and the great thread on the team!
    4026 days ago
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