Sunday, June 7, 2009

Older Than Dirt!!

My friend Angie (Love The Prim Look) sent this to me. I cant believe how many I remember LOL I hope you all enjoy it too!!

'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 5. It was, of course, black and white,

I was 13 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.

We didn't have a car until I was 4. It was an old black Dodge.

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. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them

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?

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?

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.

Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about
Ratings at the bottom.
1 Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes
6 . Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. 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)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S& H greenstamps
16 Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19 Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my life.

I scored 25 on this quiz!

Don't forget to pass this along!!
Especially to all your really OLD friends...


Pink Princess said...

LOL I remember 7, but then I am not from the USA and many of the things mentioned were called other names here OR were just not around. So just 7, getting older, lol. 52 Next Saturday YAY!!!!

PS I am from the Netherlands :)

Vera said...

I guess I am older than dirt...

Canarella said...

LOL I thought I was young .....Damn it.....Im at 17 points and Im going to cut and past this on to the blog tonight...thank you..I did a post for my mom on mothers day with Photos of us growing up and all the memories are so vivid...thank you

Unknown said...

I scored 10! there were some I know of but we never had or used. of course my kids have no clue except the wringer washer because I have one!
take care Kim

The Carolina Peddler said...

Thanks so much! I'm older than dirt and I'm 56. That brought so many memories just reading it. I could see my mom and dad and grandma. I used to help Grandma with the old wringer washer. Too bad alot of those memories are just memories.

Cynthia Holt Ziemian said...

OH, how fun!!! But...can't tell my age!!! lol

CathyJean said...

oh, no! thanks a lot Sue! I had a 23 - guess I'm older then dirt too!! lol! and getting older by the day. In 4 days I'll have another birthday :(
I really did love the memories here -thanks:)

Rooster Inn Primitives said...

Hi Sue

I remember 16...Wow am i older than dirt. I still have my moms soda bottle with the plug thing in the top to sprinkle water on your clothes to iron. I'm 52 but now i feel alot older. Thanks for the reading. I enjoyed it all.

Hugs Pam

Rooster Inn Primitives said...


I did change my blog name from Prims*by*pam to

Hugs Pam

The Charm House said...

Sue, I am older than dirt also!!! I loved my time growing up and I wish that my children could have experienced the same joys!!! Grandpa would always take us to Monroe to visit and on the way we would stop at the same store, buy a coke and Tom's salted peanuts. When we got in the car we would drop all of the peanuts into the coke and eat and drink it that way, just like Papa!
Good Times!
Love you,

Jonthy said...

I guess I'm pretty old because I remember almost everything in your post and I didn't laugh. I just felt nostalgic. I especially remember the candy cigarettes and trying to look tough pretending to smoke them.
I enjoy your blog.

Jonthy said...


I love your blogs. They are very uplifting.

Debbies Doodle said...

I miss your up dates. Is every thing ok..
Happy 4th of July,

Kady said...

I'm older than dirt....I remember every one of those. Good blog post! Thanks for the walk down memory lane.


sandy said...

I love your blog, but noticed you have not posted in over a month. Is everything okay?