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Thread: nostalgia

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    Super Member butterflywing's Avatar
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    How's This For Nostalgia...

    All the girls had ugly gym uniforms.


    It took five minutes for the TV to warm up.

    Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school.

    Nobody owned a purebred dog.

    When a quarter was a decent allowance.

    You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.

    Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.

    All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore dresses.

    You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped without asking, all for free, every time. And you didn't pay for air, and, you got trading stamps to boot!

    Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.

    It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.

    They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . and they did keep them back!

    When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car....to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races,
    and people went steady.

    Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, 'That cloud looks like a... '

    Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger.

    And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?

    When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the 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! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

    ....as well, summers were filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling, visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.

    Didn't that feel good, just to sit back and say, 'Yeah, I remember that'.

    I am sharing this with you today because it ends with a Double Dog Dare to pass it on To remember what a Double Dog Dare is, read on.. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to still care.

    Send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys,Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Doody, The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Bell , Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.

    How Many Of These Do You remember?
    Candy cigarettes

    Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

    Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.

    Coffee shops with Table Side jukeboxes.

    Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.

    Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.

    Telephone numbers with a word prefix...(Raymond 4-601). Party lines.

    Howdy Dowdy.

    Hi-Fi's & 45 RPM records.

    78 RPM records!

    Green Stamps.

    Mimeograph paper.

    The Fort Apache Play Set.

    Do You Remember a Time When...

    Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'
    Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, 'Do It Over!'

    'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest

    Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening

    It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'.

    The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was'cooties'..

    Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot

    Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials 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.

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

    Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.

    If you can remember most or all of these,
    Then You Have Lived!

    Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their 'Grown-Up' Life.

    I Double-Dog-Dare-Ya!

    (i i wish i knew how to get the pictures to show in here)

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    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
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    LOL I remember all of those!!!! Some from when I was pretty little. Gosh I am feeling old.
    Remember those pea shooters. We had them one year and the next spring there were hundreds of pea plants popping up all over the yard!!!!

    My brother was so mad when my parents sold their 57 chevy nomad station wagon, cherry red, (to a surfer) when he was 13

    The principal would paddle you! and then your parents would even more!!!
    Crying "uncle"
    Wow, took me back :lol:

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    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
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    Our gym suits were one piece double knit orange and white pin stripped, sleevless with snaps holding them up on the shoulders. Ugly is to kind a word for that get-up.

    57 Chevy is still in my top 5 dream cars.

    I have my grandma's set of laundry soap dishes.

    I remember wax Coke bottle candy, real glass soda bottles from the quareter machine, the milk man, 45's, and mimeographs (YUCK!).


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    Senior Member sewaholic's Avatar
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    I still play the "that cloud looks like........." with my grand kids.
    It is amazing what they can see.

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    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
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    Oh my gosh. What memories you gave me. Thanks do much. I remember all of them. I am now playing alot of these games with my DGD.

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    Super Member redkimba's Avatar
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    from http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...3083133AAYPZtN

    The exact origin of the phrase is unknown, but etymologists suspect it is a childish corruption of a phrase that would have made more sense in the Hide-and-seek context; such as "all ye, all ye, oxen free!", "all in free", "outís in free", "all set free", "All ye all ye outs in free", "All ye, all ye, outs are free", or "All the, all the outs in free"; or possibly a corruption of the German "Alle, alle auch sind frei", (literally, "Everyone, everyone also is free").

    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    What DOES oly-oly-oxen-free mean? Curious minds want to know!

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    Super Member butterflywing's Avatar
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    the only ones i don't remember were the chewing gum and the fort apache toy.

    as i remember it, oly-oly-oxen (we said 'ox)-free was used in some games where all the kids had to be found, like hide-n-seek. those kids were 'out' but the 'it' kid had to keep looking until everone was found. while the 'it' kid was looking, one of the hiders could run out of hiding and tag the 'it' kid and yell oly-oly-ox-free. that meant the kids that had been found already were free to hide again, and the 'it' kid had to start over. the kid who tagged the 'it' kid, was taking a chance of being seen before the tag was made. so he had to sneak up from behind.

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    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
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    Oh Boy that takes me back! I remember almost all of them. Sometimes I wish I could have grown up in the fifties, instead of just being born halfway through them. As Bob Hope would say........Thanks for the memories.

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    Super Member JoanneS's Avatar
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    I STILL have the 40 cup coffee pot I bought with S&H or Blue Chip Stamps - and it still works! My DH's mom made her 3 boys put the stamps in the books if they stayed home from school sick. That was enough to keep them well.

    Oh - and he and his pals used to catch fire flies in a mayonaise jar and release them in the theater at the Saturday matinee. ONE guy would pay to get in and open the side door for the rest of them. I think they had enough money and just liked the thrill of sneaking in.

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    Super Member Shemjo's Avatar
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    Thanks for all the memories! :lol:

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