Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 68

Thread: Are You Older Than Dirt?

  1. #1
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    42,831
    Blog Entries
    45

    Are You Older Than Dirt?

    THOUGHT SOME OF YOU MIGHT ENJOY THIS ...

    '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 'athome,'' 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, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never 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?

    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 on the telephone
    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... [if you were fortunate])
    12. Peashooters
    13. Howdy Doody
    14. 45 RPM records
    15. S& H green stamps
    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 some of the best parts of my life.
    Don't forget to pass this along!!
    Especially to all your really OLD friends

    Don't worry! Be Happy! Don't worry, be happy now!!!!
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak THINK
    T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?


  2. #2
    Super Member CoventryUK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Coventry UK
    Posts
    3,056
    Yep!! Older than dirt here!!! Remember all of them!!! Well the ones that apply to UK!!!! Don't have many Studebakers here!!!
    Hilary

  3. #3
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    15,778
    Blog Entries
    2
    Ha, ha! I still have some 45 records!

  4. #4
    Super Member clem55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Lexington,Kentucky
    Posts
    6,200
    Blog Entries
    6
    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    Ha, ha! I still have some 45 records!
    remembered all of them, even remember and bought 78 RPM records before 45's came out!! And yes, I AM older than dirt!!

  5. #5
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    42,831
    Blog Entries
    45
    Quote Originally Posted by CoventryUK View Post
    Yep!! Older than dirt here!!! Remember all of them!!! Well the ones that apply to UK!!!! Don't have many Studebakers here!!!
    but do you remember Rolls Canardly's?
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak THINK
    T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?


  6. #6
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    1,598
    Officially older than dirt. Fabric was sold in Woolworths, Sears, Grants, Montgomery Wards.

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Tri-Cities, WA
    Posts
    1,048
    I must be just about as old as dirt! I remember a lot of those things, but not all - what in the world did Blackjack chewing gum taste like? Sounds like tar or coal! I remember my mom drove all over town to drop off her bill payments so she wouldn't have to waste money on stamps. Gas was cheap then! My first job was at an Exxon (formerly Esso) station, and our regular was 0.349/gallon.

  8. #8
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    42,831
    Blog Entries
    45
    Quote Originally Posted by CoventryUK View Post
    Yep!! Older than dirt here!!! Remember all of them!!! Well the ones that apply to UK!!!! Don't have many Studebakers here!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    but do you remember Rolls Canardly's?
    It didn't work very well.... Rolls down the hill... Can 'ardly roll up the other side LOL
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak THINK
    T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?


  9. #9
    Super Member Juliebelle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    1,212
    Yep older then dirt but my mind still thinks I am 21, but the body keeps reminding that I am old. Ha ha
    Juliebelle

  10. #10
    Power Poster earthwalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    10,297
    One under "older than dirt"........the only thing contemporary about this woman is the fact when I look in the mirror in the morning "Yoda" looks back.

  11. #11
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    19,666
    On OUR party line, you cranked the handle for the rings. Ours was two longs and a short ring.
    One did pick up the the handset to see if anyone else was using the line at the time.
    One learned to only say on the phone what one assumed that everyone in the neighborhood would know about within minutes.

    There were times that I felt like I was talking to my Mom in code when I called her! Actually, we WERE talking in code!
    Remember "rubberneckers"? They were the people that listened to other people's conversations?

    And there were real "operators" that transferred calls on a switchboard?

  12. #12
    Senior Member cizzors's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Nevada
    Posts
    580
    Since when is 51 older then dirt?!
    Never outsmart your common sense.

    Karen

  13. #13
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    Posts
    6,159
    I loved black jack chewing gum! I guess I was the only one because I never see it in stores anymore!
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

  14. #14
    Super Member athomenow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Pataskala, OH
    Posts
    1,453
    Go to Cracker Barrel for all the old time candy and gum. They still have Black Jack, Clove and some others. They also have Sky Bars, my favorite candy.

    My mom was one of those operators who worked the night shift all by herself in a little block building in town. She had a couch to lay down on when there were no calls, which was mostly all night. People went to bed early to get up at the crack of dawn to do real work. We lived on a farm and if we didn't grow it, we didn't eat it. I remember asking for a bologna sandwich one night and my dad just laughed. At dinner that night was a huge steak covering the platter along with every yummy thing you could get out of a garden. Air conditioning was the huge shade tree in the front yard and opening all the windows at night to get the breeze going through the house. Riding your bicycle to town 2 miles away just to go to the Tasty Freeze was something fun to do in the summer. You didn't ever complain about being bored in the summer because there were field of beans to be picked and canned. Mom usually did at least 100 jars of those every summer. Along with corn, tomatoes, sauerkraut pickles, every kind of jam you can imagine. We ate good in those days at home and never for a minute thought we were poor. I wish my kids could have had that upbringing. I loved every minute of it. Of course all my friends had parents who had been married for years and years and we didn't know much about divorce. And yes I am older than dirt and remember all those things on the list. Thanks for the memories.
    Debra

  15. #15
    Super Member dakotamaid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    South central Nebraska, US
    Posts
    5,585
    I'm with you all. I come from a family of 11 children (not uncommon in those days) and we were the last house in our county to get indoor plumbing!!! I remember luxuriating in a big bathtub that I didn't have to share with someone else!! Those good ole days!
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



  16. #16
    Super Member kydeb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    1,075
    18 of the 25! Those were the good ole days!! Rollerskating or playing kickball in the streets in the summer until the street lights came on signaling time to go home! Being dirty, actually DIRTY from playing outside!! Kids are missing so much sitting in the house exercising their thumbs!!
    Debbie in Kentucky
    kydeb.wordpress.com

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    St Peters, MO
    Posts
    467
    Blog Entries
    1
    Me too.....I remembered all of it so I must have dirt all over me. Thanks for the memories.
    The Future is Now!

  18. #18
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Central NJ
    Posts
    4,622
    Older than dirt and lots of it here as well! Definitely the good old days. Fortunately we live in a town where little kids walk to school by themselves and will be filthy by the time they get there!

  19. #19
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Seacoast New Hampshire
    Posts
    1,073
    Do you remember wax lips? S&H Green Stamps? Service Merchandise? Remember when you took your tv tubes to the hardware store to test them? Remember not wearing white pants, shoes, or handbags before or after Memorial Day? Nylons and garter belts and fish net hose? Baseball cards clothes pinned to wheel spokes? Romper Room? ahh...the good 'ole days!
    Nancy

    Just keep sewing!

  20. #20
    Super Member quiltjoey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    SC
    Posts
    2,078
    Remember all! Older than dirt here!!!

  21. #21
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Posts
    209
    Oh my! I hate to admit it. I remember all those things too. I will include the two room school house with a merry-go-round that also swung back and forth. All 8 grades got recess at the same time.

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    931
    Older than dirt here too! What wonderful memories!! ...when we got a TV, only Mom or Dad could turn it on, or change the channel. You "minded" the neighborhood parents, said "please, and thank-you", and referred to adults as Mr. or Mrs., and Ma'am or Sir! We walked or biked or roller skated where ever we went. In high school blue jeans weren't allowed!

  23. #23
    Super Member Edie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Posts
    2,619
    Blog Entries
    1

    Smile

    What a wonderful trip down Memory Lane - I HAD a 1951 Aqua Studebaker Champion. It was my first car - got it three months after I graduated from High School in 1956...Alexander Ramsey High School - Roseville, Mn. I loved that car - Some rummy ran into me and damaged the car enough to total it out and I ended up with a 1952 Plymouth. Do they make Plymouths anymore?????

    What's the name of that old song????? "Memories Are Made of This".

    Oh, yah, I am older than dirt. PROUD OF IT!

    Have a super day! Edie
    Last edited by Edie; 06-09-2014 at 02:31 AM.
    Home is where the rags of your life are turned into quilts, lemons become lemonade and a few extra pounds are simply welcomed as "more of you to love."
    I am so confused. I don't know if I found a rope or lost my horse."

    BELIEVE

  24. #24
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Posts
    1,620
    Remember ballet slippers and balarena skirts ? Silk dresses made from parachutes ? Fleers double bubble gum ? What is your recipe for MUD PIES ? YES ! I am older than dirt and am learning this new technology.

  25. #25
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Lebanon Missouri
    Posts
    2,668
    Blog Entries
    1
    Of all those wonderful memories I think the one I miss the most is hearing kids out playing and using their imaginations like we all did when we were young. My 3 GD's had never played in the rain or splashed in water puddles til they moved here and I took them out to play with me. DIL went crazy cause I got them all muddy. The look on her face was priceless when my son came in and he was the muddiest of all. She did not talk to us for a week. But she had to get over it cause from then on they got to play with their Dad and Gramma every time it rained. And I must say I still make a pretty good mud pie : )

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.