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    Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favourite 'fast food' when
you
    
    were growing up?'
    
    'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.
'Except
    
    for Fish & Chip shops and we ate not so hygienically from newspaper
    
    wrappers. 'All the other food was slow.'
    
    'C'mon, seriously.. Where did you eat?'
    
    'It was a place called 'home,' I explained. 'Mum 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 lad 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'd figured his system could have handled it:
    
    
    
    Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore jeans, set foot on a golf
    
    course, travelled out of the country and credit cards had not been
invented.
    
    
    
    My parents never drove me to school. I had my mother's bicycle that
weighed
    
    probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).
    
    
    
    We didn't have a television in our house until the Queen's Coronation.
    
    It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at
10
    
    pm, after playing the national anthem and epilogue; it came back on the
air
    
    at about 4 p.m. and there was usually locally produced news and
everything
    
    was live.....or film.
    
    
    
    I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone 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 many boys delivered
newspapers.
    
    My brother delivered a newspaper, seven days a week. He had to get up at
    
    6:00 every morning.
    
    
    
    Film stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the
films.
    
    There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced
for
    
    everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence (except cowboy
    
    films) or almost 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 was 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?
    
    
    
    -Headlight dip-switches on the floor of the car.
    
    -Ignition switches on the dashboard.
    
    -There were two postal deliveries per day and one on Saturday morning.
    
    -Trouser leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
    
    -The street lights were turned off at about 11pm each night.
    
    -Soldering irons you heated on a gas burner.
    
    -Using hand signals for cars without turn indicators.
    
    -Corona fizzy drinks were delivered in glass bottles each week, and
    
    the empties returned.
    
    
    
    Older Than Dirt Quiz:
    
    Count all the ones that you remember, not the ones you were told about.
    
    Ratings at the bottom.
    
    
    
    1. Sweet cigarettes
    
    2. Milk Bars with juke boxes
    
    3. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
    
    4. Party lines on the telephone
    
    5. Newsreels before the film
    
    6. TV test card patterns that came on at night after the last show and
were
    
    there until TV shows started again. (There were only 2 channels, if you
were
    
    fortunate)
    
    7. Peashooters
    
    8. 78 rpm records
    
    9. 45 rpm records
    
    10. Hi-fi's
    
    11. Metal ice trays with levers
    
    12. Blue flashbulbs
    
    13. Cork popguns
    
    14. 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 11-14 = You're positively ancient!
    
    
    
    I must be 'positively ancient' 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....I just did!! 
  


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