[lit-ideas] Re: Are you really that old?

  • From: "Mike Geary" <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 22:43:21 -0500

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From: "Erin Holder" <erin.holder@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2004 9:18 PM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Are you really that old?

> You know, I'm well aware that things change over time and that people grow
> up with different things.  When people tell me they had something when they
> were "growing up" that I didn't have when I was "growing up," it doesn't
> shock me in the least, in fact, it think it's neat.  I like learning about
> these things.  But okay, I'll humour you.  Let's see...
> How many do you remember?
> Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.     NO  -- yes
> Ignition switches on the dashboard.    NO  -- yes
> Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.   NO  -- yes.
> Real ice boxes.   NO  --  yes, but it was not in use, but I remember one at 
> my grandparents' house.  I grew up saying ice box, not refrigerator
> Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.   YES (they still have
> those) -- yes
> Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.   NO -- yes.
> Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.   YES (it's called "the
> finger")  --- yes, left arm bent up at elbow for right turn, arm straight out 
> for left turn, arm bent down for slowing down (braking light).
> 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  NO -- no
>  2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water  NO -- oh yes!  
> wonderful!!
>  3. Candy cigarettes  YES (have eaten many) -- yes, indeedy
>  4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles NO  -- absolutely
>  5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes  YES (those are still
> around)  -- yes.
>  6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers  NO  --  yes, 
> setting out the empty bottles was a prised chore when I was 4 or 5
>  7. Party lines  NO  -- yes, certainly
>  8. Newsreels before the movie  NO -- yes, indeed
>  9. P.F. Flyers  NO -- yes
>  10. Butch wax  NO -- yes, you can't have a flat top without Butch wax
>  11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (BUtterfield 8-6933)  NO  -- yes, 
> GLendale 8 -7162 was my home number during high school.
>  12. Peashooters  NO  -- sure.
>  13. Howdy Doody  YES  -- and Buffalo Bob  and Princess Summerfallwinterspring
>  14. 45 RPM records  YES -- of course
>  15. S&H Green Stamps  NO -- hoowee, I'd forgotten about Green stamps.  Under 
> signs : JESUS SAVES, we would write: GREEN STAMPS
>  16 Hi-fi's  YES -- yes.
>  17. Metal ice trays with lever  NO --- yes, awful things.
>  18. Mimeograph paper  YES  -- yes -- loved to sniff the copies.
>  19  Blue flashbulb  NO  -- yes
>  20. Packards  NO -- yes and Ramblers 
>  21. Roller skate keys  NO --  yes -- the skates were metal and fit over your 
> shoes, the key was need to adjust the "clamps" -- see the song below *
>  22. Cork popguns  YES  -- yes
>  23. Drive-ins  YES  -- yes
>  24. Studebakers  YES  --  yes
>  25. Wash tub wringers  NO -- yes -- my arm got caught in one when I was 
> about 3 or 4.
> 9.    Well, I failed.  Whatcha gonna do.  I was 18 when I joined Phil-Lit.
> Now I'm 22.

I remember 24 out of 25.  Older than dirt.  Blackjack chewing gum might not 
have been sold down here.  Don't remember the name anyway.


I rode my bicycle past your window last night
I rollerskated to your door at daylight.
It almost seems like you're avoiding me.
I'm o.k. alone but you've got something I
I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You've got a brand new key.
I think we should get together and try
them out to see.
I been lookin around awhile, you got
something for me.
I got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You got a brand new key.
I ride my bike, I rollerskate, don't drive no
Don't go so fast, but I go pretty far.
For somebody who don't drive, I been all
around the world.
Some people say I done alright for a girl.
I asked your mother if you were at home.
She said 'yes,' but that you weren't alone.
It almost seems like you're avoiding me
I'm o.k. alone but you got something I

> Erin
> Toronto
>  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!
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