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Post subject: Under age 40? You won't understand.  PostPosted: Jul 11, 2006 - 09:59 PM




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Black and White (I received this from my brother-in-law)

(Under age 40? You won't understand.)

You could hardly see for all the snow,

Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.

Pull a chair up to the TV set,

"Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet."

Depending on the channel you tuned,

You got Rob and Laura - or Ward and June.

It felt so good. It felt so right.

Life looked better in black and white.

I Love Lucy, The Real McCoys,

Dennis the Menace, the Cleaver boys,

Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train,

Superman, Jimmy and Lois Lane.

Father Knows Best, Patty Duke,

Rin Tin Tin and Lassie too,

Donna Reed on Thursday night! --

Life looked better in black and white.

I wanna go back to black and white.

Everything always turned out right.

Simple people, simple lives...

Good guys always won the fights.

Now nothing is the way it seems,

In living color on the TV screen.

Too many murders, too many fights,

I wanna go back to black and white.

In God they trusted, alone in bed, they slept,

A promise made was a promise kept.

They never cussed or broke their vows.

They'd never make the network now.

But if I could, I'd rather be

In a TV town in '53.

It felt so good. It felt so right.

Life looked better in black and white.

I'd trade all the channels on the satellite,

If I could just turn back the clock tonight

To when everybody knew wrong from right.

Life was better in black and white!

Another Goody For The Oldtimers

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in icepack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli .

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE... and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now..

Flunking gym was not an option... even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked there and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?

LOVE TO ALL OF US WHO SHARED THIS ERA, AND TO ALL WHO DIDN'T- SORRY FOR WHAT YOU MISSED. I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING

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Post subject: Under age 40? You won  PostPosted: Jul 11, 2006 - 10:22 PM
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...right from the heart.

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Being quite a bit over 40 I can really relate to that. Thanks 2radical! Sehr glücklich
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jul 12, 2006 - 01:23 AM
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Thanks 2radical

Hit the nail on the head Smilie I saved it as a reminder - the good 'ole days

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ROFL too true. And maintenance used to be something you did to your car not a payment schedule. Winken

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jul 12, 2006 - 08:20 AM
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Hehe, I really enjoyed that!
For the TV part of the story, here is a nice database with stories, pics and even jingles for free download:
http://epguides.com/menu/
But be warned - this site is definitely addictive!
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jul 12, 2006 - 09:31 AM




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Great, and how true, epecially playing on building sites. This is something similar from a later generation used to computers
http://www2.b3ta.com/heyhey16k/
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jul 26, 2006 - 08:45 AM




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I often see nostalgic odes like this. They always remind me of this piece by a friend of mine, something I've held onto ever since she wrote it. Another reflection on "simpler times" ...

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Or at least, our memories of them are simpler.

I "remember" lots of different things about those times. I'm not actually old enough to have pre-1980 memories of a scope broader than what my roller skates looked like; certainly nothing that would allow me to draw the kind of "rah! rah! less government == better society" conclusions found in this email. But I have been exposed to some american history, of the anecdotal, the pop cultural, and the scholarly kind... which is probably more than the email I'm responding to was based on.

I "remember" that, in the fabulously domestic times of the 50s, valium prescriptions were very common, and the evening cocktail was routine. If 50's suburbia was so great, why did our parents (or their parents) need sedatives to survive it?

I "remember" that if I'd been born even a decade earlier, I probably wouldn't have gone to college, and certainly not in the field I love. Sending girls off to engineering degrees was a luxury of rich parents, or of doting engineer fathers. I had neither.

I "remember" polio. Mom spent most of her 50's childhood in braces, barely able to walk, because of it.

I "remember" the difference between my experience of being sexually abused as a child, and an older female relative's. I talk about my experience, and my friends are outraged at the concept. Said relative still can't bring herself to talk about hers, and she certainly wasn't welcome to in her youth. Until the last couple of decades, what your dad did to your body was his own damn business.

Sorry to be so blunt, but this kind of one-sided nostalgic propaganda makes me want to throw up.

And you can keep your prayers out of my school and out of my face, thank you very much.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jul 26, 2006 - 09:09 AM




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jeez......& on that happy note....
a little bitter, maybe?

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jul 27, 2006 - 08:51 PM




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I am over 40 (actually 42)...and feeling OLD Geschockt
 
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