Today’s Monotony Breaker will trigger wonderful memories for some — and raise “interesting discussion topics” for those too young to have personally experienced the 50’s.
And on a related note — today’s edition of “Oldies w/ the Old Guy” on WIRY (noon till 6:00 Eastern) (1340 AM, 100.7 FM and www.wiry.com on the internet) will feature songs about Radio and Disc Jockeys — obviously one of my favorite topics. Join me if you can for a closer look at this wonderful medium called “radio.”
You know you’re getting old when you remember:
Girls wearing Gym Uniforms?
Took three minutes for the Television to start
Nobody owned a purebred Dog
When a Quarter was a decent allowance
You’d reach into a gutter for a penny
Women wore nylons in two pieces
Your Windshield got cleaned, Oil checked, and Gas
pumped, without asking, all for free, every time!
Never paid for Air as well as Trading Stamps
Laundry Detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels
hidden inside the box
A great privilege to be taken out to
dinner at a Restaurant with your Parents
Schools kept ‘failed’ Students back a grade!
A 57 Chevy was a Dream Car
Car keys were always in the ignition,
and the doors were never locked
Lying on your back relaxing in the Grass with your
Friends picturing Sky and Cloud shapes
Playing Baseball showing Kids the
Rules of the Game without Adults
Stuff from Stores came without ‘safety’ caps and ‘hermetic’ seals
As well as Summers filled with Bike rides,
Hula Hoops, Visits to swimming in the Ocean
Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say,
“Yeah, I remember that”
between Old enough to know better and too Young to care.
Remember Howdy Doody, The Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger, Roy and Dale, Trigger, Buttermilk, etc. etc.
Wax Coke-shaped Bottles
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.
News Reels before the Movie
Hi-Fi’s& 45 RPM Records.
78 RPM Records!
Decisions were made by going ‘Eeny-Meeny-Miney-Moe’
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘Do Over!’
Race issue’ meant who ran the fastest?
Catching Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening
It wasn’t odd to have lots of ‘Best Friends’
Saturday Morning Cartoons were not 30-minute Commercials for Action Figures
Spinning around, getting Dizzy, Falling down was cause for Giggles
The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a Team
Baseball Cards in the spokes transformed any Bike into a Motorcycle
Taking Drugs meant orange – flavored chewable Aspirin
If you can remember most or all of these.
Then You Have Lived!!
A Woman’s Place
Barbara Walters, of 20/20, did a story on gender roles in Kabul ,
Afghanistan, several years before the Afghan conflict.
She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands.
She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem happy to maintain the old custom.
Ms Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, ‘Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?’
The woman looked Ms Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, “Land mines.”
Moral of the story is (no matter what language you speak or where you go):
BEHIND EVERY MAN, THERE’S A SMART WOMAN