DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN…?
All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
It took five minutes for the TV warm up?
Nearly everyone’s Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?
Nobody owned a purebred dog?
When a quarter was a decent allowance?
You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had
their hair done every day and wore high heels?
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
without asking, all for free, every time?
And you didn’t pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?
It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner
at a real restaurant with your parents?
They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . and they did?
When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to cruise,
peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
No one ever asked where the car keys were
because they were always in the car,
in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
Lying on your back in the grass with your friends
and saying things like, “That cloud looks like a …”
and playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals
because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?
And with all our progress, don’t you just wish, just once,
you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace,
and share it with the children of today?
When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing
compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
Basically we were in fear for our lives,
but it wasn’t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
Send this on to someone who can still remember
Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy,
Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery,
the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows,
Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.
As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games,
Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool,
and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, “Yeah, I remember that”?
I am sharing this with you today
because it ended with a double dog dare to pass it on.
To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.
And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between
old enough to know better and too young to care.
How many of these do you remember?
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Newsreels before the movie
Telephone numbers with a word prefix…(Raymond 4-601).
45 RPM records
Metal ice cubes trays with levers
Beanie and Cecil
Cork pop guns
The Fuller Brush Man
Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
The Fort Apache Play Set
15 cent McDonald hamburgers
5 cent packs of baseball cards -
with that awful pink slab of bubble gum
35 cent a gallon gasoline
Jiffy Pop popcorn
Do you remember a time when…
Decisions were made by going “eeny-meeny-miney-moe”?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, “Do Over!”?
“Race issue” meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
It wasn’t odd to have two or three “Best Friends”?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was “cooties”?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
A foot of snow was a dream come true?
Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures?
“Oly-oly-oxen-free” made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!
Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from
their “grown-up” life . . .I double-dog-dare-ya!
>>Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with those
>>expensive double pane energy efficient kind. But this week I got a call
>>from the contractor who installed them. He was complaining that the work
>>had been completed a whole year ago and I hadn’t paid for them. Hellloooo?
>>Now just because I’m blonde doesn’t mean that I am automatically stupid.
>>So, I told him just what his fast talking sales guy had told ME last year.
>>Namely that, in just ONE YEAR these windows would pay for themselves!
>>Helllooooo? It’s been a year! (I told him) There was only silence at the
>>other end of the line, so I finally just hung up He didn’t call back.
>>I won that stupid argument.
YOUR AGE BY CHOCOLATE MATH
by Kathleen Gooding, Ph.D
DON’T CHEAT BY SCROLLING DOWN FIRST!
It takes less than a minute .
Work this out as you read …
Be sure you don’t read the bottom until you’ve worked it out!
This is not one of those waste of time things, it’s fun.
First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to
have chocolate (more than once but less than 10)
Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)
Multiply it by 50 – I’ll wait while you get the calculator
If you have already had your birthday this year add 1756 …
If you haven’t, add 1755.
Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.
You should have a three digit number
The first digit of this was your original number (i.e., how many times
you want to have chocolate each week).
The next two numbers are …
YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!)
THIS IS THE ONLY YEAR (2006) IT WILL EVER WORK, SO SPREAD IT AROUND WHILE IT LASTS.