You know, fellow members, this list is getting long. With that I get to feeling older.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
To disarm the people is the best and most effectual ways to enslave them. George Mason
Meeting someone at the airport at the gate. No security. Just walk right to the gate.
You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier
A lot of things, but the one I miss the most is the M-80's we use to buy. Thousands of fun uses. Of course we couldn't buy them in NY, but we would go crazy buying them on trips to Southern states.
"Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God." --- G.K. Chesterton
Lawn darts with very sharp spikes called Jarts.
Neighborhoods where all the kids played outside all day
Building tree forts and overnight camping in the woods
Model rockets and balsa airplanes
Filling the gas tank for under $5
Getting a real education
There are a lot more but they are all family and friends that have passed away
"As I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some time to come – but we believe not too long into the future – I'd like to just say what I believe history will record. That America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus–Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.
Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17."
"I'm only myself when I have a guitar in my hands." - George Harrison
|Muzzle flash |
I have one of those, but it hasn't worked in 40 years. The record changer mechanism is a hoot to watch! It was my parents' 5th wedding anniversary purchase.
clip-on roller skates?
amusement parks with REAL fun houses
push reel-type lawn mowers
Red Rover, Crack the Whip, and Dodgeball
terpin hydrate cough medicine OTC
castor oil (one tbsp every morning)
Coca Cola with codeine
buying cigarettes (for my parents) at the drugstore as a child (a task I hated!)
playground slides with steel surfaces
milk delivery at the home (my dad was a Milkman)
Saturday matineés (cartoons, serial, 2 features)
upright manual typewriters
keypunch machines and IBM cards
mimeograph machines and their special paper
hektograph copy process (may still be extant)
mechanical slot machines
That's enough for now.
Texan by choice, not accident of birth
When they ask me, "Paper or plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I am bi-sacksual."
|A Grateful American|
"the meaning of life, is to give life meaning" ✡ I could explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.
Being able to walk into a gun store of any kind - Sears, Army-Navy, Western Auto or just plain hardware store and purchase a gun. Cash and carry, get a receipt and walk out the door.
Cheap guns and ammo, too. Usually military surplus.
"We got what it takes to take what you got." - The IRS.
|Master of one hand |
NRA Benefactor CMP Pistol Distinguished
Time is large when young. But as the years go bye…..time shrinks.
Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, Mercurys and Plymouths.
|Nosce te ipsum|
Clouds of DDT sprayed in the summertime streets. We used to pretend we were angels floating in the clouds.
I liked some of my kin a whole lot more back then. Ignorance was bliss.
|Fly High, A.J.|
With tin/aluminum foil wrapped around them for better reception.
Many people mentioned phone related things, but no mention of the
Big, heavy, yellow, dropped off at your door. So very necessary.
|Void Where Prohibited|
Guns sold in just about every hardware store - and Sears
Being able to burn anything you wanted on your property
Howard Johnson restaurant s and motels on all the highways
Being a kid and being able to walk around with a rifle and not getting a second look
Kerosene pumps at the gas stations
Timex 'test' watches
Making your own fireworks - you'd get arrested doing that now
Comedians that were actually funny
Not having ticks with diseases everywhere
"If Gun Control worked, Chicago would look like Mayberry, not Thunderdome" - Cam Edwards
Tube testers at the drug store.
Muntz brand electronics.
Sliced bread, the greatest thing since the 1911.
|Back, and |
to the left
Hard to find stuff not already mentioned. I thought of a few restaurants and roadside places, like:
Stuckey's - seemingly as ubiquitous as Howard Johnson's.
Sambo's - like Denny's but much better.
Zuider Zee's - fast seafood. Dutch if you can believe it.
Wow, I would not have thought of this.
The most recent reference to those I can remember is their use as a redneck fishing tool, a kind of get fish quick scheme.
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. -Ecclesiastes 9:11
Fiddling with the UHF dial on the analog TV hooked to cable TV so we could get glimpses of static-filled boobs from the playboy station.
TV repair shops.
|Three Generations |
A plain-jane, standard shift bench seat single cab pickup you could buy for $4000.
Dodge D100 bought in 1974. According to the online inflation calculator, that'd be about $21,000 today. No such thing as far as I know.
Be careful when following the masses. Sometimes the M is silent.
|Just because something is legal to do doesn't mean it is the smart thing to do.|
I must be really old, many of the things mention were new when I was an adult.
8 tracks, cassettes, VCRs
Integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody is looking.
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