I Can Remember

Discussion in 'Other Reminiscences' started by Ken Anderson, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. Bobby Gnomy

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    Yes, indeed... it's amazing how much we have in common. The internet is a wonderful thing! I lived in Ferguson, MS back in the mid 70's if I recall correctly. Memory has lapsed a bit on things long ago! ;) When the riots were taking place and all over the news, I felt bad, because the Ferguson I remembered was a beautiful town... peaceful and quiet. Nothing much happened there. So much has changed over the years.

    In August 1970 when the Viet Nam antiwar protests took place at the University of Wisconsin I was living in Madison, WI. I worked up front in a book store, and the front door was open when the police threw tear gas into the area. I'll never forget the effects it had on our eyes and lungs. I wanted to leave work, but it was too dangerous. So, we all went into the bathroom and put wet paper towels on our eyes.
     
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    Yes, I can imagine..many cities in the US have gone though a downward spiral, especially in the downtown areas...Fresno is one. I'd be afraid to go to downtown Fresno by myself during the day and even with someone at night.

    In 1970 I got married in Chicago.
     
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    • I can remember when my dad had a car that started with a crank. The same car had a rumble seat.
    • I can remember when our telephone operated with a crank. Our number was short-short-long.
    • I can remember when we didn't have running water. Our water came from a pump outside, which had to be primed sometimes.
    • I can remember when, because we didn't have running water, we used an outhouse outside. We tried to take care of things before going to bed in Michigan Februaries.
    • I can remember when people began replacing their gas-powered washing machines with electric ones. The washing machine motors were great for go-karts.
     
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    This is something I will have to deal with? I'll take a short break break from thinking about the project and fuming over it. After which I will treat it as something fun to do and write another twelve to sixteen mini-stories which will bring the history of the boy's family up to where they themselves entered the scene close to that time.

    Thanks to those of you who read and commented or otherwise offered encouragement. Thanks, Ken for placing this in its proper place, one I have heretofore not noticed.
     
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  5. Holly Saunders

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    No, No...don't delete....leave it let the writers among us read it and make suggestions...you're doing right trying to garner ideas on how to start

    All the best writers say the very worst place is the beginning, they all without exception say they stare at a blank pages forever, sometimes months, but once they get started it becomes much easier...

    You're such a good story teller Bill, a good writer, and clearly your family thinks so too...so stick in there, you'll do it...
     
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    It's high in certain states further south on I95, too... I know that the first time I saw one of those signs was kind of strange since I'd not seen anything higher than 55 before that. (At least not since I was old enough to pay attention to speed limit signs.) I know there are some 70 spots, but I'm not recalling any 75.

    Anyone think you'd like driving the Autobahn? That would scare the life out of me!
     
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    When I was growing up in north Idaho, we never ever locked the door to the house or the car, and my mom usually left the car keys in the ignition. In the summertime, we slept with the door open so the cooler air could come through the screen doors.
    Mom grew lots of raspberries and blackberries, and she would send me down the street with bowls of berries for some of the families with lots of kids and not much money.
    We also played outside and never worried about who owned the empty wooded properties where we built our forts and played in the trees. We stayed outside at night until the 10-0'clock whistle went off, and then we knew it was time to go home and get cleaned up for bedtime.

    On Halloween, we all put on costumes we made ourselves, and took our brown grocery bags and headed out in groups of 3-4 kids. We went all over our small town, and we're out until around 8-9 at night, after which time, the adults considered that it was either too late for more trick-or-treaters, or they had already run out of goodies to give us.
    No one worried that something might be dangerous to eat, or even that it was not a good thing for us to all be out so late at night wandering around town.
    I remember singing "Jingle Bells" because there was one older lady who always made us kids sing something to get one of her home-made cookies.
     
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    I've driven on the autobahn, Mari. When I lived in Hungary those years would often visit Germany, Austria, etc.

    I went pretty fast too. I used to be pretty fearless, not so much now days, lol.
     
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    I've driven on the autobahn , I used to live and work in Frankfurt....scared me a little bit because of the way the laws worked at the time...but eventually you get used to it.. but I'd still prefer to have our road rules in the UK...just wish we didn't have all the gridlocks
     
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  11. Ken Anderson

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    Yes, indeed. NECCO is still very much alive, and still making wafers as well as other products.
     
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    I remember Necco wafers and did like them as a child, don't think I would care for them too much now.

    My favorite candy if I'm going to eat candy is sour patch kids! Just had one in my hand at the checkout the other day, but put it back after looking at the calories in one bag. I could eat the 3 servings in one sitting.
     
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    Funny I never heard of Necco wafers. I did have a car I had to crank to start. The gas and spark were on the steering column.
     
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    I still like Necco wafers, although I almost never buy them anymore, since I don't each much candy.

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    Ah, hard candy. When my dad was trying to teach me to shoot, he would buy a big bag of hard candy to use as targets. When hit, they exploded in many small pieces that dissolved in rain. The problem was to keep me from eating the targets before we got to our shooting spot.:D
     
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    I saw them in the store, so I bought a roll of Nekko wafers today and I have to say that they are as good as they ever were. Not too sweet or too hard. I won't be buying them often because candy is candy, and I don't need candy, but they are good.
     
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    I remember when our pets ate the same things we did, lived outside for the most part, and died natural deaths.
    I remember when schools had long recesses and you actually had free time to get to know each other...and school was a fun place to be (except if you got a mean teacher).
    I remember when people didn't plan how many children they were going to have but just trusted God to know how many to send them.
    I remember when playing baseball, etc. was just for fun and cost nothing but the price of a baseball and bat, etc.
    I remember cloth diapers, hand me down clothes, one pair of shoes for the summer (which were usually flip flops) and one pair for winter.
    I remember when we didn't buy Christmas trees or ornaments but chopped them down and made the ornaments for the tree.
    I remember when families actually sat down and ate supper together and other meals too and talked to each other while doing so.
    I remember when a penny could buy Mary Janes, toosie rolls, or 2 giant cookies at the Country store by our house.
    I remember when our food supply was naturally organic and not filled with chemicals, antibiotics, etc.
    I remember when we would sleep outside on the screened porch in the summer time in just our underwear.
    I remember when everyone believed in God, and had a Bible in their homes with marriages, births, and deaths recorded in it.
     
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    I remember walking to school with my sisters and not bussed to the other side of town.
    I remember when street lights lit up the sidewalks and there were no shadows to be cautious of.
    I remember the outdoor plumbing too and the wringer on the washing machine that squeezed excess water out of the clothes that were hand fed between two cylinders that were attached to a handle that had to be turned which pulled the clothes through and this is the house that Jack built:D
     
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    As I remember it, this is the kind of phone we had when I was young. I was pretty young then, so this might not have been it exactly, but it's pretty close.

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    Our number was short-short-long. Whenever anyone on our party line received a call, it would ring everyone's phone so you would listen for your number. If there were two short rings and a long one, it was for us. My mother knew everyone's number, of course. If the call was for one of her sisters, she would give her a moment to answer the phone, then she would pick it up quietly and listen. If it was a private call, she would carefully hang up the phone but, as was often the case, if it was someone else she knew, she would join in.

    To make a call, you would take the receiver off the hook and crank the phone around a few times. The operator would be someone local who had the phone operator equipment in her house, and everyone knew her by her first name. Mom would simply have to give the first name of whoever she wanted to call, if it was someone local, and the operator would put the call through.
     
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    Speaking of lightning bugs, remember flashlight tag? Shadow Tag?
    Remember Tetherball?


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    I remember when a penny bought more than one piece of candy; and Cracker Jacks had a real toy inside. I remember when dogs didn't have to be licensed or get shots and they were nicer too. I remember carrying empty soda/pop bottles to get a nickel, dime or quarter depending on the size, boy that was fun, what a way to recycle. :rolleyes:
     
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  22. Ken Anderson

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    I can remember sonic booms, and I'm sure many of you can as well, before they were pretty much eliminated through design changes.
     
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    I can remember crossing the street as a child/teen with a large bucket and shovel, as well as a sharp knife. Destination? Why the beach of course! During all but red tide season, it was fun to walk the sand at low tide

    digging up fresh clams, and prying large oysters off the rocks, all to take home to cook up a huge feast. Sometimes I would fish off the dock as well. Good memories.
     
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    I remember crabbing in the inlets of the Chesapeake Bay….Tidewater, Virginia….for Blue Crabs. I would wade through water knee-deep, with tennis shoes on so they didn't pinch me and scoop them up in a net as they scurried along the bottom. But that sport didn't last long once I heard them scurrying around in the boiling pot on the stove.
     
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    I remember when most of the clothes, hung up to dry outdoors, were "sprinkled" with water just before ironing them, in the kitchen.

    My mother used a quart soda bottle, fitted with a sprinkler head having a cork around it's neck, which fit into the bottle.
     
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