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I'm older than dirt

Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'

'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'

'It was a place called 'at home,' I explained. ! 'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

Here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card.

My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 19. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God. It came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people...

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?


My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.

Ignition switches on the dashboard.

Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.

Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.

Using hand signals for cars without turn signals..

Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about

Ratings at the bottom.

1.Candy cigarettes

2.Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes

3.Home milk delivery in glass bottles

4. Party lines on the telephone

5.Newsreels before the movie

6.TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])


8. Howdy Doody

9. 45 RPM records


11. Metal ice trays with lever

12. Blue flashbulb

13.Cork popguns

14. Studebakers

15. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young

If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older

If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age,

If you remembered

11-15 =You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life..

Don't forget to pass this along!!

Especially to all your really OLD friends



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:lol: YUP---I guess im with you on this one---- almost feel likeTop Soil now--- The thing is with that statement is that Im still on this side of the grass,If i wasnt you wouldnt be reading this- :lol: The grave has a very large mouth... I really dont want to fill it yet :lol: Altho they tell if you want to lose weight fast - Creamation is the way to go---But i dont like the nickname of Dusty--- So im with you on this --- We are Old -- We are Roots for the next Generation. Im worth more than a Plug Nickel---Remember that saying? wow- Forget the Nickel they want to tax the Plug :lol:;):) Blessings Vern
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How about before the electric refridgerator when the ice man delivered ice twice a week to put in your ice box to keep food cold? I remember having to dump the pan that was under the fridge where the water from where the melted ice dripped. That's OLD !!

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Well, I got 8.

You forgot a couple:

Back then...

kids would NEVER sass or talk-back to thier parents.

if you got in trouble at school and got paddled, you'd be in trouble again when you got home and spanked again.

a hole in your socks didn't mean to throw them away. Nope, mom would darn them and you use them till thay can't be darned.

a fight in schools was done with your own two hands, and not with knives or guns. (and no gun control back then either, hmm)

front doors were left un-locked, and always welcomed at your friends house as if you lived there your self.

you played outside all day, as long as your in the house by dark for dinner.

we had baths, no shower.

if the lights went out, you had to replace a screw in fuse. No circuit breakers.

cars only had a side-view mirror on the drivers side, and most did not have air conditioning.

hardware stores were awesome.

we stood quietly with our hats off and hand on our heart when the National Anthem played.

sir and ma'am was a mainstay of our vocabulary.

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