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1:30  Schmaltz Oldies: A

          Song to Remember


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Do You Remember?

First, some old Philly pictures.  Do you remember?

Some Great Old Stuff

Do you remember 'Fender Skirts' and 'Supper'?
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Remember the old Clothes Lines?
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The Way We Were.......
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Technology Back Then.
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Remember Grandma's Apron
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We were home schooled.
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Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much
older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because
plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing'
back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation
did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the 'green thing' in our day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles, and beer bottles to
the store.
The store sent them back to the plant to be washed,
sterilized, and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and

So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags,
that we reused for numerous things, most memorable, besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our
This was to ensure that public property (the books
provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our
scribbling's. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown
bag but we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store
and office building.
 We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb
into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers

because we didn't have the throwaway kind.

We dried clothes on a line -- not in an
energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power
really did dry our clothes back in our early days.  People got
hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always
brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief
(remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have
electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile
item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion

 not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn.  We used a push
mower that ran on human power.
We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on

But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup
or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
 We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen,
 and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just
because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes
to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi
service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole
house did before the "green thing."

 We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And
we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from
satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest
burger joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old
folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Please show this on to another selfish old person who needs a
lesson in conservation from a 'smart' young person..

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to
tick us off . . . especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced
smarty who can't make change without the cash register telling them
how much.
We don't stop laughing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop laughing



A little house with three bedrooms and one car on the street;

A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat.


In the kitchen on the wall we only had one phone.

And no need for recording things, someone was always home.


We only had a living room where we would congregate

Unless it was at mealtime in the kitchen where we ate.


We had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to dine

When meeting as a family, those two rooms would work out fine.


We only had one TV set and channels, maybe two.

But always there was one of them with something worth the view.


For snacks we had potato chips that tasted like a chip,

And if you wanted flavor there was Lipton’s onion dip.


Store bought snacks were rare because my mother liked to cook

And nothing can compare to snacks in Betty Crocker’s book.


Weekends were for family trips or staying home to play.

We all did things together—even go to church to pray.


When we did our weekend trips depended on the weather.

No one stayed home alone; we liked to be together.


Sometimes we would separate to do things on our own.

But we knew where the others were without our own cell phone.


Then there were the pictures with your favorite movie star.

And nothing can compare to watching movies in your car.


Of course there were the picnics at the peak of summer season.

Pack a lunch and find some trees and never need a reason.


Get a baseball game together with all the friends you know.

Have real action playing ball and no game video.


Remember when the doctor used to be the family friend

And didn’t need insurance or a lawyer to defend?

The way that he took care of you or what he had to do

Because he took an oath and strived to do the best for you.


Remember going to the store and shopping casually

And when you went to pay for it you used your own money?

Nothing that you had to swipe or punch in some amount;

Remember when the cashier person had to really count?


The milkman used to go from door to door

And it was just a few cents more than going to the store.


There was a time when mailed letters came right to your door

Without a lot of junk mail ads sent out by every store.

The mailman knew each house by name and knew where it was sent.

There were not loads of mail addressed to “present occupant.”


There was a time when just one glance was all that it would take

And you would know the kind of car, the model and the make.


They didn’t look like turtles trying to squeeze out every mile.

They were streamlined, white walls, fins, and really had some style.


One time the music that you played whenever you would jive

Was from a vinyl, big-holed record called a 45.

The record player had a post to keep them all in line

And then the records would drop down and play one at a time.


Oh, sure we had our problems then, just like we do today.

And always we were striving, trying for a better way.


Oh, the simple life we lived still seems like so much fun.

How can you explain the game, just kick the can and run.

And why would boys put baseball cards between bicycle spokes?

And for a nickel, red machines had little bottled cokes.


This life seemed so much easier and slower in some ways.

I love the new technology but I sure miss those days.

So time moves on and so do we, and nothing stays the same.

But I sure love to reminisce and walk down memory lane.




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