I Remember When

I remember when…

A man would deliver dairy products to your doorstep and place them in something called a milkbox.

I would always plead to have the milk cream, but Mom said she liked it too for her coffee.

You could get bread at a cheaper price from the bakery if it wasn’t sliced. This begets the question, what was the best thing before sliced bread?

The bread went into something called the breadbox which was an aluminum lined drawer built into the cabinetry

You could get a chicken for about half the price if it wasn’t plucked. Having done it, I can tell you the feathers and quills do not come out easily. As frugal as we were, it was finally decided that this was too much work.

You could fix your TV by opening the back, looking for the tube that wasn’t glowing and replacing it from all places, the drug store.

We would watch Disney in “living color” or just the NBC peacock between shows and be mesmerized. Color!

Antennas on roofs picked up television signals. When sunspots were active, New Yorkers could pick up WCCO in Minneapolis, Minnesota or KMOX in St. Louis. Two words: electromagnetic skip off the ionosphere. Okay, that’s like five words.

The Long Island Railroad was as crappy as it is today.

There was a president who ratcheted up a war he couldn’t win… kind of like today.

Just about everybody smoked cigarettes. You could legally smoke on buses, in offices, in stores and so on.

We figured if something tasted good, it couldn’t be bad for you.

Japanese products were synonymous with extremely poor quality. Take our Toyota Corona for instance:

Young men were drafted and had to serve two years in the Army.

No one had a computer. There was no internet. This is like the chicken or the egg conundrum.

There was no gluten-free food because somehow, we never met anyone allergic to gluten. Pass the pasta.

We drank water from a well. The water was pumped into the house via a well pump. If you wanted, you could dig your own well and lower a bucket. Sadly, even way back then, the ground water was becoming contaminated and we were forced to get “city water.” We hated the city water.

Penny candy was well, a penny. As kids, for 25 cents, we ate like kings and the dentists loved us. Who remembers Nik L Nips?

My friends said I was getting rooked since there was so little syrup. I liked chewing the wax bottle like gum.

Wild strawberries grew on the edge of the woods. If you wandered too far in, you could get lost.

Our construction skills came from building forts.

We would play cowboys and indians and I was never sure what role I liked best.

Cars had fins.

Gas was less than a dollar a gallon and there was no self-serve. Someone did the fill-up for you, cleaned the glass and asked if you wanted the oil and water checked.

Women wore slips. I liked women in slips.

There were culottes. Half skirt and half shorts… well, take a look:

adly, women can still buy them today.

I wore suede platform shoes to the local disco.

We stayed away from the brown acid, man.

Movie theaters had only one screen but, it was really big.

Cousin Brucie spun the solid gold hits on WABC radio.

Jean Shepherd told stories about Ralphie and his holiday adventures on WOR long before the movie A Christmas Story, which he narrated.

The old man’s leg lamp; the Red Ryder BB gun; the triple dog dare

Do you remember when?


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