An Amazing Story worth the read

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    (11/28/01 5:58:16 pm)
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    This is amazing. Something to think about...all that has been accomplished in our lifetimes..................

    Subject: How old is this man?

    One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events. He asked what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

    The granddad replied, "Well, let me think a minute...I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. There was no radar, credit cards, laser beams, or ball-point pens. Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, well the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn't yet walked on the moon.

    Your grandmother and I got married first-and then lived together. Every family had a father and a mother, and every boy over 14 had a rifle that his dad taught him how to use and respect. And they went hunting and fishing together. Until I was 25, I called every man older than I, 'Sir' and after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, 'Sir.'

    Sundays were set aside for going to church as a family, helping those in need, and visiting with family or neighbors. We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy. Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. Serving your country was a privilege; living here was a bigger privilege.

    We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent. Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started. Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums. We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.

    The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam. Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 and 10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

    You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon. In my day, 'grass' was mowed, 'coke' was a cold drink, 'pot' was something your mother cooked in, and 'rock music' was your grandmother's lullaby. 'Aids' were helpers in the Principal's office, 'chip' meant a piece of wood, 'hardware' was found in a hardware store, and 'software' wasn't even a word.

    And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.

    No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap and how old do you think I am - ????

    ANSWER - - scroll down

    This man would only be 59 years old.

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    Edited by: BlackGun at: 11/29/01 12:33:05 am

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    That was awesome!

    Gonna steal it and pass it on....

    Always Faithful

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    (11/28/01 6:21:12 pm)
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    Bravo, words that ring true.


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    (11/28/01 6:37:53 pm)
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    All I can say is, THOSE WERE THA DAYS!

    Just a thought.
    One of the tragedies of today is not so much
    the noisiness of bad people, but the silence of
    the good people.
    Oh, the memories of times gone by.
    Charlie D
    (A real neat presentation of
    remembering the past.)

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    (11/29/01 12:45:54 am)
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    BlackGun - want to thank you for a post that puts a lot of things in perspective for many of us. It truly is amazing what has happened in the last few decades.

    Charlie D - the silence is deafening I agree. I would hope that things get louder in some aspects in the future.

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    (11/29/01 12:59:10 am)
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    While I am still a very young 55 yrs old, this hit home for me too. I had friends who caught polio when I was young and can remember taking the doses of polio medicine on a sugar cube.

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    (11/29/01 1:00:11 am)
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    but you did ask a question. 70?
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