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Something to take us back to our history for three minutes, enjoy the trip back!!

Close your eyes...And go back...
Before the Internet or the MAC,
Before semi-automatics and crack

Before chronic and indo, Before SEGA or Super Nintendo

Way back.......

I'm talkin' bout hide and go seek at dusk.
Sittin' on the porch, Hot bread and butter.
Eatin' a 'super dooper sandwich' (Dagwood),

Red light, Green light., Chocolate milk, Lunch tickets,
Penny candy in a brown paper bag.
Hopscotch, butterscotch, double-dutch
Jacks, kickball, dodge ball, y'all!

Mother, May I?

Hula Hoops and Sunflower Seeds,
Jaw breakers, blow pops, Mary Janes,
Running through the sprinkler
The smell of the sun and lickin' salty lips....

Wait......

Catchin' lightening bugs in a jar,
Playin' sling shot and Red Rover.
When around the corner seemed far away,
And going downtown seemed like going somewhere.

Bedtime, Climbing trees,
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers,

Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians,
Sittin' on the curb, Jumpin' down the steps,
Jumpin' on the bed, Pillow fights

Being tickled to death, Getting Cooties
Runnin' till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from playin'.... Remember that?

I ain't finished just yet.....

Licking the beaters when your mother made a cake.
Didn't that feel good...just to go back and say,
Yeah, I remember that!!!!

There's nothing like the good old days!
They were good then, and they're
good now when we think about them.

Remember when....

When there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys
(Keds & PF Flyers), and the only time you wore them at school, was for "gym."
Who even thought of paying hundreds of dollars for them?

When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there.
When nobody owned a purebred dog.

When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter a huge bonus.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.

When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
Bobby pins and easter bonnets.

When all of your male teachers wore neckties
and female teachers had their hair done, everyday.

When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
without asking, for free, every time. And, you didn't pay for
air. And, you got trading stamps to boot!

When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to
carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.

When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a
real restaurant with your parents.
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo."
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly."

Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening.
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old, referred to anyone over 20.
The net on a tennis court was the perfect height to play volleyball and rules didn't matter.

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
It was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb.
It was unbelievable that dodgeball wasn't an Olympic event.
Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a slingshot.

Nobody was prettier than Mom.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.

When it was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride
the "big people" rides at the amusement park.

Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare."
Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute ads for action figures.
No shopping trip was complete, unless a new toy was brought home.
When "Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense.

Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
When the worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
War was a card game. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin.
When ice cream was considered a basic food group.
When older siblings were the worst tormentors,
but also the fiercest protectors.


When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed ... and did!
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the
fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.

Basically, we were in fear for our lives
but it wasn't because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Disapproval of our parents and grandparents was a much bigger threat!

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The Gate that became a hamburger drive-in and Mom and Dad's passes.
Rock and roll, The Hit Parade, Sing Along with Mitch.
"How Much Is That Doggy in the Window" and "Que Sera Sera".
When 45 records were new and cost a dollar but we still listened to moms 78s
"Love and Marriage" Giesele McKinsey and Johnny Ray "Just Walking in the Rain."

Roller skates with keys and without blades, jacks and marbles.
Telephone partylines and 2-3934, Fried mush and tapioca pudding.
Jumping rope, doubles, throwing the ball against the wall
Elvis Presley, Sal Mineo. "Here Comes Billy with a Baby Carriage.".

Bobbie pins, hair nets, hoop skirts, petticoats and pony tails.
Neck scarfs in every color. Oxford shoes and penny loafers,
poodle skirts and bobbie socks.
Grandpa Shiebly falling down when I danced with him at Christmas.
Alta teaching us to Rock and Roll. The black poodle she gave me for Christmas.

Archie comics, bag of candy, trips to the hospital with strep throat
Board games; Life, Career, and Clue, Old Maid Cards.
Playing chess with dad. Sunday School, Father and daughter banquets
and Girl Scout Trips behind the "Club House."
The horse stables and that funny looking car the Brochus' had.

Walking home from school for a hot lunch.
Pet Day at School (we all brought our pets). What a zoo!!!
School Christmas Programs (Up on the Chimney with Old Saint Nick)
The stage in the Aspen Elementary School Auditorium
Pogo sticks (you won), Hula hoop contest (I won)
Vacation Bible School.

Electric irons with a roller, electirc dishwashers you hooked to the sink
Playing house and making the boys eat our crackers and water.
Becky Hyatts sand box, the strange kids in the green and grey house

The County Fair parade.
And putting kleenex flowers all over dad's Buick and it got rained on.

TV- My Little Margie, Loretta Young and Dialing for Dollars
Roy Rogers, Jack Lalane was the first exercise celebrity
The TV test pattern, the late, late scary movies on Friday night.
Werewolfs, frankenstein, but the worst was Dracula. Popcorn and hot chocolate.

Howdy Doody time, Captain Kangaroo, and the Mickey Mouse Club.
Sherrie Saunder's moms sandwiches. Cathy and Doty. Democrat and Republican.
The Rainbow Girls, dance lessons and my first dance and I wore nylons with a black stripe..
Home movies were played on a porjector and lasted 2 minutes.

The gate at Los Alamos and the "roller coaster dips" to Espanola,
The Black Mesa and Valle Grande, Aspen trees and cold streams,
And cold chicken and Grandma and Grandpa.
Old baldy and the "big Fire" (the one in the 50's)
And the road to Los Alamos, S Site and the back gate..

Feeding Chubby bread, Mittens and that crazy white cat.
Kinky perms and Bill's trips in the ambulance for swallowing money..
Janie Carmichael, Becky Hyatt and Tommy Edwards.
The storage room on the back porch. Daddy playing the harmonica.
The big Closet at Aunt Mac's house.
Holding our breath until we passed out. Hide and Seek

The Halloween parades. Trick or Treat, some houses twice.
Dressing up with Becky Hyatt in the Japaneese Kimonos
That daddy brought back from the War.
Bills yellow bunny costume made from sheets.

Going to the playground and riding bikes down the dirt road in the back.
The $20s Bill found on the way to school.
Penny Robinson, the hill in Mac's backyard. Nancy and Carolyn, 2-4074
The gigantic jungle gym at the school, at the 20' swings,.
You couldn't play on until the 3rd Grade. And I Like Ike

Dragon Drugs, Aspen Elementary and the Hilltoppers.
Swimming lessons at the High School, playing in the canyons
Keep out "Radiation Signs" that everyone ignored.
The big round sewer plant at the bottom of the canyon with the sweeping arms

Pine cones, daddy's surprise parties, New Years Eve.
The sleigh he made and drove all over town.
Our rose bushes on each side of the front porch
One was Bills and one was mine, mine grew the best

The Archery Range, the Rifle Range, buffalo meat cooked in a pit.
Waiting in the car when it was getting dark. Hearing the clunk of the arrows.
Eating deer, and bear, and elk, and antelope and every wild animal in New Mexico
Our "imaginary ghosts" that lived under the house.
Billy crying when I played dead. Playing dress up at Grandma's in her old drapes.
Playing her old records. Slim Whitman "Rosalee" and "Silver and Gold".

Linda Newman, Perry Mason and shaded window viser for car.
Colored plastic with blue, red and green placed on Grandma's TV to get color
Our home-made ice skating rink. Playing cops and robbers behind the school.
Sleding down our hill all the way to the Edward's backyard.
Tommy's telescope and that "electric book" that shocked you.

Looking for mom's diamond for a $7 reward.
(Why $7.00?) Mom found it under the clothes line.
Mom's plywood petitioned office in the front room.
Staying upstairs while they worked in the basement.

Pat Reidy, Jimmy Trapple, Dick stealing gas. Alta's boy friends,
Especailly the red head. The bakery where she worked.
The train station at Lamy, Alta eloping.
Getting my own room and being scolded for being glad.

The sidewalks downtown, the grocery store on the hill.
The bowling alley next to the theater, Conway Twitty and
"It's Only Make Beleive", The Teddy Bears "To Know, Know, Know Him".
Alta making Starlac Milk and sometimes getting Real Milk!!
Dick getting bit by a black widow spider.

Chubby with porcupine quills, smelling like a skunk
and being picked up by animal control. Mom always late.
Dick digging dirt to make a basement under our government house.
Making bows, our green panel truck and pink and grey buick.
The red boat I made Bill in shop that got lost in the creek.
Daddy hanging a deer on our swingset, our flagstone patio and target in the backyard.

Francis the Talking Mule, Ma and Pa Kettle, drive-in movies in Santa Fe.
A brown sack of popcorn. Harry's Big Burger Drive Ins.
School Shopping at Pennys in Santa Fe.
Chukes, ducktales, "Cookie Lend Me Your Comb".
On the road to Archery tournaments
Looking for daddy's arrow on top of the mountain when he broke the "world's recrord."
Bill drinking a case of orange soda.

Easter Egg Hunts at the Church. Easter bonnets, gloves, patent leather shoes.
Tiny sports coats, easter baskets and sunny days and pretty moms.
Steve Renfro, and a turquoise jewelry box and Chocolate bunny,
My first boy friend who died of luekemia. He was 8 years old
Roger Beecham and his twin brother Paul.
Vicki and Barry Winburn and kissing under their front porch.

Valentines Day, and Art Johnson (who I gave 20 cards to),
Singing "Scarlet Ribbons" with Kenny Harris at our Christmas Play.
And Dink, I never knew anyone named Dink before.
Mrs. Snell, our chior teacher and Mr. Ebinger who married that pretty teacher.
Sleeping on a mat in kindergarten, cookies and juice.

To be contiuned.........

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