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Sunday, March 14th, 2004
4:40 pm
[droid_1]
1955
In the fifties, kids imagined you had to not like school to be cool. Like, you had to be stupid. Geeks were anathema. (Not liked.)

Bush would have been considered "real cool."
Saturday, March 6th, 2004
11:07 am
[droid_1]
Blast from the Past
I just recently saw the movie "Blast from the Past," with Sissy Spacek, Christopher Walken, and that guy from the movie "The Mummy." (sometimes I have trouble with names) Bendan Fraser, that's it.

Right out of sight, that.
Thursday, November 27th, 2003
8:19 am
[droid_1]
Test
Who did the very first "Rock and roll" song?
Monday, August 25th, 2003
8:08 am
[droid_1]
I got eighteen.
>History Exam (Geezer Test)
>(Don't peek at the answers until you try it. (Put your score in the
>subject line!)
>
>1. In the 1940s, where were automobile headlight
>dimmer switches located?
>a. On the floor shift knob
>b. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch
>c. Next to the horn
>
>2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had
>holes in it. For what was it used?
>a. Capture lightning bugs
>b. To sprinkle clothes before ironing
>c. Large salt shaker
>
>3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in
>northern winters?
>a. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce milk
>b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled
>c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors
> and milk would freeze, expanding and
> pushing up the cardboard bottle top.
>
>4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a
>game of chance?
>a. Blackjack
>b. Gin
>c. Craps!
>
>5. What method did women use to look as if they were
>wearing stockings when none were available due to
>rationing during W.W.II?
>a. Suntan
>b. Leg painting
>c. Wearing slacks
>
>6. What postwar car turned automotive design on
>its ear when you couldn't tell whether it was coming
>or going?
>a. Studebaker
>b. Nash Metro
>c. Tucker
>
>7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
>a. Strips of dried peanut butter
>b. Chocolate licorice bars
>c. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
> inside
>
>8. How was Butch wax used?
>a To stiffen a flattop haircut so it stood up
>b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing
>c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust
>
>9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller
>skates attached to your shoes?
>a. With clamps, tightened by a skate key
>b. Woven straps that crossed the foot
>c. Long pieces of twine
>
>10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach
> a decision?
>a. Consider all the facts
>b. Ask Mom
>c. Eeny-meeny-miney-mo
>
>11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940s?
>a. Smallpox
>b. AIDS
>c. Polio
>
>12. "I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey"
>a. SUV
>b. Taxi
>c. Streetcar
>
>13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pet pony?
>a. Old Blue
>b. Paint
>c. Macaroni
>
>14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
>a. Part of the game of hide and seek
>b. What you did when your Mom called you in to do
> chores
>c. Hiding under your desk, and covering your head
> with your arms in an A-bomb drill.
>
>15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on
>the Howdy Doody show?
>a. Princess Summerfallwinterspring
>b. Princess Sacajewea
>c. Princess Moonshadow
>
>16. What did all the really savvy students do when
>mimeographed tests were handed out in school?
>a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was
> believed to get you high
>b. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail
> theirs out the window
>c. Wrote another pupil's name on the top, to avoid
> your failure
>
>17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave
>Green Stamps with purchases?
>a. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs,
> which tasted like bubble gum
>b. They could be put in special books and redeemed
> for various household items
>c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on
> tattoos
>
>18. Praise the Lord, and pass the _________?
>a. Meatballs
>b. Dames
>c. Ammunition
>
>19. What was the name of the singing group that made
>the song "Cabdriver" a hit?
>a. The Ink Spots
>b. The Supremes
>c. The Esquires
>
>20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?
>a. Tony Bennett
>b. Xavier Cugat
>c. George Gershwin
>------------------------------------------------------------------------
>---------
>ANSWERS
>
>1. B) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls,
> popular in Europe, took till the late '60s to catch on.
>
>2. B) To sprinkle clothes before ironing. Who had a
> steam iron?
>
>3. C) Cold weather caused the milk to freeze and
> expand, popping the bottle top.
>
>4. A) Blackjack Gum.
>
>5. B) Special makeup was applied, followed by
> drawing a seam down the back of the leg with
> eyebrow pencil.
>
>6. A) 1946 Studebaker.
>
>7. C) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet
> colored water.
>
>8. A) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.
>
>9. A) With clamps, tightened by a skate key, which
> you wore on a shoestring around your neck.
>
>10. C) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.
>
>11. C) Polio. In beginning of August, swimming pools
> were closed, movies and other public gathering
> places were closed to try to prevent spread of the
> disease.
>
>12.. B) Taxi. Better be ready by half-past eight!
>
>13. C) Macaroni.
>
>14. C) Hiding under your desk, and covering
> your head with your arms in an A- bomb drill.
>
>15. A) Princess Summerfallwinterspring. She was
> another puppet.
>
>16. A) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get a high.
>
>17. B) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded
> for household items at the Green Stamp store.
>
>18. C) Ammunition, and we'll all be free.
>
>19. A) The all male, all black group: The Inkspots.
>
>20. A) Tony Bennett, and he sounds just as good
> today.
>------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>SCORING
>
>17- 20 correct: You are not only older than dirt, but
> obviously gifted with mind bloat.
> Now if you could only find your glasses.
> Definitely a GEEZER!
>
>12 -16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but your mind is
> definitely muddy.
>
>0 -11 correct: You are a sad excuse for a geezer or you
> are younger than springtime!
>
>Send this to your friends with your score in the subject
>line!
>
Monday, June 2nd, 2003
6:15 am
[droid_1]
Ju know...
I s'pect most people over 55 don't know how to use a computer.
(That's what the kids think, anyway)
Saturday, March 1st, 2003
8:27 pm
[ex_sir_lance126]
Anybody catch "American Graffiti" tonight?

Those were my people. My cars. My teen years. My music.

I was with a car club we called the Pharaohs. Until everybody got married and we split up.

I had a 56 black Chevy. Another guy had a yellow '55, one had a '52. Woody had a Ford hardtop convertible.
I traded the 56 for a 57 Plymouth, with the tail fins. Later I got a white 58 Chevy convertible with a 348 engine.
In '65 I got a Mustang convertible.
Then later on I had a '69 Roadrunner with a 383. It ate gas so bad I sold it and bought a Toyota.
Sunday, February 23rd, 2003
10:52 pm
[coloradoheat]
Hi
Hi everybody, I just found this community and was I every happy. I was beginning to think I was the only one over 30 that was doing a journal. LOL I am 54, and live in wonderful Coloradao. I have lots of interests and love meeting new people.
Just wanted to drop by and say hey!

Current Mood: happy
8:17 pm
[ex_sir_lance126]
Happier times
It will soon be time to retire in order to begin the week anew on the morn. A depressing thought, at times.

I started watching the 1940 movie "Abe Lincoln in Illinois." A movie from sixty years ago about life a hundred years before that. The simplicity of life in those times appeals to me. There wasn't a lot of people anywhere in the country (as opposed to the city) then. Log cabins of one room. Hand-made furniture. Lots of spare time, especially in the evening, since there wasn't any radio or tv to interfere with the silence. Log fires in fireplaces. Oil lanterns. What was it they burned in them back then? Whale oil? Lots and lots of woodland. Why, a fella could get lost in the woods back then, and not find his way back for months. Living off the land. Lots of wild critters available to shoot for food. And everybody would have had maybe a cow and some pigs and chickens, and a plot of corn to feed to the animals. And a general store in a small settlement.

I was raised up until about the age of three in a general store in a small settlement. Then we moved to a city where Dad worked in an oil refinery. To this day I love the smell of skunks, they smell just like the oil refinery area. For a couple of years in 1949 and 1950 we lived in the general store again, then Dad got another oil refinery job near St. Louis, at Woodriver, where we lived when I graduated from eighth grade. Then there was a long strike, which lasted longer than Dad's funds, so we moved back South, back to the area where the family lived. Dad worked at an explosives factory while I went to high school.

After high school I went right into college. I went for a couple of years. During this time Dad became out of work. The factory had "pulled up stakes" and moved to Arizona. (Reference is to living in a tent, and pulling up the stakes holding the tent whenever you move.) I had clinical depression and didn't know it, and living at the university by myself was a bit much. I quit college and got a job. Then I got married to my first wife, just before I would have been drafted for Vietnam.

But some of the best times I ever had were when I could stay at Grandad's farm. I remember a cooking-stove that burned wood, and churning cream into butter. I really loved cream. There were cats and dogs and cousins to play with, and a fruit cellar that was all musty-smelling and cool. And acres and acres of fields to run and play in, and the hay in the barn loft to play on, and the cows and pigs and chickens and cow-piles and horse manure, and the butchering of the hogs and rendering of the lard. And the pork chops and fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and eggs and biscuits and gravy and putting up the hay, and sweating and itching, and chigger bites and mosquito bites and sleeping with the windows open in the summer and the window fans going to try to keep cool.

I remember going with Grandad to the feed store to get the corn ground, and the wondrous smells of that place. Those were the days. I didn't have any responsibility then, and had lots of fun.

Whatever happened to that world? Well, I grew up, and had to start earning a living on my own. Moved to town, and then to a city. In my opinion, cities are not a place for living. Real living is done in the country.

So, y'see, the movie about simpler times brought back memories of happier times, which made me sad. I do envy the people who were able to stay on thier farms. Poor as churchmice, but a life you can't beat even with a stick.
Sunday, December 15th, 2002
4:30 pm
[droid_1]
10:19 am
[droid_1]
"Old Songs"
Midis
http://www.rienzihills.com/SING/Index.html
A Bicycle Built for Two (Daisy Bell)
A Bushel and A Peck
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
After You've Gone
Ain't She Sweet
Ain't We Got Fun
Alabama Jubilee
Alexander's Ragtime Band
And The Band Played On
Any Time
Are you from Dixie?
Avalon
Baby Face
Ballin' The Jack
Barney Google
By the Light of the Silv'ry Moon
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Cab Driver
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Cry Me A River
Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend
Down By The Old Mill Stream
Down Yonder
Dream a Little Dream of Me
For Me and My Gal
Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway
Frankie and Johnny
Goody, Goody
Hard Hearted Hannah
Have You Ever Been Lonely
Hello My Baby
Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider
If I Didn't Care
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
It Had To Be You
K-K-K-Katy
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Look for the Silver Lining
Love Letters (straight from my heart)
Lullaby of Broadway
Ma!
Margie
Mary (is a Grand Old Name)
Moonlight Bay
My Melancholy Baby
Muskrat Ramble
Oh, You Beautiful Doll
On A Slow Boat To China
Play a Simple Melody
Pretty Baby of Mine
PUT ANOTHER NICKEL IN...
Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet
Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey
Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Row, Row, Row
School Days
Second Hand Rose
Sentimental Journey
Shine On, Harvest Moon
Side by Side
Smile
Somebody Stole My Gal
Strike Up the Band
Sweet Rosie O'Grady
Tea for Two, Two For Tea
Thanks for the Buggy Ride
That Gang that sang Heart of My Heart
That's My Weakness Now
The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goo'bye
Up A Lazy River
Wait "Till the Sun Shines, Nellie
Walking My Baby Back Home
When You and I Were Young, Maggie
Whispering
Yearning
You Always Hurt the One You Love
You are My Sunshine
You Gotta See Mamma Every Night
You Made Me Love You
You'll Never Know
9:54 am
[droid_1]
A list of some songs of 1940
Songs of the 1940's
AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSITIVE
ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL
ALONG ABOUT EVENIN'
APPLE HONEY
BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
BIG BRASS BAND FROM BRAZIL
BLUE FLAME
BREAK IT UP, CINDERELLA
CALENDAR GIRL
CAN`T GET INDIANA OFF MY MIND
CAN`T YOU JUST SEE YOURSELF?
CARELESS HANDS
CASANOVA CRICKET
CIVILIZATION (BONGO, BONGO, BONGO)
DO IT NOW
DOCTOR, LAWYER, INDIAN CHIEF
DON`T INTRODUCE ME TO THAT ANGEL
FACE IN THE CROWD, A
FEATHERY FEELIN`, THE
FIVE MINUTES MORE
FLAMINGO
FOLLOW THE SWALLOW TO HIDEAWAY HOLLOW
KEEN AND PEACHY
LET`S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME
LINDA
LOT IN COMMON WITH YOU, A
LOVE OF MY LIFE
LOVELIER THAN EVER
LOVELY NIGHT TO GO DANCING
MEMPHIS IN JUNE
MORE I CANNOT WISH YOU
MY DARLING, MY DARLING
MY HEART BEATS FASTER
MY SHINING HOUR
NEW ASHMOLEAN MARCHING SOCIETY AND STUDENTS CONSERVATORY BAND, THE
OLE BUTTERMILK SKY
ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA
ONCE IN LOVE WITH AMY
OUT OF THIS WORLD
PERNAMBUCO
REBEL MARCH
ROBIN HOOD
RODGER YOUNG
ROSEANNA
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
SERENADE OF THE BELLS
SINCE YOU
SIOUX CITY SUE
SKYLARK
SO FAR, SO GOOD
SPRING WILL BE A LITTLE LATE THIS YEAR
SWEETHEART SEMICOLON
SYMPHONY
TENDERLY
THAT AIN`T HAY (THAT`S THE U.S.A.)
THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU
THERE`S NO MAN LIKE A SNOWMAN
THOUSAND ISLANDS SONG, THE
TUNE FOR HUMMING, A
TUNNEL OF LOVE, THE
WE MUSTN`T SAY GOODBYE
WEDDING BELLS
WELL! WELL!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR'S EVE?
WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE INFANTRY
WHAT`S GOOD ABOUT GOODBYE?
WHAT`S YOUR STORY, MORNING GLORY?
WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT
WHERE'S CHARLEY?
WHY DO THEY CALL A PRIVATE A PRIVATE?
WITH THE WIND AND THE RAIN IN YOUR HAIR
YEARS BEFORE US, THE
YOU CALL EVERYBODY DARLING
YOU`RE SO GOOD TO ME
9:40 am
[droid_1]
Sunday, December 8th, 2002
7:38 pm
[ex_sir_lance126]
'Scuse me
I jus' dropped in to see what condition my condition is in.
Saturday, December 7th, 2002
11:13 am
[ex_sir_lance126]
We're Back!
Sorry I had deleted this, I will try to not do that in the future.
Friday, January 18th, 2002
2:58 am
[taiyosan]
Good!
I see it is not true ... we'll still here!
2:56 am
[taiyosan]
humm, my search for this LJ said it is no longer on this server ... is that true?
2:41 am
[taiyosan]
I'm up a little earlier then usual ... so
will post in this journal, a note or two ...

Last week i turned 59.

59 feels like a magic number to me. I always thought 60 would be - and is - but 59 has sorta awakened me to becoming older. And then when 60 shows up this time next year - well, i guess i can't say i'm young anymore.

Still, i feel young inside and on the outside i still run chainsaws, dig ditches and write in journals.

However, 'cause there is such a large range of ages in this community, it is easy to forget my age. The youngest here is just 21 (there are 4 children here 2-13 years of age but i'm not counting them) and i notice i have to be careful as my eyes are all too easily drawn to looking at them - staring so to speak.

I remember an interview i saw on tv many years ago ... it was about a teenager who had become interested in the elderly (when do we become elderly ... i think i'm not gonna become elderly ... i know i have to become older but elderly - never!) and in interviewing a 90something woman the woman said she didn't feel a bit older then 17 or so inside, but she did notice that there were many things her body could no longer do so she guessed she must be old ... and then she laughed.

I wanna laugh easily when i'm in my 90's.

My plan is to live until i'm 115 as that is the age at which i think i'll have more of what i want to do in this lifetime done and as i don't plan to return to this planet (really, this is a strange planet...beings running around killing each other, being selfish, etc. ... jeeze, who'd come here on purpose?!) there are some things i wanna do before leaving.

I have much i could write about becoming older ... but i'd rather be active then write about being active.
Thursday, December 20th, 2001
5:48 am
[ex_druid210]
Wondering
Wondering if very many people approaching retirement age wonder if the next day will be their last.
Or do we go "Full speed ahead, and damn the torpedoes!"
Or do we simply become cautious?
Wednesday, August 29th, 2001
8:40 am
[wildini]
It's good to be able to access the system now. One of the values of getting older is getting a perspective on how violence doesn't solve much. I've been reading Desmond Tutu's book on the Truth and Reconciliation project in South Africa and touched by the attempt to heal a country after years of vilence between the races.
Monday, August 27th, 2001
9:23 pm
[skyeb]
Better not to get attached... life can change in a split second
Crawled under B's desk to check the serial ports on the back of his computer, and when I crawled out, I had tweaked my back. Off to the chiropractor, on to the muscle relaxants, and soon, a glass of wine.

My speed went from normal to lazy dazy. Shucks. But then again,
I have to cogitate about the story I will take to writing group on Friday, and my September 6th, I need to mail another packet into graduate school. My grad school website has been down for the better part of this week. It is interesting how upset many of the students get. They are particularly upset because the red flags that mark unread messages go away, and then all return again. True, it is inconvenient, but so what? In the big scheme of things...

There is plenty to do besides the internet desktop, for every one of us.

Current Mood: pensive
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