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."

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.
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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!
>

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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.

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!
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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.
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"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