July 20th, 2008


old times

Someone recently wrote to me reminding me of a different world--a world where great technology was a 'private and not party-line phone, B and W TV with more than 5 channels was outstanding, gas cost .25 or maybe .30 a gallon, an attendant pumped the gas AND cleaned your windshield--she went on for quite a while "remembering")

now! Of course I remember that and a whole lot more. I can recall being able to have bon-fires on the beach at night and nobody gave a shit. Playing baseball in the street without having to worry about some twit racing by just to harass us. Being left alone to play with friends (from maybe age 8 on) all damn day without parents having a snit 'cause we didn't check in every half hour or so. And air conditioning? That was something they had in 'some' high price stores. There was never any problem riding our bikes into town (Asbury Park NJ)--maybe 5 miles each way, just to hang out or go to a movie. But OTOH, I wouldn't be talking to you on a computer then ... we'd just be out on the stoop or in the yard or walking over to a friend's house . . . sigh -- and YES there was a whole lot more :) -- but we get used to things (cell phones, computers, 50" TVs, shopping malls where you can get lost just trying to find your way OUT! and yada, yada)

those of you who've seen 40 or 50 years come and go . . . share a bit of nostalgia with the rest of us
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