I remember when.....

Discussion in 'The Observation Bar' started by Andykev, Jul 5, 2004.

  1. Organized sports for kids were the exception rather than the rule.

    Having to re-lace your old hand-me-down mitt.

    Ghost runners.

    You bought the bubble gum pack for the gum, the baseball cards were just a bonus.

    Goo-goo clusters.

    No one sliced open a watermelon, you just busted it open on the ground.

    Chinaberry fights.

    Lawn darts.
  2. 3fingers

    3fingers One Too Many

    Also, waxed 1 gallon cartons of milk. As a kid they were hard to pour out of without making a mess until they came out with the holder gizmo with the handle on it. Boy, did that save me a bunch of trouble.:)
  3. Candy cigarettes are still available. They were hilarious in the sense that if you blew threw them just right, the powdered sugar would come out like a cloud of smoke from the end. It nearly fooled my father once. He thought it was pretty funny when he realized they were candy---actually, I think they were gum…..
  4. You opened a watermelon on the ground! :doh:

  5. What's your point?
  6. sheeplady

    sheeplady I'll Lock Up Bartender

    Yeah, but they're not marketed as "candy cigarettes" anymore... they're candy sticks.

    Sure..... candy STICKs. ;)
  7. hatguy1

    hatguy1 One Too Many

    Da Pairee of da prairee
    Yeah, I'd forgotten about breaking melons open on the ground. But, yep; saw that several times at picnics and other gatherings back when I was a kid.

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  8. rjb1

    rjb1 Practically Family

    You don't have to (only) remember Goo Goo Clusters. They still make them in huge quantities. The factory is about 15 minutes away from where I am at the moment.
    Just for curiosity, does everyone know/remember what a "Goo Goo" is?
    They used to be a prime sponsor of the Grand Ole Opry. To the tune of: "Shave and a hair cut, two bits." - "Go get a Goo Goo, it's good." (There used to be a big billboard downtown with: "Nashville - Home of Goo Goo" on it.)
  9. Gregg Axley

    Gregg Axley I'll Lock Up

    They also sell the GGC at Cracker Barrel. ;)
    A former neighbor of mine loved those, and moon pies as well.
    When I say love, I meant several a day. :eeek:
  10. Sefton

    Sefton Call Me a Cab

    I had a similar routine when I was about 9 years old: a nice elderly lady who lived a few doors down from our house would give me a couple of bucks if I would bring here a pack of smokes from the corner store. The change was enough to buy a comic book and a candy bar. Today the store clerk would call the cops on her and I'd end up in the custody of the State (which is certainly worse than merely smoking!).

  11. Really? I'll have to go to Cracker Barrel, just for the GGC. I haven't seen one in years.

    Moon Pies are a food of the gods.
  12. skydog757

    skydog757 A-List Customer

    Thumb Area, Michigan
    I remember getting homemade caramel apples and popcorn balls for Halloween. From complete strangers, no less.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2014
  13. green papaya

    green papaya One Too Many

    California, usa
    I remember back when a kid was lucky just to have $5.00 or $10.00 that would be like winning the lottery to a kid back then , these days kids can buy $300 - $500 items on their parents Ebay account like it's nothing, have all the latest Smart Phones & gadgets, laptops, Tablets, etc

    I remember when a teacher or principle could dicipline your kid for misbehaving, they could slap you, they could shake you like a rag doll, they could use a paddle or belt and whip the kid

    these days they cant touch them or they will get arrested
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2014
  14. Gregg Axley

    Gregg Axley I'll Lock Up

    No, it can be delivered to you.
    48 count Moon Pie variety pack...
    Goo Goo clusters (the supreme variety) 12 count....
    I'd stock up before summer, because you don't want to ship anything perishable during the summer. :D
  15. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    I remember the first time I was allowed to *hold* a $20 bill. I was awestruck. I had no idea that amount of money existed.
  16. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

    I remember my father paying for a family dinner (for five) in one of the best restaurants in Chicago with a $20 and getting change back.
  17. Touchofevil


    Northern California
    I remember collecting bottles to turn in for money at the local store so we could buy a half a gallon of ice cream and a bottle of root beer. We thought we were the luckiest kids alive as we walked around the neighborhood eating our root beer floats straight out of the carton.
  18. Dan Allen

    Dan Allen A-List Customer

    Heaven forbid if a kid were to play mumble peg on the playground at recess. I remember the school having tournaments. There would be swatt teams involved today
  19. Knives at elementary school were pretty much banned by the time I got there in the early 70's. For good reason, IMO.
  20. hatguy1

    hatguy1 One Too Many

    Da Pairee of da prairee
    Our high school didn't have any such ban in the late 1970s. We even had kids who had rifles in the gun racks of their trucks. AND...there was never an issue with any of it. People knew how to behave themselves better back in those days.

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