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originally posted by: eriktheawful
My parents when they were alive didn't really talk about "The Good Ol days", except a few stories of when they were teenagers during the 1950s.
For the most part I remember the "Good Ol Days" as being the 1970s to 1980s, mainly because I was a kid, no responsibilities and having a lot of fun.
What I do remember is food being a lot cheaper. My father was the sole income, and was a enlisted man in the US Navy. Yet we were able to buy T-bone steaks at least a couple of times a month.
I can remember going to the store with a dollar and being able to get a soda, a candy bar and 2 comics with that dollar.
I also remember spending a lot more time outside doing things.
But then I also remember that from 1976 to 1984 I lived over seas in S. Korea, Bangkok, Thailand and Naples, Italy. The American dollar went pretty far in those countries were we were stationed.
But my remembering of the "Good Ol Days" is mostly because I wasn't old like I am now, and being able to run around as a kid having fun.
originally posted by: cancerslug
if you were anything other then a middle class white family there were no good old days. in the 50s if you were poor you were looked down on. if you were black you could entertain the whites but not go to the same schools or drink from the same fountain or ride in the front of the bus. you couldn't be gay or in an interracial relationship, otherwise you could be murdered. there has always been good old days for some wile the rest of the population had it bad. really not very different from today. my grandma was a alcoholic single mother in the 50s. my mom hated the time period because of being dirt poor and treated like a p.o.s. i never got to see a time that was good growing up poor. ask some one who grew up poor or had more pigment in their skin and they will tell you there never was a good old days.
originally posted by: olaru12
It must have been nice in suburbia but out on the wind blown plains in the Texas panhandle it was nothing but work 7 days a week just to make enough to pay the taxes and bills. Farming was toil and heartache when the weather destroyed your crops thru drought or hail storms and wind. And we had a good life compared to the Hispanics and Blacks. Good old days my ass....
Now are the good ole days thanks to holding on to that God forsaken 180 ac. family farm. Now it has oil and gas leases, Irrigation and another farmer to lease it to.
originally posted by: jtma508
originally posted by: richapau
a reply to: Southern Guardian
Nope, whenever ANYONE reminisces about the good old days they are remembering their youth, youth feels good. Feeling old sucks. Plain and simple.
Simplistic argument and you're wrong. I'm 65 and can speak to the 50's and 60's.
1. There were jobs and you had every reasonable expectation of retiring at that job --- if you chose to --- and receive some sort of pension or retirement when you did.
2. Part of that employment was good healthcare payed for by the employer
3. People felt safe. Believe it or not, in my suburb of Boston, we did not lock our doors or our cars because we didn't have to.
4. People had self-respect. People didn't throw trash and cigarette butts out of their car window because it just wasn't right to do that. Still isn't but people just don't care.
5. Politicians have always been slimy but not like today. Now they steal and lie with impunity. They also fought with each other politically, they would never stoop to dividing the country or demonizing a demographic to further their prejudices and agendas. The lessons of WWII were still fresh.
6. We respected one another. We disagreed for sure but you'd never see the kinds of BS like you do on ATS everyday.
There were problems for sure. Civil rights in certain areas of the country was an embarrassment but was increasingly being addressed.
I think people were more frugal back then-the hand me downs- i got my older brothers clothes then my younger brother got em when i out grew em. One thing i did enjoy bout the 50s-60s was the lack of communication-the ability to get out of the house and away from parental control/ be home at 6
originally posted by: Southern Guardian
a reply to: Oldtimer2
Truth be told in the 50's and 60's there wasn't as many people living beyond their means,people were more frugal,when we were kids we didn't get all the new stuff that came out,and I always had to get a job to buy something out of the ordinary,made you think if you really wanted it,now people kids are quick to jump on fads,no self esteem
I believe most millenials today work either just as hard as those during the 50s and 60s or harder. Do you know how expensive college fees have become? You'll easily get yourself into debt by a good $60K for a standard degree. Little to no government assistance. I know of kids having to work full time while they study and live on ramen noodles day and and day out. It's also difficult getting internships or decent jobs once you get that degree. Nothing like 40 or so years ago. Property prices are through the roof in most major cities. I think kids of today work their butts off just as hard as those in the past. I think kids actually get a harder rap today. Sorry Oldtimer I have to disagree.