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The "Back in my day!" thread for us old timers...

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posted on Aug, 28 2011 @ 09:02 AM

Originally posted by showintail
Back in the day, flava flav, vanilla ice, and new kids on the block were the shiz nit

Back in my day, the new kids on the block chased down the flavor flave truck to get a vanilla ice cream sandwich.

posted on Aug, 28 2011 @ 10:44 AM
Back in my day,

these were the dances

everybody wanted mr. miyagi for their phys ed trainer

books weren't just paper in a cover

people everywhere misspelled

and couldn't escape "i love lucy" reruns, as they were usually the only thing on tv worth watching after 8pm

this was actually the theme song of the pitcher for the detroit tigers baseball team, who was called "the bird" due to his strange antics on the pitcher's mound

and this was the theme song for the chicago bulls

posted on Aug, 28 2011 @ 06:24 PM
Caution! I am trying to add up enough brownie points to make my own thread and every time I write something witty or interesting the thread crawls over into some dark corner and is never replied to again.
Glad to see that some of you are "around" my age. I was afraid to answer this one until I read some of the more seasoned rememberances. Thanks guys.
I remember the one room school I went to in the first grade. 13 kids all 8 grades. Had a wood stove for heat and all the kids brought something for the hot soup that the teacher cooked on that stove.
I remember our first TV. It was huge but the screen was very small. The tubes kept blowing out and we would have to go to town and buy another one. Oh, and the snow on that tv! Had to go outside and turn the antenna the right way to pick up the signal.
Lets see... Of course, I Love Lucy, Mom watched Arthur Godfrey. Grandma loved One Man's Family but it came on the radio at 9PM so I never got to hear that. Grandma died and we moved up to Grandad's to help him.First time in my life I had electricity. I turned off the light and back on again so many times that the switch had to be replaced. And oh, the toaster!! WOW! It just jumped right up at you when it was toasted.
That's enough, My age is showing and I had better go cook supper for the grandkids. Have a Happy!

posted on Aug, 28 2011 @ 07:22 PM

Originally posted by copperhead12
Caution! I am trying to add up enough brownie points to make my own thread and every time I write something witty or interesting the thread crawls over into some dark corner and is never replied to again.
Glad to see that some of you are "around" my age. I was afraid to answer this one until I read some of the more seasoned remembrances. Thanks guys....

As far as I know, you should be able to post your own thread already. I can understand posting witty responses that don't get seen or replied to. You could try to find newer threads with few responses. Usually if you reply within the first 1-10 replies, you will be seen, and responded to. When you post on old threads, most don't notice.

Anyways, threads die quickly here, and most posts aren't responded too. Don't give up yet. If the subject means a lot to you and you want to talk, try to find a more specific forum that has loyal followers (they are out there).

Good luck here on ATS! At first you don't succeed, try try, again!

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 06:50 AM
Back in my day we borrowed the neighbour's phone.

We watched wimbledon on B&W till dad rented colour one from Radio Rentals.

Some kids ate sandwiches with sugar and margarine. I didn't but I did eat crisps with ketchup.

Ice cream van came round about 4 times a day and a big cone was 10p.

Bath was on a Sunday and you got a clean vest for the week.

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 08:24 AM

Originally posted by OldCorp
I remember watching the first video that MTV ever played; back when MTV actually played videos.

"Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. Rather prophetic of them, I think.

In my day, we shopped at Sid Gordon's Grocery, Cark's Corner Store, and Thatcher's Drugs. There was no Wal-mart. Most of what you spent stayed in the community.

Kids played outside all day, every day, weather permitting. Parents never had to worry about whether or not we would come home for supper.

Toys required no electricity, so we didn't need batteries, just a new string for our Duncan Butterfly.
Yo-yos are my last link to that time. I still play them every day.

Changing the channel on the TV with a pair of pliers because the knob broke off. (I'll bet I'm not the only one who remembers that)

Computer?!? What's that?

Lighters were made of steel or brass, and usually said "Zippo" on them.

You could literally beat someone to death with a telephone.

You had to really search for a "cheap plastic piece of crap".

Seeing something stamped "made in China" was a novelty.

Most people still believed newscasters and politicians.

If you got caught driving drunk, it was a 50/50 shot as to whether the cop followed you home to make sure you got there, or escorted you to a parking lot where he took your keys and let you sleep it off for a few hours.

Music still had a melody. It's hard to whistle a rap or scream-o song.

Recording tech was vastly different. (I can still listen to and record cassete, 8-track, and reel-to-reel. I even have a handful of blank 8-track tapes to record on).

Sound equipment had tubes, and sounded rich and warm. (How many remember tube testers?)

I had hair (lots of it) and weighed less.

Everything was heavy. Stuff was made of wood and steel, of good quality. (you could make 6 Toyotas out of 1 '63 Impala)

The one that hits me hardest these days- I could talk to my Mother. It's been almost a year now, and I miss her more than I miss being 8 years old.

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 09:23 AM
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I loved your post especially this line:

You could literally beat someone to death with a telephone.
I am also very sorry for the loss of your mother - that last line was the strongest statement I have read on here because it makes you realise what is important - and this is not to belitte all the things we are all missing and the lightheartedness of this thread at all - just that all of it doesn't really matter compared to losing someone you love.
I hope you are doing OK

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 08:43 PM
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Thanks for making me feel young

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 09:11 PM
Feeling ong is what it is about when you post here. Back in my day I was young and I loved it and cherished it ways that no one else will understand (older or younger). So...

Back in my day spankings were common and allowed.

Back in my day I also got a metal studded metal linked belt. No pants. We are talking bare ass brutality.

Back in my day being "out of line" resulted in the above and not Ritalin. We shaped up very quick and it worked.

Back in my day family trips were an adventure.

And a fun one...

Back in my day we ate lighting and crapped thunder!

Post on
and don't forget about this:

posted on Aug, 30 2011 @ 06:43 AM
Back in my day Rodney Mullen was KILLIING IT!

Bones Brigade

In my day, we didn't have virtual reality. If a one-eyed razorback barbarian warrior was chasing you with an ax, you just had to hope you could outrun him.

posted on Aug, 31 2011 @ 07:02 AM
reply to post by adraves

Back in my day, my weekly pocket money started at the grand some of .50 cents per week. For that .50 cents i used to go to the local shop on Saturday and buy a frozen cup of coke for .15 cents a choo choo bar, some redskins and a big bag of mixed lollies.
When I reached high school, I graduated to $5 a week and I had to do so many chores for that. If I missed one thing, I would not see any pocket money.
My lad receives $20 per week and all he has to do is his homework and empty the bins. He thinks his life is hard.

posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 01:08 AM
Well this has been a lot of fun. I have loved reading the posts. I am sure in another years, I will start saying things like:

Back in my day be used our fingers to type.
Back in my day gas cost $4 a gallon.
Back in my day 3d required blue and red glasses.
Back in my day a 6 core processor was top notch and a computer took an entire minute to start!

Then there could be the bad...
Back in my day the USA was #1.
Back in my day we used a thing called US dollars bills. They were printed on cotton!
Back in my day we didn't have chips in our arm to pay for everything and keep our info on us! We had to carry wallets around! And we had a thing called Passports! Damn kids...

It is weird to think about. What will our children have to say about back in their days? I wonder?
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posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 02:50 AM
Black and white tv with 3 channels and no remotes, microwaves, computers or video games. No cell phones and something called party-lines that you shared the phones with your neighbors. One of you had to get off for the other to use it. Never even knew who the other voices were either.
Oh...and records, albums and 8-track tapes for your music

posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 06:07 AM
I remember Candle Cove

posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 02:07 PM
Back in the day when I was sick my Dad would call the doctor at his home and he would come to ours and check me out.

Dad had "prepaid" him for his house calls with half of a butchered hog at the first of the year.

Went to school at an elementary school with just 6 grades one class room for each grade with the same 30 kids from first through sixth grade.

The sixth grade teacher was also the Principal.

I tell people about how it was for me ,"back in the day",and they remark,how bad it was.

They have no idea how good it was."back in the day".

posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 05:37 PM
They were super SUGAR crisps. we all knew it. And we liked it.

Drugstores would "mix you a coke." "What flavor of coke do y'all want?" "Make mine a cherry lime-aid." (that was in texas).

You and Santa both had a copy of the SEARS catalog. You circled the stuff you dreamed of. And then wrote a letter to Santa politely requesting it. If you were in the 2nd grade, you wrote it on a big chief tablet. If you were in the third grade, you used ruled paper, but wrote it with the fountain pen you used in your "penmanship" class.

Halloween costumes for kids were cute, not gory or rated R.

A calculator had a three-prong power chord and took a minute to "warm up" before you could see the numbers. It was the size of a new york phone book.

Phones were beige and bakelite. When it rang, it rang by means of a small metal bell and clapper inside of it, producing a genuine ringing noise. Dialing meant putting your finger in a hole and making little circles. We had a party line.

A child's car seat was in the pocket of the floorboard, or on the back dash in the sun. Or in mom's lap.

There was one TV in the whole house. It got three channels. PBS was added when I was in High School. (I was a townie. But I went to school with kids who used an outhouse.)

Roger Staubach was the Greatest American who had ever lived.

In high school, one kid was found with a 22 rifle in his locker. The superintendant told him to take it out and lock it in his car. He did.

Cereal came with prizes.

Gum cost a penny. one penny.

To buy condoms in high school, you had to go to a pharmacy, and explain what you needed them for(!) We said that it was to keep dust and rain from falling down our rifle barrels.

The best thing on TV was "The Night Stalker." It put the x files to shame.

posted on Jan, 22 2012 @ 02:27 PM
Darn it...why did I have to be born in the 90s...back then sounded like a good time to live... It does make one wonder though...what will the next generation have to say? And the one after that-if we live past this year however. XD Darn world ending conspiricy theroies.

posted on Jan, 22 2012 @ 02:58 PM
Back in my day. This is fun! When I was 7 years old I could walk across the street to the hospital and buy my Mom a pack of smokes out of a vending machine. I believe the price was 35 cents. Pack of gum or a candy bar (full size) was a nickel.
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posted on Jan, 22 2012 @ 08:27 PM
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yea.. i remember those days..

but hey..remember doing this???

posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 10:28 AM
Back in my day:

A parent could make enough at a job so the other parent could stay home and actually raise the kids.

Going to the movies didn't make you feel as if you had been held up at gunpoint.

They had these things called Saturday Morning Cartoons.

During these cartoons, they actually had little educational pieces that made you WANT to learn (Schoolhouse Rock, etc.)

Soda came in glass bottles, and yes, they really did taste better for it.

You could actually spank your kids and punish them, without worrying about a phone call and a lie leading to a destroyed life. Instead, we've got "time out" and kids getting pregnant, running in gangs, and committing murders before they are old enough to drive.

Your weekly grocery bill didn't equal your monthly electric bill.

If you wanted to get away for a bit, folks pretty much knew they couldn't reach you, vs. now having a phone in your pocket.

Everything didn't give you cancer.

Someone talking to you in person was more important than someone talking to you on the phone.

We actually TALKED to our friends, versus texts or Skypes, etc.

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