Only Time -- I Scored Super High

Milk chute. I first looked at my parents' house but someone bricked it in. Tried my old house in Detroit (yes, unfortunately, I did live there) and couldn't find it there either. Next door to that house, though...that small square next to the side door is the milk chute. With most that I remember, the door was only half the width of the opening, so it's not like someone could shimmy through it.

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Me so old, I can recall...

Only black and white TVs, and what, 14 inch screens?

Bias ply tires.

My car had a generator.

Locking hubs outside the car for 4 wheel drive. We'd "engage" the hubs.

Leaded gas.

A Hot Wheels car with each fill up.

Collect the Presidents coin game at Shell.

Green stamps.

Gun racks.

A time before Sting Rays bikes.

Polaroid pictures.

A time before the first 'Weed Eater."

PF Flyers that made you run faster and jump higher. (Keds, too, and Buster brown shoes for serious occasions. Hush Puppies for no good reason.)

Before Vatican II.

Sambo's.

Fruit Float and Space Sticks.

Major Matt Mason.

Freaking corduroy pants.
 
Me so old, I can recall...

Only black and white TVs, and what, 14 inch screens?

Bias ply tires.

My car had a generator.

Locking hubs outside the car for 4 wheel drive. We'd "engage" the hubs.

Leaded gas.

A Hot Wheels car with each fill up.

Collect the Presidents coin game at Shell.

Green stamps.

Gun racks.

A time before Sting Rays bikes.

Polaroid pictures.

A time before the first 'Weed Eater."

PF Flyers that made you run faster and jump higher. (Keds, too, and Buster brown shoes for serious occasions. Hush Puppies for no good reason.)

Before Vatican II.

Sambo's.

Fruit Float and Space Sticks.

Major Matt Mason.

Freaking corduroy pants.
I’ll be 64 late this year so I remember many of the same things.

My TV I got one Christmas was black and white with maybe a 13” screen.

My 1971 Dodge Demon used to eat bias ply tires. Loose misaligned front end led to the early death of many garbage-picked bias ply tires. Couldn’t believe people would dump tires without the corded threads showing.

Great color and contrast on those Polaroid photos.

Green stamps! And going to the special store to redeem them. I remember my parents getting some lawn furniture there.

I was sure proud of my cool Huffy sting ray bike when I graduated from my previous little bike I started out on with training wheels. It had a Cheeter slick in back.

Weedeater? What’s that? Remember the little manual hand trimmers that made your wrist go numb? Great forearm work out.

The choice of tennis shoes, as we called them in my area, was severely limited compared to today. I had some Keds.

I think hipsters are into corduroy.
 
The TV my parents had was a tubed Zenith...that was VHF only. We didn't get a UHF-capable TV until I was maybe three or four, and it was a portable 12-inch MGA (Mitsubishi).

S&H Green Stamps...my mom collected those for years, then finally we went to cash them in and got a table lamp. I wish I'd held onto it. It was very "70s."

There was another stamp company. I'm thinking they were red and yellow...?

Banana seats on bicycles (and to a lesser extent, sissy bars) were the "thing" with bikes, until the first 10-speeds came along. We were po' folks--I only got a 3-speed. :smile: (Until I saved up and got myself a--*gasp*--12-speed!)

And the Schwinn Stingrays were also a thing.

Detroit-ish locals probably remember when we had Kowalksi stores. Mom's usuals were the boiled ham, thuringer, and occasionally liverwurst or head cheese.

I also had (still have) several dozen Matchbox cars. The cars they make today aren't like the originals from the 60s and 70s.

Vent windows in cars...and the floor vents we discussed elsewhere.

People complain about not having heated steering wheels today; back then, living in the lap of luxury meant you had power windows and power door locks! All the rest of us po' folks had crank windows. And no rear view mirror on the right-side door! How did we ever get by??

Dad's idea of a "heated seat was 7-alarm chili and Pabst Blue Ribbon. And you haven't lived until you've sat on vinyl bench seats in the summer and torn off a layer of skin...

Locking hubs outside the car for 4 wheel drive. We'd "engage" the hubs.
Some offroaders still use those hubs today. They're old technology, but reliable.
 
I did sign up for MySpace but I think I logged in, didn't get what it was about, and abandoned it.

About the same here for MySpace. Signed up, checked it out and abandoned it. Started on AOL for a couple months and left for a local ISP. Room of modems a Cisco Router and a T1 line. Signed up for Comcast highspeed as soon as it was available. Was working from home doing field service and the speed helped. Was Home.net before Comcast.net. So scored a perfect 100.
 
Started on AOL for a couple months and left for a local ISP.
I wish I could remember if it was my first ISP, but I was using rust.net for a year or two. Now we have fiber. To think my first modem was 1200 baud. Slow as it was, I do miss those "pioneer" days, banging out stupid little BASIC programs on a computer with dual 5¼" floppies.
 
I wish I could remember if it was my first ISP, but I was using rust.net for a year or two. Now we have fiber. To think my first modem was 1200 baud. Slow as it was, I do miss those "pioneer" days, banging out stupid little BASIC programs on a computer with dual 5¼" floppies.
1200 baud! I remember being hooked up to a university computer with my 1200 baud modem. I could type faster than the words would appear on my screen. And if you had ever seen me type, you’d know exactly how slow that is.
 
Here's another dangerous memory from our past.

Lawn mowers that had the "crank" start on the top. You'd unfold the lever, wind it up, then pull a catch to release it. And naturally, it would take at least a half dozen tries to get ours running. I remember ours was....mounted a bit loose. I'm guessing it was discontinued due to, um, maybe a loss of body parts? I don't think that mower stuck around for long. (In fact, I remember my mom getting pissed off about all the junk mowers my dad would bring home, and she went to the lawn mower shop and bought a new Lawn Boy around 1974.)

And here I am spoiled now by a mower that starts in a single pull...if I'm too lazy to turn the key for the electric start. 😁
 
Here's another dangerous memory from our past.

Lawn mowers that had the "crank" start on the top. You'd unfold the lever, wind it up, then pull a catch to release it. And naturally, it would take at least a half dozen tries to get ours running. I remember ours was....mounted a bit loose. I'm guessing it was discontinued due to, um, maybe a loss of body parts? I don't think that mower stuck around for long. (In fact, I remember my mom getting pissed off about all the junk mowers my dad would bring home, and she went to the lawn mower shop and bought a new Lawn Boy around 1974.)

And here I am spoiled now by a mower that starts in a single pull...if I'm too lazy to turn the key for the electric start. 😁
All of the mowers we had when I was young had the crank-spring start! Scary!

Don't even turn a key on my present mower, just flip the switch on my DIY, solar charged, electric lawn mower.

Dan
 
Those were part of the 4-60 air conditioning system for my '68 Impala!
Yep, that was the 60s! Vacations in the family car, sweating our way through 85-degree days on the Interstate. How did we ever survive? 😁

Although seven years ago, my AC quit on the second day of a long road trip (just at the eastern border of South Dakota) so it was indeed 4-80 airconditioning all the way to Cody, WY. I had to reroute the trip post-Yellowstone to get it repaired in Salt Lake City. Good thing I did, as it was 99° when I pulled up at our hotel in SLC and later in the trip, we drove through 111° near Needles CA.

Side story about our favorite family car, the '65 Wildcat. Buick had a "speed minder" system on it, where you'd set a needle on the speedometer where it would let off an odd buzzing alarm if you exceeded your set speed. So when I was little, my folks would mess with me. "Push on the cat on the dashboard and the buzzing will stop." Which it did. Took me years to realize they were "gaming" me the whole time. 😁
 
Yep, that was the 60s! Vacations in the family car, sweating our way through 85-degree days on the Interstate. How did we ever survive? 😁

Although seven years ago, my AC quit on the second day of a long road trip (just at the eastern border of South Dakota) so it was indeed 4-80 airconditioning all the way to Cody, WY. I had to reroute the trip post-Yellowstone to get it repaired in Salt Lake City. Good thing I did, as it was 99° when I pulled up at our hotel in SLC and later in the trip, we drove through 111° near Needles CA.

Side story about our favorite family car, the '65 Wildcat. Buick had a "speed minder" system on it, where you'd set a needle on the speedometer where it would let off an odd buzzing alarm if you exceeded your set speed. So when I was little, my folks would mess with me. "Push on the cat on the dashboard and the buzzing will stop." Which it did. Took me years to realize they were "gaming" me the whole time. 😁
I had a 1980 Dodge Omni with no air conditioning. One summer, during one of the hottest days in July, I got stuck in stop and go traffic on I-94 in Detroit next to a pig hauler. I didn’t know whether to roll my windows up and die of heat stroke, or keep ‘em down and inhale pig smells. It was awful.
 
I had a 1980 Dodge Omni with no air conditioning. One summer, during one of the hottest days in July, I got stuck in stop and go traffic on I-94 in Detroit next to a pig hauler. I didn’t know whether to roll my windows up and die of heat stroke, or keep ‘em down and inhale pig smells. It was awful.
🤢

Note to self--might be good to travel with a clothespin...
 
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