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October 12, 2013

Jim Bailey: If you remember, dearie you’re much older than I

Life has changed since we were kids. So if you’ll put down your iPad or iPhone for a bit I’ll take you down memory lane once again.

Remember when it took a few minutes for the TV to warm up? It was a black and white set, of course, with a screen probably no more than 21 inches diagonally and 2 or 3 feet deep.

When kids got home from school, nearly every one of them was greeted by their mom, who rarely had a job outside the home.

When you first got an allowance it was probably a quarter. And you could actually buy something with it.

Remember when your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces, attached to a garter and had a seam down the back?

In those days male teachers all wore neckties, and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels.

You pulled into the gas station and were greeted by an attendant who pumped your gas, cleaned your windshield, checked your oil without asking. If your tire was low you could add air for free. Road maps were free as well. And when you paid for the gas you got trading stamps.

When you bought laundry detergent there was a free glass or towel inside the box.

It was considered a real privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents. And if they got good service they might tip the waitress a quarter.

Remember playing baseball or softball (in Minnesota it was called kittenball) with no adults supervising or enforcing the rules? And if you didn’t have enough kids for two full teams you’d play workup, one o’cat, bounceout or some other variation.

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no idiot had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger.

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