Copyright © 2011 L. P. Baxter


Bips quips

Someone asked the other day, ' What was your favourite ' fast food' when you were growing

' We did not have fast food when I was growing  I informed him.

' All the food was  slow

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you  eat

' It was a place called ' home,'' I explained. !

' Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I did not like what she puts on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it


By this time, the lad was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I did not tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.


But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I had figured his system could have handled it:


Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore jeans, set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card.


My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had the one speed, (slow).


We did not have a television in our house until I was 10.

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at ten PM, after playing the national anthem and epilogue; it came back on the air about six a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people...


I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you did not know weren't already using the line.


Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was.


All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --My brother delivered a newspaper, seven days a week. He had to get up at six AM every morning.


Film stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the films. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or almost anything offensive.


If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just do not blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up is not what it used to be, is it?


MEMORIES from a friend:

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it... I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to sprinkle clothes with because we did not have steam irons. Man, I am old.


How many do you remember?

Headlight dip-switches on the floor of the car.

Ignition switches on the dashboard.

There were two postal deliveries per day.

Trouser leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.

The street lights were turned off about 11pm each night.

Soldering irons you heated on a gas burner.

Using hand signals for cars without turn indicators.

Corona drink ( Cherryade) was delivered in glass bottles by lorry each week, and the empties returned.


Older Than Dirt Quiz:

Count all the ones that you remember, not the ones you were told about.

Ratings at the bottom.


1. Sweet cigarettes

2. Coffee shops with juke boxes

3. Home milk delivery in glass bottles

4. Party lines on the telephone

5. Newsreels before the movie

6. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (There were only two channels [if you were fortunate])

7. Peashooters

8. 33 rpm records

9. 45 RPM records

10. Hi-fi's

11. Metal ice trays with levers

12. Blue flashbulb

13. Cork popguns

14. Wash tub wringers


If you remembered 0-3 = You are still young

If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older

If you remembered 7-10 = Do not tell your age

If you remembered 11-14 = You are positively ancient!


I must be positively ancient' but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.