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Sip and Surf Sunday Joe's #1184601
04/27/19 06:10 PM
04/27/19 06:10 PM
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Calera, Oklahoma
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The four most beautiful words in our common language: 
I told you so.

~Gore Vidal~
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29 Things a 2000s Kid Will Never Understand



Burning your butt on a metal slide


Kids’ playgrounds today may be slickly designed marvels of safety but pity the child who will never know the thrill (terror?) of rocketing down a steep, metal slide. In the summer. In shorts

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Waiting until 8 p.m. to call grandma

You think phones are complicated now? Just try and keep track of the per-minute price of peak versus after-hours, long-distance versus local, and business versus personal calls. And if you were ever tempted to just call someone without doing all the math, you were swiftly punished with an $800 phone bill.

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“Juice” was anything that wasn’t soda or booze

Want a juice? Here’s some Kool-Aid. It’s good for you. It’s fat-free. Drink some now as a nostalgic way to celebrate the first day of summer.

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The satisfying click of a typewriter

Click, click, click… chiiiiiing! Modern keyboards—especially tiny pretend ones on touch screens—can never compare to the tactile joy of banging out your novel (literally and figuratively).

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Flipping through a card catalog

Finding a book in the library used to require a trip to a huge file filled with rows of cards. You had to decipher their beautiful but strange system, golf pencil clenched tightly between your teeth, write it down, and then remember the Dewey Decimal System. But your reward (the latest book in The Babysitter’s Club series?) was so worth it! Want to rediscover your love of libraries?

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Dialing zero on a rotary phone

Imagine: Operators used to be people, not automated voices! All you had to do to summon one of the magical helpful genies was to whip your finger around the telephone dial. (And then listen happily to the beautiful whir.)

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Waiting two weeks to see if you got a good picture

With endless takes, it’s no wonder youngsters today take so many gorgeous selfies. As long as you have the patience—and the right photo-editing tools—anyone can be a master photographer. Back in the day you had to line up your shot through an itty bitty plastic square, press the button and just pray that in two weeks when your film was developed you caught something good. (And don’t forget to wind the film before your next shot!)

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And then the joy of one-hour photo stores

When you had to wait weeks to get back 24 (or, if you were rich, 32) pictures meant you had pretty much already forgotten the vacation they memorialized. But while it was fun being surprised by memories and entertained by weird shots, the day that one-hour photo services were invented was the best day of your life.

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“Smoking” bubblegum cigars

Adults used to think it was cute when little kids pretended to smoke or chew with fake bubblegum tobacco products. Then we learned about lung cancer. Yeah, maybe it’s best this one went away.

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“Be kind, please rewind!”

Some video stores used fines to remind you to rewind the VHS tapes before you returned them while others just guilted you into being a good renter with their cheery stickers. Either way, it meant you spent endless hours (fine: minutes) jamming the rewind button hoping to make it go faster.

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The horror of an unspooled cassette

There was nothing more horrifying than putting your favorite cassette tape into the player, punching play, and hearing the garbled screech of the machine eating it. If you were very careful—and very patient—you could pull it out and careful tape it back together before winding it back up with a pencil.

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Looking up information in an encyclopedia

School children with a report due on Monday often spent the weekend with a table full of open encyclopedias. Upside: They were more accurate than Wikipedia. Downside: You only got one measly paragraph on the Boer Wars to work with and it was the exact same one everyone else was using. Or you gave up and just used the giant volumes to hold up your blanket fort.

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Having at least 20 phone numbers memorized

Do you know your best friend’s phone number? Your mother’s? Your own?? These days all you have to know is the name and your smart phone does all the hard work for you but a generation ago kids were drilled daily on important numbers. Grandma’s phone was considered as important as the nuclear codes and you practiced until you knew them all by heart.

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Cranking up the car window as fast as you could when it started to rain

How fast could you use the crank to manually roll your window up? Depended on how fast the storm was coming in (or how fast your brother was running for the front seat).

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Poring over mail order catalogs

Amazon and other online stores are the Tinder of shopping—fast, cheap, and instantly gratifying. Mail-order catalogs, on the other hand, were a serious commitment. You had to decide exactly what you wanted, make sure you wrote all the item numbers correctly, calculated the correct total, tax, and postage, and then you sent off your hard-earned money in an envelope and hoped for the best (in six to eight weeks).

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The art of a well-dictated voice mail

Ever hear a Millennial leave a voice mail? Probably not because most of them hate them with a fiery passion. Leaving a well-crafted, coherent, informative, and non-rambling voice message is a dying art.

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How to fix a CD with your breath

A scratched CD was a worthless CD but ingenious teens didn’t give up if their favorite album got a little banged up (probably because they forgot to put it in their giant protective CD binders). A blast of moist breath and a rub on your shirt was often all it needed.

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Picking out a bag of penny candy

Gumdrops, jelly beans, taffies, chocolate-covered peanuts, sour cherries, licorice whips, lemon drops, and starlight mints were just a few of the hundreds of confections you could find on the wall of plastic bins at the store. And the best part? Each cost exactly one cent. Spending a quarter could keep you entertained for an hour.

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Stringing the phone cord under your door so you could have privacy

Long, coiled cords stretched under doorways, and around corners were often the best way to spot teenage girls in the wild. These days kids can talk anywhere they want or text if they can’t talk. Before, you had to be a structural engineer just to get a little privacy.

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Staring at the wall of videos in Blockbuster for hours every Friday night

…only to discover the one you picked was all rented out and you’d have to start the arduous process all over again.

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Flying off the merry-go-round

When was the last time you saw an honest-to-goodness merry-go-round on a playground? They’re gone, along with metal slides, concrete pads, tall climbing structures, and all of the other beloved injury-causing equipment. It’s probably better this way but seriously how fun was it to spin until your fingers slipped off the bars and you went soaring? (At least until you hit the pavement, because soft-surface playgrounds hadn’t been invented yet.) When it rained, you probably stayed inside and played

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America’s Funniest Home Videos was life

Specifically AFV was your life, probably because at least one of your relatives had sent in that video of you blowing out your fifth birthday candles so hard you passed out in the cake. These days funny home videos are still funny but they’re a lot easier to come by thanks to that little thing called YouTube.

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Looking up your neighbor’s number in the phone book

Not only could you find any of your neighbor’s numbers in the phone book but you also knew the difference between the white and the yellow pages. We were all alphabet ninjas.

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Prank-calling your crush

In the days before caller ID or ever *69, you could make any phone call you liked with impunity—and boy did you. How many times did you call Josh, giggle, and then hang up in eight grade?

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Good morning everyboomie. welcome


Great memories huh? hamster


Have any memories of your own that reflect a past custom that millennials might not get , like having to go outside and adjust the TV antenna to improve the signal? woot


Another one I remember with loathing was having to mow our yard with an old rotary blade mower. I am so glad I can sit on my 20 horsepower Husqvarna mowing machine now and not have to rely on push power. Which is exactly what I did today, along with hedge and tree trimming. taz


It was still enough to have me soaking wet and about to pass out by the time I quit for the day. slapforehead


I still have some more trimming to do tomorrow. yes


We got up to the low 80s today. Tomorrow is going to be a bit cooler. penguin


Have a happy Sunday everyone. urock


joe


There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.

William Butler Yeats
Re: Sip and Surf Sunday Joe's [Re: gymcandy1] #1184604
04/27/19 07:04 PM
04/27/19 07:04 PM
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Re: Sip and Surf Sunday Joe's [Re: gymcandy1] #1184605
04/27/19 07:07 PM
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Joe, I recall mowing a large area as a child with a push mower. I'd have to start by pushing off the garage with my feet to get a running start and if I got stuck I'd have to start over at the garage. lol And I held the antennae often so my dad could watch TV.

Have a wonderful day all! We got about 5 inches of snow out there. spring

Ana wave


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Re: Sip and Surf Sunday Joe's [Re: gymcandy1] #1184620
04/28/19 03:12 AM
04/28/19 03:12 AM
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Marlborough USA
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Good Morning Joe, family, Ana and everyone. Joe I remember when we had fresh eggs and milk delivered to the backdoor and put in a lined metal box to keep it cool. Family how about a nice long walk? Ana I remember the "inside antennas" too. I would add a piece of tin foil to the end to get a better picture! Coffee and tea are ready. spring Have a great day Boomers! spring


Gerry
Re: Sip and Surf Sunday Joe's [Re: gymcandy1] #1184631
04/28/19 05:35 AM
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Good morning everyone, have a Great Sunday. Danish, Eggs, Hash Browns, BB Pancakes, Bacon, French Toast, and Biscuits in the NC. spring


Connie
Re: Sip and Surf Sunday Joe's [Re: connie] #1184638
04/28/19 08:09 AM
04/28/19 08:09 AM
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Upper Arlington, Ohio
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Have a great Sunday Boomers.


It's nice to be important but it is much more important to be nice.
Re: Sip and Surf Sunday Joe's [Re: gymcandy1] #1184644
04/28/19 09:10 AM
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SEYMOUR VICTORIA, MELBOURNE AU...
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Good morning Everyone wishing you all a terrific sip and surf sunday - Happy gaming. wave2 monky

Re: Sip and Surf Sunday Joe's [Re: gymcandy1] #1184655
04/28/19 11:37 AM
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Super Sunday ya'll puppy

Just back from a glorious walk, and getting ready to go put together a meatloaf for tonight before the tired hits.

Joe, I bought a reel mower when our kids were young. Part of their discipline was to go out and mow our very large yard with that. I'm pretty sure it is still in our garage. Need to get the reel sharpened and put the g'sons to work. Course, our yard here (the grass part) is so tiny....wouldn't take more than 5 minutes.

I remember when you had party lines that were shared....each person on the line had a distinctive ring and everyone's phone rang when the number was called. You listened for your ring, and, in theory, left the handset alone when it was your neighbor's call.

Off to cook wavegirl


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