I Remember when.... forum: Class of '65

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Imagecharlenesplants
Feb 23, 2010 3:56 PM CST
Name: Charlene Houseman
Lehigh Acres, Fl 33971
Newly transplanted fr Cen TX
If I could be any age I'd would not pick high school age! How about you? If you could be any age how old would you be?

I'd be 26.

Old enough to know better, young enough to know, fit enough to do. Yup, that would be me.
ImageSugarweed
Feb 23, 2010 4:28 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Yes, 26 was good, although I didn't know as much as I thought.
My worst BD was 30.
I had several good years. 40 was good, 45 better.
I actually like right now pretty much.
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ImageSugarweed
Feb 24, 2010 7:51 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
I'm glad you started this thread.
We'll get some more Boom Babies here before long. Smiling
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ImageLindaTX8
Feb 27, 2010 5:01 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
I don't know, Charlene. I really didn't like high school. Much later on, I would take classes at the community college...a little better then. By then, I was married and had a child. When the marriage wasn't going well, my mother died of cancer, the divorce, my father died....those were hard years. When I went a 4-year college, that was good...and a couple of years after, when my interest in plants and nature really blossomed, also good.
Imagecharlenesplants
Feb 27, 2010 9:16 PM CST
Name: Charlene Houseman
Lehigh Acres, Fl 33971
Newly transplanted fr Cen TX
Linda, I hear you! Life can sure throw us some curves. I think high school is hard on a person myself. Then you had a lot to go through after high school. I bet it made you stronger for sure. I've always heard what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. I think of so many things that nearly killed me, I must be REAL strong myself! LOL

Yes, I think high school life is a rough experience for most. Then on the other hand, some of the best times of my youth were spent in high school. Being in band was like having a second family and sometimes, it seemed better than the first. My band director was one of my life heroes.

Charlene
ImageLindaTX8
Feb 27, 2010 9:49 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Some public school classes bored me to death. I had ADD (back then, no such thing was known...I didn't know what it was until I had a grown daughter) and my mind wandered off a lot in school. They tested my hearing in 6th grade. It wasn't my hearing...it was ADD and I often wasn't entirely there in the classroom, mostly my body was there! And even when my mind was there, I couldn't always figure out what was going on.
ImageSugarweed
Feb 28, 2010 6:01 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Linda,
Back then they just said I didn't pay enough attention and I had 2 teachers that were really demeaning.
I found out at 26 I had suffered from ADD.
Good Thread Charlene.
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ImageButterflyChaser
Mar 28, 2010 9:13 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
I'm not in the class of 65, but I was born in 64, so can I play anyway?

I always wanted to be 30. I thought that when I reached 30, I'd have it all together; I'd know who I was; I'd have a great career, a family, a nice, settled life. Ha!! That didn't happen.

So here I am at 46, single again, peacefully unsettled, my son raised and on his own, still searching for that perfect career, still finding out who I am, but having fun on my journey. I love this age I'm in and look forward to each year. I've actually never dreaded a birthday; I always believed I'd die young, so each birthday is a triumph.

Now, I'm looking forward to 55 because most places in town offer a senior citizen discount at that age. I hang out mostly with people 10, 20 and 30 yrs older than me and sometimes I can slip in among them and get a discount too! That is, if my little sister isn't along; she'll rat me out in a heartbeat, the scamp!

NancyAnn
ImageSugarweed
Mar 28, 2010 11:00 AM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
LOL,
Growing up without a cell phone


If you are 30, or older, you might think this is hilarious!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning...Uphill...Barefoot... BOTH ways yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was n o way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But now that I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia! And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! Nowhere was safe!

There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car..We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with y our "friends". OH MY GOD!!! Think of the horror...not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent...you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! An d there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen...Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!
There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-finks!

And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

And our parents told us to stay outside and play...all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside...you were doing chores!

And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were luckily, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place! See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980 or any time before!

Regards,
The Over 30 Crowd




And some of us in the more mature range didn't even have television until we were teenagers. TV had been invented, but not the TV networks that give us all of the fascinating, factual, information today................................

The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.
ImageLindaTX8
Mar 28, 2010 12:30 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
I hear ya! I got my whippings on a regular basis...they thought we'd go to h*ll otherwise! No TV at all until about 10 or so and then my father turned off the picture during American Bandstand...he didn't really approve of that dancing. We walked to school a lot. I remember walking to school a mile or so in all kinds of weather because we were just beyond the limit for the schoolbus. I arrived at school pretty soggy sometimes. Sometimes someone would offer me a ride...this was before strangers were warned against much and sometimes I'd accept a ride if there was a lady or kids in the car, even if I didn't know them. Guess I was lucky...but it really sucked to have to walk that far! I liked the places where we lived near the school...we moved a lot when I was a kid. I was a good kid, raised to be respectful to my parents and all adults, even other kids. Not always well-behaved at home, however, which is why I got whipped so much. BTW, my young daughter was once in the front seat...no seat belts in that car...and hit her head on the dashboard when my DH was driving and we ran off the road. She was okay and my smart girl later became a doctor. But when I think what could have happened...
ImageJaeRae
Mar 30, 2010 9:35 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Loved that Sidney....my nephews walk in with laptops, blackberries, phones, tunes and whatever the next electronic innovation has popped out of the sky and visit between all the other immediate activities. I've threatened to get them REAL tool belts!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageSugarweed
Mar 30, 2010 10:13 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Thanks JaeRae. I must state it's not original, but maybe this was the first time I saw it. I can't remember that, Hilarious! but I can remember the things we played with before TV. We got one when I started 3rd grade.
We sometimes watched black and white test patterns for hours. It wasn't on for much time back then.
Mud-pies! I love, I love, I love me some mud pies! The ones decorated with 'Taggets' was a penny more. Big Grin
Drug store, when we went into the stone cold house under the rock water tower next to the wooden windmill and had some 6oz Coke bottles we filled with that wonderful West Texas water. We had our own soda fountain right there.
We played cowboy and Indians. I was always the Chief or the Sheriff. Sometimes I was Annie Oakley.
I really need to get back over here and work on this some more.
Please forgive me all my Cubies, Taxes and Garden, I think y'all get the picture.
In case I haven't told y'all here.
Sunshine has left the house! Your old friend Sidney aka Sugarweed has now emerged.
I will seek a name change soon. I tip my hat to you.
Sidney
The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.
Imageshirley
Apr 2, 2010 11:41 AM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
Hey Sidney just back from a quick trip back to the past. St Francisville La. Toured the beautiful gardens and saw how they lived back in the 1840. Southern Grace with none of the must haves of today. We have come a long way but also lost a lot. I read your story to Sandy and we laughed till we cried. You are so funny. Have a great day. This is my home place. It only cost ten million dollars to restore. shirleyt class of 57

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ImageSugarweed
Apr 2, 2010 12:16 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
I am sorry that it's not original. I am glad you smiled and laughed.
Some things just have to be shared.
I love those canopy roads.
DB and I spent 2 vacations together last year and we always go to where the photography is great. Those Mansions are awesome.
The road in front of my house at one time had a Live Oak canopy. I still have 3 in front of my house.
The state actually owns that land. They are getting ready to "Improve it" by removing one of them.
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The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.
ImageJaeRae
Apr 2, 2010 12:39 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Love tree canopies too. I grew up on a street of elms so large that on hot summer days you could look down its cool throat for blocks and see only speckles of sunshine trickling through. In the early 60's dutch elm disease struck so badly that the city had to take them all down. The same street was bare of foliage and rather sad. We learned there wasn't money in the city budget to replace the elms with anything for several years so my folks, gardening lovers but with less money in their own budgets, went out and bought a bunch of maples and a few honey locusts to surround their corner lot. The city came and said they were in violation of some code planting there on the (then barren) bolivard and told them to take the trees down. They never did and soon other neighbors started to plant too. Along with my parents, they continued to get notices of violations but nobody paid attention. I guess it wasn't in anybody's budget (or heart) including the city's, to take them down. Over time the city began to fill in with other trees of appropriate type and alignment and while there will never be that same wonderful arched canopy of the elm days, the street became through the effort of neighborhood, very nice to look down once again.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageLindaTX8
Apr 2, 2010 1:04 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
South-central Texas isn't exactly know for very large trees, more like fairly short trees, actually. But I do remember some areas of San Antonio that had large trees along the street, shading the whole street. A rare thing, and a blessing if you were walking in the heat...the sunlight is such a constant here that we get tired of it. This winter was an exception to the rule, fairly little sunshine compared to normal. But it's definitely back with a vengeance now and we're getting so little rain this past month! I told DH that we need a shadecloth over the whole yard because of my previous skin cancers. Of course, that's not going to happen!
ImageSugarweed
Apr 2, 2010 8:07 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
JaeRae, That's terrific that your old neighborhood bounced back.
We had Chinese Elms on a street I grew up in Amarillo, Tx. I was back for my 40th HSR, drove down the street, but can't remember if the trees were still there.
Linda, Do you want a good old bonnet like my DGM taught me how to make? She was a true pioneer. and she swore by those bonnets!
Sidney
The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.

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