Pinball games were a nickel...
Anybody remember making a scooter like this? Out of roller skates & a wooden crate? Yeah baby
Quoted from Gomer1969:
I was talking to a younger Bald co-worker lamenting the fact that my hair is thinning. He told me to just shave it off.
I said no way I wouldn't look good bald I would look like Kojak. He just looked at me and said who?
God I thought everyone new Kojak.
Hey Gomer, I'm sure most people wouldn't know who Gomer Pyle is either...What about Roy Rogers & Dale Evans?
Quoted from MrBally:
My son knows who Roy Rogers is. He's the guy with the Roast Beef restaurants on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes, also the Garden State Parkway, New York Thruway and Chesapeake House service center on the JFK memorial highway in Maryland.
Those restaurants still around? Loved the roast beef sandwiches. Used to be a lot of RR franchises in the Philly area that all turned into Boston Market.
Quoted from cottonm4:
You remember watching Lawrence Welk on TV because your parents watched Lawrence Welk on TV.
You watched Lawrence Welk on TV because the only other show to watch was Lassie. Or Mr. Ed.
You watched Lawrence Welk because you liked it.
Then you looked forward to when you could watch Porter Wagoner on Saturday afternoon. And Dolly was young. And good looking.
Don't forget the Lennon Sisters!!
Going to a bar and getting a beer for a buck or less!! Stuff is so overpriced today...
Quoted from cottonm4:
I am guessing your memory is correct. Gas stations used to give them away. Any and every station had a wall of maps from several states to choose from.
"Free maps. Clean restrooms."
When I started my pin chasing a couple of years ago, I thought it would be wise to buy a AAA membership. I have stacks of AAA maps and free towing. It has been a good investment. One tow in paid for a year's membership.
They pumped the gas for you & checked your oil & cleaned your windshield!
Quoted from TractorDoc:
I think I still have one. . . it was my Grandfathers.
How about one of these?
I've never used one of the reel mowers, but the Amish around here still do. A lot of times the kids are pushing those things around the yard in their bare feet!
I do remember using one of those Lawn Boy Mowers with two wheels close together on one side. I cannot remember if it took an oil mix gas or not. . .
No safety stop bar on the handle of that baby!
You're not that old if you've never used a reel mower...
Quoted from TractorDoc:
I know this may still be normal in some households today, but I remember when Thanksgiving was more of a laid back holiday and less intense.
Food was prepared at home and a bunch of relatives you didn't know all that well came together to fight over who had to sit at the kids table when chairs ran out. Sometimes someone would bring a super thick newspaper and you could look at all the sales coming on Friday. As the day progressed several of the guys would doze off watching football and one of toughest choices I'd have to make would be apple vs. pecan pie. I usually went with both.
In talking with my younger co-workers the trend seems to be going out to eat. Several are just heating up pre-made meals in the microwave. Instead of strategizing about what type of pie to eat they are more worried about what store to visit and how early they opened -- Thursday night. Anymore I've noticed even my family spends time looking at their phones taking advantage of all the Black Friday offerings as soon as the plates are cleared. I will probably take a look at some of the pinball deals out there but luckily some of those go thru the weekend.
More of an observation than anything else. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving -- take some time to slow down and appreciate the day and the family if you can.
Still normal in our household. Food, Family, and Football!!
Happy Thanksgiving All!!
Quoted from dhutton:
I used to save newspaper reviews of concerts I went to. One clipping from about 1982 had an ad for Ozzy when he first went solo appearing at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA. Ticket prices were $6.50 and $8.50.
Time to fire up the Delorean.
You're in my neck of the woods, went to a lot of concerts at the Tower. David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust tour he played 7 nights there. Small theatre holding maybe 2500. That was in 1972 and the tower still does concerts!!
Quoted from pinkid:
You talking about Chico and the Man? I do remember. You are old when you miss going to the mall and hitting the music store to buy a new album, hit the bookstore and check out the latest mags, and hit the arcade, Alladin's Castle before you leave. The internet and youth of today are to blame. I'm about to be 53 btw.........
53? You're not even a senior citizen. Come back in 10 years!!
Quoted from cottonm4:
I have already passed that phase of my life. About 6-8 months before I turned 65 I was having all kinds of Medicare emails, snail mails, and agents knocking on my door. All wanting to do business. I don't know where you are at on this Medicare stuff, but be careful so you don't screw yourself.
You will get Medicare Part A just for breathing. Part B will cost you approximately $125.00 per month. If you do not buy the Part B you are a fool.
So now, you have Part A and Part B, but the govt. has been so busy cutting back on what it will pay the doctors that many medical facilities will turn you away if all you have is Part A and Part B.
So now, you need to buy a Part C plan. From this point, you have several choices from the "Alphabet" plan: There is "A" and "B" and do forth. I think my insurance broker placed me in Plan G.
Plan "G" costs me $122.00 per month. I could have had Blue Cross but the broker put me in Cigna. So, every month, like clockwork, Cigna gets to dip into my checking account and grab their $122.00.
I have known of some people who did not buy a Part C and thought they would save some money. But then they got sick and too late they wished that they would have stepped up because Medicare Part A and Part B did not cover all of the expenses.
So, you you buy a Part C insurance and all expenses beyond Medicare are covered.
So, buy a Part C. You are a fool if you don't.
With Part A, Part B and Part C, your annual deductible is $184.00 per year.
A monthly of $124.00 for Part B plus a monthly of $ 122.00 for Part C ( (124 + 122) * 12 = $2952.00). So, for $2952.00 I have full medical coverage on everything after I also pay the $184.00 deductible. And all of this is why all of the old timers told to government to "keep your hands of of my Medicare" when any health care issue gets talked about in the U.S.
It is a hell of lot better than Obamacare with its escalating premiums and $7,000.00 annual deductibles.
Anyway, while I pay $122.00 per month for Part B, there is more that is subsidized by the govt. and ALL of the insurance companies like having the govt. pick up the tab because the govt. will always pay them.
And this is why you are getting flooded with sales information. The insurance companies figure if they can get you signed up that they will have a paying customer that is backed up by the govt. until the day you die.
The company I use for my car and house insurance even wanted in on the action. I was offered Plan F for $177.00 month; Plan F was the highest priced plan to choose. And I got Plan G for $122.00.
It pays to shop around.
And given how fucked up health insurance in in the U.S. is, I was never so glad to get older and be 65 so I could get Medicare insurance that I can afford.
When I was 14 I wanted to be 16 so I could get a driver's license.
When I was 16 I wanted to be 18 (or 21) so I could hit the bars and try to find some drunk chick to drag home.
When I was 63 I wanted to be 65 so I could get Medicare.
There is really not much else extra in the future so I would be happy to remain 65 for a real long time.
Yeah, I'm good with all that, been on medicare 2 years now with an advantage plan!!
Quoted from cottonm4:
When I was 12 or 13, one of my school chum's dad died. He was an old man when he died at 50 years old. Well, I will be 67 in two more days and when I read the obits and see someone checked out at 50, I find my self thinking he was so young. Hell, my grandpa was young 83 years old when he died.
I recently got a speeding ticket in New Mexico for going WAY over the speed limit. The officer had some gray hair on but since he was still working he was obviously younger than me. As he handed me my ticket, driver's license, and insurance card, he just told me to not to forget to fasten my seatbelt. No lecture but he did give me that ticket.
I have not had anybody call me grandpa, yet.
And no one has called me dad. Or old timer.
Remember when you didn't have to buckle up?
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