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08-15-2011 03:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sucks getting old

How Old is grandma?

Stay with this—the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.
The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general..

The Grandmother replied, “Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
’ television
’ penicillin
’ polio shots
’ frozen foods
’ Xerox
’ contact lenses
’ Frisbees and
’ the pill

There were no:
’ credit cards
’ laser beams or
’ ball-point pens

Man had not invented:
’ pantyhose
’ air conditioners
’ dishwashers
’ clothes dryers
’ and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
’ man hadn’t yet walked on the moon

Your Grandfather and I got married first, .. .... ... and then lived together..
Every family had a father and a mother.
Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, “Sir”.
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, “Sir.”
We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.
We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege…
We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD’s, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President’s speeches on our radios.
And I don’t ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.
If you saw anything with ‘Made in Japan ’ on it, it was junk
The term ‘making out’ referred to how you did on your school exam….
Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
And if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, . .. . but who could afford one?
Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day:
’ “grass” was mowed,
’ “coke” was a cold drink,
’ “pot” was something your mother cooked in and
’ “rock music” was your grandmother’s lullaby.
’ “Aids” were helpers in the Principal’s office,
’ “chip” meant a piece of wood,
’ “hardware” was found in a hardware store and
’ “software” wasn’t even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
No wonder people call us “old and confused” and say there is a generation gap.
How old do you think I am?
I bet you have this old lady in mind….you are in for a shock!
Read on to see—pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.
Are you ready ?

This woman would be only 59 years old.

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#1 posted 08-15-2011 03:47 AM

Just crazy isn’t it.

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#2 posted 08-15-2011 04:29 AM

We haven’t evolved much since then, it is clear. And the trial of Judas Priest for fomenting suicide didn’t work out all that well, either, when Rob Halford played that album backwards… “Do it”? His take on subliminal advertising? “If I wanted to use subliminal advertising, I’d say- Buy more records!”. That case was dismissed.

I remember that “Coke” originally had cocaine in it.

Scorn for all those sweet girls who made a mistake and got pregnant is misplaced. This society would be a lot better off with more understanding that people make mistakes instead of judging them so harshly.

I’ll be 59 in about 6 weeks.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 08-15-2011 04:38 AM

Sorry, but the first thing on her list is incorrect. That means she was born in 1952. I was watching the Lone Ranger on TV in 1949.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 08-15-2011 04:38 AM

Sweet has nothing to do with it. Just remember a mistake is somthing not planned, having sex is planned in most cases, getting pregnant is not, in most cases.

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#5 posted 08-15-2011 04:44 AM

I could list on the uglier parts too about what life was like during that 59 year old woman’s life too. Things especially not so pretty towards women. Some of which, including back alley abortions and limited futures don’t need much explanation…

Gay rights aren’t bad. Most of the people who feel strongly against it (and your story seems to have that slant), probably haven’t met someone gay, or simply weren’t aware they were attracted to members of the same sex.

They also had lived in times of segregation. Was that good too?

Then again, sometimes history bears repeating:

Right before she was born there were two world wide wars, and a worldwide depression sandwiched in between. Right before she was born there was genocide within a nation based on a religious ethnicity.

How close are we to repeating the same mistakes? and so soon?

We paint the past in pastel colors, as we long for the good times that have past, and forget the darker shades that gave them meaning and contrast.

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#6 posted 08-15-2011 01:58 PM

Every family had a father and a mother.

My father, who is 82, came from a “broken Home”, his parents were divorced. My Mother also 82 lost her mother to a kitchen fire and was raised by my grandfather.

Clarance Birdseye invented the frozen food process in 1928. True it took post war prosperity in the US to make refrigerators with freezers replace Ice boxes.

I remember the Ice man and I was born in 1944.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#7 posted 08-15-2011 02:28 PM

I must correct you on the Penicillian part: It was invented by Flemming in ‘28. So maybe if you wrote this in ‘87… but….

Also the Ballpoint was TECHNICALLY invented in 1888, that was the patent date, however it worked crudely. Then in ‘38 Brio filed a bit patent, and then in ‘40 an Argentinian patent, and then sold them to RAF crews, because they worked well at high altitudes.

The modern dishwasher was invented in the ‘20s, with the electric drying portion coming in the ‘40s. Livens was the inventor. However you’re right, they didn’t come into commonplace until the ‘70s.

The 1st electric clothes dryers were invented in the ‘40s.

The air conditioner was first used in 1906, however it was poisonous, so the first modern one was in ‘28 or so, with the advent of Freon.

The First frisbee was ‘48, the Whirly Way, Frisbee being simply a brand-name. Although the concept came from Walter Morrison who was paid for a cake pan they were throwing back and forth in such a manour.

The television was made commercially available in the late ‘20s, as a toy for those not hit, atleast substantially, by the Depression. The first flat panel was actually ‘36. Granted it did not gain mass popularity until ‘48.

Not trying to bust you up. Just a hobby of mine to research information, and things were not adding up.

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#8 posted 08-15-2011 02:41 PM

I didn’t write anything….....and I never said all of this was true. I doubted a few myself. I just thought it would be worth reading for some. Lighten up…......
- JJ

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#9 posted 08-17-2011 02:54 AM

jj you scared all the roaches into the light. If we have a few a few lumberjocks to stomp them is yet to be seen

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#10 posted 08-17-2011 10:09 PM

JJ: Not criticizing you. I was simply making the necessary corrections, thats all.

RW: Lol.

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#11 posted 08-17-2011 10:35 PM

Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic properties of Penicillin in 1928, therefore, this person would have to be at least 73 years old.

From the absolute stand point, man has used the great outdoors during winter to freeze foods for millennia. Perhaps this is one of Pharaohs wives?

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#12 posted 08-17-2011 11:25 PM

I am 69 years old and I can relate to all of

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