OT: In My Day ~~funny

Note: The Washington Post recently had a contest wherein
participants were asked to tell the younger generation how much
harder they had it “in the old days.” Winners, runners-up,
and honorable mentions are listed below.

Second Runner-Up:

In my day, we couldn’t afford shoes, so we went barefoot. In
winter, we had to wrap our feet with barbed wire for traction.

First Runner-Up:

In my day, we didn’t have MTV or in-line skates, or any of that
stuff. No, it was 45s and regular old metal-wheeled roller
skates, and the 45s always skipped, so to get them to play right
you’d weigh the needle down with something like quarters, which
we never had because our allowances were way too small, so we’d
use our skate keys instead and end up forgetting they were taped
to the record player arm so that we couldn’t adjust our skates,
which didn’t really matter because those crummy metal wheels
would kill you if you hit a pebble anyway, and in those days
roads had real pebbles on them, not like today.

And the winner:

In my day, we didn’t have rocks. We had to go down to the creek
and wash our clothes by beating them with our heads.

Honorable Mentions:

In my day, we didn’t have fancy health-food restaurants. Every
day we ate lots of easily recognizable animal parts, along with

In my day, we didn’t have hand-held calculators. We had to do
addition on our fingers. To subtract, we had to have some fingers

In my day, we didn’t get that disembodied, slightly ticked-off
voice saying ‘Doors closing.’ We got on the train, the doors
closed, and if your hand was sticking out, it scraped along the
tunnel all the way to the next station and it was a bloody stump
at the end. But the base fare was only a dollar.

In my day, we didn’t have water. We had to smash together our own
hydrogen and oxygen atoms.

Kids today think the world revolves around them. In my day, the
sun revolved around the world, and the world was perched on the
back of a giant tortoise.

Back in my day, ‘60 Minutes’ wasn’t just a bunch of gray-haired,
liberal 80-year-old guys. It was a bunch of gray-haired, liberal
60-year-old guys.

In my day, we didn’t have virtual reality. If a one-eyed
razorback barbarian warrior was chasing you with an ax, you just
had to hope you could outrun him.

Back in my day, they hadn’t invented electricity. We had to watch
television by candlelight.

In my day, we didn’t have Strom Thurmond. Oh, wait. Yes we did.

Sadly enough, I’m 23 and already there are things that are “in my day…”

For instance, when I was learning to read, our books didn’t read the hard words too us. We had to sound them out the old fashioned way, and lord help the poor kid reading things like “hors d’oevres.” We did have Hooked on Phonics, but like we always said, “hucked on fonix werks fer mee.”


:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: Thanks for best laugh I have had in a month!!!

:roflhard: That was great … Thanks for sharing!

In my day we didn’t have mp3 players, just Am /Fm radio. Also if you wanted to research something you used the books at the library, because Google didn’t exist back then.

in my day, we didn’t have cable television or remote controls

whichever child was in the living room was the designated channel changer or volume control

there were only 5 channels to choose from, 3 of which actually came in clear from time to time

speaking of “clear,” we had bunny ear antennas on top of the set (which was the size of a Volkswagen, but the screen part was only 13" across) - whichever kid wasn’t busy being the designated channel changer got to be the official bunny ear adjuster

everything was in black and white! even the shows being broadcast in living color, because we didn’t own a color set until the mid-70’s. my father built it from a kit he bought at Radio Shack. it was the first television set we owned that didn’t require a dozen or so small vacuum tubes.

there was only one set in the house - and all 7 of us had to share it. if we didn’t like the show - we read a book in our bedroom.

we watched family style variety shows, Carol Burnett, Shields and Yarnell, Donnie and Marie, even Captain and Tennille. if you remember any of these, you were born IN MY DAY! :smiley:

Yes to all; and…it was never on until after dinner except Sesame Street or Mr Rogers in the afternoon…every know and then (certainly not every day). And, how did Mom know if you tried to watch when she went on errands…she could tell because the top of the TV was warm:roflhard: That, and she just knew EVERYTHING!:noway:

In my day, we recorded our favorite songs from the radio onto cassettes! (Yeah, I stole that one from Facebook!) If we had a little money, we’d go buy the single.

We had ONE computer at school. There was Apple IIe at one time. We used those 5 inch disks and played Oregon Trail!

I remember when our neighborhood got cable. We had 32 channels instead of 4. I remember our first VCR too. No remote. We could rent tapes from the video store too. We had to choose between BETA and VHS. One time my mom forgot which and we had this ridiculous tape that we couldn’t view and were all mad at her! We could’ve rented a BETA player or VCR if we didn’t have one.

When I was a kid, we played outside ALONE. Our mom would stand on the front step and yell our name for dinner or bedtime. We all knew each other’s middle name because if the kid was in real trouble, Mom would yell their full name from the front step.

That is comedy gold!

Does anyone else remember playing outside during the summer and keeping a close eye on the street lights at dusk so we knew when to run home?

I do Angela!

Also remember the dad’s in the neighborhood playing softball with the kids, until after nine o’clock. The first program I ever saw in color was [I]Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color[/I], then [I]Bonanza[/I] (and if that doesn’t date me, nothing will).

Glad you enjoyed this ~~~

Cassettes…When I bought my first car my dad bought and installed my first 8 track player and gave me my first 8 track- Billy Joel. Now we are aging:roflhard:

…Howdy Doody was my hero! I was at heart a member of the peanut gallery if only in spirit. Still am to this day. :slight_smile:

My earliest memory of TV. besides Howdy, was the commercial for Motts Apple Juice that had the little apples up on the tree singing “Mott’s Apple Juice is Grand”. I lived for that commercial! And when they’d stop singing I’d scream for my sister to make them come back. She was much older than I and I thought she could do anything! She could, anything but explain to a three year old why she couldn’t bring the applies back!

Those were the days… although I have to admit I really enjoy the cable with the flat panel TV’s we have now!

Sigh! That was a nice walk down memory lane.



I LOVED the Carol Burnett Show. OMG, Tim Conway and Harvey Corman cracking up during their skits. And who could ever foget Tudball and Wiggins! CLASSIC T.V.! :happydance:

My earliest recollections are of The Cisco Kid, Winky Dink, and even before Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, there was a show in Pittsburgh with Fred Rogers called “Our Small World”. He worked behind the scenes with the puppets.

Ohhhhhh, Cisco! Ohhhhhh, Pancho!
:roflhard: :thumbsup:

Thanks for that!


Was Winky Dink the show where you put the plastic sheet on the TV screen and could draw on it?

Does anyone else remember playing outside during the summer and keeping a close eye on the street lights at dusk so we knew when to run home?[/quote]

I was one of the Moms that required this action. My “kids” to this day remember that. I remember watching the dancing “Lucky Strike Cigarette Pack”. The “Texaco Star” Dancers. Dinah Shore singing, “See the USA in a Chevrolet”. All good memories."