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No doubt, the advancements the world has made when it comes to technology are beyond awesome. I am so grateful that anytime I need to find something, I can quickly Google it. I'm also grateful for all the things the Internet has taught me, such as photography, how to customize a website using code, how to become a better writer, how to cook, and for introducing me to the people I've met online (and in person) who became longtime friends. The Internet is a powerful tool that can bring people together who might not otherwise come together.

Yet, as awesome as these advancements are, I'm extremely happy that I was born at a different time because it enables me to appreciate the present while retaining some of the basic and simple things from the past that keep me grounded.  

Technology has many positives. But also its share of negatives. In excess, it can lead to isolation, a sedentary lifestyle, loss of social skills, and a source of distraction.

I think more than anything, technology has taught me how to use it wisely.

When I first started blogging in 2006, it became an obsession that lasted nine years. Besides working a full-time job, I was posting three times a week and responding to comments on my blog and other people's blogs. I would often sit at my desk and eat dinner while preparing the next day's post. I used to wake up blogging and go to sleep blogging. To make it worse, I smoked cigarettes back then. And it was when I was at my computer (blogging) I smoked the most. It wasn't until I got seriously ill in the hospital for two weeks, that I finally heard my body telling me, "Slow down and adjust your priorities!"

Which I did. I now blog with no stress.

I also have a better sense of when I need to step away and detach from technology. Too much time spent online makes me tired and spacey.

As much as people can sometimes irritate me, I need to interact with other humans so that I don't forget people skills. And for me, I need that to be face-to-face and eye-to-eye. An email or a text is not the same.

That being said, I still very much enjoy blogging. It remains my favorite form of social media because it's about quality online communication. I do post photographs on Instagram, but only once a week. 

I greatly appreciate and value today's technology, as life is about the process of evolution and embracing it.

At the same time, I also appreciate and value my past. 

Today, I would like to share some things from my past that were special and bring back fond memories.

So here we go, a blast from the past!

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The Ed Sullivan Show was very popular when I was growing up. Each one of the guests pictured below, I saw on the show back in the 60s (The Beatles, The Supremes, Stiller and Meara, and The Jackson 5)...
 

The Good Humor Truck was such a tradition during the summer months. My favorite was the basic ice cream sandwich...


I had a HUGE collection of 45 RPM Records, which I stored in an alphabetized box. You would often find me in my bedroom lip-syncing to a record using a hairbrush as my microphone...


Ditto Machines and the intoxicating smell of the ink. It's the only thing I enjoyed about going to Catholic school - getting high from sniffing ditto...


Gone are the days when milk was delivered to your home. Each house had an insulated box by the front door where the milkman would leave your weekly delivery. I still remember the sound of the glass milk bottles clinking together as he placed your order inside the box. As kids, we would all yell..."The milkman is here!!!!"...


High School Typing Class - as I entered high school, both female and male students were required to take a typing class, which I was very excited about because typing fascinated me. The picture below is from the 70's, which is when I took my first class. And those typewriters you see (IBM Electric) are the ones we used in class. Looking back, I am so grateful for those classes because when computers came out, I was already familiar with keyboarding. To this day, my fingers fly over the keys without ever looking...


Penny Candy - There was a time when 10 cents would buy you TEN pieces of candy. 10 cents today will buy you a down payment on a candy bar that now costs $50.00...


Full-Service Gas Stations where you drove up, remained in your vehicle, and someone pumped your gas for you. This service was often accompanied by the attendant washing your windshield while you waited and, in some cases, even checking oil and fluid levels. And just for the record, the price of gas back in the 60s was 32.9 cents for regular and about 36.9 cents for ethyl. Could you just die?!


And last but not least, Swanson TV Dinners - My mother would always treat us to a TV Dinner Night whenever my father would play cards with his buddies. My father hated TV dinners, but we (including my mother) thought they were so cool. We would eat them on a folding table while watching television. My personal favorite was the Salisbury Steak Dinner...


Hope you enjoyed my blast from the past. Have a terrific week, y'all!💗

*If you care to do so, please feel free to share anything from your blast from the past! 

30 comments:

  1. Ron, being that you and I are from the same era, this post brought back great memories for me too! I love all the things you picked as your favorites. I do remember the night The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was in 1964! I saw the show with The Jackson 5 too!

    "I still remember the sound of the glass milk bottles clinking together as he placed your order inside the box. As kids, we would all yell..."The milkman is here!!!!"..." ---- I so remember that! And we would also put the used bottles (cleaned of course) back in the thermal box so that the milkman could swap them out for filled bottles. That was our way of recycling back then. LOL!

    My favorite TV dinner was the fried chicken. It's funny because they no longer call them TV dinners, however frozen dinners (like Lean Cuisine) are still very popular. However, did you ever checked the sodium content on those things? YIKES!

    Yes, I had typing class too. It was mandatory in my school. I liked typing. The girls also had to take stenography. Now that I hated.

    Thank you for sharing this trip down memory lane, Ron. By the way, my husband enjoyed this too! And I agree with you about technology. It has so many wonderful benefits, but also drawbacks. If not used wisely. xox

    P.S. Snow tomorrow!!!!

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  2. n your own word, FANTABULOUS post, Ron! So true what you said about technology and social media. It can be both a tremendous blessing and curse. It all depends on how you use it. I used to be much more a social media fanatic. But over time, it wore me out because it became a place where people say hurtful things and hide behind their cell phones and computers.

    I also, like you, believe that nothing can take the place of in-person contact.

    Love your blast from the past choices! Look at Michael Jackson as a little boy. So cute he was. And the Good Humor truck with the kids is priceless.

    "10 cents today will buy you a down payment on a candy bar that now costs $50.00..." --ROFLMAO! Doesn't it kill you how the price of things just kept going up and up and up and up??

    Wonderful post, Ron! xo

    Do you know what I miss from the past? I know you'll think I'm crazy, but I miss going to the library when I was in high school and using microfilm machines. Remember them? I used to think they were so high-tech at the time.

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  3. Hellooooooooo there, Elaine!

    Didn't you love watching The Ed Sullivan Show? The night The Beatles came on, my whole family was so excited. We all took our baths and put on our PJ's, grabbed a snack, and turned on the television set. It was SUCH a big deal!

    "And we would also put the used bottles (cleaned of course) back in the thermal box so that the milkman could swap them out for filled bottles. That was our way of recycling back then. LOL!"

    Yup, that's right....we would wash out the used milk bottles and then place them back inside the box to be picked up and recycled. Wasn't that fun???

    OMG, the sodium content in Lean Cuisine is LETHAL! And I used to eat those things ALL THE TIME!

    "The girls also had to take stenography. Now that I hated."

    I always wanted to try my hand at stenography, but the class was only offered to the girls. I did, however, take speed writing years after I got out of school.

    I've been online since 2006 (and even before that). I still find joy in blogging, but that's about it. Social media can toxic if not used wisely.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Elaine! Have a fabulous rest of your week! And yes, I did see that we are getting some snow (mixed with rain) tomorrow! I have off, so I'll be outside enjoying it!

    X

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  4. Hola Denise!

    Thank you! Glad you enjoyed. I had so much fun putting this post together!

    "But over time, it wore me out because it became a place where people say negative and hurtful things while hiding behind their cell phones and computers."

    YES! As I said in my comment to Elaine, social media can be very toxic at times. And to be honest, it's getting more and more like that with each passing year. I find blogging the least that way. But then again, blogging is not as popular as it used to be, so not a huge amount of people are using it as social media. And that's because it takes more time to blog. But I still love it!

    Isn't that Good Humor photo priceless? It instantly reminded me of summertime during my childhood.

    God, I clearly remember seeing the Jackson 5 on The Ed Sullivan Show like it was yesterday. I so miss Michael Jackson!

    OMG, the price of things are just getting higher and higher every week. And have you seen the rent prices for apartments lately? INSANE!

    "I miss going to the library when I was in high school and using microfilm machines. Remember them? I used to think they were so high-tech at the time."

    I most certainly do remember microfilm machines! In fact, when I was attending acting school in NYC back in the 70s, I had a job working in the library at Pace University in the MICROFILM DEPARTMENT!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Denise! Have a faaaaaaabulous rest of your week!

    X

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  5. "Ditto Machines and the intoxicating smell of the ink. It's the only thing I enjoyed about going to Catholic school - getting high from sniffing the ditto ink." - That's hysterical, Ron! I didn't go to Catholic school myself, but some of my cousins did. I don't think they sniffed ditto ink because that was before their time, but they never had anything nice to say about Catholic school.

    It's so true what you said about technology and how it can be very distracting. I've deleted several of my social media accounts because they've all become a place were people just bitch, moan, and insult one another. And I'm sick of hearing people talk about politics.

    It's so hard for me to fathom that candy was a penny?!?! TEN pieces for only 10 cents??? That's wild! I love that car in the gas station photograph. That's went cars were build to last!

    Such a fun post, Ron!

    I wish they still had drive-in movies because they looked so cool. And speaking of movies, I haven't been to an actual movie theater to watch a movie in probably 5-6 years. Do people still GO to the movies?

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  6. Hey there, Daniel!

    OMG, the smell of ditto was AMAZING! And it wasn't just me, EVERYONE loved the smell. And after the teacher printed the copies the paper would still be a little damp, and that's when they smelled the most intense. If you were in the first desk when the teacher passed them out, you would get the most of it!

    "I've deleted several of my social media accounts because they've all become a place were people just bitch, moan, and insult one another. And I'm sick of hearing people talk about politics."

    I'm only on Instagram and here at my blog. All the rest (FB, Twitter, or TIK TOK) no. I agree, over the years, social media has become a bitchfest. Not ALL of it, but a lot of it.

    I know, can you believe that, a PENNY a piece? I felt like a millionaire walking into a candy store with 25 cents. Lol!

    OMG, funny you mentioned drive-in movies because that's one of my faves I was going to add to my list of things I missed from the past. My parents would take us to the drive-in during the summer months. SO MUCH FUN!

    I haven't been to a movie since 2016, I kid you not. The last movie I ever saw in the theater was, Jackie, with Natalie Portman.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend! Hope your week started off GREAT!

    X

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  7. Oh, do you know what I miss from the past, Ron? I miss the nighttime drama series of the 80s - Dynasty, Dallas, Falcon Crest, and Knots Landing. I couldn't wait to see what the women were going to wear on each episode. And the hair and makeup too! Looking back, it all seemed so extreme. But back then it was exciting to see all that DRAMA!

    I used to be so much more active on social media. I go through periods where I enjoy it, but then it all gets to be too much, so I take a break. I enjoy blogging the most too. But even that I don't always keep up with. I do, however, enjoy reading your blog - fun, interesting, and you don't OVER post.

    My parents talked about milk being delivered when they were kids too. And of course, the ice cream trucks in the summertime. I'm going to be honest, things seemed more interesting back then. And simpler.

    I enjoy technology and the many benefits it can bring. But lately, it's gotten (especially social media), way too in your face and out of control. I also don't like how phony it's become. Such as Instagram and all the filters. Does anyone look real anymore? LOL!

    Thanks, Ron. Enjoyed this! xo

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  8. Wait, I forgot to ask. You know how to customize a website, using code? Cool! How did you learn that?

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  9. "the price of gas back in the 60s was 32.9 cents for regular and about 36.9 cents for ethyl. Could you just die?!" --- Ron, that is unfathomable to me because in some states gas is almost $4.00 and OVER.

    My uncle grew up in the 60s and he often talks about the way things were back then, compared to today. I'm an old soul because I feel more in touch with generations from the past. I use the internet, computers, and cell phones in my line of work, so I appreciate what they can do. And if it wasn't for those things, I wouldn't have a job. But when I'm away from my job, I spend little time online and detach from it all. Like you said, moderation is the key.

    Great blast from the past photos! Your ditto sniffing remark cracked me up!

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  10. Morning, Candice!

    "I miss the nighttime drama series of the 80s - Dynasty, Dallas, Falcon Crest, and Knots Landing. I couldn't wait to see what the women were going to wear on each episode. And the hair and makeup too! Looking back, it all seemed so extreme. But back then it was exciting to see all that DRAMA!"

    OMG, yes...yes...yes! And it's ironic you mentioned Dynasty because I recently watched an interview with Joan Collins (Alexis Colby) who talked a little bit about what it was like to be on that show. It literally catapulted her career into a whole other level. My favorite nighttime drama was Knots Landing. I watched that show for all 14 years that it was on TV. LOVED that show!

    Like I said, I used to post at least three times a week (and sometimes FOUR) when I first started blogging. I spent nine years doing that. I'm much more relaxed about it now. I post whenever (and on whatever day) moves me. I don't really have a posting schedule like I used to.

    "Such as Instagram and all the filters. Does anyone look real anymore? LOL!"


    Ha! I agree! And I think people are getting tired of the "filter thing" because I see more and more Instagram posts talking about that very topic. I remember meeting an influencer in person several years ago who had come to Philly for some event. She looked NOTHING like her Instagram pictures.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Candice! Have a fabulous Tuesday and rest of your week!

    X

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  11. I started learning code customizing when I launched my very first blog (on Blogger) back in 2006. It was a blog where I posted about alternative health modalities. That's one of the things I really like about Blogger versus Wordpress. Blogger gives you more freedom with your blog, such as customizing and using third-party website templates. That's when I started teaching myself (online) HTML and CSS coding, so that I could customize my blogs. I don't know enough to create a website from scratch, but I do know how to customize them.

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  12. Ron, one of the things I dearly miss from the past is flying and how it was something I looked forward to. Now, it's something I dread. The whole experience, unless you're flying overseas on an airlines like Qatar is painful. And to think at one time in my life I thought about becoming a flight attendant!

    Technology, used smartly, is amazing. But used in excess can be unhealthy in many ways. I deleted my FB and Twitter account several years ago. Too much.

    I love the vintage photographs you shared!!! It's great to look back and see how things evolved in the present, isn't it? For as much as technology has brought us together, it's also distanced us from face to face connections. My friends and I have a rule that when we spend the day together shopping or just hanging out, unless it's an emergency, we leave our cell phones out of sight and on vibrate.

    "You would often find me in my bedroom lip-syncing to a record using a hairbrush as my microphone..." I would love to see that!!!!

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  13. Hey there, Robert!

    I know, can you freaking believe the price of gas compared to today?!?!? When I was still driving and had a car, I think the most I ever paid was like $1.10 or 1.20. That's why I'm so glad I no longer have a car. I save so much money NOT having one.

    "And if it wasn't for those things, I wouldn't have a job. But when I'm away from my job, I spend little time online and detach from it all. Like you said, moderation is the key."

    Good for you! And VERY smart of you too! So many people have jobs involving computer work, who also work from home. I think it's important to take the time to pull away from that and be social. In person.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Robert! Great to see you! Have an awesome week!

    X

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  14. It is SO easy to get consumed by social media. Tiktoc is particularly addictive for me. I have to set rules for myself on when to use it. And I never go online while I’m on vacation and usually stay off it for another week when I get home, just to catch up on other things. (I’ll be on blogging break the first part of March).

    Ive often thought about how things would have been different if we had cell phones in high school and college. It would have really changed who I kept in touch with, etc. And I think it would have caused me a lot of problems, too!

    The only pictures that you posted that I couldn’t relate to was Ed Sullivan (I never watched that show) and penny candy. I also loved smelling the ditto papers and remember when the teacher would hand out a stack of fresh ones to the kid in the front of the row and each kid after would smell the stack before passing it on 🤣🤣🤣

    We had a Reiter Dairy box by the garage door for our glass bottles of milk. I also remember a Nickel’s Bakery man that came to our house with fresh bread and doughnuts on a tray that he wore around his neck. That is one of my earliest memories!

    Omg, I loved the Salisbury steak tv dinners, too! I can’t imagine eating that now! Remember the tiny brownie that was the shape of the aluminum space in the tray for the dessert? It was one bite, but we loved it!

    My favorite blast from the past was the Bookmobile that came every other week in the summer to our street. I was obsessed with books (still am)! Fun post, Ron! XO

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  15. Do you know what's funny? For as long as I've been online and partaking in social media, TikTok is one that I never got into. HOWEVER, being in the business I'm in, sooooooooooooooo many of the customers shop with their cell phones in hand with recommendations they found on TikTok. I even have 12 year old girls shopping for stuff they discovered on TikTok. So, it's a very powerful form of social media at the moment.

    Good for you for taking a break in March. I applaud you. It's healthy to detach from social media sometimes.

    And I also applaud you for setting rules for yourself when to use it.

    "The only pictures that you posted that I couldn’t relate to was Ed Sullivan (I never watched that show)"

    Ed Sullivan was on for about 23 years. Filmed in NYC, it came on every Sunday night from 8-9. He highlighted so many really great talents on that show.

    " and remember when the teacher would hand out a stack of fresh ones to the kid in the front of the row and each kid after would smell the stack before passing it on 🤣🤣🤣"

    LOL!!!! Me too!!!!!!!!!!! That stuff was addictive!

    " I also remember a Nickel’s Bakery man that came to our house with fresh bread and doughnuts on a tray that he wore around his neck. That is one of my earliest memories!"

    OMG, I TOTALLY forgot about Nickel's Bakery products!!! We never had it delivered, but I do remember my mother getting it at the grocery store. They had such great tasting bread!

    Me neither! I can't imagine eating those now. And YUP....I TOTALLY remember the tiny brownies that came in the aluminum tray!!!

    "My favorite blast from the past was the Bookmobile that came every other week in the summer to our street."

    Oh, that's a GREAT one! I remember them too! The Bookmobile would often park in front of our house because we lived on an intersection.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing, my friend. LOVED your comment! Have a fabulous week!

    X

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  16. Helloooooooooo there, Abby!

    I say a BIG yes to this....

    "one thing I dearly miss from the past is flying and how it was something I looked forward to. Now, it's something I dread. The whole experience, unless you're flying overseas on an airlines like Qatar is painful. And to think at one time in my life I thought about becoming a flight attendant!"

    Meeeeeeeeeeee too! I used to loved flying, but not anymore. It's such an uncomfortable way to travel now. I too wanted to be a flight attendant. I applied a few times in my life to various airlines. I even considered it a few years ago when one of my customers who is a flight attendant for American Airlines told me to apply. Come to find out they DO NOT pay for the 6 weeks of training. NOT!

    I was on Facebook and Twitter for about a month many, many years ago. Had no interest in them.

    Yes, you're right, it is interesting to see how things evolve over time. Personally? I wish I could have lived during the 30s and 40s. I've always been attracted to those decades.

    " My friends and I have a rule that when we spend the day together shopping or just hanging out, unless it's an emergency, we leave our cell phones out of sight and on vibrate."


    Good for you!!!!!! That's so healthy! I live in a city, so I see people ALL DAY LONG walking the streets with their cell phones in hand, looking down. I can't tell you how many times people collide into me because they are not looking where they're walking. In fact, that just happened to me yesterday afternoon.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Abby. Always great to read your comments! Have a terrific rest of your week!

    X

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  17. Very cool, Ron! You're a self-taught jack of all trades!

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  18. Thank you, Candice! 🙏 I find that I learn best through investigation and teaching myself. Learning by doing!

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  19. Ron, I myself tend to be nostalgic about different periods on my life, so I REALLY enjoyed this blast from the past post! And what fun things you picked. I just about fell off my chair when I read - "..getting high from sniffing ditto..." ROFLMAO! I attended Catholic school for only two years and it was enough for me to know that it wasn't for me. When my family moved, I went to a public school. MUCH better!

    I love the photos of the Carnation milk truck and Good Humor Ice Cream. The automobiles back then were so classy. I'm very much attracted to the late 30s, 40s, and 50s. I know it wasn't perfect back then, but it LOOKED that way!

    I was late to social media. But once I entered, I was quickly sucked in. Like you, I got burned out and had to pull back and limit myself.

    Wow, you were in the hospital for two weeks? I bet you were happy to finally get released. I don't do hospitals well.

    Entertaining and interesting post, Ron!

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  20. Hello there, Clair!

    You sound like me, I am so nostalgic about things.

    "I attended Catholic school for only two years and it was enough for me to know that it wasn't for me. When my family moved, I went to a public school. MUCH better!"


    That happened to me as well. However, I went to Catholic school for EIGHT years, then switched over to a Junior High School, then went to a High School. I loved public school, I really did.

    Weren't the cars back then faaaaaaaaabulous? And you can tell just from the photographs that they were WELL-made cars. I have such an affinity for the late 30s and 40s. You're right, no decade is ever perfect, but those (to me, anyway), had such a great style. Everyone looked impeccably groomed and dressed.

    Yes, I was in the hospital for two weeks with pneumonia, which I had for almost two months. I had to have my left lung drained of fluid, that's how bad it was. My whole body was infected. I applaud the doctors and nurses who got me well again. They were AWESOME!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Clair. Hope you're having a faaaabulous week so far!

    X

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  21. Wow Ron, that must have been intense. Glad to hear you had good doctors and nurses by your side. And I'm also glad you got well! xxx

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  22. Aw...thank you, my friend! That experience, as scary as it was, taught me a lot about many things. It was a big lesson I had to learn.

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  23. I'm right there with you on technology, Ron. I, too, love blogging (way better than other forms of social media because the community is so uplifting and supportive!), but nobody should spend ALL their time online. It's bad for our mental and physical health to sit all day and obsess over who's doing what and how much attention our posts are getting.


    Love your Blasts from the Past -- except for typing class. Just looking at that picture puts my nerves on edge! I remember hearing all that clacking -- and the teacher's timer! -- and my poor fingers would shake and the keys would jam up! How I learned to type is anybody's guess ... perhaps because my late dad insisted that everybody needed to know how to do it.


    Oh, man, I didn't realize gas was so cheap back then! And you could get all that service free! We didn't have Good Humor trucks here, but we did have Mr. Softee. Oh, those milkshakes were to die for (and back then, I wasn't lactose-intolerant and could enjoy them without bloating, ha!)


    Enjoy your week ahead, my friend! xx

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  24. Hellooooooooo there, Debbie!

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all that you said here because ALL of it is spot on!.....

    "I, too, love blogging (way better than other forms of social media because the community is so uplifting and supportive!), but nobody should spend ALL their time online. It's bad for our mental and physical health to sit all day and obsess over who's doing what and how much attention our posts are getting."

    And I noticed that over the past 2-3 years, it's gotten so much more intense because the Internet is creating more and more new means of social media. And what really gets to me are the nasty and destructive comments people are leaving on these platforms. It's sad.

    "Except for typing class. Just looking at that picture puts my nerves on edge! I remember hearing all that clacking -- and the teacher's timer! -- and my poor fingers would shake and the keys would jam up!"

    LOL! I hear you on that because although I enjoyed typing, it could be stressful about the timer! I started learning of the IBM typewriters (pictured) in which the letters, numbers, and punctuations were on a ball that would spin around like crazy as you typed.

    I know!!!! Can you BELIEVE the cost of gas back then? And what I love as a kid was watching the gas station attendant washing the windshield using one of the squeegee's, and the sound it made moving across the glass. Ha! I also LOVED the smell of the gasoline!!!

    Yes, we too had Mr. Softee! Thanks for mentioning that because it was definitely a part of my past!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your memories, my friend. Enjoyed your comment!

    Hope you're having a faaaaabulous week!

    X

    P.S. We got more snow yesterday! Yahooooo!

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  25. Oh, Ron. I really enjoyed this post. I'm going to share this with my parents because I'm sure they'll enjoy it as well.

    I'd like to begin with television dinners. I also loved Swanson's TV dinners! Salisbury steak was also my favorite!

    I remember the smell of ditto machines' papers. We would always sniff our papers when they were hot off the press!

    I think New Jersey still has full-service gas stations. I remember them from my childhood. The sound of the "ding ding" as we pulled into the gas station.

    Growing up, I think my favorite memory was one of feeling safe. I remember playing outside all day in the summer (without cellphones to keep track of our whereabouts.) I loved the feeling of freedom and also safety all in one.

    What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing your childhood with us, my friend. 😘❤️

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  26. Goooood morning, Kari!

    "I'd like to begin with television dinners. I also loved Swanson's TV dinners! Salisbury steak was also my favorite!"

    You too?!?! Weren't they the BEST? I no longer eat meat, however, I still have such "tasty" memories of those dinners!!

    Ditto ink was intoxicating. I'm such a smell-freak (ditto, books, food, perfume, etc.). I used to tell people that I must have been as NOSE in a past life. LOL!

    ", I think my favorite memory was one of feeling safe. I remember playing outside all day in the summer (without cellphones to keep track of our whereabouts.) I loved the feeling of freedom and also safety all in one."


    You are so right about that....the feeling of safety. When I was growing up, my parents never even locked the front door of our home when they left.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing, my friend! Hope all is well with your dad. Know that I am continuing to send Reiki his way!

    X

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  27. Ron, as I mentioned before, I am an old soul so looking at these pictures was so much fun! God, how I sometimes wish I was born at a different time. Love the one of the ice cream truck with the kids climbing all over it. You can tell they were so excited to see the ice cream man! I also love the carnation milkman truck. I had no idea milk was delivered to homes!?!? Nowadays, that would be unheard of because other people would probably steal it right out of the box Lol!

    Both my girlfriend and I have jobs that require us to be online all day. So on the weekends, she and I detach and stay offline as much as we can. I feel like many people can't do anything without being on a computer or a cell phone.

    " getting high from sniffing ditto..." -------------- ROFLMAO!

    Fun and very interesting post, dude!

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  28. Hiya, Matt!

    I too always felt like an "old soul." I was always attracted to the 30s and 40s. I loved those two decades.

    "I also love the carnation milkman truck. I had no idea milk was delivered to homes!?!? Nowadays, that would be unheard of because other people would probably steal it right out of the box Lol!"


    HA! You're absolutely right about that. Today people just walk into stores and take whatever they want and walk out. Trust me, I'm in retail and I see that ALL THE TIME. Back when I was growing up, people left their front doors unlock when they went to sleep.

    "Both my girlfriend and I have jobs that require us to be online all day. So on the weekends, she and I detach and stay offline as much as we can. I feel like many people can't do anything without being on a computer or a cell phone."

    Good for you! That's fantastic! I applaud you both. I feel that we can all use time away from our devices and the Internet.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Matt! Have a great rest of your week and weekend!

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  29. Ron, like you, I have never regretted the past. I was born as part of the so-called "baby boomer" generation and appreciate so many things from that time period, especially the music as I love to listen to Big Band and recall how much my parents enjoyed those tunes.

    It was such fun seeing your things from the past, all of which I can remember. We had an insulated milk box on the front porch for when mils was home delivered, which I do not recall as vividly. A neighborhood store sold candy and we would cash in soda bottles when you would get a few cents for doing so, to buy treats. Yes, you could get candy WAY cheaper then! My Catholic HS did not have a typing class (sigh) which is probably why I make tying errors, Thank goodness for spell check now! Did you know that gas stations in NJ still have attendants to pump gas for you?

    Blogging became a bit obsessive for myself as well. Years ago, both my husband and myself were posting on an almost daily basis. When he decided to pursue other interests, I was still keeping up with posting several times a week and sometimes would stay up way later then necessary to do to. I was also doing other things and trying to keep up with bloggers who posted daily. Thankfully, i never smoked, then or now 😉.

    I still really enjoy blogging for those few bloggers we've met and for all the others we may never meet except online. In many ways, it has been a learning experience for me as I like to share things new-to-me and maybe others. And, I invite you to stop in for a blog visit anytime.

    Blogging is my main online social outlet and that's perfectly fine with me as there are lots of wonderful folks in blog land, like yourself (smile).

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  30. Helloooooooooooo there, D!

    "I was born as part of the so-called "baby boomer" generation and appreciate so many things from that time period, especially the music as I love to listen to Big Band and recall how much my parents enjoyed those tunes."

    Meeeeeeeeeee too! Baby Boomer! And OMG...Big Band music is truly one of my favorite genres. Even now, I still listen to Big Band. Even though Ella Fitzgerald was considered a jazz singer, I love the big band songs she did with Duke Ellington. I loved that woman's voice! My parents had several of her LP's that they would play on our console stereo.

    "My Catholic HS did not have a typing class...."

    Neither did mine. I didn't learn typing until I switched over to public high school.

    "Did you know that gas stations in NJ still have attendants to pump gas for you?"

    No, I didn't know that. Kudos to NJ!

    "Blogging became a bit obsessive for myself as well. Years ago, both my husband and myself were posting on an almost daily basis. "

    I think a lot of us obsessed over blogging because there was really no other form of social media back then (other than Myspace). Also, back then, the rule was that you should post daily so that you would get a higher ranking with Google. However, the most I ever posted was three times a week. But even that was challenging.

    Blogging is my main online social outlet as well. I do post on Instagram, but only once a week, and it's only of photographs I've taken. No Facebook, Twitter, or TikTok.

    Thanks soooooooooo much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this topic. Happy Friday, and have a faaaaaaaaaaabulous weekend! We might be getting a bit more snow tomorrow. Yipeeeeeee!

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