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http://lava.nationalgeographic.com/cgi-bin/pod/PhotoOfTheDay.cgi?month=06&day=10&year=06

 

This was National Geographic's Photo of the Day, and I can't let it pass without a story.

 

When my father first got sick it was during the summer.  We had already made some plans for our vacation that year and it was soon apparent that we would not be going anywhere right then.

 

My father  told my sister and I that he had something BETTER than a Vacation.  He was going to buy us something, ANYTHING we wanted, no matter how big or wherever in the world it was.

 

My sister chose the Sesquhanna River... to this day I still have no idea why.  I think that she just liked the name of it.  Personally, I chose the castle in the picture: Neuschwanstein. I thought at the time, and STILL think, that it is the most beautiful building in the world.  I loved the fairy tale castle... so that was what he "bought" us that year instead of the vacation.

 

A few years later, Debbie bought a piece of the Atlantic Ocean attached to some beach.  That same year I chose the Philadelphia Art Museum.  It was closer to home and easier to keep my eye on, I guess.

 

To this day, I still refer to the Neuschwanstein as "My Castle."  Not every girls owns her own castle.

 

What can I say?  He was a great dad  

 

Slightly late for Father's Day

 

 


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That is an interesting castle, and a nice picture. Thanks for sharing NJ.

 

Ya know, I was thinking just the other day about posting a “Memories” thread. I still have not written that memory I was thinking about yet though. I will be back here when I get it written. 

 

 

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This email remineded me of this thread.  They aren't all *MY* memories, but many of them made me smile

 

*~*~*~*~*~*~*

 

Subject: Like it was Yesterday

I don't know which is scarier, remembering all of this or knowing that this all took place a tad pass yesterday.

With the climate in our world, I find it relaxing to walk down memory lane...

Not stepping on a crack or you'll break our mother's back ... paper chains at Christmas, silhouettes of Lincoln and Washington ... the smell of paste in school and "I see London I see France...." and the girl who dotted her "i's" with hearts?

The Stroll, popcorn balls, & sock hops.

Remember when ... there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyer) and the only time you wore them at school was for "gym" And the girls had those ugly gym uniforms.

When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up. When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school. When nobody owned a

Purebred dog. When a quarter was a decent allowance. When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny. When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces. When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done everyday and wore high heels.

When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time. And, you didn't pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to boot! When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box. When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents. When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed ... and did! When the worst thing you could do at school was smoke in the bathrooms, flunk a test or chew gum. And the prom was in the auditorium and you danced to an orchestra.

When a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car ... to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch races, and people went steady and girls wore a class ring with an inch of wrapped medical tape, dental floss or yarn coated with pastel frost nail polish so it would fit her finger. And no one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked.

Remember lying on your back on the grass with your friends and saying things like "That cloud looks like a..................."

And playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game. Remember when stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger.

And with all our progress ... don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace ... and share it with the children of today ... When being sent to the principal's office

was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home.

Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!

But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

So send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, The Hardy

Boys, Laurel &Hardy, Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Belle, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk ... as well as the sound of a real mower on Saturday morning, and summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, bowling and visits to the pool ... and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.

Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that...?"

I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a "double dog dare" to pass it on. To remember what a "double dog dare" is, read on. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and young enough not to care.

How many do you remember?

1. Candy cigarettes

2. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside

3. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles

4. Coffee shops with table-side juke boxes

5. Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum

6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles, with cardboard stoppers

7. Party lines

8. Newsreels before the movie

9. P. F. Flyers

10. Butch wax

11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix ... (Franklin-5505)

12. Peashooters

13. Howdy Dowdy

14. 45 RPM Records

15. Green Stamps

16. Hi-fi's

17. Metal ice cube trays--with levers

18. Mimeograph paper

19. Blue flash Bulbs

20. Beanie and Cecil

21. Roller skate keys

22. Cork pop guns

23. Drive ins

24. Studebakers

25. Wash tub wringers

26. The Fuller Brush man

27. Reel-to-reel tape recorders

28. Tinker toys

29. The Erector Set

30. The Fort Apache Playset

31. Lincoln Logs

32. 15 cent McDonald hamburgers

33. 5 cent packs of baseball cards...with that awful pink slab of bubble

gum

34. Penny candy

35. 35 cent-a-gallon gasoline

36. Jiffy Pop popcorn

A TIME WHEN.....................

37. Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo."

38. Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming "do over!"

39. "Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.

40. Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening.

41. It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.

42. The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties".

43. Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot.

44. A foot of snow was a dream come true.

45. Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute ads for action figures.

46. "Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense.

47. Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles.

48. The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.

49. War was a card game.

50. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.

51. Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.

52. Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin.

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown up" life....


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Dog gone it, I remember most of that stuff. 

 

I know that the early 60's and 70's of my time span were not perfect, but they did seem so much better in a cultural way than the messed up dysfunctional schizophrenic culture we have today. There were still things to fear, but I did feel a whole lot safer back then.

 

 

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    LOL, I actually remember much of that list! Of course, where I grew up, WE, as children, had to worry about things like gangs, shootings (kinda rare), stabbings (more likely), you always had to watch out for the local winos (and they actually drank wine, if you count T' Bird as wine), my parents always worrying that I would learn how to shot craps on the corner where the gangs hung out (which, by the way, was where most of the shootings/stabbing took place), or, even worse, that I would JOIN a gang (there were several around and half of my male cousins are in a gang, in prison from a gang activity, one still has a contract out for him from a rival gang, etc. Oh how depressing is that?

 

     Luckily, my mom told my dad that she would NOT allow her children to continue to grow up in that area and the whole family moved out of town. As it stands, I am the ONLY male of my family with NO police record, NO addiction to anything stronger than cigarettes, AND the FIRST one in the whole family (male and female alike) with a Bachellor's Degree!  Hmmm, now I guess I have to become the first to $1 MILLION, WITHOUT the LOTTO!!!


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Thanksgiving Memories.

 

Since most of my family lives in a 1 mile radius we never had those long trips to make for any given holiday.  The way my family works it we each take a holiday.  When we first started it way my Grandmother and her sister that split up the "major" holidays of New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  They each had a "turn" and did everything themselves.

 

My (Great) Aunt Rosie always always had Thanksgiving.  She was the youngest of my Aunts and she was one of those people that no matter how old she was - she was NEVER old. She was always young at heart and she was the one all of the kids would flock to. 

 

She had always had a horse growing up and through her young adulthood but by the time I came along she only had the "Horse Equipment" left.  It was always in her basement and THAT was were us kinds would gather to play "Horses."  We would put the saddles on and romp around the basement feeling the cool mountain air breeze by.  Yeah, in reality those dang saddles were so heavy that we basically dragged them around the basement floor but, what can I say?  The imagination is a wonderful thing.

 

The other thing I remember mostly about Thanksgiving was my Uncle Stite's pool table in the basement.  My sister and I were always allowed to play pool when we were at their house. At Thanksgiving, however, my cousins were there and they were the "bad" kids.  My uncle wouldn't let them NEAR his pool table - let alone play.  And yeah, I can see that was a smart move on his part.  I could envision them throwing the balls at each other and cracking a few skulls with them during the course of the day.  My sister and I were SWORN to secrecy to NEVER tell them that we were allowed EVER allowed to play or even to touch the thing.

 

I hope that you all had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving.      


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It was a pleasant enough Day thanks NJ. Hope the same for all of you.

My thing is I notice when people from the past are not there. Makes me feel a bit empty.

 

Your family sounds wonderful NJ! Especially your Dad. Love that picture of the castle almost in the sky!!

 

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well made it throught my week of birthday celebration! it was great.

40 is underrated... I feel better now than I did twenty years ago. feel better , look better. albeit cant remember crap.....

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40 is underrated... I feel better now than I did twenty years ago. feel better , look better. albeit cant remember crap.....peace

Hmmm.... maybe you only THINK you feel better because you can't REMEMBER how you actually felt twenty years ago.... 

 


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oh!!!! now honey!! your in for it

that is so bad...... guess I deserved that for all the sass I have given you over the years

lol

that was funny, good one.

ps. although I can prove it, I have pics and degress and certifications and my own business. Niether of these things I had when I was younger. I may be smarter but still cant remember crap....I hate that. anyone come up with rememberance pill yet.....

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Pomp and Circumstance....

One of the very first presents I remember BEGGING for as a child was a record player of my own  FINALLY, I got a doozy of one:  A "Show and Tell."  I'm not sure if they make them anymore and I don't know if you all remember them, but basically, it was a record player that had a film(slide) strip projector screen built in.  You would put the record on and put the slidestrip in the slot and as the story was told by the record the slide strip would automatically change showing scenes from the story.

One of my favorite stories was "The Prince and the Pauper."  However, even BETTER than the story itself was the song on the "B side" of the record.  Pomp and Circumstance by Sire Edward Elgar.  I **LOVED** that song!  I literally must have listened to that record a thousand times.  I am firmly convinced it is where my love of classical music came from. While, I guess others were pushed firmly in to the "Rock and Roll" 60s I was still sitting in my room infront of my little Show and Tell listening to "Pomp and Circumstance."

Friday night my niece graduated from High School.  Like thousands of other schools around the country, or possibly around the world, they processed to "Pompand Circumstance." And, honestly it is still one of my favorite pieces of music in the world. 

Now that I have had two of my own graduations and have gone to numerous others, I understand the whole significance that the piece has taken on through the years.  It no longer is just a piece of music, it is now almost a symbol of going out to conquor the world - which actually closely parallels the origen of it's title.... from Shakespear's "Othello"

"Farewell the neighing steed, and the shrill trump,
The spirit-stirring drum, the ear-piercing fife,
The royal banner, and all quality,
Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!" 

Do I care about any of that? Do I care that eveytime I hear that song plays a bunch of young kids are leaving their lives behind and leaving their safty nets of their school and heading out into the world?  Though, maybe while I SHOULD, I don't.  Mainly because everytime I hear that song, I am no longer at a graduation ceremony... I somehow am transported back to being about six years old sitting alone in my bedrooms on the floor in front of my Show and Tell.... just waiting for the song to end so that I can pick up the needle arm and return it to the beginning to start listening all over again.

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Christmas Memories:  A Disasterous Christmas (But Funny)

You know, about five years ago was the most disasterous Christmas I think we've ever had.... since that one everything else has been minor.

It all started the Sunday before Christmas.. It was the day before Christmas Eve.  The church was robbed... well specifically the choir members.  During the service, the choir room was broken into and money was taken out of all of our purses.  Unfortunately,  we didn't know it at the time.  I left the church service and went grocery shopping, as I had planned to do.  I did all of the shopping, checked out, went to pay and had no money at all.  I had to wait until my mother came up with some money.  I was SO afraid that I LOST the money someplace.  I started calling places I had been the day before HOPING that some honest person found it and turned it in but no such luck.  Finally another choir member called and we all started putting some pieces together.  The next day the state police had to come for a statement so that was some wasted time.

 

For some reason the toilet decided to stop working that year.  We normally have a party Christmas Eve for about 50 people and then serve about 20 for Christmas dinner.... NOT a good time to not have "facilities."  Luckily we were able to get the plumber to come up.  I had gone to high school with him so he was always willing to help out in a pinch.  Little did he know.....

 

We had gotten a new sofa for the living room that year.  Rather than getting rid of the old one we were going to donate it to charity and they were sending a truck.   The people got there and decided the old couch was too big and they couldn't take it.... "It won't even go through the door!"  they said. 

 

We couldn't have two couches sitting in the room - there wasn't room for anything else.  Scott the plumber heard the comment about not being able to get it through the door. And just HAD to come out of the bathroom to comment on that. "What you think they built the house around it?"   I was about ready to chainsaw the thing. I was so mad that I was going to get it out of the house anyway I could,  by myself, if necessary.  Luckily, Scott was there and he grabbed the other end and we got it easily through the door and put it in their truck so they had no choice but to take it.

 

Meanwhile, mom had wanted a light fixture changed in the kitchen and called Cousin Lee.  NICE guy... ROTTEN electrician.  Christmas Eve and he took out the electricity for half of the house.... Once again, luckily we know a REAL electrician who was able to help us out.  

 

We had not found anyone to be Santa for out party yet so I told Cousin Lee he could make up for things if he would be Santa.  He said that he was feeling a little tired but if he could leave right after handing out the presents he would do it.

 

Okay, we now had electricity, plumbing, ONE sofa, still down some money from the robbery, and we made it through the Christmas Eve party.  Early the next morning we got a phone call that Cousin Lee had been taken to the hospital with a heart attack.... I almost killed him by blackmailing him into being Santa.  ( he is fine now by the way)

 

The culmination of that entire year was at the end Christmas Dinner and my, at the time 89 year old Aunt Millie announces that she is having a TIA (mini stroke) Indeed, looking at her, the side of her face was staring to droop and her speech was becoming slurred.  Mom was ready to call the ambulance but Aunt Millie forbade it.... "I'll be fine once the clot passes!" She said as she stormed off to her bedroom. 

 

I think I threw my napkin up in the air and surrendered. The good thing is, that EVERY Christmas has been better than that one since, so there is nothing to complain about.

 

.... Oh and by the way, Aunt Millie was fine once the clot passed.

 

Now when the going gets tough, we just throw our hands up and say, "I'll be fine once the clot passes."



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ROFL NJ!  But I hope you never invite me for Christmas.


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This memory has been brought to you by the following Philadelphia news story:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,330335,00.html

50 Chickens Found Running Through Philadelphia High School

Workers arriving about 5:30 a.m. to open Northeast High School in Philadelphia found dozens of hens and roosters wandering around the hallways. The birds were apparently brought to the school sometime over the weekend, said school district spokesman Fernando Gallard.

"We don't know where the chickens came from or who they belong to," Gallard said. "I'm pretty sure there is a very upset poultry farmer somewhere who wants them back."

The floors were covered with droppings and chicken feed. Most of the school's 3,600 students were sent home for the day because the school required extensive cleanup, he said.

A farmer was called to round up the birds and bring them to Fox Chase Farm, the district's agricultural school, Gallard said.

Police are checking surveillance tapes to see if they can determine the perpetrator of the fowl prank. The culprit will have to pay a hefty fine, said Gallard.

"It's not going to be chicken scratch," he said.

 

*~*~*~*~*

 

This was a family story handed down to me through the ages.

 

When my aunt was maybe a sophomore in high school my family, for some reason had pigeons.  Some of the "bad boys" from the school stole the pigeons from the coop in our backyard and let them loose in the gym.  The principal at the time knew that the pigeons belong to my family and pulled my aunt out of class.  He made her sit in the gym and call the pigeons for the rest of the day.

 

You had to know my aunt to appreciate the full irony of this story.  She was SCARED TO DEATH of anything with feathers.... litterally it was a bird phobia that the had.  I never did hear the real end of the story... other than she was ROYALLY upset with the kids that did it.  Who knows? The pigeons might still be there. 


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