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    long time visiter Alfster's Avatar
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    Nostalgia thread - things that were great ... but can't be found anymore

    So I'm eating some fries with ketchup this evening (I'm on a business trip and eating like crap ... what can I say) and getting the ketchup all over my fingers. It brought back these nostalgic thoughts of the day when fries came with those little two pronged, plastic forks. Simple, yet effective. Never got any ketchup on my fingers back then.

    What do you miss from the past?

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    Those colorful celluloid pinwheels with a jinglebell in the middle. You could hold them out the car window at 40 mph and they would spin like a turbine.
    Also those sparkmaker deelies that would spin a disc with red and blue transparent plastic lenses, thus making the sparks look blue and red. Sorta.
    And the smell of school paste.

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    A whole buncha family.
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    Is a ukulele player in a mandolin town and banned from all bars by the chief of police unless he leaves his strings and gravy at the front door.

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    Other than the obvious, affordable "made in USA" shirts, used to be even Penny's sold decent American button down Oxfords.
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    The last two bikes on my list are a 50's Lenton Grand Prix and a '64 Raleigh Record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gitarzan View Post
    A whole buncha family.
    That's a downer dude
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    Gears? CliftonGK1's Avatar
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    My hair. At one point I had an awesome mohawk, but these days I'd be missing a few spikes.
    It's not that I can't find it, gravity pulled it down over the course of 37 years and now I've got an awesome beard instead.
    "I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
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    Pep Chew candy bars.
    "harder" is not a very good safeword.

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    +1 (you just beat me)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    So I'm eating some fries with ketchup this evening (I'm on a business trip and eating like crap ... what can I say) and getting the ketchup all over my fingers. It brought back these nostalgic thoughts of the day when fries came with those little two pronged, plastic forks. Simple, yet effective. Never got any ketchup on my fingers back then.
    Those forks still exist in Europe! They're fantastic.

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    Those colorful celluloid pinwheels with a jinglebell in the middle. You could hold them out the car window at 40 mph and they would spin like a turbine.
    When I was about 6, we used to take a bus ride about 20 miles to school. Standard practice was to get a wood ruler and shave the ends to make like a propeller, drill a hole in center and slot it over a screwdriver. The old bus would be coming along the road with about a dozen propellers out the windows. It must've been a funny sight.

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    MASK- where illusion is the ultimate weapon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    My brother inlaw was one of those impaled kids.

    I miss being able to walk up to a gate at the airport and wait for those coming off the plane.
    The few, the proud, the likely insane, Metro-Atlanta bicycle commuters.

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    You Know!? For Kids! jsharr's Avatar
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    I miss carbureted V-8's with vacuum advance distributors and oil filters and drain plugs that you could reach from under the car.
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    Super soaker squirt guns.


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    Woody Woodpecker and other good cartoons. Kids now have never even heard of what I watched as a kid.

    Merry-go-rounds. Good luck finding one on a recently constructed playground.

    The Man Show.

    Lemon Soda (available in Europe, not so much in the US)

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    entenmann's bavarian creme coffeecake.

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    Theodore Roosevelt's idol TheKillerPenguin's Avatar
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    Hi-C Ectocooler. Sweet childhood's nectar, mine brain doth swoon at the thought!
    Is trick from science!

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    Unobtanium-Based Lifeform calamarichris's Avatar
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    The new ones are ugly IMO, (and they get only 25mpg? GTFOH!)

    I'm still kicking myself for not getting one of these.


    And I can't find a decent arcade anymore. (Stupid Xbox thingamajigs.)
    Quote Originally Posted by EvilWeasel View Post
    Well, if you are gonna carry a snapped frame all the way home. It might as well be light weight carbon fiber.

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    Unobtanium-Based Lifeform calamarichris's Avatar
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    Also I miss the pre-Justin Beiber days of rock, when it was about hairy, stinking manhood and drug addiction. All these sober has-beens with their revival concerts make me want to upchuck.



    Quote Originally Posted by EvilWeasel View Post
    Well, if you are gonna carry a snapped frame all the way home. It might as well be light weight carbon fiber.

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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20grit View Post
    Woody Woodpecker and other good cartoons. Kids now have never even heard of what I watched as a kid.
    Still playing at Sao Paulo airport (GRU) on an endless loop, I'll bet. Overdubbed into Brazilian Portuguese, he's still a hit in Brazil. That and the pao de queijo make GRU a pretty pleasant place for a layover.



    Back on topic... I always wanted to try Postum, but they quit making it before I got the chance.
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    Crystal Pepsi!

    Okay, I really do miss the days when my friend and I would leave on our bicycles at 8am and return at 10pm, every day each summer, and we were only 13 years old.


    Quote Originally Posted by hamish5178 View Post
    Those forks still exist in Europe! They're fantastic.
    That is because nothing is eaten with just fingers in Europe, amirite?

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    Record stores. New & used.

    10 speeds

    Cheap krappy cars that go be persuaded to run forever

    Cool vans

    Lucky Lager

    Miniskirts. Miniskirts jump-started me into puberty back in the sixties. I welcomed them each time they return.

    Pizza parlors that play silent movies

    Funky beach towns are on the endangered species list.

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    I miss the original cylons, the ones who were chrome-plated nightmares, not these updated,emotion-having prom-queens who couldn't massacre their way out of a daycare center during naptime.

    Quote Originally Posted by EvilWeasel View Post
    Well, if you are gonna carry a snapped frame all the way home. It might as well be light weight carbon fiber.

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