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Old 03-14-11, 06:38 PM   #1
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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.

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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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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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That's a downer dude
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.

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Hi-C Ectocooler. Sweet childhood's nectar, mine brain doth swoon at the thought!
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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.)
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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.



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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.


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That is because nothing is eaten with just fingers in Europe, amirite?
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Record stores. New & used.

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

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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.

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