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    Smile The Olden Days

    What do you miss long ago? when you were a child, as a child growing up, &/or wish for it to come back?

    Mine is, at home, after using the restroom (& washing my hands ofcours. lol), when I use the toilet paper, I am always reminded of the old times, when I was younger (shopping with my mom) that I always enjoyed getting a package of toilet paper rolls from the store, because I know that it always had a different animal toy collectibles inside. lol.

    Thats what I miss, but I dont think the stores will ever bring back that idea again.

    So, what do you miss long ago, when you were younger? inquiring minds would like to know.

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    bazooka gum at the corner store - it was a nickle in my day - now it's .25 - miss reading the comic chingamathing wrap.

    can't find the bazooka gum here in hawaii
    stay forever young

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    "So, what do you miss long ago, when you were younger?"

    (from when I was 16-17)I miss meeting up early at Roosevelt High school,
    having everyone that wanted too, jump in my '71 Chevy Malibu Convertable, cut out of school and head for Makapu'u Beach! Getting high, body surfing, chasing bikini's and... well, you asked didn't you?

    Life is either an adventure... or you're not doing it right!!!

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    • Low prices
    • Less taxes
    • Gas for 43 cents a gallon
    • Gas for $1.19 a gallon
    • Top 40 AM radio with real disk jockeys
    • Jukeboxes with records inside them - 45 rpms
    • 45 rpm records
    • The NBC Peacock which pre-rolled before a color broadcast
    • American Top 40 with Casey Kasem
    • Hawaii Five-0 on CBS
    • Automatic Record Changers
    • Kress Store
    • The Colored Popcorn at Kress Store
    • The Smell in the old Downtown Hilo Kress Store
    • The Downtown Hilo Woolworth Store
    • The 2 floor Woolworth Store at Ala Moana Center
    • When Ala Moana Center was targeted for local shoppers
    • 1380 KPOI
    • KKUA The Home of the Big 69
    • Ronald Reagan
    • The Avengers TV show on ABC with Mrs. Emma Peel
    • Reel to Reel Tape Recorders
    • 35mm SLR film cameras - the manual ones
    • 1972 Chevelle
    • 1965 Mercury Comet
    • Aku on KGMB Radio
    • Tom "Dynamite" Dancer
    • Gatefold LP Record Sleeves
    • The Beatles
    • Babylon 5
    • Cinerama Theater
    • Waikiki Theaters 1, 2, & 3
    • Analog TV
    • When Cable TV cost only $14.95 for 36 standard channels
    • When Cable TV boxes were free of rental fees
    • No one with cell phones
    • Quadritek 1200 and 2100
    • Having only 4 free over the air TV channels
    • When AM radio ruled the airwaves
    • J.K. on KPUA
    • Michael Qseng & Danielle Tucker on KQMQ FM
    • Radio Free Hawaii @ 102.7 FM
    • Sony Betamax (it was better than VHS!!!)


    I'm sure there are a ton more out there.
    I'm still here. Are you?

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    My 64 Avanti with the supercharged engine and top of the line 8 track player!
    And the ever present roll of dimes to call home in an emergency!

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    Mel - you are officially The Nostalgia King here. And you ain't that old!

    The current holiday season and the nine-plus days of snow on the ground here in Seattle (that I've had to trudge through to work and back home just about every day) made me nostalgic for something seasonal --- when I was in elementary school in Iowa, and during the week or so before school would let out for the winter break, there would be a Christmas tree set up in the lobby; we students would hike through snow early each school day, in order to sit around the tree and sing Christmas carols for about twenty minutes, before classes began.

    You won't ever see that in public schools again.

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    Walking in the winter wonderland, goin camping during the Summer days. Good fun cause you can go anywhere, camp anywhere, olden days was da bomb....
    bin dea-dunn dat.

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    Being able to fill up my car for under $10!

    Mixed tapes..you know, when you would keep a tape in your stereo and would be hanging out in your room, then you'd hear that song on the radio and you'd fly across the room to hit record and the song would have the first part cut off and have the DJ talking over the end of it.

    Colored toliet paper (because Serenity made me think of TP)

    Customer service. So tired of being treating like crap at places, like it's a privilege for me to shop at their store instead of the other way around.

    Blue Bell's Pistachio Chocolate Truffle ice-cream. Mmm.

    Better radio stations that weren't all owned by stupid CLEAR CHANNEL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by surlygirly View Post
    Mixed tapes..you know, when you would keep a tape in your stereo and would be hanging out in your room, then you'd hear that song on the radio and you'd fly across the room to hit record and the song would have the first part cut off and have the DJ talking over the end of it.
    *big smiles* wow!!!!............thanks surlygirly!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by surlygirly View Post
    Colored toliet paper (because Serenity made me think of TP)
    colored toilet paper....hhhhhmmmmm *thinks* oh yes!!!! charmin colored toilet paper?

    Quote Originally Posted by surlygirly View Post
    Customer service. So tired of being treating like crap at places, like it's a privilege for me to shop at their store instead of the other way around.
    completely agree with you surlygirly!!!
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    The smell of lavendar soap and the icy cold water of the only tap for the sink in my German Oma's bathroom. There was also a hot water heater next to the tub that had to have a wood fire started in it to heat the water.

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    Phones that work when the electricity goes off.

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    How about when you were allowd to streek naked & not get introuble for it (NO, I ddn't do it, but wished I could have [then] but was too chicken to do it.lol.).

    But..

    Hey, it could happen!!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surlygirly View Post
    Mixed tapes..you know, when you would keep a tape in your stereo and would be hanging out in your room, then you'd hear that song on the radio and you'd fly across the room to hit record and the song would have the first part cut off and have the DJ talking over the end of it.
    At the peak of my mixed tape making/ownership, I had more than a thousand cassettes and about 45 to 50 mixes on reel to reel tape. Today I have about 300 cassette mixes that I don't want to give up.

    I used to trade tape mixes with my friends on the mainland... radio station stuff like KROQ.

    And I used to tape a lot of songs off the radio when I was young and did not have enough money to buy records. Mind you taping from AM radio and not FM during the glory days of AM top 40 radio. Sadly most all of my old tapes from the late 60s and early 70s are gone now.

    Later on I'd tape a lot of my record albums and 45s into different mixes... and of course we used to borrow records from friends and make tapes off of them. I liked mix tapes.

    Quote Originally Posted by surlygirly View Post
    Better radio stations that weren't all owned by stupid CLEAR CHANNEL!
    Yep, before 1997 most radio stations were independently owned, small businesses. Now its mostly Clear Channel, Cox, Infinity, CBS radio and a slew of other conglomerates.

    A few more added to my list of olden-days stuff:

    • Typewriters, no computers
    • Typing your research paper on a typewriter
    • Re-typing the research paper after professor made changes!
    • Manual Typewriters with black and red ribbons
    • Manual adding machines with paper tape and the big handle you cranked
    • 8-track tapes: I hated them because they broke often
    • Cassette Tapes - loved them: see mix tapes above
    • Rotary Dial Telephones
    • Fireball XL-5
    • Thunderbirds Are Go!
    • Captain Scarlett & the Mysterons
    • Speed Racer
    • Astro Boy
    • Princess Knight
    • Checkers & Pogo
    • Captain Honolulu
    • Lucky Luck
    • Granny Goose radio show on KGMB 590 AM
    • Ron Jacobs & Keala Kai on KKUA 69
    • The K-Poi Action 20 Countdown on 1380 AM
    • The KPUA / Woolworths' (Hilo) Top 21 Countdown Show with J.K.
    • KDEO Country Radio 940 AM
    • Atari Pong
    • Nintendo 8-bit game console
    • Space Invaders
    • Galaxian
    • Pac-Man
    • Crystal Quest
    • Donkey Kong
    • Island Music, Island Hearts on KGMB TV
    • Cecilio & Kapono's 3 Columbia albums
    • Kalapana with Mackey Feary in it
    • Kalapana village before the lava covered it up
    • K.K. Store in Honokaa
    • Hamakua Fountain in Honokaa
    • Dairy Queen of Honokaa - my dad was part owner at one time
    • Mamo Theater in Hilo
    • Tow Inn Chinese Restaurant in Hilo
    • The automated band thingy for the jukebox at Tow Inn Chinese Restaurant
    • Penny Parking Meters in Hilo
    • The old Hilo Airport with fish ponds
    • Hawaiian Airlines Convair 340 & 640 jet prop airplanes
    • Hawaiian Airlines 4 engine DC-6 airliners
    • Kamuela airport to Honolulu airport Hawaiian Airlines flights
    • The first Hawaiian Airlines DC-9 "fanjets"
    • The old Hawaiian Airlines HAL bird logos
    • Red & White Hawaiian Airlines airplane livery
    • airplane chewing gum
    • Aloha Airlines F-27 Propjet airliners
    • Aloha Airlines Vickers Viscount 4 engine jet prop planes
    • Aloha Airlines BAC-111 twinjets
    • Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 "Funbirds"
    • Aloha Airlines
    • Discovery Airlines
    • Mid Pacific Air
    • Mahalo Airlines
    • Royal Hawaiian Airlines
    • $19 Mid Pacific Air Coupon books
    • Flight coupon books from Hawaiian and Aloha Airlines
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    Thanks Mel, ALOHA AIRLINES dc-3, ALOHA AIRLINES VISCOUNT, ALOHA AIRLINES F-27, ALOHA AIRLINES bac-111, ALOHA AIRLINES BOEING 737`S, ALOHA AIRLINES FLYING FOR OVER 60 YEARS....... NOT FUN FOR ME
    bin dea-dunn dat.

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    Going to Wil Wright's Ice Cream Parlor in Newport Beach, CA for a big scoop of Jamocha Almond Fudge ice cream. Yummm...

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    Good quality television shows on far fewer channels
    Cheaper prices for movies
    cheaper prices for cars
    Athletes who cared more about the sport than the greedy stars of today
    Betamax

    Aj

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    50th State Wrestling
    Oh Yeahhhhh!

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    Playgrounds that aren't made out of plastic. With see-saws! (And when your friend was at the top, you'd hop off the bottom!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    Good quality television shows on far fewer channels
    Cagney and Lacey!!!!
    Soul Train!!!!
    Showtime at the Apollo!!!! - It isn't the same since it first aired in 1987
    Last edited by Seeking Penance; December 28th, 2008 at 01:42 AM.
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    Pickup baseball (or softball or stickball) games. Bunch of kids would get together, someone has a bat, someone has a ball. That's all you need. Gloves would be nice, but not necessary. If you have one, bring it along and share it. Find an empty field or street, choose up sides, and play till the sun goes down. All without adult supervision.

    Or any spontaneous street games--Dodge Ball, Steal the Flag, Tag, Marbles, etc. All without adult supervision.

    In other words, unorganized fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mel View Post
    A
    A few more added to my list of olden-days stuff:

    • Typewriters, no computers
    • Typing your research paper on a typewriter
    • Re-typing the research paper after professor made changes!
    • Manual Typewriters with black and red ribbons
    =====================
    hmmmm, typewriters were NOT one of the good fun things about the old days.IMHO
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    Here's just a handful that have come to mind--I'm sure I will post again when more memories come around...

    Woolworth's goldfish department, and how the whole store smelled--kinda cheap, but good...
    Arden Ice Cream Squares, about 2X2X2, sold at the grocery store for 5 cents...great snack for a little kid...
    Ice Cold Coke in a glass bottle, for 10 cents!
    Going out to shop in a "real" department store, when doing so was kind of a "treat", and you also kind of dressed up to go there...
    Visiting Santa (or, as my mom told me, a "Santa's Helper") in each and every store, such as Sears, Penney's , May Co., etc., and thinking that some stores had better looking helpers (the one at Sears always looked cheesy, for some reason!)...
    Gaudy tinsel-type decorations for Christmas hung across the main streets; they were really ugly, i guess, but I would LOVE to see them again...
    Nabisco Animal Crackers in a little box with a string handle
    Napping as a kid on a hot day with the window open, a slight (hot) breeze blowing, and the sheets on the bed feeling cool (before A/C)
    The Helms Bakery truck's tootle-type horn
    More to come!

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    Nabisco Animal Crackers in a little box with a string handle
    They still have these on the mainland. They are a staple of my diet!

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    There were a lot of car models which eventually got supplanted by a "higher" trim line>

    Chevrolet CHEVELLE -----> MALIBU
    Mercury COMET --------> CALIENTE; CYCLONE
    Chevrolet CHEVY II ------> NOVA
    Oldsmobile F-85 ---------> CUTLASS
    Buick SPECIAL -----------> SKYLARK
    Pontiac TEMPEST --------> LE MANS; GTO
    Ford FAIRLANE -----------> TORINO
    Ford GALAXIE ------------> LTD
    Plymouth VALIANT -------> DUSTER; SCAMP
    Dodge DART -------------> DEMON; SWINGER
    Plymouth BELVEDERE -----> SATELLITE; GTX; ROADRUNNER
    Chevrolet CORVAIR -------> CORSA

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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiMama View Post

    Woolworth's goldfish department, and how the whole store smelled--kinda cheap, but good...
    It had a pleasant small kid time memory smell because you went holoholo with your mom. She bought you one of those cheap rubber ball. Then, she purchased a bag of artificial colored popcorn from that giant popcorn machine and one of those bright red soda like drink from a fountain in a large plastic container.

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