The Clothes Line

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Nice, very nice.  I can still see my Mom washing and taking clothes out to the clothes line.  Of course all 3 lines had to be wiped clean to remove the black stuff (probably mold) and bird poop. She accomplished all of what was mentioned. Gary


You have to be a certain age to appreciate this. I can hear my mother now. If you don’t know what clotheslines are, you had better skip this.

1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes-walk the entire lengths of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites” with “whites,” and hang them first.

3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders, always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?

4. Wash day is on a Monday! Never hang clothes on the weekend, or Sunday, for heaven’s sake!

5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your “unmentionables” in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y’know)!

6. It didn’t matter if it was sub zero weather. Clothes would “freeze-dry.”

7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were “tacky!”

8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.

9. Clothes in the basket, and ready to be ironed.

10. Ironed?! Well, that’s a whole other subject!
A clothesline was a news forecast To neighbors passing by There were no secrets you could keep When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link For neighbors always knew If company had stopped on by To spend a night or two.

For then you’d see the “fancy sheets” And towels upon the line You’d see the “company table cloths” With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby’s birth From folks who lived inside As brand new infant clothes were hung So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could So readily be known By watching how the sizes changed You’d know how much they’d grown!

It also told when illness struck As extra sheets were hung Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, “Gone on vacation now” When lines hung limp and bare It told, “We ‘re back!” when full lines sagged With not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon If wash was dingy and gray As neighbors carefully raised their brows And looked the other way.

But clotheslines now are of the past For dryers make work much less Now what goes on inside a home Is anybody’s guess!

I really miss that way of life It was a friendly sign When neighbors knew each other best By what hung on the line!

Remember Citizen Band Radios

Remember Citizen Band Radios

For those of us of a “certain age” we can remember when CBs were all the rage…I came across a list the other day of some of the lingo and thought it would be fun to revisit some of the great ways we communicated and what they translated to.

So here goes…..

Hammer down…….going full speed

Drop the hammer….accelerate to full speed

Chicken coop…..Truck weigh station

Foot warmer….a CB radio with more than legal power

Wall to wall treetop tall….very good reception

Have you got your ears on?…..Is your  CB on?

*Handle…..code name of a CBer

Post….Milepost on interstate highways

Shake the  trees and rake the leaves….Lead truck  should watch for police and traffic ahead; rear truck will watch mirrors from the rear

Front Door……..Lead truck of several running together

Back Door……..Rear truck of several running together

Rocking Chair……..The middle  truck

18 Wheeler……..Tractor-trailer

4 Wheeler……..Automobile

PICKUMUP Truck……..A pick up truck

Smokey Bear……..A state policeman

Mama  Bear……..Female police person

County Mountie……..A county policeman

Local Yokel……..A city policeman

Tijuana Taxi………Marked police car

Plain White Wrapper……..Unmarked police car (any color)

Eye in the Sky……..Helicopter

Bear’s  Den……..Police station

Picture Taker……..Policeman with radar

Green Stamps……..Money

Green Stamp Highway……..Toll road

Monfort Lane……..Passing lane

50 Dollar Lane……..Inside lane on 4 lane highway

**8’s And Other Good Numbers……..So long and signing off

10-1……..Receiving Poorly

10-2……..Receiving well

10-3……..Stop transmitting

10-4……..OK, message received

10-5……..Relay Message

10-6……..Busy, stand by

10-7……..Out of service, leaving air

10-8……..In service, subject to call

10-9……..Repeat message

10-10……Transmission completed, standing by

10-11……Talking too rapidly

10-12……Visitors present

10-13……Advise weather/road condition

10-16……Make pick up at…

10-17……Urgent business

10-18……Anything for us?

10-19……Nothing for you, return to base

10-20……My location is…

10-21…….Call by telephone

10-22……Report in person  to….

10-23……Stand by

10-24……Completed last assignment

10-25……Can you contact?

10-26……Disregard last information

10-27……I am moving to channel….

10-28……Identify your station

10-30……Does not conform to FCC rules

10-33……Emergency traffic at this station

10-34……Trouble at this station, help may be needed

10-35……Confidential information

10-36……Correct time is….

10-37……Wrecker needed at…

10-38…….Ambulance needed at….

10-39…….Your message delivered

10-41…….Please tune to channel…

10-42…….Traffic accident at….

10-43…….Traffic tie-up at….

10-44…….I have a message for you (or)….

10-46…….Assist motorist

10-50…….Break channel

10-70…….Fire at…

10-73…….Speed trap at….

10-75…….You are causing interference

10-77…….Negative contact

10-82….…Reserve room for….

10-84…….My telephone number is…

10-85…….My address is….

10-200……Police needed at…


Excerpted from News From Macy’s New York

The Green Thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were  recycled.

But they didn’t have the green thing back her day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

But she’s right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana.  In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you.  When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded up  newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their Moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But they didn’t have the green thing back then!

Remember When We Could Cruise and Drag

As I was listening to our oldies station, they were talking about the big June event in Modesto, with all the old cars, music groups,  car shows and cruisin down the main drag. For those of you who don’t know Modesto is where the inspiration for American Graffiti came from and that movie brings back memories for all of us who love cars.

Between hearing the info on that event and reading about drag and bracket racing, made me think back to my high school days, I know amazing at my age that I can actually still remember them!

While no one ever condoned street racing we all know it took place. Even more than street racing, I can remember spending all day Saturday, washing, waxing, polishing and cleaning the inside of the car so it was in tip shop shape Saturday night to cruise with.

For so many of us back then there were places to go and show off our cars. We had streets to cruise on and show off our cars. And yes, we also had those places where we drag raced them.

But we also had tracks you could go to and drag race on. I can remember, Central Islip’s and National Speedway to name a couple. Today’s car lovers don’t really have that luxury. Maybe some areas of the country do, but here in California for the most part it is gone. Not the tracks, but the ability for the average Joe to use them for fun. The police  here have curfews and don’t want any kind of cruising activity to take place. Drags have been outlawed on the roads, as well they should. However, the raceways (the ones that are left), won’t even accommodate those who wish to drag race. They are strictly for those with the big bucks and the big buck drag racing cars.

What a shame, as I know of many kids who would love to have an outlet or place to go to showoff their car and their skills as drivers. Like so much else today, it is just another bastion we have lost. Very sad to those of us who grew up in an era when all of this and much more was available.

So for those of us who have the memories of what it used to be like, be sure to share those with the youth around  you today and let them live vicariously through you.

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Remember Game Nights

We were watching the news the other night and couldn’t believe it when they did a story on Express Monopoly. Yes, you did read that right, Express Monopoly. Apparently families can’t take the time for a full game night anymore, plus we are told that they get bored and a game will only hold their attention for a limited period of time. Wow, how sad, that we can’t even enjoy ourselves anymore without putting a time limit on that too.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I find this a very sad commentary on where we are today. I understand we all have busy lives and we need to use our time wisely. However, if we put time limits on the things we enjoy, and our down time why even bother.

I will keep my memories of Saturday game nights of Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk, puzzles, Parcheesi, and card games, thank you. If we ran out of time, the game was set aside and we picked it up the next weekend or game night we had.

For those of you too young to know what I am talking about, game nights were usually on a Friday or Saturday night, most often on Saturdays. We would have an early dinner and then decide what we wanted to play. We all got to give our input and the game that got the most interest was the one we played, but everyone got their say. Plus since we had a large block of time [usually 7- 9, (when we were younger); 7-10 or 11 pm as we got older], everyone got to play a game of their choosing. I must admit, however, when Monopoly or Risk was chosen that was usually an all night deal.

Least you think only families played games or that I am talking of only the 50s and 60s, I am not. When we were in college (both undergraduate and grad school) we had game nights with our major advisors and fellow students, and this was in the 70s and 80s. In the 90s we had some great game nights with friends. In many parts of the country today, many groups of people,  young and old, get together for game nights, and no I am not talking about casinos or Bingo parlors. People usually meet at one another’s homes for game nights, both board and card games.

Now for those of you who at this point are shaking your head and calling me an old fuddy duddy who wouldn’t know a computer game if it hit her in the head, NOPE, wrong. I play a large variety of computer games, as does my husband. However, in my humble opinion they will never ever replace those bonding times with my family on game nights, my husband when we played board games, or my friends over the years who we got together with and had game nights with.

So why not give a game night a try and for more than a half hour. You just might find out what you are missing.

9 Things That May Disappear In Our Lifetime

Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come….

1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. e-mail, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Check. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.

3. The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

4. The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book.

And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book.

5. The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.

6. Music. This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalog items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, “Before the Music Dies.”

7. Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

8. “Things” That You Own. Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in “the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.” That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.

In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That’s the good news. But, will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?” Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9. Privacy. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That’s gone. It’s been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And “They” will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.

All we will have that can’t be changed are Memories…..

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1934 Ward’s “Wish Book”


1934 Ward’s “Wish Book”

Can you believe those prices? Can you imagine actually wearing any of the women’s clothes?

Well, I can, as some of the clothes were still very popular in the 50’s too! Plus if  you look at the lady’s dresses and suits, many of the styles and lines are still there in the classic suits today…good style doesn’t go “out of style”.












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