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Old 04-01-2019, 06:14 AM   #361
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Over the last 6 years I've had way too much experience in such things through my family and my wife's and even personally. You have my sympathies and concern. If I can help with with any information feel free to ask.
Thank you. My sympathy to you and your family as well. Nothing easy watching someone you care for and love go through pain. It has taken me over the last few months to come to the understanding that I can't make it alright. And I have to listen to what care he wants. Not to be selfish on trying to extend what will probably be nothing but pain. May anyone that has or will have to go through the hard ache find peace in knowing that you have did all you can to comfort and be supportive.
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:18 AM   #363
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When your walking by a mirror and catch your image and think it’s your dad looking back at you and he’s wearing your shirt.
Or you walk by the mirror to realize...just like your father, that comb over is not covering it like it use too.....LOL. Sorry.

As a women I would not know about that...but I am praying for hair loss on my legs.....LMAO.
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Thank you. My sympathy to you and your family as well. Nothing easy watching someone you care for and love go through pain. It has taken me over the last few months to come to the understanding that I can't make it alright. And I have to listen to what care he wants. Not to be selfish on trying to extend what will probably be nothing but pain. May anyone that has or will have to go through the hard ache find peace in knowing that you have did all you can to comfort and be supportive.
I want to pass on a little nugget given to me by my dad that after some thought has helped me a lot and hopefully it will do the same for you. In November of 12 dad had spent some time in the hospital and I moved him from there to rehab/nursing home. It really worked on both him and me for me to make such a decision but it was what I had to do because of his inability to function as needed because of Parkinson's and a long life. My mother was entering the final stages of breast cancer that was metastatic but she could still help herself somewhat. Two weeks before he passed he had to tell me something. He said "You're going to have to make some really hard decisions in the future and you need to understand that whatever decisions you make will be the right ones so don't beat yourself up or feel bad about it in any way. You already know how to do what's right and you've proven yourself to us all so please don't feel bad about the decisions you make."

Since then I've had to make some really abominable decisions concerning a good number of family and friends and I assure you I did what was right and I feel good about each of them and it's all because of his words.
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I like to think there will always be people who do not like me, the way I look, the way I talk, what I say, the way I dress, things I believe in, the music I like to listen to, but the truth is, it is up to me if I let them ruin my day or I learn to stand up for myself, and accept "me" just the way I am. I try to be as good as I can, and I if it's not enough for "them", it will certainly be for someone else. You and I are not here to please anyone, just trying to be nice person, and true to oneself.
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YKYOW: Your first job was 'pumping Ethel gasoline' at 107 octane costing 0.31 a gallon, regular was 92 octane @ 0.28 a gallon, all while earning $1.65 an hour. And when you sold tires, you had to slam them on the ground to break the PAPER they were wrapped in before you saw black rubber and 75% were biased ply tires, not radials.
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Having grandparents who were the first to have an automobile or a telephone in their town.

Remembering how my mother had to talk to the operator to make a long distance phone call.

Having owed a rotary phone.
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When you remember your graduation like it was yesterday...and its been 11 years. Where did my 20s go? I want it back.
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When you remember your graduation like it was yesterday...and its been 11 years. Where did my 20s go? I want it back.
I lived through a time when the saying "Don't trust anyone over 30" was a popular taunt. That was over 50 years ago.
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Having grandparents who were the first to have an automobile or a telephone in their town.

Remembering how my mother had to talk to the operator to make a long distance phone call.

Having owed a rotary phone.
Yep, I remember those times.
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Having grandparents who were the first to have an automobile or a telephone in their town.

Remembering how my mother had to talk to the operator to make a long distance phone call.

Having owed a rotary phone.
We had a rotary phone for many years. My dad worked for the phone company and we were one of the first ones in the area to get a push button phone. It was great for radio contests, when they were looking for caller #10 or something. I'd get through several times and occasionally won the tickets or whatever they were giving away.

Did anyone here ever have one of the very old phones like the one below? They were popular on old TV shows, such as Andy Griffith in the early 60s, so I figured people still used them then.



Anyway, my mom was born in an expanded log cabin that was originally built in the 19th Century. They didn't have electric lights for a number of years. She said she would occasionally ride a horse to school, especially if there was deep snow. Mom is still around and I sometimes ask her questions about the good old days.
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YKYOW: Your first job was 'pumping Ethel gasoline' at 107 octane costing 0.31 a gallon, regular was 92 octane @ 0.28 a gallon, all while earning $1.65 an hour. And when you sold tires, you had to slam them on the ground to break the PAPER they were wrapped in before you saw black rubber and 75% were biased ply tires, not radials.
And while the tank was filing, you had to wash the windows and offer to check the oil.

I did it at a Hess station, we had company supplied uniforms you had to wear.
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And while the tank was filing, you had to wash the windows and offer to check the oil.

I did it at a Hess station, we had company supplied uniforms you had to wear.
Back then (60's...) if someone went on a long ride (300 miles +) people would call to make sure they got there OK. Tire punctures, mechanical failures, oil consumption, overheating and vapor locks were real problems back then. For all the bitching we do about our modern computers-on-wheels, they are incredibly reliable compared to what we had when I was growing up.
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And while the tank was filing, you had to wash the windows and offer to check the oil.

I did it at a Hess station, we had company supplied uniforms you had to wear.
AND everything under the hood, the tire pressure, AND dispense the S&H Green Stamps. If anybody has a time machine, could I borrow it to go back to those days? PLEASE!
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Or you remember that when a car had 50,000 miles on it, you would start to think about trading it in, because it was almost wore out.
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When you could buy your first car for under $500 an it was a good car. The test drive and purchase was easy. No worrying about electric gremlins, check engine lights due to a o2 senor somewhere being out, and you got a heavy beater that your parents felt safe to have you drive. Steel bumpers an all.

My first cost a huge $175...1978 Monte Carlo that every spot was green, down to the leather seats. It was a beast. Good was I could fit 6 friends in it at a time. I was the transporter for many. I was a part time waitress trying to finish school. After a few months I got tired of all my friends using me for a ride because gas was SOOOO expensive at a whopping $.70 or so cents per gallon....LMAO.


Looking at it now....life was not only cheaper, but more laid back. Now not only is it expensive as heck, but very one seems to be in a hurry. Time seems to fly by and the rat race has become the norm. I truly miss the more simple life, when families ate dinner together. Sundays were a day of rest and people treated others with respect.

Hail to the hay days, for I would go back to the cheaper life, and the more simple times.
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When you remember your graduation like it was yesterday...and its been 11 years. Where did my 20s go? I want it back.

I will not mention as to what class reunion I am helping to plan for this summer, lets just say I have a few more years above 11 of being out of school...LOL.

Just remember growing up...can't wait to be a teenager, oh man sixteen I get to drive, and 21 I can drink in a bar an be legal. Yep we all look forward to those dates. Never have I heard anyone after 21 say...…Man I can't wait to be 50....LMAO. The only thing looking forward that I know of after 21....retirement....LMAO.

You are a ways from joining the club that most of us on this thread are in.....take some advice.....enjoy every minute going forward. For after 40 things change so much...LOL. Bring on the bifocals, body aches and many other things.

Trust me when I say...after 21....time flies.....
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I'm not so sure about things being cheaper back in the day. At least comparatively speaking. Come Sunday the wife and I will have been married 47 years. When we got married my weekly check for a 40 hour week was $79.86 after taxes. A trip to the grocery was usually around $12. We paid rent of $110 per month. Had a brand new car $2800. A trip to the doctor or hospital cost nothing because we had insurance that was real insurance and 100% employer provided so when you did the math employer provided benefits were less than 10% of earnings compared to the 40 to 65% we see now. So in reality I contend things weren't actually cheaper but just differently allocated. When we look at everything as percentages rather than dollar expenses we don't see differences most of us would like to think exist.

As to getting into a time machine and returning to those times, no thanks from me. Yes there were some phenomenal good times and first time experiences for us all but that only makes us forget a lot of the headaches and heartaches that went along with those times just like our present. We tend to try to remember the good in everything and try to forget the bad which is the only thing that allows the good ole days to exist in our minds.

So from all this, I guess you know you're old when you've learned to accept the present and the past for what they really are and were and resign yourself to keep moving ahead to see what's next rather than dwell on what was.
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Phones were discussed a few posts ago, we had a black bakelite rotary table top phone, but better yet, we had a two or three party line. Lots of news, aka gossip passed over those lines. Plus the phone exchanges, the first two were displayed as and referred as letters, so as: CO2-3302, the number was given Colonial2-3302.
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You know you’re old when you bought newly released albums that are now played on “classic rock” stations.
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Phones were discussed a few posts ago, we had a black bakelite rotary table top phone, but better yet, we had a two or three party line. Lots of news, aka gossip passed over those lines. Plus the phone exchanges, the first two were displayed as and referred as letters, so as: CO2-3302, the number was given Colonial2-3302.
On the subject of phones how about this one. It was actually even a bit before my time but as you can imagine there is a story behind this one. It was the first privately owned phone in the county where I live. It was purchased by my great-grandfather and installed in his home. It raised quite a huge amount of interest at the time. I also have the original receipts for the purchase and install and the local newspaper article describing the event. The local historical society discovered this and a few other things some time back and thought I should turn it over to them. It only took seconds for me to tell them it was from my families history and none of their business so they could promptly F off. They haven't bothered me about anything again. This stuff resides in my home and will go to my kids when they are ready for it. BTW if you hold onto the wires and turn the crank you will swear someone chopped your arm off with an axe.
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^ there was a restaurant in Tokyo I loved to go to. Hole in the wall kinda place in Akasaka, always full. They had a second location a block away.
If you showed up and they were full, the lady would use an old crank phone to get you a table at the other location. Turns out they had an old pre-war private line between the two places, so they didn’t pay for the calls.
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I will not mention as to what class reunion I am helping to plan for this summer, lets just say I have a few more years above 11 of being out of school...LOL.

Just remember growing up...can't wait to be a teenager, oh man sixteen I get to drive, and 21 I can drink in a bar an be legal. Yep we all look forward to those dates. Never have I heard anyone after 21 say...…Man I can't wait to be 50....LMAO. The only thing looking forward that I know of after 21....retirement....LMAO.

You are a ways from joining the club that most of us on this thread are in.....take some advice.....enjoy every minute going forward. For after 40 things change so much...LOL. Bring on the bifocals, body aches and many other things.

Trust me when I say...after 21....time flies.....
that is no joke
We always "cant wait for the weekend"...weeks turn into months and months turn into years. its crazy.
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You know you’re old when you bought newly released albums that are now played on “classic rock” stations.
and your 45's are played on the "oldies" station.

(you know about the inserts for the 45's)
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YKYOW: You check your local hometown news paper obituaries and see several people that you knew have passed away that are YOUNGER than you. My mom was tortured for the past 10 years because she was the last of the gang she hung around with to live past 84. From 85 to 95, she didn't know anybody listed in the obits.. She just couldn't figure out why she lived so long.
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Sat in the doctors waiting room this past week, and 90% of the patients waiting had gray hair, I was going to keep my hat on, but since I grew up in the era of taking your hat off in a building, I removed it, showing off my gray mop.
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Sat in the doctors waiting room this past week, and 90% of the patients waiting had gray hair, I was going to keep my hat on, but since I grew up in the era of taking your hat off in a building, I removed it, showing off my gray mop.
You should be proud. Been shaving my head for a long time because what's left is only spotty and snow white. Looks like a cartoon character. Let the long grey beard flourish though.
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I am proud, its the only thing that grows :-)
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You should be proud. Been shaving my head for a long time because what's left is only spotty and snow white. Looks like a cartoon character. Let the long grey beard flourish though.
Shaved my head about a year and a half ago when a friend came to visit and he had lost his hair due to chemo. Was not going to let him be the only bald guy when we all gathered together. Decided I liked it and have been shaving my head ever since.

And my beard is a nice snow white also.

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