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Old 10-22-2021, 08:27 PM   #1
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I'm so old that....

I am so old that:

I've dialed a black Bakelite rotary dial phone with no answering machine.

Recorded a song off a transistor radio onto a tape recorder.

Watched a black and white TV with less than 4 channels, and had aluminum foil on the rabbit ears.

Taken long walks without counting the steps.

And eaten food that I didn't take pictures of.

There were some more, but I've forgotten what they were....I may think of them at 2am.....
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I'm so old that dirt calls me sir....
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And how many remember pumping gas into your tank, from behind the rear license plate, or better yet, your tail light??
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I'm so old that dirt calls me sir....
Now that's a new one!
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...And how many remember pumping gas into your tank, from behind the rear license plate, or better yet, your tail light??
Yep... and I still own the car that has the gasoline filler hidden behind the license plate- a 1972 Ford Gran Torino.

The best feature about it: with the filler in the center, you could easily refuel the car from either side of the pump island.

My uncle had a 1956 Chevy that had its fuel filler hidden behind the taillight.
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I saw a car for sale in the newspaper being advetised as having a "heater" in it. ... can't remember the year and don't remember if it was a new car.
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And how many remember pumping gas into your tank, from behind the rear license plate, or better yet, your tail light??
I remember when the attendant pumped the gas for you.
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And how many remember pumping gas into your tank, from behind the rear license plate, or better yet, your tail light??
Yes, and I remember a man in a clean pressed shirt and trousers pumping it for us. While it pumped, he was checking under the hood and all four tires for psi.
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Yep... and I still own the car that has the gasoline filler hidden behind the license plate- a 1972 Ford Gran Torino.

The best feature about it: with the filler in the center, you could easily refuel the car from either side of the pump island.

My uncle had a 1956 Chevy that had its fuel filler hidden behind the taillight.
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I had a dark olive '72 Gran Torino (2dr). That and the '70 are my favorite years (before all things plastic and the EPA). One of my dream cars is the '70 convertible with the 429 Cobra Jet. My best buddy's neighbor had one that was grabber blue with a white interior. You talk about a car!

I wish I would have kept my '72. It really was a solid car.
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I'm so old, I remember being sent to the store with a note from my mom to buy her a pack of cigarettes.

I remember if I got in trouble at school I would get paddled and it didn't matter what the issue was, the teacher was right and I was wrong.

I'm so old, I was taught to say Yes Sir, No Sir, etc. when stopped by a police officer and regardless of why, I didn't argue my guilt or innocence on the side of the road but rather in the courtroom.

I'm so old, when we had guests coming over my parents would remind me, "children are to be seen and not heard."

I'm so old, seeing hunting rifles and/or shotguns in gun racks in back window of vehicles in the school parking lot was common, yet we didn't have school shootings or even have security officers in the school.
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I'm so old I remember when my family got a TV set for the first time. I was about 4, I think, and I asked how that picture got there. One of my parents explained the scan lines by using an analogy to the regular horizontal spacing of venetian blinds (for you younger folks, like mini-blinds but with wider slats). I didn't get it. That first TV could receive only 12 channels (2-13) (but actually received 2 or 3) and did not work very well. Remember how much fiddling was necessary with the tuner and horizontal hold? How long the warm up of the tubes took? Aluminum foil adjustments on the flat twin lead in from the antenna?
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While I still consider myself young (at heart anyway) I am old enough to remember my first auto (1961 Ford Falcon) and that you couldn't go uphill very quickly when it was raining, at least not if you wanted the windshield wipers to work.
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And how many remember pumping gas into your tank, from behind the rear license plate, or better yet, your tail light??
Back then they pumped it for you
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I'm so old I remember when my family got a TV set for the first time. I was about 4, I think, and I asked how that picture got there. One of my parents explained the scan lines by using an analogy to the regular horizontal spacing of venetian blinds (for you younger folks, like mini-blinds but with wider slats). I didn't get it. That first TV could receive only 12 channels (2-13) (but actually received 2 or 3) and did not work very well. Remember how much fiddling was necessary with the tuner and horizontal hold? How long the warm up of the tubes took? Aluminum foil adjustments on the flat twin lead in from the antenna?
And remember the machines in supermarkets where you could take your tubes, plug them in and see if they were dead? If so, they had new ones to buy.
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Shared phone lines. I think they were called party lines. Much different than today's party lines.

Furniture covered in plastic.

Avocado green and harvest gold colored appliances.

Long coiled cords on wall mounted rotary dial phones.

Slide and 8mm movie projectors.

Drive in movies all over the place.

McDonald's signs stating how many thousands of burgers have been sold.

Catholic school where nuns would smack you with a ruler.

4 track tapes and then the much advanced 8 track tapes. Actually even had a 45 rpm record player made for cars.

Mono records.

Gas prices less than 30 cents/gal. Leaded gasoline.

All the old foods that you could eat before it was found out they killed you.
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