Things about your childhood that would baffle younger people of today

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  1. RangerPooh

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    We did this as teens. We lived about 45 minutes away from Great America in Santa Clara, CA. My dad worked right down the street from the park, so we'd (my brother and or or me and my BFF) would take the bus and light-rail to the park in the morning and be waiting at 4:30pm in the pick up lane for my dad to take us home. Outside of WDW/DLR I cannot envision allowing my kids to do this today.
     
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  2. RangerPooh

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    Citation Machine is wonderful at helping build your reference list. Appreciated learning about it in grad school.
     
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  4. Gumbo4x4

    Gumbo4x4 Note to the ladies who forgot to

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    Getting your drivers license immediately with little to no time on a learners permit.

    Seriously stunned at the number of DD18’s friends (male & female) who just rely on friends & family to cart them all over 2+ years after they could have had a license, and 3+ years after becoming permit eligible. There is zero public transportation here.
     
  5. RangerPooh

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    There are some great items listed. Here's my list (includes some duplicates listed from previous posters):

    Reel to reel slide projectors and individual slide carousels
    Dial up internet
    Not just having to call after 8pm to call long distance, but shopping around to find the provider with the best long distance rates. I believe it was MCI who had $.05/minute for a year when I was in college.
    Phone calling cards. Use to stock up on these at Costco
    Rotary phones
    Libraries: card catalogs and microfiche machines, navigating the Dewey decimal system
    Encyclopedias- the wikipedia of our day
    Ditto paper/machines- the smell and blue dye
    Being able to accompany people to their airport gate, and not having to go through security
    Network TV aired cartoons on Saturday morning from 6am-12pm, and it was the only reason (Aside from Christmas) to ever wake up early. USA Network aired cartoons on Sundays from 7am-12pm.
    Network TV often went off the air around midnight
    Blockbuster was the highlight of your weekend. What move would you rent? Who might you run into while there?
     
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  6. jo-jo

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    When I was a kid, we got a polio vaccine on a sugar cube. A SUGAR CUBE. That was such a treat, I wanted to get in line again.

    Sending my sister on a bus from Phila to Brooklyn NY. to visit relatives. You think we were sending her across the county on a stage coach the way we acted like we'd never see her again.
     
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  7. TheGoofster

    TheGoofster Old Foggie

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    "All Stop...Reverse Direction" (Organ music playing in the background)
     
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  8. L&Lfan

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    I know mine did. And they were kids of the ‘30s and ‘40s. They especially loved their music!
     
  9. barkley

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    do you remember the nickle root beers there? great way to stretch your food budget. along the same lines-i remember going on family vacations to santa cruz and my parents just letting us hoof it from the motels near the boardwalk down to spend hours on end. this was before they had the one price for unlimited rides wrist bands so we would be as prudent as possible w/what we used our allocation of ride tickets on-best bang for the buck was the fun house, you could spend hours in there (so sad to have seen it torn down after the earthquake).
     
  10. barkley

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    thought of another one-

    for cold lunch at school-drank our juice from a thermos (no juice boxes or pouches), ate our pudding from a pop top can.
     
  11. Mackenzie Click-Mickelson

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    I got a permit at 15 1/2 and a license at 17 1/2. Back then it was permit at 14 and license at 16. I didn't get a license because I didn't have a car. No reason I saw to pay for it (and yeah I paid for my own license) when I didn't have a car to use it. Just after I got my license I bought a car.
     
  12. lovesmurfs

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    With <<gasp>> no ice pack.
     
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  13. fortwildernessishome

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    This thread is the most fun EVER!!! Thanks so much to the OP for starting this and to all of the posters who have contributed!! I have had so much fun reading all of the posts!
    -Many of the things already written I can relate too, here are a few others that may not have been mentioned.

    -When I was a kid we did four cross country trips to visit National Parks. (1970's) My Mom would write to the state (got the address's from a travel book) to get information about what the state had to see and do. We would travel in our van and camp every night. We had no reservations and never had trouble finding a campsite. We would be gone for 3-4 weeks and never called home because, "it would have been too expensive" so had someone passed away or any other great tragedy, we wouldn't have known until we returned home.

    Fast forward to now, and we have taken five western trips with my kids. We don't camp, but stay in hotels and have reservations for every single night. If we camped it would be the same deal! There is NO WAY you can stay in the National Parks in the summertime without a reservation! Of course with cell phones we call home almost daily to update my Mom on what we did that day. And I plan most of the trip before we go just by going on-line and reading about all of the things to see and do! (No waiting for say, South Dakota to send an envelope with brochures in it!!)

    -As a kid we stocked up on film, before the trip. One time, I dropped my camera and the little door opened up where the film was and half the film fell out. The entire film was ruined. Another time we returned home from a trip and left the film off at the drugstore, where it was then sent out and you returned in a week or two to pick up your photos. Somehow, all of the films were lost and that was it, we had NO pictures from the trip!

    My kids get to take all of the pictures they want on their phones, can get them developed in minutes with no fear of them getting lost!

    -When I was little we would drive to WDW once a year. You wouldn't know until you got there if any rides were closed for refurbishment. There was a sign under the train station at the Magic Kingdom that had a list of any rides/attractions that were closed. We were pretty bummed the year Space Mountain was closed, as that was what we had been counting the days to ride!!

    With my kids, we have always gone on-line and looked up MONTHS before we go to Disney to see what is going to be closed!

    -I flew for the first time when I was 18! It was a HUGE deal, my parents hadn't even flown on a plane!!!

    My kids flew for the first time when they were 2 and 5!

    -I grew up with a black and white TV with two channels/no cable!

    -I grew up with a bath tub and no shower! If we didn't have time for a bath, we just washed our hair in the kitchen sink!

    -We had no dryer and lived in NH. In the winter we hung all of the clothes to dry on racks in our kitchen around the woodstove!



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  14. *pixie*

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    Just the other day, that old Geico commercial came on. My 18-year-old DS was so confused, and DH and I tried our best to explain what a collect call was and when you would need to make one. I don't think he ever really did understand the whole concept, lol.
     
  15. Prince_Hawkins

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    Having to wait a whole week for my photographs to be processed/developed (a cartridge of film, removed from my 110 camera)

    No TV spoilers -- it was actually a SHOCK when beloved characters would get killed off of TV shows

    Needing to rewind music cassettes by hand, in order to replay a song

    The fact that we were forced to take showers in front of each other after gym class

    Female/multiracial/LGBT politicians being considered a novelty

    A trip to the local county fair in the summer being the highlight of one's year

    Ordering from a menu at a sit-down restaurant and getting your food served to you half an hour later

    Being wide-eyed and amazed by the magic of a food processor
     
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  16. PollyannaMom

    PollyannaMom I was a click-clack champ!!

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    This happened to DS a few years ago, before a friend of his got a cell phone. Friend's grandmother was staying with them, and didn't speak English. I posted by the phone how to ask for his friend in French, but DS said it still felt "weird".

    The kids at DS's school use one called EasyBib.

    ::yes:: fun times

    I'd forgotten all about this one!
     
  17. PollyannaMom

    PollyannaMom I was a click-clack champ!!

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    I lived in the town with the fairgrounds. It changed everything for a whole week!
     
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  18. barkley

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    and not needing any form of i.d. to buy a ticket/fly-just show up at the airport w/cash in hand.



    and on sundays the only kid's show was 'davey and goliath'


    and allot of the juvenile entries for ribbons were things made in home ec or wood shop classes during the prior school year.



    some shockers for my adult kids to fathom that i grew up with-

    no fico scores (didn't exist)

    women couldn't apply for credit (unless married w/husband co-signer)

    women couldn't serve on a jury (in some states till 1975)



     
  19. mrodgers

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    Couldn't get the permit until 16 in PA. But, there was no requirement of anything other than parents should drive around with you. You got your permit, turned around and got in the line for the license test.

    It was done back then at the State Police barracks by State Police through a course in the parking lot. I did mine in an '83 Ford Escort. Tires squealed through the S turns and the officer chuckled and told me I'll get in trouble if I drive like that. 3 point turn, if it was another inch wider, I would have done a complete u-turn. The line was out the parking lot, down the road, and spilling out into the main road of 16 year old kids trying to get in for the driver's test. Last thing I had to do was parallel park in front of the building and it was so busy, the officer just told me to pull in and park and skip parallel parking.

    I never practiced parallel parking. The first time I ever parallel parked was when my own 17 year old daughter had her permit 2 years ago and asked, "can you teach me to parallel park?" We were in the little course at the DMV she asked what I was doing on the phone. I was looking up youtube parallel parking, LOL.
     
  20. RangerPooh

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    Our family use to pick up AAA travel books for each state/section of state for trip planning.

    As for National Parks, I remember as a child going with my mom to Ticket Master on the reservation day (however many weeks/months out) to snag our annual camping reservation for Yosemite. Later it would evolve to making phone reservations, constantly hitting redial at the designated time.
     
  21. RangerPooh

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    Not my kids, but students...

    When I was a college freshman (97-98) we could either register for classes at the College Registrar's desk or over the phone at a designated time, entering codes for each class. These days you register on the computer.
     
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