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   Bettijo posted on Blessings  Interview with God.
May 22 at 08:05 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just lovely and timely. Thanks for posting - now going to shre.
May 22 at 15:56 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Nostalgia  i qualify as older than dirt....

It feels strange to walk thru an antique store and see all the stuff we used to have and what it is worth today.
'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'
'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.
'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'
'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained!
'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card.

In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.

Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer.

I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow )

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 19.

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a..m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 21 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers -- my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning. On Saturday, he had to collect the
May 19 at 06:14 EST .

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   Bettijo  . On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren . Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend :

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December ) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.

Ignition switches on the dashboard.

Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.

Real ice boxes.

Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.

Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.

Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about. Ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside jukeboxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines on the telephone
8 Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11.. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels... [if you were fortunate] )
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15.S&H green stamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You' re older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.
May 19 at 06:15 EST .

   Gram77  Sounds like you and I were growing up with all those memories and I have to say, those days were great. The best thing I remember was hide and seek after dark and being safe. These were great times.
May 19 at 18:46 EST .

   Safetydude  I was nine years old and an immigrant, with my family, in 1952 and I'm older than dirt. I remember everyone of those things.
Don't forget the test pattern on all night and the poem "High Flight" as part of the sign-off.
May 19 at 23:25 EST .

   Safetydude  With the reference to God in this poem I doubt it would ever make it on the air these days.
May 20 at 11:17 EST .

   MeiDei  Doctors came to the house. The ER @ local hospital was free for those that walked in requiring stitches [my brother's head from slamming sled into tree], casts [my friends compound fracture from skate getting caught in road tar]; no one went for colds, flu, etc. Coal in stocking otherwise fruit & nuts. Penny candy @ candy store. Wired glass laundry scrub boards. Wicker prams. Yeah, I'm older than dirt.
12 hours ago .

   Bettijo posted on Recipes  BJ's Pineapple Cheese Casserole

I have now made this three times, all different. This is definitely the best, and also the easiest. I took it to a neighborhood covered dish yesterday and came home with an empty bowl. As best I could tell, nobody else had a empty bowl to take home. Tomorrow I am going to a covered dish at my church and will be taking this dish again. Here is my revised and revised again recipe.


Cook Time: 30 Minutes-45 Minutes

Servings: 12


1 (20 ounce ) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 (20 ounce ) can crushed pineapple, drained
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
8 oz sharp Cheddar cheese (grate your own to make 2 cups grated. Do not use pre-grated cheese, it does not melt smoothly )
40 buttery round crackers (such as Ritz® ), crushed
1 cup melted butter (2 sticks )

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Butter 8 x 11 casserole dish, set aside.

3. Crush crackers in 1 gallon zip lock bag, add melted butter and 3T pineapple juice, set aside (I just mixed the cracker crumbs and butter in the zip lock bag and avoided dirtying another bowl )

4. Drain the pineapple set aside (reserve 3T juice ).

5. In a large bowl, stir together the 1 cup sugar and 6 T flour.
6. Gradually stir in the cheese
7. Add the drained pineapple
8. Stir until ingredients are well combined.

9. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish

10. Spread crumb mixture on top of pineapple mixture.

11. Baked uncovered at 350 degrees F for about 30-45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

To add some holiday color, add in a well-drained, small jar of maraschino cherries.
May 17 at 18:28 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  I am looking for a joke that I thought I read on this site, but after reading two hours of jokes on the Jokes wall, I did not find it. If you know it, would you please post it again. It is about a man who died and went to heaven. St. Peter told him he had to visit Hell also and then decide where he wanted to spend eternity. In Hell he met beautiful people partying and having a great time in a beautiful place. In Heaven people were content just floating around on clouds and not partying. He decided on Hell. When he went back down to Hell, it was a barren waste land, the people were miserable, etc. He asked where the fun place he had visited was and was told that that was during the campaign for his vote, now the election was over and reality had set in. So true; what we see is not what we get. Thanks for reposing.
May 16 at 10:30 EST .

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   Surfhut  Hope you find the joke. Your synopsis of it gave me a good laugh!
May 16 at 10:48 EST .

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   Bettijo  An internet search turned this up:

The senator chooses between heaven and hell
While walking down the street one day, a U.S. senator is, tragically, hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

“Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there’s a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”

“No problem, just let me in,” says the man.

“Well, I’d like to,” says St. Peter, “but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you’ll be allowed to choose where to spend eternity.”

“Seriously? Then, I’ve made up my mind,” says the senator. “I want to be in heaven.”

“I’m sorry, but I have my orders.”

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him in days gone by.

Everyone is very happy. They’re dressed nicely and having a great time. They run to greet him, shake his hand and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the taxpayers. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it’s time to go visit heaven.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

“Now it’s time to visit heaven.”

So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp, singing and worshipping the Almighty God. They have a good time and — before he realizes it — the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

“Well now, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.”

The senator reflects for a minute, and then he answers: “Well, I would never have said this before … I mean heaven has been delightful … but I think I would be better off in hell.”

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it into black bags as more trash falls from above. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.

“I don’t understand,”
May 17 at 17:07 EST .

   Bettijo  stammers the senator. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?”

The devil looks at him, smiles and says, “Yesterday, I was campaigning. Today you’ve already voted.”
May 17 at 17:08 EST .

   Straitpath  I laughed out loud. Thanks.
May 17 at 20:21 EST .

   BirdsNest  I don't care who you are, that's just plum funny.
May 18 at 22:00 EST .

   Bettijo posted on The Road Automobilia  Electric Car Powered by Salt Water: 920 hp, 373 Miles/Tank

It’s finally here folks and it is LEGIT.

Tesla eat your heart out, the Germans have created an electrical car powered by salt water. It has four electric engines and is FAST with some pretty sweet fuel economy for a sports car. Leave the Bugatti at home and stop by the beach to refuel.

   May 15 at 07:18 EST .

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   Gram77  While shopping today my husband remarked that someone must be rich. I asked what that meant and right next to us was a Tesla. I know nothing about cars but I was able to so how good looking that car was.
May 15 at 17:19 EST .

   Safetydude  'K, when somebody flies a 747 from New York to London, with over four hundred souls on board, motivated by battery, wind or solar power I might, might, mind you, believe that some form of electric motor will replace internal combustion engines powered by the burning of fossil fuel.

Solyndra anyone?
May 15 at 19:27 EST .

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   Balogreene  I live near Reston, VA, the first "planned" community in the U.S. My dentist is there, several restaurants, and some doctors we see. I've noticed recently a lot of parking spots allocated for electric cars only. I've never seen a car in the spaces, But, if I had the ability to plug in at home (I live in a townhouse with no front plug ), and worked there, and electric cars were affordable, I might buy one. I only use my current car to commute.
May 18 at 20:53 EST .

   Safetydude  'K, so you plug in your electric car to re-charge the 'clean power' batteries. Where does that electricity come from?
Unless you live in parts of Sweden that generate electricity from dams or in France that still have nuclear power plants your electricity is mostly generated by burning a fossil fuel; coal, oil or natural gas. Wind and solar ain't gonna' do it.
I refer you to my statement about the 747.

Miss Tina and I live in a retirement community in SW
Florida and own a golf cart, along with three other vehicles(one of which might get btwn 9 and 11 MPG on a good day )not to save the world, just because it's convenient. It's a lot easier to take the cart than it is to drive a car to visit friends in the community.
I think the most salient point in your post is ..."and electric cars were affordable"...

Quote Gram77's hubby..."someone must be rich"...
May 18 at 23:23 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Jokes  One Little Dot...

A class was given a homework assignment to find out something
exciting and relate it to the class the next day.

When the time came to present what they'd found, the first little
boy the teacher called on walked up to the front of the class. He
picked up a piece of chalk, made a small white dot on the blackboard
and sat back down.

Puzzled, the teacher asked him what it was.

"It's a 'period'," he replied.

"I can see that," said the teacher, "but what is so exciting about a 'period'?"

"Darned if I know," said the boy,

"but yesterday my sister was missing one,

Mom fainted,

Dad had a heart attack

and the boy next door joined the Navy."
May 13 at 15:32 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  An oldie, but a goodie.
May 15 at 13:07 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  What in the world is going on with Lucianne.Com? I opened several articles in new tabs and while reading them I repeatedly get messages in a white box at the top of the screen that says something line "The page at Payload tested. It's working." or "The page that you are looking for used information that you entered. Returning to that page might cause any action ...."
These messages take me out of whatever I am reading, or even writing here, and back to main page.

Anybody else having problems?
May 12 at 07:25 EST .

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   StormCnter  I haven't had problems, Bettijo, but I don't usually have more than three tabs open at once.
May 12 at 07:39 EST .

   Susieq1  Have been having the white box with the message payload testing, it's working but not the other one you are getting. Sent email to Luis but haven't received response probably too busy working on this problem.
May 12 at 09:53 EST .

   Balogreene  I got it too this morning, and it was the only tab I had open!
May 12 at 15:22 EST .

   John C  Wrote to Luis 3 days ago, no response. Hasn't happened today.
May 13 at 21:40 EST .

   Susieq1  Same here John C. Use to receive a prompt response to my emails but so far nothing.
May 14 at 15:34 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Blessings  

May 10 at 17:55 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  For the last five or six years I have been having pain and a loss of motion in my left shoulder/arm and three orthopedic doctors have said I needed a shoulder replacement. I said "no, no, and no." It has gotten worse and I have tried everything; cortisone shots (help temporarily ), OrthoVisc shots (painful and no help at all ), acupuncture, PT, and now pain meds which I hate to take. Has anyone had shoulder replacement or know anything about it? My rheumatologist said it is very much like hip replacement which I had last March. One joint replacement a year is more than enough for me! What do you think? PS. I will be 81 next month.
May 9 at 07:42 EST .

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   Balogreene  Betti, if you can stand the surgery, do it. My mom has always said the moment she woke up from her hip replacement, was the moment the pain ended. The only pain was that from the surgery.

Mom has huge problems with surgery (it first surfaced on that hip replacement ). When she is anesthetized, her bowel stops functioning for days on end (Ogilvie's syndrome ). She needs her other hip replaced and is rightfully frightened of the side effects. But, she still insists, the first hip replacement, and subsequent knee replacement solved the pain problem.

Do it!
May 14 at 18:34 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  Choosing a Healthy Frozen Meal
Did you know that the average American eats 6 frozen meals a month? The market is estimated at $9 billion in annual sales.

The first TV dinner appeared in 1953 under the Swanson brand. It was presented as a solution for busy moms who had begun joining the workforce and could no longer spend hours in the kitchen. The dinner included turkey, corn bread and gravy, buttered peas and sweet potatoes. It cost $0.98.

This was the beginning of a revolution. Combining an entree and two sides in a three part aluminum container that could be heated, eaten from, and then discarded proved to be a great convenience for consumers.

To this day, convenience is top reason reason people buy frozen dinners. The industry has updated its products based on additional considerations, including nutrition. These days, "healthy" formulations as well as ethnic variations are the biggest category drivers

The "healthy" frozen food trend began in the mid-80's when the CEO of Con-Agra suffered a heart attack. Upon returning to work, he could not find a frozen entree that his doctors would approve. Thus was born the Healthy Choices brand. The FDA regulates the use of "Healthy" in food marketing, so these meals are required to contain less than 480mg of sodium.

While we like to encourage people to prepare their own dinners, Frozen dinners are not going away any time soon. So if you want the convenience of a TV dinner, please invest just a moment to choose the one that is the least detrimental to your health:

1. Start by checking the serving size and the calorie count. Some meals boast a low calorie count, but then your ealize that the meal is toddler-sized

2. Next, check the sodium level. Anything higher than 1000mg is totally crazy (almost half the daily allowance of 2300mg ) . Look for sodium lower than 600mg, and ideally less than 480mg. For example, Hungry Man Classic Fried Chicken has 1600mg of sodium(! ), while Lean Cuisine Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta boasts only 590mg.

3. Look at the fats and saturated fats. The Hungry Man dinner has 59g of fat (90% of your daily value ), 13 of which are saturated. Needless to say, if the trans-fats are anything besides zero, don't add the product to your shopping cart.

4. Most frozen dinners include a fair amount of preservatives such as BHT (possible carcinogen ), polysorbate 8, artificial colors, and propylene glycol (used in your car's antifreeze ). For example, a Kid's favorite - Kid Cuisine Frozen Dinner, Bug Safari, Chicken Breast Nuggets - contains no less than BHT, Sodium Phosphate, Yellow No. 5 , Yellow No. 6, Red No. 40, Blue No. 1, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, and Disodium Phosphate. Try to avoid these preservatives if possible.

5. Sugar is a very popular ingredient in frozen meals, often as a replacement for fat in low-fat dinners. Sugar will appear under many names and forms, but an easy Sugar will appear under many names and forms, but an easy
May 8 at 17:18 EST .

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   Bettijo  but an easy way to get the total is to look at the nutrition label and see how many grams are reported per serving. Every 4 grams of sugar are equivalent to 1 teaspoon! As an example, the aforementioned Kid Cuisine Frozen Dinner contains 18 grams of sugar, or 4.5 teaspoons worth
May 8 at 17:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Growing up frozen dinners were outlawed in our house. My dad hated them. Mother would buy them and sneak them when Dad was working late at the restaurant. I just now realized.....we ate dinner as a family every night, after dinner Dad would go back to the restaurant and stay til Midnight. I never really gave it much thought. I guess we weren't so dysfunctional after all.
May 8 at 20:47 EST .

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   Balogreene  We ate dinner together every night as a family. Daddy was always home by six, and we had dinner. On rare occasions he was out of town, or had to work late, but 90% of the time, it was a family dinner. If daddy was out of town, we went out for Mexican (in the '60's ). But, altho I remember tv dinners, I don't remember having them.
May 8 at 22:09 EST .

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   MeiDei  The fastest meal I make is Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp. Into boiling water goes the pasta & the shrimp - same cooking time.
Then I peel the shrimp return to pasta & add a sauce; either sweet & sour or General Tsao's or whatever is opened and needs finishing off - toss & into a big bowl.
May 9 at 00:31 EST .

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