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   StormCnter  Anybody here experienced telephone party lines in his or her youth? At the farm, we were on an 8-party line. Everyone had a signature ring, so when all 8 phones rang, we could tell who the call wes for. Our ring was two longs and a short. My mother never allowed us to "listen in" to phone calls that weren't ours, but one neighbor was a veteran listener. And, if she had something to add to the conversation, she would jump right in. My buddy, Gary, lived in town so he had a private line. He and I would hang on the phone for as long as we could get away with it until someone would break in, "Honey, I hate to interrupt, but I need the phone". So, we would hang up so others could make calls.

Anyone else?
Yesterday at 17:09 EST .

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   Gerty  Evidently, Miss Storm, you are NOT as old as dirt (as am I! ). We did not grow up on a farm but we had a party line nonetheless. At the time, it is my recollection that there was a choice---party line was cheaper while a private line was prohibitively expensive. This is how it was in a suburb of NYC.
I don't remember listening in on any conversations but they were forever taking place! Guess I was more interested in going out to play.
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   Wrightwinger  This is also a trip down memory lane... And explains some of the problems we have politically, culturally, and interpersonally.

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/greenberg090214.php3
September 2 at 20:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  What a nice presentation. Thanks for posting.
September 2 at 21:45 EST .

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   Safetydude  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDc0ID6PJeg#t=155

A trip down memory lane.
August 25 at 23:11 EST .

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   Gram77  Give me that good old slow dance when we were close.
August 26 at 18:30 EST .

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   MeiDei  I recognized my first car - the Ford Fairlane 'tho mine was a hard top not the true convertible in this one. boy, what memories. Thanks for posting.
August 28 at 15:14 EST .

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   MeiDei  Before Ringo
   August 23 at 21:45 EST .

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   Balogreene  For those too young to remember, they are Pete Best, George, John, Paul, and Stu Sutcliffe, who died before the big time.
September 7 at 20:43 EST .

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   Safetydude  Any of you 'gear-heads' out there remember usin' 'drain oil' in you cars, back in the 50's ?

It came in glass containers with long metal spouts.
August 21 at 18:00 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Oh, yes, recycled oil. We even used it into the late '60s, but only as an emergency topper when out on the road.
August 21 at 18:02 EST .

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   Safetydude  You're right, Top.
I still used it while I was in hi-school'.
August 21 at 20:16 EST .

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   Gram77  I put something on Crafts that maybe should have gone here. It's worth a look and a smile.
August 19 at 10:18 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, I went to Crafts to see and can't find anything newer than the Fair Isle sweater pattern thread.
August 19 at 11:37 EST .

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   Gram77  You must have found it later because I see your comment.
August 19 at 17:37 EST .

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   StormCnter  I did and I enjoyed.
August 20 at 06:10 EST .

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   MeiDei  Middle school kids of the 50's dancing
   August 17 at 13:07 EST .

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   StormCnter  Perhaps at your middle school, MeiDei. At my junior high (we had no middle school in the dark ages ), we square-danced and folk-danced, even touring to other school districts to demonstrate and exhibit. Every 13 year old girl needs square dancing petticoats.
"Put your little foot..."
August 18 at 08:44 EST .

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   MeiDei  Wasn't in my Jr.High either; no sock hops. Square & folk dancing were taught. Allemande left and a "dosey-doh" (sp? ) And oh those crinolines - sugar starched- wore several at a time, sewed sequins on mine : ) I remember learning the Horah folk dance to the music of Hava Nagila. Those were good times.
August 18 at 13:41 EST .

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   StormCnter  Yeah, we tried the sugar starched petticoats, too. They worked just fine til we got hot and sweaty doing all that little-foot-putting. Then the petticoats were damp, sticky and clung to our legs. Did you ever have one that was made of nylon screening? Those were all the thing for a while. They kept their shape, they didn't get sticky and our mothers could buy the material at the hardware store.
August 18 at 16:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  No to the nylon screening, we wore three at a time, starched cotton, crinoline over that & a net one over that. And if we were jitterbugging w/overhead lifts we wore those pant-slips that come to just over the knees. And the felt skirts w/the poodle : )& white bucks that we stepped on so they wouldn't look new.
August 18 at 19:06 EST .

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   StormCnter  Yup, I had a felt skirt, though mine had a clock instead of a poodle. I also had a straw skirt that was quite attractive and I loved it until I (and the skirt ) got rained on. When wet, that skirt smelled just like a barn full of hay and animals.
August 19 at 06:23 EST .

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   Linder  Who says you can't go back? While setting out the under-the-eave and porch plants into the rain I got a bit damp. Came in to change clothes and spotted the big umbrella. It's been at least 60 years since I purposely walked barefoot in running rain water in the open ditches. Now the ditches are paved gutters, wore my rubber garden shoes and back then there were no umbrellas at our house...it still felt good and familiar.
August 15 at 10:35 EST .

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   StormCnter  I loved to hear about your wading in the rainwater. What fun that used to be and apparently, it still is!
August 15 at 13:59 EST .

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   Surfhut  Linder, you brought back a beautiful memory. I lived in SoCal when my son was born. Traveled to OKC often so he would know and love his family here.

My parents lived next door to my sister and her family. One August afternoon, thunderstorms erupted. I held my dear toddler in my arms and raced through the downpour across the adjoining yards from my parents' to my sisters'.

My parents watched us make that run and it made them laugh out loud. It never ceases to amaze me how profound such simple things are.
August 15 at 20:27 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Reminds me of sitting on our covered front porch watching the rain pour off our metal roof, our 8 year old grandson was with us and he thought that was the neatest thing . . . Simple Pleasures, aren't they Grand!!!
August 15 at 22:05 EST .

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   MeiDei  Back when I was about to undergo chemo a friend sent me a powerpoint presentation or a video(not youtube ) entitled: Dancing in the Rain - inspirational; nothing is so important that you can't take the time to relive fond memories and pass them along. Sometimes a puddle is there to be stepped in, just because.
August 16 at 00:09 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  As I grew up, I heard a rich and varied dialect in my little corner of Appalachia. If you are of Scotch-Irish ancestors, see how many of these Elizabethan English terms and pronunciations you can remember, I think I heard most of them growing up... And they are fading away, into monochromatic Newspeak where accents are washed away, words lose their meaning, and their value. Enjoy!
http://www.wvculture.org/history/journal_wvh/wvh30-2.html
August 8 at 21:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  Enjoyed reading that - now I know why my highly educated, world traveler friend from nearby Ohio speaks as some in the article mentioned. Found a comparison via Michener's "The Covenant" where the characters struggle to keep their languages even as they evolved into a mix vs. how the Brits insisted on English only. The root of Varsity was new to me as were the references to double negative usage. Thanks for posting!
August 9 at 12:29 EST .

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   StormCnter  What an interesting article. I am well aware of my Texas twang. My Onstar cannot understand the numbers I speak into the mike (nine always is interpreted as five ) and when I tried to order a fried pie at a Utah KFC, the cashier had to call the manager who, when he finally understood, advised me that "frahd pahs" were not available, but he could offer lemon tarts.
August 12 at 08:51 EST .

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   Balogreene  And in an area of Northeastern NM, linguists study their Spanish, because it is the Spanish spoken in the 16th century. Amazing what semi-isolated areas retain.
August 14 at 19:17 EST .

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   StormCnter  Maybe this belongs on the Road wall, but I miss hood ornaments on cars. Now so many automobiles look like every other automobile and not many have a hood ornament. My dad had a '53 Pontiac Chieftain with the Indian head ornament. It lit up when the headlights were on, so I could always spot my dad's car when he arrived to pick me up at some after dark function.
August 8 at 15:10 EST .

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   Balogreene  As I've said before, when I learned to drive, if the hood ornament was on the line on the right of the car, you were centered in your lane.
August 14 at 19:18 EST .

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   MeiDei  Ditto Balo - miss them too.
August 16 at 00:18 EST .

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