Double Dog Dare

A friend recently forwarded this to me. I cannot give the proper attribution since the original author wasn’t mentioned, but it certainly is worth sharing. Please enjoy it.

How is this For Nostalgia?     

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms ,
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It took 3 minutes for the TV to warm up, 
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Nobody owned a purebred dog,
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When a quarter was a decent allowance,
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You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
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Your Mom wore nylons that came in 2 pieces.
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You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, 
all for free, every time. And you didn’t pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to boot,

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Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box,
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It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant 
with your parents,
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They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…and they did it!
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When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to cruise, peel out, lay rubber 
or watch submarine races, and people went steady.

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No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, 
in the ignition, and the doors were never locked,
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Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, 
‘That cloud looks like a…’ 
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Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game,
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Stuff from the store came without safety caps and  hermetic seals because 
no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger,
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And with all our progress, don’t you just wish, just once, you could slip back 
in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today,
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…as well as summers filled with bike rides, Hula  Hoops, and visits to the 
pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar. 
 
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Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and  say, ‘Yeah, I remember  that’?

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I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dog Dare 
to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dog Dare is, read on.
And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough 
to know better and too young to care. 

Send  this on to someone who can still remember Howdy  Doody and 
The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow knows, Nellie Bell, 
Roy and  Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk. 
 
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How Many Of These Do You Remember?
Candy cigarettes
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Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water  inside.
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Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles. 

Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes. 

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.


 
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.
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Newsreels before the movie.
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Telephone numbers with a word prefix…( Yukon 2-601).  Party lines.
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Peashooters. 
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Hi-Fi’s & 45 RPM records.
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78 RPM records!
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Green Stamps.
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Mimeograph paper.
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The Fort Apache Play Set. 
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Do You Remember a Time When: 

Decisions were made by going ‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe,’ 
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘Do Over!’ 

‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest,
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Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening,image034

It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best  Friends,’ 
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Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot,
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Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures,
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‘Oly-oly-oxen-free’ made perfect sense ,
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Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles,

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The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a  team,
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War was a card game,
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Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a  motorcycle,
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Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin,
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Water balloons were the ultimate weapon,
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If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!

Pass  this on to anyone who may need a break from  their ‘Grown-Up’ Life… 
I Double-Dog-Dare-Ya!

7 thoughts on “Double Dog Dare

  1. Wonderful Wonderful Wondeful Times for sure.

    BONUS:

    Young lady says to me, today

    Goody goody gumdrops !

    Who said it first ?

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    • The first citation of ‘Goody, goody gumdrops’ that I can find comes in a cartoon by the American humourist Carl Ed (pronounced ‘Eed’). Ed’s ‘Harold Teen’ cartoon strip ran for many years in the USA and was syndicated in several newspapers, notably The Oakland Tribune in November 1936:

      Goody, goody gumdrops

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  2. I was listen to a Kink’s box set recently and when “Party Line” came up, and I observed to Betty it would have to be explained to today’s teens.

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  3. About cars…. the last few cars I’ve owned I didn’t know how to open the hood nor had occasion to. Times, they are a changin’.

    Bill

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    • I borrowed my brother’s car, and had to look on Google to find out how to open the gas fill door to replace the gas I had used. The YouTube video demonstrated an incredibly unique operation.

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  4. Our first phone had no rotary dial.  When you picked up the handset a voice said, “Number please.” Jim Casimir Office (702)407-9641 Cell (702)234-0871 E Fax (702)446-0421 Conference (888)330-9939 code 435-347#

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