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Getting to Know You, October 2019

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27 minutes ago, TGP said:

 

Here is a picture:

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The airplane in the upper left. Fokker D-VII.

 

Also the Sinclair Oil Company pebbly skinned, scaly, lizard-like, now-considered-totally-inaccurate dinosaurs. There was a Brontosaurus and a Triceratops. 

 

And I don’t care there is no such thing as a Brontosaurus!

 

#PlutoisaplanetAndBrontosaurusarereal. 

 

You will be happy to know that Brontosaurus has been reinstated as a separate species in 2015.

 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/dinosaurs/11519933/Brontosaurus-raised-from-dead-as-scientists-rule-dinosaur-did-exist.html

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3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 22: Is there anything (food, toy, or other product) from your childhood that you would like to have again, but is no longer available?

 

$0.99/gallon gasoline? Personally never bought it as a kid, but I remember when my oldest sister could stop and fill up her Buick gas tank for $10.

 

Foodwise, I would say genuine Hostess lemon pies. I know, they're still around, but since they went bankrupt and were reopened by whoever, the flavors just aren't the same. Oh, and when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze came out, they made a pie with a green pudding filling.

 

29 minutes ago, redambrosia said:

Yes. Real little people, not the blobby monstrosities they make now.

 

For a second, I thought you were talking about your baby... :unsure: but then I read on and clarity came to me!

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23 minutes ago, ManvsMini said:

For a second, I thought you were talking about your baby... :unsure: but then I read on and clarity came to me!

Ah, fisher price little people :lol: 

 

Here’s what the old ones looked like: 

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This is my little people house (not mine, an eBay listing; mine is decidedly more... loved)

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I mean, I guess the latest incarnation of little people isn't bad...

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I know exactly what toys you are talking about. We still have some, I think they were my older siblings'. Being the youngest of five kids, I got to experience a variety of toys.

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 22: Is there anything (food, toy, or other product) from your childhood that you would like to have again, but is no longer available?

 

ERfh. LEgos. ALL THE LEGOS, dangit!

 

... I never had a lot of legos, but ... I had fun with the ones I did have.

Actually, I'd also like to have that old cherry tree back. It was a good tree. I miss that tree.

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 22: Is there anything (food, toy, or other product) from your childhood that you would like to have again, but is no longer available?

25 cent chips, bars and pop would be nice......
Wagon Wheels that were the original size.
Toys in breakfast cereal is a big one......I used to eat so much cereal.

 

Toys?  Original Star Wars, Transformers, Micronauts.....

Those pop guns that you put oil in to make them smoke.
Real lawn darts!
 

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 22: Is there anything (food, toy, or other product) from your childhood that you would like to have again, but is no longer available?

Engines I can fully service, preferably with standard replacement parts. The Russians had the right idea with that.

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1 hour ago, ManvsMini said:

 

$0.99/gallon gasoline? Personally never bought it as a kid, but I remember when my oldest sister could stop and fill up her Buick gas tank for $10.

Sorry youngster but I SOLD gas at $.28 a gallon.  And they had a free lottery by License Plate with no purchase necessary.   We pumped the gas, checked under the hood and cleaned the windshield without being asked.  If asked we would check you tires air pressure.  Some of that time we even wore ties to pump gas.  Talk about an OSHA violation today!

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 22: Is there anything (food, toy, or other product) from your childhood that you would like to have again, but is no longer available?

The thing I want back from my childhood? Growing up we did not have much, we were dirt poor, but we did not get a lot of things.  I think the 'things' I miss the most are time to do things I would like to do and the energy just to do them. I would also like to be able to eat what ever I want and not have to watch how many carbs are in it. 

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 22: Is there anything (food, toy, or other product) from your childhood that you would like to have again, but is no longer available?

 

Not sure.

 

I don't miss the envy. There was a lot of envy when I'd see the toys other kids had that we couldn't afford. But I had my teddy bear, I still have that teddy bear.

 

I don't miss the hunger. We didn't technically go hungry but that's mostly because beans and rice were a thing. My mother splurged money on an early model crock pot and we lived out of that thing for years. This became a problem when food turned good to boredom to repetitive to soul-crushing but we ate it because our other option was not eating.

 

I kind of miss breakfast cereal? Breakfast cereal was a rare thing, we got a couple of boxes a year.

 

I think what I miss most is 'sugar'. I miss sugar being a treat and a rare flavor and a Nice Thing. Now it's in everything and it tastes like boredom, well on its way to 'repetitive'.

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5 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 22: Is there anything (food, toy, or other product) from your childhood that you would like to have again, but is no longer available?

A Nestle Alpine White bar.

 

Or maybe my metabolism as a teenager.

 

More on topic?  Avalon Hill wargames.  HeroQuest.  (Although I suppose these may still be available on auction sites and rarely at used book stores and the like.)

 

 

There are lots of things I wish I had gotten when I was younger related to modern hobbies or interests but those don't count.  Ral Partha and Grenadier miniatures were not part of my childhood.

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36 minutes ago, ttuckerman said:

Sorry youngster but I SOLD gas at $.28 a gallon.  And they had a free lottery by License Plate with no purchase necessary.   We pumped the gas, checked under the hood and cleaned the windshield without being asked.  If asked we would check you tires air pressure.  Some of that time we even wore ties to pump gas.  Talk about an OSHA violation today!

We had a full service gas station in my town growing up. I think it closed after I moved. It's apparently still there but with a new owner, which is interesting since I believe the regular gas station/ convenience store  has closed permanently after going through several owners. It's apparntly the last full service gas station in Wisconsin.

 

I was just thinking the other day that I missed chili crispitos from my school's market day fundraiser. I don't know if they're unavailable anymore over all, I just don't know if they were available outside of market day. My old school no longer does that fundraiser so I don't know of another way to get them (my folks would sometimes get them for me after I moved out since mom was a teacher.)

 

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12 minutes ago, EvilJames said:

It's apparntly the last full service gas station in Wisconsin.

Is this really such a rare thing South of the border?  Here in Alberta it seems half the stations are full serve, with a decent portion of them offering such a service at no extra charge! 

 

Of course, I still pump my own fuel because otherwise I'd be bored out of my mind with nothing to do while such is happening, but still. :p

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5 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 22: Is there anything (food, toy, or other product) from your childhood that you would like to have again, but is no longer available?

I lived in Australia as a kid, and I loved a restaurant chain called Red Rooster. They're not international, sadly, so I can't get them in the USA. I wish I could.

 

I have heavy nostalgia for a lot of toys from my childhood, but modern day Transformers are really way better.

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6 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 22: Is there anything (food, toy, or other product) from your childhood that you would like to have again, but is no longer available?

 

Companies merged, the brand got licensed, the formula changed, and then they went away, but back in the 80's and I was 5 I ate far too many of these.

 

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