Off topic: Remember this? Memories from back in the day
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xeni (X)
English to Russian
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Aug 10, 2002

It is very American but I hope everybody will enjoy it. I did even though I am Russian.

We might not remember ALL of these ... but it\'s good! STROLL WITH ME...and remember..... Stroll with me.... close your eyes.... and go back... before the Internet... before bombings, aids, herpes before semiautomatics and crack... before SEGA or Super Nintendo... way back! I\'m talking about sitting on the curb, sitting on the stoop...about hide-and-go-seek; Simon says and red-light-green-light. Lunch boxes with a thermos ... chocolate milk, going home for lunch, penny candy from the store, hopscotch, butterscotch, skates with keys, jacks and Cracker Jacks, hula hoops and sunflower seeds, wax lips and mustaches, Mary Jane\'s saddle shoes and Coke bottles with the names of cities on the bottom. Remember when it took five minutes for the TV to warm up? When nearly everyone\'s Mom was at home when the kids arrived home from school. When nobody owned a purebred dog. When a quarter was a decent allowance. When you\'d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny. When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces. When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done everyday and wore high heels. Remember running through the sprinkler, circle pins, bobby pins, Mickey Mouse Club, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Kookla, Fran and Ollie, Spin and Marty...Dick Clark\'s American Bandstand ... all in black and white and your Mom made you turn it off when a storm came. When around the corner seemed far away, and going downtown seemed like going somewhere. Climbing trees, making forts, backyard shows, lemonade stands, cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, staring at clouds, jumping on the bed, pillow fights, ribbon candy, angel hair on the Christmas tree, Jackie Gleason, white gloves, walking to the movie theater, running till you were out of breath, laughing so hard that your stomach hurt...remember that? Not stepping on a crack or you\'d break your mother\'s back. Paper-chains at Christmas, silhouettes of Lincoln and Washington, the smells of school, of paste and Evening in Paris. What about the girl who dotted her \"i\'s\"with hearts? (that was before that stupid smiley face)! The Stroll, popcorn balls and sock hops? Remember when there were just two types of sneakers for girls and boys - Keds and PF Flyers, and the only time you wore them at school was for gym. And the girls had those ugly gym uniforms. When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking -- all for free -- every time! And, you didn\'t pay for air either, and you got trading stamps to boot! When laundry detergent had free glasses dishes or towels hidden inside the box. When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents. When the worst thing you could do at school was flunk a test or chew gum. And the prom was in the gym or the lunchroom and you danced to a real orchestra. When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed


and did! When being sent to the principal\'s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home. Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn\'t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was so much greater than the threat. Remember when a \'57 Chevy was everyone\'s dream car -- used to cruise, peel out, lay rubber, scratch off or watch the submarine races? When people went steady; and girls wore a class ring with an inch of wrapped Band-Aids, dental floss, or yarn coated with pastel-frost nail polish so it would fit their finger. When no one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the car and house doors were never locked! Remember lying on your back on the grass with your friends and saying things like \"That cloud looks like a...\" And playing baseball with no adults needed to enforce the rules of the game. Remember when stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals, because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger. And, with all our progress, don\'t you just wish that just once you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace...and share it with the children of today? So send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Dowdy and The Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger and Tonto, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Belle, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk... As well as the sound of a real mower on Saturday morning, and Summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, bowling, visits to the pool .. and eating Kool- Aid powder with sugar from the palm of your hand. There, didn\'t that feel good? Just to lean back and say: \"Yeah...I remember...\" Pass this on to those who might remember, and those who can see what might be missing. ------------------------------------- Hope you enjoyed these.

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-08-10 17:28 ]


Andrei_D  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 19:21
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Nice vintage stuff....... Aug 10, 2002

...... and recess from work, daily life and year 2002 icon_smile.gif Where did you get that, Ksenia?

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-08-11 17:32 ]


Aurora Humarán (X)  Identity Verified
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Baby-boomer: present! Aug 10, 2002

I do remember most of them!

Thank you for sharing Ksenia,

Hugs & kisses from an Argentine baby-boomer...

icon_wink.gif Aurora


xeni (X)
English to Russian
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It is nice, isn't it? Aug 11, 2002


On 2002-08-10 18:44, Andrei_D wrote:

...... and recess from work, daily life and year 2002 icon_smile.gif Where did you get that, Ksenia?

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-08-11 17:32 ]

Andrei, it was e-mailed to us by one of our older relatives. I guess it is one of those E-mail messages that is going around. I happen to like it and not because I remember(actually I have no idea what half the stuff mentioned is icon_smile.gif), but I just find this little piece charmingly poetic. I also like the fact that people are basically the same all over the world, America or Russia; no matter what they had - Kool-Aid or \"ýñêèìî íà ïàëî÷êå\" they still miss the days when the world was not so tough. I even thought about rendering this piece into Russian (not translating!) using our realities... might turn out pretty good.

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-08-11 22:44 ]


Monika Martens
Local time: 18:21
Italian to Albanian
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yes, definitely very nice :) Aug 12, 2002

thanks for sharing it with us, it was very refreshing to read it and it brings back memories icon_smile.gif

Monika Martens


Andrei_D  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 19:21
English to Russian
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- Aug 12, 2002


On 2002-08-11 20:05, Ksenia wrote:

I just find this little piece charmingly poetic.

Charming, isn\'t it? So much unlike the usual stuff we have to translate (\"Russian data last week showed that the country exported 2.65 million bpd of crude in the first quarter of 2002, up from 2.54 million bpd in Q4 2001.....\") icon_smile.gif

Rendering the text is a great idea! Be sure to post it when you\'re done icon_smile.gif

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-08-13 17:45 ]


Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:21
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British version Aug 17, 2002

This one, along similar lines but more concerned with the changing meanings of words, and from the other side of the Atlantic, can be found printed on tea-towels.


(For those born before 1940...)

We were born before television, before penicillin, polio shots, frozen food, Xerox, contact lenses, videos and the pill. We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams and ballpoint pens, before dishwashers, tumble driers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip-dry clothes... and before man walked on the moon.

We got married first and then lived together (how quaint can you get?). We thought \"fast food\" was what you ate in Lent, a \"Big Mac\" was an oversized raincoat and \"crumpet\" we had for tea. We existed before house husbands and computer dating, and \"sheltered accommodation\" was where you waited for a bus.

We were before day care centres, group homes and disposable nappies. We had never heard of FM radio, tape decks, artificial hearts, word processors, or young men wearing earrings. For us, \"time sharing\" meant togetherness, a \"chip\" was a piece of wood or fried potato, \"hardware\" meant nuts and bolts and \"software\" wasn\'t a word.

Before 1940, \"Made in Japan\" meant junk, the term \"making out\" referred to how you did in your exams, \"stud\" was something that fastened a collar to a shirt and \"going all the way\" meant staying on a double-decker bus to the terminus. In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, \"grass\" was mown, \"coke\" was kept in the coal cellar, a \"joint\" was a piece of meat you ate on Sundays and \"pot\" was something you cooked in. \"Rock music\" was a fond mother\'s lullaby, \"Eldorado\" was an ice-cream, a \"gay person\" was the life and soul of the party, while \"aids\" just meant beauty treatment or help for someone in trouble.

We who were born before 1940 must be a hardy bunch when you think of the way in which the world has changed and the adjustments we have had to make. No wonder there is a generation gap today. BUT - by the grace of God - we have survived!

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-08-17 15:03 ]


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