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Buying gas for .32 a gallon.

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...and gas station attendants.

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One of my first jobs.

 



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I have you beat on gas (and cigaret) prices--17 cents a gallon and a pack, as I know I've mentioned more than once, but then I'm about 11 years older than you.

That station attendant looks a lot like Bill Murray.  Yes, we always had them in NJ, and apparently NJ's the last hold-out state in allowing self-serve stations.  I guess its reasons center around providing jobs.  One of the good things about that, I suspect, was drivers not having to get out of their cars and be pelted with rain, sleet, and whatever else might be falling from the sky; plus while the gas was pumping, the attendant would clean the windshields and wiper blades.  Yep, they expected a tip, but they earned it if they came out in rotten weather.



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...nickel root beer!

Can't put it in your gas tank...or smoke it...but I could (and did) drink five-cent mugs of root beer in junior high (1960).
Even the newspaper was seven cents! If you go back a few pages, you can see what the lunch counter looked like.

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...milk being delivered to most of the homes at Trenton State Hospital.  Fritz the dachshund didn't like the milkman coming into the back yard to leave the milk by the back door--much barking and growling and trying to chase him away.  Fritz didn't mind anyone else setting foot on the property, so there must've been something about the guy that Fritz just plain didn't like.

The milkman claimed to Mama and me that he knew how to stop Fritz's behavior and on the next delivery, swatted the little doxie with a rolled-up section of a newspaper.  Fritz responded by biting him on the ankle.  Yay, Fritzie!!

When Daddy got home from work that afternoon and we told him all about the episode, he treated The Fritzer to extra Dog Yummies and said for Mama to call him at his office whenever we were getting low on milk, and he'd buy some at the small store just up the road from the hospital's front gate.



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...this toy catalogue from when I was five years old...and yeah, this Jew got Christmas presents...

Charlie



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not looking at Sears' or any other companies' catalogs (there were other companies?), and I don't remember writing letters to Santa Claus, either.  Somehow Mama always guessed correctly about what toys and clothes I wanted, and came up with at least a few of which I'd never thought.

As you all know, I also remember the series Xmas light strings--one goes out, they all go out, and Grandma Allgulander fussing about having them on for more than 2 hours a night and running up the electric bill!!  hmm



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I have you beat on gas (and cigaret) prices--17 cents a gallon and a pack, as I know I've mentioned more than once, but then I'm about 11 years older than you.

That station attendant looks a lot like Bill Murray.  Yes, we always had them in NJ, and apparently NJ's the last hold-out state in allowing self-serve stations.  I guess its reasons center around providing jobs.  One of the good things about that, I suspect, was drivers not having to get out of their cars and be pelted with rain, sleet, and whatever else might be falling from the sky; plus while the gas was pumping, the attendant would clean the windshields and wiper blades.  Yep, they expected a tip, but they earned it if they came out in rotten weather.


 I always found the fellows so friendly too, even if the weather was rotten. Also they usually checked the oil too. Now the pumps are all automatic.blankstare

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 I sure do. And I miss ordering from Sears Catalogue even if Bill Mahar aid its about time they gave up the Catalogue.smile. I always bought clothes for the kids and nursing uniforms and curtains matching bedsheets, spreads, towels and well just about everything we needed and most of the Christmas gifts. The Dutchman always called it my bible but he would never take me shopping and I could never go on my own because we only had the one vehicle. Gurrrrwhat a grouch!

I was hoping the powers of Sears would have kept their Catalogue going because I do not buy on line. No credit card information  going on my computer. Neigh! Neigh! noblankstare

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 Neigh! Neigh! noblankstare

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 Are you sick? You sound a little hoarse...

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I remember when 4 puzzles in a box for children. One would put each puzzle completed on top of one another. They would have only 8 pieces in each puzzle.



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All sorts of offers for swell crap on the backs of cereal boxes.



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wearing thick leggings and huge galloshes. One size fit all or so it seemed as a kid. 



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All sorts of offers for swell crap on the backs of cereal boxes.


Which took five months to show up in your mailbox. That 'Real Live Monkey' was looking pretty rough by the time you opened the package.

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wearing thick leggings and huge galloshes. One size fit all or so it seemed as a kid. 


I remember what you mean.  In winter months, Grandma insisted I wear knee socks during my school years up through and including 6th grade (long before they became fashionable) as well as slacks under my dresses and skirts.  Dear God, how embarrassing!  By 7th grade, I told Mama I was having no more of that as I applied my first Tangee lipstick.

Mama, having left for work shortly before I left for school, wasn't truly aware of my displeasure with Grandma's meddling, but Mama made everything all better right quickly.  smile 



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Saddle shoes.  All the girls in my 6th grade class had them, so I just had to have a pair, too.  It didn't matter that the white parts required cleaning every night or that they didn't go very well with any of our clothes.



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Poodle skirts, which were about the only thing saddle shoes went with.  I guess Mama couldn't afford a circular felt skirt with a poodle on it for me, (or she was wise enough to sense the fad wouldn't last very long), but she did buy me a plain turquoise one and the crinolines to go under it.

 



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soda cans before pop-tops, and the debut of Jiffy Pop popcorn.



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there being no remote controls for anything!!  disbelief



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