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User Topic: Wanna Feel Old?
5454real
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Default  Posted: 1:32 PM, April 16th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

did anyone else have to act as the antenna for the TV during a really important football game? for some reason dad could never get it pointed quite right but when he would have me adjust it, it would come in clear as day.


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DS 23(Mine),SD 21,SS 20(Hers),DS 9 Ours, DGS 3, DGD 1 mo
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Posts: 2578 | Registered: Nov 2012 | From: midwest
simplydevastated
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Default  Posted: 3:18 PM, April 16th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

SD - We had that Atari! I kicked ass on the circus game where you bounced clowns off a teeter-totter to pop balloons. My favorite part was when the fell on their heads and their legs twitched.

That's hilarious! I loved Pitfall and then there was another called Air and Sea battle (Helicopters can shoot at subs and vice versa, or you can have two planes fighting etc...) You could pick a lot of different games. I was good at that one. I beat my father all the time

My sister loved River Raid. She would go slow and I would zoom through the screens. She would just laugh at me.

[This message edited by simplydevastated at 3:18 PM, April 16th (Wednesday)]


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nowiknow23
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Default  Posted: 3:31 PM, April 16th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

did anyone else have to act as the antenna for the TV during a really important football game? for some reason dad could never get it pointed quite right but when he would have me adjust it, it would come in clear as day.
Not for football games, but for Monty Python. Somehow the tinfoil by itself was not enough of a boost, but if I touched the foil, the picture was gorgeous.


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Jrazz
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Default  Posted: 3:42 PM, April 16th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

There is something fantastically ironic about being the antenna for Monty Python. The theme song, the cross dressing screeches of the granny gang, an 8 year old dangling precariously on a stool as they leaned uncomfortably over the TV, trying to hold SOOOO still as they clutch the metal rod in the just the right angle...


Michael Palin: You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o'clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down mill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out. When we got home, out Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt!

Graham Chapman: Luxury! We used to have to get out of the lake at three o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of hot gravel, go to work at the mill every day for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would beat us around the head and neck with a broken bottle, if we were LUCKY!

Terry Gilliam: Well we had it tough. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues. We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife.

Eric Idle: Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, eat a lump of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing "Hallelujah."

Michael Palin: But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't believe ya'.

ALL: Nope, nope..


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nowiknow23
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Default  Posted: 3:47 PM, April 16th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


You can call me NIK

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
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Default  Posted: 4:39 PM, April 16th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Did anybody have that radio that was a circle but you could twist it and it turned into an S?


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Default  Posted: 7:52 PM, April 16th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Ah! The encyclopedia! We had the Collier's version

Yep... we had these. I didn't read them in order tho... I started with genitalia, male....

I also remember the remote with the switches. My grandparents had one... it was "fancy". Our TV only had a dial and you had to walk across the living room to change channels.

We didn't get a color TV with a remote until I was a teenager. We didn't get Cable until I was 16... it wasn't available in our po'dunk town until then.

I had a cassette walkman and CD walkman... but I was middle 30's with a small child before I got an iPod.


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Default  Posted: 7:54 AM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

DS, ajs, & Sad - is that Panasonic line the same one that introduced the world to the Toot-a-Loop radio? (That wall of AM sound!)

Check this baby out:


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Default  Posted: 7:56 AM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Some other SI-er introduced this great graphic a while back; seems to be appropos to this thread ~


"Everybody's life is hard. You look at life, and it's not a cakewalk. You've got to be able to bounce back." --Neil Young, father to two children with CP, another with epilepsy, and otherwise experientially qualified to comment

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Default  Posted: 8:34 AM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

When our kids were small, we took them to a resort town every summer. We had a pit stop midpoint at a Mickey D's. One year they had this huge display of a Ronald McDonald cutout with a phone in front of it and a sign that said "Talk to Ronald." X and I went to the counter to order the food and the three kids ran off to chat with Ronny.

No sooner than 10 seconds goes by when youngest DSD (about 4) comes running up to us crying her eyes out. I cant talk to Wonald! she said, to which I replied, Of course you can, honey. Ronald talks to everyone. She grabs my hand and pulls me over to the display. I tell her to pick up the phone and dial R and thats when she started crying again.

The kid had never seen a rotary phone before and was clueless on how to dial one!


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Default  Posted: 8:43 AM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

OMG the Jerrold channel switcher! Nothing like a peaceful evening... *clack* *clack* *clackityclackclack*


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Default  Posted: 9:10 AM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The kid had never seen a rotary phone before and was clueless on how to dial one!

Evil Ronald disapproves ...


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Default  Posted: 9:38 AM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I was born in 84. I had a tape Walkman. Wore that sucker out. Then Dad "upgraded" me to a CD Walkman. I thought I was all that and a bag of chips.
Me too, except I was born in '83. Someone else mentioned it, but those CD walkmans skipped all the damn time. Like, they were damn-near no good for anything except just sitting still....for me, mine skipped with every step.

I remember in like middle school, they started having ones with really good skip protection and I wanted one so bad.


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Default  Posted: 9:41 AM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Damn, I was born in '64. My Walkman was 45 RPM...skipped like a sumbitch.


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Default  Posted: 9:44 AM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

@ TR!


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Default  Posted: 9:47 AM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

those CD walkmans skipped all the damn time. Like, they were damn-near no good for anything except just sitting still....for me, mine skipped with every step.
Yep. I actually had one that had "skip protection". Didn't work. I gave up. Only used the stupid thing for road trips.


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Default  Posted: 9:48 AM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I remember in like middle school

When I was growing up, we didn't even have "middle school", we had Jr. High.


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Default  Posted: 9:58 AM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We had one of these


Growing forward

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Default  Posted: 2:45 PM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My parents waited until I got married before they got cable TV and a riding mower.

They also got my old bedroom re-plastered so that my sister could live in luxury while she watched cable tv.


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Default  Posted: 3:14 PM, April 17th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

sad12008 - Mine was yellow!

"It's an "S", it's an "O", it's a crazy radio!"

Ah, memories.


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