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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/18 17:14:50 (permalink)
My partner is a lefty and Catholic schooled from kindergarten to Master's degree. She is still a lefty and crochets afghans and does calligraphy left handed.  
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/18 17:15:23 (permalink)
That glass thingie on your father's dashboard that he looked thru to see if the light was green because the visor above the windshield stuck out so you couldn't see the stoplight!
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/18 17:23:44 (permalink)
See an empty pack of Lucky Strikrs on the ground, stamp on it before anyone else while saying"Lucky Strikes, no tags back" and you get to punch any friend closeby, in the arm, no punch back allowed!
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/18 17:32:15 (permalink)
Hopefully a Volkswagon rolls by so you can return the favor.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/18 19:16:58 (permalink)
I was forced over to the right starting in the 3rd grade. They made that decision with my parents the previous school year after we were introduced to cursive, but the following year would be when we'd formally start. I was an under-the-line or "push' lefty and unless I wrote "hook", which I couldn't, this b*tch penmanship expert they brought who just happened to become my 3rd grade teacher the following year and then the elementary principal convinced my parents that I would have difficulty with the program they used because it would be opposite to the training motions. You probably remember thost stupid, green cards for each character they used to put on the wall with the numbered strokes as you learned a character(s). I never really learned to write well and to this day have difficulty writing, but I'm still very left handed in everything I do, but quite ambidexterous. One of my little ones is an under the line lefty, the other is also a lefty, but writes hook. Her writing has always been very sharp and angular, unlike the flowing script of her sister. Their elementary years were in a parochial school and there was never any issue or discussion about either's handwriting style or any attempt to modify it.  
 
I guess this is another thing that's disappeared about the same time as the "New Math" and can be added to the list. Schools no longer force kids over, nor is there a stigma about being a lefty. My mom and grandmother had a big problem with it like it was embarassing. I can remember when I was little having things snatched out of my left hand and put in my right. That crazy teacher taped my left hand to the desk with masking tape serveral times and would whack my open hand with a ruler if she caught me writing with my left. Imagine that happening today.
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That's so nice to hear Dawn! Especially for a lefty! That...and anything to do with knitting usually is a greater challenge.

Growing up...it was holy water sprinkled in my direction every time I used a fork pen or scissors with my left-hand...and an entire rosary to follow. Out of 4 children...only one of my sisters is a righty with blue eyes....like my Mother.


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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/18 19:47:59 (permalink)
The crazy nuns were not allowed to hit me so they told all the other kids I was adopted...from China. I guess they thought I would get roughed up because of that and would be better during the "conversion" process. Everyone wanted to be my friend so I could unlock the mysteries of chopsticks and fortune cookies. I am still left-handed. I ended up in public school in the 3rd grade.

If they could have hit me or tied me up...I would have been dead...or still trying to get loose. They were crazy. But...the pretzels and orange drink are nice memories. I still have friends that think I am adopted.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/18 21:31:17 (permalink)
Perpetual motion toys on office desks...

http://www.gamesbyjames.com/browse.cfm/4,7042.html

Click clack click clack.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/18 21:54:16 (permalink)
chewingthefat Hand signals out of car windows...not to include single digit finger messages!

As a frequent bicyclist, I always use hand signals. Unfortunately, most drivers seem to have forgotten right turn and stopping signals.
 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/18 22:01:43 (permalink)
CCinNJ Astronaut ice cream

About 3 hours ago, I saw it at Old Navy, and even told my wife, "Remember that?"
 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/18 22:49:06 (permalink)
I'll have to check if they still carry it. I love it. It was always part of a souvenir package...from a Florida vacation.

When I see a macaron...it reminds me of astronaut ice cream.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 10:29:27 (permalink)
Living Life on the Edge - Before Seat belts, laying on the back seat shelf in the car just under the rear windshield to watch the stars on a road trip.  Some great astronomy lessons.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 10:41:30 (permalink)
Until recently...I would have mentioned Cabbage Patch Kids.But...they seem to be livin' it up these days....
 

 
 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 10:52:41 (permalink)
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Until recently...I would have mentioned Cabbage Patch Kids.But...they seem to be livin' it up these days....





 
They are very much alive, a friend of mine had to take her grand daughter to the Cabbage Patch Hospital in Georgia where the dolls are "born". It's still a big deal.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 15:01:48 (permalink)
How about those astronaut pens that would work if you were writing on the ceiling?
 
Guess felt tips took over and now roller balls for that purpose.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 15:06:22 (permalink)
CCinNJ I'll have to check if they still carry it. I love it. It was always part of a souvenir package...from a Florida vacation.

When I see a macaron...it reminds me of astronaut ice cream.

It was the Old Navy at Bergen Mall in Paramus, NJ.
 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 15:09:40 (permalink)
mar52 How about those astronaut pens that would work if you were writing on the ceiling?

Strange coincidence time again (well, not so strange considering the discussions about pens). I have two chrome Powerpoint pens, and just yesterday I sent an email to Papermate to find out if there are any refills for current pens that will fit. In the meantime, one can still get refills, at an ever growing price (although still only $3 each on Ebay).
 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 15:12:48 (permalink)
I liked the "Floaty" pens that were so popular!
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 15:15:03 (permalink)
Take the pen Jerry! Take the pen!
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 15:34:39 (permalink)
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CCinNJ I'll have to check if they still carry it. I love it. It was always part of a souvenir package...from a Florida vacation.

When I see a macaron...it reminds me of astronaut ice cream.

It was the Old Navy at Bergen Mall in Paramus, NJ.

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Thanks Bart! the first time I read that I thought it was 3 years not hours. I have to go find my moon boots and plan an 80s party!
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 16:06:44 (permalink)
Greg, you can still get Floaty Pens.  That's what Jill sells on Ebay.
 
Anyone have one of those pens that held 4 different colors of ink?
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 16:25:33 (permalink)
How about these guys?   There were quite a few different colors and variations.
You filled the bottoms with baking soda and put them in water and they floated up and down.  
They came in specially marked cereal boxes and they also had submarines and boats as well.
They used to sell for BIG bucks on the Bay but I havent checked the prices of them in a long time!
 

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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 17:13:50 (permalink)
I had a bunch of those little guys in my tub 55 years ago.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 17:23:38 (permalink)
I don't remember but if anyone mentioned the sound of a typewriter. Ten years ago I worked for my local community college as a computer tech. I had a student intern work with me and we were in a office that had to file State forms that were still on the typewriter with umpteen copies. As we walked in one of the secretaries was working on these forms and the typewriter was clicking away. My intern stopped  dead in his tracks and stared at the typewriter. His comment "Is that one of those typie things?"  My work career spanned from 1968 until 2005. Lots of office machines changed drastically, heck, office procedures changed.  Heck.... life changed.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 17:47:46 (permalink)
Remember before self-correcting typewriters... those little white strips you used to cover mistakes?
 
How about Carbon Paper for copies?
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 18:13:02 (permalink)
Dumbwaiters & laundry chutes
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 18:35:33 (permalink)
I have a laundry chute. And I had the dumbest waiter the other evening ... . He came by the table and said, "How's everything, alright?" And we hadn't even ordered yet.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 18:51:37 (permalink)
or White-Out/Correction fluid and of course somebody in the office had to have a bottle of thinner.
 
Mimeograph machines....that smell.
 
Addressograph machines/plates
 
Telex machines. Sitting next to one and the motor starts up. ding. Composing a message on preforated paper tape. The chatter of a teletype machine was the standard background to radio newscasts.
 
When cable was called pay tv and people still had outside tv antennas with the flat twin lead. Your tv had channel U between 2 and 13. 
 
Switchboard operators....sure why not...Geraldine? ringy dingy?
 
Sound of a daisy wheel printer
 
Anybody mention adding machines or punch cash registers and that special blue ink they used to stamp prices on cans with?
 
Sunken Living Rooms
 
White Wall Tires and people that actually paid a premium for them. Store promotionals that had tires wrapped with foil or reflective material.
 
Air conditioners that had streamers on them as a promotional tool.
 
Under dash add-on air conditioning units were sold in every auto supply.
 
Having your car Ziebharted right after you bought it.
 
Plasters and poultices....more of your mom's or grandmothers tools of tourture.
 
Traveling on an airplane was a formal, dress-up affair that folks wore their sunday best aboard. The stewardess were portrayed as cocktail waitresses in the sky. Some of the planes had women's names and commercials had stewardesses intimidating that they were welcoming objectification and potential assult. oh yeah, before I forget. Traveling by plane was a pleasurable experience at one time.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 19:04:56 (permalink)
Conversation pits in homes.  (Like you couldn't talk in the kitchen}
 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 19:10:50 (permalink)
A mustard plaster teaches you not to cough. Ever. Shudder.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/19 19:13:56 (permalink)
Quip Fax machines. Portable Olivetti typewriters in canvas and leather cases. Speed Graphics. Paste pots.
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