Saturday, December 5, 2009

Boyhood Winter

In honor of winter having arrived here, I thought I’d post some boys out in the elements. As a kid, snow is so awesome. That’s because they don’t have to shovel it or drive in it. Plus there are so many things you can do that you can’t do the rest of the year. So the boys say, “Let it snow!” The adults go "Ugh!"

We may as well enjoy watching them enjoy it!

Jack Frost nipping at your nose

Sledding with friends!

Snowball fights!

Catching snowflakes on your tongue

Making Snow Angels

Go ahead, kids! Enjoy winter while you're still young!

Friday, November 6, 2009

For Pop-o

WJW - August 11, 1917 - November 14, 2002

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Nostalgia 3

Do you remember . . .

Timmy & Lassie

Old Yeller

Brylcream & Aluminum Christmas Trees

Fire Escape Chutes

Chef Boy-Ar-Dee

Flash Bulbs
Brownie Cameras

Television Test Signals

Speedy, the Alka-Seltzer kid

Chatty Cathy

5 Cent Cokes & Stamps

Gum Wrapper Chains

Jiffy Pop Popcorn

Those were the days, huh?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Nostagia 2

Lincoln Logs and Erector Sets

Tinker Toys and Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Sky King, Red Skelton, and the Fuller Brush Man

Washing machines with the roll-ringers on top
and the Studebaker

Car hops on skates at the local Drive-Ins like A & W and Dog 'n Suds

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nostalgia 1

To play a 45 record

S and H Green Stamps! Save up and get a Sunbeam Mix Master!

No need to

Skate keys
Ice cube trays

Beany and Cecil!

Cork POP rifles!

Drive In Theaters!

Collect the dollar from everyone.
One person in the front.
Two in the back.
Three in the trunk!

You just made three extra bucks for
gas and popcorn!

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Fly Market

The Fly Market

So many times we would scrounge for money.
A few pennies here,
A few pennies there.
Sometimes, if we were lucky,
A nickel would appear before our wide eyes.

Packing our pennies
(some of them wheat-backs from dad's collection)
In our pockets,
Feeling rich with the nickel we found, too,
We would jump on our bikes
And start our half mile journey down Seventh Avenue -
To the Fly Market!
We were actually planning on buying them out
With the fourteen cents we had between us.

In our eyes, though,
We did!
We came away from there with bags full of
Carmel bull's eyes, licorice records,
Chocolate licorice twists . . . our favorite!
Red and black "shoe-strings", Mary Janes,
Candy buttons on the long, thin piece of paper,
Candy cigarettes, wax bottles filled with sweet liquid.
Pixie sticks, Slo-Pokes,licorice snaps, and Neccos.
Jaw breakers that would last for hours!
Red-hot licorice nickels,Boston Baked Beans,
And the sweetest bubble gum on earth!

We thought we were rich in those days!
For a few hours, we had everything a kid would want
In our little brown bags full of candy.
Mom always thought we were sick
When we didn't finish all our dinner.
But somehow, I think she understood.
I think she knew where we had gone that afternoon.
Mothers are like that, you know?

Leaving our dinner plates half eaten,
We would go to bed on a full stomach . . .
Smiling and wondering
Where we were going to find more pennies
For our next trip to the Fly Market.

Somehow, we always found a penny here
Or a penny there.
At times, it would take a week!

But we were just kids.
We could wait!