Saturday, February 24th, 2018

I Double Dog Dare You!

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Blog post Boomer54 Mark

Remember when…
All the girls had ugly gym uniforms? And wore tennis shoes not $200 Nike’s!
 I Double Dog Dare You!

It took three minutes for the TV to warm up?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Nobody owned a purebred dog?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

When a quarter was a decent allowance?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a  penny?

 I Double Dog Dare You!

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn’t pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed… And they did it!
 I Double Dog Dare You!

When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went  steady?

 I Double Dog Dare You!

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends… And saying things like, ‘That cloud looks like a… ‘?

 I Double Dog Dare You!

Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger…
 I Double Dog Dare You!

And with all our progress, don’t you just wish, just  once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today.
 I Double Dog Dare You!

When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

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 greater than the threat.
 I Double Dog Dare You!

And our summers were filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
 I Double Dog Dare You!
Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, ‘Yeah, I remember that’?

I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dog Dare to pass it on… To remember what a Double Dog Dare is, read on… And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

 I Double Dog Dare You!
Send  this on to someone who can still remember Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Bell , Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.
 I Double Dog Dare You!

How  Many Of These Do You Remember?
Candy cigarettes…
 I Double Dog Dare You!
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside…
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles…

Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes…

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum…
 I Double Dog Dare You! I Double Dog Dare You!


Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers…
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Newsreels before the movie

 I Double Dog Dare You!

Telephone numbers with a word prefix…( Yukon 2-601). Party lines…
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Peashooters…

 I Double Dog Dare You!

Hi-If’s  & 45 RPM records…
 I Double Dog Dare You!

78 RPM records…
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Green  Stamps…

 I Double Dog Dare You!

Mimeograph paper…
 I Double Dog Dare You!


The Fort Apache Play Set…
 I Double Dog Dare You!
Do You Remember a Time When Decisions were made by going…
‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe’?

Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘Do Over!’?

‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening?

 I Double Dog Dare You!

It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best
Friends’…
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot?
 I Double Dog Dare You!


Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

‘Oly-oly-oxen-free’ made perfect sense?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?

 I Double Dog Dare You!

The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

War was a card game?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Taking drugs meant orange flavored chewable aspirin?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
 I Double Dog Dare You!

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!

Pass  this on to anyone who may need a break from their ‘Grown-Up’ Life…
I  Double-Dog-Dare-Ya!

I remember all of these…am I old or what?



About the author: Boomer54 Mark is the publisher and senior editor of Baby Boomer Talk Online. He likes to be helpful to other boomers sharing useful information he gleans from the web. He attempts to go through life being positive and spreads this to the boomer world via email with inspirational quotes and videos. He is living in America’s finest city, San Diego, with his wife, The Red Headed Trip , and his two Boxer Dogs, Gabe and Luke.

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