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Thinking about things: Do You Remember??
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, August 26, 2022 8:25 PM

Hello, America! Paul Harvey Here!

         Does anyone remember him? How about Arthur Godfrey? or How about, this, an old word trick at school. Antidisestablishmentairinism? That was a Mouthful. Remember Carvel Soft Serve? Or gas Stations like Gulf, Esso, Sinclair, Texaco. Remember their slogans?"Trust Your Car to the man who wears the Star"was Texaco's, and Esso-Exxon was 'Put a Tiger in Your Tank". I had to be careful about that last! I swear my brand New 57 Chevy Bel-Air With Fuel Injection was touchier on the throttle with Esso-Exxon!

         Then there were one shot movies that stuck with you. Not two or three or more exhausting the same theme(Star-Wars ,anyone) don't get me wrong, I love those movies. Especially the Special Effects! But, I remember every detail of "African Queen" just as well. How about "Bridge on the River Qwai" or even an oldie to me "Citizen Kane"(Purported to be about Randloph Hearst!).

        The most memorable that still sticks. Was traveling the "Mother Road" RTE-66, Four children and a wife and gear stuffed in the car and towing a U- Haul, going from this duty station or that. "Yes, I actually did hear "Are we there yet?" quite often, But that usually stopped at motels shaped like Large pigs(Each Cottage) or Tepees. Then the Restaurants. Stuckeys, and their ubiquitus Pecan Rolls(The whole family got hooked on those things). and let's not forgot the famous Howard Johnsons(Which dropped to Ho-Jo's) and then dropped to fourth rate Motels and some cities something else!

          Then there were folks that would just gather and talk about traveling. I remember eating a Steak Dinner with the Fixins at 30,000ft. Not anymore, if your an ordinary joe, Peanuts anyone? Back  then the price of $101.85 for the ticket that covered all that and your luggage! Wow, All the way cross country, Change Planes in Chicago. Models were popular then, Guillows, Comet, etc! for Planes and also Scientific , where I got my start on ships. I remember fondly one time having just bought a Comet car Kit! It was three blocks of wood. Some kind of plastic tires, Metal press in Hubcaps, two of those blocks were the 1/4x1/4 axle blocks. Oh, One more little block for the Dash. Stickers and White metal(Full of lead,That) for Bumpers and Steering Wheel. You used the extra large cuttoffs for the instrument cover and shade, or brow as some were called.The Headlights, No matter which you bought unless it was a Buick or Oldsmobile were all the same. And for the convertibles, Balsa seat Blocks (They were easy To shape)  and Stamped Metal Windshield frames?

          Ah! Those were the days of "Life of Riley" and "Dragnet" on the radio, Remember those? The Large boxes on the Cabinet behind the Sofa? Or the larger cabinets that sat in a corner of the parlor with a round dial with a switch that allowed you to listen to Radio Free Europe and the B.B.C. from the comfort of your American, Levitown house (If you lived there) or the Sears-Built Bungalows, Different sizes for Different sized families. Own your own Craftsman designed home. Delivery assured. Yup! Kit Homes back then. Weren't we lucky?? I thought life was grand, No fears of strangers on the "Sidewalks" in our hometown and None came to our schools with harm in mind! Beat Cops, Safe neighborhoods, Parks with Merry Go rounds that you made spin fast enough you forgot about centrifugal force when you tried to get on. Monkeybars, With only sand to fall on. Swings with wooden Boards with Splinters and Rusty chains. Wasn't it wonderful to catch a jar of fireflies? 

         End! Really No, but you might be getting bored now, God Bless and I'll check in with you Tomorrow, Mr.Blue Collar, signing off. Good Night America!

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Posted by lurch on Saturday, August 27, 2022 8:22 AM

Yep TB I remember almost all of it. But never traveled down RT. 66. Always wanted to but never did.  

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Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, August 27, 2022 9:00 AM

I remember everything except that ice cream brand.  Also the Green Hornet and The Shadow (Ha ha ha).  I remember cars without turn signals, air conditioning, and automatic transmissions ( I liked stick shift anyway- did not buy automatics until it became hard to find sticks.  I remember B & W TV, had a big console radio just like TB, AM broadcast and short wave.  Worked at Texaco and Speedway gas stations during highschool.

 

 

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Saturday, August 27, 2022 9:00 AM

WOW!  Lots of memories came flooding back to me by reading your post.  Though I never had the opportunity to travel on Route 66 but some of the other things you mentioned I definitely could relate to like Sinclair's green dinosaurs.  I still remember my Dad stopping at one of their stations and letting climb and play on their dinosaur.  I also remember Big Boy restaurants along the highway when we traveled through the U.S. towing a rented Jayco pop-up camper behind our Dodge Belvedere(4 door unfortunately).  I still remember crawling underneath those Merry-Go-Rounds that you mentioned, as they were spinning and my parents owning their first colored TV in a huge cabinet with a phonograph stereo on one side.  BTW after I graduated from high school I worked in a foundry and they always played Paul Harvey on the radio during our lunch break.

Thanks for the memories Tanker-Builder

tjs

TJS

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, August 27, 2022 9:20 AM

Hi Lurch!

        Goodmorning, fine sir! I hope this new day finds you in Good Health and Spiriits!

      Yes, the " Mother Road" was spoken about even in the "Grapes of Wrath". It was impressive at it's time. The thing I remember most, the absolute Down Home friendliness of the folks along that road! Sure, sometimes bad things happened, But the circumstance was beneficial to both parties, No Harm, No Foul!

      What I really remember though was the Lack of boredom for the adults.The road and it's signage was a treat for the eyes. Two Hundred year old oaks, and others, alongside the road giving it shade then spaces at the edge of the fields where signs reigned supreme.  The ones I remember were little ditties from the Burma Shave Folks. I seem to remember, before leaving Illinois , somewhere there  was a Willow Tree as big as an Apartment House-Hadda be at least two Hundred years old! Probably gone now, sadly, as we reach to the future.

       Everybody in the car would be laughing by the time Dad(Me) (Using a funny voice would read them as we whizzed by at a sedate 55 miles an hour) got finished. Pull into a  (Petrol)or (Gas)station, Everyone is relieved and The Attendant(They had those too!) Finished checking  all the car's fluids, topped the tank off and cleaned the Glass and License plates and checked the tires too!

      Back on the road to a menagerie of Fascinating structures and Surplus airplanes even, being used as motel cabins, owner's apartments upstairs or a roadside diner shaped like a C-46 or a luxury looking dining Rail Car on the outside, Strictly utilitarian inside, serving down home cooking inimical to that region! Even ate in one that was a Destroyer escort. Geez, 1300 miles inland already! ("How'd they git er there"?) (Probably Fake) But it passed muster from this Sailor at the time. Sit on foredeck upstairs in the breeze outside having the evening meal, The Children sleepily pecking at their food. Adults strained and tired from another long day. But we did it. Find a cozy motel and settle for the night, Tomorrow is a New Day!

      On The Road again(Sorry, Willie!) See such and such Caves, Visit the museum of Oddities in Arizona. Pullovers out west, who's sights of Natural North America would take your breath away. That big Canyon is (one heckuckuva big Hole in the Earth for sure!) Make you glad to be an American!) Must'nt forget the Dinosaurs. Oh yeah there were giants too! Paul Bunyan and "Babe" his Blue ox. The Lumberjack and the Welcoming Cowboy in Los Vegas! I even remember staying at a motel that had each cabin shaped like an old Dutch Windmill!

 The postwar " Mother Road" slowly faded as Freeways came about. But Sections do still exist. Put it on the special " To Do list, before you miss the chance! Have a good day my friend.T.B.  P.S. "Inn"-a place to rest on a journey sometimes with food, sometimes not, -Motel( A combining of Motor and Hotel in the early motoring days-Often referred to also as " Motor Courts"  as well)

     Hey, Sorry, a late edition ! How many of you traveled on Passenger Trains-NO, Not AMTRAK! I mean real trains like the N.Y.C.- Twentieth Century Limited! The Pennsylvania R.R. Keystone or the Southern Pacific Daylight.AH! those were the days. in many ways!

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, August 27, 2022 11:12 AM

Many memories there, TB. Good stuff.

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Posted by cwalker3 on Saturday, August 27, 2022 11:33 AM

So many memories. How about when doctors made house calls? Or soda fountains in drug stores? Watching Jackie Gleason and Get Smart on Saturday nights at grandmoms house was always looked forward to. Good times.

Cary

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, August 27, 2022 3:51 PM

Mr. Walker:

    Doctors making House calls you say? Well, let's see I had my tonsils out at home but Then I had to go to hospital for the everpresent surgery for the ubiquitus Appendix thingie! My Little Sister was born at home, One doctor and one Midwife in attendance!

    When Grandpa fell and broke his leg, there's Dr.Williams, Oh Hey! he's got a new Car a New 57 Studebaker! Grandma and Fresh chicken dinner. Those birds knew when she appeared in the henhouse what was up. Chickens everywhere and Grandma got pecked in the eye .Dr.Williams in forty minutes! Ah!

        Those were the days. Can't pay in cash? Ya'll got any venison from last weeks hunt? I sure would love some, Bill Paid! Hey !Doc! Heard your car broke, How long in the shop. I'll have my brother drive you on your rounds, okay? Baby Birth,Uncle John, Paid! But sadly those times eased to almost to nothing. Expenses in keeping up with the advances in medicine and equipment, he stayed in the office building near the local Hospital. Ah! Those were the days, For Sure!  

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Saturday, August 27, 2022 5:37 PM

And the stores back then; Sears / Sears & Roebuck, J.C. Penny, Woolworths (alwayds had a soda fountain inside), Yellow Front, White Front, Kresge's (later to become K-Mart), and then Acme and A & P were the major food stores.

When I first started building models (about 20 miles west of Philadelphia), there was no hobby shops close by. Model kits were upstairs at the hardware store; plastic kits on one shelf and balsa kits on another.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, August 27, 2022 7:14 PM

Oh!

    You remember that? Hey I used to go to the A&P for my Grandma. Go to the coffee aisle and then grind fresh roast for her. The machine ground and roasted as you waited.The light turned green and then the delicious flavor of fresh roasted beans would hit you as you secured the top and went to the register. Our hardware store was surprisingly three stories, there in Buffalo. Lionel Trains, American Flyer too! Flying Cox models plastic models too. The Wooden ones  were kept with the Dollhouse and Woodcrafts section.

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Saturday, August 27, 2022 7:33 PM

That reminds of an old song from the Statler Brothers (remember them?).

"Do You Remember These?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvbtqrg8tdU

Of course, my sister remembers all these.  She's 82.  Big Smile

Gary

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, August 28, 2022 8:18 AM

Gary:

       How can I forget. You already know my age. She's(Your Sister) still marrying age in my culture! Native American/AustroSicilian.

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Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, August 28, 2022 8:37 AM

Tanker-Builder

Mr. Walker:

    ....

    When Grandpa fell and broke his leg, there's Dr.Williams, Oh Hey! he's got a new Car a New 57 Studebaker! Grandma and Fresh chicken dinner. Those birds knew when she appeared in the henhouse what was up. Chickens everywhere and Grandma got pecked in the eye .Dr.Williams in forty minutes! Ah!

     ....

 

I still love the starlite coupe, the one by Ray Lowey- was that 1954?  If I ever buy a classic from that era, that is what I'd buy.

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, August 28, 2022 9:05 AM

Hi!

    That was in 1953. It was a Raymond Leowy Design. As we can see, Design wise, it has stood the test of time. The "Starlite Coupe and Sedan" was every Studebaker lovers dream. It came as the famous Hardtop, a Two door Sedan(Same Body) and a stretched and heightened four Door sedan. I did own by a fluk,e a two Door sedan and one Hardtop that were conseqeutive numbers on the assembly line.

   My Second "Starlite"H/T/Coupe had the Roots supercharger in it! Plus I once had a few others like a BlackHawk, a SilverHawk and an all Black supercharged Avanti I used to collect barn finds and restore them. Studes were my fave.I never did hit my "Holy Grail: which was a 1948 Coupe with the propellor on that pointed grille with a car looking something like a "Pushme-Pullyou" kind of car. That multi-paned  rear window made some folks think the car was going backwards! Remember the Four Door Super low, Hudson Hornet? Same idea, Different creator! And just think-Most four door cars at that time topped 2,000 pounds as well. 

      Grandpa's Stude was a "Golden Hawk", H/T With Kelsey Hayes Wire wheels too!

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Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, August 28, 2022 3:11 PM

How about going outside to the milk box to get the metal carrier with up to 6 bottles of milk.  The cream would form a thick layer on top that my Father would claim first.

Having a black and white TV...finally.  Three stations available but if you're lucky you might be able to pick up one from Philly. Havint to go out on the roof to adjust the antenna.  Watching the weird distorations as a airliner flys by on its way to Newark airport.  Watching shows like Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, All sorts of documentry type shows abouit WWII like Victory at Sea.  Educational things like Library Lions, Mr. Wizard, You were there and others.  When color TV arrived you would get things like 12 O'Clock High, in color as the show started.  TV stations shutting down each night and starting every morning with the national anthem.  The crazy excuse slides that would show on the screen when something went wrong at the TV station, whever they were.

Having the daily air raid siren every day and using it as the signal to head home.  Trying to earn money with a paper route.

My first car, no power steering, no power brakes, no A/C, no FM radio.  If you wanted A/C just roll down your windows, open the vent windows, and drive.  There were no seat belts.  When they were mandated we had to drill holes in the car floor then go to Sears for a couple seat belt packs and bolt them in and run htem through the bottom of the seats.  Gas was 30 cents a gallon, there were no pictures on the paper driver's licences, driving to the state capital to take a driving test with big brother and his girl friend in the back seat.  Cars were cheap, I bought a brand new Plymouth Duster for 1,500 dollars.  You could get a decent used car fo rabout 75 dollars.  Finding out for the first time the police had developed a thing called radar.  The 6 cylinder was considered a whimpy engine but was better than the flat head 4  cylinder Nash cars.

Doctors making house calls when you contracted mumps, measels, chicken pox or some other darn virus.  Getting inoculated for polio in school.

Registering for the draft, watching the numbers pulled  and posted in Washington D.C. each year by the politicians.  When your number was picked up having ot make a decision, just go into the Army, go to jail, go into hiding from the feds who will be looking for you, go into another branch of the military, or go into permanent exile in Canada.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, August 28, 2022 4:15 PM

Victory at Sea:

        Now there;s a show that fueled my passion for ships! That and (Moby Richard) PPHBBT NANNYBOTS!! Lots of others. Humphrey Bogart as an older tramp Steamer Captain. And in the African Queen always talking to "Rosie"and in the "Caine Mutiny" In the courtroom, rolling the steel balls in his hands and going on about the Strawberries!

 Those movies, Gave me the impetus to love ships. My uncle Joseph Geracci owned a Shrimp boat, but his pride was his Tuna Boats. You know like the ones from LIFE-LIKE/PYRO/LINDBERG. The "Tuna Clipper" First went to sea on them. 13 and a Cabin Boy!

    Second voyage, Saw the Andrea Doria and the Stockholm Collision! WOW, who'da thunk they'd make that much of a crunch! Trash everywhere! I wish I could've gotten one of the lifeboats that bobbed up when the Doria went down. But I learned a lesson that day. The Sound of a ship dying is the most heart wrenching sound a Sea and Ship Lover will ever hear. First time I ever saw Uncle Joe Cry!

       Yeah, Saved for three years. Got my first Pay-Check from my Job. Working on a Permit for Fatherless boys at Bethlehem Steel! Through the Union and the State(Hadda keep yer marks up for that) Can help mom. Brand new 57 Chevy Bel Air- $1.00 a pound. With tax that was $2.795. Got chewed by grandma cause I bought fancy! Hey, it was on sale. Yup, Wide Whites and a Fuel Injected engine and a Radio! And I had enough left to by a sundae at Dairy Swirl! That day, My very own Banana Split! Ate it all too! All of a legally licensed 16 year old! Cash said I could buy. No finance for anyone under 21.

   Sure, now as a retired Engineer I know what causes it, don't make any difference! I've heard it twice since. Doesn't change the feeling it gives you. Those were the days. Like you said, about the antennae. Grandpa Russell, turning the Magnavox antennae with that litle remote. It was a Motorized Zenith brand thing! He was Retired Army, Loved Gunsmoke and Edward R.Murrow and Ed Sullivan! 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, August 28, 2022 5:07 PM

Hey Ikar,you lived near Newark Airport? 

I was born and raised in Newark myself

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Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, August 28, 2022 6:47 PM

I'm from Norhtern Jersey in Morris County, Randolph Township.  Planes were always flying over us and my big brothers had me on the roof many tim.  There was one exception, when our pilot tried to take off es and sometimes for a long time.  I would always come in to Newark when flying for some A.F. business or other.  The only exception was coming back from my second combat or Traffic Accident Investigation school when our pilot tried to take off from the D.C. airport while the engine was on fire.  We were given a new flight to Laguardia and then a bus to Newark.  I also went into the military when drafted at Newark.

Remember shows like Silent Service, The Lieutenant, Gallent Men, Thriller, Navy Log, West Point, and so many others.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, August 28, 2022 8:57 PM

Cool my best friend lived in Quaker Village Apartments up on Route 10

Small world,I lived in Union 20 yrs before moving to NC

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Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, August 28, 2022 10:03 PM

Try this, my Father managed a few Grand Union stores and one of them happened to be in Union.  I used to go through there when I would travel betwen Dover A.F.B. Del. to home in Randolph.  He had bought a very old place on Reservoir Ave. on a hill above Dover.  I do need to call the town records office, I would like ot get the history of that house.  It was built in about 1759.  My first 19 years were spent in that house.

Picatinny Arsennal was on the other side of town and every year we would g oto the Armed Forces Day open house.  That is until they screwed up part of it by doing the wargames in a different area.  No shows after that.

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Posted by PFJN2 on Monday, August 29, 2022 9:14 PM

Hi,

Growing up, sometimes my dad would like to just go drive around for a bit and take some of us kids with him.  I think he may have been trying to give my mom some free time away from us Stick out tongue.  Anyway, alot of times Paul Harvey would be on the radio as we drove Smile

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, September 24, 2022 6:58 AM

So many memmories that have come back from reading these posts. I don’t believe anybody mentioned S&H Green Stamps. My mom got them at either Quick Check or Grand Union.  These would allow one to redeem them at the S&H store for merchandise. I still had a couple of plastic thermo cups my mom bought from the Bordens milkman in the mid 60s. My wife threw them away not long ago when they eventually cracked. Any Florida old timers remember Burdines, Masters later became Zayre, Jordan Marsh, Jeffersons, Gold Triangle, the Omni Mall grand opening, when the Metro Zoo was in Key Biscayne?

I remember Gulf gas stations giving a plastic magnetic horseshoe for their “no knock” slogan. Sinclair gave out a green dinosaur . How about High Flight just before the TV stations signed off. We had three in Miami in the mid 60s, channels 4,7,and 10. Remember the gas station attendant come up to your car, fill up, wash your windshield, check your tire pressure and under the hood? 

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Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, September 24, 2022 7:49 AM

plasticjunkie

....

I remember Gulf gas stations giving a plastic magnetic horseshoe for their “no knock” slogan. Sinclair gave out a green dinosaur . How about High Flight just before the TV stations signed off. We had three in Miami in the mid 60s, channels 4,7,and 10. Remember the gas station attendant come up to your car, fill up, wash your windshield, check your tire pressure and under the hood? 

 

I remember the poem High Flight.   Is that what you meant.  Great literature. I tried to memorize it, but my memory was never good enough.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, September 24, 2022 12:25 PM

missileman2000

I remember the poem High Flight.   Is that what you meant.  Great literature. I tried to memorize it, but my memory was never good enough.

Yes the poem written by the American volunteer John Gillespie Magee flying  for the RCAF in WWII. I remember this beautiful poem being played at sign off on tv stations.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IoL-KCFbIpA

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, September 24, 2022 12:29 PM

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by ikar01 on Saturday, September 24, 2022 8:43 PM

While in the A.F. I submitted a picture to the A.F. for consideration for the lithographic poster program.  It was a shot of a F-4 taking off froma base in South East Asia during the Vietnam war.  The shot shows it  coming up from a dip in the runway and had the sun brightly above it.  One day I was walking down a hall in a building for a theft report when I saw my picture hanging on the wall.  It had the  high flight poem on the side and underneath that was the emblem for the bi-centennal.  I wrote them about this and they sent me a copy.  I have the only poster in their series that has no credit posted on it.

To go back a bit, I remember my Father taking us for the usual Sunday drive. Sometimes when we had to stop for a train we would get out and look for the glass insulating pieces from the telephon poles. Those were sometimes left on the ground after being worked on.

We had a smaall store along the road that was mostly open air with a post office handled by the store owner and had wooden steps aboiut six feet high.

I remember Paul Harvey. I used to listen to him in Okinawa. To ban they don't have a set of CDs for his storises..

I remember going into the induction center at Newark when I got drafted. I think it was the same building my Father went to when he joined the Air Corps before WII. I would fly in and out of there for assignments and could see the towers when I got home.

There were many homes that still hadn't been connected to the electrical system yet and in some cases the water system either.

I had a job in igh school pumping gas at a friend's station. It was not easy during the winter but it bveat having a paper routs.

We got a well drilled at our house and it was sunk into one of the flodded iron mine tunnels tht went all through our area. The water tasted different but you got used to it.

Sometimes I would have to smack rugs hung on a close line to get them mostly clean.

 

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