I double-dog-dare-ya!

I remember almost all these things, and I feel too young to!  But sometimes the past is the best thing we have…or used to have.

Patrick The Poet

 


You may have seen this one before, but isn’t it fun to remember all over again!

And, for those of you too young to remember, consider it a lesson in ancient history!

DO YOU REMEMBER  WHEN…?

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?


It took five minutes for the TV to warm up?


Nearly everyone’s Mom was at home when the kids got  home from school?

Nobody owned a purebred dog?

When a quarter was a decent allowance?

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


Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?




All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?


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?


Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?




It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.


They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . .and they did?

      

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




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?



Lying on your back in the grass with your friends

and saying things like, ‘That cloud looks like a…’

Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?


Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

And with all our progress, don’t you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace? Share it with the children of today. 

When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?

Because 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.


Send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Roy and Dale and Trigger, and Buttermilk.


as well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the  pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.

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.

How many of these do you remember?

Candy cigarettes



Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.


Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.



Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes.




Blackjack, Clove, and Teaberry chewing gum.




Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.



Newsreels before the movie.


P.F. Fliers.



Telephone numbers with a word prefix…(Raymond 4-601).  Party lines.


Peashooters.

Howdy Dowdy.




Hi-Fi’s & 45 RPM records.


78 RPM records!




Green Stamps.


Mimeograph paper.

The Fort Apache Play Set.


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?


Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?



It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’!


The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was ‘cooties’!


Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?


Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures?


‘Oly-oly-oxen-free’ made perfect sense?


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

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?

War was a card game?




Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?


Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?




Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?




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!

Do You Remember?

PHIL COLLINSWhen it comes to torch songs this one has got to be up there near the top.  I can’t remember when I heard it the first time on the radio being sung by that master of torch songs, Phil Collins.  The years go by and it grows more difficult to recall the time and date of every special memory and experience.  But the memory and experience is never forgotten.  Nor the feelings, the loss, the having, and the wanting.  And everything you shared with someone special…and which we all hopelessly wish to spend forever with.  Do you remember?

If you don’t, I guarantee this song will help you to.

PaTricKThEPoeT

P.S.  And if somehow the song doesn’t help you to remember, the video certainly will.  It’s as poignant and heartwrenching as the song!

LINK TO SONG:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2loAlaonqQ

LINK TO LYRICS:  http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/p/phil_collins/do_you_remember.html

FAITHFULLY by Journey

JOURNEYHonesty, faithfulness, honor, and fidelity in love and marriage, that’s what this power ballad by the one and only Journey embodies and is about.  And the song does it with the incredible vocals of lead singer Steve Perry, and in an incomparably melodic and emotional tone maybe no other ballad can equal.  I would place this song as one of the greatest romantic ballads ever written and sung.  It always reinforces my faith in the union of marriage every time I hear it–which will never be enough times in one lifetime!  Enjoy.
 
PaTricKThEPoeT
 
LINK TO SONG/LYRICS: http://www.lyrics.com/faithfully-lyrics-journey.html

DRIFTWOOD

Driftwood you find along an errant beach can symbolize many things.  For me, it symbolizes what is now lost and dead–like love, and the memory of someone you took long walks with along an errant beach and thought would never leave or die.  That’s what this poem here is about.  It’s one I wrote a long time ago and even before the actual event came true.  Then it did.  And the poem became more than just words and what I feel every time I take a walk along any errant beach.

 

DRIFTWOOD
 
 
While the open sea closes around me
And winds chill this warm evening night,
I dwell on sweet, solemn thoughts of thee…
Now constant reminders of my loveless plight.

Then evening darkens and the ocean sings,
As sparse roaring waves crash upon a nearby reef.
There my desperate, desolate soul still clings
Waiting for evening tide to drown my grief!

Yet time has a way of making old the new,
And this ocean shore I walk in torment
Is but another remembered vision of you
When love was alive and never ill-spent!

So, even though I never understood
Why death came to take you from me,
The tide brings you back each night as driftwood 
In sonic memories of us together by the sea…
To quiet and soften now the sorrow in me.

Robin Gibb and The Bee Gees

My prayers go out to Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees and to his family and friends.  They have brought so much beauty and joy to the world through their incomparable music over the past 50-some years.  I wish him wellness and a second chance at life.

One thing is for certain, no matter how old some songs get, they remain timeless.  For here is a trio of classics all by this amazing trio: three timeless treasures by The Bee Gees, circa 1971.  Seems just yesterday when I heard these songs for the first time on a jukebox…somewhere a lifetime ago.  Enjoy!
 
PaTricKThEPoeT

LINK TO SONG 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRIUfOVSNF8&feature=related
 
LINK TO SONG 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewu05-Zcmsg&feature=related
 
LINK TO SONG 3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOGODoE4qKc&NR=1