Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Possé

Circa 1965, Alta Vista Drive. (That's me on the right.)

It was a time of skinned knees, of baseball cards clothespinned to drag through spokes of your bike so it sounded like a motorcycle. Of questions like, "Where are your going?"... and answers like, "Out!"

Backyards were for miraculous football catches, makeshift forts, yucky rhubarb, prickly gooseberries and scary, flashlight nights tenting out with friends.

High tech was a crystal radio in your bedroom that you built yourself and a color television in your living room that your father used to park himself in front of to adjust the picture for what seemed like hours. Record of the year, "Strangers in the night" by Frank Sinatra. Bonanza was the most popular television show, followed by Gomer Pyle, USMC and The Lucy Show.

Favorite food in the whole world: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches. 50 cent allowances were given out each Friday. Comic books were 12 cents. Batman. Robin. The Green Hornet and Spiderman all lived in a pile under your bed. Individually wrapped Mojo candies at Paul's Sundries down the hill were 4-for-a-penny. Sandboxes were worlds made with toy cars and Popsicle sticks.

And time seemed endless.

14 comments:

  1. i wish i liked PB and bananas... I like the PB part... not bananas with it.
    And why does time go by so fast now? I just watched Robin Hood (the disney version) and gosh... it was so short! I miss popsicles too...

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  2. Paul's and Sky Ranch and Marco Polo and Dominion Store... Bank St. in a very different time.

    Barb

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  3. PB and Honey :). Allowance to the corner store to see how many pieces of candy you could get for your money! Having a Great Dane that would pop up in the window of the classroom to see when you were coming out to play. Daring each other to see how high you could jump, hang upside down in a tree limb, get the *best* blackberries at the top of the vines, scoop the frogs up from the creek, ride your bike the farthest with "no hands"...

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  4. Yes-s-s-s! Forgot about "no hands"!

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  5. Picking blueberries for pie served for dessert the same night. Making a Barbie-doll house out of a cardboard box decorated with clippings from the Sears catalogue, and starting over with a new box the next day. Spending long summer days in the school yard play ground, even if you wouldn't be caught dead there during the school year except at recess. Baseball, dodgeball, line soccer, India rubber balls, elastic, and going everywhere on your bike because Dad took the car to work and there was no second vehicle for Mom to drive. Home-made popsicles from cool-aid, juice or Jell-O.

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  6. Who remembers those sheets of transluscent plastic you could use to create a "fake" colour TV? It was taped onto the front of your B&W TV and had blue on the top (for sky), brown in the middle (for earth) and green on the bottom (for grass). For $0.50 you could have an "instant" Colour TV ! ! !

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  7. Do seem to remember those Warren but never saw one... LM, was it a station wagon? My dad always had one. Cars were a game to identify when the drove down the street, Chevy, Dodge, Rambler, Ford...

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  8. I love both rhubarb and gooseberries! Either makes a great pie, and like Lynn, I spent quite a bit of time picking berries to put in them. Seems like we had a lot more pies back then. Love your puddle art in the last post.

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  9. Yes, I remeber the 50 cent allowance when I was growing up with you in Alta Vista -- actually, I started out at 25 cents, which, circa 1963, would still buy you a soda and a comic book at Paul's Sundries. Each about 12 cents as I recall.

    Did you go to Paul's on grade-school graduation days? It was well known that Paul would ask, "Did you pass?", and if you said yes he'd give you some little gift. In about 1965 mine was a ballpoint pen shaped like a cigar with its holder (which was the cap.)

    Not sure where that memory just emerged from :)

    Brent

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  10. Halloween at Paul's was cool too. The ladies would give out penny candy... for free!

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  11. No, the car was not a station wagon. An Impala. My father was in the military and we moved to Germany in 1967 - yup, I missed Expo - and the military moved the car with us. It was a honking monster in the German villages we would spend our weekends driving through and to!

    And bikes with the banana seats, Nancy Drew novels ($1 for the hard cover, I had almost all of them).

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  12. Aw, you made me remember I always wanted a bike monkey bars and a banana seat! You couldn't do wheelies on a three-speed Supercycle with racing handle bars...

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  13. Paul's Sundries -- by far my favourite place in the neighbourhood!

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  14. Welcome Rob! Seems to me you boys didn't have the Evans Blvd hill to climb on your way home from Paul's...

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