DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN.....................? It took five minutes for the TV warm up? Nearly everyone's Mum was at home when the kids got home from school? Nobody owned a pure bred dog? When a a shilling was a decent allowance? You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a six pence? Your Mum wore stockings that came in two pieces? All your male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels? You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and petrol pumped, all without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air? Cereals had free toys 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 year if they failed. . .and they did? When a 57 Holden was everyone's dream car? 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 " and playing footy with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game? Stuff from the shop 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 savour the slower pace, and 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? 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. who can still remember Nancy Drew, Laurel and Hardy, The Famous Five, Secret Seven, Biggles, the Lone Ranger, Phantom, Roy and Dale and Trigger. As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket games, Hula Hoops, monkey bars, jilgying, visits to the beach and "conversation" lollies. 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 dare to pass it on. To remember what a double 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? Lolly cigarettes, pogo sticks, marbles, Home milk delivery in glass bottles with aluminium tops, Newsreels before the movie Sandshoes 45 RPM records Hi-Fi's Metal ice cubes trays with levers Mimeograph paper Cork pop guns Drive ins Valiants Washtub wringers Reel-To-Reel tape recorders houses made of cards Mechano Sets Penny lollies 35 cent a gallon petrol Do you remember a time when... Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"? "Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest? It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends" The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "boy or girl bugs"? Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a ging? Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures? Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles? The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team? Playing 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!!!!!!