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Coming of Age in the Sixties

Updated on November 21, 2018
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Peg is the youngest child of a U.S. Navy Commander who served in a variety of military towns in the United States in the 50s and 60s.

Southernmost City in the USA

By Ron Dicker, Southernmost House, Key West, Florida, USA
By Ron Dicker, Southernmost House, Key West, Florida, USA | Source

Growing up in Key West, a small tropical island at the southern tip of Florida we could ride our bikes to the ocean just minutes away from our home two story house on Flagler Avenue. Saturday mornings we'd hitch up the trailer and drive to a nearby island where we would launch the family boat and enjoy a day on the water with the sun on our faces. The tropical climate was a blessing nearly every day of the year, rarely dipping below sixty degrees.

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After a storm, we would scour the beach looking for conch shells washed to shore by waves that erased footprints and washed sand castles out to sea. Sporting a sunburn on at school on Monday spoke of an adventurous weekend. No one worried about UV rays. TV jingles sang about Solarcaine eliminating sunburn pain. The aroma of Coppertone lotion evokes fond memories of sand and summer.

Florida Gulf Coast
Florida Gulf Coast | Source

Early Recycling

In the sixties kids walked to school or rode their bikes home, keeping an eye out for soda bottles discarded along the road. Gathering them up in our bike baskets they'd play a merry tune as we took them home for a good scrubbing with water from the hose. Once our homework was finished, we'd pedal up to the corner store and return the empties for a two-cent refund. Five bottles would pay for the latest Marvel comic book or a couple of nickel candy bars.

A ten-cent Coke from the soda fountain
A ten-cent Coke from the soda fountain

If we wanted to take a soda with us, we headed to the back of the store where the glass front vending machine dispensed bottled drinks. Gently tipping the bottle cap into the opener kept the fizz to a minimum without wasting a drop. There was nothing finer than an ice cold Nehi grape on a hot summer day. We even got a refund if we returned the bottle or two Bazooka bubble gum pieces.

Music and Games

Transistor radios had leather covers and a wire with one end that plugged into the box, the other with an ear bud. Unplugged, they produced a clear, crisp sound that was even cooler holding the little box against your ear with a gentle heat that turned your ear red.

Afternoons were spent running after a bouncing ball in a square chalk design drawn on the pavement with four equal squares. Any kind of bouncing ball could used to play four-square. The game was halted for the occasional car coming through.

Transistor Radio, the iPod of the past
Transistor Radio, the iPod of the past

Food, Entertainment and Guests

We drank root beer from the local A & W with car hops on roller skates. The only Burger King in town was still the Home of the Whopper. Dairy Queen had the best vanilla cones and Royal Castle served Birch Beer in a frosted mug for a nickel.

Families enjoyed dollar night at the drive-in movies with Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and Three Stooges movies. The Key West Conch Train, filled with tourists, made its way around the city then returned to its station next to the church we attended on Sundays.

On rare occasions when relatives came to town, our family splurged for dinner at the A & B Lobster House near the docks for fresh lobster salad and Key Lime pie for dessert.

Frosty mug of root beer
Frosty mug of root beer

Pledges, Songs, and The Race For Space

Our school day started with the Pledge of Allegiance, our hands held solemnly over our hearts. Afterward, we sang, "My Country 'Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty, of Thee I sing." Then, elementary school teacher, Mrs. Price, would call on someone to read from the Bible. Yes, it was a public school and no one dared complain about this exercise of religious freedom.

When space launches were scheduled at Cape Canaveral, our Principal, Mr. Carey, would roll an AV cart into the cafeteria and we watched the launch as it happened. Sometimes we could see the arc of the rocket as it rose in the sky.

Apollo Rocket Launch from Cape Canaveral
Apollo Rocket Launch from Cape Canaveral

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

In one of his last appearances in the Florida Keys, President Kennedy, traveling down A1A in his white Lincoln Continental convertible, turned to wave to our group beside the road. Not long after that visit, the announcement came over the PA that JFK had been shot. Classmates cried and a tone of sadness prevailed, before we were dismissed from Junior High School early that day.

My Dad drove straight from the Navy Base in his uniform to pick me up from school. Our family spent the evening in a state of shock watching as newscasters Chet Huntley and David Brinkley played and replayed the events.

Cosmetics and Hair Products

Hair products included Prell shampoo, a green product that sometimes turned hair an odd color. Dippity Doo hair gel held hair roller-styled fresh for weekly hair styling. In the late sixties, girls used empty orange juice containers for a smoother look, sleeping with cans bobby-pinned to our heads. Some girls ironed their hair on an ironing board. Get Straight hair straighter liquid held curls and waves at bay between using Curl Free, a chemical process to straighten hair at home.

Girls carried compacts like Cover Girl powder and wore pale shades of nearly white lipstick. Heavy black eyeliner rimmed young eyes, outlined with white and painted pretend eyelashes on the lower lid, like Twiggy, a pop model of the era.

This convertible that came with a 283, bald tires and a huge gas tank.
This convertible that came with a 283, bald tires and a huge gas tank. | Source

Fast Food and Hot Cars

My first car in high school was a 1959 Chevrolet Impala convertible. At lunch time, we'd pile in as many students as would fit in the car, convertible top down and the radio blaring, we'd cruise to 7-Eleven where French fries were a quarter. Some days it was off to Arby's for hand-sliced roast beef cut to order on their slicing machine at the counter with a Jamocha milkshake: chocolate ice cream, milk and a dash of coffee. Other times it would be off to Burger King where we'd order a whopper cut in half with no onions, just in case of a close encounter.

Train Trip to Washington DC

HS Concert Chorus in Washington, D.C.. That's me, front row 4th from the left.
HS Concert Chorus in Washington, D.C.. That's me, front row 4th from the left. | Source

Washington District of Columbia Train Trip

Our senior class made the obligatory visit to Washington, D.C. traveling by train from Miami accompanied by the high school band and parents who served as chaperones. It was a twenty-five hour ride jostling along in standard cars with no sleeping quarters, not that we did much sleeping.

At the nation's capital, we performed the Battle Hymn of the Republic in the Rotunda with its acoustics enhancing our young A Capella voices. Later, we rode a tour bus to the National Archives and viewed original documents that forged the basis of our freedom. In Arlington, Virginia we competed in the Cherry Blossom Festival of Performing Concert Choirs. Afterward came the much subdued train ride back home.

The Rotunda US Capitol Building
The Rotunda US Capitol Building

End of an Era

For our final performance of the year, the Mixed Concert Chorus performed Lerner and Lowe's 1954 musical "Brigadoon" for which we rehearsed endlessly. Tickets were sold to raise money for a new recording system needed in our music room.

That last year of the nineteen sixties, graduation day sneaked upon us far too soon, setting off major changes in our lives and the way things had always been. It was the end of an era and a commencement of a new world launched in the seventies.

"Come to Me" from Brigadoon

© 2011 Peg Cole

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    • PegCole17 profile imageAUTHOR

      Peg Cole 

      11 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Wednesday, Thanks for taking the tour down memory lane. We both shared some of the same experiences living in the Florida sunshine. We were just talking the other day about moving there soon.

      I believe that Key West is quite different from the sleepy place I remember. I visited once in the eighties and it was vastly different with lots of new trends. Nowhere is the same as it is in our minds.

      Maybe one day you can get down to the keys and fulfill your dreams. All the best.

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      11 months ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Peg, you have brought back some great memories (even though I was a child of the 50s! But... a young 20-something in the 60s, so many of your memories are also mine. :) We lived for a bit on the Gulf Coast of South Florida during that time and somehow never made it down to Key West. I regret it to this day as everyone I've talked to (and everything I've read) tells me such fond memories of Key West. Perhaps some day I will see a visit there in my future. Enjoyed visiting your memories of Life in the 60s in Key West.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Trixie was my little sister from the time I was four till I was seventeen, my very first doggie. I still dream about her. Thanks for telling me you liked that pic. Me too. We took groceries to the girls today (Mom and her sister) and they are both so sweet, always grateful for the little things. I tell my Mom about things we did back then and she loves revisiting the memories. Good to see you too S'Lane. I've missed being here. Hope all is well there.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Peg, I like the boulevard photo with the big tree and the sidewalk kind of running off into the sunlit hills beyond. It's got that mood of discovery about it. Good choice! And I didn't say (because I enjoyed all the photos) the one of your Mom and you and Trixie is so special. I could feel the love! Good to see you today. I am a little worried about this 'black hole' business. Hope you get it worked out.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Mike. Indeed, a stroll down memory lane. Thanks for the company. I really enjoy re reading these when people stop in. As host at the Emerald Wells I'm sure you know the feeling of friends dropping by to share a few moments. Thanks so much.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hey there S'Lane. I appreciate the candor on the Poinciana tree photo. It was from an old photo from the 70s I scanned in. Not good quality. So I replaced it with this one and will add back one with the palm trees. My windows just crashed so I'll post this comment before it enters a black hole. Thanks for the input. Really!

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      mckbirdbks 

      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I saw a comment show up on this wonderful wandering down memory lane. What a fine way to spend a few minutes.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Peg, Omg! I have the exact same conch shell, my parents brought back from one of their trips. The Poinciana tree photo does not come acros very clearly but maybe it's my screen? Not sure. I liked the palm tree photo you had. How's that for a critique? I had a transistor radio glued to my ear most nights too, same bad connection, poor reception lol.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Snakeslane. Thanks for sharing my memories and yep, baby boomer. Seems like childhood passed so quickly and too soon I was working like you were but at the Five and Dime then the grocery store as a checker. We still had time to groove to the music. Oh how I wish I had the energy from those days when nine pm still seemed early!

      So nice to have you visit these old photos, S'Lane. It made me take another look at the hub and to add a few new pictures. Thanks for the inspiration to edit. I updated the video so hopefully it plays now!

      Hope to see you later for coffee.

      Peg

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Peg, Your archive of old photos is such a treasure. What a nostalgic look back at the baby boomer in full bloom. I was experiencing very similar rites of passage including the ironing and the curling of the hair (oh those stinky 'Toni' home permanents). We went from pin curls to brush rollers (ouch!) and everything in between. It was a blessed day when the sponge rollers were invented. It seems now we had a lot of time on our hands for wandering around looking groovy. I wonder about that now because in reality I always had a job (babysitting, cleaning, dishwashing at the Chinese cafe across the street) and then doing all that again later at home. We packed a lot of living into those hours and somehow always managed to look fabulous, ah the energy of youth. Your choir trip to Washington must have been exciting. Really enjoyed the look back Peg, hope to see more. Regards, snakeslane

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Down in the West Texas town of El Paso...

      Mellow and nostalgic is good. Funny and laughing is too! I'll have to check out the Elvis one that Becky shared. I sent you a sweet story on fB on a website that I follow.

      Hugs your way

      Peg

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Sista,

      I was in the mood for a little Marty Robbins after laughing at the Cafe this morning with the Elvis that Becky shared... now I'm feeling mellow and nostalgic again.

      Thanks, girlfriend! Hugs, Maria

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      Jeremy Wade 

      6 years ago from Tennessee

      It's so interesting hearing about times past. I often find myself longing for a time when I could leave the house without a call from work. Or going cruising in the car just cause it was the cool thing to do. It seems that even as a kid I had to worry about gas prices when I wanted to go out. You've made it seem like such a laid back point in time. I'm jealous because I'm too young to have lived it. And I can't imagine what my kids are in for over the next sixty year. Anyways enjoyed the history lesson thank you for writing it. voted up

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Mck, "Out in the West Texas town of El Paso...". Here's one for you this morning. http://youtu.be/GgI5DMVegIk

      As kids,we went to the drive in with our parents. We watched the movie lying on top of the Rambler wagon. Hahaha Good times. There's a hub by Marcy Goodfleisch called Eegah about drive in movies. It's a good one and so is she.

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      mckbirdbks 

      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I am pretty sure the 'Rambler Wagon' I had was a 1964. Seems about right, I owned it in 1973. Drove to El Paso, Ft. Bliss, and back again 8 months later. Beautiful country around there.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Mar, Sometimes I think we were raised in the same family and just have a case of amnesia. Sista, is that YOU? We also had a '64 Rambler American that my brother totalled. He was okay, just minor cuts and bruises. The Zephyr was a heffer, how funny!

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh, trust me, you two sweethearts... this "ole Zephyr was a heffer"... it was pretty terrible! LOL, I felt very "square" when I was driving that thing! I will check out the 1939, Sista!

      Peggy, I love when something is so uncool that it's cool! OMG, Dad had a neon blue Rambler... but it didn't like to ramble so much... I couldn't tell you the year.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Mck, I just looked up a 1960 Ford Falcon Station wagon and it is so uncool that it's really Cool. Man, it's so bad it's good. BTW. We had a 1959 Rambler Station wagon and it was REALLY uncool. I wanted Mom to drop me off a couple of blocks away from school so no one would see it.

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      mckbirdbks 

      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Funny I just looked up a 1981 Mercury Zephyr and it was not terrible. The Ford Falcon was terrible.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Ooooh, Mar. Check out the 1939 Mercury Zephyr. That was way cool. I looked at Google images to find out what they looked like. The 80s ones were kinda big and square. Me Too, Mck. In 81, well nevermind.

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      mckbirdbks 

      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      1981 Mercury Zephyr. A 1981 car, was your first car. Now I am feeling old for sure. I am going to have to look up a Zephyr.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Barge away my darling. I love your visits and it gives me an opportunity to hit the play button on my own video. Is that like tooting your own horn? I hope not. I love the music. I wanna disco. On the disco isle...

      A Mercury Zephyr? How uncool.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Barging in like it's the Cafe to say.....hey, what about my "first"... a lemon colored 1981 Mercury Zephyr that my cool bro gave me a "really good deal on" for $200... oh the repair bills!

      Sista, I also love your avatar... you are so cool! Will return your lovely reply soon. Hugs, Maria

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Mike, I think that takes the award for the third least cool car in high school. First was a guy in my senior class who drove a hearse to school everyday, second was my whale of a 59 Chevy Impala, then your Ford Falcon. Totally square Daddio. Did we go to the same HS? LOL

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      mckbirdbks 

      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Peg. My first car $250.00 1960 Ford Falcon station wagon. Perhaps the least cool car ever manufactured by Ford. The car had approximately one year of life left in it when I purchased it in 1969. Lol

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hey there Mike. Thanks for the return visit to this hub. I found some more old pictures and added them recently, like my old 59 Chevy, so I'm glad you took another look. As always, it's good to see you here. You made my day. Glad you like the new avatar! Peg

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      mckbirdbks 

      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Peg. Nice new avatar. This is such a special hub. Glad the fresh comments drew me back here.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Darling Maria, I'm always grateful for a visit from you and it makes me take the time to go back and read over my work and reread the lovely comments that people make. Motown and the Temptations, Smokey and Martha Reeves are a few that I left off here. So much music, so little time. Here's hoping I'll catch you for breakfast at the Cafe before you're off to your busy day.

      Love you. Peg

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello and welcome Sweetzara, Thanks for your visit. I always enjoy hearing about other countries and the memories that people had growing up in other places. You are right about Coke tasting so much better in the cold glass bottle. Nothing at all like drinking from a tin can. There is a retro trend here in the states where you can get the little green bottles again but they are costly compared to the plastic. Again, I'm so glad to see you here today and hope to visit your work as well.

      Peg

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi Sista,

      Wanted to swing by to say HI, that I am thinking of you and hubby and to take another listen to your amazing music.

      I just watched DWTS on Monday PM and the dancers performed to MOTOWN with The Temps, Smokey and Martha Reeves (who sadly is not sounding real good). This music is one of a kind, just like you! Love, Maria

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      Zara Rasul 

      6 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Hi PegCole12

      This is such a fascinating and beautiful read. What a beautiful and peaceful place to grow up in. Here in India, we still get coke in bottles and I can swear that it tastes so much better, I always look for coke in a bottle whenever I travel but now am able to find it in fewer and fewer places. It is amazing how every place is so different yet so similar. I really enjoyed reading this.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Sista, Ya vohl I did indeed. And what a pleasant surprise it was to hear directly from you. Sent you a response but I owe you a longer note. Here's an IOU. IOU

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sista, Did you get my e-mail yesterday? Love, Maria

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Green brittle would be good for St. Patty's day if anyone would dare eat it. Hah.

      On the other issue, we are taking another tack in hopes for some much needed relief. This has been so frustrating and ridiculuous. An absolute sham.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      'Green brittle'? Well, that just 'burns my biscuits', Sista! Never fear, the real stuff will be sent your way soon...

      Good luck with the grim task of dealing with WC. I am sending extra hugs your way! Love you, Maria

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Moonlake - The 59 Chevy Convertible was my means of transportation in a time when gasoline was only 33 cents a gallon. You know how powerful those motors were back then. Vroom vroom. I could get three gallons of gas for a dollar and make it to school, work and back home for one day.

      The Cuban Missle Crisis was a difficult time living in the Keys. The Army came in with their huge rumbling trucks and artillery rolling down the street (Flagler Ave.) in front of our house for hours and hours, deep into the night. We were just 90 miles from Cuba. It was a scary time for all. You, having been in a military family (twice) you were sure to feel it. So nice to see you today.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Daisy - We had our share of troubles back then, but it is so much fun to remember the good times. It did seem like a kinder more innocent time. Mostly I miss feeling as young as I did then - fresh and new without the cynicism learned through the decades. Ah yes. I would go back if I could know then what I know now.

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Enjoyed your hub. You had a 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible. I loved the 1959 Chevrolet Impala. We once owned a white one.

      I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis. We had just married my husband and Dad both in the military. Both had to head for the base. The rest of us sitting in front of the tv waiting for what was coming next.

      Enjoyed your hub.

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      6 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Peg,

      With all the troubles in the world today, don't you sometimes wish you could go back to the 60s?

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Daisy my darling. You are sweet to stop in and remember with me. Yes, two cents for the small and five cents for the large. Hah, large! Now "large" is the "Roughrider size" at 42 oz. How can someone drink a pitcher of soda? Oh my.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Send the goods Maria, I love peanut brittle. Once I made it with raw peanuts by mistake. Oops, green brittle. Yuck. Will be over to see you at your Christmas hub. I've been off line with house guests in and other medical goings on. But, another story in that - Worker's Compensation - issues. Oh, brother. Hope your Christmas was lovely. See you soon.

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      6 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Thanks for helping me recall so many memories, Peg.

      The glass soda bottles...two cents for the small, five cents for the large.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sista,

      Please e-mail me your address and I will send you a samplin'... it's about the only thing I can make that won't kill you!

      OMG, I just heard they arrested Adam Lambert in Finland. I need to get digging to find out why... that's what I mean, stick to singing man!

      See you at 'my' Christmas hub where I have blatantly pirated your expression . Love, Maria

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Yeah, we'll definitely get into trouble otherwise. Here's an Archie comic you haven't seen. Let me have a little chunk of that peanut brittle? I haven't made any in years! Yummo. Thanks for listening to the music. I love it too. Love back your way, Peg

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I don't know. Sis, we might be better off reading those comic books!

      You would love Adam Lambert, I think... he does a fabulous Elvis... he really has some decent talent, just gets a little carried away at times.

      OK, see you at the Cafe and I need to do make some peanut brittle today. Wanted to hear this awesome music again before I started my day. Love, Maria

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you Charfaris, We went to school together then about the same time frame. Listened to the same songs, wore the same styles. Nice to meet you here and thanks so much for stopping by.

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      charfaris 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the memories. I enjoyed this very much. I graduated from High School in '70 so much of this is very familiar.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Maria dahling, Come on over and we'll spin some 45s on the record player. I have some "Get Set" so we can roll our hair and sit under my portable dryer with the plastic cap. We'll "borrow" my sister's diary and read it by flashlight in the closet where I keep the comic books hidden.

      I haven't really followed Adam Lambert but when I heard this rendition of Brigadoon I couldn't resist putting it on here. So glad you enjoyed the music tribute. Just a taste of those good times. You make me smile.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Zabbella - Ed Sullivan, Ed Sullivan! Of course. Have you ever seen the movie "Bye Bye Birdie" with Paul Lynde? Ed Sullivan was the best show on Sunday nights. And Topo Gigio was great too! We weren't allowed to watch the episode with Elvis since he was so "vulgar" according to my parents. But I did see the Beatles' performance. It was hard to hear with all the girls screaming. And me too. Thank you for the comment and my bad for the delay. Senior moments of forgetfullness.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Peg- Peg- Peg,

      I am utterly enamored with this hub and I thank you. For me to sit still and slack jawed for 12 minutes... I LOVE LOVED the 8 minutes of some of the best music ever made, making me tear up with the ever beautiful YESTERDAY at the end. And that Adam Lambert CAN sing when he is not acting foolish, what a beautiful rendition of Brigadoon.

      This is getting bookmarked and will be listened to frequently, like when I am putting my 'Dippety-do' in/ stuff like that!

      Congratulations on your "100" score!

      Voted UP & across the board. Hugs, Maria

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      Zabbella 

      7 years ago from NJ-USA

      Oh my! The Dippedy Do with the large curlers! The small transistor radio with the miserable sound. Yes, the Beatles on Ed Sullivan Show..(remember Lawrence Welk?)Wow!

      I had teenage sisters who used to take me to some of the parties. Oh my!

      I remember playing "spin the bottle" on our trip to Washington! What fun! Yes, there were boys in the room.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Tillsontitan,

      We had about 30 girls in our room at any given time, screeching, laughing, pinching, giggling, crying, blow-drying all at the same time. Hahaha. What fun!

      Thanks for stopping in to share!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Great memories for me too, thanks for sharing. We had a senior trip to Washington, DC but no singing it was just our senior trip. We actually crammed about 60 girls into one hotel room! It was a blast. Loved your hub and voted up.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for riding along on the journey. Nice to meet you here. Peg

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      Susan S Spencer 

      7 years ago from UK

      This was a great trip down memory lane Peg. Thank you.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello there Breen! So nice to meet you after reading your daughter's work. She is so talented as are you. It is an honor to have you here on this hub. Thank you so much for stopping in.

      The Summer of Love and Flower Children and Peace and Love, boy do I miss those days. So nice that you have your Mom and that you spend time with her. You had red hair? How cool! Again, thanks for commenting.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Pwill - Sorry for the delay. My apologies, I'm just getting caught up after vacation. Yeah, I loved Jimmy Durante too! Haa Cha Cha. Nice to see you here.

      Will Apse, I dreamed that I already responded to you and when I checked it was just a dream. So sorry, my fault. Amazing discovery, an ice cream factory. What a kid's fantasy. Mmmmmm. Makes me hungry.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello C. Merritt, Thank you for your nice words a few weeks back and sorry for the delay in responding. Vacation has come and gone along with my memory. Yep, we would all gather in the cafeteria (they called it the cafetorium) and watch the tiny TV for the Apollo launches. Ah, a pledge and a prayer - how we need that daily affirmation nowdays.

      Hey there Maralexa - same excuse. I went on vacation and my mind never came back. It is always good to hear about how news in the US affects those in other countries like yourself in Canada. JFK was truly well loved all over the world. Thank you for your nice remarks and for dropping in.

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      Breen Bergstrome 

      7 years ago

      Hi PegCole17,

      I had an aunt named Peg. I can identify with you as I too spend time with my 93 year-old mum and try to keep alive the days when life was exciting and active.

      I was a child of the 60's as well.

      The whole period is so vivid as though it were only yesterday. 10 cents for a cup of coffee, a dime for a chocolate bar, 25 cents for a glass of beer in the pubs.

      Being wild and different was becoming popular as the hippie movement grew, and for the first time in my young life I LOVED having red hair.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hey Will Starr,

      How fun to read the comics along with a radio personality and what a great way to get kids to learn to read. I was thinking just recently about Dick Tracy and Peanuts being the first page of the Sunday paper. Thanks for adding that nice touch to these memories. I can always count on you to share something nifty.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello James,

      I think of my Dad talking about when his Father first heard songs like "Mares eat oats and does eat oats but little lambs eat ivey," he thought all the good sense in the world had been lost. That wasn't music, it was just noise and no sensible person would ever listen to it. Imagine what he would think of today's music.

      It is strange to think of my youthful times as gone since they live so clear in my memories. Thanks for sharing those times with me.

      All the best,

      Peg

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Probably the last good decade of America—at least the first half of it. But for most of us, it was all good. I do remember Nehi, moon pies, and RC Cola. The music is great! Thanks for the memories. I really enjoyed this stroll down memory lane with you. :)

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      Will Apse 

      7 years ago

      The most wonderful thing for me in the sixties was being allowed to ride my bike more or less anywhere (before dark). For a ten year old, finding any kind of unusual or out of the way place was a great adventure. I remember my excitement when we found a small ice cream factory down a secluded lane. An ice cream factory. Wow!

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      pwill 

      7 years ago

      You have a wonderful post. I'll go one step further and say like Jimmy Durante once said, "thanks for the memories."

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      Marilyn Alexander 

      7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Hi Peg. Great hub, wonderful memories. You have no idea how strongly many incidents in the US affected us in Canada. I too can remember being in class when they announced the JFK shooting. We were allowed to go home. Many of us were that upset. But along with this shared tragedy are many, many wonderful memories of growing up in the 60s and 70s.

      Thanks for the hub.

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      Chris Merritt 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Peg, this was a fun hub....I also rode my bike and collected pop bottles. We watched the apollo missions from a small TV in the middle of our GYM every time they took of or landed....and we started each school day off with the pledge and a prayer.

      Thanks for the memories...

      :)

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      As kid in Iowa, we would get out the Sunday comics, turn on the radio, and listen to a local station personality read the comics to his own kids, as we followed along. What fun that was, and thank you for bringing back that memory!

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Barbs, Thank you. Funny papers, yep, the Sunday Funnies were the best, laying flat on the floor to read the Sunday newspaper - boy that day is gone!

      Now it's the iPod hunch squinting to see what's on the tiny screen. LOL. We did play Jacks at recess and tether ball and jump rope and teter-toter and play on the merry-go-round.

      Your hometown of Holgate OH sounds solid and family oriented. We need more of that kind of upbringing.

      Thanks for visiting and for your nice comments.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      7 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @PegCole...This is a great idea for a Hub and very well done! Oh, that Senior trip to Washington D.C. and New York City! (Lots of Seniors went to D.C.!) Drive-in movies! Playing Jacks at recess in school hours! The great camping excursions with family!

      Born in 1946, graduated in 1964, my classmates and I went to JFK's gravesite in the spring of '64. Except for going through that terrible experience, the 1950s and 1960s rocked for me, and I never smoked any of that funny stuff! I loved growing up on a small farm near my small hometown of Holgate, Ohio and the solid family outings and the "funny papers" on quiet Sunday afternoons!

      And so much more! Thanks for this doing this Hub!

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello WillStarr! So nice to see you. Wow, sometimes I think we went to the same high school. How funny that your senior trip was to DC as well. Thanks for stopping in and I love your stories!

      Peg

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Aley Martin,

      Derry NH sounds like a cool place to grow up. I see we've had many experiences in common. Thank you for stopping in here.

      Peg

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello MonetteforJack,

      Your sweet comments are so thoughtful. Thank you for sharing about your dear Dad and his stories, as well as the stories from your husband, Jack.

      I'm always delighted to see Mckbirdbks' comments - he is such a sweet one. And his sisterthat too! Of course, I'm ever honored that thebluestar stops in to comment too! She is getting quite famous you know.

      I hope you'll drop by again and I'll be reading more about you too!

      Peg

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      MonetteforJack 

      7 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Hello, Peg! I love your hub here. My husband Jack also tells me stories from the 50's and 60's. It truly make me wish to be born at that time. I was born in 1967, more of the disco era ;) mckbirdbks' right in writing that reading your hub is "like a mini vacation" and thebluestar is also right in commenting that your hub is "a stroll down memory lane" and she thanked you for that. Nice! I, too, want to thank you for sharing such good past of America. What you wrote was exactly what my father told me when I was little. Thanks and really you wrote good!

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      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      I write of this stuff all the time! I grew up in the New England town of Derry, NH. And I loved being a child of this time.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello there Dim

      Oh man, we used to say that alot too. Oh, man. White lipstick, how unflattering! But we looked cool. With our ragged jeans dragging the ground all tattered and torn. Way cool.

      Hello there TheBluestar,

      Bike riding is what kept us active and strong, tanned and immune; drinking out of hoses and climbing trees; mowing yards for extra money, playing outside. It is a different world now. Nice to see you today. x Peg

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Peg, memories, oh so sweet. Where have those great days gone when you could ride your bike safely around the block and had no fear of accepting a sweet from a neighbour? Now you are far safer driving an armoured tank and wearing a suit of armour lol not to mention having a thick skin for the barrage of insults that fly your way. I was born in 57 but going to school in the 60s was one of the best times in my life. Thank you for the stroll down memory lane. x

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi FloraBreen,

      It seems that the sixties have a special place in the hearts of many. Nice to know that your Mom shared some of those memories with you. Some were happy times and others were sad like the passing of JFK and the toll of the war in VietNam.

      Thanks for sharing about your Mom.

      Peg

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      FloraBreenRobison 

      7 years ago

      Mom was a teenager in the sixties. She grew up in the Okanogan (British Columbia). She feels a lot of nostalgia for the decade. She has told about being in class when she found out about JFK.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Frank, Thank you so much for your nice words.

      b. Malin, Hey. Cool and groovy. Flower children and flower power! Doing our sixties dances like Nancy Sinatra or Goldie Hawn. Neato. I always knew you were cool. Peace.

      Rosemay50, Wish I had known you then. I didn't know how to shrink my jeans other than washing them a million times. "Mini skirts, the current thing, unh hunh. Troops just keep on marchin off to war."

      What a trip. Thanks for dropping in and for sharing your part.

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Our senior trip was also to DC! Great Hub.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      Oh Man!!!! I´d forgotten the white lipstick....great memories , stirred up here, along with the shock and sadness I remember when J.F.K. was murdered.

      Great hub. Thank you.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi John, I would love to hear, see and read more about your adventures in Kwajalein. It sounds so much like Key West, where we had so much fun. Remember the swamps? And jumping out of the Mahogany tree?

      My brother, thanks for taking time to read and comment on this hub.

      Love you,

      Peg

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Ah those were the days.

      I remember the refunds on the bottles when you returned them. And spending summer days with friends wandering where we pleased without fear of strangers. Yes the transistor radio and my first record player. Sitting in the bath with my new jeans on until they shrunk to fit snug tight, walking a round until they dried and needing a friend to help you get out of them And bouffont hairstyles, trying to get it up as high as possible then in later years I too used to iron my hair straight on the ironing board .

      I remember the Beatles and the day President Kennedy died and the whole world cried.

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      THanks for a Wonderful Memory Tour with Music and Trivia for those of us who were "Flower children" and danced to that Music. Lots, and Lots to relate to and Enjoy and Remember... those were Fun Years! Thanks, Peg.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      you've really highlighted that era wonderfully written :) Up and awesome

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Sunnie, My Mom loved to play jacks with me, both of us sitting on the Terrazzo floor. We had the real metal kind of jacks that came with a little red ball that my dog Trixie liked to steal. Try looking on eBay - I sold some old toys out there some time back including an old metal telephone in red with a string cord. So nice to see you.

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      lol I do remember those locks and banana seats..Do you know my favorite game of all times and I was pretty good at it..JACKS! I actually bought some but now they are those big plastic weird ones ...I wanted to teach my granddaughter..she loved the game..I looked on line and you can buy the metal ones still..I just might have to buy me some..hahaha

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hey Lynda, Thanks! It's good to know we share common things in our childhood despite our distances and locations where we grew up. So nice to see you here.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Cloverleaf, You're great. Thanks for reading about the times when dirt was still young. I imagine you have a few stories of your own to share. Hope they were happy ones. The price of things today, oh boy. Why I remember when you could buy . . .

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Sunnie,

      Yes! It was called 4-Square! I had forgotten. Thanks so much. Rode my bike to school and all around the neighborhood too. It seemed safer somehow. You may remember bicycle locks that were two prongs that poked through the spokes with a lock that slid onto the end.

      Glad you stopped by today.

      Peg

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      SubRon7, you don't look a day older than thirty nine. So you were a Navy guy. Bet that expanded your horizons. My Dad was a lifer putting in 20 plus years. I left all that stuff out about the Navy base in Key West. Oh well, another day. Thank you for dropping in and for sharing part of your story. Peg

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi there Mckbirdbooks - And a fine Sunday to you as well. So glad you came over to share a few dusty memories of how life used to be. Hubby says the bottles were 3 cents in California too. But the large glass bottles brought 5 cents. Wa hoo! And we went everywhere on our bikes, like you said, so long as we were home by supper. You take care, now.

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      John 

      7 years ago

      1965: Yup, that's right, I got more street time in the 59 chevy convertible! I was a guy and two years older! Who cares that the car got 8 miles to the gallon when gas was 31 cents a gallon? At least before the Cuban Missile Crisis, life was quieter and more carefree. Key West life as a kid was totally blissful. It actually was a preview to the scene when I moved my family of four to an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in 1979 called Kwajalein for a three year adventure, but that is a story for a different time.

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      lmmartin 

      7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      You're better than a time machine. I couldn't have been further away from the Keys back then -- Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada -- but most of what you share here is very familiar. Thanks. Lynda

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      Cloverleaf 

      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Peg, I wasn't around in the 60's so thank you for taking me on this journey back in time. Long gone are the days of getting a can of coke for 10 cents! Voted up, up, up!

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      Hi Peg,

      What a great hub..I remember dippity do..lol and riding my bike for hours..no worries of strangers..I as born in 60...Remember the day dad left for Vietnam..the box ball game later became four square I think..I loved it..

      Wonderful hub,

      Sunnie

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      James W. Nelson 

      7 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      After the 10th grade I quit school (spring 60) From then until spring 62 I was so happy finally being free on the farm. June 1, 1962, I joined the navy....

      Good hub, Peg, truly a trip down memory lane.

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      mckbirdbks 

      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Good morning Peg. Reading your Hub this morning was like a mini vacation. Soda fountains, transistor radios just great. I remember the freedom to ride my bike many miles from home and as long as I was home by dark, no one had any concern. I remember 3 cent pop bottles, must be a regional thing. Street baseball and street football were popular. Have a relaxing Sunday.

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