ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

You're Getting Old If...

Updated on March 21, 2017

You’re getting old if you remember when:

  • All the girls had ugly gym uniforms. And wore tennis shoes not $200 Nike's!
  • It took three minutes for the TV to warm up.
  • 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.
  • You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked and gas pumped, all for free. And you didn't pay for air and got trading stamps too.
  • Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels inside the box.
  • It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner by your parents.

  • They kept kids back a grade if they failed.
  • A 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car and people went steady.
  • No one asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car ignition with the doors unlocked.
  • Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals.
  • Being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited them at home.
  • Kids had candy cigarettes and wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.
  • Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
  • Coffee shop tables had side jukeboxes
  • Milk was delivered to your doorstep in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.
  • Businesses issued Green Stamps to customers.
  • A race issue was arguing about who could run the fastest.
  • Having a Weapon in School meant having your Slingshot confiscated.
  • The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team and War was a card game.
  • Taking drugs meant orange flavored children’s chewable aspirin.
  • Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
  • Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
  • “Oly-oly-oxen-free” made perfect sense.
  • Saturday morning cartoons weren't half hour commercials for action figures.
  • It wasn't unusual to have two or three “Best Friends.”
  • Catching fire flies could easily occupy an entire evening.
  • Decisions were made by saying “eeny-meeny-miney-moe.”
  • People used mimeograph paper.
  • There were Hi-Fi's and 45 RPM records.
  • Telephone numbers had a word prefix (Yukon, Klondike etc.)
  • Movies were always preceded by newsreels and a cartoon.
  • There was Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.
  • Howdy Doody, The Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers were the best shows on TV.
  • A “Double Dog Dare” was the ultimate challenge.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, those were the simpler days. I remember them well, and they really were better. Thanks for the memories.

    • xanzacow profile image


      6 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      I remember too many for comfort! Great hub. Thanks for the memories!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Oh no I remember some of them! Am I getting old? I enjoyed reading it thanks for sharing. :-)

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, I am geting old, as I remember every bit of all of that, and it was a great time. This brought back a lot of great memories of the good old days. Sharing this one. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • eHealer profile image


      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hell JY, good hub and very funny! Voted up and shared.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)