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Old 04-19-2021, 08:30 PM   #1
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Recently I got to travel to areas way back in the hills that I havenít seen since I was just a kid. Itís so far back that there arenít any gas stations or stores of any kind for a long ways. There are no signal lights or busy intersections. Mostly dirt and gravel roads. Itís a place where you can just relax and take it easy. I told my last living uncle that it felt like we had gone back in time a hundred years or more. He agreed. It feels like home back in the tall, tree covered hills and valleys. Naturally itís because thatís where I fished and chased grasshoppers for fish bait many moons ago.
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Old 04-19-2021, 08:51 PM   #2
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Dadgum. At my age, 80+, go there all the time. Those were some good times.
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Old 04-19-2021, 08:55 PM   #3
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I went back home some years ago. Drove the old back roads, the abandoned houses and fields. One old concrete road was poured in individual squares. The grass and brush was growing up in it, cracks were uneven, some places unable to cross and had to be inventive to get around. Just to show my family a broken down old house and dairy barn I use to milk cows in.
Hard to believe most of the folks there have little to no cell service and travel 50 to 60 miles to town for groceries.
Most have died off and the kids have moved off.
It was a great childhood living off the land and being satisfied with a simple life.

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I only wish the whole world could go back even 40 years.
And stay there!
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Old 04-19-2021, 09:24 PM   #5
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I live in a place similar to what you described. It’s nice most of the time but can also be incredibly inconvenient. The only gas station/store within about 20 minutes of us burned down a few months ago. Talk about a freakin hassle. We are getting a little bit better cell service in areas, recently, but still nothing at the house.
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Old 04-19-2021, 11:34 PM   #6
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Actually yeah just last week. Went to an event where nobody.....NOBODY wore a mask. It was awesome. Just like the good ol' days. And what's crazier is nobody is dead or dying. Crazy to think of it I know.

True story.
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Old 04-20-2021, 12:03 AM   #7
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Once heard a Red Steagall story, he interviewed a 98 year old cowboy and asked if he missed the good ole days. He replied if you wanted the good ole days back, turn off the air conditioner.
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:25 AM   #8
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Every time I look in the mirror and see the old Geezer staring back at me I go back in time and wonder “where did it all go”? Occasionally I’ll drive back into Houston (the Spring Branch area) and go by our home. I remember all the good times and bad times we had there. My dad died in the backyard there in 2010 after mowing the yard
Going north on Bingle Road you run into Hempstead highway. Take a right and a block down on the left is the old Esquire Ballroom. Patsy Cline sang there back in the day. Now it’s the largest queer country and western bar in the country. Man times have changed.
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:27 AM   #9
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I only wish the whole world could go back even 40 years.
And stay there!
This would be perfect IMO... If not 40 then 50.
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:46 AM   #10
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When we moved in that little home in Spring Branch we didn’t have a/c. All we used was an attic fan and left the windows up. Could you imagine in this day and age sleeping with only a screen between you and the outside world? We did without a phone for a while as well. Gas was .25 a gallon back then.
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:53 AM   #11
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I got to spend a long weekend shooting white wings, drinkin whiskey, and smoking cigars, (I don't even like cigars) on the Rio Grande at Indian Hot Springs Ranch, many years ago. I have never felt further back in time, and I'd go back in a hot minute.

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Old 04-20-2021, 07:00 AM   #12
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Dadgum. At my age, 80+, go there all the time. Those were some good times.
Yep I'm 75 and go back often...we lived on dirt road no elec ,kerosene was cook stove and light,mail man drove jeep cause he had too..some roads were oyster shell due close to coast.

We didn't even have a Phone /no cell phone either or computer.Hand cranked tractors too!

Never had a complaint back then .Thats all we knew...
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:03 AM   #13
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When we moved in that little home in Spring Branch we didnít have a/c. All we used was an attic fan and left the windows up. Could you imagine in this day and age sleeping with only a screen between you and the outside world? We did without a phone for a while as well. Gas was .25 a gallon back then.
90% of the folks on here probably have no clue what an attic fan is. Lol!

That was all we had also until I was in jr high.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:07 AM   #14
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Just a few weeks ago, I drove my family by the house I grew up in. It didn't take long. All the houses had burglar bars, gang bangers standing all around, it was sad. Back in the 60's, there was a lot of love in that neighborhood.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:11 AM   #15
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When I go up to SE Kansas to my home town a couple of friends and I go to the river and commence shooting every gun we have. It gets noisy.
This year may be different with the ammo situation, but we'll manage some how.
For me the trip is definitely going back in time.
The major difference is the declining alcohol tolerance following the shooting fest. Minor and major story telling is the same wonderful event.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:16 AM   #16
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90% of the folks on here probably have no clue what an attic fan is. Lol!

That was all we had also until I was in jr high.
For sure James. And no matter how hot it was you still woke up under the covers! And we had it till I was in 6th grade. When we came to Houston in 1960 my dad was making about $3.60 an hour. Thatís why we didnít have an a c or phone for years. And it was all we knew. We knew almost everyone in our neighborhood as well. And a ton of people worked at Cameron Iron Works on Silber Road.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:17 AM   #17
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I hunted mule deer in eastern Arizona last year. Our unit was near the little town of Alpine. We stopped at the Bear Wallow cafe for breakfast one morning as it was one of two choices in town. We walked up to the door, and a big sign read "we don't wear masks here, God Bless America."

We walked inside, and I swear it became 1960. An old, fairly run down building without a TV in sight and waitresses that have probably been there for 30 years. People were just sitting together and visiting (some wearing revolvers), which doesn't seem to happen all that much any more. I know there are places like that here, as I'm from a small town, but I had never been to a place like it in my life. It was a great experience.

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Old 04-20-2021, 07:33 AM   #18
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im fortunate enough to be able to stay in the same house my dad grew up in and hunt the land that my family homesteaded in the 1880's once a year in North Dakota.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:55 AM   #19
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im fortunate enough to be able to stay in the same house my dad grew up in and hunt the land that my family homesteaded in the 1880's once a year in North Dakota.
This is too awesome!
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Old 04-20-2021, 08:40 AM   #20
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We are retired in a rural area now. But to heck with the good ole days I remember growing up here.
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Old 04-20-2021, 10:24 AM   #21
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If I could make a good living somewhere around Leakey, I'd move in a heart beat. I usually spend about 2 weeks out there every year (since 2004) just to turn back the clock and unwind. I would love to go back 40-50 years and stay there. No cell phones and no internet...sign me up.
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40 years? It would be nice to go back 2 years before this country lost its mind
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Old 04-20-2021, 10:55 AM   #23
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Rolled over to Fredericksburg and visited Grandpa and Grandma resting together in the town's Catholic Cemetery, this past Saturday evening. 22 miles from my home to there - rolling roads driven with Grandpa and Dad, thru sections and ranches, we all knew families and friends who owned and worked the region then.

1897 - 1967 Franz Zabrocki
1909 - 2004 Martha Weigend Zabrocki

Fixed the flowers, gave thanks and reflected on their lives mixed with my life.......all centered in a world, almost exclusively composed of Immigrants from old World Prussia.

My years there in the 60s, OPA & OMA Weigend Austrian - OPA wearing his traditional Lederhosen attire during the fall, and all conversations spoken, in German and mixed English.

Saturdays at the meat market - ranchers with their ranch hands would linger around OPA's meat market, when OPA's was local and uncommercialized thru HEB and other channels. The ranchhands, a mix of Mexican and a few Black cowboys - all versant with Spanish and German. Literally zero English spoken - and I listening - with literally broken knowledge of words I could identify then - as well as now. To listen to Mexican and Black men speak German - this was normal to me. Today - I realize just how far out of the normal - this small part of Texas really was.

The thing I noticed for the first time, after so many years of visiting my family, who moved here to leave Hitler and Nazism, After surviving the ravages of WWI……..The names buried in the plots next to my Grandparents. NAMES NOT COMMON IN TEXAS TODAY – YET IT IS SOME OF THESE NAMES – WHO FOUNDED THIS REGION OF THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY- BORN IN LANDS ELSEWHERE AND COMING HERE LEGALLY AS IMMIGRANTS TO START NEW AND SURVIVE WHAT WAS INEVITABLY WHAT WAS TO COME IN 1939 AND HITLERS INVASION OF POLAND

CRENWELGE
VOGEL
PYKA
ROEDER
ERECH
NEGBEN
ZABROCKI

Yes I remember another time – and it was a time that shined a light on the composition of an entire region of this State – and these new people’s influences here – which has become lost and nearly forgotten

I rolled home - eyes watered up and smiling - sun dropping down into a clear sky

Yeah - we are all reflecting now - not the AMERICA we remember and I'm not going to sit idle, and let it consume me. I'm inside TEXAS - feel sorry for those outside the State lines.

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Old 04-20-2021, 12:05 PM   #24
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Rolled over to Fredericksburg and visited Grandpa and Grandma resting together in the town's Catholic Cemetery, this past Saturday evening. 22 miles from my home to there - rolling roads driven with Grandpa and Dad, thru sections and ranches, we all knew families and friends who owned and worked the region then.

1897 - 1967 Franz Zabrocki
1909 - 2004 Martha Weigend Zabrocki

Fixed the flowers, gave thanks and reflected on their lives mixed with my life.......all centered in a world, almost exclusively composed of Immigrants from old World Prussia.

My years there in the 60s, OPA & OMA Weigend Austrian - OPA wearing his traditional Lederhosen attire during the fall, and all conversations spoken, in German and mixed English.

Saturdays at the meat market - ranchers with their ranch hands would linger around OPA's meat market, when OPA's was local and uncommercialized thru HEB and other channels. The ranchhands, a mix of Mexican and a few Black cowboys - all versant with Spanish and German. Literally zero English spoken - and I listening - with literally broken knowledge of words I could identify then - as well as now. To listen to Mexican and Black men speak German - this was normal to me. Today - I realize just how far out of the normal - this small part of Texas really was.

The thing I noticed for the first time, after so many years of visiting my family, who moved here to leave Hitler and Nazism, After surviving the ravages of WWIÖÖ..The names buried in the plots next to my Grandparents. NAMES NOT COMMON IN TEXAS TODAY Ė YET IT IS SOME OF THESE NAMES Ė WHO FOUNDED THIS REGION OF THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY- BORN IN LANDS ELSEWHERE AND COMING HERE LEGALLY AS IMMIGRANTS TO START NEW AND SURVIVE WHAT WAS INEVITABLY WHAT WAS TO COME IN 1939 AND HITLERS INVASION OF POLAND

CRENWELGE
VOGEL
PYKA
ROEDER
ERECH
NEGBEN
ZABROCKI

Yes I remember another time Ė and it was a time that shined a light on the composition of an entire region of this State Ė and these new peopleís influences here Ė which has become lost and nearly forgotten

I rolled home - eyes watered up and smiling - sun dropping down into a clear sky

Yeah - we are all reflecting now - not the AMERICA we remember and I'm not going to sit idle, and let it consume me. I'm inside TEXAS - feel sorry for those outside the State lines.
Wow. Great write up. We will be going to our place in Mountain Home tomorrow.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:06 PM   #25
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Wow. Great write up. We will be going to our place in Mountain Home tomorrow.
Thank you Bruce. I don't have a lot of history in this country, from my given surname. I am the first born American of my family.......and my trip to visit our beginnings, has a lot of weight on me now since I am now the Patriarch of my tribe here.

So the beginnings of my American beginnings - the first name served the US ARMED FORCES and managed to Commission into the Coast Guard Officers Registry - maintained for the rest of American time - in Washington DC


I turned down a full ticket to Texas Tech - the place where my father earned his degree - becoming a successful American Entrepreneur retiring early and becoming another story of the American dream

I dumped that easy path - went at it my way

VERSION 1.0 - This is the reason why I roll frequently to Fredericksburg = THANKS THANKS THANKS TO THEM!

And today - is certainly not what it was back then. In spite of what we as AMERICANS have to deal with politically now - IT IS NO WHERE NEAR WHAT THAT TIME WAS BACK THEN - FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD

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For sure bro. Hope to meet you some day.
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:37 PM   #27
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Where we live here in SE Iowa is like going back in time. We live 15 miles from town. Our little town has no Wal-Mart, no supermarket, no fast food restaurants.

We do have a small home town grocery store, and an Amish grocery store and a little ice cream shop that is open from April until the end of September. The ice cream shop is packed every night if the weather is nice. We have one store call Hamilton Produce. They don't have one bit of produce, but if you need Carhart clothes, most any kind of hardware, propane or parts for a 1950 Farmall H then you came to the right place. Summer night entertainment is little league baseball, the county fair, the city rodeo, and stock car racing.

I tell people we live 2 hours from anywhere in the world and 10 minutes from the 1800s.
When they ask what I mean I tell them that we can drive to Des Moines and fly to anywhere in the world, but we live 10 minutes from one of the largest Amish communities in the nation. We see horse and buggies daily. All the businesses in town have hitching posts.
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For sure James. And no matter how hot it was you still woke up under the covers! And we had it till I was in 6th grade. When we came to Houston in 1960 my dad was making about $3.60 an hour. Thatís why we didnít have an a c or phone for years. And it was all we knew. We knew almost everyone in our neighborhood as well. And a ton of people worked at Cameron Iron Works on Silber Road.
Use to be a small bar be que place across Silber from Cameron.
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Slightly different take. But our summer trips to Red River NM are a certainly step back in time. Especially when my kids were young. The 4th of July parade is straight out of 1975. Won the three legged race with both kids at the community center a couple of years. Plenty of places to sit just relax- watch the hummingbirds, okies, etc. People are friendly. Quaint little grocery store. Itís a great place to get away from the world.


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I often times feel I was born 50 yrs late. This is a great thread. Keep the stories coming
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Am I blessed to live in a rural area. Went to school at a K-8 school that only had 35 kids. 7 of the eight of us that graduated went on to get college degrees. Met my wife there on the first day of kindergarten in 1975. She called my overalls “farmer pants” and made me cry. In 1995 I started teaching/coaching there. (Oddly enough in the same room where I started school). Seventeen years later I moved in because I wanted to coach high school kids. I’ve been doing that for the last nine years. Now my old school has a high school and I will be going back as the new athletic director and head football coach. We now have 150 kids in school. Still pretty small. I am really looking forward to the challenge. Love small town living.
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So 1981 was the golden era???? Who knew!
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So 1981 was the golden era???? Who knew!
I was in my prime!!!!!



I sometimes wish I had country roots like a lot of y'all, but I was born and raised in the city. Things weren't as bad then as they are now, but we enjoyed good neighbors who pitched in and helped each other with different things. Neighbors now dont hardly know each others name. I do try to go back to the old days by showing my grand kids things we did. I've made snow ice cream, sugar sammiches, showed them how to play mumbly peg and just the simple things we did growing up. We didn't need no video games.
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I think bout '86 would nail it! I was only 10 in '81.
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When we moved in that little home in Spring Branch we didnít have a/c. All we used was an attic fan and left the windows up. Could you imagine in this day and age sleeping with only a screen between you and the outside world? We did without a phone for a while as well. Gas was .25 a gallon back then.
I went to Spring Branch Elementary when it did not have AC.
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Use to be a small bar be que place across Silber from Cameron.
DB I vaguely remember that place. Back in the 70,s so many people worked there that they would get off at different intervals. My dad bought our first new truck there at Courtesy Chevrolet. 1964, three on the tree, with a two sixty a/c and a knob on the steering wheel. No power steering. I think he told me he paid $1,400 for it.
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Spring Branch elementary? Was it in Houston bro?
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Spring Branch elementary? Was it in Houston bro?
HaHa Just about on the edge of city limits of Houston back then.
Corner of Campbell & Longpoint across road from Rileys Supermarket
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I went to Spring Branch Elementary when it did not have AC.
Boerne isd didnít have AC till I was in high school

When I worked on the Kennedy ranch , it was going back in time
No electric, water was from a windmill then gravity fed from a wooden sistren , every thing ran on propane ( refrigerator, stove, lights) , no air conditioning or fans, thank the lord that we had trucks instead of having to ride horse back
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HaHa Just about on the edge of city limits of Houston back then.
Corner of Campbell & Longpoint across road from Rileys Supermarket
I remember it now I believe. They eventually built a Taco Bell across the street from Rileys
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90% of the folks on here probably have no clue what an attic fan is. Lol!

That was all we had also until I was in jr high.
We had an attic fan to cool house and used a franklin stove for heat.
One day in the winter dad came home early while I was smokin something in the house that I shouldnt have been. Turned on the attic fan before he got in the house to suck the smoke out. Learned that day not to do that as the house quickly got full of smoke from the franklin stove. Dad wasnt too happy when he walked in that smoke filled house. But probably not near as mad as he would have been if he had smelled that other smoke.
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I hunted mule deer in eastern Arizona last year. Our unit was near the little town of Alpine. We stopped at the Bear Wallow cafe for breakfast one morning as it was one of two choices in town. We walked up to the door, and a big sign read "we don't wear masks here, God Bless America."

We walked inside, and I swear it became 1960. An old, fairly run down building without a TV in sight and waitresses that have probably been there for 30 years. People were just sitting together and visiting (some wearing revolvers), which doesn't seem to happen all that much any more. I know there are places like that here, as I'm from a small town, but I had never been to a place like it in my life. It was a great experience.

Bear Wallow is under remodel as we speak. Slated to open at the end of this month. Hope they keep the feel of stepping back in time.
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Old 04-23-2021, 05:42 AM   #43
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90% of the folks on here probably have no clue what an attic fan is. Lol!

That was all we had also until I was in jr high.
Growing up in Galveston, I remember when we moved out of the Magnolias (projects) into the BIG house on 21st and M1/2, it had an Attic fan and man was nice and cool at night, my room had a screened in balcony so i slept listening to the waves of the ocean every night,, i drive by sometime just to remember the good OL'DAYS if and when i get to make a trip down there
,, we used to ride the whole Island on our bike's, there was no were we did not go...
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Growing up in Galveston, I remember when we moved out of the Magnolias (projects) into the BIG house on 21st and M1/2, it had an Attic fan and man was nice and cool at night, my room had a screened in balcony so i slept listening to the waves of the ocean every night,, i drive by sometime just to remember the good OL'DAYS if and when i get to make a trip down there
,, we used to ride the whole Island on our bike's, there was no were we did not go...
Wow. Thatís sounds very cool. Like I told Bayou, didnít seem how warm it was outside when you turned that attic fan on you woke up under the blankets. It was a rough time for us back then. Momma wanted more for us but we didnít have the money.
We watched Gun Smoke, the Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, Bonanza, Star Trek, Paladin, Rifleman, Flintstones, all as a family most of the time. Mainly cause we only had one t v. Then you had to get up and change the channel and adjust the rabbit ears and flatten out the tin foil on em!
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Old 04-23-2021, 06:25 AM   #45
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Even in Dallas back in the 60's we did not have a/c. In schools or at home. We didn't have home a/c until we moved in 1971.
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Man we’re gonna need some fresh blood on this site. Had no idea there were so many Geezers on here!
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I think bout '86 would nail it! I was only 10 in '81.
1965 works for me. Modern medicine and some conveniences, but none of the global warming, liberal laws, ambiguous gender training and snowflake whining. ReL men doing real jobs and families that stayed together.

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Growing up in Galveston, I remember when we moved out of the Magnolias (projects) into the BIG house on 21st and M1/2, it had an Attic fan and man was nice and cool at night, my room had a screened in balcony so i slept listening to the waves of the ocean every night,, i drive by sometime just to remember the good OL'DAYS if and when i get to make a trip down there

,, we used to ride the whole Island on our bike's, there was no were we did not go...
Do you remember "Roddy's Steaks" at 17th and Seawall? That was my Uncle Roddy & Aunt Dorothy Adolphus' restaurant. They cooked hamburgers and BBQ during the day for the beach lunch crowd and steaks at night for the local crowd. The little restaurant was full of shoulder mounts that my uncle had killed all over North America and Africa.

They lived nearby on Ave. O. I would go down there in the summer with my grandmother. We would ride the Burlington train from Dallas to Houston then the Santa Fe train on into Galveston. I would ride on the Winnie & O bus down to my uncle's restaurant with my fishing pole. I would then walk across Seawall Blvd. and out onto one of the rock groins and fish all day. Fun times !!!

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Old 04-23-2021, 12:53 PM   #49
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yes I do member,,, as well as Ginos there on 16th, sadly i left @ 14, and finished high school in the Great Town of Alvin, the yellowjackets...
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