Friday, February 13, 2009

I'm Older Than Dirt...!

How old are you...? Try this and find out!

Count all the ones that you remember, not the ones you were told about. Ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S& H greenstamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my life. Just remember my friends, it's not the years in your life...but the LIFE in your years that makes the difference!

Now, let's go get some fresh coffee, Old Friend!


Phelan said...

By your rules, 6.

HermitJim said...

Hey're still just a youngster! What's bad is that I can remember them all...!

No wonder my joints creak a lot!

Thanks for coming by this morning...

ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom said...

I got a 6 :) I still have #17 in the freezer now. I hate plastic!

molly said...

OK, that was a little different, some of the things you mad yanks have over there we don't in aussie LOL. Having said that, I got 14 and I'm 48 lol

Did it MY way said...

All 25. I remember the treat of drinking the cream off the top of the milk. You need to add sling shots, and rubber guns.

DivaHick said...

You don't make me fell any better about turning 30. I got 14 1/2. (I got a half because I don't remember glass bottles in vending machines, but I do remember glass bottles. However, I was never allowed to get stuf from the vending machine's so I don't know.)

FarmerGeek said...

Are you serious? How in the flippin' world did I get a 18?!

Baby Sis said...

21 for me, Bubba. Though I'm not quite as old as you, still dirt material! And some VEY good times associated with those memories, but one not so good - how about Grandma V's wringer washer?!!!Yuck!

Anonymous said...

Durn, I'm older than dirt too! Ah who cares - how does that expression go? OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER BUT TOO YOUNG TO CARE!

Stephanie in AR said...

I got 10 but Grandma lived in rural Missouri when I was a kid & back then things didn't change as fast as they do now. fwiw I'm 43 with a birthday coming up fast.

Anonymous said...

OK - I'm 'older than dirt' according to your rating, but in the retirement community I currently live in, at 62, I'm just a baby. Bellen

Selous Scout said...

I guess i must join the ranks of Older than Dirt. I got 23
I'm 52.(almost)

Mo said...

The "home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers" brought back some memories. Candy cigarettes - with powdered sugar coating that would simulate smoke...

I came up short of the dirt age, just barely...

YeOldFurt said...

I got them all, but then again I knew I was "older than dirt". Remember ordering rifles and pistols thru the mail and all you had to be was 18?

Lydia said...

Funny, the other day I said something about someone being older than dirt, and my youngest daughter said what?? She didnt even know the expression.

I got, "you're getting older", although it probably should be don't tell anyone your age. Could be my memory ;)

Thant was fun. Have a good day Jim!

Anonymous said...

I'm officially older than dirt. What does that make me, rock? (Un-eroded dirt?) I like to think I'm old enough to know better, know how to do it, and know how to get away with it!


Anonymous said...

Yep Older than dirt! But still not ready to be worm food.When I am, I hope they remember to string the bell just in case.

scoutinlife said...

36 years young with a score of 7! Thanks for the light hearted post Hermt........

HermitJim said...

Hey OWMom...another youngster! Boy. you guys are just spring chicks! Pretty cool, huh?

Hey Molly...I can imagine that some of what you had was the equivalent to our stuff when we were kids...

Thanks for coming by.

Hey Tony...I'll bet that there are plenty of things that you and I can remember that would seem strange to these youngsters. Appreciate the visit this morning!

Hey Diva...if it makes you feel any better, I can remember when those drinks in a bottle from thje vending machine were only a nickle! Now THAT's a long tiome ago...thanks for coming by!

Hey FG...maybe you are older than you thought? I have to admit, you don't look that old!

Thanks for the visit!

Hey Sis...the thing I remember most about that old ashing maching, is the smell. With thwe blueing and all, it seemed to smell bad! That old machine would be worth a fortune today.

Hey Anon's all a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter! Thanks for dropping by!

Hey Stephanie...and a very young 43 it is, my friend! But you give it away when you use the term "back then". That's what older folks like me say! Hey, appreciate you dropping by!

Hey Bellen...and a very cute baby at that! I sure do appreciate the visit!

Hey Selous Scout...look at it this way, you're in good company! Hey, thanks so much for coming by!

Hey Mo...yeah, the candy cigs and wax lips, all that stuff we thought was fun, would make folks wanna sue someone now days. Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Hey, that seems like a long time ago, dopesan't it? Where the heck did all the time get off to? Hey, thanks, my friend, for coming by!

Hey Lydia...ahh, you're just a baby (and a cute one at that!). They say that if you know your memory is bad, it's just average. You are still almost too young for me, though...thanks so much for the visit!

Hey Mossytoes...I'll drink to that! And just for the record, I think all folks our age "rock"!

Thank you for stopping in!

Hey Scoutinlife...we have to do something to kinda lighten the load a bit, right? I appreciate you dropping in this morning, my man!

Rods Wanderings said...

Well I made 19 don't know how that happened! But lets put it to living in a small town.
(that's my excuse anyway)

Good post Jim


HermitJim said...

Hey George...I'll be sure that the bell is there., my friend...and you do the same for me...OK?

Hey Rod...that sounds like as good a reason as any to me! Anyway, it works, huh?

Thanks for coming by!

john nelson said...

Morning Jim, Yikes, I remember 22 of them. I actually still have some of these items. Time does fly; I seem to remember being in High School last week. Thanks for the memories. John

PS. Anyone remember the coal man? It was always a huge deal when I was a little kid when the coal man came and dumped coal through a shute into the coal room in the basement.

Well, I'm gonna go see whats in the ice box; take out the clinkers and perk some coffee. Then I'll probably have supper on the davenport. Have a good day. John

HermitJim said...

Hey John...I think you gave it away when you used the "old-timey" terms like icebox, clinkers, Perk some coffee, supper and davenport! Those are probably not terms the youngsters are familiar with today.

Hey, I really appreciate you coming by, my friend!

CoyotePrime said...

Oh man, I remember far too many of these! Guess I'm older than dirt...

HermitJim said...

Hey Coyote...well, my friend, at least you have plenty of company...good company, I might add! I'm proud you came to visit today!

MeadowLark said...

Yup. Older than dirt. And I'm only 45. But we lived in the boonies. In fact, my dad didn't get electricity til 1954. And we didn't lose the party line til 1979.

So that's my excuse! :)

MeadowLark said...

Yup. Older than dirt. And I'm only 45. But we lived in the boonies. In fact, my dad didn't get electricity til 1954. And we didn't lose the party line til 1979.

So that's my excuse! :)

HermitJim said...

Wow...that's pretty cool! You had plenty of practical experience at this whole self suffecient thing, huh? Actually, a lot of people in the 70s were making do without some of what we take for granted now.

I don't think it hurt us a bit, ya know?

HermitJim said...

Oh, and thanks for coming by, Meadowlark. I appreciate it!

blondie said...

Not fair Jim!
I still get home delivered Milk in glass bottles. and bought a pair of PF Flyers about 10 yrs ago. They were the talk of the office :)
Have a lot of old 45's too and a record player for them.
Oh well, good memories for sure.

HermitJim said...

Hey Blondie...see, I always knew that you were an oldie but a goodie, just going around disquised as a "sweet youg thang"!

Hey, girl...I appreciate you dropping by today, I really do!

Ashley said...

I remember 8. I guess I really am getting older. Of course, if you ask my friends, I'm 20 years old. And have been for quite some time, now. Decades, even.


HermitJim said...

Hey are only allowed to celebrate each birthday twicw, and then you have to move on to the next year!

I thought I taught you better than that! Oh, wait! That was part of what your Momma taught you, huh?

Hey, thanks for coming by today...Hugs!

Sarah said...

"...but the life in your years..."
I LOVE that! :)

Sarah said...

"...but the life in your years..."
I LOVE that! :)

HermitJim said...

Hey's very true, don't you think? Thank you, my friend, for coming by today! Good to see you!

Missi .... said...

Well Im getting older .... then again I was not deluded enough to think I was actually getting younger.... talk about making me feel like the baby in the crowd again knowing a whole 3? ... sheesh! I thought past 30 you lost that feeling ... meh ! LOL.

Ok so I didnt grow up over there to know what half of that list is but anyway :-P

Thanks for the morning cup and smile, although you may want to start giving the coffee to me in a training cup given my numbers ;-D

HermitJim said...

Hey Missi...a three?? One training coffee cup, with a lid!, coming up!!

I guess it is a disadvantage in not growing up knowing what these things are...but still, a THREE??

Hey, thanks for stopping by, my friend!

Catman said...

The only thing in that list I haven't had experience with are newsreels before the movie.

I'm there with you, man.

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

I guess I failed-- didn't get a one right!

Hey-- have you seen my Arizona Surf Resort?!?

HermitJim said...

Hey Catman...the only time I got to see the newsreels was when I would visit my cousin in Georgetown, Texas...which was a lot smaller town than Houston. The movie tickets were 35 cents, I believe...

Funny how everyone but us seems to be getting older, huh?

fullfreezer said...

Oh, I'm older then dirt?!! I thought I was only 46 but then I remember 16. But I also grew up in the boonies of the midwest. I remember well when we got rid of the party line. I think it was in the late 70's (I was in high school).

J Cross said...

Oh manm 16 was my number too.
Older than dirt and feelin' it these days!

HermitJim said...

Hey J...I'll bet you're just a spring chicken! Probably just tired from all those wild parties you been throwing!

Hey, seriously...thanks for coming by and for the comments!

Preparedwarrior said...

I personally know all of them except Packards. So I guess that qualifies me as really old dirt. Been off the net for a little while taking care of a personally scary problem that has taken all of my mental energy. I had a few seconds of 'puter time and thought to read your site.

I AM drinking coffee right now, so I will give a toast to you and wish you a happy/merry Valentine's Day.


J Cross said...


Yep, I had a wild party a few days ago. I had two fo the grandkids over and we had a big movie & pizza party right here in the front room!

That is about all the partying I have left in me. LOL


HermitJim said...

Hey Warrior...hope everything works out for ya. I have been missing you around here and am glad you could finally drop in. Anything that we can do, just let us know, OK?

You know that I appreciate you coming by!

Hey J...see? That Movie, pizza, and grandkid thing will get ya every time!

Sounds like a good time, though...

Mom said...

Woow!! I am REALLY old!! But I knew that. . . . Sure brings back memories - - -

Anonymous said...

Yep, perfect score for me too. I always enjoyed 'all' the penny candy I could get for 5 or (on really good days) 10 cents. :-)

HermitJim said...

Hey TJ...brings back some memories, doesn't it? Penny candy, BB's cost a nickle a pack, everyone had marbles (glass kind), and girls still wore dresses!

Glad my memory is still good enough to remember some things!

Thanks for dropping in, my friend!

theotherryan said...


HermitJim said...

hey TOR...5 is good! Just a kid, huh? Or is it young at heart...

Thanks for the visit!

Grandpa Eddie said...

I got 25 out of 25....but I don't feel that old, really.

I'm gonna go get that cup o' coffee now.

HermitJim said...

Hey and me both. Funny how those around us are getting older, but we don't seem to be, huh?

Thanks for coming by. my friend!