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  •  Back in my day (4+ / 0-)

    I did walk a half mile to elementary school and 1.5 miles to junior high.  I could have taken the bus but it cost 15 cents so I walked.   Back then it was never 100 degrees or 90 degrees or even 80 degrees in September or May or June, so walking was nice.

    Back then the streetcars were safe and reliable and convenient and came regularly.  My mom never learned how to drive but you didn't need to back then.

    And I remember my mother talking to a neighbor back then about how prices have skyrocketed so much that you can't walk into a supermarket anymore and buy much for a dollar.  Just a head of lettuce and a half gallon of milk.  Half gallons of milk were 50 cents, quarts were 25 cents.  So if you made $5 an hour you could live pretty well.

    And there never was a funnier show on TV than Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life.  The consolation prize for answering Groucho's question, "Who was buried in Grant's Tomb" was $5.

    My mother was a single mom which was rare in the 1950's, as my dad had deserted her when she was pregnant with me and hasn't been seen since.  Day care was unknown back then, because moms didn't work, they stayed home with the kids.  The only way she could raise me was that her older sister, a widow, lived with us and my aunt raised me while my mom worked 7 days a week to support both of us.  If it weren't for my aunt, she could never have managed having me.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 07:12:35 PM PDT

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