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I only iron my kids hula outfits. ;)
I have hot rollers too - and foam rollers. :)
Ashtrays in cars, too. Remember those little pull out metal things? Kinda gross to think that they used to actually hold ash.  :yuk:
#151 - December 29, 2010, 09:15 PM
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Car seats that went all the way across .. no consoles .. no bucket seats

Being able to buy alcoholic beverages at age 18. Of course that was changed quite a while back. Is it 21 in all states now?

Smoking sections in restaurants .. and ashtrays on the table.

#152 - December 29, 2010, 10:11 PM
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Cars still have ashtrays,  but most people throw their cigarette butts out the window anyway...    :uhuh
#153 - December 29, 2010, 11:21 PM

Ashtrays at the Doctor's office, and in hospitals.
Smoking in the movies.
Smoking lounges at the high schools.
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Legwarmers. Did they ever make sense?

Confession: I got leg warmers from my sister for Christmas. They are on sale at all the Claire's boutiques around here. I still love 'em.

I'm a walking posterchild for the 80's...but I'm okay with that. ;)
#155 - December 30, 2010, 04:48 AM
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My 12 year old grandson just got a watch for his birthday and was thrilled.
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Confession: I got leg warmers from my sister for Christmas. They are on sale at all the Claire's boutiques around here. I still love 'em.

LOL, Donna! Don't worry, it's not you, it's me. I've been out of touch with fashion since my kids were born. Would you believe I used to work at a fashion company? Sigh.

Marissa -- swimming with jeans on in the ocean sounds like fun! I used to just cut mine and then wash a bunch of times for that frayed look.

I remember cigarette lounges in highschools. Thought it was pretty awesome at the time. Now I find it shocking. I haven't smoked since my early twenties.
#157 - December 30, 2010, 10:41 AM
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You had lounges? We had to sit outside on a hill. Well, I didn't smoke .. but there was a smoking hill. Tobacco was not the only thing smoked, however. I remember the pot smoke making me a bit queasy when it came in through the air conditioning vents.
#158 - December 30, 2010, 11:34 AM
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LOL, Lillian!! Yep, there were a lot of queasy high school kids back then. ;) :D

I went to three different high schools. Two were strict private schools and one was a loosey goosey public school in new jersey. Juniors and seniors had a smoking lounge and everyone younger smoked in the bathrooms. They also had a juke box in the cafeteria that played Iron Maiden and Judas Priest! I thought it was the coolest place ever. But in hindsight, thank god my parents moved after just six months! It seems like kids today don't smoke as much as they used to though. Or perhaps that's my perception.

Oh, that gave me another memory. At my other high school we went to a playground across the street to smoke. That was in upper manhattan. It was the late eighties so there were empty crack vials everywhere. I used to collect them so I could turn them into an art project. Good thing my parents never found that box of vials in my room! LOL. Not an easy one to explain. :D 
#159 - December 30, 2010, 11:57 AM
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Wait, just to be clear, the crack vials weren't from the students. Probably shouldn't have gone there. It's a weird memory.
#160 - December 30, 2010, 12:30 PM
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Crack vials used to be all over the streets in Philadelphia--right around 1990, I think. A good detail for anyone who's writing a book set in that time period! They're gone now--at least you no longer see them stuck in the sidewalk cracks like you used to.
#161 - December 30, 2010, 12:52 PM
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True! It was unique to the era.
#162 - December 30, 2010, 01:01 PM
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A few other things:

Do you remember on the old TV sets, how there was one dial for UHF channels and another dial for VHF channels? That you had to cross the room to change? And adjust the antenna when you changed channels?

As for lockers: they are definitely still in our local high school. Where do kids keep their coats if they don't have lockers? (OK, I grew up in New England where a coat was not an optional piece of clothing. You could die of hypothermia waiting for the bus.)

Is 7-digit phone dialing totally gone now? My parents still had it for a long time, but the last time I visited them, I had to use 10 digits on their phone.

Fondue seems to go in cycles--every few years, some fondue restaurants will open up.

I had to laugh at whoever mentioned "privacy" as obsolete. Do you remember that a phone call used to be a private event--people would go in another room and close the door when they had a call, and it was considered rude to eavesdrop when someone else was on the phone? And now everyone talks on the phone in public. Even in public restrooms. Also, the amount of info people voluntarily put online about themselves is astounding.

#163 - December 30, 2010, 01:20 PM
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Yes, the smoking hill.  I admit, I smoked with my friends there along with some teachers too.  I tell others about this and those younger than 40 are horrified they did this.  And the pot thing?  I'll take the fifth.
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School classrooms with long rows of windows .. before central air became common .. this was in the South. Even in the mid-80's, I was teaching in an un-airconditioned classroom in Georgia.

Dorm rooms with community bathrooms/showers.  If you used the toilet, you had to yell "FLUSH!" before flushing in time for the person in the shower to jump out of the way of the water ... or they would get scalded.  I remember the little signs tacked to the inside of every bathroom stall. I also remember what it was like to be shaving your legs and suddenly hear someone holler "Flush!" and trying to hop out of the way without injuring yourself. 

#165 - December 30, 2010, 07:50 PM
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Me too, ixtumea!

writerjenn -- I do remember getting up to change the channel and UHF. I even had a black and white tv back then. It's hard to believe. And even more to the extreme, I just found out that my husband's grandfather had one of those cars with the crank on it. Amazing.

Lillian -- I still have nightmares about the community bathrooms of college. So not fun.
#166 - December 31, 2010, 11:29 AM
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#167 - December 31, 2010, 12:25 PM
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Do you remember on the old TV sets, how there was one dial for UHF channels and another dial for VHF channels? That you had to cross the room to change? And adjust the antenna when you changed channels?

ZOMG! We were the last family in the country to still use an old set back in the late 80's (or so it felt like at the time, and it was a wood console, of course). I had one those "taboo" sets of divorced parents and loved going to my dad's on the weekend to zip the lever across that beige cable box--and eat Dominoes in under 30 minutes with "Coke Classic." Remember the clicking beige box?? I went to his house in 85' for MTV's premiere and saw "Video Killed the Radio Star" just after midnight....I was also the only kid in my second grade class (and at our church--back in 81') with divorced parents. I like to think they were punk and not trendy~

This could probably go without mentioning, but I'll bring it up anyway--there was a white woman and a black man living across the street from us and I clearly remember how all the neighbors wouldn't talk to them, and sat and gossiped incessantly. Thank the Spaghetti Monster things have cooled off.

ETA: I purposely got my hands on a wood console TV last year. Where else am I supposed to put my aloe vera plant and doily?
#168 - December 31, 2010, 12:43 PM
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My high school  in a Sacramento suburb had a smoking area too.  I didn't smoke but several of my friends did and I spent a lot of time there at lunch.  What in the heck were school administrators thinking back then?   

Lillian, you made me laugh, remembering how we used to all yell we were going to flush the toilet.  Every shower you were on alert, listening, so you could jump out of the way and avoid the scalding water.   This college had a communal TV room with one old flickering TV that got 3 or 4 of the major channels. I think it had color, but no remote, no cable. No one had their own dorm room TV or mini refrigerator.  The fuses would blow.  We couldn't even use a hair dryer outside of the communal bathroom--the one room where they had updated the electricity.  To keep drinks and snacks cold we'd put them outside on the brick window sills in the evening. 
#169 - December 31, 2010, 09:47 PM
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I went to his house in 85' for MTV's premiere and saw "Video Killed the Radio Star" just after midnight....

(Um, didn't MTV premiere in '81?
I feel old just for remembering the Astronaut.    :old )

My 12 year old grandson just got a watch for his birthday and was thrilled.

You mean a watch is no longer trendy?  I get kidded about still swearing by my loyal Casio calculator data watch!...What, they don't make those anymore either?
(Which led to a funny story at Disney World, but that's for another time.)
#170 - December 31, 2010, 11:05 PM

How about when the only flavor of iced tea you could get was Lipton in a can?  :old None of that fancy Raspberry Green Tea with Ginseng and Pomegranate Extract.
#171 - January 01, 2011, 06:03 AM
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Guess it was 81...regardless...
#172 - January 01, 2011, 06:52 AM
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You mean a watch is no longer trendy?

I don't know what's trendy and what isn't, but I think some things that are not strictly necessary will still find a niche in our lives because they are beautiful, or tie us to the past, or just because we like them. I can see this happening with watches, especially analog watches.

When each of our children turned 16 we tried to give them something from us that would last beyond the regular CD's (dated, I know) and clothes. We settled on nice rings for five of them, but our youngest son stumped us. Eventually, we decided on a pocket watch and chain, which he loved. He'd hook the chain to the belt loop of his jeans and pull the watch out to check the time. It suited his personality. So I think there will probably always be a place for watches, if only for their retro-ness and beauty (I've always loved watches.).

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Hey, Rebecca maybe you were on that same smoking area as me?  I went to Luther Burbank High school in the later 70s.  We also had a juke box in the cafeteria that played current rock songs.

Cars without seat belts.  I was little in the 60s but I remember my aunt with her white convertible that she'd drove mega fast.  Scary now that I think of it.

Riding in the back of a truck with a bunch of friends.  Now I think that's against the law.

Getting those booster shots that left big round marks.  Think I still have it.

Junior College that was free.

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Funny, this thread brought up Garretson and Jefferson Elementary which brought me back to one of the many places we lived.

Rebecca and ixtumea, I went to two High Schools in the Sacto area, El Camino and Rio Americano. I liked Rio better. But, they had a big drug bust when I went there. One of the student body was a cocaine dealer and there were several students who dissapeared during that time. Oye. Rich school . . . cocaine was the drug of choice. I didn't belong there from the economic standpoint. My parents rented a duplex unit behind someone's home. In any case, they had an undercover agent posing as a student which lead to the bust.

As for obsolete things . . . I remember my dad had that "Angel Hair" he put out during the Holiday Season. It was something he got rid of . . . made from fiberglass and we were NOT to touch it when we were kids. It sure  was pretty, but it sure was dangerous.
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Ah, North Sacto!  My younger sis lives close to El Camino.  I lived in South Sacto by the Executive Airport and William Land Park and Sacto City College.  During my senior year of high school we started having the gang problems that were a major problem when I attended Goethe MS.  My middle school had guards and was gated.  We had rival Black and Latino gangs.  My senior year I helped this one Latino special needs kid who warned me of a drug bust going down.  I skipped class that day.  Good thing too as police raided the school and went through lockers finding drugs.  Also the rival black and Latino gangs got into it.
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I remember Angel Hair. It was pretty, but sure hurt if it got under your skin.

Another obsolete thing: inflatable rafts at the beach. Around here you cannot take anything inflatable into the water. The lifeguards get very upset.  :surfer
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Oh, you should come to our beach. We have no life guards. There's inflatable everything.
#179 - January 01, 2011, 06:06 PM
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Confession: I got leg warmers from my sister for Christmas. They are on sale at all the Claire's boutiques around here. I still love 'em. I'm a walking posterchild for the 80's...but I'm okay with that. ;)

Leg warmers. Ha! I used them for their original purpose: dancing (modern & ballet). I wore them in Hawai'i but only for dance classes. I found it amusing when people started wearing them for "fashion."
#180 - January 01, 2011, 06:50 PM
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