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Old 09-21-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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Ah the GOOD OLD DAYS. My parents and Grandparents use to talk about the good old days all the time. They were convinced that while the past (specially the 1950s and 60s) had problems that era was the glory time in America.

When they retired they both moved into retirement communities and dealt mostly with people 60 years old or greater. My father used to tell me that one of their favorite things to do at the retirement community was talk about the good old days and nearly everyone agreed that things were better back then.

Another thing he liked about living in a retirement community is nearly everyone came from an era when people were more trusting and friendly and understood America and life during a simpler time. Being with fellow retired people brought him back to the good old days in a sense.

As a retired person past a certain age, what do you think about the good old days?
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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You mean the days before air conditioning, computers, cable TV and even color television?

You mean the days when we had a shared "party line" with another family concerning our telephone line?

You mean the days when we used to have Civil Defense drills at school, preparing for nuclear war?

Hmmm...
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:06 PM
 
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There have been a few threads about this very issue. But I dont mind posting again.

I loved life back in the 1950's when I was a kid. Life was so much simpler then. No, we didnt have computers or cable -- but we had roller skates (I still miss those neat skate keys) and we rode our bikes and we had great fun with stilts and hula hoops. We played outside much more than we watched TV (which was all black-and-white).

In the early 1960's we rushed home after school to watch "American Bandstand", after which we did our homework and went outside again.

The cost of living was so low that families could live on one salary (probably because we didnt covet the latest electronic equipment and new-fangled cars). For the most part, wives/mothers stayed home.

No one fought the rules about eligibility for Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts/Pee Wee Baseball, etc. People were more content back then.

And they took pride in doing for themselves. Of course, that was before Lyndon B Johnson's "Great Society" program.

So I wont mind being one of those old geezers who talks about how much better things were "back in the day". In my opinion, they really were.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:07 PM
 
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You mean the days before air conditioning, computers, cable TV and even color television?
You mean the days when we had a shared "party line" with another family concerning our telephone line?
You mean the days when we used to have Civil Defense drills at school, preparing for nuclear war?
Hmmm...

Yes, those days. We managed to live quite well without a/c, computers, cable and color TV, etc.

Quality of life was measured by happiness, not acquisitions.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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There have been a few threads about this very issue. But I dont mind posting again.

I loved life back in the 1950's when I was a kid. Life was so much simpler then. No, we didnt have computers or cable -- but we had roller skates (I still miss those neat skate keys) and we rode our bikes and we had great fun with stilts and hula hoops. We played outside much more than we watched TV (which was all black-and-white).

In the early 1960's we rushed home after school to watch "American Bandstand", after which we did our homework and went outside again.

The cost of living was so low that families could live on one salary (probably because we didnt covet the latest electronic equipment and new-fangled cars). For the most part, wives/mothers stayed home.

No one fought the rules about eligibility for Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts/Pee Wee Baseball, etc. People were more content back then.

And they took pride in doing for themselves. Of course, that was before Lyndon B Johnson's "Great Society" program.

So I wont mind being one of those old geezers who talks about how much better things were "back in the day". In my opinion, they really were.
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Yes, those days. We managed to live quite well without a/c, computers, cable and color TV, etc.

Quality of life was measured by happiness, not acquisitions.
Absoutely right. I would add that we children could play outside after dark in the 1950's without concern for our safety. And no child or teenager was on drugs then. None of our parents either, for that matter. They were truly the good old days. Yet I don't spend much time thinking about them or regretting them because that was so, so long ago. It was literally a different lifetime.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:31 PM
 
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Absoutely right. I would add that we children could play outside after dark in the 1950's without concern for our safety. And no child or teenager was on drugs then. None of our parents either, for that matter. They were truly the good old days. Yet I don't spend much time thinking about them or regretting them because that was so, so long ago. It was literally a different lifetime.

I dont spend a lot of time thinking about those days either. However, when other old geezers and I get together, I do enjoy reminiscing. It's as though we old geezers have a bond that cant/wont be shared with younger people who cant comprehend how we could have enjoyed life without computers, color TV and cars with GPS.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:33 PM
 
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Yes, those days. We managed to live quite well without a/c, computers, cable and color TV, etc.

Quality of life was measured by happiness, not acquisitions.
I doubt if the vast majority of older folks would be happy to give up their cell phones, computer, tablet, internet, cable TV, air conditioners and color TVs today and believe their quality of life wouldn't be lessened.

Being happy is something inside of you, you can have a lot and be miserable and little and be happy. Of course, the opposite is true too.

I think the "good old days" often just refers to being young again, as opposed to era.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:34 PM
 
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NewtoCA, may I ask how old you are? Did you live through the 1950's?

And I agree that just giving up modern conveniences isnt the same, at all, as living through those simpler times.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:46 PM
 
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Texasfirewheel, I'm 60 years old and lived through the 1950's.

I remember them very well, growing up in Philadelphia. I haven't posted that I disliked the past, I had a very good time back then. However, I also am pretty clear about how life was like back then and how it is now. For me, there are things that were better then but also a lot that is better today.

So overall, in response to the question presented by the thread starter, I sometimes think about the past and remember most of it very fondly, but don't think today is bad at all.

I'm very happy with my past, and even happier in my present.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:50 PM
 
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Everything is relative. It's difficult to covet something that doesn't yet exist. Of course people who grew up in the 1950s/60s seemed to be happy at that time, because they were kids. I'm sure that parents of that area experienced quite a bit more stress. It's easy to imagine someone born in the late 1800s viewing society in the 1950s in a similar way that someone born around 1950 views society of today.
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