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Better in Black & Whte
5/16/2006 10:29:00 PM

The GOOD OLD DAYS!

I did NOT write this - copied & pasted from an email FWD.

Subject: Better in black and white
Black and White
> (Under age 40? You won't understand.)
>
> You could hardly see for all the snow,
>
> Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.
>
> Pull a chair up to the TV set,
>
> "Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet."
>
> Depending on the channel you tuned,
>
> You got Rob and Laura - or Ward and June.
>
> It felt so good. It felt so right.
>
> Life looked better in black and white.
>
> I Love Lucy, The Real McCoys,
>
> Dennis the Menace, the Cleaver boys,
>
> Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train,
>
> Superman, Jimmy and Lois Lane.
>
> Father Knows Best, Patty Duke,
>
> Rin Tin Tin and Lassie too,
>
> Donna Reed on Thursday night! --
>
> Life looked better in black and white.
>
> I wanna go back to black and white.
>
> Everything always turned out right.
>
> Simple people, simple lives...
>
> Good guys always won the fights.
>
>
> Now nothing is the way it seems,
>
> In living color on the! TV screen.
>
> Too many murders, too many fights,
>
> I wanna go back to black and white.
>
> In God they trusted, alone in bed, they slept,
>
> A promise made was a promise kept.
>
> They never cussed or broke their vows.
>
> They'd never make the network now.
>
> But if I could, I'd rather be
>
> In a TV town in '53.
>
> It felt so good. It felt so right.
>
> Life looked better in black and white.
>
> I'd trade all the channels on the satellite,
>
> If I could just turn back the clock tonight
>
> To when everybody knew wrong from right.
>
> Life was better in black a! nd white!
>
>
> Another Goody For The Oldtimers
>
> My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the
>same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.
>
> My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to
>eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in icepack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli.
>
> Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake
>instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.
>
> The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail
>cell, and a pager was the school PA system.
>
> We all took gym, not PE... and risked permanent injury with a
>pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now..
>
> Flunking gym was not an option.. even for stupid kids! I guess
>PE must be much harder than gym.
>
> Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national
>anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative
>attention.
>
> We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic
>health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and
>everything.
>
> I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I
>was allowed to be proud of myself
>
> I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play
>Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.
>
> Oh yeah..! . and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit
>when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!
>
> We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant
>construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.
>
> Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose
>of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the
>contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such
>a threat.
>
> We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we
>did, we got our butt spanked there and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.
>
> I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his
>tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know
>that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being su! ch a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.
>
> To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told
>that they were from a dysfunctional family How could we possibly have known that?
>
> We needed to get into group therapy and anger management
>classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we
>didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we
>ever survive?
>
> LOVE TO ALL OF US WHO SHARED THIS ERA, AND TO ALL WHO DIDN'T-
>SORRY FOR WHAT YOU MISSED. I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING
>
> Pass this to someone (over age 40, of course), and brighten
>their day by helping them to ! remember that life's most simple pleasures
>are very often the best!
>


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• INVASION OF PRIVACY & INCOMPETENCE - Sunday, July 15, 2007
• Emails to BGE - Baltimore Gas Electric - Wednesday, March 28, 2007
• American Voters! - Monday, March 19, 2007
• New url - tomhylandblog - Thursday, January 04, 2007
• WHY BITCHING & MOANING ? - Friday, November 10, 2006
• Network Neutrality Show - Wednesday, October 18, 2006
• DRY-FRONTS UNITE ! - Wednesday, September 13, 2006
• COMMITMENT - Thursday, September 07, 2006
• My comments on a Book Review - Wednesday, September 06, 2006
• LETTERS TO MATT - Monday, September 04, 2006
• Copy of email to MPT - Maryland Public Television - Tuesday, August 01, 2006
• STOP ACLU FROM DICTATING ATHEISM !!! - Wednesday, July 05, 2006
• TRUTH - an email copy to WJZ TV - Tuesday, June 27, 2006
• The Age of Conglomerates - Tuesday, June 27, 2006
• THE GREAT OIL 'RIP-OFF' - Friday, June 23, 2006
• Golden Years? SURE!

- Thursday, June 01, 2006

•  Better in Black & Whte - Tuesday, May 16, 2006  

• ASSIMILATION ---- LOVE IT OR ;EAVE IT !!!! - Saturday, April 22, 2006
• What's Wrong With This Picture? - Friday, October 22, 2004
• Rift ? or Ripple ? over the Great Pond ? - Monday, June 07, 2004


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