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Remembering how times have changed

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I received the following email from a friend. After some of the comments, I will give my own comment.

Comments made

in the year of 1955.

l. I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $10. (That was back in the early years of our marriage, and we were in a great recession. And yes, that is what we spent a week for groceries. We had a budget, and $10 was all we had.)

2. Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $1,000 will only buy a used one. (When we got married we couldn't afford a car, and Bob's folks gave us their 1937 Chevy. A while later we bought a 1947 Fleetline Chevy. Man, we really thought we were livin'.)

3. If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. Twenty cents a pack is ridiculous.

4. Did you hear that the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter? Now it is 3 cents.

(I remember during World War II when airmail stamps cost 6 cents, and I thought that was terrible.)

5. If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store. (I remember at that time I was a telephone operator for Ma Bell in Fort Scott. My wages were $1 per hour, and I was happy to get it.)

6. When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage. (Don't think we'll ever see those prices again.)

7. I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies anymore. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying damn in "Gone With the Wind," it seems every new movie has either HELL or damn in it.

8. I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.

9. Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the president. (I think it was Joe De Maggio who played for the New York Yankees.)

10. I never thought I'd see the day all of our kitchen appliances would be electric. They're even making electric typewriters now. (I never liked those dudes. I always made so many mistakes, and it was horrible making corrections. I love the computer keyboard.)

11. It's t oo bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.

12. It won't be long before young couples are going to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

13. I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

14. Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government. (I wonder that, too.)

15. The fast-food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

16. There is no sense going on short trips any more for a weekend. It costs nearly $2 a night to stay in a hotel. (Wouldn't you love to find a good one for that price?)

17. No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15 a day in the hospital, it's too rich for our blood. (When our daughter Susie was born in the Fort Scott hospital, it was $6 a day for a ward room, including the nursery, or $10 for a private room. But who could afford that?)

18. If they think I will pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it.

Marilyn Miller
The Old Grey Mare