Do you remember when it was affordable to fill up your gas tank?

United States
June 12, 2007 5:47pm CST
This isn't the subject of this discussion though. I don't drive but I do remember when gas wasn't as expensive as it is today. I remember gas being as cheap as .36! I also remember when there were no Burker Kings, Wendy's and McDonald's. I remember when little girl's were not allowed to wear pants or slacks to school and jeans were a definite no no. There was a time, believe it or not when there were no such things as Malls and we went to stores call Five and Dimes. Movies were only watched at movie theaters where there was only 1 screen and music was played on discs called and made out of vinyl! The majority of members here aren't as old as I am but no matter what your age is I'm sure you have a lot of things from the past that you remember fondly. What are yours? What has replaced them and which would you rather have today in your life?
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• United States
13 Jun 07
I remember not having to make life-changing decisions at the gas station...do I fill the tank or pay my light bill? Gas is just so high now, my tank stays at about halfway.. I remember when the younger people in my city..my age 21 and up could go to different parties and nobody would get shot..now, we can't even go to the downtown area here without something happening..and it doesn't even have to be the weekend.. I remember when people could pretty much go into any business office and give any old information to get a check of some sort..now, they want everything except a blood sample..
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• United States
13 Jun 07
I love the comment "and it doesn't even have to be the weekend"...that to me is very sad. We shouldn't have to worry about anyone being shot anywhere but especially in schools.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Full service gas stations are gone. "May I check your oil? Like your water checked to sir? Like your wiondows washed sir?" Ohhh man wheres that friendly TEXACO service now days. HAHAHA! Oh and another....."Put a tiger in your tank" I'll leave it at that seeing if anyone knows that slogan. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• United States
14 Jun 07
yeah its pretty sad that things got to that point..a young boy (it was said he was 17) got killed just last night over a jacket..I remember a time when things like that just didn't happen around here... put a tiger in your tank..isn't that a gas company..like Mobile or something?? I can't think of it right now..lol
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
12 Jun 07
I remember my father drving by gas stations saying..what are they nuts..I am not paying .29 a gallon for gas It is funny, I was just saying the other day..now we have $1 stores, it used to be the five and dime. I remember going to movies and seeing the news...since a lot of people did not have TVs. I remember looking at the back of the TV and radio to find the burnt out tubes so that we could buy new tubes and fix our electronics. When kids were the remote control and th dishwasher. I remember having 3 channels and a PBS. I remember having to iron everything..it was before permanent press. (Ick).
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Ahhhh the olden newsreels and cartoons before movies. I forgot about those items. HAHA.
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• United States
13 Jun 07
I forgot about the newsreels too. There is probably a lot that I've forgotten in my old age...lol
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Remember when drive-ins had playgrounds...swings and slides and stuff? Whoops! Remember when there were drive-ins?
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• United States
12 Jun 07
I am going to be telling my age with this but who cares. My first car was a 69 dodge charger and I could fill the tank for less than $10.00. Now I wouldn't be able to move the car out of the driveway cause it would cost way too much for the gas. Gas prices keep it up, and I am going to be looking for a horse and buggy.
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• United States
13 Jun 07
I with you ladybugsgrandma! Who cares how old we are right? As long as we feel good or close to good anyway that's what counts. That horse and buggy sounds great maybe someone should get one and start the trend. That would get ol' Bush where it hurts wouldn't it?
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• United States
13 Jun 07
ldybgsgma99 when u find that horse and buggy can u tell me how much u paid for it cuz im looking into getting one myself
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
13 Jun 07
i USED TO DRIVE A HORSE AND BUGGY. nO SERIOUSLY. i AM NOT THAT OLD BUT i WORKED AT mACKINAW iSLAND IN mICHIGAN. iTS A TOURIST ATTRACTION THAT DOESN'T ALLOW MOTORIZED VEHICLES AND i WORKED AS A CARRAIGE DRIVER FOR ONE YEAR. tHATS WAS AN AWESOME JOB. happy postings from grandpa bob !!~
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Well, we are very close - I remember in high school we got upset when gas went to .75 a gallon, it was crazy. I also remember the first McDonalds I ate at, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I also remember knelling on the floor in the school office for 'skirt length checks' - mini skirts were in but not allowed in our school - 1 inch above the knee and you went home to change.
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• United States
13 Jun 07
I wonder why the schools could have those rules then but they can't now? Are they afraid of someone or something? I don't get it.
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• Malaysia
13 Jun 07
hehehe.. i got same experienced as you. I miss all the old good days and cheap life. Now every thing is expensive and we lucky, Malaysia got plenty of oil and the price is still low if compare from Thailand, Singapore or Indonesia. Good Luck my fren
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@AmbiePam (51240)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Ten years ago when I was sixteen, gas was 76 cents a gallon. Oh the days! LOL I also remember when Pacman was the one of the few video games to play, and you had to have cords to connect your games. No wireless hand held things. And when did twelve year olds start getting cell phones?
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• United States
13 Jun 07
Only ten years ago? Wow the prices have gone up faster than I realized. Good ol' pacman was my favorite and I loved jumping over those video game cords while my son played the games and I didn't have to worry about who he was talking to online. Those were the days!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Oh My Gawdd. Pacman? I owned the very first Atari and played PONG for hours on end. HAHAHA!!! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@mari_skye (1638)
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
I do agree with you so much. A lot has changed since I was kid too. Back then we would play actual games like tag and other local kid's games. Nowadays, the kids would rather play computer games and have no time to play with other kids. It's so sad to see them glued on their play stations. For me, it seems like they are missing a lot on their childhood. Back then, my playmates and I would often sneak out of our house and avoid noontime naps just so we could play outside with each other.
• United States
13 Jun 07
Kids today are definitely missing out on a lot and they don't even know it. The fresh air alone would be so good for the majority of kids today. There would be a lot less doctor appointments I bet.
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• United States
13 Jun 07
I remember back when the first $2 dollar bill was issued in 1862...haha! I kid! I honestly can't remember a time when there weren't any McD's or BKs or Wendy's.. or a time when there was .36 cent gas! How I wiiish. Things I do remember.. when the stamps were still 39 cents. Now we're up to what, 42 cents? Also when the tolls were 25 cents instead of the dollar they are now. I remember when pay phones were 25 cents (and I remember back when people actually used pay phones! lol). That's all I can remember though, I don't think I was old enough to really focus on money back then. It's crazy how inflation just keeps going up and up.
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• United States
13 Jun 07
Just think, someday you will be saying you remember when gas was ONLY $4 a gallon!! Isn't that sad?
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@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I clearly remember when three dollars pretty much filled my gas tank. Now I can have a quarter of a tank of gas, put in twenty-five bucks and still not have a fill gas tank. Gas prices are the most blatant symbol of how bad inflation really is, but I suspect there's some price gouging going on as well.
@BROWNEYEZ (448)
• United States
13 Jun 07
this ones is not like everyone else story but i went oiver the weekend with my husband t o take are daughter fishing and they wanted 7 dollars to enter the peir. that is 7 dollars per person i was like what are they crazy so i asked how much to just walk on the pier they said 3 dollars. i remember when it was a dollar to go fishing and to walk on the pier was free.
@amyann16 (414)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I remember going to the drive in movies with my parents. We would bring our sleeping bags and lay down the seats in the back of our Toyota. We would usually be able to stay up for the first movie and then fall asleep before the second. I remember watching the Muppet show on prime time TV with my family. There just aren't many shows that families watch together anymore that are geared to really entertain young kids. I remember when the happy meals at McDonalds had really good toys, not the junk we get now.
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• United States
13 Jun 07
I remember when gas went over the dollar mark and the whole world went frantic. Now it is much worse. Of all the bills we have our fuel bill is by far the hardest impacting us. Plus the way gas prices have run everything else off the chart. I remember listening to vinyl and wondering how all that sound coulc come out of the black thing. Now we dont give cds a second thought. I appreciate how far things have come. I like to have a cd player in my car, and a microwave on my counter top. But gas is a different story.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
12 Jun 07
All those I recall. I also remember drive-in movies that have gone by the side due to property taxes and new housing needed. I also recall when strip malls and enclosed malls first came about. I recall skateboards were a basic slab of wood with old roller skate wheels nailed on them. HAHAHA. I remember the first McDonalds opening up near where I was at the time. I recall gas as low as 25 cents. Smokes were 15 cents a pack I can recall. Oh god the lost goes on. HAHA. I remember no answering machines. Phones that you had to litterally dial in a circle that weighed as mush as a house cat. I remember the old crank type doorbells that didnt need electricity nor batteries. Transistor radios that used a 9 volt battery. Headphones the size of a pair of shoes. HAHAHA with a cable to match in size. 8 track tapes, cassette tapes. Blah Blah Blah. I'll stop now. Etc etc. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
13 Jun 07
Thanks, as always for the laugh and walk down memory lane. Of course I remember all of that but think I miss the drive in's the most...but the smokes at .15 wouldn't be bad either...lol
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
13 Jun 07
They were only Lucky Strikes and Camel non-fiklters that were 15 cents. Other brands were like 30 cents I think. Also I remember Kool non-filters which are a rarity now days. I have seen them but far and few between.
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@EvanHunter (4028)
• United States
14 Jun 07
It was as little as ten years ago that I can recall gas being under a buck a gallon. As far as gas prices goes future generations will never have the luxury of cruising the strip and things of that nature. Its like they have taken away a bit of our freedom just by raising gas prices.
@Inky261 (2524)
• Germany
13 Jun 07
There were poney tails and pettycoats and Elvis and Bill Haley and rock and roll and we had record players, the guys had floral print shirts to go with the blue jeans. We had a hoola hoop, the ice cream was a simple banana split. A Ford Mustang was looking totally different from todays and there was an Airline called PanAm. Louis Armstrong played his trumped and Jimmy Stewart was Mr. Nice guy. the world was quite ok as long as Hoss Cartwright was on TV but when J.R. appeared the world changed and not always for the better....
• United States
13 Jun 07
Years ago, in a land far,far away. The "past" haunts me.
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