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  •  Everything was closed on Sundays (3+ / 0-)
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    Translator, Otteray Scribe, mama jo

    when I was little and I grew up just outside of Detroit.

    I remember my dad washing the car and filling it with gas every Saturday for Sunday mass because gas stations were closed.

    My dad always stopped at a newspaper box to buy a Sunday paper after mass.

    I remember the times that my mom would need milk or bread or whatnot and my dad drove us all to the grocery store on Saturday - it wasn't a normal thing but it did happen.

    I don't know if any restaurants were open as we never went out to eat.

    I remember the first McDonald's opening about 5 miles away and seem to recall that by then stores and gas stations and everything was open on Sundays.

    Also remember the first strip mall and regular mall opening and how relieved my mom was when they opened the stores on Sundays.
    It gave us something to do after church.
    My older brother would drive us to the store while my dad stayed home and worked in the yard or watched Sunday football.

    I sort of miss those days.
    I know they say we romanticize the past, but I sort of miss them days because things seemed simpler and more innocent.

    •  Thank you for your recollections! (2+ / 0-)
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      arizonablue, matching mole

      That is what this series is all about, really.  Notice how deft I was in not ending a sentence with a dangling preposition!  LOL!

      Things were more simple then, but this is now.  If we attempt to retrograde, all of the progress (and I personally think that things are better in 2013 than they were in 1973 in most ways), we lose almost all of the progress.  Think of how things were in 1973:

      Yellow, brown, and black people had almost no rights.  GLBT folks were universally hated and in many cases hunted down for sport.  Nixon was President (although he was so progressive by modern Republican standards now that he would not have a chance of election, ask me more if you are intrigued, but I still have more disdain than admiration for him).  There were no Tubes!

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:34:19 PM PST

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      •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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        Translator

        We can never go back, even though it seems as though the Republicans want to take us back to the 19th century!

        I enjoy reading your diaries, Translator, and look forward to more!

        Hope you have a wonderful night!

        All we need is LOVE!

        by arizonablue on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:41:11 PM PST

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        •  I really appreciate your (2+ / 0-)
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          frosti, arizonablue

          very, very kind words.  Your observation about the Republicans, the former Party of the very progressive Lincoln, is quite apt.

          I shall try to keep writing, as long as I draw breath.

          Warmest regards,

          Doc

          I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

          by Translator on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:47:57 PM PST

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