Butterfinger candy bars are another greatly improved food item. Fresh ones were always delicious, but in earlier days they often took on the consistency of a chewy piece of rock candy. Oleo margarine in the 1950s had a terrible flavor and was barely edible. Before homogenization, there would always be an inch of oil on top of a new jar or tin of peanut butter.
How about the days before ball point pens when we had to carry fountain pens that were prone to leak ink all over our clothes? Early ball point pens, even the ones that would actually write, often leaked ink, as well. Remember when the only place that was air conditioned was the movie theater? What about cars that were totally worn out by 100,000 miles? Wasn’t it fun to change your oil every 2,000 miles?
Actually, I’ve grown quite content having an air-conditioned home, pickup and tractor. I really enjoy having indoor plumbing, television, stereo music, computers, cell phones, a tasty food supply, miracle drugs and a longer life expectancy. Yet, with all the delightful innovations over the decades I’ve roamed this Earth, I still fondly reflect on the wonderful and carefree good old days.
With each passing year, they become even more delightful in my mind. I choose to remember times passed the way I want – that’s what old men do best.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.