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Old 09-09-2012, 20:58   #16
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Re: You Might be a Baby Boomer........

first radio I heard sound over was a crystal set with 'cat wiskers' and an old pair of WWII earphones my Dad helped me build. Graduated to a hugh ham set that took up half my bedroom. Never could operate the damn thing but listened to a lot of foreign chatter.
Back in the day Loran, SSB and the old 'spinner' sounder was all you had. Stopped in small coastal towns that had a govt dock to use the land line phone (10cents) to find out where the cash buyer for your fish was going to be that night. I recall when we got a VHF aboard the tug I was working on in the 50's... was like magic! Capt Phil
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Old 10-09-2012, 17:45   #17
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If you bought a house and gained equity each year (instead of present generation losing each year)
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Ha! I can remember when LORAN was too expensive for most of us sailors. My first offshore trips were with a sextant, a chronometer, tables, and working the sites on paper with a pencil. It got exciting when you were going someplace like Labrador, like I did back in college, and there were places where you sailed off the charts--uncharted waters! On my first trips to the Bahamas and the Caribbean we were on sextant sights a lot of the time because the LORAN lines crossed at such shallow angles out there they didn't really tell you much. I used to cross a LORAN line with a sun line or an RDF signal from a commercial radio station in order to get a fix. Nobody had radar, except for really big boats so we groped our way all around New England in the fog with nothing but DR and a flasher for a depthsounder. Down in the Bahamas only a few islands had telephones, and that was usually one line in the post office. To use the phone you would wait in line with the rest of the community, and then everyone would listen in to your interesting conversation.
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Old 10-09-2012, 18:23   #19
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Re: You Might be a Baby Boomer........

If you know what a Detroit Diesel 671 is.
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When I was a kid dirt was a beverage.
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You might be a Boomer if you remember the world BEFORE plastic.
I remember playing in the sandbox with the little girl next door.
All our toy buckets, shovels etc. were metal and rust.
Go Tonka! There was more steel in some of those than many new cars today
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If you can remember when new boats were about $1000 per foot at the boat shows--and that was a lot of money!
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My favorite drink was Fizzie-pops. My first radio a crystal set with earphones. My first sailboat was 21 ft. No VHF but a RDF (Radio Detection finder). My 3rd. boat (34ft) Had a Magnavox Satnav that drew 5 amps and spat out a Lon/Lat every 20 minutes or when ever it felt like it. Oh...and rotary phones.
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If you can remember when new boats were about $1000 per foot at the boat shows--and that was a lot of money!

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A silver dime used to be worth $0.10

Now it's worth about $2.78
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Not a Detroit but a GMC 671 LOL Detroits are much newer !!!
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If you ever made Chef Boyardie pizza from the box. This thread is making me feel old. We used to make these on saturday night watching 8mm home movies and drinking RC cola. Life just ain't the same...Michael..
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Yea Michael, we always drank RC cus it was bigger for the money !! They still sell em but haven't had one for years ! LOL Yall remember Ice Cream Trucks? They have a few down here but the music is just not the same !!
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Yea Michael, we always drank RC cus it was bigger for the money !! They still sell em but haven't had one for years ! LOL Yall remember Ice Cream Trucks? They have a few down here but the music is just not the same !!
Ice cream trucks! They drive me nuts in the summer time as they seem to make a loop that includes my house at least 3 times a day.

Oh well, at least some of the neighborhood kids will have some good memories too.
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Re: You Might be a Baby Boomer........

Both my grandparents plowed with horses in the Carolina mountains not poor just liked horses better. I used a brick cell and still have it. BVI was a great place to sail in 1974 on a 22 ft and those funnel shaped funny cigars for a buck the kids sold. Paid $.75 cents for the first Almond Brothers band indoor concert. My First catamaran sailboat was a new yellow 1972 Hobie Cat solid deck 10 ft #109 with swing up centerboard kind of like my Gemini is designed now.
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Wow-nostalgia-I remember my first boat job as a mate on a charter boat out of New Smyrna Beach-we had an RDF,and had just gotten Loran A, charts with all the TD lines on them-the old guy I worked for just ignored it all, we rode for an hour or so and he hit the same rock formation offshore every single time. We always caught fish!

We had a plotter, scroll type fish finder, with the vibrating needle, all the new guys were keeping charts, writing lat/long or TD intersections on them. We had a whole drawer full of old bottom charts like that.

In eastern NC when I was a kid, we went to the store and got a coke, (8 oz bottle!) and aspirin (in the south they sold aspirin powdered in little was paper packets), you were supposed to get a buzz.

As far as the Allman Brothers-they were from New Smyrna and began life as the Allman Joys, when they were about 16-17. They played the Daytone Beach Pier-my first major experience with the opposite sex was under that pier to the sound of the Allman Joys!

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