5/3/05 from Francie

Subject: WISconsin not WESconsin

 Growing up a 'Sconnie

 The town you grew up in had a bar called Ma's Place.

 Your best shirt has a big letter G on it.

 You know how to polka, but never tried it sober.

 FFA was the most popular club in high school.

 You've seen a Hodag, or, at least you think that's what it was.

 You know what's knee-high by the Fourth of July.

 You know it's traditional for the bride and groom to go bar hopping between ceremony and the reception.

You know that there is no 'r' in Wausau.

 You were delighted to get a miniature snow shovel for your 3rd birthday.

 You can recognize someone from Illinois by their driving.

You buy your Christmas presents at Fleet Farm.

 You are a connoisseur of cheese curds, and find anyone unfamiliar with them to be frighteningly foreign.

 You get irritated at sports announcers that pronounce it "Wes-con-sin".  

You own at least one cheese head.

 You immediately think of fishing when you hear the name "Shakespeare."

 You spent more on beer than you did on food at your wedding.

 You know that Kaukauna is NOT a Hawaiian Island.

 You hear someone use the word "oof-dah" and you don't immediately break into uncontrollable laughter.

 You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65 mph.

 You or someone you know was a "Dairy Princess" at a county fair.

 You know that "combine" is a noun.

 You know what a FIB is.

 You know that a pastie is not an article of clothing.

 You let your older siblings talk you into putting your tongue on a steel post.

 You think Lutheran and Catholic are THE major religions.

You can tell the difference between "real Wisconsin cheese" and "that Illinois stuff."

 You know that creek rhymes with pick.

 Your class took a field trip to a brewery. . in second grade.

 Football schedules are checked before wedding dates are set.

 You can visit Luxemburg, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Berlin, and Poland all in one afternoon.

 A Friday night date is taking your girlfriend shining for deer.

 There was at least one kid in your class who had to help milk cows in the morning. ...phew!  

You have driven your car on a lake.

 You can make sense out of the words "upnort" and "batree."

 The Packers will always be better than the Vikings, no matter what the standings are.  

You know that De Pere is not a wooden structure extending into "Da Lake."

 You can leave your ice cream in the car while you go into Fleet Farm, and it won't melt.

 You always believed that vacation meant "going up north."

 You have more fishing poles than teeth.

 At every wedding you have been to you have had to dance the hoky poky & the chicken dance.  

You know what a bubbler is.

 Your definition of a small town is one that only has one bar.

 The local gas station sells live bait.

 At least twice a year, the kitchen doubles as a meat processing plant.

You laugh out loud every time you see a news report about a blizzard shutting down the entire east coast.

 Your mom asks, "Were you born in a barn?" and you know exactly what she means.

 You include beer as one of the major food groups.

 You know which leaves make good toilet paper.

 Your sexy lingerie is tube socks and a flannel nightie.

 You are a member of the Polar Bear Club and proud of it.

 You think the start of deer season is a national holiday.

 You learned to drive a tractor before the training wheels were off your bike.

 Your bank has the name of your town included in its name.

 You actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your Wisconsin friends.




All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?

Nobody owned a purebred dog?

When a quarter was a decent allowance?

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?

Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . ..and they did?

When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, "That cloud looks like a ..." and playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?

When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home? Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

Send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk. As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar. Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that"? I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a double dog dare to pass it on. To remember what a double dog dare is, read on. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

How many of these do you remember?
Candy cigarettes
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Newsreels before the movie
P.F. Fliers
Telephone numbers with a word prefix....(Raymond 4-601).
Party lines
Howdy Dowdy
45 RPM records
Green Stamps
Metal ice cubes trays with levers
Mimeograph paper
Beanie and Cecil
Roller-skate keys
Cork pop guns
Drive ins
Washtub wringers
The Fuller Brush Man
Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
Erector Sets
The Fort Apache Play Set
Lincoln Logs
15 cent McDonald hamburgers
5 cent packs of baseball cards with that hard, brittle pink slab of bubble gum
Penny candy
25 cent a gallon gasoline
Jiffy Pop popcorn

Do you remember a time when...
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?
Telephones had dials...and you may have been on a party line..
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
A foot of snow was a dream come true?
Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?
"Oly-oly-in-free" made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team? And probably you
were sent to play right filed or second base?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!
Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown-up" life . . .I double-dog-dare-ya!



Do you remember?

A friend was cleaning out his grandmother's house and he brought me an old
Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of
holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea.
She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew
it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle"
clothes with because we didn't have steam irons.

How Many Do You Remember??

Head lights' dimmer switches on the floor
Ignition switches on the dashboard
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall
Real ice boxes [Ask your Mom about that]
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz
Count the ones that you remember- not the ones you were told about!
Ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed bottles
5. Coffee shops with table side jukeboxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (COlony 26)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
16. HI-FIs
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age, ....
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!
Don't forget to pass this along,
Especially to all your really OLD friends!



If you lived as a child in the 50's, 60's,  70's or 80's.                                       
   Looking back, it's hard to believe that             
   we have lived as long as we have...                 
   As children, we would ride in cars with             
   no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the            
   back of a pickup truck on a warm day was            
   always a special treat.                             
   Our baby cribs were covered with bright             
   colored lead-based paint. We had no                 
   childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors,         
   or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes,            
   we had no helmets.                                   
   We drank water from the garden hose and             
   not from a bottle. Horrors.                         
   We would spend hours building our go-carts          
   out of scraps and then rode down the hill,          
   only to find out we forgot the brakes. After        
   running into the bushes a few times we learned      
   to solve the problem.                               
   We would leave home in the morning and play         
   all day, as long as we were back when the           
   streetlights came on. No one was able to reach      
   us all day.                                         
   No cell phones. Unthinkable. We played dodgeball    
   and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We        
   got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and        
   there were no law suits from these accidents.       
   They were accidents. No one was to blame,           
   but us. Remember accidents?                         
   We had fights and punched each other and            
   got black and blue and learned to get over it.      
   We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank        
   sugar soda but we were never overweight...we        
   were always outside playing. We shared one          
   grape soda with four friends, from one bottle       
   and no one died from this.                          
   We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64,          
   X-Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on         
   cable, video tape movies, surround sound,           
   personal cell phones, Personal Computers,           
   Internet chat rooms ... we had friends. We          
   went outside and found them. We rode bikes          
   or walked to a friend's home and knocked on         
   the door, or rung the bell or just walked in        
   and talked to them.                                 
   Imagine such a thing. Without asking a              
   parent! By ourselves! Out there in the              
   cold cruel world! Without a guardian.               
   How did we do it?                                   
   We made up games with sticks and tennis             
   balls and ate worms and although we were            
   told it would happen, we did not put out            
   very many eyes, nor did the worms live              
   inside us forever.                                  
   Little League had tryouts and not everyone          
   made the team. Those who didn't, had to learn       
   to deal with disappointment..... Some students      
   weren't as smart as others so they failed a         
   grade and were held back to repeat the same         
   grade.....Horrors. Tests were not adjusted for      
   any reason.                                         
   Our actions were our own. Consequences were  
   expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of        
   a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was       
   unheard of. They actually sided with the law,       
   imagine that!                                       
   This generation has produced some of the best       
   risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors,      
   ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion of    
   innovation and new ideas. We had freedom,           
   failure, success and responsibility, and we         
   learned how to deal with it all.                    
   And you're one of them.                             
   You may want to pass this on to others who have had the      
   luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and         
   government regulated our lives, for our own good !!