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Official Old Fart Thread!

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Jack Straw, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    One of the good pursuits from my youth is still around in it's original form.....highly recommended for semi-technical kids if you have any around...yes, Estes Rockets!

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  2. WeldrDave

    WeldrDave Feeling the Heat

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    I blew one up in my garage and almost burn't the place up, I was about 10. Needless to say I didn't have anymore of them.
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  3. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I am nostalgic for the days when I wasn't nostalgic.
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  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    If you can do this, you are not an old fart.

  6. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    And her brother...
  7. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah, but if you spend your time cruising the net looking for vids of lithe young girls...you might be. :rolleyes:
  8. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey - wait a minute. Mine was a dude. ;hm It means nothing, nothing, I say.
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Perhaps even more revealing...:eek:
  10. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    I just hurt myself watching that one...
  11. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    That's a balk!
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    On the radio sports news the guy was going nuts about that video and telling everybody to go look at it.

    That's my story and I am sticking with it. ;)
  13. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Talking about old farts, a friend and I were talking today and got to talking about prices. Naturally gas prices came up. Cheapest for me was 7.9 cents per gallon and he said he remembered 19 cents as his low. My first brand new car cost $1835 out the door. His was around $2000. (His son just bought a new pickup for $62,000.

    Then he told me about his father calling him crazy when he paid $12,000 for his house (don't remember the year). My first house cost $7,500 and it was completely furnished right down to the dishes and silverware.
  14. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    You paid 4x more for a house than a car? Your buddy, 6x.

    In that case, houses have become more expensive. My current house cost 26x what I paid for my truck, when new. I wonder, what were salaries when houses were $7500 or $12k?
  15. MasterMech

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    Funny thing is, back when houses were $7 TO $12k, 30 year mortgages were unheard of!
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  16. Pallet Pete

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    When I learned how to drive gas was .69 cents when it hit a dollar we had a line literally 2 miles long to get gas at the local 76 station. My first vehicle was a old truck I mowed lawns for. The first vehicle I paid for was a 79 Gmc Sierra Grande it was $500 and had holes so big you could put your fist through them and no floor boards. It got fixed with black stove pipe and rivets lol.

    Pete
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    What, no pallet floorboards?
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    My first car (in 68) was a 61 Corvair. Needed to put 2x4s under the front seat to keep it from dropping thru the floor. Paid $80 for it. Drove it for 10 days & it caught fire & burned up on a hill out in the woods where we were "bush drinkin." Bunch of kids pushed it over the embankment & it fell about 80 feet. It stayed in that spot for almost 40 years til that land was bought & houses were built. Probably had 1000 bullet holes in it the last time I saw it...
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I drove my girlfriend's new Corvair on a hundred mile round trip one time. I liked the thing. Seemed a little nicer than my 1950 Chevy.
  20. Backwoods Savage

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    Joful, the house and the car were not purchased in the same year. We had been married many years before we could afford a new car. Our house was more important to us and we bought that before we were married. I think my friend was somewhat in the same situation. And no, salaries back then were not what they are now just like houses do not sell for the same price now as they did back then.
  21. Joful

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    True, but I think housing prices have gone up faster than cars or salaries, which is what I was driving at. My dad's house cost 2x his yearly salary, at the time. My first house cost 4x my yearly salary, at the time. I see some "kids" today buying houses that are 6x - 8x their yearly salary.

    I did the same as you, bought my first house at 23, married at 30. Didn't have my first new car until 31, in fact I'm still driving it today!
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  22. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    Ahhhh Corvairs, aka "poor man corvette" as my dad use to say. He restored them for years, he had 4 beauties back a few years ago, sold them once they were done. With the thrill of the chase gone to find the parts to restore them, he lost interest.

    I took the 65 red convertible to my senior prom (1991) but I had to drive as my boyfriend at the time didn't drive stick!

    I love cars, drives my hubby crazy when I drag him to a car show and guys want to talk "shop" with him, he's clueless but the look on their face when I chime in is priceless.

    Going to an antique "Brits on the Delaware" show this weekend up the road from me, can't wait ;)
  23. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    ... and your dad still allowed you to date him? ;)
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  24. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    HAH! Around here, I think I may the only one around that know how to! My hubby doesn't drive stick either! When we bought our Jeep on black friday, we had to wait two weeks to order one in automatic! How embarrassing?!? Since we had to order it I did upgrade the suspension and wider wheel base (so it doesnt always feel like it's going to tip over) so at least I got something out of waiting ;)
  25. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    I went the other way. My wife didn't know how to drive stick, and after 4 years together, it seemed like she would never learn. So, I traded in our only automatic for a second car with manual. She learned real fast. ;lol

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