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    What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

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    by surflover ·

    I wrote a minor novel last night on my blog related to the economic parallel to Forest Gump and it forced me to reminisc on the fad that I have seen come and go during my life. These are some that come to mind… What are your favorites?

    I’d like to see these come back;

    1. Hot Pants (probably would be high on most guy’s lists :^O)

    2. True Muscle cars (and the cheap gas to run them) the SS396 Chevelle, the Hemi Cuda, the GTO Judge, Hurst 442, The Mach I Mustang.

    3. Form fitting skirts with seamed stockings (from the 40’s I think… VERY hot ;-))

    I’m glad these are gone;

    1. Leisure suits

    2. Big Afros

    3. Platform shoes

    4. Guys with gold chains and open (spread) collars

    5. Halter tops (very un-flattering to most women)

    …although, with all the fake ones today, I might have to re-think that last one :^O

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    • #3066128

      Hate to sound anti North American

      by jamesrl ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      But I prefer the more “pure” sports cars that have the ability to take curves. My brother owned an SS Chevelle(then an El Camino), and I have spent time in most of those other cars. If I won the lottery, I’d be looking at an old 911/Jag etc. The newer cars have more power, but I just want to drive twisties.

      James

      • #3066123

        Oh, dont misread me

        by surflover ·

        In reply to Hate to sound anti North American

        There are some AWESOME sports cars out there, and I have driven (and owned) a few… but they are still around… The new Jag, some of the Porsches, and a host of others a excellent machines and great drivers… I was referring more to a culture that surrounded the Saturday night street racing of my era (athough it was in a straight line, it was quite exciting :-))…

      • #3066122

        Oh, dont misread me

        by surflover ·

        In reply to Hate to sound anti North American

        There are some AWESOME sports cars out there, and I have driven (and owned) a few… but they are still around… The new Jag, some of the Porsches, and a host of others a excellent machines and great drivers… I was referring more to a culture that surrounded the Saturday night street racing of my era (athough it was in a straight line, it was quite exciting :-))…

      • #3070114

        Original Mini

        by jdgretz ·

        In reply to Hate to sound anti North American

        Man, you want something that sticks like glue to the road? Get an original Mini Cooper S, say a 67 or later (they quit importing them into the US at the end of the 67 model year but continued making them for other countries). For years Minis held the title over Mulhulland Drive (nice twisting road that didn’t allow the big cubic inch machines time to get up to speed before another sharp curve). Good old 10x10s on MiniLite Mags.

        • #3069951

          re: original mini

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to Original Mini

          Your subject line made me think you were referring to the original mini [i]skirt[/i]. 😀

        • #3070316

          That’s what I thought too…

          by surflover ·

          In reply to re: original mini

          Great Minds think alike :^O

        • #3060294

          Are You Kidding????

          by jdgretz ·

          In reply to That’s what I thought too…

          For those with the ability to wear them properly, I love seeing women in Minis (ok, I’m a dog – so what’s your point?).

          Since we are on that line of thinking – how about the Hot Pants outfit the Flight Attendents at Southwest Airlines used to wear???

          jdg

    • #3066121

      things I am glad are gone and what I want back

      by jck ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      Gone from my life:

      My sisters (I only talk to them or see them when I have to)

      Want back in my life:

      all the money I’ve spent on stupid crap

      • #3066104

        Jck

        by maecuff ·

        In reply to things I am glad are gone and what I want back

        He’s talking about things going in and out of style. Spending money on crap you don’t need NEVER goes out of style.

        The things I hope to never see again:

        Blouses with poofy shoulders that come up to your ears, usually paired with a thin little ribbon about the collar tied in a bow.

        Pastel Izod shirts, one worn beneath the other with the collars flipped up.

        Really, really big hair.

        anything acid washed.

        Okay, I had an acid wash outfit. Jeans, vest, jacket, always paired with huge red pumps and my hair teased to fantastic heights.

        I don’t know about what I want to come back. I just like waiting and seeing what happens.

        • #3070086

          maecuff

          by jck ·

          In reply to Jck

          my sisters went out of style long ago…in my opinion…circa 1972…

          and…that money could buy a LOT of style now 😉

          btw…you’re saying having $10Ks back wouldn’t make ya more stylish?

          I must be watching too much Style television ]:)

          In reality, I’ve always dressed how I wanted…plain. I don’t care about what style goes in and out. I didn’t like butterfly collars when I was a kid…and I always hated dress shoes (still do). Hence, why I wear running shoes to work sometimes.

          So…I guess I’d have to say:

          Style I am glad is gone:

          None

          Style I want back:

          None

    • #3066088

      Add

      by jamesrl ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      Things I am glad are gone;
      Corduroy suits for men(had a powder blue one)
      Flamboyant coloured silk shirts for me(had one)
      Knit ties
      Anything disco
      K Cars/Mustang IIs/Pinto/Vega

      What I would like to see back.
      More mom and pop stores/restaurants, fewer Walmarts/MacDonalds

      James

      • #3066080

        Reply To: What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

        by it lifer ·

        In reply to Add

        You’re right, James… but you gotta admit.. we looked great in those corduroy suits when they were new. And the flambuoyant silk disco shirts were fun, anyway! Stupid as all hell, but fun.

        In the early 60s I wore jeans that were so tight (and pegged!) that it was a major struggle gettin out of them every night. Made sense to me. My Dad said it was idiocy, but what the hell did he know? He wore his pants up inside his armpits, and I was cool.

      • #3069898

        Dining

        by tonythetiger ·

        In reply to Add

        Yes, there’s something to be said about a restaurant where you go in, sit down, and get waited on. Depending on where you are, it can take awhile to find one of those.

    • #3066085

      Am I out of fashion?

      by it lifer ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      What?? Leisure suits, afros, AND gold chains are all OUT now?? Crap… and I just spent $29.95 on a great powder blue nehru-jacket leisure suit thing.

      You might not recall this, but for an all too brief moment in time (early 1960s) some of the “elite” fashion mongers showed up at cocktail parties in see-thru plastic clothes (like saran wrap) and also in topless gowns.

      I guess I could see that come back for a while.

      • #3066063

        Actually lifer

        by surflover ·

        In reply to Am I out of fashion?

        I went to a retro party in Maimi a couple years back and about a dozen of the girls there were wearing clear plastics (one was whole body ;-))… it was interesting, but I think I prefer leaving something (a little anyways) to the imagination.

    • #3066055

      Starsky and Hutch flashback

      by mickster269 ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      What’s bad after reading all the other responces …

      Not only do we agree, but we are all guilty of commiting those fashion crimes ourselves!

      I had a 1971 Plymouth RoadRunner in high school. My friends drove GTO’s, Firebirds, Camaro’s, etc. I now work a company that produces software for Automobile dealerships. 2 years ago, we gave calenders to all of our clients, with pictures of “Antique Muscle Cars”.

      Yep, they were all from the 60’s and 70’s – and I had ridden in each one of them, or knew someone who had owned one of them.

      ::sigh::

    • #3066042

      Muscle cars

      by cp7212 ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      I have to agree with the North American cars. I’d like a ’69 Firebird while we’re dreaming. The European cars are nice and powerful, but I just want pure cubic inch displacement, lots of it. (I know I’m disagreeing with my gasoline post, but we are dreaming, right?)

      I had a ’77 Firebird Esprit with a 350 big block. Oh man, I miss that car. My girlfriend hated that car. We used to get into fights about it and I think she really started hating it when I told her the car warmed up faster than she did. heh heh

      As far as what I don’t want to come back? Just about anything and everything associated with the eighties.

      • #3069960

        Ronald Reagan

        by montgomery gator ·

        In reply to Muscle cars

        cp wrote “As far as what I don’t want to come back? Just about anything and everything associated with the eighties.”

        However, there is one thing from the 1980s I would like to see again, a president like Ronald Reagan.

        • #3070511

          And John Wayne too

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to Ronald Reagan

          And I miss watching ol’ Walter Cronkite do the nightly news.

        • #3060312

          I miss the Frito Bandito

          by montgomery gator ·

          In reply to And John Wayne too

          But the Frito-Lay corporation had to remove him from their advertising campaign due to “political correctness”. 🙁

          I’m of English/Celtic/Norse ancestry, and I don’t complain when characters of those backgrounds are in advertising campaigns, even if they are portrayed as theives and brigands (Robin Hood, Dennis Moore), pillagers (Vikings), etc., so why would people be upset about the Frito Bandito?

    • #3066021

      halter tops can come back

      by antuck ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      I kind of liked the halter tops. Especially if the halter top was a bit bigger then needed 🙂 I just liked the way everthing moved.

      I would love to see some of the older muscle cars come back. Although, the newer versions they have now are much nicer. They will at least stop better. Nothing more nerve racking they getting the car up to a 100mph in a few seconds, but trying to stop with those drum brakes YIKES.

      I hope they have burned any paper with any type of thought on lisure suits. Man did I HATE those things.

      • #3070050

        Halter tops should only be worn by those licensed to do so

        by dmambo ·

        In reply to halter tops can come back

        Same goes for terry cloth shorts, bicycle pants, spike heeled go-go boots and well, anything tighter than a mu-mu.

        I know this will upset Maxwell, but I think there should be an official goverment agency issuing the permits for these and protecting the rights of men to not be subjected to tight-clothes abuse. 😀

      • #3069998

        Halter tops

        by m_a_r_k ·

        In reply to halter tops can come back

        [i]”Especially if the halter top was a bit bigger then needed”[/i]
        A bit smaller than needed is pretty good too. But like surfer said, a lot of women had no bizness wearing a halter top but they did so anyway. Ugh! We men should have revolted against such a blatant crime against humanity.

        • #3069982

          BIkini FINES

          by surflover ·

          In reply to Halter tops

          Living in south FL, you are also treated to women who wear bikini’s to the beach (and anywhere in public) who should be arrested… I think the manufacturers should be fined for every bikini they make that’s larger than a respectable size. Some of these are worse than men in speedos!!!!

          …I’m not good with women’s sizes, and I want to allow for the “reubenesq” women as well, but I’ve seen some lateley that resemble a two man dome tent, with four people in it :O

        • #3069919

          Agree on restrictions

          by antuck ·

          In reply to BIkini FINES

          I would aggree there does need to be some kind of restriction. Bikinis or halter tops only work on certain women.

          We have a lady up the street from us that sun bathes in there driveway. Sounds nice huh?? except that the woman has to be 200lbs and is wearing a bikini size 2 or 3 times too small. Talk about needing a law in place to BAN this type of eye abuse.

    • #3070058

      come and gone

      by itgirli ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      I would like to see body piercings head out. I like tattoos and all, but the piercing thing is not attractive. “Look! I can have a hole in my tongue and a speach impediment!” or “Look! It’s like something is growing out of my belly button!”
      I would like to see a return of the true feeling of America, the safety of being able to let your kids play outside without worrying if they will still be there if you go inside just to use the bathroom, the small town feeling that was everywhere, the true essence of America.

    • #3070051

      Hats for men and Bubble Umbrellas

      by dmambo ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      My old man used to wear a hat to work every day. I always thought that was cool. It was the kind that Bob Newhart wore on his original TV show.

      Bubble umbrellas, the type that surrounded your whole head and shoulders. It was like a personal Cone of Silence. I thought these were very practical, except they couldn’t be shared.

      BTW – Don Adams – R.I.P.

    • #3070012

      Good riddance to…

      by m_a_r_k ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      In men’s clothing styles, plaid pants, bell bottoms and shoes with big heels (I guess those would sorta be platform shoes). And that horrible gooopy greasy hair styling crap. Remember Brylcreem and Score? Vitalis advertised themselves as the “dry look” or something like that.

      • #3069953

        Two Wild and Crazy Guys!!

        by montgomery gator ·

        In reply to Good riddance to…

        Your post reminded me of the old Saturday Night Live skit with Steve Martin and Dan Akroyd, where they dressed in the plaid bell bottoms, big heels, open shirts with medallions, and disco hats, and talked about the bulges in their pants.

      • #3069897

        he he

        by tonythetiger ·

        In reply to Good riddance to…

        What about hai karate aftershave? 🙂

        • #3069779

          Or Brute

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to he he

          Aptly named. PEEEEE-EEEEWWWWW!

        • #3069663

          What about “Hai Karate” ?

          by mickster269 ·

          In reply to Or Brute

          And the commercials?

    • #3069996

      I thought of another one

      by m_a_r_k ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      Remember when guys’ short pants really were short? It wasn’t that long ago. I’m glad they’re gone. Like halter tops with women, a lot of guys should have been wearing two pair of long pants instead of those short shorts. Just watch clips on ESPN Classic of a basketball game from the ’80s. They look stupid now. There’s this one guy at the gym where I work out that is still living in 1985. He wears those 1984-style short shorts. It looks even worse on him cuz he’s a long-legged dope. He’s gross. A long-legged gross dope. I want to club that Rip Van Winkle guy over his dopey head and tell him to wake up and get a freakin’ clue.

    • #3069981

      SPEEDOS

      by surflover ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      we need to outlaw men in speedos

      • #3069780

        Not illegal, just licensed

        by ldyosng ·

        In reply to SPEEDOS

        Speedos should be allowed by permit only. Heck, in some cases they should be mandated!

        • #3070543

          the problem is Lydo…

          by surflover ·

          In reply to Not illegal, just licensed

          just like the min skirts, hot pants, seamed stockings, halter tops… the people you’d WANT to license them to, dont wear them :^O

        • #3068650

          Ah, the magic of being a woman

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to the problem is Lydo…

          It’s amazing what a person will wear if they are asked nicely: especially if they realize it will be a win-win situation. Seamed stockings look better with longer skirts, BTW. Too short and the garters show. That’s too tacky. But the surprise of realizing your elegantly turned out date is wearing something excitingly unexpected underneath, that only you know about because you held them close when dancing, makes for a delightful evening. A private SPEEDO showing at a secluded hot tub can be, um, quite stimulating!

        • #3068607

          I couldn’t agree more

          by surflover ·

          In reply to Ah, the magic of being a woman

          Ah, realizing that magic is being lost on the younger generation… I found that a good way to “ask” was to take her shopping un-planned… All women know men hate to shop, so it’s appreciated, and frequently ends up in the lingerie department 😉

        • #3053608

          Well done, sir

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to I couldn’t agree more

          I applaud you!

    • #3069961

      Mullets

      by montgomery gator ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      Glad mullets are gone (except in parts of Tennessee) and hope they never come back.

      • #3069913

        Bring back mullets

        by dmambo ·

        In reply to Mullets

        Much like McGyver, I had a good head of hair for a mullet. But now, even if it grows a little bit long in the back, my wife starts barking. Of course, with the bald spot (or as my 13-year old says, I have to call it a bald “area”) a mullet is slightly less flattering.

        The hair cut that should never come back is the 90’s mushroom cap look.

        BTW, mullets are still popular in parts of North Tennessee, or as many call it, Canada.

        • #3069882

          Not in the big cities

          by jamesrl ·

          In reply to Bring back mullets

          Montreal fancies itself a fashionista city, and the women do live up to it, but even so you won’t find any mullets. Nor will you see many in uptight business oriented Toronto (with the exception of tow truck drivers).

          You may find them in the rural areas. Be on the lookout for those with confederate flags, playing CCR or Lynyrd Skynryd at full blast, but as its Canada, no fully populated gun racks are allowed.

          Big hint – go to the county fair and attend the demolition derby if you want to give a city person a real taste of mullet culture….

          James

        • #3069870

          Beg to differ

          by dmambo ·

          In reply to Not in the big cities

          I’ve been to a some Habs games in recent years, well back at the “Molson Centre”, so a few years back, and saw several mullets. I will grant you that these were not worn by the fashionista crowd. Nor were they the Billy Ray Cyrus types mentioned earlier, but more of the “just over the collar” variety. Since it’s been a while, I will accept your statement as being a reflection of current hair fashion. Too bad. It was the best haircut since the Syd Vicious/Billy Idol spike look.

        • #3070513

          Bad combination

          by montgomery gator ·

          In reply to Beg to differ

          Hockey and Mullets. Put those two together and you guarantee 2 digit IQs.

        • #3070506

          Uh…

          by mickster269 ·

          In reply to Bad combination

          Which 2 digits?

        • #3070367

          2 Digit IQ’s

          by cbalness ·

          In reply to Uh…

          Probably Binary….

          Things I’d like to see return, like many males expressed interests in Halter tops and such frilly garbs on the correct frames.

          Things I’m glad died…. GRIT TEETH dialup Internet …. remember …. dance from foot to foot… WOW I’m getting 5 k downloads…

          And what’s wrong with Corduroy outfits ?? I had a great pair of white cords with white vest and blue suede 6 ” platform shoes… one envious stud called me “Mr Clean” however…

          LOL

        • #3069778

          “mullet culture” ?!?!?

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to Not in the big cities

          “What you talkin’ ’bout Willis?”

        • #3070321

          If your wife sees that …………………….

          by sleepin’dawg ·

          In reply to Bring back mullets

          You are going to suffer – big time and justifiably so, I might add.

          [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

        • #3069673

          When will people realize…

          by dmambo ·

          In reply to If your wife sees that …………………….

          that I am NOT afraid….hold it…..sorry, I thought that was her…..where was I…oh yes, I am NOT afraid of my wife.

          I gotta get back to doing the dishes before she gets home.

        • #3069602

          I won’t tell her if you don’t…..

          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to When will people realize…

          But, what’s it worth, DangerMouse??? 😀

          Hmm??

          (grief, are you blushing again ALREADY?? I haven’t started anything):8}

          (Yet) ]:)

          GG

      • #3069912

        Unfortunately,

        by mickster269 ·

        In reply to Mullets

        Not just Tennesse. They are alive and well in most of eastern Kentucky. They have also been sited at University of Louisville basketball games.

        • #3069906

          Kentucky Waterfall

          by montgomery gator ·

          In reply to Unfortunately,

          You are correct. I have heard the mullet that Billy Ray Cyrus wears referred to as the “Kentucky Waterfall” style of mullet. Business in the front, party in the back.

          http://www.mullet.com/

      • #3070255

        Did they ever go?

        by levannah44 ·

        In reply to Mullets

        Oh dear, Tom. My son, as I said, although born in the seventies is as retro as they come. He went from wearing an afro (which came naturally to his hair, except he’s fair!) to this damned mullet thing he has now. He ties it back when he’s at work.

        He also wears platform boots and flares; I guess he can’t help being a KISS fanatic!

        G

    • #3069901

      Hmmm

      by tonythetiger ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      I miss:

      1. Wing vents
      2. Cars that don’t look like other cars.
      3. Kite flying (it’s still around, but a lot less than it used to be).
      4. 8-Tracks!!!!!!

      • #3070394

        “Cars that don’t look like other cars.”

        by jardinier ·

        In reply to Hmmm

        Oh yes, please.

        One by one even the most distinguished manufacturers have gone down the same tube.

        I am SO GLAD that I have a 1982 model Volvo 244 which still has a distinctive shape.

        I have a theory as to the method for designing the bodies of modern cars.

        The designers pig out on baked beans and then strip off and enter a transparent tank filled with water.

        A camera records the fart bubbles, and these are used as the shape of the new model.

        • #3060187

          That would explain the new Beetle and the PT Cruiser

          by montgomery gator ·

          In reply to “Cars that don’t look like other cars.”

          Interesting theory. Do you have the new VW Beetle, and the Chrysler PT Cruiser in Australia? They both could be explained by fart bubbles. 🙂

    • #3069867

      I wish they’d bring back…

      by m_a_r_k ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      …the Marlboro Man and the dude who’d walk a mile for a Camel. Those fellas were classical American icons for boys wanting to grow up to be cool dudes. But cigarette commercials aren’t allowed on TV anymore. And I liked the Lucky Strike TV commercials where the Lucky Strike smoker always ended up with a shiner. And how can we forget Virginia Slims, the cig commercials that targeted the female race and made them feel like one of us? 😀

      • #3069859

        I’m glad they are gone…

        by jamesrl ·

        In reply to I wish they’d bring back…

        ….Along with spittoons. Its hard enough to combat peer pressure with facts and logic when you are trying to teach your kids that smoking is not healthy. Add on ads that glamourize smoking and we have to work that much harder.

        Some people are immune to logic. I have a sister in law who refused to stop smoking when pregnant. She is smart enough not to smoke in the same room as the baby. Her logic? Her friends smoked when they were pregnant and their babies were fine – of course no amount of medical studies and statistics can counter her friend.

        I actually enjoyed one of those documentaries where they played all the old cig ads, especially the ones in the 50s where doctors promoted the healthiness of the product. Wonder if like the Marlboro man, they died of lung cancer regretting their role in the whole thing.

        James

        • #3070508

          We can only hope

          by dmambo ·

          In reply to I’m glad they are gone…

          “Wonder if like the Marlboro man, they died of lung cancer regretting their role in the whole thing.”

          If they did, it serves them right.

          I have a very good friend who has been fighting small cell lung cancer since January. He’s been through lung radiation, chemotherapy and prophyllactic brain radiation. When he sees a young person smoking, he tells them “You’d better quit. It makes your hair fall out”

        • #3070492

          Smokers are morons but don’t only blame them

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to We can only hope

          Remember the humungous civil lawsuit settlement the tobacco companies were sacked with a while back? Sure, smokers of 20 or 30 years ago SHOULD have known better but the tobacco companies didn’t help matters with their marketing campaigns (Marlboro Guy, Camel Guy, etc) and for covering up what they knew about the effects of smoking. I suppose if the companies were forthright, it would have caused at least one or two future lung cancer sufferers to think twice about their habit.

        • #3060314

          No one forced them to start smoking

          by montgomery gator ·

          In reply to Smokers are morons but don’t only blame them

          I do not blame the tobacco companies and their marketing campaigns. No one forced anyone to start smoking. The tobacco companies have the Surgeon General’s warning on the cigarette packs and the print ads for anyone to read, which should be good enough warning. But people still start smoking. I am surprised there is anyone under 50 who smoke, since anyone under that age grew up knowing the ill effects, but people still start up.

          I lay the blame where it belongs, on the individuals who chose to take up the habit. I don’t blame them for not being able to quit, as it is a strong addiction for some people, but they knew better when they started the habit and started it anyway.

          I am generally against high taxes, but if the government is going to have Medicare and Medicaid cover tobacco-related illnesses, then have the tobacco taxes cover those costs, instead of the general revenue funds. That way, smokers pay for the costs of their habit instead of all the taxpayers.

        • #3069796

          The case of Rolah McCabe

          by levannah44 ·

          In reply to No one forced them to start smoking

          A couple of years ago here in Australia, we had a lady dying of lung cancer who sued the big tobacco company, BAT (British American Tobacco). It was seen as a test case.

          She had begun smoking at some revoltingly early age (as a child) when no warnings were printed on cigarette packs. She won her case!

          Later, after she died, the cigarette company appealed the judge’s decision and won, so it was left to her family to continue the spat.

          I’m not quite sure what the outcome was in the end, since the lady’s death and subsequent appeals and all that, but it does mean that for those who can mount a good case, the law seems to be on their side.

          I don’t know if there’ve been any such cases in the US because I’m not familiar with the US legal system, but if this was just a test case for Australia, it seems we may be seeing more of their ilk in the not too distant future, if not all over the world, at least here in Australia.

          G

        • #3069621

          I agree but…

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to No one forced them to start smoking

          …don’t underestimate the influence of a good marketing campaign. There a lot of people out there who don’t have the enough common sense like you and I do to think for themselves and are easily swayed by what they see on TV or what their friends do. If this weren’t the case, then companies would not spend billions in marketing.

        • #3070251

          How to quit smoking

          by levannah44 ·

          In reply to We can only hope

          My son’s thirty, Mambo, and he has a sure fire way of teaching (among others) his scouts not to take up smoking.

          ‘How did YOU quit?’ they always ask him. ‘What’s the best way to stop?’

          His answer? ‘Never start in the first place!’

          He may be retro, have a mullet, wear platform boots and flares, but he does have a lot of good sense.

          He’s an asthmatic too, and has actually never smoked.

          G

        • #3069653

          My friend quit in one day

          by dmambo ·

          In reply to How to quit smoking

          It was the day he hacked up the first bloody clot (graphic nature of phrase intended), January 6, 2005. Even after all he’s been through, he still goes through lots of times that he wants a smoke. It’s a tough addiction, and I’m glad your son is teaching young people to stay the hell away from it. I hope he makes an impact!

        • #3068638

          It can be done

          by levannah44 ·

          In reply to My friend quit in one day

          Actually, Mambo, ‘fess up time’s here. I used to smoke myself, when no-one knew anything was bad for you ‘officially’ (we’re talking back in the early sixties here) and I was fresh out of school in my first job.

          At first, I was the only one who didn’t smoke, but since everyone else did, and I didn’t want to feel left out, I took the plunge.

          I smoked exactly three cigarettes a day — morning and arvo tea-breaks and lunch-time — during the week, but never in the weekends or holidays.

          Then my uncle died of lung cancer due to smoking (I mentioned him in another capacity on another recent thread, I believe), and the very next day, I simply gave up and never smoked from that day to this. I was nineteen then; now I’m almost sixty-one!!

          And yes, where the girls and boys in my son’s troop would probably have ‘experimented’ with smoking by now, and not just tobacco either, I’m very pleased to say that most of them have heeded his warning and not started at all!

          G

        • #3068606

          Use what works

          by dmambo ·

          In reply to It can be done

          For my friend, the preferred method of quitting was hearing a doctor tell him that without treatment, he’d have about 6 weeks to live. I have a 13 year-old daughter who spends about 1/3 of her waking hours in front of a mirror. For her, I introduced her to a woman smoker I work with whose face looks like an elephant’s knee. After the meeting, I explained that the lady smokes 3 packs a day. I think it worked!

        • #3060082

          Or

          by tonythetiger ·

          In reply to I’m glad they are gone…

          like my doctor when I was a kid. Shaking his hand saying “don’t you start smoking”. Trouble is, the hand he was shaking toward me was holding a Stogie 🙂

    • #3070393

      I miss …

      by jardinier ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      lying in bed in the evening listening to serials through headphones via my crystal set or one-valve set.

    • #3070256

      Hot pants? Too right!

      by levannah44 ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      I’ll vote for the hot pants! Blimey, I used to wear the damn things; my favourite was a pair in purple satin, guys, with a bright green trim!!

      Seamed stockings I’ll vote for too, except pantyhose style, please, not suspenders. And before you guys start to complain, YOU don’t have to wear ’em!

      And just for fun, witches’ britches! My favourites this time were a red and white striped pair, edged with lace and red ribbon! Ha!

      My son, however, would be devastated to see all those fads from the seventies and eighties on the scrap heap. He was only born in the seventies, but he’s so retro I think he must have re-incarnated from an earlier era!

      G

      • #3070220

        When ever I see

        by neil higgins ·

        In reply to Hot pants? Too right!

        an old music show from the late sixties,and early seventies.All that long hair.And that was just the men.Bright coloured clothes of the seventies,bell bottom trousers,shirt collars to launch a thousand kites,and of course,platform shoes.What with my everyday wear of levi 501’s,tee-shirt,and trainers,I wonder what my five year old son will think,when he looks back in the next decade?
        By the way,both my sisters use to wear Hot Pants,when they were all the rage.Show them old pics now,and they just cringe.
        Bring back the Morris Minor.Reliable,hardly broke down,and was just too good for the car industry.That’s why they now produce pap which lasts five minutes.

        • #3060519

          I just remembered something else . . .

          by levannah44 ·

          In reply to When ever I see

          How about we change the calendar and simply axe four decades and go back to flower power?

          Real cane baskets entwined with flowers, flowers in the hair and CAFTANS!! I want caftans back!

          G

        • #3069578

          And of course

          by neil higgins ·

          In reply to I just remembered something else . . .

          The Beatles (sorry John,George,rip),Rolling Stones (still alive?),The Who (disjointed),Pink Floyd (over weight),Cream (Eric is God),Dylan(magic roundabout :)),Janis (super babe),The Doors,Procal Harum,Deep Purple (quit now guys!),and of course who could forget Davy,Pete,Mickey,and Mike N.? I actually met Mickey once,here in the UK!

    • #3069776

      Giving away my age

      by ldyosng ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      Angels’ Flight pants. Yes, they were polyester, but that accent seam in back . . . Oh, that was just a beautiful thing. Sigh.

    • #3069640

      Spud Mackenzie

      by itgirli ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

      There’s a dog that needs to make a comeback. Cracker Jack’s still has Bingo, RCA still has Nipper, so why did they get rid of Spud?

      • #3069603

        Spuds

        by m_a_r_k ·

        In reply to Spud Mackenzie

        I guess I don’t watch enough TV, but are beer commercials still on TV? ?:| Did you know that Spuds was marketed as a he but he was really a she? And don’t forget about Nipper’s pal Chipper.

      • #3069585

        Spuds went the way of “Joe Camel”

        by mickster269 ·

        In reply to Spud Mackenzie

        Some people thought Spuds encouraged under-aged drinking. They felt that “cute” animals made teens want to rush out and commit indecent acts and break laws.

        And we all know that teenagers would NEVER do that on thier own.

        • #3069580

          Before TV

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to Spuds went the way of “Joe Camel”

          Everyone knows that teens behaved like model citizens before cute animals were used in TV commercials.

        • #3070540

          M_a_r_k, from your experience,

          by surflover ·

          In reply to Before TV

          What did teens behave like before TV ???

          :^O

        • #3068649

          Medic!

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to M_a_r_k, from your experience,

          A man’s been wounded over here!

        • #3068605

          I’m surprised I haven’t been the

          by surflover ·

          In reply to Medic!

          recipient of an outrageously sarcastic respone from M_ by now :^O… you know I was just asking for it :^O

        • #3053417

          Surf — before TV

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to M_a_r_k, from your experience,

        • #3053413

          I wondered how long

          by surflover ·

          In reply to Surf — before TV

          it would be before you read that :^O …

          but I knew you’d survive because of the kevlar dome that protected you from the 3 4000 lb bulls :^O

        • #3058191

          Kevlar dome?

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to I wondered how long

          What are you talking about with this kevlar dome stuff? Wooly mammoths typically weighed in at around 34,000 lb. Now you know why 3 4000 lb bulls are no match for me.

          BTW, I moved the before-TV history lesson to my blog. I get millions of visitors to my blog every day. Only one or two bored people wander into these discussion forums each day. I wanted to reach the masses so I moved it to my blog.

    • #3069541

      We can soon add pay phones to our list of things we miss

      by m_a_r_k ·

      In reply to What Fads would you like to see again and which are you glad are gone?

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