Wednesday, July 05, 2006

When Daddy was young....

One part of me does not want to believe the conversation I’m having with my son.
It all began when a song from 613 Torah Avenue came on the radio and I casually mentioned that “when I was your age” I used to love this record.
“Ta..what’s a record..?”
“It was this big round black vinyl thing..sort of like a CD just 3 times the size..and we’d place it onto this rotating wheel and take a needle which was protruding down from a long arm which was perched on the side and as it’s turning place the arm with the needle onto the turning record and you’d hearing this scratchy music from the speaker..”
I’m all of 30 yet I feel like I’m from another era. What happened?
I used to be the young one..the one listening to Zeidies tales. Generation X.
Yet I look back and am amazed at how much the world has changed since I was a kid.
While everyone is going to the country and their summer homes I fondly recall our tiny bungalow.
I can say..I remember the bungalow colony had all of 2 telephones!
Yes kinderlach your Bobby, who today cannot be seen without her cellphone/blackberry/bluetooth went 2 months a year with no phone, not by radiowave not by landline.
And yes she’d write her name on a list to use the laundry room.
And there was no air conditioning and the hot water was gone by 3PM Friday afternoon.
And we’d sit and enjoy our Shabbos meal under a big yellow sticky paper full of dead flies.
Ahhh we had so much fun.

Is this me talking?
Am I really from another era?

And after riveting them with tales of the old world I said ok..since you’re all so good you each get a Foxy Pop.

“Ta...what’s a Foxy Pop?”



Blogger Shopaholic said...

1st to comment yay! many fond memories running through my head....oh to be a kid again!
Of course we had Foxy pops!...and the best part of bungalow colony life was running to get the phone from the one and only pay phone in middle of the colony and then yelling at the top our lungs to the ladies sitting in the yenta circle...
and how can we ever forget the fights we had with the boys....


July 05, 2006 5:30 PM  
Blogger torontopearl said...

I'm older than you by close to 15 years, but I don't know what a Foxy Pop is, either! Perhaps an American product or a local NY/NJ product that never made it to Toronto...or at least not to my house.

(I never stayed at one, but I visited bungalow colonies a few times -- it's a world unto itself!)

July 05, 2006 6:07 PM  
Blogger MarriageIsNotDeath said...

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July 05, 2006 6:44 PM  
Blogger Eshet Chayil said...

What is a foxy pop? heh

July 05, 2006 7:13 PM  
Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

time changes so much! i'm only 24 but my cousins and kids who are ten - 15 years younger than me make me feel old! theings are different these days... i remember life before cd's, dvd's, mp3's, cellphones. was it simpler before all this technology?

but listening to stories my grandparents tell... that is definitely a different era!

keeping telling your kids stories though, so they can relive that era through your telling them.

July 05, 2006 8:37 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

I wanted to comment –
But OMG help!!!
Every time I go onto ‘post a comment’ –
My keyboard switches to HEBREW!!!
This has NEVER HAPPENED - and I have this keyboard for years!!
One of my fingers hit a key by mistake and it just happened –
ANY CLUE what to do??

(went on to word – copied and pasted!)

July 05, 2006 9:28 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

Gosh, david – this post is sooooo up my street
And down memory lane
I’m gonna cry – (I love the blue one!)
How bout this
(bungalow colony…..)
‘Attention Mrs X, Attention Mrs X – you have a telephone call - Please come to the telephone booth!’

or this

(from mike in phone booth)
Attention everyone, attention everyone, the Bakery truck is here! The bakery truck is in the front parking lot!!

My parents have since moved from tiny rented with no AC – to renovated – lol
Lots of people don’t go anymore – they have homes in Lakewood, monsey, etc
But for me the memoriesof summer in the bungalow colony, with endless blue skies, grass, pool, friends, of careless free time, hours with fireflies and salamanders, and days that just went on and on.. are irreplaceable –
Even from London – when my kids were young –I took them to my parents place each summer for years…

Recently my grandparent’s acquired an old record player. They put on some old music and my grandfather and I held hands and danced around the room – it was so beautiful..

How about rotary phones, super-8 films (no sound, and jumpy, every time the film got
stuck.. lol)

I’m gonna really date myself now – but I really remember the pay phones costing a dime and a slice of pizza 25 cents – (I’m not much older than you Dave, but it’s the truth!!)…

July 05, 2006 9:42 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

oh and like Shopa says –
the boys… LOL!!

July 05, 2006 9:43 PM  
Blogger chaverah said...

havent been here in a while and what a nice post to come to. YES! I so understand what you are saying. wow! good "old" times. are we old??? NO!!! gosh I feel old. one thing I always hated was bungalows. YUCK! I tell my kids: "you sound like a broken record!" and they just stare at me like I am from another planet. oh well

July 05, 2006 9:45 PM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Ha funny! Makes you feel old. Wait until your grand kids start a conversation about tapes and cds being old:).

July 05, 2006 11:29 PM  
Blogger Shoshana said...

Yeah, what is a foxy pop?

July 06, 2006 8:18 AM  
Blogger kasamba said...

Gosh David, I feel like a dinosaur!
I really miss thos sticky sheets that caught all the flies- at least you could see it working!

No more foxy pops???
What's the world coming to?

July 06, 2006 8:25 AM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

will you stop making us feel so old?? first you burst our dream bubbles, now we're too old to be cool.. you better write a post about the glory of golden agers soon so we have something to look forward to!

July 06, 2006 9:12 AM  
Blogger A Frum Idealist said...

They still have Foxy Pops. I have seen them recently, they are just called by a different name now.

I can't believe nobody mentioned the infamous 8 track tapes and CB radios.

TOWIK - you just brought back some seriously repressed memories. movie night in the "casino". lol.

kasamba - you just brought a HUGE smile to my face:

fly paper, fly paper, ooey gooey goo, fly paper, fly paper always sticks to you.....


July 06, 2006 9:42 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Yes...The yenta circle...Cute name for

OK. Everyone...
A Foxy Pop is today commonly known as a Freeze Pop. When I was a kid we called it a Foxy Pop.

Yes. There was the Bungalow Colony world..and then there was the other 10 months.

I know...we already have so much to tell our kids and grandkids...I wonder if it was ever this dramatic a difference.
I mean when I was younger there was no internet..fax machines were a novelty..!

Oh my. Did you go to my colony? lol
Yea..all the different trucks coming with baked mmmm breaking up the yenta circle..
I remember phone calls being a dime but pizza..hmm 75 cents is the cheapest I recall.

chavera... have to tell them you sound like a corrupt mp3 file

I already feel old...I'd rather not feel

yup...and every time a fly would get stuck...I'd always feel so bad. Many times I've even freed them..shhhh

lol..better to face it head on...

Hmm I'm too young to remember 8 tracks

July 06, 2006 10:12 AM  
Blogger exsemgirl said...

Great post.

Though it isnt something I feel often. I guess I am young yet... ;)

July 06, 2006 10:20 AM  
Blogger Open Up! said...

did we all go to the same bungalow colony?

July 06, 2006 10:45 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Foxy Pops? Dang, my age is showing! Never have heard of them. We just had plain, old popsicles in my day!!

July 06, 2006 11:20 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...



hey - i was gonna write the fly paper song!! but figured i don't want to hog the whole post (like i'm doing now!) with my comments - lol - glad you wrote it!

and OF COURSE - movies in the casino!!! gosh - cant forget that!(we weren't allowed in when the adults were watching!!)
btw - i have no idea why they use the word 'casino'! - a mystery! lol
only us colony people would get away with calling the 'shul' the 'casino' (nebech - the shul was also the movie theater!)

and what about the poor moms walking for hours all around the colony trying to find their kids and get em home for bed- ('it's 10:00 - do you know where your child is??'-lol)

i like the way you put it
'the bungalow colony world.. and then there were the other 10 months! couldnt have said it better myself!...

open up
maybe we did! lol
wouldn't that be the funniest!!!
btw - i'll tell you names of some bungalow colonies i know -
sun circle, cutlers, yellow shutters, sims, pancrest, maywood, laurel ledge, irvington,...
any familiar ones?

July 06, 2006 12:21 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

well..lets see what advances the future has in store...


Hmm maybe it's NY thing...

I've wonderd about that too...Casino??
hmm maybe I was too young to discern what was REALLY going on in
as for that list...hmmmm getting warm...

July 06, 2006 12:40 PM  
Blogger A Frum Idealist said...

TOWIK - that's why I specifically put it in quotes. those were some fun times.

July 06, 2006 1:19 PM  
Blogger Y.Y. said...

i like todays technology i would not turn back the clock to the good old days

July 06, 2006 1:44 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

what WAS going on in there?
(maybe blogging? -lol)
so the list is warm, huh? interesting...

still thought it deserved a comment! :)

July 06, 2006 2:06 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

I agree 100%...
except for bluetooth..those things look rediculous

well...I will's on that list..hmmm

July 06, 2006 2:18 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

isn't that amazing!!
should i start naming families? lol!!
this is as close to being unanonymous as we can get!!!

p.s. -i probably babysat in your bungalow!!!
this is tooooo funny!

July 06, 2006 2:25 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

now i'm thinking,
'did i know a david, did i know a david.....' brain, brain, back me up here!

July 06, 2006 2:26 PM  
Blogger Open Up! said...

mine wasn't on the list but we definitely had a casino/shul/auditorium/concession (store) lol

July 06, 2006 3:38 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

open up
sorry - i know other names -just cant think of em - name a few...!

July 06, 2006 4:13 PM  
Blogger Open Up! said...

hmm...pine tree, sun valley, beverly hills,castle hill....oy i can't remember but there are tons others

July 06, 2006 4:24 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

yup - they sound familiar!

July 06, 2006 4:33 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

i think we should ALL get together for a bbq this summer in one of the colonies -
we can eat in the casino of course,
complimentary fly paper

when done - we'll have a blog circle in place of a yenta circle
ohh it'll be too much fun

or maybe we should do a melava malka in the casino
with a bingo game perhaps? (LOL!! YIKES! WHAT AM I THINKNING?)

the possibilities are endless

let's not forget the volley ball game!

July 06, 2006 4:38 PM  
Blogger Jewish Thinker said...

Lunchtime is knish time...

July 06, 2006 4:52 PM  
Blogger Limey2001 said...

Do you still sing all the pirchei songs....rabbi's sons etc.?

July 06, 2006 6:08 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

You're not THAT old. I'm 20 and I remember Foxy pops and biting a hole in my bologna to make a "record" but my lil' brother made a CD.

Oh, wait. Are you younger than you think, or am I older than I think???

July 06, 2006 7:54 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

peeking tentatively back in...~

TheOnlyWay..may I?

As for the party..I'll leave the planning to u...but I aint joining no yenta

as for u babysitting me..hmmmm Trust me..You would definitley remember me..
well I'm not divulging anymore information

Mmm Moms Kinishes in the Parking Lot

of course..those are classics

you must be at the tail end of my generation

July 06, 2006 8:55 PM  
Blogger Shopaholic said...

TOWIK- Nice list of colonies you got there....

;) one sounds very familur. LOL!

July 06, 2006 11:12 PM  
Blogger Eshet Chayil said...

I think the guys walking down the block with blue tooth's (teeth?) on look funny. They look insane like they're talking to themselves.

July 07, 2006 1:01 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

you mean 'may i' name families -
perhaps one day, huh?

this was like having a good ol conversation with best friends!!

no yenta circle, dave - lol- but how about a volley ball game?

i wouldve remembered you, REALLY?
but you were the goody goody who saved flies from the fly paper!!

July 07, 2006 3:21 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...



July 07, 2006 3:22 AM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

Try to explain what you did with no computer in the home, actually try to remeber that.

July 07, 2006 6:12 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

I agree..the line between high payed execs and demented lunatics are being

well...I was still a troublemaker...a troublemaker with a good
we're on!

I remember our first Commodore 64..with about as much memory as one MS Word file

July 07, 2006 9:39 AM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

i feel so left out, no idea wat a foxy pop is, never been to a bungalow colony, wouldnt be caught dead at a movie/casion/shul, never used a sticky paper for flies.. i never realized how deprived i was :)

July 07, 2006 9:48 AM  
Blogger student said...

okay- these comments make me feel like we live in a whole different world here in england..which i guess we do!

I tell u though- im only 20 (only?!?!-yikes) but my siblings who are only a few years younger tell me, things arent the same as wen u were a teenager..(that was a coupla months ago!!!!) beat that!
(or rather-please dont!)

July 07, 2006 9:49 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

well..I'm sure you have ur own memories...

well...where do u guys go on Holiday?
lol...yup..the world is changing a rapid pace...

July 07, 2006 10:03 AM  
Blogger Open Up! said...

volleyball by the pool...oh yea

July 07, 2006 10:10 AM  
Blogger student said...

dont forget the summer hols here are typically 5 or so weeks long...
some families go away on their own somewhere in th country, so go to family camps, some go abroad...depends...

July 07, 2006 10:43 AM  
Blogger Limey2001 said...

Student- what about Bournemouth, (the normandy), Lake district
(though not with the gusto the amercians have in going to the country)

July 07, 2006 11:02 AM  
Blogger LkwdGuy said...

I had a very similar experience while visiting my parents last week. My parents still have a record player and one of my brothers put on an Uncle Moishy record (Vol 1) for my kids. My daughter asked him "Why is that CD so big"?

And I'm also only thirty (as of today - Happy Birthday to me). I guess thirty years - or even twenty five years - qualifies for the "different generation" tag.

July 07, 2006 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, there is a song by The Steve Miller Band called Time Keeps On Slipping, Slipping, Slipping (to the future). You may google it and you'll see that the rest of the lyrics don't really apply to this post, but the title does. I find myself in the twilight zone where I am still more advanced than my parents and grandparents, and I am also more advanced than my children. But while the gap between me and my parents/grandparents is still very wide, the gap between me and my children is rapidly narrowing.

July 07, 2006 11:30 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

yea..that was fun...

student and limey...
dont all u English folk have country estates..where u sit and write poetry at the veranda..and pause for tea at 3PM?

Happy Birthday to you. Yes we are indeed from another's just sinking in now..and its leaving me with the sinking feeling..

Yes...its is slipping slipping
sheesh my blog is turning into a depressing
My mom is pretty dad has no clue

July 07, 2006 12:19 PM  
Blogger FrumGirl said...

Oh gosh, must we talk about how we age? I so want to hold onto my youth...! But in a way, its nice, you know what I mean?

July 09, 2006 1:14 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

This is not about againg..its about memories to cherish..

July 09, 2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger treehousebob said...

this 60's song has been ringing through my head
Frum Girl, get out of my life

better run girl...your'e much too frum girl
Better hurry home to your moma

maybe I'll suggest this to sholck rock

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