The Taylors' Front Porch
Pull up a chair! Have a sit-down an' shoot the breeze with us. Later on, maybe we'll go down to the drugstore to get a bottle of pop .  .  . maybe see what's showin' at the Grand .  .  .  . What you gonna do tonight, Barn?

August 28, 2015 - Msg 102455: Good morning, porch! Goodness, all sorts of useful information flying around today. PH, I can go farther back than that, and from personal experience. In 1960, when Dale returned from a year in Korea, he was stationed at Blytheville AFB, in Arkansas. It's right on the Missouri border, and we lived in Caruthersville, MO, about 30 miles from the base. No base housing was available, and no rentals either, so we had to go that far out. Anyway, we shared a duplex with another Air Force couple, and became good friends. Barbara and I used to put our year-old babies in their strollers and walk the alleys in our neighborhood, picking up soda bottles. We even picked them out of the trash if they were easy to access, and not too dirty! We could take them to the little mom-and-pop grocery store that was practically next door, and redeem them for 3 cents each. On a good day, we'd collect at least $2. With that, we could have a good evening. $1 would get us into the local drive-in movie ($1/carload in those days). We'd put the kids in the back deck of Max and Barbara's station wagon, and they'd soon be asleep. With the rest of the money, we'd buy a can of tuna, a loaf of bread and a six-pack of Pepsi. We ate a lot of beans and rice in those days, so one of us always had leftover rice. You can mix the rice into tuna salad, and stretch it a loooong way! It's good, too. I still put rice in my tuna. Anyway, we'd make up a stack of sandwiches, chill the Pepsi and empty our ice trays into a bucket to keep the sodas cold, and away we'd go. It was usually an all-night movie, and the snack bar gave away free coffee and donuts to anyone who stayed until dawn. We were as poor as Job's turkey in those days, but we had a lot of fun, and didn't feel like we were missing a thing. We had each other, our baby, good friends, and could have a fun evening and plenty to eat, on two bucks. Not a bad life.

We were self-reliant, creative, and not afraid of work. I wonder about the kids today. I'm afraid many of them don't have that inner resource. They've not had to acquire it. We did. We had no choice. Nobody was paving our road for us. My dad made the $500 down payment on my beautiful new 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible, then handed me the payment coupon book. It was up to me from then on. It was my 17th birthday, and I had graduated high school the previous May. I had a job with Civil Service at the local Army base, and I could afford the payments. I can't believe now that the Army had hired me before I was even 17, but they did. Good job, too. I was a GS-2, working in the communications center. A few months later, I got a high-security clearance, and went to GS-3. Wow, how did I go from bottle deposits to this? I guess I do tend to ramble.

Anyway, bottles were three cents in 1960. --Romeena

August 28, 2015 - Msg 102456: See what happens when you ramble? You get to sweep the porch! --Romeena

August 28, 2015 - Msg 102457: Great memories Romeena. We would collect bottles off the side of the road when riding our horses. Could usually find quite a few that had not broken. Then we took them to a tiny little "country store", and I do mean tiny. The feller who owned it worked it, and he would start belly aching the minute we walked in with our stash. Would trade them in on a candy bar or a bottle of pop. And you answered the question correctly as for the redemption value in Mayberry. Opie had 74 cents to spend, but the nylons were 80 cents. He told the saleslady he would be right back, he had to go home and drink two bottles of pop (to come up with 6 cents) I guess by 1971 the price had gone up PH. This was still mid 60's. :)



August 28, 2015 - Msg 102458: "Stockings! Aint that kinda, you know, Personal!" :)

August 28, 2015 - Msg 102459: Asa, we had a lot of Taco pumps, mostly used for our hot water boilers, but we used B&G for the domestic pumps. Boy when those couplers would go bad the noise they would make!

Asa, I remember those days too we would collect them along the side of the road walking TO the store, we were always good for a few that people would throw out. We did not drink much soda growing up but it was a treat when Dad would bring home a wooden case of pop when he would fill the machines at the service station. All 5 of us were allocated our share, when you drank yours you were done! We each had our own color of bottle stoppers so we could make em last a little longer...... No one would drink any of each other's.... ;) Right?
( my sister would back wash into hers so no one bothered hers)... yuk

My brother and I were lucky, by working AT the station we would spend out tips on pop and candy out of the machines.

Watching American Resterations I would remember seeing the old machines like we had. I wish I would have have had the old peanut machine, a nickel would get ya a whole Handful of peanuts....


August 28, 2015 - Msg 102460: restorations that is Miss Crump

August 28, 2015 - Msg 102461:
Hey GF--here ya can add one to your man-cave! :)
Take care buddy,

August 28, 2015 - Msg 102462: P.S. I used to like the ones where you would open the long door on the left and pull out an ice-cold Coke in a bottle. :)

August 28, 2015 - Msg 102463: Pop bottle faulty memory tells me they were 2 cents when I was a real young'n. I'm 54 now, so maybe they were 3 cents and I just misremember. I recall them going to 5 cents and a bit later all the way up to 10. We had a police rep come to our school, one of those public relations things, and he told a story about a kid our age who stole pop bottles. We laughed, but he said the guy was making a fortune. He mentioned how the kid was thriled when the price doubled, since his stock doubled in value.

I know most stores weren't all that thrilled to see you show up with a lot of them. Quite a few made you spend all of it in the store, which never bothered me. I just wanted pop and candy so that was fine.

I remember when I was 12 staying at a friend's house overnight. We found a stash of pop bottles in their barn that filled up a toy wagon. We walked that thing about a quarter mile down the road to a little store and walked out with a couple of bottles of Barq's Root Beer and a handful of candy bars each. Even as late as 1982, you could still find a few glass bottles. I worked a job at a local high school as a janitor, and was shocked how many pop bottles I found around the premises. The FFA shop building was a real gold mine.

Billy Ray the Pop Bottle Redeeming Postman

August 29, 2015 - Msg 102464: Thanks MDC, those sure bring back memories, I too liked the ones with the long narrow door. Those ones kept the drinks sooo cold!... We had Coke & Pepsi ones. I guess it depended who gave Dad the best deal. I don't remember if you had to buy them or rented to own or just rented and split the profits. I suppose there were a lot of options. We always kept our machines inside so we did not have to deal with vandalism.

One Coke machine Dad must have purchased it, because he later brought it home and put it in our garage. I liked to sit on top of it when it was cold out and keep warm from the heat off the compressor.... Thanks for the memory blast! I needed one today!.... I've been thinking of finding a old peanut machine for the Mayberry room when I'm "Wheelerizing".... I've seen some at antique shops, but it has to be the acorn brand like we had or it wouldn't be the same.. I think I mentioned I bought a old Drive-In movie speaker and I rewired it so I can play my music from it..... The Good Old Days sure we're good...Amen?


August 29, 2015 - Msg 102465: GF--OK, here ya go again, acorn and all! :)

August 29, 2015 - Msg 102466: that was from me, MDC

August 29, 2015 - Msg 102467: Seems like the thing got a workout on tags to, what with Barney gigglin' it, and and the bum workin' his magic on it for Opie! ha
ROMEna--that was a neat story about the bottle collecting in the alleys. brought back some memories for sure. In 8th grade we toured the local CocaCola bottling plant. It was fascinating to watch the bottles being steam cleaned, then conveyored all over the place, filled. and boxed in those wooden carriers. One guy shouted at us that he was a Union Bottler! ha At the end we all ate our sack lunches and a free 6 oz Coke in their cafeteria. We also fieldtripped (how's that for a verb) to the bread bakery one time. That was also cool. The aroma was amazing!
Well, ya all sleep tight,

August 29, 2015 - Msg 102468: I remember those wooden pop crates, G-F. I also remember the bottle refund, but mostly because I never liked doing that. I guess because back then I could never see why someone would give me money for bringing them an empty bottle(or bottles) of pop. Just didn't make "cents" to me.

Two more episodes.
I had just two more episodes left of the first season of Gomer Pyle and I would have been through that season. But no, the minute I comment on one of the episodes, the next day I find out that the person who put the episodes up had their Youtube account suspended, and therefore their whole channel is gone. And I can't find those two episodes anywhere else on Youtube.
So anyway, I had to start watching the 5th season(and last one that I need to watch to finish the whole series) and forgo those two episodes for now.
I don't think I am going to comment on anyone's channel who puts up classic shows anymore. I swear that has happened before, where I make a comment and then find that the account is suspended right after I do. I think commenting sets off an alert for the copyright robots who roam the halls of Youtube, looking for people who upload tv shows.

G-F, did the drive-in movie speaker come with mosquitoes? That was one reason I wasn't all that fond of drive-ins. With the cable there you could not close the window all the way, and you don't want to be sitting in a car on a summer night in Wisconsin with the windows open. You just don't.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 29, 2015 - Msg 102469: RO--any news on our project? mdc

August 29, 2015 - Msg 102470: Thanks MDC, the first one looks just like the one I remember! It was painted like "Pure Oil Co." Blue....
I have seen some machines at the flea market, maybe someday I may find a good one and restore it, there are a lot of repair parts on line and even repop graphics. I have thinking about it, you may have put fuel on that fire.
Mrs G-F says: " Thanks A lot!".... Haha
She doesn't come into my "Man-Cave" very often, she must have seen the TAGS episode about the subject when Barney & Thelma Lou discuss the

I was wondering the same thing Romeena about your bird bath project... Since I do stained glass I'd like to see the completed project.


August 29, 2015 - Msg 102471: For GF. "10 minutes till show time!" Are you sure you have enough refreshments? Come visit our snack bar and get some delicious hot buttery pop corn and enjoy an ice cold soda pop from our large assortment of drinks.
"9 minutes till show time!" Have you tried our delicious new.....


August 29, 2015 - Msg 102472: Oh, my goodness, you boys are bringing back memories! Raising some interesting topics, too.

MDC, to answer your question - not yet. Waiting to hear back from "the man."

Who knew there was such a market for old peanut and gumball machines, Coke machines and such? I guess I did know it, but I didn't realize you could actually buy the key/lock assemblies, and all the little bits of mechanism that made them work. Dale and I actually owned an old Coke machine at one time. It was in the office when he replaced a previous manager in the company he worked for, it belonged to that manager, who sold it to Dale for $25. When Dale was promoted and transferred to Dallas, we sold the machine to the person who replaced him! I wish we had kept it. It was about five feet tall, and had the circular drum inside, that rotated each time it was activated, and presented a single bottle of Coke when you opened the little door. I was Dale's office manager, and had the key to the machine in my desk drawer. Every couple of days, I'd unlock the big door and open it, exposing the drum, and would load the chambers in it with bottles of Coke, so there were always cold ones available. Darn, I wish I had that machine!

Sterling, do you happen to have Netflix? I haven't searched it for Gomer Pyle, but there are 100 episodes of TAGS on it.

G-F, I may have some questions for you about the birdbath project. You do stained glass - do you also do anything with mosaics?

Well, better run. The Time-Warner man is due any minute, to install a new modem for my computer. Supposedly much higher speed than I have now, at no additional cost. I could probably have installed the thing myself - they sent it to me - but since my landline phone also works through the computer, I figured I'd let "the man" do it. Too much there that I could mess up. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

August 29, 2015 - Msg 102473: Who was it, on what TAGS ep, who said "mechanicism" when he meant "mechanism"? I can just hear it being said, but can't remember who it was. Oh, wait! Was it Malcolm Meriwether? --Romeena

August 29, 2015 - Msg 102474: Good one Asa, I did go to the flea mkt. yesterday and today, but no peanut machines. They both are about 45 mins. away in opposit directions, both are pretty big ones and my hip is crying today... Where's the Tylenol?....

Romeena, I have done some mosaics, the key is getting the proper adhesive & grouting. What you are doing sounds pretty easy, but be sure the grouting are rated for water applications such as shower floors ect. Sounds like a neat ides for a birdbath...are you planning to cut any of the pieces? If so I'll give you some advice via e-mail if you want. I have a glass cutter & grinder that makes my work much easier. I did some stepping stones for someone using old local pottery set in concrete, they turned out pretty neat!

I have not done much stained glass projects lately, maybe I'll get back into it in the Winter. I want to do one for my basement (Mayberry Room) window of Andy & Opie walking to the fishing hole..... If I have the time to swing


August 29, 2015 - Msg 102475: Asa, this is what I remember at the Drive-in....

August 29, 2015 - Msg 102476: Yep, Romeena, I do have Netflix. I think that was the first place I checked when I started watching Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C episodes. I should probably check that again though, as they get different shows all the time. Thanks for the suggestion.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 30, 2015 - Msg 102477: GF--that was interesting. The first one was for an inside theater, but the 2nd one that popped up was for a drive-in doing an 8 minute countdown. I can still picture our family tho, because we always had to bring popcorn from HOME instead of getting that hot, buttery kind from the snack bar. And back in those days the popcorn popper looked like "it had done a lot of flyin'," if ya know what I mean! ha But it still tasted better than the stuff we always brought from home.
Also, around the 2 minute mark, there is an ad saying "We'll see you in church this Sunday." Wow, maybe we need to bring ads like that back!
And on that note, ya all have a good Sabbath tomorrow!

August 30, 2015 - Msg 102478: I know what you mean MDC we were the same way, we always brought our own popcorn too. Mom would pop a bunch and she'd put it in a paper grocery bag, and we'd each fill our lunch bags out of it. We had the same popper too it looked like it came over on the Mayflower and been thru many battles too. I think my Sister kept it after Mom passed, but it sure coulid pop a mess of good popcorn with each batch.

I like the video too because as you said it showed both indoor and outdoor plugs, especially the "countdown" that Asa was referring

If you followed some other videos on that link, they showed old abandoned theaters, some out your way. Yep, TRUELY better times back then... Kinda sad, as with a lot of things that had gone the wayside...


August 30, 2015 - Msg 102479: Good Sabbath morning porch dwellers.

Very nice link PH. Great memories. I remember us loading up the station wagon with all kinds of goodies. We had a 58 chevy wagon. My sis and I would lay out our sleeping bags in the back because we would never make it through two movies. It seems like there were always two movies shown, or am I mistaken? The one we went to also had a small kids playground right under the screen. Had some swings and teeter totters and what not. Gosh those were some great times.

Hard the believe we are almost into September. Before long we will be talking Christmas. I actually saw an ad for some type of laser light thing for Christmas decorating. Looked kind of interesting.

Yep GF. Those couplers on the Bell and Gosset pumps are unique to say the least. But I think they are a better pump than the Tacos. The Tacos seem to have a lot of seal issues, don't you agree? But I have a few dozen to take care of.

Last night I watched "Man in the middle". Very funny how Barney drags Andy into his argument with Thel. Then I watched the episode with Roger Hanover. What a creep he was. Showed his true colors when he tried to get 400 bucks out of Andy or else Andy just might have him a new Uncle. Old Andy played him out though.

Well I think I am staying away from preaching today. Had to do some weed mowing at work last week and ended up getting my allergies kicked in. Have a nasty old cough, so I figure I'll stay home and keep it to myself.

Well maybe I'll see if I can pick up a sermon on the tv. Maybe one of them fancy New York preachers talking about slowing down, taking it easy, what's your hurry.


August 30, 2015 - Msg 102480: Yea Asa, those seals!!... Just so you guys know what Asa & I are talking about, here is a video to show a " Perfect World" installation and they are ALWAYS this easy... Right Asa?, Lol, LOL 😜
But I do have to admit their zone valves are ok though....


August 30, 2015 - Msg 102481: Another easy B&G repair. And you wonder why it's so fun to repair..haha

August 30, 2015 - Msg 102482: So gang..... The next time you are in a multi story building and turn on the heat or water..... Thank a HVAC guy!

August 30, 2015 - Msg 102483: Good afternoon, friends. I didn't make it to preaching today either - had a very mild spell of dizziness yesterday, still functional, but woke up feeling a little dizzy this morning, so decided not to push it. Sometimes those very mild spells can suddenly advance into room-spinning vertigo, and it's not a good idea to be driving if that happens. Fortunately, that only happens once every year or two, but I've learned to pay attention to the warning signs. I figured God would understand if I missed church today, as opposed to hurting somebody in a wreck.

However, I've got two home health visits to make this afternoon. The dizziness is gone, so I guess I'll go ahead and make those visits. One is about a half mile from my house, the other about three miles, on quiet residential streets. I won't be getting on any busy roads.

G-F, I don't have to be in a big building to be grateful for HVAC guys. When it's 104 outside, and I walk into my 76 house, I'm pretty thankful for the man who installed my a/c.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some lunch. I've got leftovers from last night's supper, guess that'll do. I like leftovers. Blessings, friends. --Romeena


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