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30 minutes ago, nw baltimore wx said:

Damn. You guys are old.

The last 24 hours of banter has been quite strange...can we get back to strictly beer posts please lol

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5 minutes ago, fourseasons said:

Or sometimes when taking a "private call" meant stretching the phone with the longest cord, whether it was phone to the wall, handset to the main set, or a combination of both, as far as you could and calling out the click when someone else got on the line.

Then there was that rotary dial thing.

Those effing cords never ever broke lol. Just took incredible abuse . Nowadays phone charging cords last a month 

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1 minute ago, losetoa6 said:

Those effing cords never ever broke lol. Just took incredible abuse . Nowadays phone charging cords last a month 

Cordless in the early 80s changed everything.  Except you would break the antenna within a month. And you'd have to put aluminum foil on the nub just to get reception.

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15 minutes ago, EastCoast NPZ said:

Lol.  I remember well.  We had a couple of elderly women who lived down the road.  They were the embodiment of the gossiping gaggle....think of the front desk woman at the Columbia Inn in White Christmas....always on the line talking.  My older brother and sister would put me up to getting them off the line.  Once i told them our barn was on fire and needed to call the fire department to clear the line.

 

In those days you could call the local radio station for lost pets, items, song requests with messages,etc.andvthey would announce on air.  Me and my best friend would phone-in (funny?) pranks to WFTR in Front Royal and howl aloud when they read them on air.  Our best was my lost cow alert.....  Brown and white, silver bells around it's neck, one horn, and from neighbors report it hopped the fence and was heading west towards town.  We laughed for days after that one was announced.  Several kids at school the next Monday were talking about hearing that on the radio.  Lol.  That was a different time.

Yep, we called in from two different numbers with 6 different people asking the DJ to play Barracuda one night, he (the DJ) got quite ticked off....

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15 minutes ago, Baltimorewx said:

The last 24 hours of banter has been quite strange...can we get back to strictly beer posts please lol

We spent yesterday afternoon up at Independent Brewery in Bel Air. I can’t wait for things to get back to normal so they can use the Funk House for its original intention, making funky sours. Great afternoon though and we are really glad we got outdoors for the 8 hours it hasn’t been raining.

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6 minutes ago, nw baltimore wx said:

We spent yesterday afternoon up at Independent Brewery in Bel Air. I can’t wait for things to get back to normal so they can use the Funk House for its original intention, making funky sours. Great afternoon though and we are really glad we got outdoors for the 8 hours it hasn’t been raining.

Been there a few times. Nice spot. Currently at Key. Only customers in here outside of the employees playing Nintendo and getting wasted off their own beer :lol:

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3 minutes ago, Baltimorewx said:

Been there a few times. Nice spot. Currently at Key. Only customers in here outside of the employees playing Nintendo and getting wasted off their own beer :lol:

I was at Key about a month ago. Good stuff.

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I was born in early 1960s and raised in a small town in Southwest VA. Since there was no internet, we interacted by cruising through town. Uptown and then downtown and do it over and over again and again. Businesses allowed you to park in their parking lots after they closed and crowds of people would gather and socialize in different parking lots and watch as others cruise by. People took pride in their rides—washed and waxed and lots of hot rods. Gas was like $0.35 for low test and $0.38 high test. There was no unleaded.

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4 minutes ago, WxWatcher007 said:

My first game system was Super Nintendo...

When we would visit friends we played Ghostbusters on their Commodore 64.

And original Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego FTW!

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11 minutes ago, nw baltimore wx said:

I was at Key about a month ago. Good stuff.

Yeah, they were supposed to have a chocolate raspberry nitro stout on tap but apparently sold out in one day (yesterday) so master brewer let us try next weekends release which is a Belgian quad with tart cherry. Not bad 

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25 minutes ago, WxWatcher007 said:

My first game system was Super Nintendo...

Atari 2600 ( space invaders and pong ) my 1st games I played 

My 1st time playing Galaga at the local Arcade in 1983 at 8 I was hooked . 

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Reading these post makes me feel better about my age. Some old farts up in here

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55 minutes ago, Grothar of Herndon said:

I was born in early 1960s and raised in a small town in Southwest VA. Since there was no internet, we interacted by cruising through town. Uptown and then downtown and do it over and over again and again. Businesses allowed you to park in their parking lots after they closed and crowds of people would gather and socialize in different parking lots and watch as others cruise by. People took pride in their rides—washed and waxed and lots of hot rods. Gas was like $0.35 for low test and $0.38 high test. There was no unleaded.

35 cents . Now That's cheap .

I remember 85 cents . I filled my mother's "Vette" up for $9 -- I mean Chevette :lmao:

Even in the early 90s when I was a young driver.  Cruising the " strip " was how it worked and socialized and congregating in parking lots with up to 50 + cars was typical every Fri/ Sat night and allowed by local police . Nobody bothered anybody much . Now if more then 3 cars are parked they are quick to disperse em lol

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42 minutes ago, Baltimorewx said:

Yeah, they were supposed to have a chocolate raspberry nitro stout on tap but apparently sold out in one day (yesterday) so master brewer let us try next weekends release which is a Belgian quad with tart cherry. Not bad 

That choco-rasp sounds absolutely amazing...and I'm not surprised it would sell out that quickly. Almost beer o'clock here, and here's what's on deck first today from two of my favorite breweries:

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17 minutes ago, vastateofmind said:

That choco-rasp sounds absolutely amazing...and I'm not surprised it would sell out that quickly. Almost beer o'clock here, and here's what's on deck first today from two of my favorite breweries:

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Damn would like to try that double dark chocolate 

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1 hour ago, losetoa6 said:

Atari 2600 ( space invaders and pong ) my 1st games I played 

My 1st time playing Galaga at the local Arcade in 1983 at 8 I was hooked . 

I can remember the B&W PONG game hooked up to the TV we had as kids, that was the ONLY game and we played for hours lol, guess we were easily entertained......

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It’s not necessary but it would be huge to leapfrog Rutgers in the standings and not have to play Michigan in the second game of the Big Ten tourney too, though I would trade an early loss there for an extra weekend in the big dance.

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4 hours ago, IUsedToHateCold said:

This discussion brings back memories of using Netscape navigator in the high school library in 1998. One webpage took 2 minutes to load and it was just text.

There was no Google. The existing search at the time was really terrible and you couldn’t find anything. You would search for something school related and get search results for viagra.

Google was really amazing when it first started 

 


 

I Honestly remember using a unix prompt to surf the web without and graphics back in college.   I want to megadeth.com and they had characters spelling the name out as the text was loading. 

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6 hours ago, losetoa6 said:

Not really imo.  My brother 73' me 75' We had the pleasure of all the great toys from the 80s( 1st generation Transformers, Star wars , GiJoe) MTV , Basic cable , Atari 2600, My older brother and I being dropped off at Arcades at 8-10 years old lol. Tape cassettes, The Walkman, recording TV and movies on 2  VCR's . Some of the best movies of all time came out in the 80s . Ofc ...the music . Orioles 83' World Series win. Jean jackets , BMX trick and jump biking , Blizzard of 83' , Hurricane Gloria and the list goes on :popcorn:

And Big Wheels:thumbsup: ...I almost forgot 

Do you remember that #1 North used to be called Lippy's.  It was like your old corner store with a meat counter and all.  I played a ton of Ms. Pac Man there and used to buy packs of baseball/football cards when they were 25 cents and had a stick of gum.    There was also a gas station (now some sort of sap) next to millers where they had BattleTank. 

 

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3 hours ago, vastateofmind said:

That choco-rasp sounds absolutely amazing...and I'm not surprised it would sell out that quickly. Almost beer o'clock here, and here's what's on deck first today from two of my favorite breweries:

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Love Biggie Smores.

Love Southern Tier too.  Have you tried their Hot Cocoa Stout?  Excellent.

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4 minutes ago, EastCoast NPZ said:

Love Biggie Smores.

Love Southern Tier too.  Have you tried their Hot Cocoa Stout?  Excellent.

Have NOT tried ST's Hot Cocoa Stout, though I have no doubt it is excellent -- it is one of the few breweries whose mothership HQ I wish was closer than western NY, so we could try more of their awesome beers on draft as opposed to bottles/cans purchased at Wegmans.  :) 

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Speaking of the past, I had one of these when I was a kid!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_U-238_Atomic_Energy_Laboratory

I also had the Gilbert spinthariscope.  It was a cardboard tube with one end painted with radium "undark" paint and had a small aspheric lens on the other side.  At night, looking through the lens one could see all the scintillation activity which was essentially alpha particles striking the zinc sulfide scintillating agent.  Looked like lightning in a bottle.  And to my disappointment holding this little miracle near an AM radio yielded no "sferic" noise.  Little did I know such a disc was quite dangerous and easily clocking 50+ mrem/hr gamma!  But it was sure fun to keep under a blanket like a night light that never needed batteries...

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