OK, remember in my last post how my son stuck me for 4 bucks? Well that caused quite a jog in the G-Mans memory bank.....
Fourth grade was a monumental year for young G-Boy. What made it so special, was that I got a raise in my allowance that year....From .10 cents to .25 cents! You might think that was a ridiculously small amount, but let me tell you that it was awesome. Almost every single candy bar was .05 cents. The only exception was the Zero Bar, man what a great value at .03 cents! They still sell it, but it cost the same as all the others. Pretzel Sticks in that tall clear recepticle thing, was 2 for a penny. A great cheap treat was also the salted pumpkin seeds. You could buy that small red box of them for .02 cents! A box of Cracker Jack was only a dime.
Every single Saturday for years was spent at the Burton Theater. One of the neighborhood parents would drop us off at Noon to stand in line for the box office to open. The admission was .75 cents, if you were lucky enough to get a Dollar, that left you with .25 cents to splurge on refreshments! Piece of cake...Because popcorn was a dime, a soft drink was a dime, and that left you with a nickel to buy a Slo-Poke sucker with, and trust me they earned their name of the " all day sucker". There were no fast food places back then, so everyone had their own special corner Diner to go to. There was a fantastic place right across the street from our elementary school called Cobb's Fine Foods. Every other Friday, if I did all my chores, my Mom would give me a dollar Bill for lunch. We did not have a cafeteria at our school , but we got an hour for lunch. Most kids lived within one mile from school so we usually went home to eat, but when you did get to eat out, what a treat! You could get a great burger for .25 cents, an order of fries for .25 cents, and Real Malt for .25 cents...So you could get 2 burgers, an order of fries, and a chocolate malt for a 1.02 with tax...Yeah baby!!!
When Mcdonalds did come into town, you would not believe what a sensation that caused....
Burgers were a dime, Big Macs were a quarter, Cheese Burgers were .15 cents, Real fries made from real potatoes were .15 cents, and their thick shakes were .25 cents each! You do the math.
There used to be a phenomenom called a gas war! Competing stations, that were full service mind you, would do crazy shit to earn your business. They would give away redeemable stamps that you filled up coupon books with, and when they were filled up, you could get tons of great items. They gave away Drinking glasses, Dinner plates, theater passes, you name it, they were screaming for your business. I remember gas selling for a low of 17.9 cents a gallon for regular. High test was 19.9 cents.
The first time I ever went to Florida for Spring-Break, we were really worried because of the first ever Arab Oil Embargo. It was in 74 or 75, I can't rightly recall, but there were huge lines wrapped around the corner at most stations because gas had shot up to .56 cents a gallon!!
Hell, I felt Damn lucky yesterday when I got .20 cents off on my Kroger Card, and filled up my tank for 2.19 a gallon!!!
I guess what I'm getting at, is that when Reese scammed me out of that 4 dollors last week on the shitty shit paper, he got me for 4 whole months allowance.....GGrrrrrrrrrr! PUNK!!!
Please enjoy whats left of your week-end. Peace.. The G-Man!!!