Thursday, April 16, 2009

Friday Flash 55.......



A FIFTY-FIVE, FROM FIFTY-FIVE....

Playing records, burning the papers.
Sipping on a Cherry Phosphate after shopping at the 'Five and Dime'.
Recalling how LOUD typewriters were, or how messy carbon paper was.
Can I still have a promising career as a key-punch operator?
AND PLEASE REMEMBER,
Do not bend, fold, spindle, or MUTILATE!!!

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If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55, please come tell The G-Man.
I will visit, read, enjoy, comment, Then BOOK!!!
So from the most gracious host from coast to coast....
Have a Great Week-End!!!
Peace...!!!

35 comments:

Serena said...

LOL. Sounds like my first job.

gab said...

LOL I remember learning how to use most of that in High school but never had to use it in real life.

Mojo said...

Wow. Haven't heard the term "cherry phosphate" in... forever.

But I remember typewriters, carbon paper and mimeograph machines! The hand-cranked deals with the toner (or whatever it was called) that we loved to huff on and think we were getting a buzz.

Damn G... we're old, huh?

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Prayer Girl said...

You took me back to the "Mary Lou's Sweet Shop" of my youth. My girlfriend and I bicycled there many a time for a phosphate or two.

I posted a Friday Flash 55.

Prayer Girl

jillie said...

I remember using carbon copy paper in typing class. UGH what a pain! And a mimiograph (sp?) machine. My how times have changed!!!

Happy Friday to you...

Strumpet said...

1. You look mighty spiffy in that photo-op down there...

2. I have the same jacket. But, I don't have a bike to go with it.

3. I want a cherry phosphate.

4. You rock.

5. I played again.

Much love and a great big hug.
xoxo, G-leather.

evalinn said...

Happy Friday G-man, very clever as always! :-D

Shadow said...

i HAVE forgotton all about that. carbon paper. does it still exist??? anyway, mine's up too

Dr.John said...

So sad ! I remember all that.
A great flash 55.
I'm up.

Fandango said...

We dragons remember way back before that.
We remember :
knight’s lunch,
very tipsy old castles,
tasty King’s daughters freely given,
embarrassing flame outs of the worst kind,
howling mobs of angry peasants,
and of course
would be heroes burning up.
Twas a better world then.
So what do you think o our really great memories?

Akelamalu said...

God those typewriters were LOUD - especially when you worked in a typing pool!

Good one G-man.

Mine's up too.

Hootin' Anni said...

Awwwwwwww, such a vivid memory you've created today. [by the way, I love your Thursday portrait!]

My 55, as always, is posted below my show n tell meme.

Happy Weekend...G-man.

lime said...

what a great blast from the past. how about switchboard operator? there's another job that's gone the way of the dodo.

i played :)

the walking man said...

I just can't figure out if you're doing the typing (key punching) or the watching.

clean and crazy said...

Nice walk down memory lane, my flash is posted tell me what you think

jadey said...

What a great piece. Fond memories for some. Well G my 55 is up and ready to be read. I hope you have a great fun filled fantabulous weekend.

Mary said...

I've never had a cherry phosphate. And as far as the instructions go, I can handle not bending, folding or mutilating, but spindling I may not be able to resist.

I didn't quite make a 55 today. Oh well.

Poetry Sue said...

Finally!! my second FF55!! I love yours G-man!!

buffalodick said...

Kids learn a keyboard before they learn how to write these days...

Mama Zen said...

Very cool! I love the "five and dime" reference.

Evening said...

I love to read your 55!!

AND THAT PICTURE YOU POSTED THURSDAY...AWESOME!!! There is something about a Harley and a man in Black leather....Mmmmmm.

Have a good weekend. Enjoy the spring like days.
xo

Lou said...

I tried this for the 1st time, hope I did it right! my blog
Subdural Flow (http://brokenheartedmom.blogspot.com)

BTW, I'm in what used to be the Motor City. I see you are in what used to be Buick City.

Your 55 was sooo cute!

Donnetta Lee said...

Oh, I remember the typewriter and the carbon paper. What a mess! Very nostalgic.

Mine is up!! D

Mona said...

Is that how it was back then?

Galen I have seen an old Olivetti at my mom's place , but never used it...

Linda - Nickers and Ink said...

funny.


THE GOAD NOT TAKEN

citizen of the world said...

A cherry phosphate. Okay.

I was just talking with someone about the trials of using a typewriter rather than a PC.

Eaton Bennett said...

Oh thank goodness someone invented computers...I remember carbon paper, YUK! Aannd what is "cherry phosphate", sounds like an illegal concoction. Hope you're having a great Friday G-Man. :))

my 55

Pam said...

I'm in.
I've got to try the 55.

Peter (Worldman): said...

Hello,

Dr. John brought me over to you. I like the Flash 55 thing. I will, in the future try to do them. And also come back an visit your blog frequently.

myrtle beached whale said...

Better late than never.

Scott W said...

My first Friday 55 is over here:

http://sippiambrose.blogspot.com/2009/04/friday-55.html

I couldn't get it to accept my html.

S said...

We've come a long way, baby!

have a good weekend, Gman!

KB said...

Carbon copy paper I remember well. NIGHTMARE.

I didn't do a 55 but have something in mind for next one.

G-Man said...

Thanks everyone for making this weeks Friday Flash 55 one of the most successful ones yet. There's a lot of talent out there...
You Guys Rock!!!
Galen

ciara said...

believe it or not, i still remember carbon paper. what a pain in the ass! lol it seems like in our 'early days' things sound more simple even if we had to deal w carbon paper :)

no flash fiction this week as you might have noticed. i was on vacation this week.