Re: Getting Ridiculous. OT
- From: "W. Leong" <wleong@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 13:02:28 -0400
"Joy" <joygaylord@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Most of us could get by with less than we now think we need. After all,
when I was growing up, there was no such thing as a personal computer or a
microwave. I guess there was air conditioning, but not in private homes,
unless the owners were rich. My family didn't own a TV until after I was
married, although my grandmother was given one as a retirement gift when I
was in high school. She lived around the corner from us, and we would go
over twice a week to watch a few shows. My husband and I didn't get a TV
until we'd been married for over six months.
I remember as a kid, we had no TV, phone, fridge, or washing machine.
The last three we got after I started junior high and the family finance
My parents didn't want the kids watching TV instead of doing our
homework, so no TV until I left home for college.
We never lived in a trailer, but our first apartment wasn't much bigger
one. My parents spent the first few years of their lives living in a
basement in the San Juaquin Valley (California). That's farming country,
and gets extremely hot in the summer and cold enough to freeze diapers on
the line in the winter. The basement had no utilities, not even running
water. In fact, it didn't even have a house on top of it. My Dad was
building the house, and they moved in when the basement was finished.
he finally finished the house, they sold it and moved to Los Angeles.
What part of Alaska did you live in, Jo? My mother and sister currently
live in Valdez. They moved there, along with my brother-in-law and niece,
when my mother, a native Californian, was 80.
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