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Even more things that no longer exist

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 4, 2011 in Middle Age

Television listings It used to be that a list of the next week’s television programming came in an insert in the Saturday paper. That way, you could see what movies and special programs were on the roster and you could effectively plan your entertainment for the next seven days. The TV listings were useful even [...]

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My acting career: Part 1

Posted by Marlinee on Nov 25, 2011 in Middle Age

A while ago, my mother sent me a stack of programs from plays from high school that apparently I was in. I have absolutely no recollection of most of them, which may be selective amnesia. Even before a Theatre Arts course was introduced, we always had a drama club in school. One of my year [...]

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CBC radio: the soundtrack of my life

Posted by Marlinee on Nov 3, 2011 in Middle Age

Except for late at night, when mysteriously we could pull in top 40 stations from Buffalo or Detroit, or in the car on the way up the valley, when it was possible to dial in the local country music station, when I was growing up in Deep River we could listen to CBC radio or [...]

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Raised on CBC

Posted by Marlinee on Nov 2, 2011 in Middle Age

The CBC has truly been a fixture in my life, although many times it resembled a hideous chandelier. When I was young, the ubiquity of the CBC was more necessity than choice. The mandate of the national network is to be available anywhere, regardless of how far flung, with the result that those of us [...]

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Give us an ‘M’

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 21, 2011 in Middle Age

Back in the day, cheerleaders were the epitome of the high school in-crowd. For some misguided reason, when we were in Grade 10 my friend Angela and I decided to try out for the cheerleading squad. Neither of us weighed 100 pounds soaking wet, nor could we be described as someone who would nicely fill [...]

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Louis and me

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 11, 2011 in Middle Age

One of my high school friends died suddenly last week. Apparently he was relaxing in his backyard with a beer close by and a cigarette in his hand when his heart called it quits. Although it’s tragic that he died at 56, an age that seems very young when you are on the wrong side [...]

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More jobs that no longer exist

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 3, 2011 in Middle Age, Work

The TV repair man In 1954, only 55% of households in North America had a television. By 1960, it was up to 85%. We did have a television in 1960, but when we moved to Deep River we had to wait a few years for the magic of the television signal to make its presence [...]

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Jobs that no longer exist

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 9, 2011 in Work

The Milkman The milkman used to come every week and leave us glass bottles with a cardboard tab on the top. When you were finished with a bottle, you left it out on the step to be picked up when the milkman returned. If for some bizarre reason you didn’t want milk, you put a [...]

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More reasons why I should never have survived childhood

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 17, 2011 in Middle Age

Birthday Parties The 1960s birthday party was a mine field of childhood hazards. Peanut butter sandwiches were a major feature on the standard birthday party menu (and if your mother was particularly diligent, they were pinwheels made from white sandwich bread with grape jelly and a piece of banana in the middle). Or if you [...]

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Saskatoon, we’re proud to call you home.

Posted by Marlinee on Jan 12, 2011 in Work

I spent two winters in Saskatoon (the only time measure that depicts the full reality of the experience) because I got a job at the Saskatchewan Research Council that paid a ridiculous amount of money. I maintain that anyone can live anywhere for the right monetary reward, but usually after about a year you forget [...]

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