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Sep 6, 2020 - 5:00:59 PM
3151 posts since 9/12/2016

I grew up in a small town where tearing up the property of others got your a%% whipped.The less talented lawmen, were rationed accordingly . Don't remember anyone caring about the color of a worker showing up to help the progress..I miss that old town.
The farmers coming to town on Saturdays.
The church bells galore
The floodwall
The square
The Coal yard

Sep 6, 2020 - 5:58:22 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17103 posts since 6/5/2008

We moved to the edge of a city where the prairie was literally 2 blocks from the house. As far as you could see. Cumberland Avenue was the edge of the civilized world. Last that I saw, the "edge" was fifteen miles east of there.

Sep 6, 2020 - 6:17:13 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

52846 posts since 10/5/2013

Lived a mile from Lake Ontario, a mile from the Welland Canal. Big lake ships, foghorns droning at night, fishing for perch off the pier, bicycling out through the cherry and peach orchards,, grape vineyards stretching out for miles. Backyard rinks in the winter where we played hockey til dark. Neighbourhood men would lay into you if you were misbehaving,, no law suits , just respect. ‘57 Fords , Buick Specials, Chev BelAirs.

Sep 6, 2020 - 6:48:21 PM
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Owen

Canada

6498 posts since 6/5/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

We moved to the edge of a city where the prairie was literally 2 blocks from the house. As far as you could see. Cumberland Avenue was the edge of the civilized world. Last that I saw, the "edge" was fifteen miles east of there.


Help me out here....Chuck, bubba, Paul, anybody.... isn't there a highway in Ontario [Peterborough? to Ottawa?] that divides the civilized from the uncivilized [or at least the couth from the uncouth]?

Sep 6, 2020 - 6:51:31 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

52846 posts since 10/5/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Owen
quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

We moved to the edge of a city where the prairie was literally 2 blocks from the house. As far as you could see. Cumberland Avenue was the edge of the civilized world. Last that I saw, the "edge" was fifteen miles east of there.


Help me out here....Chuck, bubba, Paul, anybody.... isn't there a highway in Ontario [Peterborough? to Ottawa?] that divides the civilized from the uncivilized [or at least the couth from the uncouth]?


Highway 7, Owen. Runs from Lake Huron to Ottawa.. north of that is eccentric snowbilly country. Not unlike your "north of Dauphin" country

Sep 6, 2020 - 6:56:32 PM
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Owen

Canada

6498 posts since 6/5/2011

Ouch!!  ...all the Ukrainians around Ethelbert, Pine River and Cowan aren't going to like that one bit!!   surprise

Sep 6, 2020 - 7:04:23 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

52846 posts since 10/5/2013

Aren’t perogies an eccentric food. ....?

Sep 6, 2020 - 7:18:23 PM
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Owen

Canada

6498 posts since 6/5/2011

...standard fare across a wide swath of the prairie provinces [and maybe even farther afield].... which reminds me.... probably no "in person" fall suppers this year.    &%$#&#! %&!!

Sep 6, 2020 - 7:19:08 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17103 posts since 6/5/2008

The divider is the Continental Divide which separates "them" from the best coast, the West Coast.

Sep 7, 2020 - 4:36:54 AM

Paul R

Canada

13204 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97
quote:
Originally posted by Owen
quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

We moved to the edge of a city where the prairie was literally 2 blocks from the house. As far as you could see. Cumberland Avenue was the edge of the civilized world. Last that I saw, the "edge" was fifteen miles east of there.


Help me out here....Chuck, bubba, Paul, anybody.... isn't there a highway in Ontario [Peterborough? to Ottawa?] that divides the civilized from the uncivilized [or at least the couth from the uncouth]?


Highway 7, Owen. Runs from Lake Huron to Ottawa.. north of that is eccentric snowbilly country. Not unlike your "north of Dauphin" country


When I moved to Toronto in '70, the joke was that Northern Ontario was anything north of Steeles Avenue. We'd say that when we heard this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=42&v=7JTy-GCfmvw&feature=emb_logo (I was at the concert. There was no tape machine on Neil's chair, just Neil.)

Sep 7, 2020 - 4:43:15 AM
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Paul R

Canada

13204 posts since 1/28/2010

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Originally posted by Owen

Ouch!!  ...all the Ukrainians around Ethelbert, Pine River and Cowan aren't going to like that one bit!!   surprise


Some people called our part of Toronto (Swansea, Bloor West Village BIA) "Uke Town". Others referred to it as "Puke Town" - Poles and Ukrainians. Pierogies were quite common.

The old folks died off and the young ones moved to Mississauga.

Edited by - Paul R on 09/07/2020 04:43:46

Sep 7, 2020 - 8:19:25 AM
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2162 posts since 2/10/2013

Wow. I guess many "Quebecois" don't use BHO. Probably too busy fiddling while accompanying themselves with that great footwork.

Sep 7, 2020 - 9:38:06 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

14263 posts since 9/27/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Owen
quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

We moved to the edge of a city where the prairie was literally 2 blocks from the house. As far as you could see. Cumberland Avenue was the edge of the civilized world. Last that I saw, the "edge" was fifteen miles east of there.


Help me out here....Chuck, bubba, Paul, anybody.... isn't there a highway in Ontario [Peterborough? to Ottawa?] that divides the civilized from the uncivilized [or at least the couth from the uncouth]?


Yept! Hwy.#7 Some of the first pioneers of Ontario moved there before the war of 1812. Some of my ancestors were from there. I was raised in Kingston Ontario also a short walk from Lake Ontario the Rideau river & the St.  Lawrence.

Spent all my summers at Grandpas rustic cottage 22 miles from town or staying at friends cottages in between Cub & Scout camps. Barefoot & bathin' suit all summer. Fishing, swimming & boating. Winter camping too.

There were local outdoor rinks within walking distance & a hill at the courthouse (not very big) for sliding.

I had a 54 paper route including our own house on my street. Knew all the neighbours & it worked out great for Halloween & when I was selling stuff for school or Scouts. Guaranteed customers!

I had a library card at 6 & would the 8 or 10 blocks there on my own. Mom said to watch out for guys with shaved heads, they could be escaped from the local Pen or Looney bin!

The population then was 59,000. Now it's a suburb of Toronto. Heh! Heh!

Sep 7, 2020 - 11:11:20 AM

bubbalouie

Canada

14263 posts since 9/27/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Richard Hauser

Wow. I guess many "Quebecois" don't use BHO. Probably too busy fiddling while accompanying themselves with that great footwork.


What I miss!? Somebody making fun of Pea Soupers ? PM me!

Sep 7, 2020 - 3:44:40 PM

2180 posts since 1/16/2010

Grand Prairie,TX in the 1980’s...cotton fields, corn, beans, cattle/horses, dirt roads...plenty of agriculture, industry, oil. Lakes, streams, wild animals, fishing, horse riding...It was a a great place to grow up.

Fast forward to present...ALL agriculture GONE. Apartments EVERYWHERE...
storefronts galore...highways/
biways/thruways/
turnpikes/ expressways, crime. Local industry GONE. Traffic out the ying-yang. Garbage in the streets. It’s a real let down what progress did to that town. I miss the old Grand Prairie. :(

Sep 7, 2020 - 4:42:55 PM

Owen

Canada

6498 posts since 6/5/2011

I get your drift, Dow, but this site https://www.gptx.org/about-us  says it's still a great place to grow up.  To wit:  "The City of Grand Prairie, Texas, offers relaxation, family fun, friendly neighbors and a smart place to live and do business."   devil 

Edit: The rural are where I grew up has gone the other way.... bigger/fewer farms, reduced pop. density, and towns have shrunk to villages or hamlets or in some cases virtually ghost towns, absorbed into the surrounding [rural] municipalities.

Edited by - Owen on 09/07/2020 16:46:40

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