"Sixteen Candles" was popular when I turned sixteen and I thought the song was written for me. To celebrate, I planned a scavenger hunt that began at my house and proceeded with the invited guests running wildly throughout the neighborhood. It was quite memorable, and definitely different from earlier birthday parties.
|Hula hooping was a Fifties craze mastered by many - a few talented people even used multiple hoops and Daddy was no exception. I looked forward to his return from work each evening since he found time to play. He could do cart-wheels, stand on his head and made up mesmerizing stories about Bomba the Jungle Boy and his elephant friend, sometimes playing a bongo drum for special effects.|
|We were on a "party line" when living in DeRidder - the same phone number was assigned to several homes. Each phone was designated a certain number of rings, although one could never be sure how many on the party line were listening. I remember hearing the "click-click-click" signal that others had picked up the phone also. A pay phone booth was the best place for private phone conversations.|
|DeRidder and Beauregard Parish were considered "dry" - not referring to the weather here. After Friday night football games, high school boys piled in cars and drove to the nearest town where alcoholic beverages were sold - beer in particular. Don't know if their parents were aware of this practice or not.|