I'm not quite as old as some of you (49), but a few of my friends & I were reminiscing about this topic last week. We decided that an entire summer's day was spent outside doing some combination of these activities:
setting up army men & then shooting them with BB guns
playing wiffle ball or indian ball
going into the woods & building a fort/treehouse
shooting off fireworks
team bottle rocket fights in the woods
fishing in the pond at the end of the street
Playing 4 Square
playing Jarts (remember them?)
swimming in the richer family's 4' above ground pool
walking up to the 7-11 for candy
walking to the nearby elementary school to hang out at the playground (and maybe smoke a cigarette or two!)
The only time we were ever indoors was for lunch, to do chores, or if it was ungodly hot and one of the mom's let us play pool in their basement. After dinner, it was back outside for more of the same, catching fireflies, or playing capture the flag until it was bath/bed time.
In some rural areas you can still do that. Has to be
in the middle of nowhere. Ever been thru Nebraska?
Most elevators in the 50's and into the 60's had operators.
I can't imagine a more boring job.
McD Hamburger + Fries + Soda cost less than 50c.
In 1965 a burger was a dime, fries were a dime, and a drink was a dime.
I used to get 4 burgers, 4 fries, and a large drink for under a dollar.