No neighborhood night game was started until “The Light” went out. The streetlight on the corner was mounted on a wooden telephone pole. A well-place karate kick (or what passed for karate)would rattle the pole and put out the light. It lasted for 30-45 minutes and then everyone would fight for the honor of being the next lamp unlighter. Neighborhood parents would yell at us to leave the light alone, which would last for about 5 minutes. For many years, long after we stopped playing street games, veterans would drive up, hop out of their cars and kick out the light, for old time’s sake.
i too remember going to a double feature on sunday’s after church with my friends in the mid 70’s. we used to sneak up to the balcony, since it was closed, and watch the movie from there. then we would throw candy at people below, usually the small round red ones(can’t remember what they were called). Soon after, we would see people yelling and/or fist fighting because they would blame someone else. we had a ball. ps we were only about 10 or 11 when we used to do this..
How about going to the movies on Saturday morning for 15 cents and spending a dime on JuJuBees. We spent the entire day in the movies, double features then and sat in the balcony and chucked wet JuJuBees at girls. A kid I new when I was ten went to a pet shop and bought 4 feeder mice and snuck them into the movies and let them loose. The mice had a field day as they ate dropped popcorn, candy and God knows whatever else was on the floor. Sometimes you could hear people scream as the mice crawled over a person’s shoes. It was great fun, at least for us.
I grew up in the Cincy area and would often go to Woolworth’s and Kresge’s and let all of the parakeets out. What a hoot! You could hear the old ladies (they were in they 30’s) screaming as we ran out the doors. I still have to resist the urge to free the parakeets whenever I see them in the malls and I’m over 50.
On more than one occasion I remember opening manhole covers in the middle of the street to look inside. We would see some water flowing at the bottom and “hope” to see some raw sewage floating by. (Boys will be boys) Of course some parent would happen to look out their window and find us doing it and either call our parents or come outside and tell us to put it back.