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Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 5th Decade in Fairfax County ()
Date: May 17, 2015 10:21AM

As one who's been in this county now spanning a time period of five decades, I miss my old county.

I miss the laid back ways of Fairfax County, the two lane roads, and stop signs v. lights, and other things, thanks to sprawl.

Sure, Fairfax County is still the best place (I think) in the World to live, and convenient to everything in the area. You want it, need it, or think about it, it's here.

But over the past 20 years, especially, it seems Fairfax County has been overrun by folks coming to the area, and unfortunately they have stayed - the good and the bad, overcrowding and taking away from the charm of the "Old Fairfax County" region.

So what do you miss most about this county?

And if you feel like giving away a gem or two, what do you still treasure about the county?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 5th Decade in Fairfax County ()
Date: May 17, 2015 10:25AM

I miss off roading in Springfield/Hayfield areas, bon fires in the woods and fields of what is now Crosspointe, dirt bike riding where GreenSpring is now situated, and parties along the railroad tracks, back when nobody cared...

CCCC and the 1/2 pipe, and some of the other ramps in the woods, elsewhere, were awesome times.

It must be tough to grow up in the area now, nothing to do outdoors, where NIMBY neighbors call 911 over the smallest gripes.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Kingstowne blows ()
Date: May 17, 2015 10:45AM

I remember motocrossing in all what is now Kingstowne. Landmark was an open dead mall, now it's a enclosed dead mall. Springfield mall was a grass field. Route one had a drive in theatre, which was replaced by a mega theatre, and now it's a Costco. FFX county police would stop and join us in a game of kickball or football in the street. They were designated quarterback for both teams. People spoke English, and new arrivals to the country tried hard to learn English. Now they just overran Arlington, falls church, and everything behind Springfield plaza and don't want to learn English. Etc etc...

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: UcymJ ()
Date: May 17, 2015 10:56AM

5th Decade in Fairfax County Wrote:
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> As one who's been in this county now spanning a
> time period of five decades, I miss my old
> county.
>
> I miss the laid back ways of Fairfax County, the
> two lane roads, and stop signs v. lights, and
> other things, thanks to sprawl.
>
> Sure, Fairfax County is still the best place (I
> think) in the World to live, and convenient to
> everything in the area. You want it, need it, or
> think about it, it's here.
>
> But over the past 20 years, especially, it seems
> Fairfax County has been overrun by folks coming to
> the area, and unfortunately they have stayed - the
> good and the bad, overcrowding and taking away
> from the charm of the "Old Fairfax County" region.
>
>
> So what do you miss most about this county?
>
> And if you feel like giving away a gem or two,
> what do you still treasure about the county?


If you move out to the middle of nowhere in the midwest, I'm sure you can experience the same joys for the next 5 decades.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Your high school girlfriend ()
Date: May 18, 2015 12:42PM

I miss:

- parties after football games at someone's house. Somehow, without cell phones, but by driving to the McDonald's parking lot we'd find out about a "rager" and then race off to find it. Half the fun was getting lost on the way or even stumbling onto another party or arriving just as the cops were!

- July 4th on the Mall with the Beach Boys. Drag a cooler full of beer or wine coolers (just gave away my age) and plop down on a beach towel. Share your booze with everyone around you who'd become your friends by dark.

- reservoir parties. Sneaking into Accotink or Burke Lake parks at night.

- toilet papering the houses of your most hated enemies and your secret crushes. Bonus points if you also drove around stealing For Sale signs and shopping carts to place in the front yard. Oh...and you couldn't buy any toilet paper, you'd steal it that night...from hotels, restaurants, gas stations...

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Ol Lady ()
Date: May 18, 2015 12:49PM

School sponsored swim parties. Last day of school in sixth grade, our teachers and principals walked with us to the swim club where we spent the entire day. Best field trip ever.

You knew and respected your teachers and they truly cared about you! In high school, I missed the bus to a downtown field trip and another teacher knew I was upset that she drove me, in her own car...all the way to DC to catch up with my class! No call home, no big deal.

Teachers regularly had kids over to their house for a semi related school activity - cooking French cuisine with the French teacher, or picnic and a Shakespeare movie with english teacher.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: ol LHSer ()
Date: May 18, 2015 12:55PM

Your high school girlfriend Wrote:
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> I miss:
>
> - parties after football games at someone's house.
> Somehow, without cell phones, but by driving to
> the McDonald's parking lot we'd find out about a
> "rager" and then race off to find it. Half the
> fun was getting lost on the way or even stumbling
> onto another party or arriving just as the cops
> were!
>
> - July 4th on the Mall with the Beach Boys. Drag
> a cooler full of beer or wine coolers (just gave
> away my age) and plop down on a beach towel.
> Share your booze with everyone around you who'd
> become your friends by dark.
>
> - reservoir parties. Sneaking into Accotink or
> Burke Lake parks at night.
>
> - toilet papering the houses of your most hated
> enemies and your secret crushes. Bonus points if
> you also drove around stealing For Sale signs and
> shopping carts to place in the front yard.
> Oh...and you couldn't buy any toilet paper, you'd
> steal it that night...from hotels, restaurants,
> gas stations...


Coolers on the mall...I'd say that was circa 84 or 85.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: EXHSGF ()
Date: May 18, 2015 12:59PM

ol LHSer Wrote:
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> Your high school girlfriend Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I miss:
> >
> > - parties after football games at someone's
> house.
> > Somehow, without cell phones, but by driving
> to
> > the McDonald's parking lot we'd find out about
> a
> > "rager" and then race off to find it. Half the
> > fun was getting lost on the way or even



> stumbling
> > onto another party or arriving just as the cops
> > were!
> >
> > - July 4th on the Mall with the Beach Boys.
> Drag
> > a cooler full of beer or wine coolers (just
> gave
> > away my age) and plop down on a beach towel.
> > Share your booze with everyone around you who'd
> > become your friends by dark.
> >
> > - reservoir parties. Sneaking into Accotink or
> > Burke Lake parks at night.
> >
> > - toilet papering the houses of your most
> hated
> > enemies and your secret crushes. Bonus points
> if
> > you also drove around stealing For Sale signs
> and
> > shopping carts to place in the front yard.
> > Oh...and you couldn't buy any toilet paper,
> you'd
> > steal it that night...from hotels, restaurants,
> > gas stations...
>
>
> Coolers on the mall...I'd say that was circa 84 or
> 85.

You got it! Summer of 84! I believe you were wearing Jams, Vaurnets and a Sunshine House tee shirt...or was it black OP shorts and a baseball shirt, that you later took off? Guys walked around shirtless all the time. God, I miss those days!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Gerrymanderer2 ()
Date: May 18, 2015 01:36PM

Oldtards, don't get me wrong, sounds like a fantastic time period but the 90's had you beat.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Arnie H. ()
Date: May 18, 2015 01:45PM

I miss what they used to call "Open House Night" at the local elementary schools for our kids.
Now it's welcome to the white students on "International Open House Night".

The Hispanics, Indians, and the Asians sadly have taken over Fairfax County. It was much nicer some 20 years ago.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 5th Decade in Fairfax County ()
Date: May 18, 2015 01:49PM

Yep, I remember all those!!

McDonald's parking lot on Rolling in West Springfield was one of the spots. The lower lot, of course.

I remember a TP'ing of a house in burke which was epic of the day. Two guys and probably 30+ rolls of paper. The statute of limitations is probably over by now, that was around 1985, I seem to recall ;)

Beach Boys last concert was fun, until someone started chucking the "empties". Duck!!!

The roller rink down by Rose hill was interesting, and of course, so were the folks from the Edison/Lee end of town. Catching a drag race on Franconia Rd. or Old Keene Mill was fun, but the better spots were less random, but a better race.

But of course, as much fun as all that was, nothing beats the ladies of the 80s. Especially their hair and 6" tall bangs. So hot!



Your high school girlfriend Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> I miss:
>
> - parties after football games at someone's house.
> Somehow, without cell phones, but by driving to
> the McDonald's parking lot we'd find out about a
> "rager" and then race off to find it. Half the
> fun was getting lost on the way or even stumbling
> onto another party or arriving just as the cops
> were!
>
> - July 4th on the Mall with the Beach Boys. Drag
> a cooler full of beer or wine coolers (just gave
> away my age) and plop down on a beach towel.
> Share your booze with everyone around you who'd
> become your friends by dark.
>
> - reservoir parties. Sneaking into Accotink or
> Burke Lake parks at night.
>
> - toilet papering the houses of your most hated
> enemies and your secret crushes. Bonus points if
> you also drove around stealing For Sale signs and
> shopping carts to place in the front yard.
> Oh...and you couldn't buy any toilet paper, you'd
> steal it that night...from hotels, restaurants,
> gas stations...

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: EXHSGF ()
Date: May 18, 2015 02:17PM

I also miss knowing kids who grew up on farms and hanging out at their houses!

I've posted about this before, but my entire second grade class had our year end party at a classmate's farm somewhere near where greenspring village is now. We got to pet horses, see pigs, open the door to the old outhouse, run through the fields. Such a great experience for this suburban girl.

I went to school with relatives of the original, colonial-era settlers of Fairfax County and I'll drop names; Buddington, Hall, Pettit, Dodson, Deavers. I think many of these families sold to developers or were pushed out.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 5th Decade in Fairfax County ()
Date: May 18, 2015 02:24PM

Gerrymanderer2 Wrote:
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> Oldtards, don't get me wrong, sounds like a
> fantastic time period but the 90's had you beat.


Are you trolling, or just plain stupid? You are too young if being a kid in the 90s, to have been influenced by lead paint. Maybe your chinese toys were lead-based?

Anyways, the 1990s began the decline of Fairfax County and served as the dividing line between developers and progress. That was before the parkway, before the mass of infill development, and certainly before most working class neighborhoods became the cesspools they are today.

But I figure you are trolling. And probably jealous you didn't experience life in the county before the 1990s.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: WSHS class of 1985 ()
Date: May 18, 2015 02:42PM

Summertime in fairfax county 1970s


Fans and air conditioners running on high
Using the oven to bake apple pie
Countless puffy clouds in the sky
Kites flying up so high

Youth"s playing baseball in a sportsman like way
Orange sunsets at the end of the day
Under a shade tree the children would play
.
.
.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: hmmmmmm ()
Date: May 18, 2015 03:22PM

WSHS class of 1985 Wrote:
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> Summertime in fairfax county 1970s
>
>
> Fans and air conditioners running on high
> Using the oven to bake apple pie
> Countless puffy clouds in the sky
> Kites flying up so high
>
> Youth"s playing baseball in a sportsman like way
> Orange sunsets at the end of the day
> Under a shade tree the children would play
> .
> .

This poem is really quite gay.
> .

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: good ol republican ()
Date: May 18, 2015 03:39PM

5th Decade in Fairfax County Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> As one who's been in this county now spanning a
> time period of five decades, I miss my old
> county.
>
> I miss the laid back ways of Fairfax County, the
> two lane roads, and stop signs v. lights, and
> other things, thanks to sprawl.
>
> Sure, Fairfax County is still the best place (I
> think) in the World to live, and convenient to
> everything in the area. You want it, need it, or
> think about it, it's here.
>
> But over the past 20 years, especially, it seems
> Fairfax County has been overrun by folks coming to
> the area, and unfortunately they have stayed - the
> good and the bad, overcrowding and taking away
> from the charm of the "Old Fairfax County" region.
>
>
> So what do you miss most about this county?
>
> And if you feel like giving away a gem or two,
> what do you still treasure about the county?

I miss the good ol days when you could say the n-word out in public without libtards calling you a racist and I miss being able to bully queers and call the faggots without all the PC crap. things were a lot better back then.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Open Borders Democrat ()
Date: May 18, 2015 04:22PM

> I miss the good ol days when you could say the
> n-word out in public without libtards calling you
> a racist and I miss being able to bully queers and
> call the faggots without all the PC crap. things
> were a lot better back then.


I hated it back then. I had to pay workers a fair wage for their work and blue collar whiteboy shitheads had a great quality of life.

Paying a brown person slave wages while simultaneously destroying middle and working class communities is where it's at!

Me and my developer buddies are doing great. Enjoy the traffic and your Section 8 neighborinos. Viva Fairfax 2015!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Fairfax Since 1957 ()
Date: May 18, 2015 06:36PM

Here are a few things I miss: Full service gas at Crown Gas station, Putting dish soap in the fountain at Crown Gas Station, Super 29 Drive In, No Drive Thru at McDonalds, Ice Cream cones at Highs, Drug Fair, Trak Auto, Robertson's 5 & 10 cent store, Belle Aire auto parts, The Green Dolphin, Hunters Lodge and Virginia City, and Manassas was on another planet

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: What A Shame ()
Date: May 18, 2015 06:41PM

The magic of Annandale football. Quaint upper-middle class exclusively white neighborhood whose football teams packed the stands every Friday night. What a way to spend a Friday night!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Que? ()
Date: May 18, 2015 07:25PM

White people. I miss white people

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Mint Julep ()
Date: May 18, 2015 07:31PM

I miss sitting on the porch on a warm summer evening, moon in the sky, and a gentle breeze carrying the sounds of negroes singing down by the slave quarters. Now *those* were the days of Fairfax's Golden Age. Darkies weren't so uppity then.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Robinson Class of 86 ()
Date: May 18, 2015 07:46PM

I miss the miles and miles of woods, creeks and farms. My parents bought a house in new subdivision called "Brecon Ridge" off Braddock in the early 70s, life was great as a little kid, I remember how wide the streets were and how you could go deep into the woods for hours. The end of Prestwick drive backed up to woods and you could spend all day with your friends in them and miles back you reached an old farm where the owner would wave hi as he saw you run by. During my teenage years me and my friends would sneak onto the Fairfax Country Club golf course and get so drunk at night, back then the cops wouldnt care. Oak View ES and Robinson were awesome, starting varsity linebacker for the Rams!!!

Small changes began to occur in the late 80s with the North Hill community across from the golf course, then the old farm at the end of the woods was sold to NV Homes and became a pool of homes.

Man oh man do I miss those days. Living in Burke is great and all but I hate how my kids are at Lake Braddock, I remember trucking into those tiny LB linebackers on friday night football games...ahh those were the days

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Homer ()
Date: May 18, 2015 07:47PM

Mint Julep wrote:

"I miss sitting on the porch on a warm summer evening, moon in the sky, and a gentle breeze carrying the sounds of negroes singing down by the slave quarters. Now *those* were the days of Fairfax's Golden Age."

Actually, you are very, very, close. Here's how one former slave remembers it:


"but in them days niggers kept their houses clean and their door yards too. These houses where they lived was called ‘the quarters’. I used to love to walk down by that row of houses. It looked like a town and late of an evening as you’d go by the doors you could smell meat a frying, coffee making and good things cooking."

Oh the horrors!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: RoboLinebacker ()
Date: May 18, 2015 07:51PM

Robinson Class of 86 Wrote:
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> I miss the miles and miles of woods, creeks and
> farms. My parents bought a house in new
> subdivision called "Brecon Ridge" off Braddock in
> the early 70s, life was great as a little kid, I
> remember how wide the streets were and how you
> could go deep into the woods for hours. The end of
> Prestwick drive backed up to woods and you could
> spend all day with your friends in them and miles
> back you reached an old farm where the owner would
> wave hi as he saw you run by. During my teenage
> years me and my friends would sneak onto the
> Fairfax Country Club golf course and get so drunk
> at night, back then the cops wouldnt care. Oak
> View ES and Robinson were awesome, starting
> varsity linebacker for the Rams!!!
>
> Small changes began to occur in the late 80s with
> the North Hill community across from the golf
> course, then the old farm at the end of the woods
> was sold to NV Homes and became a pool of homes.
>
> Man oh man do I miss those days. Living in Burke
> is great and all but I hate how my kids are at
> Lake Braddock, I remember trucking into those tiny
> LB linebackers on friday night football
> games...ahh those were the days

WOAH ITS A SMALL WORLD!!

I was a Ram linebacker too although I was class of 1983, Lake Braddock kids were so small. Oh boy "golf course parties" were such a blast.

I know what area your talking about. Still pretty nice but yea most of the farms are gone.

I loved Robinson days. Too bad im getting ready to move to Loudoun.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: george of the jungle ()
Date: May 18, 2015 08:15PM

hmmmmmm Wrote:
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> WSHS class of 1985 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Summertime in fairfax county 1970s
> >
> >
> > Fans and air conditioners running on high
> > Using the oven to bake apple pie
> > Countless puffy clouds in the sky
> > Kites flying up so high
> >
> > Youth"s playing baseball in a sportsman like
> way
> > Orange sunsets at the end of the day
> > Under a shade tree the children would play
> > .
> > .
>
> This poem is really quite gay.
> > .


That is a blast from the past from a old time Fairfax kid. It was published in the washington post and they didn't realise that the poem said FUCK YOU!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Mosby's Rangers ()
Date: May 18, 2015 09:09PM

Confederate Flag Day.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: SPEAR CHUKR PHIL ()
Date: May 18, 2015 09:13PM

English speaking people in Annandale, Christ what happened!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 73287663777 ()
Date: May 18, 2015 09:59PM

I went to Greenbriar East ES back in the mid to late 1970's. Everybody's mom was at home and all the kids lived near the school, so if it was going to rain in the afternoon while the kids were walking home Mr. Driver would send all the kids home a couple hours early. Just close school early because of rain. Can you imagine?

When I got to Chantilly there was still the senior smoking court, and the kids on the government field trip to Washington DC were given a couple hours in Georgetown (where the drinking age was 18) to go out and get loaded. They were explicitly told, though, not to get so drunk that they'd throw up on the bus on the ride home. I missed all that fun, but I heard about it.

As a 11 or 12 year old I would walk from Greenbriar to Fair Oaks Mall, walking through nothing but woods all along Route 50. I remember going fishing out on the Shenandoah, and after you went through the traffic light at Centreville Road there was nothing until you got to Aldie. Floor it and just cruise along.

In fact, at that intersection at 50 and C'ville Road there was an old truck repair shop and at the end of the day the mechanics would drag out a TV, flip over some buckets, and have a few beers while they watched TV outside the shop. It was right where Anita's is today.

I think half of Chantilly HS lost its virginity over in the Westfields development after they put the roads in and before they built the buildings.

What do I really miss? Space, fewer people, old overgrown roads. Cruising around with friends after school. Everything wasn't jam-packed together and going a mile a minute.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: glory days at LBSS ()
Date: May 18, 2015 10:18PM

Robinson Class of 86 Wrote:
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> I miss the miles and miles of woods, creeks and
> farms. My parents bought a house in new
> subdivision called "Brecon Ridge" off Braddock in
> the early 70s, life was great as a little kid, I
> remember how wide the streets were and how you
> could go deep into the woods for hours. The end of
> Prestwick drive backed up to woods and you could
> spend all day with your friends in them and miles
> back you reached an old farm where the owner would
> wave hi as he saw you run by. During my teenage
> years me and my friends would sneak onto the
> Fairfax Country Club golf course and get so drunk
> at night, back then the cops wouldnt care. Oak
> View ES and Robinson were awesome, starting
> varsity linebacker for the Rams!!!
>
> Small changes began to occur in the late 80s with
> the North Hill community across from the golf
> course, then the old farm at the end of the woods
> was sold to NV Homes and became a pool of homes.
>
> Man oh man do I miss those days. Living in Burke
> is great and all but I hate how my kids are at
> Lake Braddock, I remember trucking into those tiny
> LB linebackers on friday night football
> games...ahh those were the days

You played Linebacker, yet you remember trucking into "tiny LB linebackers"?

What kind of defense were the rams running?

I remember the LB linebackers from that time as kind of big...

Chris Sterns, 6'5" or something like that played O and D line at Uva, Jeff Nowick (or something like that) walked on at Va Tech and played, and Craig Murdock (or something like that) full ride to Uva.

They also had a quick RB who went to Duke...maybe instead of trucking into LB linebackers from your linebacker spot, he would have been a good guy to tackle.

Are we talking the same "glory days"?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: backpack camper ()
Date: May 18, 2015 10:19PM

Camping at Fountain Head Lake during the winter, enjoying the rope swing and jumping off Jacobs Rock in the summertime. The park Rangers were cool when they busted us drinking beer, they said just pack our trash out, or burn it.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Springfield Girl ()
Date: May 18, 2015 10:21PM

I miss my lazy Saturday mornings...up kind of early, downstairs to the family room to watch THE only tv and try to catch Bob McAllister's Wonderama and then back to back cartoons like Looney Tunes, then Kroft Superstars, Wonder Twins Power Hour, culminating with Land of the Lost and finally (I think) Wonder Woman or Isis and Shazam!

Then, fueled with bowls of Cap'n Crunch, it would be time to run outside and play in the woods and climb trees. Maybe ride my Schwin banana seat bike around the neighborhood and see who was around or put on my roller skates (red/white/blue with metal wheels and blue laces) and skate around.

Around dinner, we'd play kickball in the court or kick the can. Take a break for dinner, then when it got dark, we'd play flashlight tag or light fireworks (everyone had a stash) or throw poppers.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Gail Force ()
Date: May 18, 2015 10:28PM

Brandon Avenue, downtown Springfield. I remember being to be allowed to sit and watch Little League baseball games behind the medical building while my mom was at inside a doctor appointment. Free babysitting and entertainment. Now someone would call the cops!

My orthodontist (Wallert and Rosenberg) were there as well as my dentist, Dr. Trapp. I was always very interested in the very 60s-modern optometrist office right in the lobby of the building. It was there for decades.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 5th Decade in Fairfax County ()
Date: May 18, 2015 10:32PM

73287663777 Wrote:
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>
> In fact, at that intersection at 50 and C'ville
> Road there was an old truck repair shop and at the
> end of the day the mechanics would drag out a TV,
> flip over some buckets, and have a few beers while
> they watched TV outside the shop. It was right
> where Anita's is today.
>
> I think half of Chantilly HS lost its virginity
> over in the Westfields development after they put
> the roads in and before they built the buildings.
>
> What do I really miss? Space, fewer people, old
> overgrown roads. Cruising around with friends
> after school. Everything wasn't jam-packed
> together and going a mile a minute.


Street racing ended once the buildings went up in Westfields. The roads were put in place, but before the buildings went up, it was wide open.
Of course, the road adjacent to the Pepsi Plant, Stonecroft Blvd., was great for racing, and same w/ US 50 at Concraft, which is now abandoned.

Those were good times, but by the early 90s, it was all over.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 5th Decade in Fairfax County ()
Date: May 18, 2015 10:35PM

Springfield Girl Wrote:
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>
>
>
> Then, fueled with bowls of Cap'n Crunch, it would
> be time to run outside and play in the woods and
> climb trees. Maybe ride my Schwin banana seat
> bike around the neighborhood and see who was
> around or put on my roller skates (red/white/blue
> with metal wheels and blue laces) and skate
> around.
>
> Around dinner, we'd play kickball in the court or
> kick the can. Take a break for dinner, then when
> it got dark, we'd play flashlight tag or light
> fireworks (everyone had a stash) or throw poppers.


Now you're talking! Flashlight tag was awesome! And the best houses to hide around often had cable TV back then! Back in the early - mid 80s, when Media General was new, and the homes with CATV were rare. Hide for an hour and watch CATV.

Kickball in the cul de sac was great. Now, hit a house w/ a kickball and one would probably go to jail.

Thanks for the memories!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: old footballer ()
Date: May 18, 2015 10:52PM

Not so old Fairfax County, late 70's early 80's.

There were many fewer high schools back then...remember the epic football battles between Ft Hunt and Mt V, (both went to sates, Mt V won) Annandale high was nat'l champs in the late 70's.

Waking up Saturday morning and getting several pages of Friday's games in the paper.

Drinking age 18.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: May 18, 2015 11:13PM

hmmmmmm Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> WSHS class of 1985 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Summertime in fairfax county 1970s
> >
> >
> > Fans and air conditioners running on high
> > Using the oven to bake apple pie
> > Countless puffy clouds in the sky
> > Kites flying up so high
> >
> > Youth"s playing baseball in a sportsman like
> way
> > Orange sunsets at the end of the day
> > Under a shade tree the children would play
> > .
> > .
>
> This poem is really quite gay.
> > .

yea it’s stupid

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Date: May 18, 2015 11:40PM

I miss the days at e when the most beautiful girl in the class of 73 I ever saw was there, back in the early 70's



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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: lkejhergy ()
Date: May 18, 2015 11:51PM

I miss that Ffx Co used to be primarily locals. Now it's filled with every self-important piece of shit who moved here for work as well as with people from other countries who can't drive worth shit and who speak every language except for English

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: America the great has faded away ()
Date: May 18, 2015 11:58PM

I graduated in 1987 in fairfax county. Things started to slide around 1990. Fairfax, Prince William and other surrounding counties are now a violent, crime and gang infested third world shit hole. How sad

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: fIFTY yEARS IN fAIRFAX ()
Date: May 19, 2015 03:50AM

I MISS Those days. Does anyone remember the Cowboy village off Beulah road? My dad used to drive thru it with us in the car when we were little kids. It seemed to be an old leftover movie stage - just the fronts of buildings - set up to look like an old wild west town. It was across from the Pits where people used to party and drive dirt bikes...past Nalls and where Island Creek is now.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Edison Girl ()
Date: May 19, 2015 03:56AM

Moved to Fairfax county way back when it was just an old dirt road (now Franconia road). My dad would let us buy candy at The Franconia Hardware store, which is now Paradisio Restaurant. Franconia Pizza was owned by Vic & Ramsey who went to Edison HS with us all. Great times hanging out in the parking lot there. We would also track thru the woods for hours, and play flashlight tag well into the night. Every kid in the neighborhood would be out there playing. Parties were crazy fun.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: VICKI ()
Date: May 19, 2015 04:19AM

I remember the love of my life "RANDY" back in the day at Thomas Jefferson High School before it became the whiz kid school it is now. We had the best of times, never got over him

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Gruntled ()
Date: May 19, 2015 07:22AM

I miss:

The doctor's office at the top of the hill where Huntington Metro now is

The vacant lot where they had a carnival every year, now a Metro parking lot

Enough trees to count as "the woods"

The RELIABLE AB&W buses

The county master plan before Jack Herrity destroyed it

A supermarket (Acme) within walking distance

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: sledhead ()
Date: May 19, 2015 07:29AM

Sledding on Pinecrest Golf course.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: danbury forest ()
Date: May 19, 2015 08:00AM

george of the jungle Wrote:
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> hmmmmmm Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > WSHS class of 1985 Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Summertime in fairfax county 1970s
> > >
> > >
> > > Fans and air conditioners running on high
> > > Using the oven to bake apple pie
> > > Countless puffy clouds in the sky
> > > Kites flying up so high
> > >
> > > Youth"s playing baseball in a sportsman like
> > way
> > > Orange sunsets at the end of the day
> > > Under a shade tree the children would play
> > > .
> > > .
> >
> > This poem is really quite gay.
> > > .
>
>
> That is a blast from the past from a old time
> Fairfax kid. It was published in the washington
> post and they didn't realise that the poem said
> FUCK YOU!

It was in the mini page lol.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: K9ctG ()
Date: May 19, 2015 08:18AM

Was in my old stomping grounds of Mount Vernon yesterday.

Sure do miss the good times there.

Pretty much everywhere I looked yesterday it was nothing but hispanics or some other fucked up 3 World shithole person now sucking off the teet of America!

Definitely not staying here for retirement. Only in this area because of the awesome fucking paying job I have. Once I retirement........I'M OUTTA HERE!!!!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: dhLUN ()
Date: May 19, 2015 12:00PM

Does anyone remember the pits across 123 from tysons corner. We used to ride our dirt bikes there.

How about the parties we used to have on the grounds where Medowlark Gardens is now. We used to pull into the field throw open the van doors and party, skinny dip in the ponds and tear up some pussy.

Remember the Howard Johnsons at Fairfax Circle and the woods that became Circle Towers?

Or how about the RCA dog on Lee Highway?

Fairfax drugs that became the DMV. I got my drivers permit there.

Fairfax Chrysler Plymoth? Bought my first car there.


Nip

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: WTpwC ()
Date: May 19, 2015 12:06PM


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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Northeast Liberal Transplant ()
Date: May 19, 2015 12:15PM

Your base, uncooth childhood/young adult memories are as hackneyed and jejune as a re-run of 'The Waltons'.

Thanks to the influence of my brother and sister northeast liberal transplants, Fairfax County is now a somewhat modern, sophisticated, and desirable place to live.

You’re welcome.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: OHS Old Timer ()
Date: May 19, 2015 01:52PM

I think of this practically every day, as I'm sitting in traffic. I miss all the open space and actually having semi-wild places to explore, as a kid in the '60s and '70s. Hard to believe today, but my friends and I used to ride our horses from Oakton up to Great Falls, following what is now the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail, known to us as a creek. And never once in all our trail riding did we see a deer, there weren't any. And nobody minded if you cut across their pasture or through the back edge of their yards, there were trails all over the place, and a horse was a great way to get around for kids too young to drive. From high school, I miss driving around with my friends on weekends, looking for parties, pooling our spare change to buy gas, thinking nothing of heading to Middleburg or further if one of our favorite local bands was playing somewhere, because there was no traffic so traveling 25 miles took half an hour. I miss field parties and bonfires and sledding parties on land that is now covered in generic 6,500 sq. ft. McMansions. Northern Virginia was still very much on the edge of being in the country, which made it such a perfect place to grow up.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Racist Ray. ()
Date: May 19, 2015 02:10PM

I miss all the white people

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: local... ()
Date: May 19, 2015 04:31PM

Right there with all of y'all, hell, on that note, remember when folks from here still y'all led like folks still do in the rest of the Commonwealth? If I hear one more "yuns" from some carpetbagger PA bastard I'm gonna... But I digress, yeah it's changed so much here and not for the betterment of the locals but for the transplants, be they native born or otherwise. Folks that ain't from here and having grown up here I hate to say it but "back on the day" just don't fucking get it. We did a lot of cool shit all over the county and beyond. Partied our assess off and grew up. Yeah, just like my kids say when they bitch about nothing to do, so did we and we had a lot less options. Then we called some friends, got some party materials, and headed out to any one of many cool hangout spots, built a fire, blasted some tunes and had fun. Different world.

I miss the different way of life.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Date: May 19, 2015 04:38PM

OHS Old Timer Wrote:
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> I miss field parties and bonfires and sledding parties on land that is now
> covered in generic 6,500 sq. ft. McMansions.

IMHO, I like McMansions, most prominently in design. Sure, some of them are cookie-cutter, but they are really big and full of everything.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Northeast Transplant Idiot ()
Date: May 19, 2015 05:18PM

Northeast Liberal Transplant wrote:

"Your base, uncooth childhood/young adult memories are as hackneyed and jejune as a re-run of 'The Waltons'.

Thanks to the influence of my brother and sister northeast liberal transplants, Fairfax County is now a somewhat modern, sophisticated, and desirable place to live.

You’re welcome."


What a moron. He postures as an erudite bon vivant, then misspells "uncouth". Just another vulgar, rootless, miscreant carpetbagger.


welcome to Dixie. Don't stay long.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 88802390809 ()
Date: May 19, 2015 05:23PM

I remember Appalachian Outfitters in Oakton, filled with honest to God hikers and folks who really knew their stuff. Those wood floors creaking and sagging and how they'd rent out tents and sleeping bags.

Hunter Hardware in Centreville. Those guys knew EVERYTHING and could tell you how to fix anything at all. If for some reason they were a least bit unsure they'd get on the phone and call a cousin or relative who was an honest to God plumber or electrician and ask him. All for a $4 part. Amazing service.

I dimly remember Partners II and the Hunters Lodge between Fairfax and Centreville. I remember my mother wrinkling her nose and getting all disgusted by them, which probably means they were pretty wild and a good time.

Payne's in Centreville was a massive disappointment. Reeked of smoke and had all the trappings of a good greasy spoon, but had really awful food. Man, was it ever bad. I ate there two or three times as a starving high school student and always came away shaking my head like "Really, that's what they're serving?!?" Not surprised at all when that place folded.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Burke Lake ()
Date: May 19, 2015 05:39PM

Remember when those retards set fire to Fort Hunt High School? December of 1978 if I am recalling correctly.

One of the guys that torched the place had a dad that was a U.S. Army General.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Fish and Chips ()
Date: May 19, 2015 06:10PM

I miss Arthur Treachers Fish and Chips. Here are the locations I remember:

RT 1 Alexandria near Beacon Hill
Rose Hill Shopping Center off of Franconia Road
Annandale near Backlick Road and RT 236
Fairfax Circle near Blake Lane

Any more in Fairfax County?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Starvin fuckin Marvins ()
Date: May 19, 2015 06:48PM

White people making a killer sub or pizza after doing ten bonghits from your Tokemaster Executive after drag racing the family car at the Grass Tracks off Edsal Rd, The was a tunnel under 395.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: NippleChuck ()
Date: May 19, 2015 07:20PM

^^^
+1000 Starvin Marvin's ruled!!!!

Nip

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: I have lots of these ()
Date: May 19, 2015 07:35PM

1983-1984

Mister Donuts occupied the space where T-Mobile is in Fairfax City (Kamp Washington), behind the Penguin Feather.

Penguin Feather had signs in its parking lot saying, "Do not park in Mister Donuts parking lot, they will tow you."

Meanwhile, the neon sign for Mister Donuts was usually half out, so that, in bright lights, it would advertise "ster nuts".

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Hayfield Alum ()
Date: May 19, 2015 07:43PM

County cops who told you to just drive home slowly after getting pulled over for drunk driving--and being 17 yo! Happened on Telegraph Rd in 1979.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Renee from Lee ()
Date: May 19, 2015 09:38PM

I miss dirt roads that led to more dirt roads. Great fun to cruise down a long, dark dirt road and park with my high school boyfriend. I guess I was a cheap date cuz I loved the thrill of it all. We'd only get caught if you told friends of your secret parking spot. Started to change when more housing developments were going in and it seemed like they'd be a security guard living in a camper at site.

I miss birthday parties at Shakeys, buying toys at Juvenile Sales, going to Geno's and Burger Chef. All gone now

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Old Parker of dirt roads ()
Date: May 19, 2015 09:47PM

OK I'll go first, Used to four wheel in the woods behind Springfield Mall, and also about where the Kingstowne Giant is, and if that spot was taken my next spot was where the ToyS R Us is.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: kMFtc ()
Date: May 19, 2015 10:11PM

Ollie's Trolley, Jack In The Box, Burger King Cruising Nights, Loehmann's Plaza Cruising and hanging out, Street Racing, Tysons Pits, Hectors Pizza, Village House Ice Rink, Tysons Ice Rink, Geno's, RCA Dog and Johnson Auto Body in Merrifield, Junk Yard in Falls Church next to VA Concrete run by a really cool black guy, properties condemned and torn down before I-66 was built, Tysons was one level with the birds cages, small engine parts store near I-66 & Lee Highway, W Bell, hanging out in parking lots drinking beers and cops would not hassle you, no 267/Dulles Toll Road, riding the Carousel at Great Falls pre 1972.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Old Goat ()
Date: May 19, 2015 10:50PM

Plane rides with my mom and dad and my dad's best friend who was one of the owners of Washington VA Airport at Bailey's. Remember flying over the Sunset Drive-in while we were landing and they were playing Last Tango in Paris.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Cornholio ()
Date: May 19, 2015 10:52PM

Springfield Girl Wrote:
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> I miss my lazy Saturday mornings...up kind of
> early, downstairs to the family room to watch THE
> only tv and try to catch Bob McAllister's
> Wonderama and then back to back cartoons like
> Looney Tunes, then Kroft Superstars, Wonder Twins
> Power Hour, culminating with Land of the Lost and
> finally (I think) Wonder Woman or Isis and Shazam!
>
>
> Then, fueled with bowls of Cap'n Crunch, it would
> be time to run outside and play in the woods and
> climb trees. Maybe ride my Schwin banana seat
> bike around the neighborhood and see who was
> around or put on my roller skates (red/white/blue
> with metal wheels and blue laces) and skate
> around.
>
> Around dinner, we'd play kickball in the court or
> kick the can. Take a break for dinner, then when
> it got dark, we'd play flashlight tag or light
> fireworks (everyone had a stash) or throw poppers.

Holy shit, that sounds like my childhood......

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: May 19, 2015 10:54PM

Renee from Lee Wrote:
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> I miss dirt roads that led to more dirt roads.
> Great fun to cruise down a long, dark dirt road
> and park with my high school boyfriend. I guess I
> was a cheap date cuz I loved the thrill of it all.
> We'd only get caught if you told friends of your
> secret parking spot. Started to change when more
> housing developments were going in and it seemed
> like they'd be a security guard living in a camper
> at site.
>
> I miss birthday parties at Shakeys, buying toys at
> Juvenile Sales, going to Geno's and Burger Chef.
> All gone now

How many boyfriends and streets was that, did you say?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Hungry for it ()
Date: May 20, 2015 03:26AM

OMG Burger Chef on Franconia road...loved it!!!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: It's True ()
Date: May 20, 2015 07:20AM

Hayfield Alum Wrote:
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> County cops who told you to just drive home slowly
> after getting pulled over for drunk driving--and
> being 17 yo! Happened on Telegraph Rd in 1979.


Ha! The only 2 times I've ever been pulled over and just given a warning were both after I'd been drinking. I admitted I'd had a couple and both times the officers said I seemed fine and sent me on my way without a ticket. of course this happened roughly 25 and 30 years ago.

The thing I miss most though is the trees. Every time I go somewhere I haven't been in a while there's less trees and more fucking ugly buildings, and with those new buildings more BMW driving douche bags.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: NipNotSignedIn ()
Date: May 20, 2015 07:27AM

kMFtc Wrote:
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> Ollie's Trolley, Jack In The Box, Burger King
> Cruising Nights, Loehmann's Plaza Cruising and
> hanging out, Street Racing, Tysons Pits, Hectors
> Pizza, Village House Ice Rink, Tysons Ice Rink,
> Geno's, RCA Dog and Johnson Auto Body in
> Merrifield, Junk Yard in Falls Church next to VA
> Concrete run by a really cool black guy,
> properties condemned and torn down before I-66 was
> built, Tysons was one level with the birds cages,
> small engine parts store near I-66 & Lee Highway,
> W Bell, hanging out in parking lots drinking beers
> and cops would not hassle you, no 267/Dulles Toll
> Road, riding the Carousel at Great Falls pre 1972.

^^^^
Yes to this.

Lawyers Road was a gravel road, no Reston, frams on Rt.7, # Chefs, Hot Shops, Alexandria Roller Rink, saw Led Zepplin there, Danny Gatton playing the D.C. circuit and roaming our neighborhood early on summer mornings and fishing in Mosby Woods pond.

Nip

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: True The Vote ! ()
Date: May 20, 2015 07:38AM

Timber Lake. I remember first going there with family in 66, last time was about 1982.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Gruntled ()
Date: May 20, 2015 11:41AM

Reading the responses reminded me of some other stuff I miss.

I miss Penn Daw Pizza -- cheap, generous with the cheese, and fast.

I miss the Variety Center (we always called it the "dime store") that used to be within walking distance (I think it may still exist, but moved out of my neighborhood over to Sherwood Hall).

I miss the High's store -- 7-11 just doesn't have the same variety of ice cream.

I miss the IGA grocery store at the bottom of the hill.

I am lucky that there is still an actual barber shop in my neighborhood, so that I don't have to go to a "hair stylist". Sending me to a hair stylist is like patching Microsoft Vista, or dousing a flaming pile of feces.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: XjLtw ()
Date: May 20, 2015 12:22PM

I miss the country roads and the people; who may still live here but are few and far between all the other faces in this exploding population of foreigners. And NO that doesn't make me a racist. Dumbasses.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: You're old, too. ()
Date: May 20, 2015 12:31PM

XjLtw Wrote:
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> I miss the country roads and the people; who may
> still live here but are few and far between all
> the other faces in this exploding population of
> foreigners. And NO that doesn't make me a racist.
> Dumbasses.

It makes you a xenophobe: one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin.

Oh, and old. You're old, too.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: How old are you people? ()
Date: May 20, 2015 12:34PM

NipNotSignedIn Wrote:
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> Lawyers Road was a gravel road

How old are you people?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: $$ Richy Rich $$ ()
Date: May 20, 2015 12:38PM

How old are you people? Wrote:
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> NipNotSignedIn Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Lawyers Road was a gravel road
>
> How old are you people?


Real old - But we have money.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: When was Layers Rd. paved? 1950? ()
Date: May 20, 2015 12:40PM

$$ Richy Rich $$ Wrote:
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> Real old - But we have money.

When was Layers Rd. paved? 1950?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: NipNotSignedIn ()
Date: May 20, 2015 02:20PM

In the early 70s Lawyers Rd. was gravel all the way to the Virginia Gentleman Distillery. Reston was in the process of being built and If memory serves the WO&D still ran and commuter trains used the track as well. Yes old enough to remember.

Nip

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: NipNotSignedIn ()
Date: May 20, 2015 02:23PM

How old are you people? Wrote:
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> NipNotSignedIn Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Lawyers Road was a gravel road
>
> How old are you people?


Kid I moved to the area in 1962. Mosby Woods was still being built only about half the houses were finished. 66 was just getting started and the beltway was 2 lanes in each direction and not yet complete. No Dulles airport either. Oh and no Metro DC still has street cars at the time.

When I went to 7th gread I was bussed from Mosby Woods to Luther Jackson as it was the first year of it's desegragation. Hows that for old?

Nip

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: SayAgain ()
Date: May 20, 2015 02:59PM

Used to ride dirt bikes next to a paved Lawyers Road in 74 - 75. Recall gravel when they converted the one lane bridge to two lanes. I thought Sunset Hills Road terminated at the Virginia Gentleman Distillery. Then again, I went to Penguin Feathers, so I could be confused.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: LBSS 80 ()
Date: May 20, 2015 04:02PM

Drag racing on what would eventually become Burke Centre Parkway. Got my dad's 70 Olds Cutlass up to 110! Getting high during school in the smoking lounge.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Geezerville, Pop. = YOU ()
Date: May 20, 2015 04:20PM

NipNotSignedIn Wrote:
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> When I went to 7th gread I was bussed from Mosby
> Woods to Luther Jackson as it was the first year
> of it's desegragation. Hows that for old?

That'd make you 61-63.

As long as you still have your health...

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: kaps ()
Date: May 20, 2015 04:25PM

Sunset Hills ended at the distillery...which was Reston Avenue. Reston Parkway wasn't built yet. When they started construction, they built a 'temporary road' from Reston Ave for construction crew to work on the new Parkway. The name stuck when they finished.

I remember driving in and out of Reston...West Ox Road, with the houses right on the road and one particular porch that seemed to stick out like you would hit it.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Bruins98 ()
Date: May 20, 2015 07:11PM

Bullfeathers (on King St. now O'Connell's), Hechingers (my first job), T.T. Reynolds (downtown Fairfax City), Roy Rogers, Lee-Jackson Day.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: NippleChuck ()
Date: May 20, 2015 07:30PM

I'm 59. Moved to the area in 62 when I was 7 yeas old. I've raised 2 families of kids here. Moved to Vienna in 73/74. The area has changes a lot. Yes Geezerville for sure :0)

Nip

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: SPEAR CHUKR PHIL ()
Date: May 20, 2015 07:48PM

Bow hunting deer on the Lorton prison property.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: beltway pizza ()
Date: May 20, 2015 07:58PM

NippleChuck Wrote:
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> ^^^
> +1000 Starvin Marvin's ruled!!!!
>
> Nip
>
> Edited to add


The same guys that owned Starvin Marvin also owned Hungry Herman over in College park. Both places had great food.
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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Rat Killer ()
Date: May 20, 2015 08:21PM

Old Goat Wrote:
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> Plane rides with my mom and dad and my dad's best
> friend who was one of the owners of Washington VA
> Airport at Bailey's. Remember flying over the
> Sunset Drive-in while we were landing and they
> were playing Last Tango in Paris.

I worked at Sunset Drive in for a while in High School. Remember shooting rats there with a pellet gun.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Harry Palmer ()
Date: May 20, 2015 09:24PM

Bruins98 Wrote:
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> Bullfeathers (on King St. now O'Connell's),
> Hechingers (my first job), T.T. Reynolds (downtown
> Fairfax City), Roy Rogers, Lee-Jackson Day.


I remember when T.T. Reynolds was the Wayne Feed Store(Purina)

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: vJvVh ()
Date: May 20, 2015 10:38PM

I remember when Tyson's Corner Center was THE mall - there was no need to distinguish between I and II. It was 1 floor until the late 80's (or around there) and the anchors were Hecht's and Woody's. It had a Post Office in the bottom and a shitty movie theater right next to it, and you could get your latest duds at Britches Great Outdoors. And there was a Hot Shoppes, but I cannot remember where it was. I think Britches was in the space the Telsa now has, or very close.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Mallory Keaton ()
Date: May 20, 2015 10:43PM

My favorite stores are all gone now!

Garfinkel's (modeled prom gowns there for in store fashion show)

Units (didn't last long - mix and match cotton tee shirt material clothes)

Susie's Casuals

Cedar Post (it's an attitude...Cedar Post)

5-7-9 Store (that was the name and the only sizes that store carried. Back in the 80s, those were small, teenager sizes. I couldn't wait to finally be a size 5 and be able to buy clothes there)

Gunne Sax - for Homecoming dresses

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: XjLtw A Gain ()
Date: May 20, 2015 11:15PM

You're old, too. Wrote:
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> XjLtw Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I miss the country roads and the people; who
> may
> > still live here but are few and far between all
> > the other faces in this exploding population of
> > foreigners. And NO that doesn't make me a
> racist.
> > Dumbasses.
>
> It makes you a xenophobe: one unduly fearful of
> what is foreign and especially of people of
> foreign origin.
>
> Oh, and old. You're old, too.

Good word but NO. I didn’t say I was afraid of anyone, I just miss understanding people. You know, like “having an understanding”. A way of life that is just understood without words. A culture. It’s not racist. I don’t fault anyone for wanting to be with “their people”. It’s a feeling of home. That’s what I miss. A feeling of being home in a community with an understanding.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Foreigners/transplants moved in ()
Date: May 21, 2015 11:29AM

XjLtw A Gain Wrote:
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> I just miss understanding people. You
> know, like “having an understanding”. A way
> of life that is just understood without words. A
> culture..It’s a feeling of home. That’s what I miss.
> A feeling of being home in a community with an
> understanding.

I am not sure that I understand how/why you lost that feeling of community (or how/why it lost you) over the years. When the community of people around you started to change, foreigners & transplants moved in & the old guard left or died off, did you embrace the newcomers, learn about them, teach them about you? As the change continued & accelerated, did you further withdraw?

I think that having that sense of community, that feeling of home, is all about getting to know people, learing how they are similar to you and how they are different.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: from here ()
Date: May 21, 2015 11:49AM

Foreigners/transplants moved in Wrote:
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> XjLtw A Gain Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I just miss understanding people. You
> > know, like “having an understanding”. A
> way
> > of life that is just understood without words.

>
> I think that having that sense of community, that
> feeling of home, is all about getting to know
> people, learing how they are similar to you and
> how they are different.

I think that's easy to say, but when your Neighbors suddenly become all foreign born - Asian, Russians, Hispanic, etc - and they pretty much don't assimilate at all culturally, it does feel like we lost something. Maybe their kids will assimilate well, but an big percentage of people are foreign born right now. Maybe in 20 or 30 years it will be different.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Can't assimilate alone ()
Date: May 21, 2015 12:30PM

from here Wrote:
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> Foreigners/transplants moved in Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > XjLtw A Gain Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > I just miss understanding people. You
> > > know, like “having an understanding”. A
> > way
> > > of life that is just understood without
> words.
>
> >
> > I think that having that sense of community,
> that
> > feeling of home, is all about getting to know
> > people, learing how they are similar to you and
> > how they are different.
>
> I think that's easy to say, but when your
> Neighbors suddenly become all foreign born -
> Asian, Russians, Hispanic, etc - and they pretty
> much don't assimilate at all culturally, it does
> feel like we lost something.

If the 'legacy' residents don't reach out to welcome their new foreign-born neighbors and teach them what’s what, how are they supposed to 'assimilate'? Through osmosis?

When your only response to newcomers to you town, street, or block, is 'tsk, tsk, tsk' and close the blinds, you've created your own loss.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Huey ()
Date: May 21, 2015 01:23PM

As long as those foreign-born neighbors refuse to learn to speak English, there is no way to reach out to them, not that they want that to begin with. They just want to create their own little foreign world right here. Example - Annandale.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: XjLtw A Gain and again ()
Date: May 21, 2015 01:41PM

Can't assimilate alone Wrote:
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> from here Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Foreigners/transplants moved in Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > XjLtw A Gain Wrote:
> > >
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> >
> > > -----
> > > > I just miss understanding people. You
> > > > know, like “having an understanding”.
> A
> > > way
> > > > of life that is just understood without
> > words.
> >
> > >
> > > I think that having that sense of community,
> > that
> > > feeling of home, is all about getting to know
> > > people, learing how they are similar to you
> and
> > > how they are different.
> >
> > I think that's easy to say, but when your
> > Neighbors suddenly become all foreign born -
> > Asian, Russians, Hispanic, etc - and they
> pretty
> > much don't assimilate at all culturally, it
> does
> > feel like we lost something.
>
> If the 'legacy' residents don't reach out to
> welcome their new foreign-born neighbors and teach
> them what’s what, how are they supposed to
> 'assimilate'? Through osmosis?
>
> When your only response to newcomers to you town,
> street, or block, is 'tsk, tsk, tsk' and close the
> blinds, you've created your own loss.

For the record, Americans have always been a welcoming people. You're here, aren't you? It's not a matter of being neighborly or helping foreigners assimilate to our culture. We have been inundated by foreigners of every kind. The area has been overtaken. It is not the same place and never will be again. So, you can stop pointing the finger at us. We've lost it. It isn't ours anymore. Find some other group to point your finger at for the way it is. Maybe yourself.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Reap what you sow. ()
Date: May 21, 2015 01:42PM

Huey Wrote:
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> As long as those foreign-born neighbors refuse to
> learn to speak English, there is no way to reach
> out to them, not that they want that to begin
> with. They just want to create their own little
> foreign world right here. Example - Annandale.

How do you know that they "refuse to learn to speak English"? What makes you think that they don't already know how to speak English? Is it because you only hear them speak their native tongues?

It sounds as though there's an awful lot of judgment of the new neighbors going on and very little of it comes from interaction with them.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: YnhvL ()
Date: May 21, 2015 02:12PM

The issue is there's been too many foreigners coming into America too rapidly over the years .. which gives them less reason to assimulate b/c they move in with each other or next door to each other and build their own communities which are literally function with the culture of their country -- Yes annandale is the Korea Town on the East Coast .. it is a perfect example of this.

People here are not racist, they just miss American culture, traditions and values, which are hard to find now in any suburb of a major city.

I remember driving to Springfield Mall .. I was living in MD, then, but it seemed like I was going way out in the countryside to get there.

I miss lighting off M-80s as a 10 year old, the smell of gasoline from reving muscle cars fixed with those double barrel carburetors, leaving the house doors unlocked all day, hearing Don McLean's American Pie on the radio, the days when kids could be out all day by themselves until sunset and not having a care in the world.

When I retire I'll be moving out West, probably AZ. There are tons of white people and OLD American culture outside of Phoenix.
I visited there last year and had culture shock. I hadn't seen so many white people since the 70s.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Whatever makes you happy. ()
Date: May 21, 2015 02:42PM

YnhvL Wrote:
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> The issue is there's been too many foreigners
> coming into America too rapidly over the years ..
> which gives them less reason to assimulate b/c
> they move in with each other or next door to each
> other and build their own communities which are
> literally function with the culture of their
> country -- Yes annandale is the Korea Town on the
> East Coast .. it is a perfect example of this.

The immigrants who came through Ellis Island did the same thing. The Italians, Jews, Poles, Germans, etc. all lived in separate ethnic/cultural ghettos. How were they able to assimilate?

> People here are not racist, they just miss
> American culture, traditions and values, which are
> hard to find now in any suburb of a major city.
>
> I remember driving to Springfield Mall .. I was
> living in MD, then, but it seemed like I was going
> way out in the countryside to get there.
>
> I miss lighting off M-80s as a 10 year old

That's just plain dangerous. It was then and is now.

> I miss...the days when kids
> could be out all day by themselves until sunset
> and not having a care in the world.

Unfortunately, it is the information age that has killed off childhood freedom. There are not any more or greater dangers for children now than there were then. It's that parents are bombarded with stories about abductions and such that makes them absolutely paranoid to let their children out of their sight or some structured environment. It's very sad.

> When I retire I'll be moving out West, probably
> AZ. There are tons of white people and OLD
> American culture outside of Phoenix.
> I visited there last year and had culture shock.
> I hadn't seen so many white people since the 70s.

Lots and LOTS of Hispanic folks out that way, too, but whatever makes you happy.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Berdhuis ()
Date: May 21, 2015 03:15PM

Ha, cool topic...

Bunch of us skinny dipping at Hunter Mill Swim and Racquet pool midnight, and not getting busted by the cop who watched for several minutes, because we "didn't trash the deck furniture."

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: k7PPY ()
Date: May 21, 2015 03:18PM

Whatever makes you happy. Wrote:
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> YnhvL Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > The issue is there's been too many foreigners
> > coming into America too rapidly over the years
> ..
> > which gives them less reason to assimulate b/c
> > they move in with each other or next door to
> each
> > other and build their own communities which are
> > literally function with the culture of their
> > country -- Yes annandale is the Korea Town on
> the
> > East Coast .. it is a perfect example of this.
>
> The immigrants who came through Ellis Island did
> the same thing. The Italians, Jews, Poles,
> Germans, etc. all lived in separate
> ethnic/cultural ghettos. How were they able to
> assimilate?
>
> > People here are not racist, they just miss
> > American culture, traditions and values, which
> are
> > hard to find now in any suburb of a major city.
> >
> > I remember driving to Springfield Mall .. I was
> > living in MD, then, but it seemed like I was
> going
> > way out in the countryside to get there.
> >
> > I miss lighting off M-80s as a 10 year old
>
> That's just plain dangerous. It was then and is
> now.
>
> > I miss...the days when kids
> > could be out all day by themselves until sunset
> > and not having a care in the world.
>
> Unfortunately, it is the information age that has
> killed off childhood freedom. There are not any
> more or greater dangers for children now than
> there were then. It's that parents are bombarded
> with stories about abductions and such that makes
> them absolutely paranoid to let their children out
> of their sight or some structured environment.
> It's very sad.
>
> > When I retire I'll be moving out West, probably
> > AZ. There are tons of white people and OLD
> > American culture outside of Phoenix.
> > I visited there last year and had culture shock.
>
> > I hadn't seen so many white people since the
> 70s.
>
> Lots and LOTS of Hispanic folks out that way, too,
> but whatever makes you happy.

Oh not you again! You make me want to vomit.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 5th Decade in Fairfax County ()
Date: May 21, 2015 03:25PM

Berdhuis Wrote:
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> Ha, cool topic...


Glad you and others are enjoying the topic (or most of it...)

Another of my favorite things about this county, but could've been anywhere in the era, was building tree houses/forts/etc. from construction remnants during the 1980s boom of building.


Other things I miss, are old Pohick Rd, which used to run from 123 (Ox Rd) to US-1. That was before the Fairfax County Parkway divided-up that part of the county. Don't get me wrong, the Parkway is great, but I do miss old Pohick.

What else can be missed? I covered the bonfires, 4 wheeling, and dirt bike riding.

The old 7-11 in Burke was cool. It was an old house, converted to 7-11 at the corner of Burke Lake rd and Burke rd, where the post office now sits.

And who could forget waiting on the train to make it through Burke! Either over Burke Lake Rd or Guinea. The Guinea Rd. tire circle was fun. A pile of tires to divert traffic around the circle. This was near the intersection of Zion. Part of the old crossing is behind the Target.

Once the overpasses went in, I think around 1987 or 1988, the neglected areas were great to hang out on weekends. Nobody went back there anymore...

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: But I'm so very fond of yoU? ()
Date: May 21, 2015 03:27PM

k7PPY Wrote:
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> Oh not you again! You make me want to vomit.

But I'm so very, very fond of you!

Hug?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: say again ()
Date: May 21, 2015 09:30PM

When Oakton was remote enough to hear Whip-poor-wills at dusk.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Harry Baughs ()
Date: May 21, 2015 10:08PM

Bar J's Chili - Lorton on RT 1

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: YorktownHS 72 ()
Date: May 21, 2015 11:01PM

When you could see the new Tyson's Corner Shopping Center down Rt. 123 from McLean.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Cutlass Supreme ()
Date: May 21, 2015 11:11PM

LBSS 80 Wrote:
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> Drag racing on what would eventually become Burke
> Centre Parkway. Got my dad's 70 Olds Cutlass up
> to 110! Getting high during school in the smoking
> lounge.


Yep. I also remember when the bulldozers came in and cleared a small area that would be the parking lot of what's now WalMart - the first hint of Burke Centre construction to come.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: May 21, 2015 11:24PM

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: perth court ()
Date: May 22, 2015 04:57AM

Grew up in Kings park and we hung out at Royal pool. The kids that went to Parliament pool were a bunch of punks. Royal pool ruled while on the other hand Parliament pool sucked.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: AnnandaleHSAtoms9394champs ()
Date: May 22, 2015 10:51AM

I was just happy to see the Annandale references! My jr & sr yr of high school 93/94 94/95 had the best pep rallies, we had the most money collected even as freshman...great sponsors! Our prom was like free b/c we had so much money saved up.
And of course the Atoms won the state championships those 2 years.

Happy 20 yr anniversary class of 1995!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 5th Decade in Fairfax County ()
Date: May 22, 2015 11:20AM

Cutlass Supreme Wrote:
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> LBSS 80 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Drag racing on what would eventually become
> Burke
> > Centre Parkway. Got my dad's 70 Olds Cutlass
> up
> > to 110! Getting high during school in the
> smoking
> > lounge.
>
>
> Yep. I also remember when the bulldozers came in
> and cleared a small area that would be the parking
> lot of what's now WalMart - the first hint of
> Burke Centre construction to come.


Burke Centre McDonalds was originally built w/ a farm like decor. Lots of farm pics.

Of course, the one on Rolling had dirt bike theme, especially at the two HUGE 8 person booths they had (or maybe they were for 6? Anyways, those booths sat over top of what is now the stairwell to go to the basement of McD's on Rolling.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Very Old Timer ()
Date: May 23, 2015 01:57AM

The feel of 1972. Even tho I was a young kid, I remember Warner Wolf reporting on the World Chess Championship and the excitement of Watergate. Goes back a long, long way.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: movin out ()
Date: May 23, 2015 06:17AM

Can't assimilate alone Wrote:
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> from here Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Foreigners/transplants moved in Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > XjLtw A Gain Wrote:
> > >
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> >
> > > -----
> > > > I just miss understanding people. You
> > > > know, like “having an understanding”.
> A
> > > way
> > > > of life that is just understood without
> > words.
> >
> > >
> > > I think that having that sense of community,
> > that
> > > feeling of home, is all about getting to know
> > > people, learing how they are similar to you
> and
> > > how they are different.
> >
> > I think that's easy to say, but when your
> > Neighbors suddenly become all foreign born -
> > Asian, Russians, Hispanic, etc - and they
> pretty
> > much don't assimilate at all culturally, it
> does
> > feel like we lost something.
>
> If the 'legacy' residents don't reach out to
> welcome their new foreign-born neighbors and teach
> them what’s what, how are they supposed to
> 'assimilate'? Through osmosis?
>
> When your only response to newcomers to you town,
> street, or block, is 'tsk, tsk, tsk' and close the
> blinds, you've created your own loss.

So how do I do that with my new Asian neighbors? Drop by and say the following?

- We live in a wooded community - you might want to think twice about clear cutting your lot
- While you are clear cutting your lot, it's important to know where your property ends, so you don't cut down neighbors trees
- We generally mow our lawn once a week around here
- Do you see anyone else growing vegetables on their front walk?

If I said any of those things, I'd be branded racist or xenophobic. Better to shake my head and not say a word.

And I just sold my house to another foriegn-born, so I don't have to look at it anymore.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Followin Soon ()
Date: May 23, 2015 01:30PM

The diversity crowd is winning with propaganda. Never saw anything like it, except Goebels in Nazi Germany.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Run away! Run away! ()
Date: May 23, 2015 09:59PM

movin out Wrote:
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> > When your only response to newcomers to you
> town,
> > street, or block, is 'tsk, tsk, tsk' and close
> the
> > blinds, you've created your own loss.
>
> So how do I do that with my new Asian neighbors?
> Drop by and say the following?
>
> - We live in a wooded community - you might want
> to think twice about clear cutting your lot
> - While you are clear cutting your lot, it's
> important to know where your property ends, so you
> don't cut down neighbors trees
> - We generally mow our lawn once a week around
> here
> - Do you see anyone else growing vegetables on
> their front walk?
>
> If I said any of those things, I'd be branded
> racist or xenophobic. Better to shake my head and
> not say a word.
>
> And I just sold my house to another foriegn-born,
> so I don't have to look at it anymore.

Run away! Run away! lol.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: ffxescapee ()
Date: May 25, 2015 10:23PM

done left....ffx was great for many years. left in 13 feeling like a minority in my own town.

was a business owner/operator for many years in ffx. when the time was right couldn't wait to get out. no more 5 digit prop tax for my home/ 6 digit for my biz, not much in return. no more chaos wherever one goes. living in the valley and wishing I had made that move 20 years ago.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Long Time Ago ()
Date: May 26, 2015 05:18PM

The old Ed's Bait and Tackle

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: White Flight ()
Date: May 26, 2015 05:41PM

White flight is real. VERY VERY REAL.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Not Chico....The Man ()
Date: May 28, 2015 09:42AM

Open space. I miss open space: mostly empty parking lots at the A&P and Dart Drug. Four-lane Route 50 with no traffic on it. Real homes with a yard - not these shitty townhouses that are piled on one another. 7-11's that didn't have 15 men standing around waiting to do day labor. 7-11's used to be about riding your bicycle up there and buying a Slurpee and candy and playing pinball for hours. And I miss white people.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Sillary clit ()
Date: May 29, 2015 02:54PM

I miss driving drunk and not getting text messages all the time.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: local... ()
Date: April 15, 2016 08:13PM

Swiping from the Keebler and RC facilities on Port Royal rd back in the late seventies... Cookies, sodas and then return the bottles for some unearned dinero. Kid stuff.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: NippleChuck ()
Date: April 15, 2016 08:26PM

I miss the Pits at Tysons Corner. I miss fishing in Mosby Woods Pond. I miss Lesley French's humongous tits.

Nip

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Dave T. ()
Date: April 15, 2016 09:41PM

Super TV

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Pontiac 1 ()
Date: April 15, 2016 10:49PM

America the great is fading away.

I've been saying it for years

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: topcat ()
Date: April 16, 2016 12:25AM

The Pits at Tysons was the best. Rode my Suzuki 125 there all the time. Bought it at the dealer in Annandale. Crossed Rt.7 to get gas at the Crown station

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 4vbWU ()
Date: April 16, 2016 12:56PM

4vbWU

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Song sung blue ()
Date: April 17, 2016 09:01AM

Face it. The "old days" actually sucked. Nobody with a brain would want to go back.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: longtimer ()
Date: April 17, 2016 09:27AM

I remember the evening sock hops at the high school where you just showed up with your friends wearing jeans and a sweater and danced as a big group out on the floor. Guys would tap you on the shoulder and you would dance with them for a song or two. It was fun.

Now they have those right after school daytime middle school dances that just are not the same.

Farrell's and just the teen hang out atmosphere of Springfield Mall in particular. Back in the days when teens hanging out unsupervised was normal and expected...

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: April 17, 2016 09:39AM

Not Chico....The Man Wrote:
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> Open space. I miss open space: mostly empty
> parking lots at the A&P and Dart Drug. Four-lane
> Route 50 with no traffic on it. Real homes with a
> yard - not these shitty townhouses that are piled
> on one another. 7-11's that didn't have 15 men
> standing around waiting to do day labor. 7-11's
> used to be about riding your bicycle up there and
> buying a Slurpee and candy and playing pinball for
> hours. And I miss white people.


ditto

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: realtalker ()
Date: April 17, 2016 10:10AM

Going out somewhere and actually hearing English being spoken!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Petey Jones ()
Date: April 17, 2016 11:07AM

I remember being called colored back in Alexandria and afraid of going down Rt 1 where all the whiteys lived.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: PBR ice cold ()
Date: April 17, 2016 11:19AM

Petey Jones Wrote:
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> I remember being called colored back in Alexandria
> and afraid of going down Rt 1 where all the
> whiteys lived.


Do you remember The Fancy Dancer bar and grill on route 1 ?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Jack Herrity ()
Date: April 17, 2016 12:40PM

I remember when people were polite, courteous, and civil to each other. That seemed to end about 30 years ago as more assholes moved into the county from other areas and completely screwed everything up.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: McLean10 ()
Date: April 17, 2016 03:29PM

The old Tyson's Corner Mall. Jeans shopping at Up Against the Wall, window shopping at Georgetown Leather for what were seemingly good fashion choices at the time that we could not afford.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: vVyyp ()
Date: April 18, 2016 04:52PM

What does "good fashion choices" mean?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: b4Uhh ()
Date: April 21, 2016 06:37AM

Hayseeds with half their teeth missing?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: y6JDu ()
Date: April 21, 2016 09:15AM

I miss just walking to the mailbox or just down the street to get some fresh air and having a neighbor or 2 saying hello and calling me by name. They took the time to speak to me to get to know me, and I could trust them with a spare key if need be or give a cup of sugar, no problem. I could even walk with a beer in a cozie in my hand, no problem. There was always a neighbor outside working on his car or motorcycle and we'd shoot the shit about it.

Now, all I get is looks behind curtains and feeling like they are going to call the cops on me, just for having a beer while walking down the street on a sunny day. Sad thing is they are all asian and hispanic and dont even make an effort to come outside, I never see the adults outside (the kids do play together, I give them that!). I can't even change my oil without the HOA harassing me anymore, so I gave up on auto repairs.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: jPCvY ()
Date: April 21, 2016 09:22AM

I miss the good ole days where I could go anywhere in the County and not feel like I'm visiting some Third World shithole of a Country!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Centreville HOA President ()
Date: April 21, 2016 09:58AM

y6JDu Wrote:
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> I miss just walking to the mailbox or just down
> the street to get some fresh air and having a
> neighbor or 2 saying hello and calling me by name.
> They took the time to speak to me to get to know
> me, and I could trust them with a spare key if
> need be or give a cup of sugar, no problem. I
> could even walk with a beer in a cozie in my hand,
> no problem. There was always a neighbor outside
> working on his car or motorcycle and we'd shoot
> the shit about it.
>
> Now, all I get is looks behind curtains and
> feeling like they are going to call the cops on
> me, just for having a beer while walking down the
> street on a sunny day. Sad thing is they are all
> asian and hispanic and dont even make an effort to
> come outside, I never see the adults outside (the
> kids do play together, I give them that!). I can't
> even change my oil without the HOA harassing me
> anymore, so I gave up on auto repairs.


The rules and regulations of my HOA prohibit homeowners from doing auto repairs on their property for several reasons. The checking of air in the tires is fine, but getting into changing of oil, tune ups, and other repairs are prohibited to protect the neighborhood from blight, and the environment from toxic chemicals.

Each violation in my neighborhood that is managed by my HOA is a $250.00 fine plus a $75.00 process fee.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: iLester. ()
Date: April 21, 2016 10:35AM

I miss getting 20% off on internet bills for paying full in advance.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: I remember when ()
Date: April 21, 2016 02:58PM

I miss:

-- Hot summer days ending with a Mighty Mo at the Bailey's Crossroad's Hot Shoppes, and a banana split at Gifford's.

-- Seeing the Goodyear Blimp tethered at the Washington-Virginia Airport.

-- Dirt roads.

-- Neighbors who knew each other, and cared for one another.

-- Political discussions without the Thought Police.

-- Shoe stores where they measure your foot and bring out shoes for you to try on.

-- Seeing the Chrysler Turbine Car at Seven Corners Shopping Center.

-- Knowing the one person in the county who owned a Porsche.

-- Sighting a Cadillac was a rare event.

-- FCPD were just regular people. Might be your neighbor. Or belong to your church.

-- Hearing my native tongue spoken all over.

-- Roy Roger's Roast Beef.

-- O. Roy Chalk's estate on Annandale Road.

-- AB&W Transit.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: bikerino ()
Date: April 21, 2016 03:39PM

I miss when Loudoun County was out in the country and you wouldn't see cars until you got to Leesburg.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Harry Balz ()
Date: April 22, 2016 08:09AM

I miss whiteness. More and more nigs and spics here now, damn it's like PG County was twenty years ago. Like the nig at 7-11 this morning getting lottery tickets, then has to go back and get water and pay for it separately because lottery tickets are cash only. Then at the end this ghetto monkey asks if they sell Gulf Coast cigarettes. I wanted to ask him if it looked like south Chicago around here. Gettin there though.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Ole Gal ()
Date: April 22, 2016 12:53PM

Dirt roads

Abandoned houses or shacks that we could explore and pretend were haunted

Horses and chickens and small farms still around

Going into DC with friends just to have fun and explore and shop

Stores with salespeople who would really help you. I miss 579 and Susie's Casuals and Kinney and Hahns and Garfinckles and local dress stores where I could get something no one else wore.

I miss Zippers and Pants Corral and Gunne Sax.

I miss the cool old Chevrolet police cars and station wagons FCP had in the 80s.

I miss the cheesy and ugly Capital Centre with the weird roof and 70s design. Always felt like the headliners were slumming it and doing our area a huge favor byperforming there but we got some cool acts.

I miss the beach boys on the Mall on 7/4

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 5th Decade in Fairfax County ()
Date: April 22, 2016 01:25PM

Ole Gal Wrote:
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Thanks. Good times shown in your post. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Deport the dregs ()
Date: April 22, 2016 01:36PM

Harry Balz Wrote:
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> I miss whiteness.

Nobody misses white folk like you. Used to be a lot of useless dumb-ass honkies around these parts, but we drove them off the land. Praise the Lord! You can leave now too.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Spotted ()
Date: April 22, 2016 01:49PM

Deport the dregs Wrote:
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> Harry Balz Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I miss whiteness.
>
> Nobody misses white folk like you. Used to be a
> lot of useless dumb-ass honkies around these
> parts, but we drove them off the land. Praise the
> Lord! You can leave now too.


Nobody ever misses Assholes... like you.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Deport the dregs ()
Date: April 22, 2016 01:52PM

Fanboi is so easy to spot. And to abuse like the worthless lying no-account douchebag that he is.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: heymack ()
Date: April 22, 2016 02:09PM

The rural nature of the area in the 60's and 70's. The only traffic jams were rush hour on 95....everywhere else flowed nicely. You could go to any favorite restaurant on a Friday night and not have to wait 90 minutes for a table. As kids you could roam lots of farmland, and creeks and woods...driving dirt bikes through all of these areas.

Good drivers. I miss good drivers...seems that all the outsiders that have come to this area over the years have brought driving habits from their third world countries.

English as the only language. You could go to any gas station or 7-11 and understand what the fuck people were saying.

Being able to leave for the beach on a Friday afternoon and actually be hitting the bay bridge about 60 minutes after you left.

Nice cops. I don't know how many times cops pulled me over near my home on my way home and I was probably over the limit...I was close enough to home that they would let me go with a warning.

This place used to be American as apple pie, now it is a cross roads for refugees and socialist bureaucrats. Will not be here much longer.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Deport the dregs ()
Date: April 22, 2016 03:49PM

heymack Wrote:
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> Will not be here much longer.

Great to hear that! We look forward to the day!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Date: April 22, 2016 06:55PM

I miss the days when people did not complain about the county's current state and reminisce about what they were doing in the 70s.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: fArT4BrAinZ ()
Date: April 22, 2016 06:57PM

- dA rEaL fArTiAn - Wrote:
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> I miss the days when people did not complain about
> the county's current state and reminisce about
> what they were doing in the 70s.


^ I miss when we didn't have tards like this around.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Hmmm... ()
Date: April 22, 2016 07:14PM

Only scumbags pimp another poster's handle.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: May 21, 2016 03:57AM

Bon fires at Burke Lake Park.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Unit 8 ()
Date: May 21, 2016 09:32AM

Anyone remember that overpass on 495 not conceded to any streets?

I used it to get to the Golden Dome on Van Doran from Rosehill Drive. I would Piss on the cars that drove by.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Arthur Treacher ()
Date: May 21, 2016 05:53PM

Fish and Chips Wrote:
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> I miss Arthur Treachers Fish and Chips. Here are
> the locations I remember:
>
> RT 1 Alexandria near Beacon Hill
> Rose Hill Shopping Center off of Franconia Road
> Annandale near Backlick Road and RT 236
> Fairfax Circle near Blake Lane
>
> Any more in Fairfax County?

Backlick Rd in Springfield until the 80's. Was where the Five Guys is now.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Fishy Fingers ()
Date: May 21, 2016 08:32PM

Arthur Treacher Wrote:
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> Fish and Chips Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I miss Arthur Treachers Fish and Chips. Here
> are
> > the locations I remember:
> >
> > RT 1 Alexandria near Beacon Hill
> > Rose Hill Shopping Center off of Franconia Road
> > Annandale near Backlick Road and RT 236
> > Fairfax Circle near Blake Lane
> >
> > Any more in Fairfax County?
>
> Backlick Rd in Springfield until the 80's. Was
> where the Five Guys is now.


I miss the Arthur Treacher's that was in the Rose Hill Shopping Center.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Greybeard ()
Date: May 21, 2016 08:39PM

Unit 8 Wrote:
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> Anyone remember that overpass on 495 not conceded
> to any streets?
>
> I used it to get to the Golden Dome on Van Doran
> from Rosehill Drive. I would Piss on the cars that
> drove by.

"conceded"? "connected"??
"Van Doran"? Is that near Van Dorn?

Just sayin'...coherence isn't tricky.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: And the award goes to... ()
Date: May 21, 2016 08:48PM

NippleChuck Wrote:
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> I miss Lesley French's
> humongous tits.
>

Best answer.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Gran Torino ()
Date: May 22, 2016 05:32PM

I too miss the sound of my niggers singing their spirituals at night. That, and the fact that blacks were forced to work for a living. Now, it's the white taxpayers who are slaves to the lazy blacks.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Gran Prix ()
Date: May 22, 2016 05:38PM

Funny shit.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Colonel Howdy ()
Date: May 22, 2016 05:44PM

I miss:
Women who aren't obese cows.
Hitchhiking everywhere.
Free love and sex without worries.
Getting on a plane without first going through a strip search.
Neighborhoods where everyone knew each other.
Cars that the owner could maintain.
People who love America.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Spuds ()
Date: May 22, 2016 08:01PM

Bike hikes to Burke Lake on the two lane Braddock Road.

Doing wheelies on my Schwinn Varsity ten-speed

Roadside Market at Prosperity Road

Getting all four wheels off the ground on Pope's Head Road

Friday night parties after football in Mantua

Working at the Wagon Wheel where Grevey's is now washing shitloads of dishes

Watching fireflies I'd caught blink in the jar while I fell asleep

Monk-n-I in the cul-de-sac

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Slush Puppie ()
Date: May 23, 2016 04:25PM

Returning soda bottles to Highs Dairy store in downtown Herndon for the 5-cent deposit as a kid in the 70's.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: I miss this ()
Date: May 23, 2016 06:00PM

Anyone mention Chesapeake Bay Seafood House?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: May 23, 2016 06:05PM

Colonel Howdy Wrote:
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> I miss:
> Women who aren't obese cows.
> Hitchhiking everywhere.
> Free love and sex without worries.
> Getting on a plane without first going through a
> strip search.
> Neighborhoods where everyone knew each other.
> Cars that the owner could maintain.
> People who love America.

+1

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: kG6vh ()
Date: May 23, 2016 06:17PM

very little crime

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Whites Only ()
Date: May 23, 2016 10:13PM

Lack of diversity

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: dungeon smash ()
Date: May 24, 2016 02:27PM

Robinson Class of 86 Wrote:
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> I miss the miles and miles of woods, creeks and
> farms. My parents bought a house in new
> subdivision called "Brecon Ridge" off Braddock in
> the early 70s, life was great as a little kid, I
> remember how wide the streets were and how you
> could go deep into the woods for hours. The end of
> Prestwick drive backed up to woods and you could
> spend all day with your friends in them and miles
> back you reached an old farm where the owner would
> wave hi as he saw you run by.

yes, this. i'm afraid i'm not old enough to remember the 70's or even much of the 80's, but i've been around long enough to see the few remaining wild spaces get blocked off, encircled and ultimately demolished in favor of more cookie-cutter tacky garbage. damn shame, this used to be a beautiful area

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: consul ()
Date: May 24, 2016 04:15PM

anyone remember Pizza Kaezanos at Pickett Shopping Center?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Ole Gal Again ()
Date: May 24, 2016 04:34PM

I miss:

- guys waking around shirtless with OP shorts and mirrored aviator sunglasses! Mercy! Looking back at old photos, all of these guys were in great shape and skinny-slender with muscular bodies. Not too buff.

- no tattoos! Just miles of exposed hot-guy skin (see above) with nothing but a sun tan and maybe a goodie trail

- tanning during PE class! Ask Coach for a water break, walk around the corner with friends and once concealed, pull your Fairfax County reversible gym shirt into a halter top (any girl born circa 1965-1985 knows what I mean) and roll those elastic waisted shorts down. Shoes off and a golden tan awaits.

- chicken coops, horses, scrubby abandoned farms and shacks, some still occupied

- friends who lived on farms

- buying booze from Newmans in DC

- and, Beach Week in OC, Maryland. Your whole senior class would be there in OC!
By maybe the third day, guys would invariably get kicked out of the cheesy strip motels and end up shacking up with merciful girl classmates. It was the least we could do! No problem!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Hmmm... ()
Date: May 24, 2016 05:59PM

Sucking dick in a gas station Men's Room on RT 1

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Congressional Aide ()
Date: May 24, 2016 11:33PM

Hmmm... Wrote:
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> Sucking dick in a gas station Men's Room on RT 1


Dammit, Mr. Connolly, how many times have I told you not to post here at FFXU?!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: May 24, 2016 11:48PM

Centreville HOA President Wrote:
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> y6JDu Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I miss just walking to the mailbox or just down
> > the street to get some fresh air and having a
> > neighbor or 2 saying hello and calling me by
> name.
> > They took the time to speak to me to get to
> know
> > me, and I could trust them with a spare key if
> > need be or give a cup of sugar, no problem. I
> > could even walk with a beer in a cozie in my
> hand,
> > no problem. There was always a neighbor outside
> > working on his car or motorcycle and we'd shoot
> > the shit about it.
> >
> > Now, all I get is looks behind curtains and
> > feeling like they are going to call the cops on
> > me, just for having a beer while walking down
> the
> > street on a sunny day. Sad thing is they are
> all
> > asian and hispanic and dont even make an effort
> to
> > come outside, I never see the adults outside
> (the
> > kids do play together, I give them that!). I
> can't
> > even change my oil without the HOA harassing me
> > anymore, so I gave up on auto repairs.
>
>
> The rules and regulations of my HOA prohibit
> homeowners from doing auto repairs on their
> property for several reasons. The checking of air
> in the tires is fine, but getting into changing of
> oil, tune ups, and other repairs are prohibited to
> protect the neighborhood from blight, and the
> environment from toxic chemicals.
>
> Each violation in my neighborhood that is managed
> by my HOA is a $250.00 fine plus a $75.00 process
> fee.


If you think that’s a good think, you suck

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: mJU7h ()
Date: May 25, 2016 01:03AM

Whites Only Wrote:
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> Lack of diversity


weird how that lacking equaled no crime, great schools, great communities, freedom for children to play and roam wherever, economically top of the country, neighborhoods where people were social and knew each other

NEVER has anyone cried that mostly black areas should be forced to have whites move in to diversify the area

same goes for countries, only successful white nations are being forced to take in the retarded 3rd world fucks

where is the outcry for the middle east to be diversified? why is Africa allowed to remain black? all of South America must start letting white people in their societies

"diversity" is bullshit

white run nations are the best and other want what they have built, period

whoever wants diversity should immediately move to the arab or African nations now, or they are just fucking hypocrites

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Gotta love the butt hurt whites ()
Date: May 25, 2016 03:23AM

funny how Eutope is having a debt crisis but Asia isn't. Ohh that's right, white nations run the best. Is that why you all have to bailout Greece or deal with shit in the Balkans?

Asians are superior to you. We actually do shit,

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: June 11, 2016 02:25AM

Anyone remember Coffee Cavern at Springfield Mall?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Buy here - Pay here ()
Date: June 11, 2016 10:55AM

Dick Keller Auto Sales

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: CJjvH ()
Date: June 11, 2016 11:40AM

Old Annandale, especially:

---Happy mornings spent at a peaceful, non-crowded George Mason Regional Library picking out books.

---Getting a violin from Clark's Music near John Marr Drive/Columbia Pike

---Juvenile Sales (also near John Marr Drive)

---GC Murphy - used to have a lunch counter there, as I recall

Old Fair City Mall, especially:

---Special events held in the mall area (you can still see some of the original flooring in the theater part of the mall)

---Crown Books

---Saving my lunch money to buy tapes at Kemp Mill Records

---Awaiting Fridays so the family could go to Erol's video and pick out one (maybe two!) G-rated (maybe PG!) movies. There was a Beta and a VHS section.

---Even "Evans" had its own peculiar charms

---Going to Ben Franklin with my grandmother

Other:

---Going to 7 Corners mall. One dept store there had a big staircase.

---Pockets of rural life amidst suburbia.

---Far, far less traffic.

---It was all just generally nicer back then, and I don't think this is just nostalgia speaking.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Summer of '75 ()
Date: June 11, 2016 01:03PM

Anyone remember Goldies Ice Cream at the intersection of 29 211 & 50?

Not long after it was knocked down a Best & Co. was built on the site.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: FHS 84 ()
Date: June 11, 2016 06:19PM

I miss going to the Ground Round at Fairfax circle and driving home drunk as shit then getting a DWI but haveing Kinchloe get the charges dismissed for a thousand dollars. He did it for me 3 times, thank God I never killed anyone.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 18 to buy beer ()
Date: June 11, 2016 06:31PM

Some guy over at Fairfax HS killed a woman back in 1981 or 1982.

There are bigger driving drunk accidents(more deaths), but he got hung out to twist in the wind.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Moore Moor More ()
Date: June 11, 2016 07:39PM

Not FXCO-specific, but I miss omitting the area code! Hate having to dial 703 first.

I miss knowing where you lived based upon the first three digits of your phone number;

451 or 569 = West Springfield
644 = Hunt Valley
250 = Burke
971 - North Springfield?
281 = Vienna

and now I'm drawing a blank! Help me out here.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 571 ()
Date: June 11, 2016 07:44PM

571

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Nmtcb ()
Date: June 11, 2016 09:24PM

I miss white people..where are they??

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: xFvu7 ()
Date: June 11, 2016 09:54PM

Gotta love the butt hurt whites Wrote:
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> funny how Eutope is having a debt crisis but Asia
> isn't. Ohh that's right, white nations run the
> best. Is that why you all have to bailout Greece
> or deal with shit in the Balkans?
>
> Asians are superior to you. We actually do shit,


Asians are doing things better because they do not get persecuted in the media for protecting their countries from immigration

east Asian countries simply tell muslims to go somewhere else

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Mr Ray ()
Date: June 12, 2016 12:22AM

Parking behind in the Hechingers on Gallows Rd. and watching the movies for free at the Lee Hwy Drive In. Tuned the sound in on my am radio

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Old Annandale Guy ()
Date: June 12, 2016 01:48PM

I grew up in the Wakefield Chapel neighborhood, just off Wakefield Chapel Rd behind NVCC.

Back in the late 60-early 70's in the summer or on weekends we would get up and somehow all the guys would meet up in the woods around Accotink Stream. We would be down there all day, and I can remember walking home as it was starting to get dark. We'd eat lunch at somebody's house, but otherwise, none of our parents knew exactly where we were and nobody worried about it.

In those days, kids could have lots of friends. You learned how to get along, or you learned to find friends you got along with. The last thing anyone wanted (kids or parents) were pre-arranged play dates where highly-structured experiences were organized and supervised. Nobody was worried about making the travel soccer team, studying for SOLs, getting into TJ so you could get into an Ivy League school. You were just able to have fun and be a kid.

It was a pretty great place to grow up, but I'm pretty sure that's over now...

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Deposit Bottles ()
Date: June 12, 2016 01:57PM

^^
That brought back memories playing in the creek that was near my house in Fairfax back in the same time period. Flipping over rocks to catch whatever was under it, mudball fights, and collecting Coke bottles for the 5 cent deposit, and returning them to 7-11.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: ford falcon ()
Date: June 12, 2016 02:42PM

Mr Ray Wrote:
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> Parking behind in the Hechingers on Gallows Rd.
> and watching the movies for free at the Lee Hwy
> Drive In. Tuned the sound in on my am radio

I remember doing that too but it was a furniture store not hechinger. Was it Levitz furniture?
one time we were back there with about 5 other cars and a county cop rolled up and told us to get the fuck out over his loudspeaker. Today the cop would call for back-up and roll everyone out of the cars and bust everyone for trespassing along with anything else they can come up with.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Nice Guy Eddie ()
Date: June 12, 2016 07:50PM

RoboLinebacker Wrote:
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> Robinson Class of 86 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I miss the miles and miles of woods, creeks and
> > farms. My parents bought a house in new
> > subdivision called "Brecon Ridge" off Braddock
> in
> > the early 70s, life was great as a little kid,
> I
> > remember how wide the streets were and how you
> > could go deep into the woods for hours. The end
> of
> > Prestwick drive backed up to woods and you
> could
> > spend all day with your friends in them and
> miles
> > back you reached an old farm where the owner
> would
> > wave hi as he saw you run by. During my teenage
> > years me and my friends would sneak onto the
> > Fairfax Country Club golf course and get so
> drunk
> > at night, back then the cops wouldnt care. Oak
> > View ES and Robinson were awesome, starting
> > varsity linebacker for the Rams!!!
> >
> > Small changes began to occur in the late 80s
> with
> > the North Hill community across from the golf
> > course, then the old farm at the end of the
> woods
> > was sold to NV Homes and became a pool of homes.
>
> >
> > Man oh man do I miss those days. Living in
> Burke
> > is great and all but I hate how my kids are at
> > Lake Braddock, I remember trucking into those
> tiny
> > LB linebackers on friday night football
> > games...ahh those were the days
>
> WOAH ITS A SMALL WORLD!!
>
> I was a Ram linebacker too although I was class of
> 1983, Lake Braddock kids were so small. Oh boy
> "golf course parties" were such a blast.
>
> I know what area your talking about. Still pretty
> nice but yea most of the farms are gone.
>
> I loved Robinson days. Too bad im getting ready to
> move to Loudoun.

Going to football games at Lake Braddock where we would get our asses kick by Robinson and pretty much everyone else.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Hosel Rocket ()
Date: June 12, 2016 08:01PM

kaps Wrote:
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> Sunset Hills ended at the distillery...which was
> Reston Avenue. Reston Parkway wasn't built yet.
> When they started construction, they built a
> 'temporary road' from Reston Ave for construction
> crew to work on the new Parkway. The name stuck
> when they finished.
>
> I remember driving in and out of Reston...West Ox
> Road, with the houses right on the road and one
> particular porch that seemed to stick out like you
> would hit it.

Jesus, I forgot about that house with the porch! I dated a hot little number out that way and drove by that house to get to her neighborhood.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Cankle Biter ()
Date: June 12, 2016 08:26PM

I remember masturbating to the Mrs. Bovino, the neighborhood MILF. Good times. AFK for about five minutes.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: June 12, 2016 09:52PM

Old Annandale Guy Wrote:
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> I grew up in the Wakefield Chapel neighborhood,
> just off Wakefield Chapel Rd behind NVCC.
>
> Back in the late 60-early 70's in the summer or on
> weekends we would get up and somehow all the guys
> would meet up in the woods around Accotink Stream.
> We would be down there all day, and I can remember
> walking home as it was starting to get dark. We'd
> eat lunch at somebody's house, but otherwise, none
> of our parents knew exactly where we were and
> nobody worried about it.
>
> In those days, kids could have lots of friends.
> You learned how to get along, or you learned to
> find friends you got along with. The last thing
> anyone wanted (kids or parents) were pre-arranged
> play dates where highly-structured experiences
> were organized and supervised. Nobody was worried
> about making the travel soccer team, studying for
> SOLs, getting into TJ so you could get into an Ivy
> League school. You were just able to have fun and
> be a kid.
>
> It was a pretty great place to grow up, but I'm
> pretty sure that's over now...

I remember that. Not there, but we had woods and a creek and lots of kids and me and my brother would go out of the house or be thrown out. Had to "be back by dinner" or "be back before dark” That was it.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: asdfsafsf ()
Date: June 13, 2016 12:23PM

- Miss Christmas time and the holiday season. Not the same in any now.

- hanging out with the neighborhood kids...left home in am and did not return until dark....roaming neighborhood parks, creeks, woods, riding bikes, etc.

- Loved the banana seat bikes...and skateboards in the late 70s.

- Early 80s redskins

- working on cars in HS...mag wheels, etc. Had a 68' camaro that fixed up wit hbuddies. Wished I held on to it. Concidentally the new "retro" camaros from GM don't compare....ugly!

- HS football and wrestling

- COPS were much more lenient...

- Really miss the rural patches of Fairfax from back then...nothing left now.

- OC beach week

- HS shop classes...loved the smell of cut wood. Does FCPS even offer show nowaydays?

- 7-11 slurpees

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Lost time ()
Date: June 17, 2016 08:05PM

Dialing 844-2525 for - "At the tone the time will be"

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Catching the Bus ()
Date: June 17, 2016 10:21PM

At 7 Corners Shopping Center with my Dad and riding to RFK for the skins game

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Loni Anderson ()
Date: June 18, 2016 12:28AM

Lost time Wrote:
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> Dialing 844-2525 for - "At the tone the time will
> be"


Or WE6-2525 (actually any four digits...can you imagine?) for weather.

Spent a lot of time calling this recording over and over to appear busy at my front desk receptionist job in downtown Springfield. Also would call and "hold" the line so I would have an excuse not to have a prolonged conversation with coworkers or visitors. "Gotta grab this line!" Then I'd fake talk to the weatherman's recorded voice. Repeat.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: and this one ()
Date: June 18, 2016 12:40AM

Loni Anderson Wrote:
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> Lost time Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Dialing 844-2525 for - "At the tone the time
> will
> > be"
>
>
> Or WE6-2525 (actually any four digits...can you
> imagine?) for weather.
>
> Spent a lot of time calling this recording over
> and over to appear busy at my front desk
> receptionist job in downtown Springfield. Also
> would call and "hold" the line so I would have an
> excuse not to have a prolonged conversation with
> coworkers or visitors. "Gotta grab this line!"
> Then I'd fake talk to the weatherman's recorded
> voice. Repeat.

There was also a sports score line on the phone. I should remember the number because I called it often. I think it was operated by the Wash Post.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: milkin it ()
Date: June 18, 2016 12:50AM

Deposit Bottles Wrote:
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> ^^
> That brought back memories playing in the creek
> that was near my house in Fairfax back in the same
> time period. Flipping over rocks to catch whatever
> was under it, mudball fights, and collecting Coke
> bottles for the 5 cent deposit, and returning them
> to 7-11.

We used to collect a lot of bottles on Telegraph Rd. 2 cents a piece at the time, LOL. The jackpot was finding a big glass milk bottle (1/2 gallon?). I think they were 10 cents a piece.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: karen. ()
Date: March 06, 2019 06:43AM

I really miss the all you can eat fried clams from Howard Johnson's.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: speller7 ()
Date: March 06, 2019 06:47AM

WSHS class of 1985 Wrote:
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> Summertime in fairfax county 1970s
>
>
> Fans and air conditioners running on high
> Using the oven to bake apple pie
> Countless puffy clouds in the sky
> Kites flying up so high
>
> Youth"s playing baseball in a sportsman like way
> Orange sunsets at the end of the day
> Under a shade tree the children would play
> .
> .
> .

Hey, that spells

F
U
C
K

Y
O
U

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: HoJo-mania ()
Date: March 06, 2019 07:52AM

karen. Wrote:
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> I really miss the all you can eat fried clams from
> Howard Johnson's.

They weren't typically all you can eat. Though I suppose you could have just kept asking the waitress to bring and charge you for another order. They were very good of course. Almost universally praised. These days, Sea-Pak makes a very reasonable substitute that you can bake up at home in 20 minutes or so,

If you were to order some Heinz India Relish off the internet, you'd have the key ingredient in making the perfect tartar sauce to go with the clams. Others would be mayonnaise of course (maybe three tablespoons worth), just enough lime juice to add some tang (3/4 of a teaspoon-ish), a bunch of dried minced onion and crushed dried parsley, just a dash of garlic powder, and a couple of quick shakes of Season-All. Make the sauce while the clams are baking so the flavors have time to meld.

And that tartar sauce plus a couple of generous squirts of ketchup gets you the perfect 'secret sauce' for burgers and cold-cut sandwiches too. Yum!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Feast Your Ears ()
Date: March 06, 2019 08:46AM

Cerphe, Damien (pictured), and Weasel. Josh, Hall, and Bob. Diane and Adele. Murray the K and all the many others. Home-grown radio, baby. 102.3 FM, in Bethesda, Maryland, Broadcasting from high atop the Triangle Towers Building -- actually the second floor studio at 4853 Cordell Avenue -- right across the street from the Psyche Delly. That was one amazing and magical era.

They're big, they're beautiful. Make the ladies happy, make the children happy. Pick one out, get one now.
.
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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Soffron Bros ()
Date: March 06, 2019 09:45AM

Every Ho-Jo's had a All you can eat Fish and Clam night...usually Tuesday/or Weds.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: 28 Flavors ()
Date: March 06, 2019 10:05AM

Special deals and special events are by definition not regular service.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Smoe 'em if ya got 'em ()
Date: March 06, 2019 10:34AM

Feast Your Ears Wrote:
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> They're big, they're beautiful. Make the ladies happy,
> make the children happy. Pick one out, get one now.

Haha! That was the old black balloon man from down on the mall. He did a standard station-ID read to add to it and became an on-air regular. Those were the days of the real HFS-tival -- when it was out at Lake Fairfax. Amazing!

For old times' sake...

Cerphe's theme song:
2120 South Michigan Avenue by the Rolling Stones

Damian's theme song:
Two-Step de Platin by Ambrose Thibodeaux

If I ever make it to MLB, I'm going to use the latter as my walk up music. If not, they can play it at my funeral. Cool in any setting.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: hojos ()
Date: March 06, 2019 10:43AM

karen. Wrote:
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> I really miss the all you can eat fried clams from
> Howard Johnson's.


iirc i think somebody found glass in one of their hamburgers there. i’m guessing there weren’t a happy camper after that whole ordeal.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Carte blanche ()
Date: March 06, 2019 12:15PM

People are forever claiming to have found stuff in their restaurant food. Most of it is a bunch of hooey.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: AnthonyCumia ()
Date: March 06, 2019 12:25PM

I miss repeatedly adjusting my radio antenna to listen to HFS.

"Hi, this is Cerph!"

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Strumming in the grass ()
Date: March 06, 2019 12:25PM

Allan Prell on WEEL.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Driver-8 ()
Date: March 06, 2019 12:34PM

I miss having to commute in and out of DC on one of...

1. Lee Highway
2. Route 50
3. The GW Parkway

No wait. That was awful. I don’t miss that at all.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: AnthonyCumia ()
Date: March 06, 2019 12:39PM

That tranny on the Goldvein independent public broadcasting station that later turned into MHz Networks.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: NIMBY ()
Date: March 06, 2019 12:49PM

Driver-8 Wrote:
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> I miss having to commute in and out of DC on one
> of...
>
> 1. Lee Highway
> 2. Route 50
> 3. The GW Parkway
>
> No wait. That was awful. I don’t miss that at
> all.


Because 66 is so much better with the assholes that have been fighting putting a 3rd lane inside the beltway

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: These days... ()
Date: March 06, 2019 01:05PM

I like riding Metro where I can watch that twin ‘third lane’ being built. It will ease the near permanent backup from Glebe Road.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: mInD gAMES aRe wHAt i mISs ()
Date: March 06, 2019 04:50PM

For Starters Dixie Pig
Unless I was heading to Holly Farms or Arthur Treachers on Rt 1
Cuz that was part of my hood back then
Kind of miss the old days

Lots of old places are long gone
In my old hood
By Rt 1
Easy to remember the joints
Really great old places
Apartments were cheap not many illegals
Limo liberals were in California and the north
Sure were some good old times shooting beer cans in the pits

DAJAX

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Tie-dyed halter top ()
Date: March 06, 2019 05:11PM

Hippie chicks.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Driver-8xx ()
Date: March 06, 2019 05:42PM

“Free love” was myth perpetuated by those who would never have gotten any at any price.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Make Love, Not War ()
Date: March 06, 2019 05:58PM

1969+woodstock.jpg

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Child of the 60's ()
Date: March 06, 2019 06:29PM

Make Love, Not War Wrote:
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> src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-56z6IRnGqxU/UpfE-rs
> WwxI/AAAAAAAAAO8/zxrAS1Y-s8M/s1600/1969+woodstock.
> jpg">

Mom? WTF? Who posted this?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Dick Longwood ()
Date: March 17, 2019 02:51PM

I miss the Lee Highway drive in theatre. I got my first BJ there.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Peter Eatre ()
Date: March 17, 2019 07:25PM

Dick Longwood Wrote:
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> I miss the Lee Highway drive in theatre. I got my
> first BJ there.


What was his name?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Harold Handcock ()
Date: March 17, 2019 07:39PM

Hey Dickie - So glad I found you after 40 years of searching Men's rooms around the Beltway.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Civility ()
Date: March 17, 2019 07:43PM

People used to be nice to each other until the disease liberalism spread and turned Fairfax into a 3rd world shithole.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Sparks ()
Date: March 17, 2019 09:15PM

All weekend parties at Southern Towers when it was all white, Hot Shoppes in Alexandria, Dirty Byrd at Bailey's Xrds,all you could eat skimp and crabs at Chesapeake Bay Seafood house, Georgetown was all white and a twenty minute drive away and Manassas had more cows than people. Shirley Highway was four lane concrete and real country began at Kamp Washington.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: What goes around ()
Date: March 17, 2019 11:10PM

Civility Wrote:
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> People used to be nice to each other until the
> disease liberalism spread and turned Fairfax into
> a 3rd world shithole.


Before liberals from up north overran this area in the early part of this century they overran it in the sixties and early seventies. Before the current wave of immigrants broke on our shores there was another wave that hit after the Vietnam War ended.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Sharon Peters ()
Date: March 18, 2019 04:46PM

I miss pizza Kazanos.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: hanson. ()
Date: October 12, 2019 04:57PM

speller7 Wrote:
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> WSHS class of 1985 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Summertime in fairfax county 1970s
> >
> >
> > Fans and air conditioners running on high
> > Using the oven to bake apple pie
> > Countless puffy clouds in the sky
> > Kites flying up so high
> >
> > Youth"s playing baseball in a sportsman like
> way
> > Orange sunsets at the end of the day
> > Under a shade tree the children would play
> > .
> > .
> > .
>
> Hey, that spells
>
> F
> U
> C
> K
>
> Y
> O
> U


LOL!!!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: OG FAIRFAX ()
Date: October 12, 2019 05:27PM

This place has become a liberal shithole. Fairfax used to be free and a great place to live where everyone loved each other and their country. Now democrats have turned it into a police state where criminals and illegal aliens are treated better than the citizens. The government hates anyone who wants to see our constituition enforced.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Sparks ()
Date: October 12, 2019 06:37PM

Sunday night at Shakeys on Duke St. where a black dude on keyboard packed the house, and all weekend open door parties at Southern Towers. Most on here weren't both yet, but it was a time when everyone spoke English, dressed for success and womens' height and weight were proportional. Good times!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Back When ()
Date: October 12, 2019 08:24PM

Colored people would start complaining then yelling loud over perceived slights , we white people would smile and consider their antics free amusement until cops came and told them to pay up and leave, no illegals in apt projects , no illegal bums out in the streets or 7-11 lots loitering new immigrants were quite and grateful to be in the US , no food stamps on demand and dirty hippies would be thrown out of decent places plus 90% of all men over 40 were vets who loved the USA and took care of their families. A safer gentler Fairfax now long gone with the scourge of liberalism

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: springfield kid ()
Date: October 13, 2019 09:16AM

I miss going to Howard Johnson's on clam night and going to Lums after church on Sunday. I miss the super slide and running around Springfield mall all day on Saturday, at the mall we would go to Time Out then maybe watch a movie in one of the theatres and eat at Orange Julius or the Montgomery Ward buffeteria. Our parents would drop us off at the mall and there was no worry about our safety.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Robert Haft ()
Date: October 13, 2019 10:01AM

Anyone miss Trak Auto ?
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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Dumfrieskid ()
Date: October 13, 2019 04:49PM

Luskins Penguin Feather Tower Records Tiki Fala in Dumfries

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Trak Auto Pep Boys Greasy Guy ()
Date: October 13, 2019 05:31PM

I miss 98 cent cans of R12 refrigerant

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Hi Gear Fairfax City ()
Date: October 13, 2019 05:44PM

Remember this place in Fairfax City?
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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: All you can eat ()
Date: October 13, 2019 06:20PM

Posted before, but still a tragic loss for Northern Virginia
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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Dumfrieskid ()
Date: October 14, 2019 04:48PM

CBSH sucked donkey dick. Chewy clams. Crab cakes were mostly filling.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: funksolebrotha ()
Date: October 15, 2019 05:07AM

Dumfrieskid Wrote:
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> CBSH sucked donkey dick. Chewy clams. Crab cakes
> were mostly filling.


Em Skimps were good I likedem fried or steamed. an them frog leggs too em was good.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Old Timers Big Sunday Breakfast ()
Date: October 15, 2019 11:59AM

I Miss those Sunday after church big breakfasts at 3 Chefs in Annandale with the bottomless gold and black trimmed plastic coffee pots that never ran out

With The DAJAX family and friends who cared less if we were Republicans Or Democrats back then in real America when cowardly maniacs were not shooting up schools and NO One ever gave that a single thought ! What happened ? Liberalism ? What ? Forget it were talking about old times !LOL

Speaking of missing ...you cant miss with the silky smooth fast double action lockwork on a classic Smith & Wesson revolver in 357 magnum for me and .38 special for you peeps .

You could have got one round the corner at Dawsons back then and tried it out after 3 days if you did not have a badge at that lil old indoor basement pistol range with some .38 wadcutters loaded off their Star reloading press. But as far as missing the center of the target don't worry

You cant miss with my cooking ... Best Southern Cook In All Of Virginia

Good ! Real Truck Stop Grub and Greasy Spoon Fare a specialty ! You Know you Like it! Don't Lie LOL!

Yore Pal DAJAX The Fast Double Action revolver shooting cook on FXU

Bring Back The Greasy Spoons ! Enough with The Lifeless Chains !
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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Yuk ()
Date: October 15, 2019 05:33PM

I hate pictures of food

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Hey DAJAX ! From your biker bud ()
Date: October 15, 2019 06:00PM

See ya at the truck stop, where we can share some man food !
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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Cerphus ()
Date: October 15, 2019 06:05PM

Miss the Hardee’s burgers in Herndon where Anita’s is today. Also miss the records and head shop of Penguin Feather that was right next door.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Goityr ()
Date: October 15, 2019 09:15PM

No question, the thing most missed about fairfax County is the white people. Everyone spoke English. We all loved the country.
As the white people disappeared,the county became more third world like, trash and crime everywhere.
Sad.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: old yates ()
Date: October 16, 2019 08:33PM

I remember when Davis store in Clifton sold six packs of beer that were buried in ice water. We would go in on a hot day and snag a ice cold six pack, was awesome!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: They Sure Did Pal ()
Date: October 16, 2019 10:03PM

A Country store that was kind of wide open inside not a lot of things , Big galvanized tubs with ice and beer and good sandwiches too.

Then there was the place where the center in Kingston is now that was the same.
At the 3 way intersection of Beula Rd back then and The road that passed Allen Glass Co at the power lines down to Telegraph that's still there at the end of Hayfield HS football field at the light today .

There was a country type store there sitting on big gravel lot , nothing else around they and the same tub of ice cold beers and sandwiches too..

I could not partake, while on duty but they looked dammed good and got a sandwich some tater or mac salad from the deli cooler and a soda

DAJAX

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: BlahBlah ()
Date: October 17, 2019 04:33AM

Arnie H. Wrote:
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> I miss what they used to call "Open House Night"
> at the local elementary schools for our kids.
> Now it's welcome to the white students on
> "International Open House Night".
>
> The Hispanics, Indians, and the Asians sadly have
> taken over Fairfax County. It was much nicer some
> 20 years ago.

Good, now you know how the native feels. Look on the bright side, at least the Hispanics, Indians, and Asians are not looking to scalp your white heads for fun.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: BlahBlah ()
Date: October 17, 2019 04:35AM

Goityr Wrote:
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> No question, the thing most missed about fairfax
> County is the white people. Everyone spoke
> English. We all loved the country.
> As the white people disappeared,the county became
> more third world like, trash and crime
> everywhere.
> Sad.

White people are gone? May be that's why there're no school shootings in Fairfax by white retards.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: BlahBlah ()
Date: October 17, 2019 05:02AM

Civility Wrote:
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> People used to be nice to each other until the
> disease liberalism spread and turned Fairfax into
> a 3rd world shithole.

My guess is that you haven't had your fill of trump's nice tirade today. Say, how does that bone spurs cum taste?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: BlahBLah ()
Date: October 17, 2019 05:08AM

White Flight Wrote:
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> White flight is real. VERY VERY REAL.

Yes it is. I can no longer find the $20 white hookers anywhere. There'was one behind Wilston Center on 7 corners. I would stop by after my ESL class and had my dick sucked for $20 as a welcome to America. Then there's this white street walkers looking for dicks and $20 fuck on Culmore. I also remember the $20 whorehouse on exit 29 MD.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: county code enforcement ()
Date: October 17, 2019 05:10AM

They Sure Did Pal Wrote:
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> A Country store that was kind of wide open inside
> not a lot of things , Big galvanized tubs with ice
> and beer and good sandwiches too.
>
> Then there was the place where the center in
> Kingston is now that was the same.
> At the 3 way intersection of Beula Rd back then
> and The road that passed Allen Glass Co at the
> power lines down to Telegraph that's still there
> at the end of Hayfield HS football field at the
> light today .
>
> There was a country type store there sitting on
> big gravel lot , nothing else around they and the
> same tub of ice cold beers and sandwiches too..
>
> I could not partake, while on duty but they looked
> dammed good and got a sandwich some tater or mac
> salad from the deli cooler and a soda
>
> DAJAX

Putting 6 packs of canned beer for sale in a tub of ice water is a serious health code violation. People put their filthy hands in there and spread disease, even death. Any stores caught doing that today would be shut down.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: damien ()
Date: September 04, 2020 11:15PM

Sure do . . . Hi Gear Fairfax City (). Purchased some stuff there. But Fairfax Auto Parts and Track Auto just took over the market. Some History:

DATED: April 15, 1997

Nearly 40 years after it began selling auto parts to car tinkerers, Hi-Gear Auto Tire and Auto Supply Inc. of Capitol Heights yesterday announced it is liquidating and closing its 36 stores.
Hi-Gear filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last September, but was unable to reorganize because of intense industry competition, an auto parts market battered by the increased use of computer components in cars and an aging population. The chain's problems were exacerbated by a mild winter, company executives said.
"It's been soft for everybody and, of course, the competition that we face is from huge publicly funded companies, which we're not," said Stan Love, senior vice president of the chain.
At its peak in 1995, Hi-Gear had 65 stores in the mid-Atlantic region, but closed 29 outlets last year in an effort to reduce costs and streamline operations. The majority of its remaining outlets are in the Washington-Baltimore area.
Going-out-of-business sales at Hi-Gear stores started Sunday, Love said. Although the company's 200 or so employees will lose their jobs after the liquidation, "many have been solicited by other companies" in the auto parts business, he said.
Analysts said Hi-Gear's woes are shared by many in the auto parts industry, but that medium-size chains such as Hi-Gear suffered in particular because they are not small enough to be niche players and not big enough to wield influence with suppliers.
"The biggest ones are getting bigger -- and that would include AutoZone, Pep Boys and Sears -- and the small ones are finding it more and more difficult to compete because they don't have the buying leverage, the economies of scale and the relationships with the supplier that the big ones do," said Beth A. Richard, a specialty retail analyst with Everen Securities in Chicago.

"The middle is a bad place to be," Love said.
The retail auto parts business has softened recently because of changes in the automobile business, according to industry experts, and the changes have been particularly hard on small chains such as Hi-Gear that cater to individual car owners.
As cars become increasingly computerized, experts said, it's more difficult for the average person to fix things that go wrong with their cars. And with cars containing a larger number of more complex parts, retailers must stock more supplies, which is costly and more difficult to manage. For small chains, that cost can be overwhelming.
The growing popularity of leasing cars also has affected auto parts retailers because many of those cars are covered by warranties for the length of the lease. That means people take their cars to the shop rather than lift the hood themselves.

In addition, as the population ages, people are less likely to work on their cars, which benefits auto companies such as Pep Boys that have service bays as well as retail parts stores.
"More and more people want to get their cars fixed for them rather than fixing them themselves," said Richard, the financial analyst. The service side of the auto business, she said, is growing quickly, hampered only by a shortage of skilled technicians.
The final nail in the coffin for Hi-Gear, Love said, was recent mild weather, which kept the chain from meeting sales objectives it had set during bankruptcy proceedings.
"One of the huge problems we had was this was a very, very bad winter for us, because there was no cold weather," Love said.
People usually buy batteries, antifreeze and windshield wiper blades in winter, he said, but not this year. "A lot of things that take place in cars, take place in extremes of weather," he said.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: One Thing About Pep Boys ()
Date: September 05, 2020 12:05AM

Back in the 80s I when I came back to Fairfax I felt at home when I saw Mexicans working on their cars in the parking lot in Annandale, just like they did in California at Pep Boys but the JIB was gone alas ! And today I can still get that feeling when I go by Pep Boys as their still replacing brakes in the parking lot there , all jokes aside some very strong tough Latino people as Ive seen them hustling working on vehicles on road sides on impossible jobs but they get it done DAJAX Wonder if it will pass state inspection ?? Iffy is all I can say but they give it a hell of a go working their asses off , come here legally and you wont have to break your ass so hard for pennies SI . If they did not vote for Democrats in such numbers I would be their strongest supporter, truth !

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: JIB man ()
Date: November 04, 2021 04:46PM

Deep fried burritos at Jack in the box, dripping with burning hot grease.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: good eating. ()
Date: November 13, 2021 02:36PM

JIB man Wrote:
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> Deep fried burritos at Jack in the box, dripping
> with burning hot grease.

Yes, and you could get them for breakfast. Why don't most Mexican places deep fry their burritos today?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Joe B. ()
Date: November 13, 2021 10:33PM

Greaseman
Hectors, Anthony’s Pizza and pinball at Steak In a Sack in Falls Church
Conrads in Vienna
Pappy Parkers Fried Chicken on Broad St

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Black Caulk ()
Date: November 14, 2021 11:02PM

Back then niggers knew their place.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Steady Eddie ()
Date: November 16, 2021 03:59AM

Listening to WEEL during a late night snowstorm on a transistor radio until they announced school closings. Will always remember the blizzard of '66 when they announced that Fairfax County schools would be closed indefinitely!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Steady Eddie ()
Date: November 16, 2021 04:04AM

Saturday matinees at Fairfax Theatre. Building still there as a Toyota dealer.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Steady Eddie ()
Date: November 16, 2021 04:08AM

Life before the Beltway. Then after it was finished weekend family drives in the Galaxie for the 60-mile circular drive.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Steady Eddie ()
Date: November 16, 2021 04:11AM

A McDonald's hamburger, fries and Coke for 47 cents.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Steady Eddie ()
Date: November 16, 2021 04:14AM

Hahn shoe store at 7 Corners for school shoes. Kinney shoe store on Rt. 50 for tennie kicks.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Date: November 16, 2021 07:37PM

5th Decade in Fairfax County Wrote:
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> But over the past 20 years, especially,

It's been going downhill super-fast since 1983.

I've been here since 1961, and in the 70s people were starting to get a little alarmed. I pick 1983 as the year it all went to shit based on the growth and development rate: that's when it started skyrocketing,

The last 20 years is just shit-icing on the already baked turd cake.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Atlantis Sound ()
Date: November 16, 2021 09:59PM

Soft serve ice cream from Goldies on a hot Summer evening.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: name ()
Date: November 16, 2021 10:32PM

I'm not an old timer but I miss peach farms existing in fairfax county. There were some in Reston when I was a kid.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: And...Did You Get ()
Date: November 17, 2021 12:12AM

The great greasy cheeseburger sub to go with it or did you spend the rest of the 5 bucks on put put golf next door or stop into Fairfax Radiator for a on the spot repair for 10 bucks or MR Doughnut to see the beehived coffee and doughnut serving bleached blonde with the cat eye Rinestone glasses or stop in to Weber tire to get your split rim truck tires changed to mud grips for winter at least they are still there , what no coffee talk at Fairfax Hardware with the Fairfax mayor !

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Who Ever Stood In The Long Line ()
Date: November 17, 2021 12:18AM

At the Fairfax City Chesapeake Bay Seafood House in the evening where they had rolling carts with hot coffee and tea to keep you happy waiting for that AYCE feast

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Atlantis Sound ()
Date: November 17, 2021 05:20AM

And...Did You Get Wrote:
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> The great greasy cheeseburger sub to go with it or
> did you spend the rest of the 5 bucks on put put
> golf next door or stop into Fairfax Radiator for a
> on the spot repair for 10 bucks or MR Doughnut to
> see the beehived coffee and doughnut serving
> bleached blonde with the cat eye Rinestone glasses
> or stop in to Weber tire to get your split rim
> truck tires changed to mud grips for winter at
> least they are still there , what no coffee talk
> at Fairfax Hardware with the Fairfax mayor !

^^^ Well done!

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Ed ()
Date: November 17, 2021 03:10PM

Do you know famous dirt bike rider Roy Hawkins?

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Dumfrieskid ()
Date: November 18, 2021 07:36PM

Skating with Dave Grohl in "The Ditch" off Rolling Road

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Alex Andria ()
Date: November 18, 2021 11:44PM

This Just In Fairfax Wrote:
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> 5th Decade in Fairfax County Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > But over the past 20 years, especially,
>
> It's been going downhill super-fast since 1983.
>
> I've been here since 1961, and in the 70s people
> were starting to get a little alarmed. I pick 1983
> as the year it all went to shit
based on the
> growth and development rate: that's when it
> started skyrocketing,
>
> The last 20 years is just shit-icing on the
> already baked turd cake.


Agree. That's about right. Early 80s was the start of the huge influx of outsiders.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Alex Andria ()
Date: November 18, 2021 11:44PM

This Just In Fairfax Wrote:
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> 5th Decade in Fairfax County Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > But over the past 20 years, especially,
>
> It's been going downhill super-fast since 1983.
>
> I've been here since 1961, and in the 70s people
> were starting to get a little alarmed. I pick 1983
> as the year it all went to shit
based on the
> growth and development rate: that's when it
> started skyrocketing,
>
> The last 20 years is just shit-icing on the
> already baked turd cake.


Agree. That's about right. Early 80s was the start of the huge influx of outsiders.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Last NOVA Native Left ()
Date: November 20, 2021 08:32AM

Agree. That's about right. Early 80s was the start of the huge influx of outsiders.

I call it the St Elmo's Fire Effect. That movie was an infomercial for career opportunities in the DC area.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: Mr. Twister ()
Date: November 20, 2021 09:27AM

All the white people.

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Re: Old timers, what do you miss most about "Old Fairfax County"?
Posted by: wanker21 ()
Date: November 22, 2021 05:01AM

The Dauphine steak house Springfield Virginia.

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