So I awoke this morning with a lot on my mind. Excuse my manners Good Morning! Back to my train of thought, I had a lot on my mind. I lit a lemon grass candle (@yellowswimsuit don’t judge me) and began to think. I really miss old time Jamaica. Things like a hot patty with smarties in it. I miss a rowdy game of scrimmage using a tennis ball. That got me thinking even further. Do you know that there are things that I grew up with that my daughter (@daniellex3_ ) will never know so I have collated a small list and written definitions for each. I hope you will find them useful.
ICAS:- International Calling Authorisation System. This was a 10 digit security code given to Jamaica Telephone Company (now LIME) customers. This code would have to be used prior to making an international call.
King Kong:- This was not the fictional character that terrorized New York City. This is the predecessor to the common bag juice of today. It was basically a Kisko (Ice Pop) on steroids. It was three times the size and as an extra feature it had a straw on the side. Nice! My favourite flavor was grape.
Winifred Patties:- Now this was an obscure patty. It was way different from Bruce’s, Tastee’s even Mothers. It had a flavour of its own. The pastry was not flakey; well it was kind of chewy. As for the meat, dark and well seasoned is the only way to put it. In one word Yummie.
Bata Bouncers:- Now this is a wonderful memory (Sense my sarcasm). These were crepes (sneakers) that were standard issue for PE. For my younger folks Phys Ed at school. Now here is the kicker when they got dirty, which was everyday. You had to wash them, but this was not sufficient. You had to use a bottle of whitener, or what some would call paint, to brush on to the shoe. Raaaeee brand new again. Just a side note, see the definition for Gator Joggers.
Berec Batteries:- These were Jamaican made batteries. I think the factory was out there at Twickenham Park. Now let me make this very clear, these were made during the same time when “Boom Boxes” were all the rage. When you went out and purchased 12 to 16 D sized Berc batteries, it would last only half the day at the beach. In fact dem would let you dung bad bad. Oh! Another side note, am I the only one that still calls AA batteries, pen-light batteries?
Exterminator:- Just a few words here. This was the prettiest bus (see quarter-million) ever in Jamaica. Not to mention the sound system. Havendale to town would never be the same.
Colour TV:- I will say this; if you are my age you will remember when colour TV came to Jamaica. Wow what a day that was. Before that in order to get colour TV some of my friends who will remain nameless (right aunty @nyree_ja ) used to use coloured cellophane.
Sunglasses at night :- A la Corey Heart “I wear my sunglasses at night so I can see”
Paradise Plum:- These were the most delicious hard candies ever. They should have been banned though, due to the tremendous damage they would do to the roof of one’s mouth.
Munch Wagon:- This one is for my Camponites and my liguanea people. This was a fast food place on the corner of Hope Road and Old Hope Road. Their burgers were almost as good as King Burger. Again Yummie.
Fat Laces:- This came out of the break dancing era. They were multi coloured and came in a myriad of designs. Now I think about it I really liked my fat laces on my shell toe Adidas. I just may start to rocking them again.
Virgin Bands:- This was a plastic rubber band usually black, usually wore on the wrist by women. It was made popular by Madonna. I never really figured out why they called them virgin bands. Another thought just ran across my mind, remember those friendship bands.
Espadrilles:- Now I had a pair of these, actually more than one. These where very uncomfortable, easily broken, prone to staining slipper like shoes that were all the rage. Usually worn in conjunction with pepper seed pants or Bermuda shorts. What a way mi used to sharp!
I could go on and on and on… but I will pause here so that you can add your own. I really enjoyed my youth. I’m not saying that it did not have it’s ups and downs, but overall it was great. I am going to sound like my parents now, however I’m going to say it anyway. “These pickey nuh know life inna Jamaica! It nuh sweet like when I was growing up.” In closing I will mention a few more great memories. Unno memba immaculate fete, or Shakeys pizza? What about bare as u dare in illusions parking lot? What about front line on red hills road? For that matter Stone love at either tropics or House of Leo? And for my ex-Camponites Pagoda Ball.
My my my “Sweet sweet Jamaica nah lef yah!”
oh tonks @yellowswimsuit