The thread about the closing of so many retail stores got me to feeling nostalgic. I remember as a kid, my grandmother would go "to town" every Thursday to do her shopping and pay bills. Back then in our little town, during the 60s and early 70s, many people paid their bills in person and in cash. When I was off from school I'd always go with her. My grandfather would drive us "to town" and drop us off, coming back around 3 o'clock to pick us up at the A&P grocery store. We'd start out at Miss E's beauty salon where my grandmother had her hair washed and set every week, then we'd go to Newberry's to look around and have lunch. I always liked having lunch at Newberry's because my aunt's bff, Miss Cheetah ~ to this day I have no idea what Miss Cheetah's real first name was ~ was the cook there and I loved the way she made hamburgers. Miss Cheetah didn't even bother asking what I wanted, she'd always fry me up a hamburger served on a bun and top it with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, ketchup, and dill pickles, along with a side of crinkle cut fries and a cherry Coke. After lunch, we'd go by the Jewel Box to browse the new jewelry they'd gotten in. Next it was to the Boston Store to look at clothes and shoes. I used to love the new leather smell of that store. Then we'd work our way back to the phone and electric companies to pay the bills and to the doctor's office, if any money was owed to him. Finally, we'd go to the A&P, which smelled like fresh ground coffee, to get groceries. I have such fond memories of those days when life, for me as a child, was simple and carefree. Anyone want to share memories of their simple and carefree days? I thought we could all use a break from what our current reality is and take a lighthearted trip back through time.