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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta or anything, just watching as if there was something wrong with us. Nobody said anything but I think we all knew we'd never spit again competitively. Tag and hide-and-seek on the other hand were better than ever except that the shed, cellars and garages that we had always hidden in were now either locked or patrolled by parents. "What are you doing down "Nothing." "What do you mean "lust foolin' around." But it wasn't good enough anymore. Now they wanted to know who you were fooling around with. So we came out into the open and started going to dances. There were two dances in our town the one at the parish hall or the one at the Masonic Temple. Our street was a parish hall street and of course it was a mortal sin to dance at the Masons'. I don't think there is quite as much mortal sin around today and maybe that's a good thing because it was pretty confusing at the time, eh, because every once in a while one of us would risk a little mortal sin and go to the Masonic dance and discover that sin or not they were playing the same tunes there as they were at the parish hall. The only real difference was that during intermission at the Masons' you could drink Cokes and hold hands and stare at your feet without having to say prayers. I'm not saying there was any- thing bad about saying prayers during the band's beer break at the parish hall but it was kind of funny to hang onto your girl from nine to 11 thinking all sorts of good things and then have to break for prayers before going back for the final stretch. Things changed a bit after some of the guys made friends with some of the pagan girls who danced at the Masonic Temple. Why not bring them over to our dance next week to hear our band? But you couldn't do that, eh, because girls who danced at the Masons' weren't allowed to dance at the parish hall. I mean, first you dance together and then, heaven forbid, you might decide to marry, and we all know what Cod thinks about mixed marriages, don't wef In order to make sure that none of the untouchables slipped through the gate, the president of the dance committee and his girt would sit at the front door and if he suspected you were trying to sneak in an undesirable he would ask her to say a Hail Mary. It seemed that only the good guys knew the Hail Mary and for a while some of our friends were eliminated at the door. But then we start- ed teaching them the Hail Mary at the soda fountain next door and there was no problem. Like all good things, our street was doomed to change in the name of progress. When we were in high school they opened it up at the bottom and suddenly it was street. The butcher stopped making his own sausages and you had to pay for the dog bones. Television arrived and people stopped sitting out on the veranda after supper. Some of us moved to newer neighborhoods where the streets were wider and there was more grass and even flowers. But nobody picked worms there or fished for a living, and it wasn't the same, not having somebody living downstairs. A few of us moved away to big cities and it was always hard to imagine kids growing up in apart- ment buildings. How did you ticktack a window 10 floors up? Where did they find the branches for their wooden whistles and where did they keep their baby crows? But I'm sure it's not all bad. There are swimming lessons at the Y now and of course with the cable there's always something terrific to watch on television even if it isn't the man who didn't drink. And .the spitting must be out of this worid.< a party, inipress them with all tlie work youdidirtdo. Cheese and wine are natural go-togethers. So what could be simpler, or more elegant than a platter of Canadian Cheddar, Canadian Swiss, Brick, or Colby, sliced or cubed, plus your favourite wine, crackers or bread. For that extra touch, add a bowl of fresh fruit. The cheeses of Canada. They're good. And good for you. On their own. For cooking. For great entertaining. Other great cheese-party tips Almost all wines go with any cheese, but stronger cheeses love stronger wines. Try cheese with beer and salami for the hearty touch. Olives, anchovies, green pepper rings or celery are all great garnishes. Take your cheese from the refrigerator an hour or so before serving. great variety great entertainers. WWind MMianc, Ftt 22. mi 21 ;