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shugah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-11-09 12:56 AM
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Detroit old-timers: Do you remember "calling" your friends?
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back in the old days in detroit when we wanted to play with our friends we used to go stand on their porch and call out their names at the top of our lungs in a very specific cadence. 2 syllable names were the easiest. for instance, if your friend was named "lisa" you would call "lee-SAAAAAAAH! lee-SAAAAAAAH!" if it was a one syllable name, you turned it into two, e.g. john was called thusly - "juh-OOOOOOONNNN! juh-OOOOOONNNN!" you always sang the name called twice. if there was no response, you might repeat the call after a pause.

when your Mom asked you what you were going to do you would say "i'm going to call Suzie."

i think this was specific to detroit - or at least my childhood neighborhood ...

anyone else use this method to get friends to come out and play back in the day?

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  -Detroit old-timers: Do you remember "calling" your friends? shugah  Jan-11-09 12:56 AM   #0 
  - Of course. "Mrs. Spafford, can Jimmy come out to play???"  TahitiNut   Jan-11-09 01:36 AM   #1 
  - yep, and  shugah   Jan-12-09 10:45 PM   #4 
  - Used it all the time in GR. Not specific to Detroit.  MichiganVote   Jan-11-09 09:21 AM   #2 
  - there was no calling friends up north  shugah   Jan-12-09 10:46 PM   #5 
  - I grew up in Warren ...  daggahead   Jan-12-09 01:51 PM   #3 
  - we used to play in the street  shugah   Jan-12-09 10:51 PM   #6 
  - My parents and cousins did that  1gobluedem   Jan-13-09 09:49 AM   #7 
  - My brother and cousins and I joke about this all the time  sufrommich   Jan-13-09 05:37 PM   #8 
  - OMG, I sure do remember this!!!  spartan61   Jan-17-09 09:03 AM   #9 
  - Yes, the Halloween begging  1gobluedem   Jan-17-09 10:39 AM   #10 
  - Last Halloween, I tried to get some kids to say "Help the poor!" ...  TahitiNut   Jan-17-09 10:48 AM   #11 
  - I sure do remember that!  JNelson6563   Jan-19-09 02:59 PM   #12 
  - Yep!  Dyedinthewoolliberal   Jan-27-09 09:38 AM   #13 
  - I asked my friend who grew up on the west side and she remembers doing it  LisaM   Jan-29-09 12:32 PM   #14 
  - Great post ! I was just telling my kids about that a few weeks ago..  veganlush   Feb-14-09 09:49 AM   #15 
     - yep! i remember my mom calling us in too.  shugah   Feb-14-09 09:29 PM   #16 
     - My mom would call us the same way, and every other Mom  sufrommich   Feb-16-09 02:48 PM   #17 

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