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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?
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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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-11-09 01:36 AM
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1. Of course. "Mrs. Spafford, can Jimmy come out to play???"
Edited on Sun Jan-11-09 01:40 AM by TahitiNut
"Jiiimmmm-MYYYYY!"

"Donnn-NNYYYY!"

"Miiiiii-KEEEEEY!"


Parents would also call us in. Mother'd go out the side door or on the front porch and yell "Miii-CKEY! Dinner Time!"

Lot's of yelling in those days. Never hear it anymore.
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shugah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-12-09 10:45 PM
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4. yep, and
be home before the streetlights come on
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-11-09 09:21 AM
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2. Used it all the time in GR. Not specific to Detroit.
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shugah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-12-09 10:46 PM
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5. there was no calling friends up north
Edited on Mon Jan-12-09 11:00 PM by shugah
i don't recall how we hooked up with friends but i do remember that we didn't call after we moved up north.
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daggahead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-12-09 01:51 PM
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3. I grew up in Warren ...
This was normal for me and my friends to do.

Back in the day, we could also find enough kids to have a baseball game during the summer. Usually, though, you'd have to call your field because there was usually only 2 or 3 on each team.

I also remember playing "kick the can" late into the summer night.
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shugah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-12-09 10:51 PM
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6. we used to play in the street
well, not me so much - i was never much good at the sporty things. but i do remember the game would stop and everyone would go stand by the curb when a car came by.

my 8 year old calls his friends on the phone when he wants to play. he wants ("needs" to hear him tell it) a cell phone so he can call them. they all live a couple of houses away!
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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-13-09 09:49 AM
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7. My parents and cousins did that
I was astonished the first time I saw/heard it in action. I think it's cool -- much cooler than calling on the phone which is what we did.
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-13-09 05:37 PM
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8. My brother and cousins and I joke about this all the time
and still call each other to "come out and play" like that.lol!
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spartan61 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 09:03 AM
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9. OMG, I sure do remember this!!!
I grew up in Lincoln Park and ALWAYS called my best friend to come out and play. "RO-SETT-AAAAAA" Such wonderful memories. Also played Kick the Can and Hide and Seek on the street in the neighborhood on summer nights. On Halloween we never went trick or treating. We went out "begging." "Help the Poorrrrr." Does anyone else remember this???
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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 10:39 AM
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10. Yes, the Halloween begging
My parents (from Detroit's east side) remember this fondly.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 10:48 AM
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11. Last Halloween, I tried to get some kids to say "Help the poor!" ...
... and they looked at me like I was from another planet. :rofl: Some of the parents, however, piped up with their remembrances ... nostalgia.

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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-09 02:59 PM
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12. I sure do remember that!
Grew up on the east side, that's how we rolled back then. :toast:

Julie
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Dyedinthewoolliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-27-09 09:38 AM
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13. Yep!
Grew up on the west side, that's what we did!
:bounce:
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 12:32 PM
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14. I asked my friend who grew up on the west side and she remembers doing it
Edited on Thu Jan-29-09 12:32 PM by LisaM
She said that you always went to the side or the back - you never did this at the front door.

I vaguely, VAGUELY, remember doing this in Mt. Clemens. We moved away from the Metro area when we were pretty little. I don't know if I remember doing it myself, or hearing other people do it. We moved to the Lansing area, and we never did it there.
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veganlush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-09 09:49 AM
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15. Great post ! I was just telling my kids about that a few weeks ago..
..when it popped into my head for some reason. They looked at me with a mixture of surprise and pity! It was as though the doorbell and telephone were almost strickly the domains of the adults back then, although I remember my mother calling us home, when we were a block away and on the next street, by cupping her hands to her mouth and yelling our names at the top of her lungs from the back porch. I grew up in Harper Woods, one street away from Detroit. :hi:
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shugah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-09 09:29 PM
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16. yep! i remember my mom calling us in too.
four of us - and it was like one looooooooong name. :hi:
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-16-09 02:48 PM
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17. My mom would call us the same way, and every other Mom
did too, I grew up in Westland. I love your description of telephones and doorbells being the domain of adults,how true! My 12 year old niece (who has a cell phone!!!) looks at me in horror when I tell her I had to get permission to use the phone at her age.
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