8.17.2004

The 80's

Found this over at one of the blogs I was surfing through this morning... given the nostalgic nature of many of my thoughts and posts recently in thinking about class reunions of late, I thought it would be kind of fun to put it here seeing as how I graduated in '83.

Kel, while loving much of the retro stuff, hasn't had a big love of the 80's. I made a comment one day about having to give us a break because everything about the 80's was sadly ugly. She thought that was pretty funny, and also pretty fair. They had an '80's day at school not long before the end of her school year. I managed to find her a pair of my old Brittania jeans which we pinned at the bottom, some lacy socks, a polo shirt to flip the collar on and other assorted things. It worked. She loves the leg warmers look. Lucky for her those are back in style. We watched Flashdance not long ago. She wants to cut up a sweatshirt ala Jennifer Beals...

The ultimate check list to see if you're stuck in the 1980's. Give yourself 1 point for everything you relate to...

1. Your fondest childhood memory is when Skippy got his head stuck in the banister
2. You relax by putting on your legwarmers and dancing to the "Footloose" soundtrack ["Footloose" by Kenny Loggins, "Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler, "Girl Gets Around" by Sammy Hagar, "Let's Hear It For the Boy" by Deneice Williams]
3. you think the two Coreys are "totally awesome"
4. you're still bitter that Wham! broke up
5. Punky Brewster is your hero
6. you type all of your term papers on a Commodore 64
7. you still resent your parents for not installing a dumbwaiter in your house like Webster's
8. the only video games you play are Frogger and Pac Man
9. you're building your own Clockwork Smurf
10. your summer attire is Jellies and Jams
11. A-Ha's "Take on Me" is still your favorite video
12. you consider yourself truly outrageous, much like Jem and the Holograms
13. you wonder why more people don't wear high heels, Jordache jeans, and lacy ankle socks
14. you call all motorcycle cops "Ponch"
15. every time you go to the beach you look for Snorks
16. you're still upset Madonna and Sean broke up
17. you know who Stinky Sullivan is
18. you work out with "Get in Shape Girl"
19. you want to be Molly Ringwald when you grow up
20. you enjoy "dancing on the ceiling" and "wearing your sunglasses at night"
21. you know who Loverboy is
22. you think there should be a Kids Incorporated original cast reunion
23. you think of Janet Jackson as "that girl who used to date Willis"
24. you can sing the theme song to Small Wonder
25. every time you see a fountain you want to dance around it and yell "Fame!"
26. you still have a shoebox full of Garbage Pail Kid cards
27. you petition Congress to make "Born in the USA" the national anthem
28. you still use your Snoopy Sno-Cone machine
29. you know it's not "comma, comma, comma" it's karma
30. you stay up nights wondering what Bastian's mother's name was in "The Neverending Story"
31. you have nightmares about the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak
32. you still practice your Care Bear Stare
33. you know that "girls just wanna have fuh-un"
34. you can name all The Gummy Bears [Let's see... Sunny, and...]
35. you harbor a secret dream of being slimed by Alistair
36. you can do the Safety Dance
37. in your spare time you are writing "The Breakfast Club 2"
38. you like to "connect the dots, la la la la!"
39. someone mentions Jennifer Beals and you don't say "Who?"
40. your prized possesion is a collection of "Return of the Jedi" Shrinky Dinks
41. you know whose number is 867-5309
42. you get depressed thinking about Anthony Michael Hall's career
43. you're starting a write-in campaign to MTV to bring back Remote Control
44. you drink Diet Coke because Max Headroom told you to
45. you consider Jo vs. Blair the major philosophical conflict of the 20th century
46. you have a duck phone and ride around your house on a little train
47. you want to be one of the Solid Gold Dancers
48. you still watch things on Beta
49. you want to change your name to Rio and dance on the sand
50. you know that "Weird Science" was a movie before a tv show
51. your favorite proverb is "some like it hot and some sweat when the heat is on"
52. you always waited for the Sweet Pickles Bus to visit your house
53. your favorite party game is Hungry Hungry Hippos
54. you saw the New Kids on the Block when they were Tiffany's opening act
55. you liked Tom Hanks better when he was a crossdresser
56. you know which Hollywood Square Jm J Bullock was in
57. you practice getting in and out of your car through the windows
58. you have the tendency to turn up the collar of your polo/Izod Alligator shirts
59. you're still wondering who really was the boss
60. you know what the "P" in "Alex P. Keaton" stands for
61. you keep asking your teachers if instead of the quiz you can take the physical challenge
62. you organize weekend tournaments of TV tag
63. you still drink Tab [And have lived to tell about it.]
64. when you watch "Terminator 2" you wonder where Vincent is
65. you know ALF's real name
66. you never go out for on the town without frosted blue eyeshadow and feathered bangs
67. you can name all of the Thundercats
68. you got a hankerin' for a hunk of cheese
69. everything in your wardrobe is either pastel or fluorescent
70. your musical inspiration is Sonny Mann
71. sometimes you just want to shout, shout, let it all out
72. you're planning a dream vacation to Mepos
73. you use your Speak and Spell to phone home
74. you know the original members of Menudo
75. sometimes out of the blue you just got to shake your love
76. when you're stuck in traffic you tell your car to engage Turbo Boost and are surprised when it doesn't talk back
77. you remember when Vanessa sang Kareoke to "Locomotion"
78. you know that Mr. Steele functions best in an advisory capacity.
79. people are constantly gagging you with spoons
80. your idea of appreciating ancient cultures is "Walk Like an Egyptian"
81. the only thing you know about the Nazis is that they threw Indy to the snakes
82. you still use your hair crimper before going out on a hot date
83. you hatch plots to break Murdock out of VA hospital
84. You remember with pain the sad day when the Green Machine hit the streets and made your old Big Wheel obsolete
85. you have "We Are the World" on a 45
86. you're still sending death threats to Mr. Rubik
87. you can feel St. Elmo's fire burnin' in you
88. you watch NYPD Blue thinking, "Well, they're no Crockett and Tubbs, that's for sure"
89. You remember when film critics raved that no movie could ever possibly get better special effects than those in the movie TRON
90. Two words: Trapper Keeper.
91. You remember when there was only "G, PG and R", none of this PG-13 crap
92. Wonder twin powers, activate . . . form of a an iceberg, shape of a hammer


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