| You Might Be A Child Of The 80's If...
Posted: 28-Jul-2005, 04:52 PM
Madman with a box
Realm: Midlothian, IL
| More than 90% of this applies to me ...
You might be a child of the 80's if...
This timeline appropriately describes actual events in your life:
STAR WARS opens, you are still in the single digit years, and you think the creatures are WAY cool.
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK opens, you are now in early double digit years, and you are convinced that the special effects are much better, the characters are cool, and you want one of every collectible out there.
RETURN OF THE JEDI hits the theaters...you are now a teenager, and you cannot get your eyes off Princess Leia's breasts or Han Solo's butt. You fantasize about it, and send off to join every fan club for them on the planet, hanging posters, photos, and "teen"-type magazine spreads all over your walls and lockers at school.'
; you have deep, personal relationships via computers with people you've never met in real life before
the phrase "going courting", to you, means fighting an unjust traffic ticket or playing tennis
you know, by heart, the words to any "Weird" Al Yankovic song
not that you'd do it personally, but body piercing captivates your attention
you remember the days when cocaine was just fine in powder form, thankyouverymuch
the Brady Bunch movie brought back cool memories
you remember the first time "Space: Above and Beyond" aired it was called "Battlestar Galactica"
songs by Debbie Gibson still haunt you to this day
3 words: "Atari" "IntelliVision" and "Coleco". Sound familiar?
you remember the days that hooking your computer into your tv wasn't an expensive option that required gadgets - it was the ONLY WAY to use your computer!
you remember the days when "safe sex" meant "my parents are gone for the weekend"
you remember "Friday Night Videos" before the days of MTV
you ever owned a pair of "Pop-Wheels" - that handy little combination of shoe and roller skate that lasted about a year on the open market
a predominant color in your childhood photos is "plaid" you see teenagers today wearing clothes that show up in those childhood photos, and they still look bad
you're pissed that you couldn't really participate in the 60's, pissed that you were a part of the 70's, think you wasted too much time doing stupid, meaningless things in the 80's, and still have no clue what the 90's are all about
while in high school, you and all your friends discussed elaborate plans to get together again at the end of the century and play "1999" by Prince over and over again
you remember when music that was labeled "alternative" really was
one of the top five questions you've always wanted answered was to Robert Smith of the Cure - "What WAS that head on the door thing anyway?"
you were shocked and horrified at the Challenger explosion (which you were probably watching in school at the time), and yet, when someone mentions the name "JFK", the first thing you think of is "Oliver Stone"
you, yes you, sat down and memorized the entire lyric sheet to "It's the end of the world as we know it"
you can't remember when the word "networking" didn't have a computer connotation to it as well
you took family trips BEFORE the invention of the mini-van. You rode in the back of the station wagon and you faced the cars behind you.
you knew all the words to Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire", but it really didn't hold any meaning for you until about the third verse
you've ever conversationally used the phrase "Jane, you ignorant slut"
you watched HR Puffenstuff as a child, but now that you're older, you really understand that it would have been much better had you known about drugs at the time
you've recently horrified yourself by using any one of the following phrases:
- "When I was younger"
- "When I was your age"
- "You know, back when..."
- "Because I SAID so, that's why"
- "What the HELL is this noise on the radio?"
- "Just can't (fill in the blank) like I used to"
you can't remember a time when "going out for coffee" DIDN'T involve 49,000 selections to choose from
Schoolhouse Rock played a HUGE part in how you actually learned the English language
Kids that work in restaurants and supermarkets are starting to piss you off by calling you "sir" or "ma'am"
you're starting to view getting carded to buy alcohol as a GOOD thing, and you're ready to marry the next person who cards you when you want to buy cigarettes.
flashback: it was your first chance to vote in a presidential election, and you were SO disappointed because, just for laughs, you really wanted to vote for Gary Hart
the first time you heard the candidates names, you were pumped because you thought MICHAEL Jackson was running for President, not this Jesse character.
you ever dressed to emulate a person you saw in either a Duran Duran, Madonna, or Cyndi Lauper video
at one point during your teenage years, you walked with a noticeable tilt to one side due to the number of plastic rings on that arm
"Celebration" by Kool & the Gang was one of the hot new songs when you first heard it at a school dance
the first time you ever kissed someone at a dance fell during "Crazy for You" by Madonna
there were at least three people in your school that voluntarily went by the names of "Skip" "Buffy" "Muffy" or "Dexter"
you ever owned one of those embarrassing crimping irons
you used to hold in your head the thought that all those gold chains on Mr. T actually looked kinda cool and the thought that Mr. T made millions seemed rational to you at the time
you remember with pain the sad day when the Green Machine hit the streets and made your old big wheel quite obsolete
the phrase "Where's the beef?" still doubles you over with laughter
you read the "Hot Video Games Player's Secrets" guide for Mortal Kombat just so you could find the hidden screen, and play Pong again for old time's sake
you were convinced for years that Batman was a mildly overweight man with a moderate beer belly who wore his underwear outside of his clothes and talked strangely
you're still occasionally suffering flashbacks from your 21st birthday party
you're starting to dread your 30th birthday, and have even begun going into denial about it's possibility
you've ever said "I'm a vegetarian" and immediately had someone call you a hypocrite by saying "Nice leather jacket you have there...and gee, is that a suede bag...those shoes leather, too?"
you're starting to believe that maybe 30 isn't so old after all, and it's those people over 40 you have to look out for
you freaked out when you found that you now fall into the "26 - 50" age category on most questionnaires
you have begun to lust after women (or men) that it would be socially inappropriate for you to date due to their age
your hair, at some point in time in the 80's, became something which can only be described by the phrase "I was experimenting"
you've ever shopped at a Banana Republic or Benetton, but not in the last five years, okay?
you can't remember a time when "hitting the outlet stores" didn't mean going to an electrical warehouse
you're starting to believe (now that it wouldn't affect YOU) that maybe having the kids go to school year-round wouldn't be such a bad idea after all
you're doing absolutely nothing with anything pertaining to your major degree
you won't walk into the place where you once knew every bartender on a first name basis because "there's too many kids there"
going to keg parties no longer involves hiding out in the woods when the cops show up
you want to go out dancing, you really, REALLY do, but your back hurts, sorry
you're starting to get that "why aren't you married yet" shpiel, not just from parents, but now from friends that are married
you've recently horrified yourself by groaning as you get out of bed, not because of a hangover, but because it genuinely just hurt to do so
you're finding that you just don't understand more than half the lingo used on MTV any more
(mostly guys on this one) sex is still as much fun as it used to be, and you're still really interested in it, but you just want to make sure there's nothing really good on cable that you'd be missing first
you ever wanted to be gagged with a spoon
U2 is too "popular" and "mainstream" for you now
you ever used the phrase "kiss mah grits" in conversation
When somone mentions two consecutive days of the week, the Happy Days theme is stuck in your head for hours on end
you remember trying to guess the episode of the Brady Bunch from the first scene.
you ever used the phrase "don't make me angry...you wouldn't LIKE me when I'm angry" when trying to frighten someone off.
you spent endless nights dreaming about being the Bionic Woman or Wonder Woman or the Six Million Dollar Man
you had ringside seats for Luke and Laura's wedding (on General Hospital)
you remember "Hey, let's be careful out there"
you're parents wanted you to attend medical school, but you decided it was pointless since Quincy got all the babes, anyway.
you know who shot J.R.
this rings a bell: "and my name, is Charlie. They work for me."
You owned a Jordache anything, or you remember when Jordache jeans were cool.
You remember when Madonna was just hitting the scene.
The Brady Bunch movie brought back cool memories.
"The Reflex" was a cool song.
You remember the original version of Windows: Macintosh.
You thought "Weird Science" was a masterpiece.
You remember any or all of the following: Echo & the Bunnymen, Cutting Crew, Scritti Politti, or Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark.
Chevy Chase was really funny in those vacation movies.
You actually know who Rick Springfield is
You remember when film critics raved that no movie could ever possibly get better special effects than those in the movie TRON.
You jammed to the Miami Vice theme and thought Jan Hammer was cool.
For the girl crazy bunch: Your first sexual dream occurred to thoughts of Jeannie, Marsha Brady, Samantha from Bewitched or, for those hardcore comic fans out there, Daphne from Scooby Doo, Josie or any one of her Pussycats.
And for the boy crazy bunch: You thought Sean Cassidy was "dreamy", lusted after "Ted, your ship's photographer" on the Love Boat and Chachi, or, to keep it fair to the comically interested, thought Fred was just a hunk on Scooby Doo.
Guys: You remember when a guy piercing his ear was radical to the max, but did it anyhow.
You actually remember Benetton.
You remember when there was only "G, PG and R", none of this PG-13 crap.
You learned to swim about the same time Jaws came out and still carry the emotional scars to this day.
Mike F.May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
Posted: 02-Aug-2005, 12:28 PM
Group: Celtic Nation
Realm: New York
| Ah HA!!! About time you chillun started feeling the cold teeth of time.
I look at that list and think "Whippersnappers. . ." Or something similar.
I gotta find a list somewhere that includes the first runs of Leave it to Beaver and Andy Griffith, Kennedy's assassination on a black and white TV (the Thanksgiving turkey tasted like dry bread that year. . . ), "duck and cover," Eisenhauer's face, Kruschev's face . . . the first run of Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, and 101 Dalmations. The Beatles on Ed Sullivan.
The way the Sunbeam bread commercial made a big deal of the slice of bread you could tear evenly down the middle because it wqs "mixed in small batches." In those days we were not thinking critically, I guess, but easily amused.
Posted: 02-Aug-2005, 09:47 PM
Mistress of the Hearth Fires, Dreamer of the Woods
Realm: New England
|QUOTE (Emmet @ 02-Aug-2005, 05:30 PM)|
| What if you can remember when "computer geeks" in school were noted for their vast collections of IBM punchcards, rolls of yellow ticker tape, and endless reams of green-tinted printout paper covered with indecipherable gibberish?|
What if you've ever actually owned and operated a slide rule?
an 8 track?
rose-tinted wire-rimmed glasses, and/or an original peace sign...back from waaay before they were "retro"?
Guilty of all but the slide rule - owned one(mandatory for school), but never used it
Spent many an evening during college with my then-boyfriend, now-hubby carrying punch cards from one part of campus to another, then waiting for the outcome while searching through those reems of green-tinted paper! * Thank Goodness!* things have come a loooonnngggg way since then!!
P.S. Still have your record albums, 45's, and portable record player??
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Posted: 02-Aug-2005, 09:53 PM
Group: Celtic Nation
Realm: New York
|QUOTE (Dreamer1 @ 02-Aug-2005, 09:47 PM)|
P.S. Still have your record albums, 45's, and portable record player??
Most of the LPs are gone now
, but I still have my copy of Inna Gadda Da Vida that was played to death long before LPs went out. . . and I have the album now on cassette, and I do, I do play it!
Oh, nuts, are the kids going to get tired of all this sucking of dentures here? Maybe there should be a child of the 50s/60s thread. Sorry, guys.
Posted: 03-Aug-2005, 06:42 PM
Group: Super Moderator
I'm sitting here loading 33 1/3 LPs into the computer, listening to Foreigner on 8-track. . .
I grew up listening to various Magnetic media, mostly. Reel-to-Reel and cassette. Started computing on a COmmodore Vic 20 (with Datasette) CD !> LP
Digital and Analog both have their good and bad points. I'm not quite ready to day LP is better than CD, but I won't say the other way at all! DVD and SACD, however, have features that are problematic on LP at best though. DVD and SACD support descrete multi-channel surround sound. As I understand it, on Vinyl, Quad was problematic at best. Supposedly if you wanted good quad you needed tape...
But for quality, I won't fight over a CD if an LP is avaliable.
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