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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nostalgia 101: Take a Car Ride Through Memory Lane



So, take a leisurely car ride down Memory Lane with a quick stop over in Nostalgia Town, followed by a highway change near OMG I REMEMBER THAT.

Maybe it's just a symptom that I'm getting older. Maybe it's that I'm looking for a simpler, easier time, back in the good old days of Scrunchies, wave style bangs held together with pep and Aquanet, and Running Man dance moves. Hell, maybe I want to watch Forever Knight (What? My Toronto vampire detective will kick your teen angst ridden vampire into the dirt any day). Sure, I may have just watched the pilot episode of Beauty and the Beast on Netflix, and was amazed at how Vincent the underground dwelling, cape-wearing, lion-man-beast had a great head of Nelson Twin style-hair that would put even young Bon Jovi to shame.

What started this? One of my coworkers at the Day Job had an eBay purchased original Voltron delivered to the lab. And he took it out of box and played with it, Transformers old school style.

So, no I didn't spend my entire childhood telling people that "when someone asks you if you're a god, you say yes!" or singing "All Star" by Smash Mouth on a band trip to Disneyland until my friends wanted to literally smash me in the mouth.

Actually, it reminds me of a time in 6th grade, where on perusing the books on the shelf in the classroom, I found Stephen King's Pet Semetery. Though to this day I still have no real idea what the hell it was doing in a 6th grade classroom, I do remember me flipping through it to a random page only to see the f-bomb several times. My goody-two-shoes little soul shriveled in horror at the old F-dash-dash-dash, the mother of all curses. Flipping through it more, I saw that there were even more curse words, and while part of me thrilled that I could secretly steal away with this book full of forbidden knowledge, the other half told me to give it to the teacher. And I did.

If only my kid self knew how much I love cursing now, and how awesome and mighty the F-DASH-DASH-DASH remains to this day. If I could go back in time a la' TARIDS-ing or DeLorean-ing, I'd tell my 6th grade self to take that book and...oh hell, I'd still have myself give it to the teacher. Stephen King? Seriously? How very 80s...

So, yes, part of my childhood will always be in the notes and music of a Pop Up Video, or in the studious Mathnet bits of Square One television, or even in the minor crush I had on Billy the Nerdtastic Blue Power Ranger. Also, I'm pretty sure that Wishbone the Jack Russell terrier taught me everything I ever needed to know about the English Literature cannon, and the Carmen Sandiego computer game taught me to catch criminals with punny names who had stolen the Pyramids in Egypt. Ain't that right Sam O. Nella?

So, my pretties, what do you recall from back-in-the-day? 

3 Comments:

At March 1, 2012 at 9:06 PM , Blogger Leah said...

OMG Wishbone! How could I ever forget him!!!

 
At March 4, 2012 at 4:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saved by the Bell, Full House, and Crystal Pepsi my friend...

-Stacy

 
At March 10, 2012 at 9:08 PM , Blogger Carmen said...

Doug, Salute Your Shorts, Gummi Bears, and anything and everything Disney. Also, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers!

 

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