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Some days I sit and wish I was a kid again

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It’s Thursday night, and I’m drinking an absolutely not-classy large pour of wine with a plump golden retriever at my feet gnawing on a bone while watching the The Babysitters’ Club. In other words, I’m housesitting (dogsitting) and therefore I have access to channels like Encore WAM, which apparently plays the 80s and 90s flicks that no one ever thinks about anymore (Mannequin is on next).

The funny thing about watching these movies (the ones that shaped my childhood and adolescence, which is no exaggeration)  is that I always expect them to disappoint me, and instead I end up loving them all over again. 

The other day I told Mike that I wished I was the age I am now back in the 80’s. And while it’s easy to say I’m doing what every generation does — glamorizing the “good ‘ol days”  — I think it’s that I’m starting to realize just how much more suited I am for life 20 years ago than life today.

This is the era of extroverts, ‘winners’, and being as similar to everyone else as possible. Cool is cool. Back in my day (joking, but really), uncool was cool. It was the age of the underdog. Think: Clarissa Explains it All, Goonies, My Girl, Karate Kid, The Sandlot, My So-Called Life, Sixteen Candles, Flight of the Navigator. I could go on. Watch these again – they’re even better than you remember them. The weird kids were cool, and they were nice, too. Nice! Remember when nice was cool?!? And in the end, they always banded together to fight some greater evil (grown ups!), instead of, you know, each other. And if you’re friends with anyone on Facebook under the age of 20, then you know Mean Girls isn’t just a movie (and ‘slut’ is a compliment).  

And don’t even get me started on technology. I’ll take Tron, the original, over texting any day.


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June 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm

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Retro Friday

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For your  viewing pleasure; if this is not an awesome way to start your weekend, I don’t know what is.  You know you’re a child of the 80’s when . . .


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August 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Some Days I Sit and Wish I Was a Kid Again

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It’s a hot day here in the city. Naturally, I’ve spent the morning being all whiny about it ’cause I”m a grass is always greener sort of girl—when it’s cold I want it hot, when it’s hot I can only think of cold.

Things on my mind: watermelon, smoothies, frozen bananas, and the classic Snoopy SnoCone Machine from my childhood.


This wee, tacky machine lived it’s life on the top of the shelves in my grandma’s kitchen my entire childhood. I’m pretty sure that every summer between 1987 and 1992 not a day went by when I didn’t beg my grandma or my parents to pull down the Snoopy SnoCone Machine and fulfill my icy dreams.

But, as was the case with my Easybake Oven, the answer was usually ‘no, it’s too much work.”

{Then why the hell did you buy me these awesome toys?!?! Just to taunt me??}

Even though I only ever ate maybe one actual sno cone from the Snoopy SnoCone Machine, it’s as dear to me as Super Soakers, Slip ‘n Slides, and all the other Summer joys of childhood. I think it’s still sitting up there, collecting dust since ’95.

At least, I hope so.

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August 10, 2009 at 11:18 am