Sunday, January 29, 2006

If you were a girl in the 80's....

Got this from my friend Cyn and felt it worth sharing. I'm sure many will be laughing and nodding their heads in agreement. And following the tradition of Jana, personal comments are made in a different color.


You wore a rainbow shirt that was half-sleeves, and the rainbow went up one sleeve, across your chest, and down the other. Yup, we all had them -- they were the hippest thing to wear Friday nights at the Rollerdrome.

You made baby chocolate cakes in your Easy Bake Oven and washed them down with snow cones from your Snoopy Snow Cone Machine. Actually, it was my baby sister who had the Easy Bake, and none of us had the Snow Cone machine.

You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a stethoscope that actually worked. Nope, did not have that. Baby sister might have, though.

You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it. Banana seat yes, basket no -- and streamers on the handle bars.

You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels. Yup. For many years we had the metal kind of skates that buckled over the tops of your shoes. You know, the kind that required a skate key. Then we each got our very own "real" skates so we wouldn't have to rent at the Rollerdrome. We used to skate in the apartment complex parking lot with friends, too.

You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute (admit it!). Hey, who didn't like Gopher and Isaac?!

You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island. Not really. More than likely I had my own spin offs going on in my head before drifting off to sleep at night.

You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days. Hmm...definitely had snow boots, don't remember rubber rain boots. I did have a bubble umbrella, though.

You had either a "bowl cut" or! "pixie," not to mention the "Dorothy Hamil" because your Mom was sick of braiding your hair. People sometimes thought you were a boy. Nope, I wore my hair long into my sophomore year of college. It was always either shoulder length or middle of my back. Both the younger brats had the Dorothy Hamil cuts, though, and then the baby sis discovered hair spray and younger sis started feathering hers. I was the only normal one. *g*

Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession. I didn't have the sleeping bag, but I *did* have Holly Hobbie pants in first grade. And a Mrs. Beasley doll.

You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers. Guilty on the poncho, don't remember if I had either of the others.

You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon. Didn't ask for it, but each of us got our own game one year for Christmas...and I think my parents regretted that, LOL.

You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny shredded outfits. I didn't, but knew someone who did. I had the Kate Jackson (Sabrina) doll in tight red jumpsuit, thank you very much. I was so mad when baby sister traded her to one of her friends. Don't forget Weebils, either. The real, heavy marble ones, not the plastic ones they have now.

You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze. The swing set tipped over at least once. When we lived in Colorado, yes. No trapeze, though.

You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color. OMG...guilty! But hey - I had long hair and well...if it wasn't pulled back in braids or a pony tail it was usually held back with barrettes.

You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole & the buckle). You also had a pair of salt-water sandals. Salt-water sandals? In middle school I had clogs; during HS summers I lived in Huraches.

You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that Little House on the Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture; and you despised Nellie Olson! I plead the fifth.

You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink. Skate with boys?! Actually, even after "Xanadu" I can't say I ever dreamed of being kissed in a skating rink. Please. I'm much more romantic than that.

Your hairstyle was described as having "wings" or "feathers" and you kept it "pretty" with the comb you kept in your back pocket. Nope, though I did sometimes have bangs, technically I never had feathers or wings. My sisters on the other hand...

You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie. I think baby sister had some of those dolls. Maybe even a lunch box.

You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic. I think I had a Honey Hill Bunch lunch box one year (didn't have the dolls though a friend did), but never the Muppets -- though I did watch "The Muppet Show."

You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazzard was your boyfriend. Sorry, I had better taste than that. My sisters used to fight over them, though.

You and your girlfriends would fight over which Charlie's Angel you would be - and you all wanted to be Chris. Actually, I preferred Sabrina, the smart one. Hence the reason I had above mentioned doll.

Every now and then "It's a Hard Knock Life" from the movie, "Annie" will pop into your brain and you can't stop singing it the whole day. Damn You! Omigosh! When this movie first came out my younger sister and I ditched baby sis and rode our bikes over to the mall cinema one summer afternoon to see it. And yes, we can sing along to all the songs. LOL

YOU had Star Wars action figures, too! I didn't, but a friend did -- and still does. Plus most of the new ones. What can I say, she's a SF geek.

It was a big event in your household each year when the "Wizard of Oz" would come on TV. Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping bags! Yes! For this and "The Sound of Music." Still love both movies, but it just isn't the same now that they play ad nauseum and are available on DVD.

You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: "Who will I marry-- Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or Rick Springfield?" Of course the answer was Rick Springfield.

You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Fame soundtrack record album. Grease and Fame, yes. We didn't have the other.

You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and Popsicle-stick God's eyes, decoupage, or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom. Pot holders - I believe they were called "loom loopers." Hey, they forgot gimp! We made a loooootttttt of bracelets and key chains with that.

You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts! And now I make my own shrinky-dinks with polyshrink and ink stamps, lol.

You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker. Can't say I ever did that.

You couldn't wait to get the free animal poster that came when you ordered books from the Weekly Reader book club. Double score if it was a teddy bear dressed in clothing. The free poster was okay, but it was the books I anticipated more than anything.

You learned everything you needed to know about girl issues from Judy Blume books. Who didn't??

You thought Olivia Newton John's song "Physical"was about aerobics. You mean it's not?! *Snickers*

You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with heart or rainbow designs. YES! Beaded friendship pins were the in thing in middle school - replaced only by jingle bells in December.

You wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer. Umm...not. Okay, yes we watched it religiously every Saturday night, but I don't know anyone who actually dreamed of dancing on the show. On a related note, a friend received the "Valley Girl Handbook" for Christmas one year and we all adopted "Valley" names from the list in the book. I believe mine was Kirs. Like, gag me with a spoon....

You had a Big Wheel with a brake on the side, and a Sit-n-Spin. I didn't, but baby sister went through three or four Big Wheels. Younger sis and I both had two-wheelers by then. I think one of them had a Sit-n-Spin, too. Maybe even both.

You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat. We didn't have subscriptions, but younger sis and I often pooled money together for Tiger Beat, Teen, or Seventeen.

You spent all your allowance on smurfs and stickers for your sticker album! I don't think I ever owned anything Smurfy, though we did watch the cartoon. All three of us had sticker collections. I confess to still having an extensive sticker collection, but these days it's all acid-free material for scrapbooks and cards. Trust me, it's a lot different than those we collected in the 80s!


Jana said...

You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazzard was your boyfriend. Sorry, I had better taste than that. My sisters used to fight over them, though.

What?!?!?!?!?! Better taste than Bo Duke!!!

ROFLOL I was soooooo into Bo Duke it isn't funny. Of course, by the time I was old enough to know that Bo was a hottie, I was watching re-runs. Dukes premered the year I was born. hehehe

I think I must have been either totally out of the loop on a lot of these things, too young or too poor cuz I didn't experience much of this stuff.

Very cool though. ;-)

Heather said...

Yes, better taste than Bo Duke. If I absolutely had to choose between the two, I'd go with Luke because he was smarter.

There was another 80s list like this that Cyn shared that had a lot more items and that had me wondering if I'd slept through the 80s, so don't feel too bad.