My treadmill and I have a “love-hate” relationship going. Well maybe not that…it’s more like a “bang my head against the wall-strongly dislike” kind of thing. Due to my lungs being on the mend and the roller coaster weather we have had, my arch nemesis and I have been seeing a lot more of each other, lately (gag me with a spoon).
Luckily, an iPad and my love for the 80’s, have gotten me the much needed treadmill miles for my training.
I have come across some old VH1 television favorites called “I Love The 80’s” and “I Love The 80’s: Strikes Back”. These shows have a hilarious cast of music artists, actors and comedians that reminisce about their younger years, during the 1980’s. I have been really getting into these episodes; laughing, singing along, talking to myself (like, thank God no one was home), so I thought to take the highlights and construct them into a radical list of total 80’s awesomeness!
Are you an 80’s kid? Then come and take the magic bus back in time with me…
Fisher Price Record Player: My parents had their turntable and eight tracks, down stairs, and I had my Fisher Price record player, upstairs. I spent time jamming out to Sesame Street’s “Rubber Duckie”, in my bedroom.
Trapper Keeper: This was one of my first-day-of-school Caldor finds! Two requirements went into my Trapper Keeper selections: (1) it had to be a magical horse of some sort and (2) it had to have a rainbow in it!
Double Dare: Nickelodeon was the first all-kid networks that had one of the first all-kid game shows! Double Dare was so major, I mean, where else would you see someone get slimed on the head, or encouraged to pick a goober filled nose?!
Scratch ‘N Sniff Stickers: I used to have books of these gnarly kid collectables. Beware though, along with the grape jelly and coke-cola nice smelling stickers, also came the wicked gross skunk, rope and old boot smelling stickers (barf).
Candy Land Board Game: My poor parents were subjected to play for hours on end of this board game, with me. Oh, and I had to win too – those were the kid rules!
Reading Rainbow: I still remember the books LeVar Burton would read to us and all the rad adventures he would take us on. My favorite episode was when he beamed us up on the Star Trek The Next Generation set!
Jellies: If you were a girl in the 80’s – you wore jelly shoes! I had multiple colors but my favorite was the clear sparkled ones. I wore them till they practically melted off my feet in the summer time. Seriously, remember getting stuck on your black top driveways?
Strawberry Shortcake: My whole room was a Strawberry Shortcake explosion with themed bed sheets, a garbage pail, curtains and even strawberry wallpaper my dad put up. All of this, to match my super smelly Strawberry Shortcake figurines.
Friendship Pins: The giving and receiving of friendship pins was a playground activity favorite. To be put simply, the more pins you had the more friends you had – a’ duh!
Annie The Movie: Annie was watched repetitively, in my youth, and the musical dance numbers were performed in my friend’s basement, ad nauseam. I even had the cheesy curly permed hair to match (thanks mom).
Rainbow Brite: With a Rainbow Brite plush doll in one hand and Starlight, in the other, I would sit and watch the Rainbow Brite cartoon every Saturday morning. Then, come Monday, my friends and I would play the episode on the school playground.
Fisher Price Recorder: I didn’t go anywhere without my recorder. I had my own totally tubular talk special called the “Robin and Derek Show” – the producers (my parents) felt it best to include my brother in the show – we made it work. 🙂
My Little Ponies: I had dozens of these mystical creatures, along with a stable and a castle! I also had the movie that I watched, repetitively, until my parents went cross-eyed.
So here it is, the highlighted list from my childhood that was re-sparked by watching the “I Love The 80’s” series, from my treadmill. By watching back-to-back episodes, last week, I was able to get in my long run at just around 8 miles. I couldn’t believe it!
What do you think of the list? Is it completely righteous or grody to the max? Let me know, I would love to hear about your bodacious times from the greatest decade to have been a kid!
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