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Sep. 5th, 2005

i stoled this from grlleastlikely, and am reposting it mainly for raisin, because it SO reminds me of us when we were little:


You made baby chocolate cakes in your Easy Bake Oven and washed them down with snow cones from your Snoopy Snow Cone Machine. (i DESPERATELY wanted either of those, i would practically drool over them both in the toy section of stores, but alas.... this 'trauma' from not having either as a kid was alleviated greatly when i grew up and realized that i SUCK at cooking and HATE doing it.)

You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a stethoscope that actually worked. (i'm surprised i still have hearing after playing with those.)

You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it. (yes. it was light blue.)

You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels. (always wanted to learn, but never got skates until i was in the 6th grade. maybe that's why i suck at skating.)

You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute. (and HOW!)

You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island. (not sure about nightmares, but i remember it freaking me out quite a bit a few times...)

You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days. (i also had a lovely "i can't put my arms down!" snowsuit.)

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. (mom gave me the dorothy hamil cut once. once. she immediately learned the errors of her ways. i think she did it because she had had hair past her butt and chopped it off... she had cut mine shortly after.)

Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession. (actually, i had a Looney Toons one, a western.. looney.. toons. dunno WHY.)

You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers. (thank goodness? no.)

You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon, but never got it... (or kabangers) (actually had simon, but the small travel version. and it DID come from santa!)

You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny shredded outfits. (you're darn tootin! actually, i think i only had the donnie doll. he dated my Golden Dream Barbie.)

You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze. (i remember thinking we were rich because we had a swingset with the trapeze, a swing, two rings, something else, AND monkey bars.)

The swing set tipped over at least once. (until my daddy bought cement for the one at his house. i remember the one at my mom's house tipping over all the damn time because of all of the stoned adults playing on it. i could swear at least once i woke up to find my swingset in pieces or severely bent.)

You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color. (i think i remember raisin making them for me, in fact!)

You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole & the buckle). (i remember thinking i was a balerina because i could stand on my 'toes' in them.)

You also had a pair of salt-water sandals. (faetal told me of these.. contraptions... maybe i lived too far in the backwoods of iowa.)

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! (little house was a weekly EVENT at our house. yeah, shaddup.)

You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink. (i was terrified of skates. i only wanted to marry john schneider or erik estrada, or the lead singer from The Bay City Rollers.)

Your hairstyle was described as having "wings" or "feathers" and you kept it "pretty" with the Goody comb you kept in your back pocket. (don't know what happened, but it seems like one day, long after my hair grew out from the hamil incident, mom decided it would be a keen idea to hack off all my hair because 'it feathered so pretty'. this happened right around the same time that i hit that awkward phase right before puberty, where things started growing at odd speeds, so thusly, i had breasts but no waist. boy hair and a giant nose. and what on EARTH is up with my buck teeth?!?)

You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie. (this should be changed to 'THE REAL strawberry shortcake', as i don't know what the HELL is going on with the 'hip' new 'version' of our childhood toys. the jerks. jerkity jerks, even.)

You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic. (had a dukes of hazzard one, and a charlies angels one. boy, do i wish i still had those.)

You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazzard was your boyfriend. And if you didn't get one of the Duke boys...Ponch or John would be your alternates. (as i said earlier: john schneider, and if he turned me down? erik estrada would be there for me!)

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. (naw, but "tomorrow"? eek.)

You had Star Wars action figures, too! (yet another childhood toy i am SO kicking myself in the ass for not taking care of. i know i had c3po, r2-d2, and han. the funny thing is that i had the toys, but never saw any of the movies until many MANY years later, when i saw 'empire strikes back' on our stolen hbo.)

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! (it WAS. it was the only day of the entire year that raisin and i would spend the night together, planned very carefully for us by our parents. i think that when we moved and someone else asked if they could spend the night, i said 'why, dorothy isn't on.' it blew my mind that you didn't need a MAJOR EVENT to spend the night at someone's house.)

You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: "Who will I marry...Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or Rick Springfield?" (well, i DID have the shaun cassidy guitar.)

You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday, Night Fever, and Fame soundtrack record album. (the only 'tape' i owned was the bay city rollers' greatest hits until santa brought me the footloose soundtrack when i was about 10. other than that, i had MICKY MOUSE DISCO, the first album i ever owned.)

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. Potholders I believe they were called "loom loopers" (even as a kid, i realized how dumb the loomy things were. i couldn't see the point. now GODS eyes, on the other hand...)

You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts! (my kittens were glittery! until they faded to that obscure grey after too many washings.)

You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker. (and you could hear me singing along, of course. i have since destroyed all of those.)

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. (and most of the books i ordered were choose your own adventure.)

You learned everything you needed to know about girl issues from Judy Blume books (Are you there God, It's me, Margaret.) (i was more of a beverly cleary fan, meself.)

You thought Olivia Newton John's song "Physical" was about aerobics. (it's not?)

You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with heart or rainbow designs. (ah, when rainbows meant something else...)

You wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer. (i wanted legs like that. still do.)

You had a Big Wheel with a brake on the side, and a Sit-n-Spin. (had a dukes of hazzard one, too! big wheel. i remember the joy of being able to sit and spin for HOURS and never get sick. now one twirly ride at a park and i'm out for the evening.)

You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat. (this didn't come until much later. and even then, i would HATE buying them for the sean astin and kirk cameron posters because even then, i realized how lame it was.)

You spent all your allowance on Smurfs and stickers for your sticker album. (i still have my sticker album, the same one that i've had and added to since i was EIGHT. maybe i'll scan it one day.)

okay, so it was mainly posted for MY reminiscence. i wish i was more creative with my responses, but eesh, i'm tired.

long day.

i almost had a panic attack after standing at my register with FIVE GAZILLION people in line for seven hours straight (other than my half hour lunch). after sitting in the QUIET breakroom for 10 minutes, i felt so much better.

though i feel sad and weird after picking up my michael's application and talking to denise. so much for 'never working there again!'.. but oh how i will love 25% employee discount again. and days that i work both jobs, i'll finally get caught up on my reading again.

*sigh*

hooray for tomorrows off.

can't you see you're falling down
thanks to things i never knew
don't you know i'm trying hard...

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aubkabob
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
yeah, i noticed it was pretty general, for the most part! i had totally forgotten some of it, like the swingset tipping over thing!

they also forgot LITEBRITE.

i so want one of those. not the cheesy cheaty ones they have now, but the good old fashioned ones. rawk. i remember how the paper smelled!
kimie
Sep. 6th, 2005 06:02 am (UTC)
LOL! Ahhh...the 70's!!

I had a snoopy sno-cone machine, but not an easy bake oven!

I had a strawberry shortcake lunch box.

I had the Fisher Price Dr. kit, and omg...you don't want to know what I did with that thing! Scary thing is, the kids have pieces of it now!!

I had the Fisher Price record player too!

Annie was my FAV!!!

I totally had Dorthy Hamill hair too!

aubkabob
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
ha ha, that's hilarious!

i had a holly hobby record player, meself, with a matching alarm clock and lamp, in that lovely pepto bismol pink!
soulresilience
Sep. 6th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC)
I was an eighties child and I think at 90% of all of that still applied. I had a strawberry shortcake sleeping bag though and I do remember having a metal lunch box...can't quite remember who it was, but I can remember it falling open all the time *cry*. never had simon or hungry, hungry hippos. I used someone else's sit and spin and I did have a big wheel. it was pink and white and light blue :p they should add in those trampolines that were brown and black for "exercise." somewhere we have one of those doggy looking robot attack things from starwars...no idea what they're called and the door is missing. it used to have automated guns that would light up from a big light bulb underneath when they were firing. and the book order thing? omg, I was obsessed with the free animal poster so I'd order stuff I didn't even want. and I so read allll of the romona quimby books. I still have a lot of them somewhere. *raises hand* hard knock life gets in my head all the time. I had "Jem" shrinky dinks or whatever. and what about those things that you'd hang the poster up and rub off the pictures onto it? I had a huge one of those I remember. and some kind of rubber clingy things too. Circus Town, Celebration and Radnor Rolls (roller skating rink), were THE places to have your birthday parties. I had to get my ears pierced so people would stop thinking I was a boy. so yeah, I had short stupid hair too. ohhhh and my banana seat bike with a basket was strawberry shortcake! woot! which I then covered with garbage pail kid stickers. I had an easy bake oven which I had to BEG for and I remember dying to have the snoopy snow cone machine which someone else had. we had a nifty metal swing set too. It had rings, two swings, it might have had the trapeze, but i'm not sure and it had a "glider" on it that could fit four very small children in the seats..and a slide. yeah, that thing like bent in half eventually and got very very rusty. and I think we'd try to swing high enough to make one side or the other lift off the ground. heh. I can also remember having to buy replacement swings all the time. stupid rusty chains. I never got one of those fisher price doctor kits, but I remember them fondly. The syringe, the blood pressure cuff, the thermometer, and the stethoscope that we would definitely put on and have someone else yell in the other end. I did have a fisher price pretty up set or something like that. with a fake perfume squeezy thing and fake pearls that snapped together and a comb and stuff like that. I also had Apricot from Strawberry shortcake and she was my abosolute favorite and I lost her and and I am still scarred for life from not finding her. I don't think I had rubber boots for the rain..unless they were hand me downs...but I definitely had silver "moon boots" for the snow. they were hand me downs and fell off during the blizzard in 1985 and I got very cold feet :( I called them my "crystal" boots because they looked like the ones the little girl in the Ewak movie wore. I think I wore them year round at that point. I better stop here since this is now longer than aubrey's entry.
aubkabob
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)
yay! i had apricot (didn't she come with a little dog, too?) and blueberry muffin. i remember wanting huckleberry finn so that i could set them up on a date! (i apparently was all about dating and hooking people up as a kid!)

aah, the glider, i'm sure i had one or two swingsets with that, too! i so wish they made the whole set ups grown up size so that you could get one and frolic on it from time to time!

i really, really loved this response!
kimberlychapman
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
Egad, wayyyyy too many of those are accurate for me. I was born in 1972!

Although don't worry so much about playing with your Star Wars toys...that's what they were FOR! Would you really have had fun with them as a kid by keeping them in their original boxes? Bah. Forget that crap and enjoy your memories of PLAYING!
aubkabob
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
ha ha, i remember sitting on my floor and playing with my han solo that was missing an arm ;) i think i traded his arm for c3p0's or something. hard to tell for sure!
kimberlychapman
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
My C-3PO has been missing a leg for ages because my brother broke it off. My brother also buried my Chewbacca and I never saw it again. Little bastard!

Undressing and redressing Yoda amused me for too many hours as a kid. :) I liked putting the orange snake on backwards so it stuck up like a collar.
jjm
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:33 am (UTC)
You don't know me, but...
You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it.

Yes! Mine was blue and had five flowers on the white basket.

You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels.

I sure did!

You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute.

I thought I was the only one.

You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon, but never got it...

Yes, but I got a different brand of the same kind of thing. It was called Mimic or something like that.

Your hairstyle was described as having "wings" or "feathers" and you kept it "pretty" with the Goody comb you kept in your back pocket.

I did have wings, but they were usually messy.

You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic.

Mine was a metal Peanuts lunchbox, with snoopy. :)

You had Star Wars action figures, too!

I wish!

You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday, Night Fever, and Fame soundtrack record album.

No, but I did have Disco Duck.

You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker.

lol. I did that!

You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with heart or rainbow designs.

Yep.

aubkabob
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
Re: You don't know me, but...
yay! it was quite nice to have a little blast from my past that ... well, i had totally forgotten some of them (like the swingset tipping over), so i was grinning open-mouthed by the time i finished reading!

ha ha, i'm getting old!
aubkabob
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
Re: You don't know me, but...
wow, you have fantastic interests! :D

and pets ARE unconditional love!
jjm
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
Re: You don't know me, but...
thanks! :)
ex_dogmeat720
Sep. 6th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
Man, you remind me of how glad I'm not working in retail anymore...
*hug*
aubkabob
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
lol for some reason i almost typed 'i miss it!'

but.. um.. i haven't NOT worked retail in 2 years now.

speaking of, i hear they're done with my 2 year review and just need to go over it with me. let's hope that i get a raise!

not that it will go anywhere but the garnishment, but still..
greenminions
Sep. 6th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
You get to read at work?
aubkabob
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
i SO wish. basically, when i worked both jobs before, they are literally right next door to each other, and i would have about 2 hours in between. since it takes me a half hour to walk to work each way, there was no sense in going home, so i would bring a book and sit in the barnes and noble cafe and drink coffee and read for 2 hours ;)
oh_the_drama
Sep. 6th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
25% off @ Michael's would be an awesome thing!
aubkabob
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
that's the biggest thing that i miss from there. i certainly buy a lot less crafting crap that i never end up using since leaving! let's hope that i can restrain myself this time!

especially when it all goes on CLEARANCE!
dive01265
Sep. 6th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I wasn't around in the 70's! He he!
aubkabob
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
ha ha, sometimes, that may be a very good thing!
faetal
Sep. 6th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'm a child of the 80's and a I wore a poncho (not to mention all the other things that apply to me.)
thats it, I'm making you a poncho, every person should have had the experience of wearing one.
aubkabob
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
ha ha, yay ponchos!
aubkabob
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
ha ha, i had MEANT to add, before hitting 'post' that when we went to mexico for my birthday, meredith bought a poncho there and wore it everywhere. peyton and joe laughed at her behind her back. makes me a bit timid about wearing one!
bearly525
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, much of this is from my life, with slight variations!! LOL
angel68
Sep. 8th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
I had Dorothy Hammill hair and I did experiment quite a bit with the stethascope! Shaun Cassidy "Under Wraps" I had that album...yahoo.
belenen
Sep. 12th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
The only ones that apply to me:

You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a stethoscope that actually worked.

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.

You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts! (except not kittens, bunny rabbits, 'cause my mom bought them)

You learned everything you needed to know about girl issues from Judy Blume books.

...and I didn't have heart shoelaces, but I had some BRIGHT NEON yellow-green ones! They were positively blinding in the sunlight.

I also looooooved Highlights magazine -- that's a 80's thing, right?
aubkabob
Sep. 11th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
absolutely - and to show you how wonderful faetal is, she has A GIANT BOX full of highlights magazines!!
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