07 January 2008

Back in the day (part one)

Cheesy reminiscing is, in my opinion, regrettably underrated. So here's the first of that old school series you were warned about.

First stop, upper elementary school (5th-6th grade), which for me was 1986-88. These years meant soccer and sleepovers and student council, sitting on Emi's back wall dissecting horoscopes/fashion articles from seventeen and YM, swooning over Can't Buy Me Love and Dirty Dancing. (Quote with me now: "He went from totally geek to totally chic." And: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner.")

It meant migraine-inducing videos such as this on VH-1, which, for the record, I was not allowed to watch.

It meant penning inane letters (to girlfriends and boys and anyone who might possibly write back) on lined paper and folding them up like so. It marked the proud owning of my first cassette tape, the self-titled Tiffany (sixth grade, an illegal copy made by my pal Alex Hall).

It meant feathered bangs, acid washed denim, white Keds (sans socks--ew), and pegged jeans. It also meant my first dance and my first-ever boyfriend (Steven Nichols), both near the end of sixth grade. (I wonder if he ever googles his name. Hi Steve!)

And now on to the tunes (check out the playlist in the column to your right). For those of you interested in crashing my flashback party, please come clad in your best sparkle jellies.


(PS Does anyone else find it mildly depressing that these songs have since been anesthetized into elevator music? Oy vey.)

11 comments:

Melissa said...

Who doesn't love to Wang Chung tonight? :D I don't have any jellies... but if I put on two pairs of socks - different colors, layer my shirts and tie the top one in a little slide, throw on my converse sneakers, peg my pants and put my hair in a side pony tail, can I still come? :)

Kimberly said...

Owie-zowie, that flashback hurt my brain. What a barrage of memories that brought back! We mustn't be too different in age because I understood every word of that!

Swede at Heart said...

You are speaking my language! I will be back again tomorrow for a listen. Aaah the '80s. Whenever Katie my 5 y/o talks about "the olden days" she asks if it happened in the '80s! LOL

~love said...

tiffany, debbie & belinda....

i'm in reminiscing heaven.

but,forget the elevator music. the most disturbing thing to me is that i hear myself thinking phrases like these:

"that feels like yesterday." &
"those were the days..."

those are phases old people say. how can i be OLD?! i was just rocking out while jumping on my bed to "i think we're alone now"...just yesterday.

Shannon Bieger said...

LOL that was an awesome flashback. Thanks for the link on the Note folds! I haven't seen those in ages! I forgot all the different ways we did that.

For the record, I'm 5'3 so my jeans are always dragging at my heels. I'm so hoping pegged jeans come back in style.

janae said...

I remember it all! I showed my 9 year old some of my pictures from the 80's and 90's and he wanted to know what we were thinking ;). It was all so much fun though!

fleetfeet said...

Oh thank you, nic for that wonderful bit of nostalgia! Every one of those playlist songs brings back a memory of my own: a special oversized sweater-dress with a fat belt around the middle, stirrup pants, crushes on boys with hockey hair...

Jen said...

Oooh I'm going to have to come back and make myself and 80's playlist and torture my students. :D

I should mention that the kids STILL fold their notes like that and they are still every bit as inane and silly.

Now I feel really really old and totally miss sitting in my bedroom with the stereo cranked up playing "I Think We're Alone Now" over and over and over.

And I tagged you on my blog (it's Cree's fault though - she tagged me first).

mrs. parker said...

My favorite quote from Dirty Dancing is
"you just put your pickle on everybody's plate, college boy, and leave the hard stuff to me."

LOVE Patrick Swayze!!

Anonymous said...

Nicole, OMG! That playlist brings back such memories! And let's not forget "St. Elmo's Fire" in the list of 80's movies. I'll bring that & some Calvin Coolers to the party - fluorescent pink off-the-shoulder sweatshirts included! ~D

fleetfeet said...

Oh thank you, nic for that wonderful bit of nostalgia! Every one of those playlist songs brings back a memory of my own: a special oversized sweater-dress with a fat belt around the middle, stirrup pants, crushes on boys with hockey hair...