3 S.R. Johannes: Think Back Tuesday (Ah The 80s!)

Monday, February 09, 2009

Think Back Tuesday (Ah The 80s!)

Marketing Smarketing: Just Do it (Thanks Nike!)

No Marketing Tip today.
Tip? - Just do it. :)
To be honest, I'm just tired of talking about it today. I am on 3 jobs right now that are about 90 hrs of work with 12 hrs of child care (and that does not include my writing) :) Ill start my 30 days of marketing back up tomorrow.

Think Back Tuesday

With the whole Facebook thing, I've been forced to see photos of my old self and reconnect with people from the past - some I cared about, some I did not really know, and....others.

It has also brought back some memories that I have not thought about in years about my life in the 80s.

My Style
  • Hershey Kiss Lip Gloss and Lip Smackers - I loved these! Especially the ones that came out at Christmas in the Candy Cane tube.
  • Mood lipstick was huge! After you applied the green lipstick - it turned pink! Go figure.
  • Mousse and Perms - Unfortunately I bought into this even though my hair was (and still is) naturally curly. If I had my yesteryear hair today, I'm pretty sure I'd be stopped by Homeland Security for harboring a possible weapon.
  • "Rooster Bangs", Mullets, and Side ponytails - yeah baby!
  • Head bands! How else do you hold back the big hair?
  • Apollonia's eye makeup from the movie Prince - I called in Rainbow eyes.
  • Fake moles - yes I did this. When I stopped doing it, I think I just told people I had it removed :)

My Fashion

  • Leg Warmers - Thanks Jennifer Beal! Ah, so many colors, so little time. Weird how no one had cold legs until the 80s.
  • White Keds - These looked even better with multi-layered colored socks. I'd change these up with some Vans or Chucks.
  • Stirrup pants - just in case I wanted to ride a horse after school - I was prepared.
  • O-Rings (Jelly Bracelets) - the pretty colored neon plastic bracelets . I say, the more the better.
  • Parachute pants - I needed all those pockets, don't care what anyone says. I had a red pair and a black pair! I was Double-Kool.
  • Swatch Watch - Not just one... but three or four. Imagine one arm filled with Jelly bracelets and the other covered in Swatch Watches (so why was I always late for school)
  • High Waisted Trousers - I think they made my legs look long - which I needed.
  • Shoulder pads - b/c the look of a football player was what I wanted.
  • Black Lace fingerless gloves - I was a Material Girl in a Material world. What better material than lace.
  • Jelly shoes - b/c they were so comfortable - NOT!
  • Acid wash jeans - I would feel safe saying that these should not make a come back. Oh, I just had a frighteningly vivid Punky-Brewster flashback.
  • “Pegged” cuffs - Don't laugh. I was actually voted: "Most likely to Peg" in school (fold and tuck)

My Fun

  • Atari Pac Man and Super Mario Brothers - Rock on! I flipped Pac Man like a zillion times.
  • Breakdancing - uh, not that I would know.
  • Rubix Cube - I used to impress my family with my RC skills. Little did they know that I simply removed the stickers and replaced them with all the colors together. Ha!
  • Cabbage Patch dolls - my parents would not get me a REAL one so my mom had one made?? I was the laughing stock at school. *sniff*. I still get sad feelings when I walk down the cabbage patch aisle at Target. There are some wounds that will never heal.
  • Friendship Pins - The more the better. I accepted them from anyone, even if it was from someone who hated me. The FP slut.
  • Duran Duran, Bon Jovi, Madonna, A-Ha, Pet Shop Boys - need I say more?
  • Roller skating at Sparkles - I had my own skates - white with green sparkly laces. Oh yeah, I actually broke my wrist showing off for a cute speed-skater. Just can't be cool.
  • Ouiji Boards - man this was fun at slumber parties :)
  • Slip and Slides - lesson? only do it in a one-piece bathing suit.
  • Aerobics/Jazzercise - remember Jamie Lee Curtis in "Perfect" with JOhn Travola!
  • Dungeons and Dragons - even then I was always on the computer - it was just a mainframe that's all.

My Slang

  • "do the wild thing"
  • "Fer sure dude!"
  • "Gag me"
  • Geez, don't have a cow?
  • Let's "party harty"
  • "Eat my shorts"
  • "Totally awesome" (crap i think I still say this *sigh*)

Events I remember

  • Challenger explosion
  • blizzard in Georgia
  • Just say no!
  • Bomb disaster drills
  • Getting suspended for having one beer while I cheered at a football game (3 others were with me so at least I didn't drink alone - right?)
  • CB breaking my heart
  • Wrecking my parents Jaguar - twice.
  • Meeting at the DQ!
  • My first car.
If you don't remember if you grew up in the 80s, here are some reminders:
  • You know what "Willis was talkin' 'bout?"
  • You think Atari was a state of the art computer.
  • You still wonder why Smurfette was the ONLY female Smurf.
  • You know the deep meaning of "Wax on, Wax off."
  • You know who Mr. T is.
  • You still have old cassettes.
  • You still feel wary about the water because of that damn movie - Jaws.
  • You practice moves from the Thriller video.
  • You thought we'd be living on the moon in the year 2000.
  • You had a light saber because the force was with you.
  • You wore biker shorts under skirts.
  • You still call motorcycle cops - Ponch
  • You still use your Snoopy Sno-cone Machine.
  • You consider the "Jo vs. Blair" conflict a major one of our century.
  • You saw the New Kids on the Block in concert when they opened for Tiffany.
  • You get in and out of your car through the windows.
  • Sometimes you just want to "shout, shout, let it all out."
  • You use your Speak and Spell to phone home.
  • You know the original members of Menudo.
  • You still feel St. Elmo's fire burning' in you.
  • If someone says, "Who are you gonna call?"- you yell "Ghostbusters."
  • You wished your number was 8675309
So please if you are old enough to have memories of the 80s - drop me a comment and tell me what you remember. Let me know I am not the oldest one here?


Elizabeth O Dulemba said...

Sparkles - yes!!! Ah, I misss Sparkles. I felt so sexy rolling around that rink in jeans so tight I had to pull up the zipper with a comb. (Which then went in my back pocket - had to be cool like that!)

Anonymous said...

Ugh, I remember jellies. I remember getting my feet sunburned after wearing them all day at a car wash. Ow.

Stephanie J. Blake said...

OMG. I used to roll up my jeans at the bottom and have the 2 pairs of thick colored socks with my keds.

Remember the off the shoulder, bright neon pink sweatshirts?

And remember the stiff side hair? And big turd curl bangs.

We still say, What you talkin about Willis at my house.

Anonymous said...

FAKE MOLES! I so remember those. My best friend was the queen of fake moles :)

Kelly H-Y said...

Oh my goodness ... that is too funny! Ahhh, the memories!

Unknown said...

Jelly shoes...how I love them. At least now I have Crocs!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Elizabeth - ooohhh I forgot about the comb :)

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Robin - OMG i think my feet got suburned too.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Steph - I forgot about the off the soulder Zanadu shirts

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

becca - you sure you never had a mole? ;)

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Kelly - thx for coming.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Beth - i love crocs too but they make my big feet look bigger. :(

Jennifer Roland said...

Acid wash is coming back. It makes me want to die. http://tiny.cc/MSjJ7 and http://tiny.cc/UAVIZ

Carrie Harris said...

I DID see NKOTB, only Tiffany opened for THEM. Gosh, was I kewl.

Although my Bonnie Bell of choice was Dr. Pepper flavor...

Unknown said...


(That was a favorite slang term of mine.)

Unknown said...

Saw the New Kids on the Block at Disney. Information Society opened up for them. :)

Have completely ignored my children today. Can you tell?

Anonymous said...

Headbands...glittery headbands. And leg warmers. Shuddering with the memories.