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My properly spent youth

rosepurr and I watched the new live-action G.I. Joe movie the other night. It wasn't very good, but that's besides the point. We saw the first, but not the second, Transformers movie, too, and that was not a cinematic classic either.

And in 2010, the pièce de résistance that I've already posted once before:

That's right. I'm not afraid to say it.

Yes, indeed, I love the 80's.

I grew up in the 80's. I graduated high school in 1987. (And no, boys & girls, dinosaurs did not walk the earth, unless Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher count.) I would be almost done with college before the Eighties were officially over.

There are things I took away that will never leave me. I remember Challenger. I remember Gorbachev and even Brezhnev before him. I remember there being two Germany's divided by a concrete wall. I still love hairspray metal (at least its early years before Winger destroyed the genre). I loved Miami Vice and was disappointed in the film. I know who shot J.R. I still haven't solved a Rubik's cube.

Some of it has grown on me with years. Like moss on a tree. (Wikipedia informs that in Japanese gardening, "moss is thought to add a sense of calm, age, and stillness.") I never cared much for rap in those days. Or Madonna. Or punk (rosepurr is on a mission to correct this). But now I appreciate it more. Run-D.M.C. The Beastie Boys. Prince. Always loved Springsteen.

I still don't get Blondie, though.

Anyway, what really brings it back around now is the fashion. For example, this song is pretty recent:

Apple bottom jeans
Boots with the fur
Baggy sweat pants
Reeboks with the strap

Not all the fashion came back (thank God!), but a lot already has. I haven't seen much big hair. But I do see boots with the fur. The leg warmers and miniskirts. Bubble skirts and short jackets.

And, for some of us, the preppy look never went out of style.

For me, of course, it's some nostalgia. When I see an attractive young woman wearing the fashion that teenage girls wore at the height of my puberty, it doesn't so much bring back memories as much as it just makes me feel good. Of course, no one can break a teenage boy's heart like a big-haired, denim-miniskirted teenage girl who doesn't know he's alive. And now the attractive young women in those clothes are still inaccessible. For different reasons. I'm not (as) led around by my hormones. I have a loving adoring wife who gives me everything I could ask for from a partner (possibly even boots with the fur - rowr!).

But it's good to know some things don't change. It's good to see the things that shaped some of my adult self come back for a new generation. Even if they just think it's silly.

It makes me think back. Compare then and now.

I am not the awkward skinny, pimply nerd I was. Now I'm a (usually) confident, filled-out, loved, clear-skinned nerd.

I'm not sitting in an uncomfortable plastic chair in a high school classroom, waiting for the bell to ring so I don't have to listen to a boring jerk. Now they pay me to spend time listening to boring jerks, and the seats are better.

I'm smarter, better educated, healthier, and happier with a stronger sense of identity.

Yes, indeed, I love the 80's. Unlike the woman in this song and video, I don't miss them.

[posted for LJ Idol - Season 6 - Topic 10 - Open Topic]


( 27 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 13th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
I'm thinking you'd love this Aqua song, if you haven't heard it already:

Jan. 13th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I love the '80s, too! (And I was born in '81...) The greatest movies, music and TV shows were in that decade. And now, my sister and I can't help but influence our youngest brother (who is 13.)

Now, he loves The Goonies, Adventures in Babysitting, Diff'rent Strokes, Eye of the Tiger... He recently saw last season of American Idol, and announced that one young female competitor was "the next Pat Benatar!"

I couldn't be more proud.

And I agree. The movies they try to make today to recapture the '80s just don't work... The original stuff is too classic to be messed with.

Thanks for this post. I really love it!
Jan. 13th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
Jan. 13th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Ahhh the 80's
I too graduated from H.S. in 87.

I was partial to heavy metal, not necessarily hair bands and 80's style rock. I was also into punk.

I however, went to parochial school, and we had a dress code. I lived in jeans, penny & tassle loafers, Izods, Polos, and other things along those lines, when I wasn't wearing college t-shirts and athletic shoes because I was a 'jock'.

Wonderful post.
Jan. 13th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Ahhh the 80's
Thank you, my fellow 80s child!
Jan. 14th, 2010 07:01 am (UTC)
You're not the only one who loved the 80s. The hair bands and the jordache and fancyass jeans..... How could we ever forget. ::grins::
Jan. 15th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Hooray for Jordache. Every once in a while I'll see them in a store again and wonder what happened to them.

Thanks for reading.
Jan. 14th, 2010 10:17 am (UTC)
Oh eighties... guess we're about the same age here, this truly is a trip down memory lane. But, I won't miss a thing...

... except my pink leather vest. That one I do actually miss at times...
Jan. 15th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
I've never even seen it and I think I miss the pink leather vest. Woohoo!

Thanks for reading.
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Funny, my friends and I were just talking about Challenger yesterday -- I was very young, but I have the haziest memory of it happening. Likewise the Berlin wall, and how when we first learned world cities, there were both Bonn -and- Berlin. And a giant mass of the USSR!

Jan. 15th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
LOL. Ah, the USSR. Many today don't even know what that means.

Thanks for reading.
Jan. 16th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
And meanwhile I am one of the ones who isn't aware of a handful of countries in Eastern Europe actually *being* countries! XD
Jan. 15th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
I love the 80's too...at least what I remember of them since I was born in 1982. I liked this post, it was different :)
Jan. 15th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Jan. 15th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
I have to admit, the 80s grew on me. :D The TV shows are my special favorite (proud A-Team fangirl here, yo!).
Jan. 15th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Hooray for the A-Team! It was one of my favorites.

Thanks for reading.
Jan. 16th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
I love the 80's too for many of the same reasons, despite being rather young through it all. :)
Jan. 18th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Ah, you poor soul. You don't know what you're missing.


Thanks for reading.
Jan. 16th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Hehe, ohh for the nostalgia. =D
Jan. 18th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
YAY, nostalgia.

Thanks for reading.
Jan. 17th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
I still don't get Blondie, though.

In context of 1980, they were a dance band with a punk edge. People could go to a club and dance to them and not feel like they were listening to disco - which, of course, was despised for a time in the early 80's.

Also, Debbie Harry herself sort of came across as this futuristic sex-bot, and that certainly made some young people swoon at the time.
Jan. 18th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
I always thought they were pretty much disco, but they got a pass because the rock guys lusted after Debbie Harry. LOL

Thanks for reading.
Jan. 18th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
They had more of a rock feel in their early days, so the fact that "Heart of Glass" was basically disco could easily be ignored. :P

"One Way Or Another," "Call Me," and "Hanging On The Telephone" were more rock than disco, but I'm splitting hairs here.

Anyhow, we needed something to dance to in 1980 and we were too cool to dance to the Bee Gees anymore. ;)
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
I was born in the 80's so most of my recollection are the outpouring of trends into the 90's...yet I still loved it. :)
Jan. 18th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)

Clearly, despite your youth, you're awesome. LOL

Thanks for reading.
Jan. 18th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Haha, awesome I am. Thanks. ;)
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Jan. 18th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)

Thanks for reading.
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