Archives for June 2012

all about the 80s challenge – Day 30 – Anything else about the 80s?

 

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me, 1981

The 80s were awesome.

A lot of the music was good.

There were great movies.

I was a kid, pre-teen, then a teeenager in that decade.

I don't think we used the word "pre-teen" then.

It was the decade that I started writing, started to discover who I was.

It was when I went to Graceland.

It was when I gave up Barbie Dolls and got crushes on boys.

I think that's what the nostalgia about the 80s is about. It's that time for so many of us when we went from children to young adults.

That's why the 80s were so special. 

all about the 80s challenge – Day 29 – Swatch watch!

For real. This is the post I was most excited for. 

Do you know how much I love a Swatch Watch? In my day, the Swatch was sold in a case at the Limited (very convienent to me at St. Vincent Mall in S'port). I'm also calling this day fair game to discuss other 80s accessories.

I had a few Swatch Watches. My favorite:

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Yes, that would be my 1986 Pink Flamingo. Guess what? You can find old Swatches here. Yes, I know how exciting that is. Yes, mine is currently out of stock and I am on a list to be notified when they get one. I loved this watch. Come on – pink and green (and blue) and polka dots. Is it me or what? I know.

Let's also have a look at my necklace of choice: the Twistabead.

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I had these very Twistabeads. If you don't recall, these were beads that you twisted together and could add a claspy-thing. I loved these bitches. You know what I loved just as much?

The Add-a-Bead necklace.

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Bitches loved Add-a-Beads. Add-a-Beads were like some kind of necklace lay-away (OMG remember lay-away? for those of you who didn't grow up poor – lay-away was something your broke ass parents could pay weekly on to purchase big-ticket items. LIKE A BIKE FOR CHRISTMAS). You would get the necklace for your birthday or Christmas or Hanukkah or whatever and one bead. Then for the next holiday or whatever, you would get another bead or two and in a few years you'd have enough beads so that you didn't look like you didn't have a Mr. T Starter Set. And if you didn't have an Add-a-Bead necklace you were not cool. My Aunt Vicki gave me my Add-a-Bead necklace in silver when I was 11 because she wanted me to be cool.

And that leads us to the gift  that started my obsession with my monogram.

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The Bermuda Bag. No, I don't know why it's called that. My Aunt Vicki gave me a red corduroy (just like this one) Bermuda Bag with my monogram in navy. The bags had mother-of-pearl buttons and you could change out the covers, but I never did that. At some point I got gum stuck in my purse and that was the end of my Bermuda Bag. These bags tried to make a comeback a few years ago, but who wants to hold a bag with a wooden handle that can't fit a decent wallet? Still, I loved that bag. Probably because I owned it when I was 12 and didn't have a wallet.

all about the 80s challenge – Day 28 – Favorite foot fashion?

So, yesterday I touched on Eastlands.

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Of course, there were times when I couldn't get away with my Eastlands. Those times called for Tretorns.

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Tretorns ruled. I had these with the pink swoosh. I say we bring 'em back.

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I posted this on Facebook 2 minutes ago, but it's worth posting on the bloggy blog too. 

This is the reason the interwebs was invented. I give you the Ghetto Beauty and the Beast. 

 

all about the 80s challenge – Day 27 – Favorite clothing brand?

That would be Outback Red. No, not the new fangled Outback Red. I'm talking about the old 80s Outback Red sold at The Limited back when I could still wear clothes in the sizes The Limited carried.

I wore a lot of Outback Red. My favorites were an oatmeal colored big sweater with tortoiseshell buttons at the neck that I wore with brown stirrup pants and the dress I wore for 8th grade graduation. I found a photo of the dress online in pink, but my dress was white with big open forest green checks. Like an open plaid.

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I loved that dress. I don't think I belted it. The skirt was twirly. I wore scrunchy socks and Eastlands with it. Eastlands were my shoe of choice. 

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It was a look. You may have to trust me, but it was a look. 

all about the 80s challenge – Day 26 – Favorite Atari game?

Kids these days don't even know the fun they missed by not being born in the era of the Atari 2600. Because I'm a good parent, I got the kids the Atari classic games for Playstation – but the problem is that these games were not designed for modern controllers. The classic games were designed for the classic joystick or rollerball, thus I suck at playing the games on Playstation. The kids do not believe I was once a master of Centipede and Super Breakout.  Super Breakout was my game. 

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This screen shows the more advanced double paddle, but you get the idea. Super Breakout was a sort-of Pong on Crack. You moved the paddle to hit the ball, the ball hit the colored bricks, you had to hit all the bricks to go to the next screen where you hit more bricks.

I was good at this. 

I’m just going to leave this right here

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all about the 80s challenge – Day 25 – Favorite board game?

Kerry trivia: I do not love a board game. I hate most of them. Don't ask me to play Monopoly, I'll just buy the low-rent properties and set up crack houses on Ventura. The Game of Life? That's bullshit. Clue? It was Ms. Scarlet in the kitchen with the SHUT THE HELL UP. 

The only board game that I love and have loved since its debut is Trivial Pursuit. I guarantee a win if you are on my team. Yes, I said guarantee. I honed my Trivial Pursuit skills at my grandparents' house in the 80s when we played during family functions. I am queen of the Trivial Pursuit. In college (in the 90s) we held Trivial Pursuit nights in the dorm lounge. I should have majored in it. 

happy birthday, George Michael

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Wishing you the happiest of birthdays from the Kerry Blog Staff.

All about the 80’s – favorite toy

Without a doubt, Barbie was my favorite. My favorite Barbie was Sweet Roses PJ, followed by a cowgirl. Barbie that winked. Eventually her eye got stuck and she was a cyclops. Here’s PJ and another of my favorites because of her sparkly dress and stole. I loved the Dyansty-like outfits.