I Love The 90s... Wait, Do I?  

bigandtallreturn 38M
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4/20/2006 7:17 pm

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4/21/2006 4:41 pm

I Love The 90s... Wait, Do I?

As more existing proof that we as Americans are stretching in our nostaglic craze, VH1 has built an empire out of this notion with the I Love The... series, with tonight's offering being the first I Love The 90s saga, which they actually followed up on a year later. You think that's bad, they've done THREE I Love The 80s miniseries.

Which leads me to wonder: did we REALLY love the past when it was actually happening? I mean, when I look back at the 90s, there wasn't a whole lot to love. Between the school bullying I endured forever to the frequent moving to the lack of both a girlfriend and a social life, I didn't love the 1990s when it was happening, and all the happy nostaglia VH1 attempts to cram down our throats doesn't help.

Not that there wasn't a lot of good that came from the 1990s. I do have some good memories of certain stuff from that decade: the first two seasons of Friends, Silk Stalkings (also known as Fisher Price's My First Porn), pro wrestling's Monday Night Wars between the WWF and WCW (which culminated with the awesome 1997), the 1993 Phillies baseball season (WHATEVER IT TAKES, DUDE!), Toad the Wet Sprocket, Showtime's late-night programming, the giant satellite dish in our California backyard, the Agassi-Sampras battles, Tuesday Night Fights on USA, and oh yes, Maria Checa, the first Playboy Playmate I ever fantasized about (until Stacy Fuson came along).

As for the 1980s... most of my memories there came from the days of the apartment in Delaware that we lived in for 6 1/2 years. That doesn't sound long, but when you're the son of a Bechtel engineer, that's almost an eternity. (Don't even ask how many times we've moved.) My memories of the 80s, or what's left of them, is almost like John Mayer's whimsical rememberance in the song "83." (BTW, Room for Squares is the closest thing to an autobiography I have.) Like most people, I just tend to remember the good stuff from that decade, and just repressed the not-so-good memories.

But I'll say this for VH1: those shows are ADDICTIVE. Once you watch one, you almost feel compelled to watch them all. And it's single-handily kept the careers of Michael Ian Black, Hal Sparks, and the great Donal Logue going. And even though you DO remember the decade and it wasn't truly all that great, those shows do tend to make you feel good.

So much so that I feel like dancing to Toad the Wet Sprocket, just like the old days. Too bad I don't have their CD anymore; it was stolen by movers years ago. But hell, I can still hear it now, clear as a bell. Take me home, Glen Phillips...

All I want is to feel this way
To be this close, to feel the same
All I want is to feel this way
The evening speaks, I feel it say...

"Today may be the first day of the rest of your life, unless you live on the other side of the International Date Line, then yesterday was the first day of the rest of your life."- Larry Andersen

rm_MamCsDawne 48F
218 posts
4/21/2006 2:06 am

I remember the '80s and the '90s.. both very well.. not so much of the movies and Music.. but specific events that are unfolding not only on my blog but on my sisters blog as well. I see you have already seen some of it.. dont forget to check back in. My sis is very talented writer of what seems unreal, reality for both of us. Sometimes it is very interesting to see where others have come from in order to turn us into the freeks that we are.
btw. nice to meet you.. hope to see more of your comments on our blogs.. I will check back in on your blog from time to time. *sweet smiles

PassionKisses4Me 45F

4/21/2006 5:20 am

Ohhh do we have to remember the 80's and 90's hehehehe



bigandtallreturn 38M

4/21/2006 4:41 pm

Thanks, MamCs. And welcome to my warped world.

Now Becky, is it because of HIM? Dear Lord, girl, what are we gonna do to you?

BBW, really, the whole decade was a wash for me. The '00s, despite a slow start, has been MUCH kinder.

"Today may be the first day of the rest of your life, unless you live on the other side of the International Date Line, then yesterday was the first day of the rest of your life."- Larry Andersen

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