I am a child of the 80  

micahbiguns 52M
1308 posts
1/27/2006 7:04 am

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I am a child of the 80

Don't call me "Generation X,"
call me a child of the eighties

I am a child of the eighties. That is what I prefer to be called. "Generation X" is a myth created by some over-40 writer trying to figure out why people wear flannel in the summer.

When I got home from school, I played with my Atari 2600. I spent hours playing Pitfall or Combat or Breakout or Frogger or my favorite Dig dug. I never did beat Asteroids. Then I watched "Scooby Doo." Daphne was a Goddess, and I thought Shaggy was smoking something in the back of their psychedelic van. He always had the munchies. I hated Scrappy.

I would sleep over at friends' houses on the weekends. We played army with G.I. Joe figures. We stayed up half the night throwing marshmallows and balls of paper at one another. I never beat the Rubik's Cube.

I got up on Saturday mornings at 6 a.m. to watch bad Hanna-Barbera cartoons like "The Snorks," "Jabberjaw," "Captain Caveman," and "Space Ghost." In between I would watch " School House Rock." ("Conjunction junction, what's your function?")

On weeknights Daisy Duke was my future wife. I was going to own the General Lee and shoot dynamite arrows out the back. Why did they weld the doors shut? At the movies the Nerds got Revenge on the Alpha Betas by teaming up with the Omega Mus. I watched Indiana Jones save the Ark of the Covenant, and wondered what Yoda meant when he said, "No, there is another."

Ronald Reagan was cool. Gorbachev was the guy who built a McDonald's in Moscow. My family drove on our summer vacations and we collected "Muppet Movie" glasses (We had the whole set.) My brother and I fought in the back seat. At the hotel we found creative uses for Connect Four pieces like throwing them in that big air conditioning unit or zinging them at eah other.

I listened to John COUGAR Mellencamp sing about Little Pink Houses for Jack and Diane. I was bewildered by Boy George and the colors of his dreams, red, gold, and green. MTV played videos. Nickelodeon played "You Can't Do That on Television" and "Dangermouse." HBO showed Mike Tyson pummel everybody except Robin Givens, the bad actress from "Head of the Class" who took all Mike's cash flow.

I drank Dr. Pepper. "I'm a Pepper, you're a Pepper, wouldn't you like to be a Pepper, too?" Shasta was for losers. TAB was a laboratory accident. Capri Sun was a social statement. Orange juice wasn't just for breakfast anymore, and bacon had to move over for something meatier.

My mom put Little Debbie Snack Cakes in my lunch box, and filled my Thermos with grape Kool-Aid. I must of gotten two thousand cheese and cracker snack packs.

I went to school and had recess. I went to the same classes everyday. Some weird guy from the eighth grade always won the science fair with the working hydro-electric plant that leaked on my project.

Field day was bigger than Christmas, but it always managed to rain just enough to make everybody miserable before they fell over in the three-legged race. Where did all those panty hose come from? Burping was cool. Rubber band fights were cooler. A substitute teacher was a baby sitter/marked woman. Nobody deserved that.

I went to Cub Scouts. I got my arrow-of-light, but never managed to win the Pine wood Derby. I got almost every skill award but don't remember ever doing any of it.

The world stopped when the Challenger exploded.

Did a teacher come in and tell your class?

Half of your friends' parents got divorced.

People did not just say no to drugs.

AIDS started, but you knew more people who had a grandparent die from cancer.

Somebody in your school died before they graduated. Usually from an auto accident involving booze.

When you put all this stuff together, you have my childhood. If this stuff sounds familiar, then I bet you are one, too. We are children of the eighties. That is what I prefer "they" call it.

papyrina 52F
21133 posts
1/27/2006 7:39 am

i'm one too lol,i always won at space invadera and pac man,the music was good,the mood even better

I'm a

i'm here to stay

rm_saintlianna 46F
15466 posts
1/27/2006 8:32 am

Omg, I loved Centipede and Q-Bert, I still miss them.

PrincessKarma 44F
6188 posts
1/27/2006 12:29 pm

Daaamn... I remember eating Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch while watching the Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem, My Little Pony -Hasbro's TV tie-ins ROCKED-, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Tarzan, Zorro and others by Filmation -with stock animation loaded with personality that never said no to cels that could be endlessly recycled-, Strawberry Shortcake, the Care Bears ...

Ohhhh... and remember when we all got "Pac-Man Fever"? (Dear god, I just gave myself an earworm... help. Please. Have mercy.)

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

micahbiguns 52M

1/27/2006 1:14 pm

welcome child of the 80's I got satalite radio just so I could hear that music again

You can be an honorary member of our group

Thanks and even though I still get my but kicked I enjoy trying to beat them thanks for the link

Me too although I heard that Atari is bringing back a lot of those games for the PC

lmao Captain Crunch?? no way it was Lucky Charms because they were magically delicous

sweethoneysouth 38F
280 posts
1/29/2006 12:03 am

I hate Scrappy as well. But She-Ra and Wonder Woman were my heros!

micahbiguns 52M

1/29/2006 7:42 am

Wonder woman Aka Linda Carter is still my hero lol

FeistySyn 53F

1/29/2006 11:40 am

Golly, was I the only one of my generation to be hooked totally on Gilligans Island?

Great post, thx for sharing

Apparently the depth of depravity here is bottomless... don't you feel right at home?

micahbiguns 52M

1/29/2006 8:09 pm

Nope but that brings up another hard choice Ginger or Mary Ann lol thanks for visiting

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