80’s Flashback Part I
I am a total product of the 1980’s. I love nostalgia in all forms, but a recent visit to San Francisco, made me realize all of the things that my daughter may miss out on. She may see that a new version of an old item appears in a commercial as I try to explain to her that I had that when I was little. She may discover something in a closet or in the attic from my childhood. She may have oodles of questions to ask. In fact, I can almost guarantee that she will. The first thing that I noticed in San Francisco was the bright neon colors displayed in a window at The Gap. There is no doubt about it, the 80’s are back and I am “stoked”. The second was when we noticed a pay phone. I have not seen a payphone in ages. Try explaining that one to a 5 year old born in the 2000’s. I tried to answer her questions will continue to try and cannot wait to try and explain what a neon colored piece of elastic is called.
Chinese jump ropes were so much fun. Or how we used pay phones to call our Mom to come and get us at the mall. Or how we walked, actually walked to school. I am sure that all of this vital information will make me oh so popular with her friends, but I think that I will be “like totally awesome.” Quoting Huey Lewis and the News, “Let’s go back in time” and discover some things from an era gone by.
Here is my list of the totally rad…..
The 1980’s Method of Calling Someone Who was Not Home….The Payphone
In the 1980’s we had to actually remember someone’s phone number or at least write it down. In fact, if someone was not near their home phone, we usually were not able to reach them. Of course, the coolest and most important people had pagers, but the average person could not be reached 24 hours a day. In some ways, did this make life simpler and more enjoyable or less convenient? Either way, it was certainly different. During my recent trip, I noticed pay phones. They looked surprisingly different. They had a credit card machine attached to them so you can pay with plastic.
Toys of the 1980’s
I have noticed that toys of the 80’s have come back. My daughter has cabbage patch dolls, my little ponies, and Barbie’s. I showed her a troll doll and she looked at me like I was a total nut. I tried to explain to her how you would rub its belly and make a wish. A 4 year old really liked that idea and I had her sold, but an older child might really think that I was losing it. Such a simple idea went global and I am surprised that this trend in toys has not come back yet. I was thinking of all of the other toys that I had and chuckled a little. I had the whole set of California Raisins fashioned around the commercial. I remember huge Barbie’s houses, unlike what they have today. They were Malibu mansions. I remember Atari’s and playing the ET game where you had to collect Reese’s Pieces in order to “phone home”. I suspect that ET had to use a payphone. I also remember the old Nintendo where you had to blown on the cartridges to get them to work. Worked like magic every time. Now my daughter has to play on my cell phone at every waking moment and can not live without Netflix.
The Brick, the first Cell Phone
My cell phone now is my life. I hate admit it. I would not have any contact with anyone without it. I would not even know how to reach them, like I can be bothered with memorization anymore….(sarcastic laugh). I use my phone to pay bills, connect with others, check my facebook, and organize my life. When it is lost or broken, I may as well hide under a rock. However, I remember the first cell phones were as heavy a rock and shaped more like a brick. And they did two things, call and ring. Yet, they were so cool. Anyone that had a cell phone was super awesome in the 80’s. I even remember having a toy phone and it was just as big and just as awkward. You sure could not place it in your coat pocket or really even your purse, they had their own containers. And these containers had a battery pack that resembled that as the Ghostbusters device that they used to catch Slimer in. Now you could place probably 100 modern cell phones in one of those so-called cell phone cases. No wonder fitness became so big in the 80’s, we had to “Get Physical” in order to carry our phones around.
Black and White TV
Over Christmas break, my kids and I were watching TV and the Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life, was on TV. My kids asked if the TV was broken and sat staring at me in amusement as I tried to explain how TV was not always in color, nor movies for that matter. It seems that the less color a movie has, the more boring it is, as my kids tell me that they would rather watch something better. I showed my daughter a picture of this TV and she asked me if it was a microwave. I laughed so hard. I know that black and white movies are still around, we can watch them from time to time. But I am not sure that I can ever get my kids to watch them. For some reason this can not catch their attention. They would be totally freaked out if I told them that the coolest thing in my parent’s day was the radio and even better than that, books!!!!
Do you remember when tape recorders and boom boxes actually “ate” your tapes and you would be devastated that your Wham tape was gone forever. Or the tape would come unwound and you would use the eraser end of the pencil to wind it back up? Those are all just memories, can you even find a cassette tape anymore. CD’s are almost unheard of. I will be honest; most of my music is on my phone. I can come clean. I am not sure I miss these little gadgets, but once again, I am reminded how binded I am too my cell phone.