When I was a kid

Lite_BriteWhen I was a kid:

  • ‘fun’ was putting little bits of colored plastic on a backlit pegboard to form ‘designs’ (at other kid’s houses cuz your parents refused to buy you one)
  • ‘freedom’ was a bicycle, a basketball and an empty court
  • ‘video games’ were played (mostly) at an ‘arcade’ and cost a quarter to play (I played mine at a 7-11)
  • ‘children’s television’ was muppets or Scooby Doo
  • John Hughes made the best movies
  • The World Wrestling Federation was cool
  • Trading cards meant trading Garbage Pail Kids
  • The Dark Crystal freaked you out
  • BK’s had nothing to do with ‘Burger King’
  • Mr T was an actor, cartoon character and breakfast cereal…
  • ‘book stores’ didn’t exist – the Scholastic order form did
  • the Trapper Keeper was the height of your school ‘technology’
  • ‘Wax on wax off’ blew your mind (and got your ass kicked)
  • becoming a ‘Goonie’ was an acceptable life ambition
  • you thought you could breakdance (you couldn’t) (you still can’t – stop trying)
  • you thought you could make it if only you got on StarSearch…
  • Molly Ringwald was your first major crush
  • you demanded a Swatch from your parents¬†to be ‘cool’



  • Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) Posted September 19, 2013 10:32 am

    I remember the Mr. T. Cartoon. That was…weird.

    • Patrick Hester Posted September 19, 2013 4:11 pm

      “I pity the fool don’t like my cartoon!”

  • J.T. Evans Posted September 19, 2013 3:40 pm

    I can still break dance with the best…. I dance. I break. Nuf. Sed.

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