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Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Olden Days


1. You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a stethoscope that

2. You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with
flowers on it.

3. You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had
metal wheels.

4. You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute (admit it!)

5. You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island or BattleStar

6. You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days.

7. You had either a "bowl cut" or "pixie," not to mention the "Dorothy
Hamill" because your Mom was sick of braiding your hair. People
thought you were a boy.

8. Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.

9. You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers.

10. You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon.

11. You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple
satiny shredded outfits.

12. You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the
trapeze. The swing set tipped over at least once.

13. You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color. Oh

14. You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole
& the buckle).

15. You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that
Little House on the Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high
neck in at least one school picture; and you despised Nellie Olson!

16. You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink.

17. Your hairstyle was described as having "wings" or "feathers" and you
kept it "pretty" with the comb you kept in your back pocket.

18. You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends,
Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie.

19. You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not
plastic. With the thermos inside!

20. You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of
Hazzard was your boyfriend.

21. Every now and then "It's a Hard Knock Life" from the movie, "Annie"
will pop into your brain and you can't stop singing it the whole day.

22. YOU had Star Wars action figures, too!

23. It was a big event in your household each year when the "Wizard of
Oz" would come on TV. Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping

24. You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: "Who will I marry.
Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or Rick Springfield?"

25. You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Fame
soundtrack record album.

26. You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and
God's eyes, decoupage, or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom.
Pot holders - I believe they were called loom loopers.

27. You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts!

28. You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your
tape player up to the speaker.

29. You couldn't wait to get the free animal poster that came when you
ordered books from the Weekly Reader book club. Double score if it was a
teddy bear dressed in clothing.

30. You learned everything you needed to know about girl issues from
Blume books (Are you there God, It's me, Margaret.)

31. You thought Olivia Newton John's song "Physical" was about

32. You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or & nbsp; shoelaces
with heart or rainbow designs.

33. You wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer.

34. You had a Big Wheel with a brake on the side, and a Sit-n-Spin.

35. You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat.

36. You spent all your allowance on smurfs and stickers for your sticker


  • I got a grin from many of these items - even though I was not a little girl in the 70's...

    My daughter, who is 3 now, will say "Straw Berrycake" instead of Strawberry Shortcake. It's so cute in the ways that only little kids can be cute.

    By Blogger Scott K. Johnson, at 3/16/2006 3:46 PM  

  • Cripes. Am I pathetic? I can relate to every single on of these.

    First Bike: Purple with a banana boat seat that had these cool pink and purple designs.

    First "kiss" on the cheek: Bobby's Rollerway, Chris Brouilette, 1979.

    I had the bowl cut, the pixie, and at one point the Laura Ingalls long and luxurious cut -- and I got called "son" by little old men and women regularly when I had the pixie.

    By Blogger Nicole P, at 3/16/2006 5:09 PM  

  • I can relate to almost all of them too except the Donnie/Marie/Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, Gopher or Rick Springfield things. But Bo(?) the blond Duke of Hazzard was DEFINITELY my boyfriend!

    I miss those lunch boxes too. And I REALLY miss the shiny, smooth, glittery iron-on shirts. They ROCKED! I wish I could get my hands on them now.

    By Blogger Erica, at 3/16/2006 6:50 PM  

  • K I'm feeling old now! I related to it all. Especially the short pixie cut which was only better than the home perm my mom ave me to give my hair body. Imagine a good jolt in the light socket! I loved those smurfs! Although there were some worse things in the 80's. Remember leg warmers and flash dance???

    By Blogger SUPERMOM, at 3/16/2006 11:12 PM  

  • Another pixie here.

    My god, Shannon, it's as if you were spying on me (with just a few exceptions-- mostly all the Shaun Cassidy/Leif Garrett/Dukes of Hazzard love).

    Brought back the most wonderful memories of my hot pink sting-ray with the gold banana seat.

    What a fun post!

    By Blogger Sandra Miller, at 3/16/2006 11:33 PM  

  • I can relate to many of those and I wasn't born till the 80s!

    By Blogger Megan, at 3/17/2006 12:56 AM  

  • My parents wouldn't get me a banana seat bike and I felt SO deprived. I had a nice, sensible Schwinn instead.

    The Dorothy Hamill. God, was there ever a more unflattering haircut? I had one and it traumatized me for life. I've never cut my hair short since.

    By Blogger julia, at 3/17/2006 8:34 AM  

  • I grew up in the 80's, but I still had Strawberry Shortcake stuff! I couldn't believe that I saw her again at Toys R Us the other day with my cousin! All that stuff is coming back.

    By Anonymous Elizabeth, at 3/17/2006 9:38 AM  

  • those days were golden, even though I was a teenager then!

    By Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques, at 3/17/2006 11:11 AM  

  • I LOVED Dynamite magazine. Kept them for years. It was like People for '70s kids.

    By Blogger Lyrehca, at 3/18/2006 6:37 AM  

  • I had to close my cubicle door before my lol got me in trouble! Very funny post - I went through and checked off most as being true for me too. And the fisher price stethoscope? Well my husband paid $10 more this past Christmas for the purported "working" thing. Should sue them for false advertising.

    Another of my favorites at the time - Orlando & Dawn (yikes).

    By Blogger AnnaQ, at 3/20/2006 1:41 PM  

  • I remember them all like yesterday and I so love this post! I had that banana seat bike it was a purple IMP of all names! my bangs were feathered of course:)and I also had a pixie UGH! I collected wacky packs remember those? they came with the stick of stale but good pink bubblegum and saturdays were always spent at the roller rink! Thanks for the memories!

    By Blogger berriehead, at 3/21/2006 8:16 AM  

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