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Always Something There to Remind Me

Friday, November 04, 2011

Lately, I've totally been listening to my favorite 80's tunes, soaking up whatever nostalgia they bring. With everything going on in the world, I sit back and wish for it to be 1982 again, but it's more complicated than that. I don't just want to turn the clock back 30 (almost) years, but I want to be there...at five years old again. I know there was a lot going in in '82 (problems in Syria, Libya, Israel, Egypt, Iran -not much different from today-, Cold War concerns, assassination attempt on the Pope, Tylenol scares and clashes in Ireland, oh, and LOTS of plane crashes).
What do I remember? Pretending to take my nap, but instead, watching reruns of The Muppet Show or Mork & Mindy. Playing on my swingset with my trusty (and very retro...I still have it) radio, listening to Joan Jet, Styx, Toto, John Couger (no Melancamp), The Go-Gos, The Police, Queen, ABC, OMD and about 10 other bands that were all initials. Asia was big...I saw them last summer and while the nostalgia was still there, it just wasn't the same. Night Ranger however, continues to rock! My parents influenced my music choices...in fact, my mom bought Thriller that year...in album form, yup the good old 33!
My biggest concerns were what I was going to get for my birthday, the flavor of Kool-Aid my mom would make that week and trying to figure out how I was gonna sneak that barn cat into the house. No recession, no wars (that I knew of), no work, no riots; school was fun and I lived outside until well after dark. Fun was biking on the road when nobody was looking (we lived on a dead end road in the country) and falling asleep on the picnic table while watching a meteor shower. Nobody I knew had cancer and poverty was something that happened in nations on the African continent.
I want that sheltered life back, if even for a day. I just want a day where all I see is what is positive in the world...just the good things.
The best I can come up with is to avoid the news/media, but that only fixes so little of what I want to escape. Any suggestions?
Where are all the happy people? What happened to all the good times? Am I just not looking hard enough? Looking too hard? Am I the only one who just wants to check out for a day and revert to being a child again?
This isn't meant to be a downer blog, rather a day dream of happy times and how one can get back. Now, if you don't mind, I have some A-ha and Culture Club queuing up on the turntable!
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  • SNUZSUZ
    The 80's were nice! My children were all under the age of 10 and we had some great times and made some great memories! I still miss who they were then sometimes, even though I see them all the time now, they are all grown up now and I miss them being little. Wouldn't it be great if we could go back just for a day???
    3510 days ago
  • SPLASHDOG1
    I hardly ever watch the news, it's way too depressing. Where are all the positive stories? Of course it's almost impossible to escape it all what with internet, tv and radio...unless you become a hermit living in the backwoods. Which, to be honest, sometimes sounds really good to me! lol!
    3510 days ago
  • GHK1962
    I agree that there does seem to be so much going on these days. I think perhaps it's a function of the way we receive information these days..with the internet, so much news is delivered so much faster. Which in turn likely influences events themselves.

    However . . . despite the unrest . . . there are good things happening too :-)

    I did like your blog though . . . very cool memory lane thoughts. Your music tastes are tasty indeed.

    As for the time machine movie...maybe it was Orson Well's "The Time Machine" that 1Crazydog was talking about...that one had a time machine in it.
    3511 days ago
  • JANTWO
    I loved the 80's even though my mother died when I was 18 in 1980. My precious daughter was born in 1981.
    I LOVED Poison, Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi, The Culture Club, and certainly the BOSS Bruce Springsteen. I can hear Def Leopard singing Pour Some Sugar on Me as I write this!!!!
    No Internet
    My kids played outside and we played cards for family fun.
    No cell phones and caller ID
    We had FAMILY CLOSENESS literally.
    We knew our neighbors and visited.

    We had FUN and I would trade the internet and some of our technology today for the way is was then.

    GREAT BLOG!!!!

    3513 days ago
  • TALULAX-
    I love this! I have felt the same here and there. To check out for a day would be awesome! I was a kid back in the 80's too. I remember putting on concerts in the backyard for my stuffed animals, tea parties, riding my bike to what felt like the edge of the world but really it was just the end of the street, feeling like I was so awesome for climbing to the top of a high jungle gym, and despite having vast taste in music...discovering Beethoven for the first time. Favorite things about being kid: A fresh box of crayola crayons, the first cut into a new piece of construction paper, eating a slice of birthday cake with icecream and feeling like it was such a treat, spending the night over at my great grammies house, watching my first garden grow, summer being three months of magic, and my bike...which was a purple, pink, and white 80's style huffy with monkey bars and a bannana seat. It had unicorns and rainbows on it with streamers on the handle bars, beads on the spokes, and a basket! I was stylin! LOL Oh...and mixed tapes. Yes, TAPES...where you would sit listening to the radio until that one song comes on and you would scramble to record it. lol
    3513 days ago
  • MELIVA
    You're not thinking Somewhere in Time (Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour), are you? I don't think that's got a time machine though.

    I don't wish to change anything...just to escape everything and go back to when things were simple, even if it's just for a day.
    3513 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Wow. The only way I'd go back in time is:

    1. If I kept the knowledge I have right now.

    2. If I got to keep those treasured people I have lost over the years.

    Otherwise, I am not sure I'd do it. Any more for me than I want that crystal ball to see what the future holds. I just don't know if that would work for me!

    I was already out of college for 5 yrs. in 1982. The most significant loss of my life happened in Feb. 1982 (my brother dies @ age 27 on his birthday), so for me, that would not be a year I'd go back to for sure.

    But you did get me thinking. I guess with all the upheavel in the world right now financially and otherwise, I am still OK with right now. I am dealing with it.

    Reminds me of an old movie about time travel (don't remember the name of it) where a scientist invents a machine that allows him to time travel. I know I'll think of the movie title around 3 this morning!


    3513 days ago
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