I wanted to do a personal time capsule to look back at the life I've led so far.
And to see how many things have changed throughout the years.
So onwards to the door of yesteryears.
Join me if you will.
I was born in the late 70's (Wow, saying this out loud makes me feel older) I was the youngest of 3 kids.
I grew up with my mom and dad and 2 older sisters.
I lived in the Midwest, which gave me the benefit of all 4 seasons to experience.
Like most I went to pre-school, those days however seem to have been lost to time.
Moving on, I got older and was soon in kinder garden, which I still have some memories of.
So began the road to education.
And boy, these were easy days.
My days went a bit like this...
(Many of weird things were created with this amazing, yet simple toy,and I do recall a kid making the occasional snack out of it.)
There was also building "fortresses" out of the timely cardboard brick.
We were educated by characters like this(But the ones we had came with a record and a balloon figure. but the songs are still the same.
(Looking back, they were some creepy things, hanging there above our class, with their songs about a letter ringing in our heads.)
Here's one of those said creations.
The Letter People - Meet Mr. M
(Yup, still as disturbing as I recall)
After that riveting education and some drawing finger paintings and drawing, we were doing show and tell.
I can only recall one item that I had brought, and here it is.
(Impressive I must say, for me and my young imagination)
Somewhere in between all this we were given our much anticipated snack...
Wait for it.....
That's what I recall to me a daily routine for those years in kinder garden.
Off to home.
Which now seems like stone age TV, upon arriving at home I grabbed my bean bag chair and settled in for a couple of hours of shows.
What was on the viewing menu you ask?
Mister Rogers Neighborhood
The Electric Company
Most of that year was rinse and repeat for the most part.
The next step....
(Which is where I made probably the best friends I would know, as well as some of the coolest toys and cartoons I would discover)
I'm going to post the cultural aspect of these years, as the schooling aspect is the norm for everyone, math (Although the mini maths were kinda
fun), spelling and recess....
But recess, that was always memorable.
Many a battles of kick ball, dodge ball, basket ball and my favorite, tetherball, 4 square, and the many monkey bars.
Which I'd like to add, unlike todays kids, our playground equipment had sand spread over cement for "safety", unlike these rubber things under
What to do?
Toys or TV?
Long before DVR, these were decisions my generation had to make, lol
So It usually became a combo of both, kid multi tasking at its best.
So what was on the TV?
G.I. Joe !
(Cool characters, Cool weapons, must see tv for all my friends and I)
(What's to say, Robots that transformed! And not Michael Bay!)
(My personal favorite! Characters were cool, fun story and again ROBOTS, that formed a bigger robot, that fought monsters. There was an alternate
version involving vehicles, but that was a lot and only aired on and off)
(Always thought this was a poor mans version of Garfield, but was a fun show)
(Cool gadgets, and Brain the dog made this show cool)
THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS
(Their the GhostBusters, Nuff said)
(Thunder Cats Hooooooooooooo!)
(Looking back, pretty goofy show, but had swords and magic, and battle cat)
(Not very mainstream, but I remember all the cool cars with their weapons.)
Super Mario Brothers Super Show
(Title says it all)
Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors
(Vague memories of this show,but it was watched)
TV trays were invented for a reason, and in my family they were put to use.
The shows that aired during dinner varied, as in which sister had control over the tv at the time.
These shows carried over into my middle school years as well.
What was there to watch?
Charles in charge
The Wonder Years
The weekends always provided another tv line up.
What was watched?
Dungeons and Dragons
Galaxy High School
GO OUT AND PLAY!!
Ahhh that command heard by every child on the weekends when noon rolled around.
So what to do?
Go door to door and gather my friends of course.
Gather our resources i.e toys!!!!!!
What do we lose ourselves into today?
(The best "toy" to own,got ya to every house and corner store nearby)
GI Joe Toy
(So many battles)
(Awesome! But why did some take rocket science to transform?)
Match Box Cars
(Who didn't have these?)
(Just because...They were awesome)
LJN Wrestling Superstars
(We were big wrestling fans, BROTHER!)
But what would a day with friends be without snacks!?!?
Whats on the menu?
Hostess Pudding Pie
Jello Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl Pudding Pops
Bonkers Fruit Candy
With that came sleep overs and a trip to the video store and out to eat!!
Where to eat?
Chuck E. Cheese
(Arcade, singing electronic puppets ,cheese maze, ball pit and PIZZA!! great time!)
(RIP The BigFoot Pizza)
Or the usual fall backs of McDonalds, Burger King and Taco Bell.
Stomachs now full the discussion now turned to what movies or games we would rent.
Keeping in mind I had 2 older sisters to go along with my friend(s) we had to bypass in order to get what WE wanted.
Compromise was a must, lol.
Now here in my city there were plenty of mom & pop stores to rent from, but that also meant limited amounts of videos to choose from. So it's off to
the big man on the video store scene.....
(To add, I actually miss going to the video store, walking in and seeing all the movie posters on the walls and the isles and isles of movies, with
the box covers and all their great artwork. "Be Kind, Rewind"
So much to many to choose from, these were some of the movies I've seen over my renting years in short.
80's Movie montage
Best 80's Horror Movies
Any cant forget the hour/day stealing joy of the multi time rented Nintendo games!
Great years for sure!!
Now onto the first step towards "learning" about growing up.....Middle School!
Now begins the beginning of the fashion show, Kliqs and *Gasp* Dating......
So summer has ended and its time for school, but wait what do I need now?
That about covered it, oh wait....
Levis Stone Washed
Ok ready for school......
Ok Bell !!!!!!
What was on TV ?
In Living Color
Married with Children
The X files
And what goodies were consumed during these shows?
And of course Pringles, Doritos, Cheetos.
And besides the tv shows, what music was around to listen to?
Pop in that CD and turn on....
Just a sample of what is A lot of music I listened to back in Middle school.
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