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Child of The 80's (Aurienne)
(smirk, sexual, forwarded)

You Might Be a Child of The 80's If...

you have deep, personal relationships via computers with people you've
never met in real life before

the phrase "going courting", to you, means fighting an unjust traffic
ticket or playing tennis

you know, by heart, the words to any "Weird" Al Yankovic song

not that you'd do it personally, but body piercing captivates your

you remember the days when cocaine was just fine in powder form,

you think the "the Gay 90's" refers to this decade, and people's sexual

the Brady Bunch movie brought back cool memories

you remember the first time "Space: Above and Beyond" aired - it was
called "Battlestar Galactica"

songs by Debbie Gibson still haunt you to this day

three words: "Atari" "IntelliVision" and "Coleco". Sound familiar?

you remember the days that hooking your computer into your television
wasn't an expensive option that required gadgets - it was
the ONLY WAY to use your computer!

you remember the days when "safe sex" meant "my parents are gone for the

you remember "Friday Night Videos" before the days of MTV

you ever owned a pair of "Pop-Wheels" - that handy little combination of
shoe and roller skate that lasted about a year on the open market

a predominant color in your childhood photos is "plaid"

you're pissed that you couldn't really participate in the 60's, pissed
that you were a part of the 70's, think you wasted too much
time doing stupid, meaningless things in the 80's, and still have no
clue what the 90's are all about

you see teenagers today wearing clothes that show up in those childhood
photos, and they still look bad

while in high school, you and all your friends discussed elaborate plans to get
together again at the end of the century and play "1999" by Prince over and
over again

you remember when music that was labeled "alternative" really was

one of the top five questions you've always wanted answered was to
Robert Smith of the Cure - "What WAS that head on the door thing anyway?"

you were shocked and horrified at the Challenger explosion (which you
were probably watching in school at the time), and yet, when someone
the name "JFK", the first thing you think of is "Oliver Stone"

you, yes you, sat down and memorized the entire lyric sheet to "It's the
end of the world as we know it"

you can't remember when the word "networking" didn't have a computer
connotation to it as well

you took family trips BEFORE the invention of the mini-van. You rode in
the back of the station wagon and you faced the cars behind you.

you knew all the words to Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire", but
it really didn't hold any meaning for you until about the third verse

you've ever conversationally used the phrase "Jane, you ignorant slut"

you watched HR Puffenstuff as a child, but now that you're older, you really
understand that it would have been much better had you known about drugs at the

you've recently horrified yourself by using any one of the following
- "When I was younger"
- "When I was your age"
- "You know, back when..."
- "Because I SAID so, that's why"
- "What the HELL is this noise on the radio?"
- "Just can't (fill in the blank) like I used to"

you can't remember a time when "going out for coffee" DIDN'T involve
49,000 selections to choose from

Schoolhouse Rock played a HUGE part in how you actually learned the
English language

Kids that work in restaurants and supermarkets are starting to piss you
off by calling you "sir" or "ma'am"

you're starting to view getting carded to buy alcohol as a GOOD thing,
and you're ready to marry the next person who cards you
when you want to buy cigarettes.

flashback: it was your first chance to vote in a presidential election,
and you were SO disappointed because, just for laughs, you
really wanted to vote for Gary Hart

the first time you heard the candidates names, you were pumped because you
thought MICHAEL Jackson was running for President, not this Jesse

you ever dressed to emulate a person you saw in either a Duran Duran,
Madonna, or Cyndi Lauper video

at one point during your teenage years, you walked with a noticeable
tilt to one side due to the number of plastic rings on that arm

"Celebration" by Kool & the Gang was one of the hot new songs when you
first heard it at a school dance

the first time you ever kissed someone at a dance fell during "Crazy for
You" by Madonna

there were at least three people in your school that voluntarily went by
the names of "Skip" "Buffy" "Muffy" or "Dexter"

you ever owned one of those embarrassing crimping irons

you used to hold in your head the thought that all those gold chains on Mr. T
actually looked kinda cool and the thought that Mr.T made millions seemed
rational to you at the time

you remember with pain the sad day when the Green Machine hit the
streets and made your old big wheel quite obsolete

the phrase "Where's the beef?" still doubles you over with laughter

you read the "Hot Video Games Player's Secrets" guide for Mortal Kombat just so
you could find the hidden screen, and play Pong again for old time's sake

honestly remember when film critics raved that no movie could ever
possibly get better special effects than those in the movie TRON.

you ever had nightmares about the giant red evil robot Maximillian from the
Disney movie "The Black Hole" and those blender attachments he had for

you were convinced for years that Batman was a mildly overweight man
with a moderate beer belly who wore his underwear
outside of his clothes and talked strangely

(guys) your first wet dream occurred to thoughts of Jeannie, Marsha
Brady, Samantha from Bewitched or, for those hardcore comic fans out there,
Daphne from Scooby Doo, Josie or any one of her Pussycats

(girls) you thought Sean Cassidy was "dreamy", lusted after "Ted, your
ship's photographer" on the Love Boat and Chachi, or, to keep it fair to the
comically interested, thought Fred was just a hunk on Scooby Doo

you're still occasionally suffering flashbacks from your 21st birthday party

you're starting to dread you're 30th birthday, and have even begun going
into denial about it's possibility

you've ever said "I'm a vegetarian" and immediately had someone call you
a hypocrite by saying "Nice leather jacket you have
there...and gee, is that a suede bag...those shoes leather, too?"

you're starting to believe that maybe 30 isn't so old after all, and
it's those people over 40 you have to look out for

you freaked out when you found that you now fall into the "26 - 50" age
category on most questionnaires

you have begun to lust after women (or men) that it would be socially
inappropriate for you to date due to their age

your hair, at some point in time in the 80's, became something which can
only be described by the phrase "I was experimenting"

this timeline appropriately describes actual events in your life: Star
Wars opens, you are still in single digit ages, and you think
the creatures are WAY cool. Empire Strikes Back opens, you are now in
early double digit ages, and you are convinced that the
special effects are much better, the characters are cool, and you want
one of every collectible out there. Return of the Jedi hits the are now a teenager, and you cannot get your eyes off
Princess Leia's breasts or Han Solo's butt. You fantasize
forever and ever about it, and send off to join every fan club for them
on the planet, hanging posters, photos, and "teen"-type
magazine spreads all over your walls and lockers at school.

you remember when the phrase "candy is dandy, but sex won't rot your
teeth" started getting followed by "yeah, but M&M's won't give you AIDS..."

you've ever shopped at a Banana Republic or Benetton, but not in the
last five years, okay?

you can't remember a time when "hitting the outlet stores" didn't mean
going to an electrical warehouse

you're starting to believe (now that it wouldn't affect YOU) that maybe
having the kids go to school year-round wouldn't be such a bad idea after all

you're doing absolutely nothing with anything pertaining to your major degree

you won't walk into the place where you once knew every bartender on a
first name basis because "there's too many kids there"

going to keg parties no longer involves hiding out in the woods when the
cops show up

you want to go out dancing, you really, REALLY do, but your back hurts, sorry

you're starting to think that Corvettes really look good, and aren't REALLY
for guy's going through a mid-life crisis and worried about their penis.
That's not YOU.

you're starting to get that "why aren't you married yet" shpiel, not
just from parents, but now from friends that are married

you've recently horrified yourself by groaning as you get out of bed,
not because of a hangover, but because it genuinely just hurt to do so

you're finding that you just don't understand more than half the lingo
used on MTV any more

(mostly guys on this one) sex is still as much fun as it used to be, and
you're still really interested in it, but you just want to make
sure there's nothing really good on cable that you'd be missing first

you ever wanted to be gagged with a spoon

U2 is too "popular" and "mainstream" for you now

you ever used the phrase "kiss mah grits" in conversation

When somone mentions two consecutive days of the week, the Happy Days
theme is stuck in your head for hours on end

you remember trying to guess the episode of the Brady Bunch from the first

you ever used the phrase "don't make me wouldn't LIKE me
when I'm angry" when trying to frighten someone off.

you spent endless nights dreaming about being the Bionic Woman or Wonder
Woman or the Six Million Dollar Man

you had ringside seats for Luke and Laura's wedding (on General Hospital)

you remember "Hey, let's be careful out there"

you're parents wanted you to attend medical school, but you decided it
was pointless since Quincy got all the babes, anyway.

you know who shot J.R.

this rings a bell: "and my name, is Charlie. They work for me."

[Note - unattributed, making the rounds - ed.]

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