I was born in 1974 and grew up in a time where;
– I was brought home from the hospital in a laundry basket in the back seat, not a government approved baby car seat. And I lived.
– my first record was Abba, Voulez Vous
– Madonna was my favorite artist. Oh look, she’s still around. Does anyone else find that surreal?
– seat belts weren’t law until I was in grade 6 so we used to nap on the back seat. Comfortably.
– books had pages you had to turn. Nancy Drew was my fav.
– Tiffany and Debbie Gibson were the teen pop stars of the day. Johnny Depp, River Phoenix and David Hasslehoff were the heartthrobs.
– having a birthday at McDonald’s was considered to be pretty epic
– special shows like the Charlie Brown Halloween Special, Rudolph, the Grinch could only be seen once on TV during the season. If you missed it, you had to wait a whole year.
– I loved watching Sha-na-na before bed.
– I remember the Coca Cola cocaine scandal, and when they changed their recipe and had to go back to “Coca Cola Classic” because it bombed. I also remember Diet coke made its debut when I was 11.
– the typical family vehicle was a station wagon – with wood panelling on the outside
– Prince’s name was actually “Prince” and Michael Jackson was still black
– I knew how to tell time on a non digital clock in grade 1.
– TV’s were described as “color’ or “black and white”
– we used high tech devices called pencils and paper in school
– I learned how to type on a typewriter
– I saw Return of the Jedi in grade 6 nine times because there was no such thing as a VHS. In fact, we had a Beta until VHS took over.
– Video killed the radio star
– Ms Pacman mini was my first video game
– “gay” meant happy.
– after school I would watch shows like Different Strokes, Silver Spoons, Facts of Life, and The Cosby Show
– I left the house at 10am and came back for dinner. Mom didn’t worry.
– I rode my bike EVERYWHERE.
– I played outside. Alone. At the park. OMG how did I survive?
– 3D meant wearing blue and red glasses at the theatre.
– my neighbours could call me out on anything. If I picked Mrs Lynton’s tulips, sure enough someone called my grandma to let her know. Scolding was ready for me by the time I got back.
– road trip consisted of books, road games, and scenery, not portable DVD’s.
– imagination was equivalent to today’s DS
– I had a Garfield telephone. This is how we communicated with our friends
– you had to DIAL phones. Phones got buttons when I hit grade 6. That was pretty cool.
– movie theatres were cheap
– acid wash jeans made its first appearance. Too bad it wasn’t the last.
– Stirrup pants. Yes I wore them. Now forget I just said that.
– I walked to school in the snow when it was -30.
– my grandparents tent was our “time share”. Gull Lake was our Mexico.
– I had a walkman in Grade 7 and a discman by grade 9. Before that I carried a big ass ghetto blaster on my shoulder. Being not even 5 feet meant that was a difficult task.
– high school consisted of getting your hair up as high as you could via teasing with a comb and hairspray
– rollerskates weren’t the “retro” option. It was the only option
– I learned how to use a floppy disc in computer class in grade 10. And how to operate DOS.
– in grade 10 I went to Quebec where “Ne touche pas” was #1 on the top 10. (Can’t Touch this, MC Hammer)
– when I started dating my hubby in ’97 we faxed one another when I was overseas because we didn’t have emails yet
– I got my first cell phone when I was 27. It was huge. No, like the PHONE was huge. Seriously.
– I got my first laptop in college. It was massive.
– “google” was a word that could have possibly been uttered when playing with a baby
– I just got an iphone last year
– Old School isn’t just a dance or style of music to me, it’s who I am