Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Life in the 1980s

I had no idea Archie McPhee, the cool pop-culture toy store near me in Seattle, has a blog.

They do, it's called Monkey Goggles, and I liked this post, a straightforward musing on growing up in the 1980s.

Excerpt: "It’s not all that different today. We wore funny clothes in the 1980s, but they’re the same funny clothes teens wear now. (Thanks to Hot Topic and the like, they’re even easier to find.) We played games that required one central nerd and a guild of followers. Television shows were either brainless or brilliant, and the latter variety still got canceled more often than the former. We had a telegenic president who many people loved and an equal number of people despised. Our favorite pop divas wore little clothes and couldn’t really sing well. We were addicted to Atari, Intellivision, Nintendo, Commodore. People were discriminated against and wars were fought, and while some of us made up our minds to do something about it, most of us didn’t."

And I adore his ending: "When my friends get to talking about how freaking wonderful the 1980s were, I don’t get sentimental or sad or even annoyed. I simply say this: Yeah, I had fun then. And I have fun now."

Bravo, Geoff Carter. Bravo.

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