Posted by: angelnorman | July 15, 2009

do you remember?

some things i’ve been thinking of, at random, since my sister and i discussed at some length the awesomeness that are Benders.

love baby soft perfume
exclamation perfume
aqua net
clear mascara (which i loved)
peach lotions fron Victoria’s Secret
trying to lighten my hair with lemon juice and sunshine
layered socks
washing my face with noxema
using clearasil clear sticks on my zits
seventeen magazine
using banana clips and liking it
side ponytails (sort of sad I can’t do that now)
my black sunglasses with hot pink earpieces
homemade sun tan oil: iodine and baby oil (why?!)


not all of my memories are from the 80s. some are 90s. some still exist. (omg, i want some benders like woah, and knowing they’re out there still makes me so happy).

what do you remember?


also, for your reading pleasure:

You know you grew up in the 80s if…

1. You’ve ever ended a sentence with the word SIKE (sometimes, mike and i still do.)
2. You watched the Pound Puppies (loved ’em!)
3. You can sing the rap to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do the Carlton Dance (like nobody’s business)
4. Girls wore biker shorts under their skirts and felt stylishly sexy
5. You yearned to be a member of the Baby-sitters club and tried to start a club of your own. (yep!)
6. You owned those lil’ Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls
7. You know that “WOAH” comes from Joey on Blossom (and “like woah” comes from my mouth many times a day)
8. Two words: Hammer Pants
9. If you ever watched “Fraggle Rock” (and still do, when Nick complies.)
10. You had plastic streamers on your handle bars… and spokey-dokes or playing cards on your spokes for that incredible sound effect
11. You can sing the entire theme song to “Duck Tales” (Life is like a hurricane… here in Duckburg. Race cars, lasers, airplanes… it’s a duck blur. Might solve a mystery! Or re-write history. Duck Tales! (Woo-ooh). That’s all I’ve got.)
12. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons
13. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head
14. You saw the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the big screen…and still know the turtles names (Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michaelangelo. Also, there’s April O’Neil and Casey Jones and Splinter and Shredder and…)
15. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school (hells yes i did)
16. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side (or one in every color, some glittery and some bedazzled with little gems)
17. You played the game “MASH” (Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)
18. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it
19. L.A. Gear….need I say more?
20. You wanted to change your name to “JEM” in Kindergarten. (She’s Truly Outrageous.) (I ❤ Jem! Also, I know for a fact that it makes Samantha Newell, aka the voice of Jerrica/Jem very sad when you tell her that you watched Jem while you were in Kindergarten. She was over the age of 20 then, and it makes her feel really old.)
21. You remember reading Tales of a fourth grade nothing and all The Ramona books
22. You know the profound meaning of “WAX ON, WAX OFF”
23. You wanted to be a Goonie (Hey you guyyyyyyys!)
24. You ever wore fluorescent neon clothing
25. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted
26. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf (sexism! or maybe she was their sex slave.)
27. You took lunch boxes to school…and traded Garbage Pail kids in the schoolyard
28. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets
29. You still get the urge to say “NOT” after every sentence
30. You remember Hypercolor t-shirts (i miss my hypercolor shirts.)
31. Barbie and the Rockers was your favorite band (woot!)
32. You thought She-ra (Princess of Power!) and He-Man should hook up. (were they not brother and sister? i always thought so. haha.)
33. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.
34. You ever owned a pair of Jelly shoes.
35. After you saw Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure you kept saying “I know you are, but what am I?”
36. You remember “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”
37. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.
38. You ever got seriously injured on a Slip and Slide. (those things are not as easy or as slippery as they appear.)
39. You have ever played with a Skip-It.
40. You had or attended a birthday party at McDonalds.
41. You’ve gone through this nodding your head in agreement.
42. You remember Popples
43. Don’t worry, be happy
44. You wore like, EIGHT pairs of socks over tights with high top Reeboks.
45. You wore socks scrunched down (and sometimes still do..getting yelled at by younger hip members of the family)
46. You remember boom boxes and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.
47. You remember watching both Gremlins movies. (i ❤ gremlins!)
48. You know what it meant to say “Care Bear Stare!!”
49. You remember watching Rainbow Bright and & My Little Pony Tales
50. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot
51. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac
52. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool…and don’t even flinch when people refer to them as “NKOTB”
53. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on “Saved By The Bell,” The ORIGINAL class
54. You know all the words to Bon Jovi – > YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME
55. You just sang those words to yourself
56. You remember watching Magic vs. Bird
57. Homemade Levi shorts.. (the shorter the better)
58. You remember when mullets were cool!
59. You had a mullet!
60. You still sing “We are the World”
61. You tight rolled (pegged) your jeans
62. You owned a banana clip
63. You remember “Where’s the Beef?”
64. You used to (and probably still do) say “What you talkin’ ’bout Willis?
65. You had big hair and you knew how to use it
66. You’re still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren’t you! (busted.)



  1. Love this! We are totally 80’s girls. Awww, MASH, how I loved thee.

  2. dude…i still do most of those things

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