Feeling nostalgic? Let’s take a look at some 80s highlights

I’m feeling nostalgic. Not sure why. I guess as you get older, you start to look back on the good times of your youth and reminisce. I was born in the 80s (and if you’re cool, you were too), so I have tons of great memories from the late 80s and early 90s. I’m not going to give you an all-time best things of the 80s list… I don’t think I can do that. But I can give you a list of some of the greatest things to me (in no particular order). If you disagree, feel free to share your thoughts below in the comment section. Here we go:

  1.  Nintendo… the original one. I’ll never forget the Christmas morning I woke up and unwrapped my first Nintendo. Talk about joy. Life would never be the same. California Games, Super Mario 3, Double Dribble, Contra, Blades of Steel, Double Dragon… the list goes on and on. Many hours were spent trying to find that bear suit that would turn Mario into a statue or cheating my butt off in Duck Hunt or running backwards to throw a long pass down the field in Tecmo Bowl or trying to stay alive in that first Ninja Turtles game. Great times.
  2. Clothes. It could be because I was a child and I didn’t care what I had on, but even if I did care it wouldn’t matter. As long as the colors were bright, anything could match with anything else. Everybody dressed like they wanted to be able to be seen from space. Nothing wrong with that. I do remember having some Hammer pants though. I think my mom may have made them… I was cool.
  3. No worries. I had no worries as a kid. Fortunately for me, my parents didn’t send me to the salt mines to earn an honest wage back then. The same won’t be true for my children. Those little jokers will only be able to live maybe the first 15-16 months of life before finding work. Kids are expensive, and they grow too fast. It’s only fair that they learn to put in on some bills and buy their own new clothes every time they grow a little. Get a job.
  4. The Cosby Show. As far as I’m concerned, the Cosby Show was the best show to ever be on TV. Not only was it funny, but it still has a way of making you feel good about yourself as you watch it. There is no equivalent. It was great through and through… at least until Pam showed up. Then it wasn’t as good.
  5. Care Bears. I was enrolled in the afternoon kindergarten class, and I may or may not have watched Care Bears everyday before going to school. Say what you will, but my gangsta was, and still is, intact. People feared me.
  6. The Silver Hawks. For whatever reason, not many people I talk to remember this show, but it was my absolute favorite. If memory serves it came on around the same time as Thundercats, which was also a winner. Silver Hawks, though? Man… “Partly metal, partly real”. Half-human half-metal bird people flying through space protecting the universe from other half-metal, half-monster thingys? Tell me that doesn’t sound revolutionary.
  7. Nickelodeon. Everything about Nickelodeon was great. In the 80s the games shows stood out. Double Dare, What Would You Do?… I always felt like I’d beast if ever given the opportunity. Then the shows just got better in the 90s with Legends of the Hidden Temple, Guts, Nick Arcade, and Wild & Crazy Kids.
  8. The Reebok pump-up shoe that I never owned. It looked cool, but sadly I never owned it. It would’ve only increased my gangsta, AND I probably would have been able to dunk in the first grade… But, alas, I never owned them.
  9. British Knights & Calvin Klein. I didn’t live in the streets, but I did occasionally pass through. I learned at an early age that if I wanted to continue to live my life free of bullet wounds that neither of these things were the thing to wear. It was real in those streets.
  10. Michael Jackson. Michael owned the 80s. I’ll never forget watching concerts on TV seeing people literally pass out as he stood motionless on stage for what felt like 20 minutes. He was incredible. Every time he made a music video, it was a must-see event. Every time he performed on TV, it was like all other life on Earth stopped to watch him. He was mesmerizing. Aaaaaaaand I may or may not have practiced all his dance moves on the kitchen floor while wearing socks so that I could slide just right. Don’t lie. You did too.

That’s it for now. What did I miss?

Until next time…

-Erik (@WalkSays)

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