Monday, October 6, 2008

Growin' up 70's

The 70's? That's me. Let's sum it up: Hippie movement continues, Vietnam opposition and eventual pull-out, terrorism at the Olympics, LEISURE SUITS, Nixon impeached, Bicentennial, gas rationing, disco.......and lots more I'm sure.

I can't say it was the most hilarious time of my life but I'm having a good time remembering all this stuff so here's some snippets from that awkward time in a girl's life:

Polyester and pianos
- OMG! Is this really me and what's with the pink? That's my BFF I'm sitting on and there is a birthday cake in the background in the shape of a piano. Yep, obvious future geek here. I think I must have burned this outfit at some point (along with my bra that I didn't and still don't really need).

That's my brother and I'm sure he burned those pants.

I liked to watch Batman after school (the series, for all you young folks). I don't know why. I guess I was just weird that way or liked to see the good guys (and gals) win over the strangely-costumed villains trying to destroy the world or at least Gotham City. On the other hand, everyone has seen Batman's costume. WTF?

I loved Robin. Yes, that's an autographed photo (remember, geek-in-training here). I wanted to be Batgirl. And poor Catwoman. It really upset me when she had to suffer for her bad deeds. She just needed a little more love and guidance from her parents, right?

Daddy's girl:

  • Dad rode a Harley. He didn't look like your typical Harley dude although he decked out in full leathers for the 30-mile commute to work. He got pulled over by a cop once and when he took off his helmet showing off a healthy crop of grey hair, the cop said "Have a nice day, sir" and went back to his car. Ha!
  • Daddy must have liked his little girl. I got home-made breakfast every morning. My brother? He slept thru it. I think the term for brother back then was dork.

Boys, Boys, Boys:
David Cassidy (picture me swooning) was oh so cute! I'm not sure I knew what sexy was back then. Now I think this picture is sexy......(I know he looks young enough to be my son but be quiet about that!)

Here's a story....of a lovely lady....
I know the whole song by heart. That's right. It's the Brady Bunch. I loved that show. Peter was a little darling and Jan was my heroine. I think my brother secretly watched it to see Marcia and Jan without their bras.

Pacman and Donkey Kong: We thought this was the best thing since polyester leisure suits.

Where's the fun?
  1. In by 11:00 PM, Mom said. Well, I didn't date much and my friends were usually grounded or had to work, so I guess it wasn't a problem.
  2. Dating is for much older girls, said Mom again, spoken to her then 15-year old. Not much of a problem here. See #1.
  3. On the other hand, I did have a problem with this rule: Boys are not supposed to touch you....ever. Please don't tell my mom about Spin the Bottle and that my husband kissed me before we were married and that we held hands in public.
Star Wars Episode IV - What better way to start a geek career than to get hooked on this movie?

Our first VCR. After my brother showed my mom how to program it, we never missed another episode of Hart to Hart! Did I just write that out loud?

Stayin' Alive, Stayin' Alive......Disco? I didn't get it. I liked the music (please stop throwing things at me) but never really learned the dances.

I can now do the Electric Slide, although it wasn't a craze until the mid-eighties. I'll teach it to you for a smiley! Or maybe you'll give me a smiley if I don't teach it to you.

Jump forward 30 years. I'm seeing Farrah Fawcett hair, polyester, high gas prices, and crooked politicians. Not much has changed, has it?


ReformingGeek said...

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It's me said...

I seem to have missed the 70s... or at least more of the pop-culture aspects.

Yes, I watched the brady bunch, but only remember pong and barely asteroids as video games. Neither of which I played.

Didn't have a Farrah 'do... don't remember Hart to Hart although Husband says he had a crush on the chick. Where was I during this time period? Weird!

Deb said...

Great job! Brought back memories. I just loved the Brady Bunch! Hated Cindy though. Whiny lithping pain in the ath that she wath. Bobby was my favorite. I still own a Partridge Family album, the kind that needs a needle to play. It's probably warped by now along the Beach Boys, America, and Eagle albums sitting in the loft in my garage. Point me in the direction of Albuquerque....

Kirsten said...

I was more of a Shawn Cassidy fan, but Keith Partridge was pretty damn cute too!
I will give you this smiley so you don't teach me the electric slide! :)

ReformingGeek said...

@meadowlark - You must have been transported to the Twilight Zone or something.

@deb - Yep, Thindy wath a bit much. Hope it was all an act or that she grew out of it. My brother still has his turntable.

@kirsten - How could I forget Shaun? I had pictures of him, too. Maybe they are in my "hope chest" ;-)

Chat Blanc said...

I love this trip down memory lane!! What fun! :)

ReformingGeek said...

@chat blanc - Glad you enjoyed it, thanks!

dadthedude said...

great post geek! I now realize I copied you through osmosis - must have been the margarita we shared.

ReformingGeek said...

@dude - Thanks - and a damn good margarita it was!

Ed said...

ha ha. I remember all of that stuff. I used to know where to put Pac Man so the ghosts couldn't find him just so I could go to the games took that long.

Unknown said...

I think your brother in that photo might have been channeling Bobby Brady-- I think he had those striped pants. :)

I, too, wanted to be Batgirl. And even as a kid knew there was definitely something wrong with Batman's taste in fashion.

Marvel Goose said...

Re: Spin the Bottle

My grandmother was a house mom at a Baptist Children's home during the 70's. She was scandalized that the girls let the boys "put their tongue in their mouths"!

"Why, I never let Herman (the late Herman, my grandpa) put his tongue in my mouth until we were married!"

I was way too nice to point out that that wasn't all Herman was putting in her. I wasn't sure I wanted to even THINK ABOUT IT!!


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