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2011-03-20 03:11:21 PM

justoneznot: JimmySlicings: martlet1: Rolled jeans. Tight on the ankles.

/awesome

I'll admit to doing this back in the day, I was in 4th or 5th grade. I remember a couple years later though in middle school one of my friends was still doing it and people were making fun of it behind his back. I guess that trend didn't stick around too long.


I missed out on a lot of fashion trends for the most part. Probably something to do with being so into Scouting that I had uniform tanlines that didn't fade until I was 25...
 
2011-03-20 03:14:54 PM
Okay. Flip-flops (or thongs or shower shoes or whatever you wanna call 'em) going mainstream will definitely be a thing remembered.

Maybe long layered shirts with the waistband under the b00bs, over leggings. That seemed to migrate to the US from Asia, FWIW.

/googling around this now, just out of interest
 
2011-03-20 03:16:53 PM
Showed my 13 year old son these photos.

Him: Tape Shop? They had a whole store just to sell tape?
Me: No son, we used to record our music on something called a tape.
Him: Why, when you could use an ipod?
Me: *facepalm*
 
2011-03-20 03:16:55 PM

itazurakko: It can be hard to detect overarching style trends while they're still going (since things just seem "normal" and then it's all about the details rather than the overall common look) but... this makes me wonder, right now in 2011 (or heck, say just generally from 2005 to 2010 if you want) what is "the" hairstyle we'll mock later?

Surely the tattooing and piercing trend will stand out later (I guess that's more of a late 90's to 2000's thing?) Maybe artificially straightened long hair on girls?


Emos and hipsters. Stupid shaggy hair and stupid "retro" facial hair.
 
2011-03-20 03:17:37 PM

MrEricSir: 20 years ago we were already selling out to cheap Chinese imports sold in trendy mall storefronts?

Yes, I was there. But the economic destruction of the country had begun long before then.


You can thank Nixon for that.
 
2011-03-20 03:19:54 PM

untaken_name: Stupid shaggy hair


Oh yeah. The "oh, I just rolled out of bed!" look that takes 2 hours to get right with silly hair wax? Check.
 
2011-03-20 03:19:56 PM
lh6.googleusercontent.com


I can't decide which joke to make. Something about Mr. T or a robbery.
 
2011-03-20 03:20:23 PM

urban.derelict: Tsu-na-mi: 501? Levis button-fly 501 were the only ones I remember being marketed by the number.

Stupidest pharking jeans ever. You have any idea how long it takes to take a piss with those?


Not long. Easier to open the fly on those, just pull at the right angle. Buttoning takes longer, though...
 
2011-03-20 03:22:41 PM

USP .45: big box:brick and mortar

e-commerce:shopping mall

The irony is so many e-commerce ventures are "mom & pop" yet you have the usual economic illiterates and liar progressives demanding sales tax for the purpose of leveling the playing field.


Not sure what reality you're living in, but you'll be hard pressed to find a progressive arguing that any sales tax is a good thing, since it reduces the buying power of the middle class and poor disproportionately.
 
2011-03-20 03:26:19 PM

Ow My Balls: Marine1: I still listen to thrash metal on my Zune HD. I guess that counts towards being old........ right?

I'm still using this (new window)...It won't die. I know it's a dinosaur because it "only" holds about 70 albums worth of music.

Most of my music on it is digitized vinyl and shellac records...

/Senior in HS in 1991
//actually do own a lawn, and have politely asked neighborhood children to not sled in it due to my baby trees in the area


Would have been nice if they made one of those LifeDrives that could actually hold up to vibration without suffering the Click of Doom.
 
2011-03-20 03:36:02 PM
Farked.
 
2011-03-20 03:37:44 PM

Baloo Uriza: Not sure what reality you're living in, but you'll be hard pressed to find a progressive arguing that any sales tax is a good thing, since it reduces the buying power of the middle class and poor disproportionately.


You're really stating that progressives don't go for sales taxes? I've never seen a "progressive" governor who didn't at some point advocate raising the state sales tax to increase government take. But perhaps no one has yet elected one of those elusive "true progressives."

In my experience, "progressives" love taxes of all kinds, generally, because they believe that government spends money smarter than the citizenry.
 
2011-03-20 03:47:14 PM

sleeps in trees: Showed my 13 year old son these photos.

Him: Tape Shop? They had a whole store just to sell tape?
Me: No son, we used to record our music on something called a tape.
Him: Why, when you could use an ipod?
Me: *facepalm*


Same type of conversation with my nephew a few years back, only with VHS videotape.
"Why didn't you just burn the movie to a disc or record it on a DVR?"
He's sixteen now.
/headpalm
 
2011-03-20 03:56:04 PM

Baloo Uriza: Ow My Balls: Marine1: I still listen to thrash metal on my Zune HD. I guess that counts towards being old........ right?

I'm still using this (new window)...It won't die. I know it's a dinosaur because it "only" holds about 70 albums worth of music.

Most of my music on it is digitized vinyl and shellac records...

/Senior in HS in 1991
//actually do own a lawn, and have politely asked neighborhood children to not sled in it due to my baby trees in the area

Would have been nice if they made one of those LifeDrives that could actually hold up to vibration without suffering the Click of Doom.


Maybe mine is still alive and kicking because I rarely use it in my car? Just in the house, campfires & grilling in the garage with an FM transmitter and old boom boxes...
 
2011-03-20 03:57:05 PM
I was talking to a 50-year-old friend at work who had a boom box in 1978 that required 12 Size D batteries.

(want.jpg)
 
2011-03-20 04:01:07 PM

SideshowRaheem: Baloo Uriza: Not sure what reality you're living in, but you'll be hard pressed to find a progressive arguing that any sales tax is a good thing, since it reduces the buying power of the middle class and poor disproportionately.

You're really stating that progressives don't go for sales taxes? I've never seen a "progressive" governor who didn't at some point advocate raising the state sales tax to increase government take. But perhaps no one has yet elected one of those elusive "true progressives."


Again, on what planet? In Oklahoma, it's invariably the GOP that argues in favor of higher sales taxes. In Oregon, it's the GOP that keeps wanting to rewrite the state constitution to make it possible to charge a sales tax.
 
2011-03-20 04:34:40 PM

Ow My Balls: I was talking to a 50-year-old friend at work who had a boom box in 1978 that required 12 Size D batteries.

(want.jpg)


bbqormildewtheblog.info
D, motherf*cker, D!
/yes, I had one
//hot as brooklyn
 
2011-03-20 04:50:10 PM
I miss the crappy Sbarro pizza.

/pizza is best when it's crap
//and sold by the slice
 
2011-03-20 04:52:15 PM

sleeps in trees: Showed my 13 year old son these photos.

Him: Tape Shop? They had a whole store just to sell tape?
Me: No son, we used to record our music on something called a tape.
Him: Why, when you could use an ipod?
Me: *facepalm*


I'd knock him over the head with a history book.
 
2011-03-20 04:59:15 PM

ScottRiqui: aerojockey: farked

/man did I hate mall hair


It might have just been a 1980s Texas/Oklahoma thing, but I remember the girls in high school using "Mane N' Tail" horse shampoo, back when you actually had to go to a tack shop to get it. It's still around, and I see it in beauty supply stores even here on the East coast, so I guess it went mainstream somewhere along the line.

Oh, and I see your "mall hair" and raise you this - here's my better half from our senior year of high school (1988):


i48.photobucket.com

Damn, she's cute in a Fred Savage kinda way.
 
2011-03-20 05:14:59 PM
Because that sector of society today doesn't look like tools and dooshbags. Errnnttt, thank you for playing.



/early 90s makes me think of "Twin Peaks"
 
2011-03-20 05:21:49 PM

SearchN: I can't decide which joke to make. Something about Mr. T or a robbery.


I was thinking Sir Mix A Lot the early years.
 
2011-03-20 05:24:55 PM
Back then a kid just out of hi-skool could conceivably find a job.

Remember jobs? Jobs for young Americans? If you do then you're a step ahead of all those worthless cock suckers in Washington D.C.! The Democrats today obviously don't give a damn about jobs, while the Republicans are working overtime to destroy as many of them as possible...
 
2011-03-20 05:25:35 PM

Darquewillow Elventhing: Count me in in the 'under the drinking age' crowd as well.


/born in 1994, so pretty much no memories of seeing this in public.



Let me tell you, it was quite the scene. We'd grease our hair back, hop in our jalopies, grafitti'd with clever slogans like "23 Skidoo", and "Oski Wow Wow", go pick up Veronica and Betty at Al's Malt Shoppe, maybe go to a "dime-a-dance, then out to the Automat for a bite to eat. Afterwards, we might go park and "watch the submarine races", if we were lucky and were with "fast women" (Veronica was fast, second base wasn't ALWAYS out of the question; Betty was decidedly NOT; thrown out at first). Then, if our dates' curfew was after 8:30, we might go to the pinball parlor and hang out. Then a drive around town, to check out the phone booth change slots, (I once made 60 cents) and then it was homework time, so you brought your date back to her daddy, Al Bundy who would then run you into the wall next to the door. . You had to keep a "B" average if you wanted to stay in ROTC. Those times were the "ginchiest!".

/you missed out
 
2011-03-20 05:32:00 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Those times were the "ginchiest!"



www.giochiedisegnidacolorare.it
 
2011-03-20 05:33:00 PM

rewind2846: 1990... was 28, had a great job in the aerospace industry, hot and cold running college girls from the local university (they loved "older men"), had just got out of the navy, still had all my hair, a 34" waist and over $40K in the bank, and no responsibilities whatsoever.

*looks in mirror*
*cries*


No wonder your username includes "rewind"...
 
2011-03-20 05:45:05 PM

KansasPhysicist:
No wonder your username includes "rewind"...


Actually, it's because I'm a video editor (though we use NLE now), but sometimes I wish I could... it was the time of my farking life.
I tell my teenage nephew now to grab all he can in this life while he's young, because it's always easier to ask forgiveness than permission, and it's always better to regret something you've done than opportunities you missed.
 
2011-03-20 05:50:22 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: ScottRiqui: aerojockey: farked

/man did I hate mall hair


It might have just been a 1980s Texas/Oklahoma thing, but I remember the girls in high school using "Mane N' Tail" horse shampoo, back when you actually had to go to a tack shop to get it. It's still around, and I see it in beauty supply stores even here on the East coast, so I guess it went mainstream somewhere along the line.

Oh, and I see your "mall hair" and raise you this - here's my better half from our senior year of high school (1988):



Damn, she's cute in a Fred Savage kinda way.



Lol - she says "thanks", although she's wondering whether you meant "cute in a wholesome middle-class sort of way", or "Dude, she looks like Fred Savage".
 
2011-03-20 05:52:19 PM

ScottRiqui: Lol - she says "thanks", although she's wondering whether you meant "cute in a wholesome middle-class sort of way", or "Dude, she looks like Fred Savage".


No, she fit the times, cute in a "Wonder Years" era. I liked the hair.
 
2011-03-20 05:53:17 PM
lh4.googleusercontent.com

At first I thought, huh, the photographer managed to catch this guy just as he was taking his jacket off.

Then after a few seconds I realized, no, that farkin' guido walked around like that all day long because he thought it looked cool.

/looking forward to 2030 and mocking photos of today's teenagers in Bieber-mop haircuts texting on ancient-looking cellphones
 
2011-03-20 06:05:11 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: ScottRiqui: Lol - she says "thanks", although she's wondering whether you meant "cute in a wholesome middle-class sort of way", or "Dude, she looks like Fred Savage".

No, she fit the times, cute in a "Wonder Years" era. I liked the hair.



I kind of miss the Texas big hair, too. I've seen her hair in just about every style imaginable over the past 25 years we've been together, but that senior year picture still makes me smile.
 
2011-03-20 06:11:30 PM

ScottRiqui: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: ScottRiqui: Lol - she says "thanks", although she's wondering whether you meant "cute in a wholesome middle-class sort of way", or "Dude, she looks like Fred Savage".

No, she fit the times, cute in a "Wonder Years" era. I liked the hair.


I kind of miss the Texas big hair, too. I've seen her hair in just about every style imaginable over the past 25 years we've been together, but that senior year picture still makes me smile.


She's a cutie, give her a hug, she's a keeper.
 
2011-03-20 06:14:33 PM

dumbandilikeit:
2) Indoor smoking

Get off my lawn.


Tiga: I'd like to point out the lack of obese people in that photo gallery.

Yeah, the clothes sucked and the hair was huge, but at least everyone was skinny.


Correlation just may equal causation
 
2011-03-20 06:22:45 PM
All I see is a notice that says:

The website you were trying to reach is temporarily unavailable.

That's more like the 1990s than the 1980s.

As for the pictures, you'd have a hard time telling them from small town malls in Maine or New Brunswick today.
 
2011-03-20 06:26:15 PM
Only good thing to come out of the 80s:

thegreatsouthernbrainfart.com
 
2011-03-20 06:32:40 PM
I vaguely remember malls being this ugly and shiatty.
 
2011-03-20 06:43:31 PM
I will tell you what makes you feel old. I have been in the Air Force for 10 years and my nephews are both about to enlist.
 
2011-03-20 06:43:58 PM
Bwahahahaaa. Thank GOD I'm too young to remember the early 90s.
 
2011-03-20 06:49:38 PM
i53.tinypic.com
 
2011-03-20 07:03:59 PM

rewind2846: sleeps in trees: Showed my 13 year old son these photos.

Him: Tape Shop? They had a whole store just to sell tape?
Me: No son, we used to record our music on something called a tape.
Him: Why, when you could use an ipod?
Me: *facepalm*

Same type of conversation with my nephew a few years back, only with VHS videotape.
"Why didn't you just burn the movie to a disc or record it on a DVR?"
He's sixteen now.
/headpalm




Or:

Q What computer games did you play as a kid?
Me: Umm we didn't have computers.

Me: How old is she?
A Old, like 40ish.

Q What is this Chernobyl thing?

Q How old were you when you were allowed to walk to school?
Me: 5

Q Why do you call her Mrs. Smith?
Me: Out of respect.

Q Did you have to do the dishwasher when you were a kid?
Me: Didn't have a dishwasher.

Q Which channel did you watch cartoons on?
Me: They only had them on Saturday and Sunday morning.
 
2011-03-20 07:21:55 PM
w

cryinoutloud: Ow My Balls: I may have been the last college freshman to write a paper on a typewriter. I got a 2.0 on it, then made my first trip to the computer lab (all dumb terminals powered by a 1984 VAX, then 7-years-old), where I could use word processing. Damn, how did you typewriter people do it? No time for anything else, I presume.

I typed up a friend's master's thesis once for pay. On a typewriter. God, was I sorry I agreed to do that.


Explains why there are many ignorant idi0ots with degrees. Explains a lot of things.
 
2011-03-20 07:24:06 PM

ClipJoint: Only good thing to come out of the 80s:


Damned straight.
 
2011-03-20 07:29:47 PM

sleeps in trees: rewind2846: sleeps in trees: Showed my 13 year old son these photos.

Him: Tape Shop? They had a whole store just to sell tape?
Me: No son, we used to record our music on something called a tape.
Him: Why, when you could use an ipod?
Me: *facepalm*

Same type of conversation with my nephew a few years back, only with VHS videotape.
"Why didn't you just burn the movie to a disc or record it on a DVR?"
He's sixteen now.
/headpalm



Or:

Q What computer games did you play as a kid?
Me: Umm we didn't have computers.


That's right! We rode bikes, played cards, jumped rope, played tag... with other children... OUTSIDE... AFTER DARK... *adjusts onion*

Me: How old is she?
A Old, like 40ish.


Remind him of this again when he hits 35...

Q What is this Chernobyl thing?

This one is a lost cause. Way too complicated without explaining the whole Cold War thing. Move on.

Q How old were you when you were allowed to walk to school?
Me: 5


I was late. 6.

Q Why do you call her Mrs. Smith?
Me: Out of respect.


Damn kids!

Q Did you have to do the dishwasher when you were a kid?
Me: Didn't have a dishwasher.


I was the dishwasher when I was a kid. It's called chores.

Q Which channel did you watch cartoons on?
Me: They only had them on Saturday and Sunday morning.


One of the three they played on during the weekend, if you don't count the four UHF channels (ask him what UHF is!) that played toons after school, and I actually had to GET UP and WALK OVER TO THE TELEVISION to change the channel, turn the the volume up or down, or rotate the antenna for better reception.

TV stations went off the air after 2am and didn't come back on till 5 every night but friday and saturday, when the low power local stations would play cheesy horror movies all night.

*sigh*
 
2011-03-20 07:30:11 PM

wkiernan: Back then a kid just out of hi-skool could conceivably find a job.

Remember jobs? Jobs for young Americans? If you do then you're a step ahead of all those worthless cock suckers in Washington D.C.! The Democrats today obviously don't give a damn about jobs, while the Republicans are working overtime to destroy as many of them as possible...


And people wonder why I vote Socialist.

/Bernie Sanders, political idol
 
2011-03-20 07:47:57 PM

rewind2846: That's right! We rode bikes, played cards, jumped rope, played tag... with other children... OUTSIDE... AFTER DARK... *adjusts onion*


I wasn't allowed out after sunset or rainy days until I saved up enough to get lights for my bicycle (as they're required in most states after dark or on rainy days).

TV stations went off the air after 2am and didn't come back on till 5 every night but friday and saturday, when the low power local stations would play cheesy horror movies all night.

*sigh*


It is now 10 PM. Thank you for watching Oregon Public Broadcasting. Please rise for "Oregon, My Oregon", our State Anthem. Normal programming will resume at 5AM.
 
2011-03-20 07:50:14 PM

rewind2846: sleeps in trees: rewind2846: sleeps in trees: Showed my 13 year old son these photos.

Him: Tape Shop? They had a whole store just to sell tape?
Me: No son, we used to record our music on something called a tape.
Him: Why, when you could use an ipod?
Me: *facepalm*

Same type of conversation with my nephew a few years back, only with VHS videotape.
"Why didn't you just burn the movie to a disc or record it on a DVR?"
He's sixteen now.
/headpalm



Or:

Q What computer games did you play as a kid?
Me: Umm we didn't have computers.

That's right! We rode bikes, played cards, jumped rope, played tag... with other children... OUTSIDE... AFTER DARK... *adjusts onion*

Me: How old is she?
A Old, like 40ish.

Remind him of this again when he hits 35...

Q What is this Chernobyl thing?

This one is a lost cause. Way too complicated without explaining the whole Cold War thing. Move on.

Q How old were you when you were allowed to walk to school?
Me: 5

I was late. 6.

Q Why do you call her Mrs. Smith?
Me: Out of respect.

Damn kids!

Q Did you have to do the dishwasher when you were a kid?
Me: Didn't have a dishwasher.

I was the dishwasher when I was a kid. It's called chores.

Q Which channel did you watch cartoons on?
Me: They only had them on Saturday and Sunday morning.

One of the three they played on during the weekend, if you don't count the four UHF channels (ask him what UHF is!) that played toons after school, and I actually had to GET UP and WALK OVER TO THE TELEVISION to change the channel, turn the the volume up or down, or rotate the antenna for better reception.

TV stations went off the air after 2am and didn't come back on till 5 every night but friday and saturday, when the low power local stations would play cheesy horror movies all night.

*sigh*




Ooh, remember when your parents made YOU get up and change the channel? You'd finally sit down until they went "ok great that's the one".

Chores, mine do but I amazed at how many kids don't. Not pissy assed chores but actual chop wood chores.

What amazes me is that most kids don't know basic skills like a)sewing b)starting a fire c)chopping wood d)how to use a pocket knife e)screwing in a light bulb f)cooking h)hammering in a nail i)how to cure a fever without drugs ... I could go through the whole alphabet. Skills needed for every day and just in case. I feel that my generation has somewhat failed.
 
2011-03-20 08:02:22 PM

Baloo Uriza:
It is now 10 PM. Thank you for watching Oregon Public Broadcasting. Please rise for "Oregon, My Oregon", our State Anthem. Normal programming will resume at 5AM.


And NO. MOTHER. FARKING. INFOMERCIALS.
Just one of these:
www.mediacollege.com
/they have no idea what this is
 
2011-03-20 08:06:14 PM

rewind2846:

/they have no idea what this is


Well, to be fair, Native Americans haven't actually worn head-dresses for a number of years.


/Yeah, I know.
 
2011-03-20 08:08:57 PM

sleeps in trees:
What amazes me is that most kids don't know basic skills like a)sewing b)starting a fire c)chopping wood d)how to use a pocket knife e)screwing in a light bulb f)cooking h)hammering in a nail i)how to cure a fever without drugs ... I could go through the whole alphabet. Skills needed for every day and just in case. I feel that my generation has somewhat failed.


My niece was so spoiled by being born and raised in southern california that she didn't even ride the bus until she was 13... you just didn't do that unless you were POOR here...
She still doesn't know how to cook worth a damn, but she's had to learn fast now that she's living on her own on the other side of the country.

I was cooking, repairing and ironing my own clothes, fixing stuff around the house, brewing coffee with a bubbletop percolator, doing family laundry and many other things, all before I was 14.

Damn kids.
 
2011-03-20 08:20:33 PM
My sister was accused of child abuse because she made her daughter help clean her own room. She was told flat out that making children do any sort of chores was "abusive."

Of course, this was by a woman who allowed her snowflake to walk up to adults and hit them without saying a word- unless it was to the adult who protested.

All the kids in my family did chores, and we whined about them as much as any kid would. We played outside with minimal supervision, and if the oldest kids were around (thirteen or so), then that was considered good enough to walk over the hill to the swimming hole or into the woods. We didn't walk to school because it was four miles away, but we were allowed to bike there once we hit sixth grade. Or fifth, if you biked with others. No computers, no cable TV, no video games until I was a teenager.

/my lawn, get off it
 
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