Friday, April 17, 2009

Flashback Friday, Volume 5

I love writing these posts for three reasons.

1) I spend hours laughing out loud at my desk while taking a walk down memory lane, remembering some of my favorite childhood things.

2) I get such a kick out of your comments as you share your own childhood memories and faves with me! (I'm glad I'm not the only crazy kid who loved Punky Brewster, Pop Rocks and The Sylvanian Families!)

3) Whenever it's time to sit down and write these posts, I know the weekend is right around the corner! And it does't get much better than that!

Here's this week's edition of Flashback Friday!

There's so much to say about this computer game, I don't even know where to start!

I can't decide if I had more fun shopping for supplies at the General Store before even setting foot on the Orgeon Trail or deciding whether or not to suck it up and "forge the river!" (Let's be honest, your oxen were either going to drown or fall ill anway!) Who remembers talking to the Indians? Hunting for bear? (As they were the slowest moving targets and the easiest to hit!) Or perhaps, pausing for a moment to pay your respects at a trailside funeral for your family member that died of a snakebite? Or dysentery? Or typhoid fever? I can't even tell you how excited I'm getting just typing this post- I want to go home and immediately download a free version of this game! Weird? Probably. Awesome? Definitely.

Jelly shoes. *Sigh*
I was never allowed to own a pair of these growing up. Can you tell that it has scarred me for life? All of my friends had them and I can remember just dying on the inside to try them on and run around in them! I think my mother thought I was going to hurt myself if I wore them. She was probably right.

How could I continue posting Flashback Fridays without including one of these fashionable accessories? T-shirt clips were a must-have in the 80's! Rhinestone-studded, puffy-painted, and scads of bright neon colors.. Could you even imagine wearing them these days?

Love, love loved these bracelets. As per Wikipedia, "A slap bracelet (or snap bracelet) is a bracelet consisting of layered, flexible stainless steel bistable bands sealed within a fabric cover. The bracelet can be straightened out, creating tension within the springy metal bands. The straightened bracelet is then slapped against the wearer's forearm, causing the bands to spring back into a curve that wraps around the wrist, securing the bracelet to the wearer." These were the original slap bracelets circa the late 1980's. After these bracelets were banned from schools for "improper use," companies created a less dangerous prototype with plastic bands.

If you were to open the top right-hand drawer of the desk that sits in my childhood bedroom back home in New Jersey, you would find my absolute favorite slap bracelet. A black fabric band with a crazy zig-zag pattern stitched in neon green and day-glo orange. I can totally remember trading these bracelets with my friends!

Popples. What more do I even have to say? Little stuffed animals that had a pouch on their back that you could invert so that they were then inside the pouch! Genius!

and last but not least, one of my all-time favorite TV shows:

Doozer sticks, anyone? Maybe a tasty radish? How much did I love watching Gobo, Red and Mokey carry on with their silly, carefree antics? Um, SO MUCH! Did you have a favorite Fraggle?

"Dance your cares away, Worry's for another day. Let the music play, Down at Fraggle Rock."

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!


  1. I have a deep, deep, deep love for every single item mentioned in this post - thanks for making my Friday! :)

  2. oh you totally took me back to my childhood- minus cabbage patch kids, glow worms, my little pony, rescue rangers and Shera of course... thanks for that! :)

  3. Hello...have we met? I believe you may have been my imaginary childhood soulmate BFF....because all of the Flashbacks you just listed were my absolute FAVORITES!

    And I just bought the 25th anniversary DVD complete series of Fraggle Rock, and I love watching them!

    BUT, you weren't missing out on the jelly shoes. I remember leaving bloody footprints down the sidewalk after playing all day outside in my jellys, they left horrendous blisters.

  4. My mom never let me wear jelly shoes either! One time, I "borrowed" a pair of my cousins for a weekend and I ended up getting really bad blisters, so that taught me my lesson (and that sadly, our mothers are ALWAYS right). I love these posts!!!

  5. Um, 1) Oregon Trail was my fave... I think I got in trouble playing it constantly on the computer in 5th grade. 2) I owned jellies in every color. Be jealous :) and 2) I was more of a Care Bears girl myself... never really got onto the whole Popples bandwagon :-P

  6. Oh My Goodness! I love these posts and I especially loved today as I owned all or watched all of these items. Jelly shoes were not that great on your feet but I still had a rainbow of colors. And all the matching t-shit clips! Those were the best.

  7. I know I say this every week but I love this series! I always broke my leg and got dysentery on Oregon Trail, though...

  8. I was just singing the Fraggle Rock theme song to husband the other day (he countered with an amazing rendition of the Duck Tales theme song)!

    I, too, have fond memories of Oregon Trail (damn those snakebites!) and jellies (your mom was right - wearing them in the summertime my feet were constantly getting burned by hot concrete or asphalt!). Thanks for the laugh :-)

  9. I am currently waiting for a Fraggle Rock DVD I just ordered for Meredith the other day!!!

  10. I have to say this is the best flash back yet!!! Great, great stuff!!! :-)

  11. OMG! Love, love everything on this list!!! Jellies...slap bracelets...Fraggle Rock...popples and of course Oregon Trail (the 1st "computer game" I ever played)!!! You are sooo right - we do have a lot in common!!! :)

    Along those lines...I adored my day at the Hemo/Oncology Clinic. I met some really amazing people.

    Hope you are having a good weekend!

  12. I love your Flashback Friday posts!

  13. omg seriously... owned the gel shoes, shirt tie, and slappers. I can remember playing Oregon trail in 3rd grade in the computer lab. My sister made me watch fraggelrock but I wasn't a huge fan! Loved the carebears! I used to love their movie that came on Disney!

  14. We must have been separated from birth. You seem to have followed all the 80s trends I did growing up. Ahh, popples and fraggles and t-shirt clips oh my!

  15. WOW! I think my childhood just flashed before my eyes!! How funny!!!

  16. Ahhh....such a fun trip down memory lane. You mentioned so many staples from my childhood. Jellies seem to be making a comeback in the form of Tory Burch Revas. I miss my 80's hot pink jellies though. I remember when snap bracelets got banned in my school because people were supposedly getting their wrists cut by them or something crazy like that.

    Remember Jem? She was truly outrageous!

  17. Uh, no offense to your husband (or mine!), but I think you're my soulmate. Best. list. ever.


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