This topic idea came to me because we were waxing nostalgic on Facebook one day. A friend of mine asked if anyone remembered when KMart sold subs. This led to rememberences of taking the elevator to the restuarant in Hudson's department store. And for me, I fondly remember the cafe at Montgomery Ward. My mom worked there when I was growing up and that was the first time I'd ever had a Pepsi Float. They made it with chocolate ice cream and at the time it was the best thing ever. By time I was old enough to work there myself the cafe was gone and that section of the store had been turned into the furniture department.
There were a lot of things about the 80's that I remember fondly...until I catch a glimpse of them now and realize that maybe they weren't actually so great. Like the cartoons. Now, don't get me wrong. I still love JEM and Rainbow Brite and the Smurfs. But we have this channel called Boomerang, and it shows all the old cartoons from when Mr. Rebel and I were kids...and let's just say absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Jr. Rebel 2.0 has discovered Fraggle Rock courtesy of Boomerang. I remember watching Fraggle Rock and I remember it being AWESOME. Yeah...not so much. It's kind of stupid now that I'm an adult. Granted Jr loves it because they sing and their brightly colored. He isn't old enough to try to find the nugget of wisdom that is supposed to be burried deep, deep, deeeeeep, in the episodes. But still. Watching it now makes my brain want to melt.
I've discovered this fact is true of many of the those classic cartoons. The Snorks...sucks. Gummy Bears...pretty fabulous still. The Jetsons...wonderful. The Flintstones...SMOKED for God's sake. Winstons as a matter of fact. And the men were misogynistic pigs. So there you go.
Not that the cartoons today are any better. Spongebob has it's moments, but mostly it makes me want to pop my eardrums with a sharp stick. All that Nickelodeon nonsense drives me insane. I would still take a good episode of Barbie and The Rockers over that dribble any day.
(I would like to give a shout out to "Fairly Odd Parents" though because that show is pretty damn good.)
So, basically I have the occasional nostalgic moment for the 80's. But sometimes it's best to leave the past in the past. I had more of a point when I startd this post but then I got on an 80's YouTube loop so I'll just share some hilarious 80's memorabilia with you all.
Happy Hump Day
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