Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Things I Miss

After a few weeks of the emotional high I was on, it all came crashing down to the expected rut I am in now. Spawned by the many changes I will be making this year and cleaning out the garage and finding old mementos, I've been reminiscing a lot.

I feel guilty when I'm in these moods because I think I should be thinking of the future. Those precious minutes of thought spent on my favorite Transformers episodes could be used to cure cancer, solve world poverty or figure out how I'm going to pay for law school.

But when I think of the past, I remember who I am, and that helps guide me where I'm going tomorrow.

So that being said, I'm going to list some things I miss, remember fondly or just can't get out of my head:

  • Being one of the 10 million strong and growing Flinstone's kids
  • The pinball cartoon on Sesame Street that counted up to twelve
  • Anything with tracks and ramps
  • Going to Disneyland with no concept of how expensive it was (and not being pissed that everything sold there is made in China)
  • Knowing every supermarket, drug store and department store that sold baseball cards within a 100 mile radius of my house
  • Spending all afternoon building a battle-ready fortified base with my toys but losing interest when it was time to battle
  • The awe of 1980's corporate behemoths - Xerox, IBM, Coke, McDonalds, GE.
  • Asking my first girlfriend out on April Fool's Day (15 years ago today!) and trying to convince her and then my Mom that it wasn't a joke...the first of many smooth moves in life
  • Thinking that a color monitor would be the coolest thing in the world
  • Thinking that a color printer would be the coolest thing in the world
  • The A-Team, Knight Rider and AirWolf
That's enough for now...time to think ahead for a little bit and dream about the future. Is there anything you miss? Do you live in the past like me?

3 comments:

Fortune said...

Oh man, AirWolf!!! That takes me back.

I've got to tell you man, some of this stuff is better left in the past. I watched an episode of AirWolf the other day. It was really bad. I had to stop watching. I'd rather remember it as awesome.

You can still enjoy Flintstone Vitamins. Just fill a shot glass with half J├Ągermeister and half Goldschlager, drop in a glass of red bull and enjoy. Sounds gross but tastes just right.

Captain Chipmunk said...

I don't know, I recorded every episode of American Gladiators and enjoyed it every bit as much, if not more so, than I did originally.

I did lose interest in Voltron when I started watching them again. A little too formulaic for my tastes, and no moral message after each episode a la G.I. Joe or She-ra.

Word.

Anne Knowles said...

Do you remember: saving your allowance to buy a Gobot; calling Toys R Us everyday to see if they had any in yet; that day and that moment when Toys R Us said yes; hurrying there to buy Loco?
Or do you remember when you were very little--two years old or so--and for the first time in your life you caught a ball thrown to you not on the ground but through the air? If you can't remember how you felt then, think back to how you felt when you got into USC Law School. Such joy!
Remember hitting me in the head with a baseball bat and how unhappy you were when the bat went on top of the refrigerator for a week?
Remember getting up early every Saturday morning to watch Pacman cartoons?
Remember building the Disneyland Railroad in the middle of the living room with your plastic gray train set and a few plastic dinosaurs?
I could go on, but I'll let you get back to cleaning out your garage. And don't feel guilty looking into your memories. That's where creativity comes from. Love you Bug, Mom