You know how there are people out there who think they're Cleopatra reincarnated, convinced that they belong to another time? Or how others have an obsession with, say, the Victorian Era... or the Hepburn-esque styles of the 1960s? Well, people, I'm an '80s junkie. Sure, the '80s were halfway over by the time I appeared on the scene, but there were Care Bears and Swatch watches floating around the Payne household well into the '90s.
So, adopting nostalgia for that great decade, here I've ranked my fondest pop-culture influences from the days of Koosh balls, Popples, and jelly shoes:
THIRD PLACE... Movies that you watched over and over and to which you knew every last word. Sixteen Candles. Footloose. Back to the Future. "Jumpin' Jigowatts!"
SECOND PLACE... Cabbage Patch Kids. And, of course, the rebel spin-offs... Garbage Pail Kids. I once traded Potty Scotty to Jenny Wiseman for a Twinkie.
AND FIRST PLACE GOES TO... Super Mario Bros. Yep, the original. I love the pixilated graphics, the weird Koopas, and especially the "doop-dee-doop" music. Just thinking about it gives me blisters on my thumbs!
(Honorable Mention to The Cosby Show, Pound Puppies, and slap bracelets.)
Alright, let's hear it... what's your favorite bit of '80s pop culture? And which moments made you want to "Just Say No"?!
P.S.! Update on last week's post: Mike Duffy -- all-star point guard from my high school -- accepted my Facebook friend request!