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"You might be a child of the 80's if..." while in high school, you and all your friends discussed elaborate plans to get together again at the end of the century and play "1999" by Prince over and over again you took family trips BEFORE the invention of the mini-van. You rode in the back of the station wagon and you faced the cars behind you. Schoolhouse Rock played a HUGE part in how you actually learned the English language your hair, at some point in time in the 80's, became something which can only be described by the phrase "I was experimenting" you've recently horrified yourself by groaning as you get out of bed, not because of a hangover, but because it genuinely just hurt to do so you know, by heart, the words to any "Weird" Al Yankovic song not that you'd do it personally, but body piercing captivates your attention you think the "the Gay 90's" refers to this decade, and people's sexual orientation the Brady Bunch movie brought back cool memories you remember the first time "Space: Above and Beyond" aired - it was called "Battlestar Galactica" songs by Debbie Gibson still haunt you to this day three words: "Atari" "IntelliVision" and "Colecovision". Sound familiar? you remember the days that hooking your computer into your television wasn't an expensive option that required gadgets - it was the ONLY WAY to use your computer! you ever owned (or wanted) a pair of "Pop-Wheels" - that handy little combination of shoe and roller skate that lasted about a year on the open market a predominant color in your childhood photos is "plaid" you're pissed that you couldn't really participate in the 60's, pissed that you were a part of the 70's, think you wasted too much time doing stupid, meaningless things in the 80's, and still have no clue what the 90's are all about you see teenagers today wearing clothes that show up in those childhood photos, and they still look bad you remember when music that was labeled "alternative" really was you were shocked and horrified at the Challenger explosion (which you were probably watching in school at the time), and yet, when someone mentions the name "JFK", the first thing you think of is "Oliver Stone" you, yes you, sat down and memorized the entire lyric sheet to "It's the end of the world as we know it" you can't remember when the word "networking" didn't have a computer connotation to it as well you know all the words to Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire", but it really didn't hold any meaning for you until about the third verse you've ever conversationally used the phrase "Jane, you ignorant slut" you've recently horrified yourself by using any one of the following phases: - "When I was younger" - "When I was your age" - "You know, back when..." - "Because I SAID so, that's why" - "What the HELL is this noise on the radio?" - "Just can't (fill in the blank) like I used to" you can't remember a time when "going out for coffee" DIDN'T involve 49,000 selections to choose from Kids that work in restaurants and supermarkets are starting to piss you off by calling you "sir" or "ma'am" you're starting to view getting carded to buy alcohol as a GOOD thing, and you're ready to marry the next person who cards you when you want to buy cigarettes. the first time you heard the candidates names, you were pumped because you thought MICHAEL Jackson was running for President, not this Jesse character. you ever dressed to emulate a person you saw in either a Duran Duran, Madonna, or Cyndi Lauper video at one point during your teenage years, you walked with a noticeable tilt to one side due to the number of plastic rings on that arm the first time you kissed someone at a dance was during "Crazy for You" by Madonna there were at least three people in your school that voluntarily went by the names of "Skip" "Buffy" "Muffy" or "Dexter" you ever owned one of those embarrassing crimping irons you used to hold in your head the thought that all those gold chains on Mr. T actually looked kinda cool and the thought that Mr. T made millions seemed rational to you at the time you remember with pain the sad day when the Green Machine hit the streets and made your old big wheel quite obsolete the phrase "Where's the beef?" still doubles you over with laughter you read the "Hot Video Games Player's Secrets" guide for Mortal Kombat just so you could find the hidden screen, and play Pong again for old time's sake--Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! honestly remember when film critics raved that no movie could ever possibly get better special effects than those in the movie TRON. you ever had nightmares about the giant red evil robot Maximillian from the Disney movie "The Black Hole" and those blender attachments he had for hands you were convinced for years that Batman was a mildly overweight man with a moderate beer belly who wore his underwear outside of his clothes and talked strangely you're starting to dread you're 30th birthday, and have even begun going into denial about it's possibility you've ever said "I'm a vegetarian" and immediately had someone call you a hypocrite by saying "Nice leather jacket you have there...and gee, is that a suede bag...those shoes leather, too?" you're starting to believe that maybe 30 isn't so old after all, and it's those people over 40 you have to look out for you freaked out when you found that you now fall into the "26 - 50" age category on most questionnaires you have begun to lust after men or women that it would be socially inappropriate for you to date due to their age you've ever shopped at a Banana Republic or Benetton, but not in the last five years, okay? you can't remember a time when "hitting the outlet stores" didn't mean going to an electrical warehouse you're starting to believe (now that it wouldn't affect YOU) that maybe having the kids go to school year-round wouldn't be such a bad idea after all you're doing absolutely nothing with anything pertaining to your major/degree you won't walk into the place where you once knew every bartender on a first name basis because "there's too many kids there" you want to go out dancing, you really, REALLY do, but your back hurts, sorry you're starting to get that "why aren't you married yet" shpiel, not just from parents, but now from friends that are married you're finding that you just don't understand more than half the lingo used on MTV any more U2 is too "popular" and "mainstream" for you now you remember trying to guess the episode of the Brady Bunch from the first scene. you ever used the phrase "don't make me wouldn't LIKE me when I'm angry" when trying to frighten someone off. you spent endless nights dreaming about being the Bionic Woman or Wonder Woman or the Six Million Dollar Man or, if this timeline appropriately describes actual events in your life: Star Wars opens, you are still in single digit ages, and you think the creatures are WAY cool. Empire Strikes Back opens, you are now in early double digit ages, and you are convinced that the special effects are much better, the characters are cool, and you want one of every collectible out there. Return of the Jedi hits the are now a teenager, and you cannot get your eyes off Princess Lea's breasts or Han Solo's butt. You fantasize forever and ever about it, and send off to join every fan club for them on the planet, hanging posters, photos, and "teen"-type magazine spreads all over your walls and lockers at school."

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