Thursday, June 13, 2019



The first personal computers. We did not have one, but I had a few friends who had Commodore 64s or Vic 20s or MacIntosh Apple Computers! I remember those early games, heck that's how everyone learned anything about The Oregon Trail. We learned new words like DYSENTERY that we had to look it up in a paper dictionary. 

How kids learned about the Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail killing kids with Dysentery since the 80s

Oregon Trail - you have died of dysentery
Atari was huge too. It was a revolutionary idea to have an arcade game at home, on your tube TV! Again, I never had one (wow, was I a deprived kid or what?) but I had friends who did. What I remember most is the dire warnings Moms would give you about being too close to the TV when you played...

80s video games - you are too close to the TV you will ruin your eyes
The TV. I loved watching Alf and his misadventures trying to catch the family cat! Imagine he read the crude scrawls on the bathroom stall by Tommy Tutone. Alf would love some good cat, so he'd call 867-5309!

Alf calling 867-5309 looking for cat
The Knight Rider was one manly dude. The Hoff! Until he chose the drink of a new generation, diet style... 

The Hoff promoting Diet Pepsi
That's okay I had many other manly macho role models, like Hercules and He-Man. Complete with their tight white shirts and pink vests cinched at the waist with a fashionable belt!
He-Man the manly role model of my childhood

I guess that is why I resorted to the fantasy world of WWF. Hulk Hogan was my fav. Remember he would take on giants and communists and always win! That's what we need to bring back. Make America Strong Again right Hulk!?

Hulk Hogan says Make America Great Again

Thursday, May 30, 2019



To me, Motley Crue was THE rock band of the 80s. They lived the decadence decade with their wild lifestyle and the equally wild outfits. I still crank up the Crue when a song comes on the radio, even if I'm only in the minivan. What? I'm still cool kids!

Somedays when I really need something more than coffee I put on my Crue cassettes...b/c you can always use more Crue!

You need CRUE!

What I loved about the 80s was the outfits. It was like, the crazier the better. And, to blur the lines of gender, well that was just uncalled for...but, of course, Motley Crue was out to break the rules. I sometimes joke to myself when I hear Girls, Girls, Girls, that they did look a bit like girls when they were all made-up...especially the boots on Mars in this pic. Glam rock at its peak!

Crue living their song Girls Girls Girls
But, that rebellious attitude sure did get them the girls upon girls upon girls...heck, there are still Crue cuties out there!

Motley Crue song Girls, Girls, Girls sure got them the girls
The song I think has stood the test of time is Kickstart my heart. I still hear it played at sporting events as a pump up song. Great song that still resonates with the youth of today. 

Crue Kickstarting My Heart

Great Bike song - Kickstart My Heart

Shout at the devil is one of those songs I thought would be an anthem for all-time. I don't hear it that much anymore, so I guess I was wrong. It was a song of the 80s?

Tommy Lee shouting at the devil

Motley Crue wants you to shout at the devil

Thursday, May 16, 2019


Murder She Wrote with Jessica Fletcher 

That long running 80s tv show Murder She Wrote, with the infamous mystery writer Jessica Fletcher, was (and is still) so good to watch. Jessica seems to solve almost impossible mysteries with wit, humour, luck, and a stretching of the law. What a funny old lady. The only real mystery with this show was why nobody questioned the absurdly high murder rate in the small town of Cabot cove?! Everyone seemed to be shocked when there was another murder, yet it happened at least once a week. Funny.

Jessica Fletcher is shocked at another murder in Cabot Cove
Imagine the tourism board trying to give Cabot Cove a good reputation. A place where you would want to visit. Unfortunately, all they really have is that Cabot Cove is the murder capital of Maine. That could work actually!

Cabot Cove the murder capital of Maine
The tourism board could fall back on the fact that they have a famous mystery writer in town?

Visit Cabot Cove Jessica Fletcher lives there
Just add a picturesque scene of the Maine coastline and Jessica Fletcher! What could go wrong?!

Jessica Fletcher ready to take on the day and a mystery
I also wonder why Jessica is allowed to get involved in every murder. This is a serious crime and she ignores the fact that she is just a regular citizen, not an offical of the law, and she goes through evidence, questions witnesses, etc.

Jessica Fletcher ignored the boundaries of the law every episode
It's like she thinks she is above the law! And, the funny part is nobody every stops her!

Murder she wrote is above the law - funny!
But, when push comes to shove she can back up her little "pushing of the envelope" by the fact that she has solved hundreds and hundreds of crimes (while the police have solved none).

Jessica Fletcher solves the mysteries, the police do not!
She has solved mysteries in Cabot Cove (those are the best episodes IMO) and in other cities, like Boston and New York City!

Murder she wrote meme
And, I love her attitude. It's not obnoxious, but, confident. Edgy confident.

I could be wrong, but I doubt it - Jessica Fletcher
One of the best episodes was the cross over between Magnum PI and Murder She Wrote - how 80s is that?! Wonder why Matlock was not invited?

Murder she wrote and Magnum PI crossover - where's Matlock?
Why was the show so popular you ask? Maybe it was lack of choice back in the day? Maybe it was what the public was looking for - a strong willed older woman who would step over lines to get results? Who knows? It's a mystery? Get Jessica Fletcher on the case.
Murder She Wrote meme

Thursday, May 9, 2019



80s Flashcard - Flock of Seagulls hair
The flock of seagulls hair is so 80s that is has become both iconic and laughable. It is one of those 80s music symbols that is instantly recognizable, but, you would never think of actually doing it. Kind of like the Michael Jackson red leather jacket and one glove. 

Flock of seagulls hair on a windy day
There is a story behind the Flock of Seagulls hair. The story goes that the hair was an accident. The band was getting ready backstage and Mike Score was in the middle of doing his hair, trying to get it to stand up when the band's manager pushed them all out onto the stage because they were late. Mike's hair flopped down and he thought it was a disaster, until he heard the crowd saying they loved it! From that point on the iconic Flock of Seagulls hairstyle was on!

The flock of seagulls ran but then got tired
Did you know that Mike Score was actually a hairstylist before he was in the Flock Of Seagulls band?

Mike Score does my hair
Quick fact: I Ran did not do very well in terms of record sales, radio play, or even just general popularity especially outside of the US. The song, however, did amazing on MTV where it was put into heavy rotation. The funky video with Mike Score's new wave hair and clothing, along with the crazy mirrors in the background, made the video a big big hit!

I Ran big hit on MTV, not so big on the radio
Some say the song I Ran is about an alien come down to earth in the form of a cute girl, and Mike Score realizes this and hence ran away. Some believe it is not that deep, that the song is about your first crush and how you are scared of this new experience and, hence, run away. I think it may be about jogging.

Flock of seagulls meme
You want to know an easy joke? When someone's hair is messed up you can say something like, 'hey Flock of Seagulls boy." or "hey nice hair, the flock was cool like thirty years ago"....actually, maybe instead of a joke is just sounds like you are being a jerk. Except when it comes to Donald Trump and his hair. That is always funny.

Flock of Seagulls Hair FAIL - TRUMP
Another Flock of Seagulls hair #fail.

Flock of Seagulls Hair FAIL
The bands name is still very odd, even by early 80s standards. There are rumours the name comes from some obscure song the band listened to. But, that sounds too manufactured to me. I think they were just jammin' in a garage that faced a dumpster, they were probably drunk and feeding french fries to the seagulls and thought it would be hilarious to name the band flock of seagulls.

Flock of Seagulls - I flew, flew so far away
It's funny, kids today surrounded by a flock of seagulls trying to eat whatever food you had on your body would find it traumatic. Back in the 80s we'd of laughed so hard at the 'flock of seagulls', like the band, get it, haha!

Kids today do not like 80s Flock of Seagulls
Millennials today hear 'flock of seagulls' and think of the nasty birds that steal your food at the beach! 

Flock of Seagulls joke