The other night I was talking to my girls about growing up in the 70′s and 80′s.
As I was talking about the fun stuff I did with my brother my kids pointed out how crazy and dangerous life was back then …“Mom ..it’s a miracle you’re alive!”
Here are some of the toys and products we grew up with:
“The Clacker” … this one was genius.. nothing like swinging two very hard plastic balls up and down and try to avoid concussion and broken teeth!
Ohhhh my favorite ” Shrinky Dinks ” … these were fun … you cut out the plastic images and color them and then bake them in the oven … while you breathed in all the toxic fumes. Any serious mental issues I might have ..I blame Shrinky Dinks!!
“The Pogo Ball” … all you have to do is balance yourself on this sucker and try not to fall face forward and bust your face… easy enough?
“Stiff Stuff” ..every 80′s Girl Holy Grail!!
I wouldn’t of been able to survive the 80′s Big Hair Movement without this stuff. It was first introduced in a pump container until the chemicals inside melted the plastic…hmmm. It was also highly flammable and it took a long time to carefully wash out of your hair … But boy … Nor Wind , Rain, Snow and Tornado Force Winds would move my big hair!
“Lawn Darts” Do I really need to explain why these were deadly? Try growing up with a brother who used you as target practice!
My elementary school “P.S. #27″ … This school had to go through a renovation while I was in attending Kinder through 8th for Asbestos ( prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis). I wonder how much of this stuff I inhaled before and during renovation?
Ahhh … But with the bad there was also good…
My ultimate favorite Toy!! “The Charlie’s Angels Pocket Book Radio” It came with a AM radio, a mic, morse code and ear plug!!
This was the Gems of all Gems … I would take this everywhere and listen to the only 2 station’s that would come through.. lite rock and country… I remember standing in front of my bathroom mirror, holding the mic and singing… ” I love a rainy night by Eddie Rabbit ” or ” Coward of the County by Kenny Rogers” and my favorite…” Don’t you make my brown eyes blue by Crystal Gayle.”
Fond memories indeed ..I was a superstar in my bathroom and a social misfit amongst the other latin city kids that didn’t understand why this Puerto Rican sang Country Songs..:)
#TBT… That’s me topless and on a table …Drool…Yup! The Future looks BRIGHT!