Sunday, February 3, 2013

the dream of the 90s is alive...

At the risk of sounding all "Hey, let's talk about the weather," I must address the fact that it snowed a lot this morning. Although it had pretty much all disintegrated by the time my lazy bum rolled out of bed around noon,  I still opted to spend the day with my fun new friends Ms. Yoga Pants, Mr Coffee Cup and Sir Soup Bowl. [Tangent: He's British. Fancy.]  Wheelchair tires and snow are a terrible marriage, so I am programmed to seek shelter whenever there is even talk of white stuff in the air.

Because I was hermitting hardcore, my fella came over and brought with him all of his middle school and high school yearbooks. Totally a normal Saturday night, right? As you all know, falling through nostalgia portals is a hobby that is always entertaining [Tangent: See here and here. My best friend has a large box of notes we passed back and forth in middle school. I'm pretty sure that will be my next endeavor.] Of course there were the nods to mid 90's fashion and the realization that the ticket to winning Best Dressed in Kingsport TN in that era was wearing a Cosby sweater. 


fruit sweater!!!
yearbook copy is so inadvertently hysterical to me.
I know all schools in the 90s should theoretically be the same, but I am always intrigued by the quirky differences. For example, his high school had such interesting clubs. They had multiple hiking clubs, Ebony club (which was for black student demo) and these gems:


sounds ragin'
As we flipped through the pages, several times I snatched the yearbook out of Jamie's freckled paws and had to utter the phrase, "is that guy in blackface!?!??!" To be fair, I think that they are just innocently wearing very ill conceived spirit paint before a football game or pep rally, but I shit you not- it looks questionable. [Tangent: Clearly I added the text over their eyes to protect their identities.]

jamie informed me this guy was probably in "red face", but the B&W photography changed the intent
Perhaps my favorite part of the whole walk down memory lane was reading the various signatures in his annuals. Of course, there were the classics "I signed your crack!" "Stay Sweet!" "Get Laid this summer." and "I'm the clown that came to town and signed your yearbook upside down." [Tangent: Peppered in were also a lot of nods to my honey's past life of being a huge NASCAR fan, which made me laugh really hard.] The funniest were the people who made topical jokes alongside the MANY cartoon penises.  Apparently kids in East Tennessee were totally on top of the news.


 The best thing I saw in all 7 yearbooks was the following picture...of a girl who met Richard Simmons during her summer vacation trip to the Vatican. Let that set in.


If you are ever feeling lazy,  drag out your old yearbooks...or if you want to learn about the life of your significant other before you were on their radar- drag out theirs. Seriously, it will not disappoint. Happy Hermitting. [Tangent: By the way, I know today is Super Bowl Sunday- but I am 99% positive I am gonna spend it at the movie theater. I know...I know...I suck.]

12 comments:

  1. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this blog, I think perhaps my favorite part of the whole thing was the tangent about your soup bowl being British, and therefore fancy. Absolutely made me chuckle out loud.

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  2. Awesome post! Can you imagine going to the Vatican and meeting....Richard Simmons??

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  3. "a girl who met Richard Simmons during her summer vacation trip to the Vatican"...mind actually. EXPLODES. THAT IS AMAZING.

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    1. Please imagine stumbling upon that picture unexpectedly. It was amazing...everything about it

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  4. AHHHHHHH!!!! RICHARD!! I know you already texted me that picture but i'm still just as excited! i need to photo shop myself into that picture. ugh I need to meet him. We might go to the west coast in the fall and I'm hoping I can work out taking an aerobics class from him at Slimmons.

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  5. Alas, I have no yearbooks. And never took photos for them on picture day past 7th grade. I was such an idiot!! I vow to teach my kids they are NEVER too cool for school!

    Enigma: a person, thing, or situation that is mysterious, puzzling, or ambiguous
    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"

    Enigma: Richard Simmons at the Vatican

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    1. I am so jealous of that mystery girl. I can't even stand it!

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  6. OMG, yearbook copy is the best: "Short skirts with knee socks and tent dresses provided a flash from the sixties." Let's PLEASE hope there was no flashing going on!

    I really really hope the girl photographed with Richard Simmons randomly stumbles on this post. Wouldn't it be surreal to find super-old pictures of yourself on a stranger's blog?

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    1. I am secretly hoping that she does find it. I posted it to Jamie's fb page so I am hoping some of his long lost high school classmates will see it indirectly and find the mysterious vatican visitor! I have actually reverse google image searched some of my personal pictures from my blog hoping that I would come across my likeness on some other site. I never did. Boo.

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  7. It makes me very happy to see that the girl in the oversized fruit sweater was also sporting my favorite look of the 1990's--white slouchy socks and Cole-Haan loafers, which is SADLY out of fashion and yet I still find it delightful (because I am old and nerdy like that).

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    1. It really is a classic look. Bring it back...I have seen MUCH worse looks from the 90s making a resurgence. If anyone can make it work, you can!

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