Tuesday, September 09, 2008

20 Years

This weekend I will be attending my 20 year high school reunion. Go class of 1988! My best friend from high school (seen pictured here - hi Carrie!) will be traveling from out of state to join me at the reunion. I think that's the part I'm most looking forward to - hanging with her again. Yeah, yeah - seeing everyone else we graduated with will be sort of cool, too, I suppose, but she was the person I spent the most time with in those days and sort of represents high school to me. We dealt with boyfriend dramas, parent/family dramas, were on the flagline/colorguard/marching band together, and generally had a great time together. Then we graduated and I went to one college and she went to another. I was in her wedding and she was in mine. Then she moved far away and I don't get to see her much anymore although we do try to stay in touch. And she's coming this weekend to the reunion! I think I need her memory/perspective to form a complete picture of high school life back then. She missed the 10 year and it felt like something was missing for me - HER - because she was my PERSON in high school, y'know?

How much have we changed since then?! 20 years is a lot of time. I doesn't FEEL that long, really, but when you say it out loud it sounds like an eternity. 20 years is nearly half my life! I know I'm older and wiser, and I know it must show. But I don't really feel all that different. More experienced, sure. But I'm the same ME as I was back then. And it unnerves me more that a little to realize that in many ways I haven't changed at all, especially my hair. Sure, the bangs aren't quite as big as they were back in the day (I mean seriously - check out how they curled up OVER the edge of the graduation cap and ponder just how much hairspray that represents) but they're not dramatically different. I still tend to favor a curly bob haircut (now with natural curls and not permed curls, but those are just details). I also still sort of wear my makeup the same, minus the blue mascara. Browns for eyeliner/shadow, very little in terms of foundation/concealer, light blush, and pink/mauve tones for lipstick. I need a makeover, stat! Gah!

1988 Flashback: (I found some fun lists and factoids about my era to share)
  • George Bush Sr. is elected President.
  • The greenhouse effect is discovered.
  • America's Most Wanted debuts.
  • Prozac is introduced to the public.
  • Sonny Bono becomes mayor of Palm Springs
  • Yo! MTV Raps debuts.
  • CD's outsell albums for the first time.
  • Lionel Richie's wife was arrested for assaulting Lionel and a model she found him with.
  • Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson get hitched.
  • #1 Song of The Year: Roll With It - Steve Winwood.
  • "She's Like The Wind" shows Patrick Swayze can sing as well as dance and act.
  • Salt N Pepa get their breakthrough hit with "Push It".
  • Julia Roberts hits the big screen in her first breakthrough role in Mystic Pizza.
  • Top grossing film of the year: Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  • Spuds Mackenzie becomes the original party animal.
  • Oprah Winfrey is the hottest talk show in America.
  • The new Suzuki Samurai gets bad reputation for flipping over when turning corners.
  • Penny Loafers with a penny in them and Levis with the cuffs rolled up were the fashion statements of the year.
  • U2 records Rattle and Hum album and then later the documentary.
  • Flying chair thrown by skinhead hits Geraldo in the nose on his self titled talk show.
1988 Prices
Cost of a new home: $138,300.00
Median Household Income: $27,225.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.22 ($0.25 as of 4/3/88)
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $1.08
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.89
Cost of a gallon of Milk: $2.30

Top 10 Reasons It Was Cooler To Be A Teen in the 80's than in the 90's:
MTV actually played videos in the 80s.
There was only one kind of Nike tennis shoes (White with a red swoosh) and they didn't cost $125.00.
A comb in your back pocket is more practical and less painful than
a ring through your nose.
In the 80s, playing video games actually meant going out to DO something.
In the 80s, when you were out partying, you didn't have to worry about your Mom calling you on your cell phone.
In the 80s we didn't have to worry about getting our heads blown off at school unless you put a whole pack of Pop Rocks in your mouth and drank a Coke really fast.
Debbie Gibson vs. Britney Spears. New Kids on the Block vs. N'Sync.
New Edition vs. Hanson. Ok, that one's a draw.
In the early 80s, there were kids in your high school who could buy alcohol LEGALLY.
Feathered hair was easier to care for than dreadlocks.
In the 80s you didn't have to worry about your pants falling down all the time. They were so tight, we couldn't get them off!

I had to comment on this one. I graduated in 89 and I agree, was that really 19 years ago? Thanks for reminding me of the simple years.

BTW-Love the hair! I really rocked the big hair back then too.
as a fellow member of the class of 1988, i had to post a hello! and thanks for the fun facts-they brought back a laugh!
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