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Remembering The 1990’s [VIDEOS]

Remember when striped shirts and scrunchies were fashionable? Traci as a high school freshman in the 90s

Today is 90s Friday- the day my work best friend Sean and I live for all week. We pull up our favorite songs from the 90s and we dance, sing and laugh. We also share a lot of “remember when….” stories like these:

Remember when The Real World was THE show to watch? It was reality TV before reality TV existed. We loved to hate Puck who taught us about snot rockets and how to eat peanut butter with our hands. We cried with Ruthie as she struggled with alcoholism and cringed when Irene was hit with the “slap heard round the world.” We wept when we received the news that Pedro Zamora’s life was cut short by AIDS.

Remember the “Urkel?” Before there was the Harlem Shake, there was the Urkel and we learned to do the dance not by watching it on YouTube or Facebook, but by sitting in front of the TV (too close, according to our mom) and studying the moves and then comparing notes with our friends and practicing over and over until we were sure we had it down. Unless one of our friends taped the show on their VCR, we didn’t know if we got the moves right or not.

Remember when there was only one computer in the ENTIRE school and it was the size of a small dog’s crate and we had to sign up to take turns to use it to play Oregon Trail? What to do to successfully battle dysentery and river fording would often lead to us putting our heads down on the desk to think it through before making a decision that could lead to disastrous results. If our wagon sank, our day was ruined.


Speaking of computer games, remember when we’d rush home to watch “Carmen Sandiego” on TV and then as soon as it was over, we’d stick the floppy disc in our Commodore 64 to play the computer game. When it was time for dinner, we’d sit down singing “where in the world is Carmen Sandiego???” until our parents threatened to take away our Nintendo privileges. Go ahead and sing along. There’s nobody to stop you now:

Remember when instead of sitting in front of the computer or TV with our friends for hours, we’d play 4-square outside?  We knew what a cat’s cradle was, and if you were a girl or had sister, you definitely remember what “shimmy shimmy coco puff, shimmy shimmy, pow!” is all about and why you want to “get the rhythm of the hot dog.”

Remember when you’d wake up at 7am on a Saturday and your entire day was RUINED because you missed your favorite cartoon?  Sleeping in?  Who did that?  Not when there were cartoons like this on (Gummi Bears was my favorite!):

You remember getting grounded because your mom didn’t find humor in you following every sentence with “NOT” and she warned you if you didn’t stop, she’d ground you.  She was NOT kidding.

Here are a few other of my favorite memories of the 90’s:

-Holding a tape recorder up to the radio to record my favorite song.

-I remember watching America’s Funniest Videos and thinking that nothing that funny would ever happen in my life.  I watch the show now in reruns and realize that funny things that I thought were hilarious then really aren’t now.

-I remember being the only one of my girlfriends with a crush on Jonathan Knight of New Kids On The Block and spending hours trying to convince them that he, in his soft spoken sensitive ways was so much better than Danny, Donny or Jordan or Joey. Two summers ago, my  teen dreams of meeting Jonathan came true. I should have listened to my girlfriends. Was definitely heartbroken when I found out (as an adult no less) that he doesn’t like girls.

-I remember playing M.A.S.H in school and manipulating it so that I’d end up not only with my crush of the week, but living in the mansion.

-I remember my after school runs with my uncle and how we thought we were cooler than cool because we knew EVERY single word to “Ice, Ice Baby” and would sing that song over and over at the top of our lungs.

-I remember going to the mall to buy my little sister a Beanie Baby and they were all sold out.  Every. Single. Store. Was. Sold. Out. All the time.\

-Alanis Morrisette, Matchbox 20, Goo Goo Dolls.  Still my favorites to this day.

-I remember how my friends and I thought we were too cool because we wore those stick on earrings. I’d usually get bored with my earrings half way through the day and would peel them off and start chewing on them.  No wonder my mom refused to every buy them for me.

-Three words: “Pop Up Video.”

-I remember when I could fill up my gas tank with the change I found in the couch.

-I remember not being allowed to watch the X-Files at home so I’d watch it at my friend’s house and then when my mom asked me if I was so jumpy because I’d watched the show, I’d deny, deny, deny.

– I remember when the Chicago Bulls were the best team.  Ever.

-I remember going door to door with my friend Raina to sell stuff like wrapping paper and books for the cheer-leading squad and never once being scared that some psycho was going to steal us.

-I remember the day Kurt Cobain took his life and I remember where I was and I remember crying.  I also remember when we lost 2Pac, River Phoenix, and Selena.

-I remember the days before caller ID when we’d have sleepovers and prank call the boys from school we thought were cute and when they’d ask us the following Monday in school if it was us who called them, we’d say no and then walk down the hall giggling.

-I remember when my brother broke into my Lisa Frank diary and read it.  My world was over.

-I remember drinking from the hose, using leaves as band aids, badly crimped hair, fluorescent t-shirts and ripped jeans, flannel and laser backgrounds on school pictures.

The 90’s.  Would I go back if I could? You bet- in a heartbeat. What do you remember most about the 90’s? Would you go back if you could?

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