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Past Loves of My Life, Part 2: 1980 to 1985, The Awakening

In Life, Past Loves on July 7, 2012 by Elle Severe

If this is 60, I’ll take it.

I’m noticing a pattern here, seems like my 1980’s loves are making comebacks here in the 2010’s or whatever the hell we’re calling this decade.  Hmmmm, I wonder if this is because the people producing TV shows now are my age and are nostalgic for the 80’s and remembering how much they loved Silver Spoons and Magnum PI and St. Elsewhere when they were kids…that’s not a bad theory, right? I guess what’s old is new, kind of like Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears coming back and all that horrible 80’s fashion like skinny jeans and neon…no thanks, but I will help myself to a second serving of the 2012 version of Tom Selleck and Mark Harmon, thankyouverymuch.

As you are well aware by now, I’m a big fan of both a nice back story and some trivia, so here’s a little bit of both:

Back story: I wasn’t allowed to watch this show because it was on at 10pm (Wednesday night).  However, my bedroom was in the attic and my mom was way too lazy to haul her ass up three flights of stairs to check on me, besides which, I would most certainly hear her the second she hit that first step up into my attic suite, as I dubbed it.  Every once in a great while she would scream up to the suite, “I KNOW YOU’RE AWAKE UP THERE, YOU’RE NOT FOOLING ANYONE!”.  I would just turn down the volume and wait for it to pass…Also, I watched this show on a 13 inch black and white, how’s that for suffering? But I didn’t complain, I loved that stupid little TV.  My Uncle Bobby gave it to me and it was my most treasured possession (after my Barbie collection and my Walkman).  Watching that show definitely took it’s toll, both emotionally and physically.  I would always be exhausted on Thursday mornings.  Back then I had to get up at 6am because I had to be in homeroom by 7:42am and since the city of Boston decided that kids ages 15 and up didn’t need to ride school buses anymore, I was on the frickin Red Line every morning by

Twice the caffeine and ALL the sugar.

6:45am riding to Park Street station and then getting on the Green Line to Kenmore.  From Kenmore it was another flippin’ 10 to 15 minute walk and since I was already tired, naturally I had to stop in to Store 24 and get a quick pick me up.   We didn’t have RedBull in my day, so I would buy a fudge brownie, a Jolt soda and a pack of gum.  And that, my friends, is how I made it through grades 10-12.  The worst was in the winter when Landsdowne Street would be a thin sheet of ice and you’d end up slip slidin’ your way into school hoping and praying you didn’t fall on your ass and lose your Esprit bag and then watch everything, including the tampons in there, go flying all over the sidewalk.  All the while you’re wearing a mint green Champion sweatshirt and pointy-toed Kapers with no socks because for some unGodly reason, socks were not cool, even in the dead of winter.  The no-socks-wearing was so bad that Mr. Butch, our resident homeless guy, would tell you to wear socks.  Let me repeat that: the homeless guy was concerned about the lack of sock wearing.

Rest In Peace Mr. Butch. Gone but never forgotten.

More Randomness: I told my beloved Gamma that I had the hots for Mark Harmon and she said, “Ohhh, I loved his father.  Literally.  We dated in college”.  FYI, Mark’s father was a famous football player and won the Heisman in 1940.

Trivia: Mark is uncle to the Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, those super talented musicians who gave us “After the Rain” in 1991.

No thank you.

Alright, well time to move on, so many lovers and not much more of your attention span, in fact, after this next guy, let’s call it a day on the early 80’s.  I’ve given you quite a bit to digest and we still have to get through 1985 to 1990, or as I’ve dubbed it The Wonder Years.

Next up:

Howard Moses Matthew Long

There is a God.

Do yourself a favor, study that there picture….you good? You’re welcome.

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One Response to “Past Loves of My Life, Part 2: 1980 to 1985, The Awakening”

  1. Loved this…better than the first and can not wait for the Outsiders edition.

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