Happy 4th of July, all!
This holiday always makes me think of being a kid back in the 1980s, hanging out with my friends for backyard grilling, then going to another house for more grilling, then another house for even more grilling….you get the picture. Since I moved away from home in 1990 I’ve rarely been able to reconnect with old friends for the 4th or even family: if I do anything special it’s usually hanging out with local friends or catching up on old movies and documentaries that I’m normally too busy to watch. We had fireworks here last weekend (and Three Dog Night was playing) but nothing can compare to when I lived in Marina Del Rey the past few years and they fired off this huge show from a barge in the middle of the marina only about 300 or so feet from my apartment. The first time it happen I thought we were under attack; my windows literally shook with every blast!
Anyway, today I’m off to visit some of those old friends from 20 years gone by, and it puts me in a nostalgic mood. I really enjoyed the 80s at the time, and still like to look back on what I think was the last "innocent" age to grow up in: we had the dawn of MTV, Saturday Morning Cartoons, only 4 channels for the beginning of the decade (for a big part of the country, at least) and no internet. I think if I had access to the internet growing up I would have turned out a much different person than I did. And that’s a very good thing.
So to celebrate the holiday, here are a few random, but fondly remembered bits of nostalgia from my youth:
Music videos next time!