Nostalgia: Flashback to the Past
It’s funny. I was watching Eat Your Kimchi’s post on being 90s kids where they answered questions from their followers. That got me all nostalgic as I’m a 90s kid myself. An 80s baby and a 90s kid. Even though I was technically 4 when the 80s ended, I don’t have any memories at all of that time period.
Oddly enough, I was actually into Asian entertainment already at this time…but I didn’t know it. The 90s was the era of Sailor Moon on FOX. My sister and I’d sit down and watch Blinky Bill (that loveable Aussie koala) and then watch our favorite Sailor Scouts kick butt. Also, my dad pointed out that when my sister and I were little we used to watch this one series, Macross, that was another anime brought over to the US. I don’t really remember that one though. Anime in the 90s also consisted of Ronin Warriors (aka Super Samurai Troopers) and Escaflowne. I didn’t discover Cowboy Bebop and Inuyasha until after the millennium when I was finishing up high school.
So while I was enjoying those animes, I was also watching Gargoyles, X-MEN, the original animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (I own all the live action movies, too) which is sooo much better than the new version they have on cable now, Darkwing Duck, Rescue Rangers, Duck Tales. My sister and I also used to watch Who’s the Boss?, Charles in Charge, Empty Nest, Perfect Strangers, Two’s Company. Oh…and who doesn’t remember the loveable alien Alf? We also used to watch Brady Bunch reruns along with I Love Lucy reruns in the wee hours of the morning before school. And of course we watched the Simpsons. And we also watched the short lived Kindred the Embraced and we watched a lot of Highlander.
Ah, the nostalgia of Saturday morning cartoons on public television. They are nonexistent and are a lot less interesting in my book now. I also grew up watching the original Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place. Ah, and I remember the original Beauty and the Beast live action series starring Ron Perlman as the beast Vincent. My sister and I also watched soap operas. Yes, we did. From Santa Barbara to Another World to Passions to Sunset Beach to General Hospital to Port Charles. Oh, and Days of Our Lives. We liked it when the soaps had teenage focuses when we were in middle school/high school.
Ah, 90s movies. There were so many Disney movies. I think Disney has kind of gone a bit downhill in certain respects of their movies, but I remember all the Disney movies then and how we enjoyed them. My sister and I had a tough time splitting up our movie collection when she moved out. But also notable besides the usual Disney fare was Rookie of the Year, Little Giants, Little Rascals…and…it’s kind of hard to remember which movies = 90s movies at this time. Oh…Land Before Time!!!! “Wait…you leave without Petrie?” And the adorable little Duckie. My sister and I actually have a set of glasses from some restaurant with the full cast of LBT dinos. Those where also hard to split up, lol. And then I think Indiana Jones was in the 90s…but am not 100% certain. Absolutely LOVED those Harrison Ford movies.
My sister and I grew up…I guess in what is technically known today as…”working poor”. My family made less than $20,000 a year which was WAY below poverty line for a family of four. But…I don’t think we ever realized how poor we were as my grandparents did everything they could so we had everything we needed, plus we did get some child support from both our parents. That being said, our first gaming system was my dad and aunt’s ATARI. Wow. Those great old games. Pac Man, River Raid…I can’t remember the name of all the games now. That was our only video game source of entertainment until my dad bought us a Gameboy when he was stationed in Japan. We both got Tetris which came with the gaming system. We scrimped and saved our meager allowances to buy other games. My sister went for Mario and I got Donkey Kong and Kirby. My Gameboy is now falling apart, but it still works believe it or not! Though I have long forgotten now how to really play the games on it. And these handheld systems were the only gaming system we had until college when my sister and I pooled our money together to buy a PS2. When we went to our cousins’ house we got to play their Sega. So we got to enjoy Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat (which was another movie…I think made in the 90s that wasn’t too awful).
Our main source of entertainment was television and the movies we had on VHS at the time. But, since we live out in the country and have 2 acres, we had lots of room to play. Soccer, kickball, baseball, football, hockey…we did all of that. When we were older, we got a volleyball and badminton set. We really enjoyed volleyball, but didn’t understand badminton whatsoever. Plus, we always got the shuttlecock stuck in the spruce tree behind us. Getting that down from there was NOT fun. We also always had a swing set. And my grandparents got us a playhouse! It is a tiny little house and we used to camp out there. Grandfather would sleep in the middle with his feet sticking out the door while my sister and I slept along each side. The fun days.
We also did chores—from dishes to laundry to gardening. Our pay? A penny a week. We eventually worked our way up to a whole whopping quarter (then I think we were getting $0.50 – $1 by the time high school was over). We did get some big paydays like getting $10 for raking the entire lawn…it’s good for the lawn, but when you have 2 acres…it sucked for little kids. But we were very proud of ourselves and the money we had earned.
On certain weekends in the summer and early fall, we’d take drives. We’d go to the next town over which had a Dairy Queen and get our twisty cones (you know the soft serve ice cream with both vanilla and chocolate. And in the summer, we’d pile up in the car and go on longer trips. I can’t count how many times my grandparents and aunt would take us to Hartwick Pines—really it’s a national park in the middle of a forest that recounts the years of Michigan logging. We had a lot of logging going on, but it makes sense, there are a lot of forests around. And we’d do daytrips across the straits. We’d go to Seashell City, the forts on our side of the bridge and the opposite side of the bridge. We’d also go up north and spend weekends in Harrison in a one room cabin.
We’d go berry picking. And…due to two incidents that happened when we were picking blackberries…I kind of got turned off of berry picking. The first incident involved getting lost multiple times and getting scratched to all heck. When my sister and I managed to find the way back to out car by ourselves, we stayed planted and never went back to our grandparents and aunt. That earned us a big scolding, lol. But better than getting lost after dark. And…when we went berry picking again, we got way lost and ended up on a road a bit far from our start point. After that, I didn’t go berry picking any more. We also used to go fishing. I suck at fishing. My grandfather kind of gave up on me and my sister in that respect. Especially after I hooked his ear when trying to cast.
Thanks to growing up in a multigenerational household, my sister and I had access to all sorts of things. From records to 8 track tapes to cassettes. My dad, when we visited him when he was stationed in Florida, also had a laser disc player. We first had our own personal cassette players, and then our own personal CD players when that format finally came out. We didn’t get a DVD player for ages and finally bought one because other people gave us DVDs as a gift…when we didn’t have a DVD player…what a thoughtful gift, wasn’t it?
It amazes how different things are now as compared to back them. So much has changed, hasn’t it? Like…I still remember when gas was only $0.99 a gallon. Unfortunately for me, I was working a gas station when we started hitting the soaring prices we see now. It doesn’t pay to be a gas station attendant and dealing with people cussing you out for the gas prices, which I had nothing to do with.
I guess I’m done rambling now, lol. Just…it’s been on my mind since watching that video…and then I was listening to Mark Wills’ “19 Something” and that made the nostalgia grow even more. An interesting thing to note…I went to several concerts in the 90s. Maybe one or 2 in the early 2000s…I haven’t been to a single one since high school graduation. Wow. Hard to believe, ne? And unlike other friends, I have no one to go any place with to see local bands play. The only friend around here isn’t into music as much as I am. I’d love to go to a place where it’s nice and cozy and listen to some good, live music some day. Guess that means I have to be more extroverted…which probably won’t happen.