23 February 2007

Me...World Tour...

I thought I would end the 80's flashback week with me!
(don't fall off your chairs)

Ah yes, there I am, the first day of high school, you can't tell, but I'm probably scared (like I've spent most of my life...a little frightened and unsure of myself) don't let the plaid pants, Guess brand denim book bag and cool Reebok shoes fool you. Knowing me, I've had this exact outfit picked out for days before the actual time I had to wear it...in fact, if I remember correctly, I probably had the whole weeks worth of clothes picked out...

I think maybe, I thought that if I looked OK, I might be OK...(this coming from a woman, you realize, that is in complete wardrobe meltdown because of a fun dinner tonight with, you guessed it, a lot of old friends from high school who probably could give a whoop about what I'm wearing...really...when you live in the same town for 27 years...things come back to haunt you...not that this is a bad thing, I'm just saying...)

And, this is my favoritest school picture of myself...I believe it was my junior year. I have no idea why I like this one so much...I think it was the good hair day, or the fact that I actually looked OK (for me. except on closer examination, I think my left eye looks a little squinchy...and you know I'm going to jump right up and look at myself in the mirror as soon as I get done here) and I was wearing a lovely knitted dress that looked like an over sized bag.

A large knitted bag.
With sleeves.
Attractive.

You know...that baggy thing was really wasted on me. Here I was, extremely thin, and what? I have to walk around in large knitted outfits of all sorts. Simply because it's "in". Well, rest assured, I am NOT walking around in low rise jeans that display my thong underwear these days...I don't care how "cool" that is (OK...I'm not fooling anyone...who really wants to see all of that anyway?)


And, the Me...World Tour thing above? That was a lovely bumper sticker that was on my firstie car. Everything was _ _ _ _ -world tour in the 80's, if I remember correctly...So, I thought the bumper sticker was just hilarious. So, that's me and the bug. 1970's number...I loved that thing, and yes, I did actually replace the custom brown plaid seats (hello?!?!) I did indeed have that car until I went to college, so we did a lot of things together. I remember getting my Honda Accord and being amazed that I didn't have to hold my breath every time I started it, because it would probably start...not like the bug...you just never knew. Although, I have to say, having a Volkswagen, feels like a soul mate...it's more than a car, it just talks to you in a totally different way. And yes, you're right, that is indeed an entire Esprit outfit (that I paid a lot of $$ for...why was that stuff so expensive then? I swear I can hardly give the stuff away in the shop now) I mean, I practically died when I went up to San Fransisco and went to the factory!

I was going to write something poetic about how I arrived at the place I am now in my life. But, every time I look around, there seems to be a different destination place and a different me landing there. I don't know how static I am anymore...it all just keeps changing. I suppose it always has, I'm just noticing it more now. Doing these posts have drug up so many memories, and I am realizing how lucky I've been, and how much fun I've had...and how many people that I still care about are in my life (and more every week it seems...weird, but true) It's monumental, yet subtle and beautiful and a little private.

And everyday, I walk down the same streets I've been on most of my life, near the same landmarks, that remind me of the same stories, and I have to smile...

Because, you know...
life is really amazing.


7 comments:

capello said...

you were really rockin' those plaid pants. :-)

sulu-design said...

Nice way to wrap up the flashback week... although I think I'm going to need to take some time away from the 80's fashion for a while now - too many BAD memories have surfaced!

velvet brick said...

oh my! you are too sweet!!!! love, LOVE the picture from high school and all the 'retro' fashions.... what a great trip down memory lane...

thanks for showing us where you've been... where you are and taking us along with you to where you are going! : )
VB

Jolene George said...

Gosh, you look SOOOO cute!!!

Vanessa said...

The 80's were awesome. But, I got beat up by the mean evil "cholas" as they called them in my town. I wore these socks that were like $150.00 covered in these unreal rhinestones and this amazing outfit and like 5 scrunchies in my hair... And, I got attacked, my hair pulled out and thrown in the school pool. It was awful and horrible. But, I did have fun in those days... they ended soon and then it was early 90's and like, T'pau and Johnny hates Jazz came out and then I flowed into the early 90's.....weird.. I am tripped out...YIKES! So glad that time is over... although 7th grade was the best year in the planet.. And my Junior year in Highschool was the best too...I wore lace-less keds for so long....Yuck....andK-swiss I think? And, did you see my awesome Esprit watch??? hee hee....You are fun and wonderful and hilarious!!!

Anonymous said...

Loving the flashbacks! I get to see what happened just after I left. All the awesome 80s clothes I could have been wearing...all the cheap-ass booze I could have been drinking...

The pictures are so great though. I remember you in that outfit. That Esprit bag that was bigger than your first car...who could forget? Who would want to?

-rusty

KSV said...

I am going to an 80's themed birthday party tonight, all your photos are helping me put together a great outfit. I have one question though, I decided to wear a side ways ponytail, should I tease or crimp???

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