The year was 1989. That year brought us such great musical artists as, New Kids on the Block, Debbie Gibson, Paula Abdul, Milli Vanilli, and Martika. And who can forget such hits (even if you want to) as Eternal Flame, Listen to Your Heart, Right Here Waiting, Wind Beneath My Wings, Every Rose Has Its Thorn, and Look Away? I know that you're humming those songs to yourself right now.
In 1989 I began junior high. My art teacher had one of those cool CD players, and she had what appeared to be only one CD. It was Milli Vanilli. I can sing the entire album because we listened to that, and only that, every single day (Okay, I admit that my friend Andi gave me their cassette, so I had it, too. Come to think of it, I may still have that tape.). My project in art was a clay cheerleader. What can I say? I was obsessed with the tool that made those stringy things, and pom-poms were the only things besides hair that I could think of to make with it.
Speaking of projects, in shop class, I made such joyous things as a gigantic wooden paper clip and a bridge made mostly from popsicle sticks. We also had a project that was building a rocket that we could shoot off and would jettison a part that would parachute down to the ground. Anyway, I wanted to make mine cooler than everyone else's, so I splatter-painted it. I actually ran into a splatter-painting site on the web through someone's blog. Was it yours? Well, I created this beauty (with some Paint tweakage):
...and it is rad. It is.
Now, 1989 was also a fantastic year for movies. It brought us such beauties as Look Who's Talking, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Back to the Future II, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Dead Poets Society, The Abyss, and Batman. For some reason, Batman was soooo cool to me. I've probably written about this before, but my sister and I went with some neighborhood friends to the movie. It was an adventure. One of our friends started collecting all of the trading cards. I thought that Vicki Vale was cool. I started wearing my hair like her.
Yes, I employed the small side-braid style. I was so cool because Vicki Vale was so cool (even though, let's face it, I was so un-cool). I wore my hair in this manner for most of my sixth grade year. Towards the end of the year, I decided that I was done with said hairstyle. But, I noticed that other girls in my class started wearing their hair that way, too. So then I felt like I was especially cool because I had started a trend (somehow I started it, even though I had actually copied it from Vicki).
Ah, 1989. That was a great year. That year was the birth of my Simpsons-watching. The pop-culture from that era was very ... rare. I am sure that you can look back to that time period with some fondness. I admit that there were some very awkward moments in there for me. I was, afterall, a pre-teen. That's a very hard time for girls sometimes. What do you remember from that year?
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