Have you ever wished you lived in a different era? Or grew up in a different time? Let me explain. At work some of the people on my staff are in their early to mid 20′s. One of them is really into rock music from the 80′s. I’ve supported these strange tastes by loading up some good music on his iPod, stuff beyond the typical poppy 80′s crap you still hear on the radio.
I mentioned this before, but I basically grew up in the 80′s. I turned 18 in 1990 so my high school years were spent during the height of the hair band craze. Sadly, I was totally into that craze.
The equation for me was simple… chicks dug bands like Bon Jovi, Poison and Motley Crue. I dug chicks. So I grew my hair long and wore my jeans with holes in them. Bingo! Chicks dug me. At least the wild ones, which was ok by me.
This young guy I work with has asked me about those days and though it makes me feel like someone’s grandpa, I have indulged him with stories. Maybe he’s misguided… but I think he wishes he was around to experience those days himself.
I can relate. For me it’s the 70′s. I was born in the 70′s but frankly don’t remember them very well. Still I love the music, the cars, the movies and even most of the TV shows from that time. The fashions? Meh… not so much.
For example… music:
Rockers had their fill with Led Zepplin, Aerosmith, Styx, Boston, Cheap Trick. On the lighter side The Eagles or James Taylor. On the funky side Stevie Wonder or Earth Wind & Fire.
Jaws, Halloween, Star Wars, The Godfather, Rocky, Blazing Saddles, Alien and Airplane.
MASH, All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Sandford and Son, Taxi, Chips, Different Strokes, The Muppet Show and the birth of Saturday Night Live.
Beyond the entertainment of those days, people just lived more laid back lives. Sometimes the technology of today is overwhelming and I long for a time when we were not always connected. Whether it’s email, cell phones or social media we are always reachable… all the time. Don’t you ever just want to unplug and tell the world “LEAVE ME THE HELL ALONE!” ???
Now all that being said… I do believe that right now is the BEST time to be alive. If for no other reason than because The Simple Dude did not exist in 1977. Well, I guess technically he did… but he was only 5 years old and much less of a smart ass than he is in 2012.
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