There’s no question that the 80’s rocked.  It’s hands down my favorite decade that I’ve lived through.  Granted I only have 3 to choose from, they are still number uno.  I go through phases in what I like to listen to from my music collection.  Classic rock, oldies, singer-songwriter, easy rock etc etc.  Recently there has been a void when I get in my car to drive to work.  I reach for my CD case, trying to find something to listen to, but everything in there is like vanilla to me.  Where’s my cookies and cream?  I recently realized what I’ve been yearning for.  80’s.  Someone recently said to me, “music reached its peak in the 80’s”.  This week, I couldn’t agree more.

I recently downloaded a new application for my iPhone.  Its AOL Radio.  I turned it on this morning, hoping to find an all 80’s station.  First thing I select the “AOL Recommendations” category.  And you know what the first station listed was?  “Awesome 80’s”.  Clearly, I am not the only one who thinks 80’s music is totally boss.  I’ve been jamming out all day to the likes of Tears for Fears, Wham, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Foreigner, Simple Minds, A Flock of Seagulls, Rick Astley and The Cure.  I’m keeping a running list of songs I need to download when I get home.  Like, have to.  On my drive to Austin Friday, you know what I’ll be listening to.

The 80’s weren’t all about music though.  Some of my favorite movies and TV shows were on then.  Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure being a prime example.  Its the first DVD I ever purchased, no joke.  I could watch that movie over and over again and never get bored.  It actually frightened me a little.  A stolen bike, Simone’s large lumberjack boyfriend, the biker gang, going to the big house for ripping the tag off of a mattress, no basement in the Alamo.  That’s a lot for a little kid to handle.  I heard on the radio today that its Paul Reuben’s birthday.  He may have done dirty things in a theater, but he’ll always have a special place in my heart.  One summer in art school we had to make robots out of boxes.  I chose to recreate “Konkie”. Here’s a picture of me wearing it…

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