Child of the 80's - Some young guy's view on things

Friday, December 30, 2005

2006

The new year is just around the corner, so what is everybody's plans? My plans have evolved through the years. Up until I was about 16, New Year's Eve was spent with the family(immediate, cousins, uncles, aunts). That was the time when my older cousins had "other plans" with their friends. Before that, New Years was almost as anticipated as Christmas, minus the gifts. On the millenium celebration, I spent New year's with my girlfriend at the time. After I made her a delicious seafood dinner, we went down to Olympic Plaza to watch the fireworks, and celebrate the new millenium. This year I will be celebrating it with my girlfriend and most likely, future wife.

There was a lot of debate about the new millenium being either 2000 or 2001 since the year 0 is more of an epoch or starting point rather than a year. It's sort of like saying you can't celebrate the race at the start line. So whatever, I just liked the way 2000 looked. Was anybody else surprised that the world's computers didn't crash on Y2K? ;)

Friday, December 23, 2005

Yet Another Christmas Blog

Time is quickly counting down for Christmas, and I'd say that I have most of my gifts completed...just not wrapped. For a couple of my cousins, I'm making a compilation of 80s slow songs and burning them on a CD. I know, I know, I just admitted to an illegal activity. But They own all the albums of their favourite 80s artists, but not all on 1 CD. One of my cousins' favourite song is Careless Whispers by Wham, so that hit is going on for sure.

Then there is the t-shirt that I'm having especially made for my brother. Last year I made an exact replica of the 'Karachi Vice' shirt. For those who don't know who they are, or were, they were a faction/gang in 'Stampede Wrestling.' This was a wrestling show that spanned many decades where a lot of the wrestling greats emerged. A gift that I give to each one of my 15 cousins every year is a lotto ticket. They might as well get nothing from me, but there is always that chance, plus I get 10% of any winnings over $1000. Christmas, the time of giving. :)

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Update

Sorry I haven't written in a while. A lot of things to do and people to see. I still have to start my Christmas shopping, but I'm saving that for Monday morning. Right now it is 3:30 PM and I woke up only 1 hour ago. Last night's Christmas party at my old school buddy's house was terrific, to say the least. I got to see some old faces and reminisce about past events. My friend is at the stage right before portable MP3 players arrived on the scene. He had his CD's with burned MP3's being played off his DVD player all night. I've been trying to create a CD with 80's tunes and last night's musical selection gave me good ideas of what to use. In fact, a good portion of last night's conversation was dedicated to the 8-bit NES.

I've been playing my Super Mario All Stars game(s) recently and out of all the Super Mario games, the Lost Levels has to be the most difficult. This was a game that never came to North America until it was included in this Super Nintendo collection. Every single level is an expert level starting with world 1-1. I'm still on the last level (8-4) and the road to it was enough to make my thumbs sore. I must have been on level 8-3 for at least an hour, but like I was 10 years old again, I played through with determination. I had to stop at level 8-4 because I had my party to go to, but today is a new day.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Christmas time

Nine more days until Christmas Eve. Ever since I was a little kid, Christmas has been my favourite time of the year, and I'm not just quoting the song. I remember the first time I sat on Santa's lap, I was 5 years old, and he asked me what I wanted. I told him that I wanted a Transformer, and he gave me a wrapped present. When I opened it, lo and behold it was 'Shockwave' of the 'Decepticons.' For the longest time after that, I truly believed with all my heart that Santa was magic. 'Shockwave' was the first and most favourite Transformer that I ever owned.

Every year since I can remember celebrating Christmas, my family always had the privelege of opening the gifts at midnight on Christmas eve. When I say my family, I mean my eighty or so first cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, immidiate family, etc. It's a huge tradition that invloves an immense dinner, music, games, and gift exchange. Usually I'm pretty good at getting my gifts before crunch, but that's not the case this year. I guess I better get off my ass and start mad rush at the malls. Oh well, nine more days to worry.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Closet Jem fans


I think it's safe to say that all the closet Jem and the Holograms fans are coming out now. I for one never denied my like for the show. As a hetero male, I'm not afraid to say that the music was catchy, and still is today. I personally think the best season was when the 'Stingers' hit town. Their lead singer was for once a male singer, for what was traditionally a battle of the female bands. The Stingers' songs ranging from Destiny, to Under my Spell, to Let Me Be still have great replay value. Unfortunately, Rhino DVD dropped the ball and had not released the final season with the Stingers as well as other Hasbro cartoons...ahem...G.I. JOE. Sony is supposed to have the contract now, but unfortunately they will be re-releasing them from the very first season again. It kind of sucks to have a complete series of dvds with one of the boxes looking completely different. I can still see people buying the complete series once Sony re-releases them just for a matchin box cover.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Pac Man


For all those gamers of the 80's, Pac Man is making a return. I really don't know if kids today are going to identify with the characters as much as the kids from the 80's. For more information, check out the link to the website.

Pac Man World 3

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

No news today

I have to return some video tapes.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Holiday Tree?

I'll be damned if I start calling my Christmas tree and Christmas Lights Holiday tree and Holiday lights. This politcal correctness has gone a bit too far. Over at the American capitol in Washington DC, the big tree with all the decorations is called a Holiday Tree? That's plain stupid, and the white house has already felt a backlash.

I remember when I was in grade 1, I had to perform in a Christmas play. My role was Santa Claus, but the only thing I told my parents was that I have a special performance. I ended up doing my Santa Claus part in a brown suit and a santa hat. All I remember from that play is hearing my older brother in the audience yelling out, "Hey, there's Santa!" and everyone laughing. I was only 6 and I remember the laughing, but I don't remember any emabarassement.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Getting used to Cindy


Tonight me and my girlfriend ended up watching 5 back to back episodes of 'Three's Company' season 5. I've already watched the entire series many times in syndication, but this is all new to her. You don't get to see too many 'physical' comedies nowadays, which is why it's so refreshing to see 'Jack Tripper' and 'Cindy Snow' get tangled with an ironing board. My girlfriend still isn't used to 'Cindy' as being the replacement of her cousin 'Chrissy Snow' played by Suzanne Somers. Right now were at the point of the series where 'Chrissy' is slowly being phased out. In the last 5 episodes or so, Suzanne Somers only appearances have been on the telephone from her fictional parents' house. She didn't even get to tape any scenes directly with the other cast members, yet you still see her in the opening credits. New characters get some getting used to, and my girlfriend felt the same way when the 'Ropers' left. But it wasn't long until she totally embraced Don Knotts as the new macho man landlord. My girlfriend cracks up everytime he does his Karate chops in the air. But she shouldn't get to used to 'Cindy' as her career on the series was short lived.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Perfect Stranger DVD


I really don't know when they are going to release the DVD of Perfect Strangers, the sitcom not the movie which has nothing associated with Balki and Larry. I'm sure many people have searched and came up with the movie, I just hope those they didn't end up buying it thinking it was something else. I remember the first time I did the Dance of Joy with my buddy Jerome. Because of the size difference, I was the one who always had to catch him at the end. Any way, go ahead and sign the petition for the DVD release. I don't know if this actually works, but it wouldn't hurt.

Perfect Strangers petition