1980’s – 10 things from my childhood.

So, today I’m feeling a little nostalgic. I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite things from the 1980’s.

  • Micheal J. Fox movies
  • Guns N Roses, and a good number of other well known hair bands
  • T-Tops: I remember my mother’s Nissan z series (280Z, i think) with T-tops. I also remember not having the tops, at least once, coming home from the beach and having to hold towels up to cover the holes in the top of the car to keep the rain out.
  • Bill Cosby as the jello spokesman as well as the Cosby Show
  • Barbie with big hair: I gave my daughter the last remaining one from the hundreds of Barbies I owned as a girl. There is a definite difference in the Barbie circa 1985-7, to the ones they make today. Not only was the hair bigger… but the other major assets were as well.
  • Letters (not email) from my Dad
  • Sesame Street when Elmo was a minor character, He-man/She-ra, and Thundercats: I currently live in a world where Netflix has 86 current episodes of Sesame Street available to stream. All include a whole episode of Elmo’s World. Sometime I just wish for the days when “La, La, La La – Elmo’s World” didn’t run through my head all day
  • Super Mario Brothers on the classic Nintendo: I don’t think I ever beat the game but I do remember playing for hours, and making my younger brother wait forever for his turn. Sorry Blake 😉 (Now that I think about it we may not have gotten this until 1990 or so but I’m still going to include it on the list)
  • Thinking Texas beaches were awesome! and  it was cool that my mom worked for an oil company.
  • Frogger on my Dad’s first Mac, pc.

What are some things you remember from the 80’s?

-B

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Chihuahua vs Rat Terrier, Paco with the TKO

Okay, so on CNN this video erupted:

http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/07/19/exp.pn.chihuahua.chases.robbers.hln

First… Wow this 10 lb dog chases down two grown men with guns trying to rob its owner. Paco, this hero of a Chihuahua, attacks these two men with the vigor I have seen only a few times with my 120 lb Great Pyrenees (though to his credit he hasn’t had much reason).

I have never been fond of the Chihuahua breed in the past. We own a 8-year-old rat terrier and have always considered this 13 lbs of grumpy, clingy, smelly, diaper-wearing dog a step up to a Chihuahua. Sebastian was evil from the moment we purchased him at 6 weeks old off the back of the truck in the Wal-Mart parking lot. We had him “snipped” as soon as humanly possible in hopes that the all night yelping from the crate and overly aggressive play biting of our sweet Border Collie mix, Cassie, would dissipate. To no avail, he was still the same devil spawn puppy now robbed of whatever man-hood he should have had. Eventually we were able to house train him and live somewhat harmoniously with his idiosyncrasies. In 2009 we purchased Liam, a 6 week old Great Pyrenees puppy for my husband. This dog was bigger than Sebastian when we brought him home and when Liam was about 6 months old; apparently Sebastian lost all ability to contain his urine. We went back and forth and finally determined that it was a behavioral issue brought on by his loss of status in the household, boiling it down to a case of small dog syndrome. Now Liam is the one to get the “snip”. But I guess peeing everywhere is just too hard to resist once initiated and the perpetual claiming of territory continued. After a year of trying everything we could think of, we have resorted to putting the dog in a diaper in an effort to save our sanity and carpet/furniture.

The worst dog ever
Rat Terrier bested by Paco the Chihuahua

So now this video surfaces of the heroic Paco, who can run off two fully grown men with guns. And for those of you who have not watched the video… the reaction of the robbers as this crazed Chihuahua attacks is classic. I’m sure the scars on the backs of their heels will always remind them of the day they made the CNN best of video reel with Paco saving the day. In light of this new evidence… It is official; we own the worst dog breed on the planet. The Chihuahua has trumped the Rat Terrier thanks to Paco with a TKO.

Muy bien, Paco. A job well done.

-B

Introductory Mind Dump

Here is the introduction into my mind, which most outsiders would consider surprisingly stable.

I was born and have lived in Texas all my life, though surprisingly I have no real discernible accent (though it was recently pointed out I pronounce the word “out” like a Canadian, which I think is hilarious and am not sure where I picked it up). I do not live on a ranch, ride a horse, or wear western garb. I am a wife to a wonderful man and mother to a lovely daughter, who the readers of this blog will probably get to know well as they are the single best accomplishments of my life. I have a degree in Technology and have worked in the industry going on 11 years. I live in a typical Texas suburb where all the houses look the same, yes very “Weeds” without the pot. Nothing extraordinary but nice. We have 3 dogs, who constantly challenge my temper, but love them all the same. In a nutshell that is my life. Summarized this way is seems kind of boring… maybe I should ride a horse and wear cowboy boots. I’ll have to think on that.

To those who know me, you may ask why write a blog?

Hum… the answer is complicated in detail, but the answer I gave myself was “Why not?”

My goal for this endeavor is to connect. Connect with those who are both similar and different to me. Other methods of social media are nice, but provide only a snippet. Given a chance I want to find what might be next for my life, so here goes nothing.

Welcome everyone, lets see where the mind will take us.

-B