Cyndi Palmer: One step back, one foot forward
For the most part, I dont like to dwell on days gone by. I always try to keep moving forward.However, while planning for this weeks edition of All Access, I was tickled to relive a part of my past as a teen growing up in the volatile 1980s (theres a big party going on in Kremmling this weekend whose soul purpose is to bring the eighties back, Rocky Mountain Bar and Grill style).Just think of what came out of that fascinating decade. Theres the fashion: Neon, legwarmers, Spandex, parachute pants (I have a good girlfriend who got a You Cant Touch This tattoo, but at least its in an appropriate place to still be valid), friendship bracelets, Swatch watches, Jelly Shoes (that were just horrible, might I add), gloves (glittery like Michael Jackson or fingerless lace like Madonna), feathered hair, mullets, rat tails (had one), mohawks, and goatees, lace-up Doc Marten boots, and guys with one earring (little did we know how that trend would advance I saw an incredible lower back piercing just last week).There were the advances in the gaming and computer world: Atari, Nintendo, Simon, Pac-Man, Apple computers. There was Hacky-Sack, the Slinky and Rubiks Cube, Dungeons and Dragons, Connect Four, Slip n Slide and Trivial Pursuit.There were fads Valley Girl talk, psyche and Wheres the Beef?; Judy Blume books, Alfred E. Neuman, Garbage Pail Kids, break dancing, Ouija boards, Tupperware parties, cha cha cha Chia pets, Pop Rocks, Scratch n Sniff stickers, and John Hughes movies (like National Lampoons Vacation, Weird Science, Ferris Buellers Day Off, Sixteen Candles, and the Breakfast Club) and horror movies (like Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th).And lets not forget about the music (I cant begin to estimate how many hours my sister and I logged in watching MTV) ghetto blasters, Josie and the Pussycats, Weird Al, Schoolhouse Rock, the British Invasion of bands like U2, Duran Duran, Culture Club and A-Ha.But if you dont want to go back in time, there are other things worth noting that feature the present an art and craft show with live music (with Brad Pregeant and Rik & Emily Johnson) Saturday outside the Stagecoach Inn B&B in Hot Sulphur Springs, free (and legal) music downloads connecting fans with new or yet unknown talents at http://www.tribeofnoise.com and a Web series called Girl Talk The Show produced by former Grand County local Tommy Phillips thats like a tamer Sex in the City. Phillips said his film project is going very well and that the company is putting up its fifth episode mid-October.Food for thought: The nice part about living in a small town is that when you dont know what you are doing, someone else does. – Unknown
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