Usually I try very hard to forget most of those years. What I remember most is working hard, tons of homework, and hating life in general. It wasn’t a good time for my family or for me. Like REALLY not a good time for the family or for me. I am just so thankful that I got through it.
1. What were you like in middle school and high school?
at an ultra-competitive school, where I was known as the ‘fat girl’. I spent the majority of high school in a leg brace, which didn’t help. Miserable years.
2. What were your favorite pastimes?
I was such a bookworm. It was a way to escape into someone else’s life. I also loved movies. I babysat a lot, and HBO and TCM were the best channels to catch classics.
3. What songs were you obsessed with?
We had this awesome music station that was obsessed with the great rock songs of the 60s and 70s. Rediscovered the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Zepplin, etc. But it was also the 1980s, so there were the new groups, the hair bands, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi was just making a name for themself, Motley Crue, etc. Plus you had the instant classics–it was a great time for Elton John, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, etc.
4. What fashion statement do you look backing and cringe?
Oh so many. Again, it was the 1980s. I was the QUEEN of big hair. I could rock a can of AquaNet. There was the minidress and leg warmers stage. The crimped hair in a side pony (a la Kimmy Gibbler, which fortunately I never did). Neon shirts with several pairs of socks, artfully scrunched to allow for maximum exposure. safety pinned denim jackets. Ripped denim jeans. Bleached jeans. ACID WASH jeans. Oh my.
5. Who was your celeb crush?
I really didn’t obsess over any actor/singer then. And celebrities were a bit different than they are now. Obsessed over the Beatles, mostly. Had posters of them all over my walls.
6. What was your favorite movie?
Junior high? Can’t really remember. But Dirty Dancing came out when I was in high school. And of course back then movies stayed in the theater longer than 14 days. VHS tapes cost $90 to buy when they first came out, but then they dropped to about $30 by the time I graduated from high school. Blockbuster movie rentals were huge. And I remember when Dirty Dancing was the first movie to ever be #1 in the theater, via rental, and on cable/HBO all at the same time. Don’t know if anything like that could ever happen again with how fast things go through the system now.
Disclaimer: Okay, I’M NOT THAT OLD!!! I’m typing this all out, and it’s a lot of ‘when I was a kid’ but it reminds me of my grandfather walking to school every day uphill both ways in the snow. Holy crap.