I’m told this is at a retirement home in Florida.
May I suggest watching Cocoon first?
[does some quick math] in ’71 I was in 8th grade, really trying to become Debbie Z’s boyfriend and getting stuck at the friend part, also starting to get interested in AV stuff (aka: ‘Projector geek’ ) and getting creamed in PE because I was horrible at sportsball.
Honestly, I didn’t know enough to make bad decisions, let alone multiple new ones…
I was very very much NOT a ‘bad boy’….
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I turned 14 in 1984. I was both a library aid and also an AV geek. Were mimeographs a thing in ’71, because we were still using them when I was at the geek desk. That memorable scent. sigh. Not much of a hell raiser either. I did get sent to the VP office that year for telling my least favorite teacher I hated him- I had found out we had the same birthday and was so unhappy about it. good times.
I ran the mimeograph for my 6th grade teacher, had forgotten all about that. I AM a little amazed that they lasted until ’84 though!
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Fourteen wasn’t bad, but fifteen was a weird year for me. When I was twelve my family sailed to Japan on the day President Kennedy was elected We returned on November 22, 1963, the day he was murdered. I heard the news over the loudspeakers at the dockyard, people were crying. Never lived in America while he was president. Strange times.
Blue steel. A cat couldn’t scratch it.
My favorite lately has been: “Whatever you do today, do it with the confidence of a 4 year old in a Batman shirt”
we were latchkey kids. We played with spare gasoline, had rock throwing wars with neighbor kids, shot off homemade untested rockets adjacent to power wires, and rode our bikes for 2 miles to a mall over roads without bike lanes. Oh, we also used to snowball cars at night and “sketch” behind cars on snowy streets. I had a head start on bad decisions.
I don’t remember being fourteen.
If I knew then what I know now I would be flying penis rockets into space.
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