Theme Thursday: The ADD 80s Child Looks At 80s Teen Movies

Leave it to Jenn at Something Clever 2.0 to throw one out there that really stumps me.  I had to think about this a lot.  It hurt.  Then me being me and awesome at the last minute posts, I finally started forming a twisted idea in my mind of how to handle this prompt.  Read on…

This week’s Theme Thursday question was:  What character on the Breakfast Club are you? You are about to enter the mind of an ADD person trying to think about 80s movies.  Scared yet?  Just keep reading-you’ll get there soon enough.

Many moons ago I saw the movie.  A really long time ago-it has been several years ago and I’ve seen it in it’s entirety at least twice.  My memory of it, not so good.  Although I think I might own it,  I don’t want to go messing around in all the vhs tapes to try to find it and watch it. The one thing I do recall correctly is that it does have one of the BEST 80s songs in it, “Don’t You Forget About Me”.  I love Simple Minds!

It’s not that I didn’t like the movie.  I did.  It’s just not one of my favorites.  The 80s had so many great teen movies.

Like this one.  "What's happenin hot stuff?"

Like this movie, Sixteen Candles. “What’s happenin hot stuff?”  Long Live Long Duc Dong.

What do I actually recall about the movie?  With a little help from the internets, I can recall the characters pretty easily.  I remember that Molly Ringwald was in it.  You know Molly Ringwald, as the prom queen, which I definitely wasn’t in high school and still am not.  She is, like, so much the queen of the 80s (say it in your Valley Girl voice, come on, you can do it!).  She’s in one of my very favorite movies, Sixteen Candles.  Come on, you’ve seen Sixteen Candles.  It’s the movie with Long Duc Dong in it!  Children of the 80s, can you honestly see the word “automobile” in print without automatically flashing to this scene?

Or hear the word “married” without thinking of this?

What were we talking about again?

Oh yeah, The Breakfast Club.  It also has Anthony Michael Hall, as the geek. Hey wait a minute, he was also in Sixteen Candles, as a geek!  What a coincidence!  Can you say “typecast”?

Unfortunately, YouTube was not as forthcoming with the clips I wanted to show from Sixteen Candles, I did however find this gem from Weird Science.  How come geeks don’t wear bras on their heads anymore?  Or do they?

Anyhoo, we also have some other people.  Judd Nelson was the bad boy, right?  Or was that Judd Hirsch?  No, he was the guy in Taxi.  It wasn’t Judge Reinhold was it?  No, it definitely was Judd Nelson.  I was definitely not the bad boy.  I never did much of anything bad in high school.

Note:  Judge Reinhold was in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  Another 80s classic.  I don’t remember that one either, I had to look it up.

Then there was Emilio Estevez, he was the jock.  I am definitely not a jock.  Emilio Estevez is the son of Martin Sheen and the brother of Charlie Sheen, who starred with another 80s John Hughes movie alum Jon Cryer on Two and Half Men, who starred in Pretty in Pink with Molly Ringwald.  Wow, we could almost play Six Degree of Kevin Bacon if we really wanted to.  (I’ve never seen Footloose, by the way, and I never want to.)

And finally there was Demi Moore.  No, it was Winona Ryder.  No wait a minute, it was Ally Sheedy.  Yes, it was definitely Ally Sheedy.  She was the basket case.  I don’t randomly scream and throw stuff, but I am kind of a basket case.  I asked my husband, he said that I am definitely the basket case.  Ok then, that mystery solved.  Why do they call them basket cases anyway?  Being nuts doesn’t really have anything to do with baskets.

Wasn’t John Cusack in that movie somewhere?  Oh wait, no, I’m thinking of Sixteen Candles again…  He was also in some pretty memorable 80s movies, including another one of my very favorites, Better Off Dead.  Another movie seriously lacking in online clips of the best parts.

If you really wanted to find a character that I identify with, then watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  No, I don’t identify with any of the female characters, I identify with Cameron.  We never owned a car that anyone rubbed with a diaper, but I am about as paralyzed by fear as Cameron was, not to mention wound about as tight more often than I want to admit.  I don’t have a Cameron clip, but I do have a great one:

The 80s also included one of the darker teen movies, Heathers.  I loved that movie, and I loved Christian Slater.  Didn’t we all back then?  There were other teen movies that I have never seen.  I have never seen St Elmo’s Fire, but I owned the soundtrack.  Was Beetlejuice considered a teen movie because Winona Ryder was in it?  No?  Ohhhhh, ok.  I still loved it, though.  I must admit I never saw Say Anything until I was a married adult when we started having John Cusack movie marathons.  Why?  Because he’s awesome!

That’s enough from me.  Which 80s teen movies did you love?  Which ones did you hate?  Were there any characters you identified with?

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Dude, Where’s My Love? Oh THERE It Is…

Words to live by.

Words to live by.

I’ve shared several times that I’m the person that, well, never quite fits in.  Never have.  I’ve always been a bit odd.  I wish I could say that it doesn’t bother me because I’m older and wiser now and blah blah blah.  But more often than not it does bother me.  Which is too bad, because if I’m still having teenage angst at 38, that doesn’t bode well for my middle aged years.  What age is considered middle age these days, anyway?  I just read an article about Brad Pitt and how introspective he’s been as he approaches 50.  So maybe it’s 50?  I didn’t have the attention span to finish the whole article anyway…

I’ve tried to fit in, and it just never quite works out the way I’d like it to.  I tend to stick out like a sore thumb, which is interesting because that sure doesn’t stop people when I’m in groups of parents from pretending I’m totally not there.  Sometimes I want to turn to them and say, “You know, I may not be 100 pounds and have my hair perfectly styled and wearing the skinny jeans and the too tight sweater, but I’m a perfectly nice person.  You act like I’m going to wipe a booger on you.”  I really wouldn’t do that, but I certainly wouldn’t put it past my son.  I think I may have referred to good old Winona playing Lydia Dietz on Beetlejuice, which is still one of my favorite movies.  She comments:  “I too am strange and unusual.”  That’s for sure, I could probably win some prizes for strange and unusual!  I’ll take cash, please.

My whole life is a darkroom. One big dark room.

My whole life is a darkroom. One big dark room.

Being part of the whole blogging world has been pretty darn good for me.  Yesterday was EPIC!  I exceeded the number of people that are my “Fans” on Facebook.  I won’t tell you how many of them that are actually my family and friends, but I will say I about bet they are really getting tired of all the crap I have been posting.  I also managed to get the most page hits ever (AGAIN) on here.  This was due to two factors.  1)  I kept relentlessly peddling my story about peeing my pants at Wal-Mart.  I think people finally started reading it so maybe they wouldn’t have to see it, but then realized that it was actually pretty funny.  2)  I am technologically impaired, and spent two hours fighting with WordPress about images.  I almost burned my I ♥ WordPress shirt over the whole deal.  No I DON’T want to put all of my image at the top of my blog post.  Why?  Because I think it looks stupid.  The result was that I totally put everything on my blog post wrong.  Each picture got an individual hit when viewed that counted toward my total visits for the day.  Ooops.  I may accidentally make that mistake again…

I’ve been going through this whole glorious depression thing which in itself is not very interesting or much of a tale to tell.  Unless you like stories about people who cry at the organic grocery store.   But that’s not why I’m writing this.  This is my public service announcement to the world about just giving people a little bit of understanding.

Not that kind of pubic service announcement, but do you remember these guys?  "We're not candy!  Even though we may look fine and dandy..."

Not that kind of pubic service announcement, but do you remember these guys? “We’re not candy! Even though we may look fine and dandy…”

I’m still new to the blogging world because, well, I just am.  I read a lot of different blogs.  One humor blog that I have recently started reading was having a hard time.  Bad decisions, bad luck.  She obviously needed someone to listen.  I commented and left her some real words of encouragement, and that I understood all too well how it feels when life sucks.  I didn’t offer advice, I just wanted to let her know that we are all human.  Every stinkin one of us, and that we are not perfect.  She was really touched.  I’m not writing to tell you all that I am a fabulous person that changed somebody’s life, because I didn’t, I just know how it feels to be there and no one seems to care. You just want some understanding.

I’ve been there, many times in my life, and I have felt very alone many of those times.  One great thing about this online world is that you aren’t ever really alone.  I haven’t exactly had a lot of support for this blog from the homefront.  It’s not that he doesn’t care.  He’s busy, the last thing he really wants to hear is that somebody commented on this or I have this many followers or whatever.  My daughter would rather I throw my computer out the window so I can spend more time doing nothing but cuddling with her.  Luckily I have had a lot of support from the others who do the same thing I do, and that has been wonderful.  I’ve had people help me fix up my blog, tell me where I need to go to get more exposure, and just let me know that they genuinely like how I write and are loyal followers.  Aw heck, this week I have even agreed to do some guest posts on some great blogs!  You have no idea how much that means to me.  The feeling that I am successful at doing something is huge.  Now if I can only get those people who do the “Freshly Pressed” page here at WordPress to get that (hint, hint folks, show me some loooooooove.)

This is to all of the people who've been so awesome to me in this here blogging world.

This is to all of the people who’ve been so awesome to me in this here blogging world.

One thing I’ve struggled with the last couple of years is exercising, and with the being an unemployed bum AND not being able to get out and move around I have really sunk into the depths of bummerdom.  I already don’t feel wonderful about other things, so the extra smooshiness around my middle (not a muffin top, more of a coffee cake) is certainly taking some of its toll on my self esteem.  One fabulous blogging friend reached out to me and let me know that she too has been there, and has been very supportive of me throughout the flab and the anxiety.  It made all the difference.  I’m not going to name her, but she knows who she is!  😉

It’s getting better.  I’m feeling a lot better the last few days.  I’ve gotten out, I’ve moved around, I’ve done some stuff.  Now I’m still unemployed and feel like a big losery loser, but I’ve got a lot more hope than I’ve had.  The candle is still flickering in there!

I’m thinking back to when I was employed, however, and working around toxic people all of the time, and thinking that in a way maybe I am better off NOT working.  One woman in particular had the nerve to tell all of my coworkers during an organization wide meeting in the room that I was weird.  ALOUD.  Right in front of me.  It had to be the most backhanded compliment I had ever had in my life.  If I wasn’t so nice, I would have thrown my pizza at her.  But I sat and took it.  People like that, well, I hope they get what they deserve.  Thhhhhhpt!

Are you wondering if I forgot what my point was?  No, I’m still doing my little public service announcement.  If you see someone who is usually pretty funny have a heartfelt blog post, and you can relate, just take a moment and share that with them.  It’s so good to know that you’re not alone.  Or maybe there’s a mom who is a little different and doesn’t seem too comfortable around other parents.  Take a moment and say hi, you may be glad you did.  People like to be approved!

We constantly quote this, I didn't even know what it was called until I accidentally found it.

We constantly quote this, I didn’t even know what it was called until I accidentally found it.  I was APPROVED!!!!

The Approval Center (Click to view)

So hey, it’s the holidays.  Share the love.  Come on people now, smile on your brother (or sister).  Just because I’m feeling pretty good about this, I’m going to share this classic commercial, because I can.  And because I REALLY want a Coke.  Peace man.

Coca-Cola Hilltop Commercial.

Again, my apologies for no image to go with this.  I only had the above images because I had this post almost done before they did whatever that they did that I am too ADD to figure out.  Anyhooooo….  Last minute additions have no visuals!