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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TSBWG Exclusive Guide to Getting Ready for the Holidays

Some Christmas trees will just stand there and stare at you if you don’t decorate them in a timely manner. This is kind of creepy.

I lied to all of my readers.  I said we always decorate the day after Thanksgiving.  As it turned out, we got busy doing other things and did not get around to it.  However, Saturday morning rolled around and it was obviously time to prepare for another holiday.  Time to decorate!  Princess Christmas made sure that Evil Genius was aware that it was time to set up the tree.  She marched upstairs, went into the bedroom where he had just awakened (because we are very nice to him and let him sleep sometimes) and informed him that he needed to “Go downstairs and get the Christmas!”

In our house there is a certain way that you need to prepare for the upcoming holiday.  It’s very important to follow the steps.  I thought I’d publish this very important guide to getting ready.  You know, just in case you need some guidance.  As you read this, just imagine you’re hearing a little four year old voice saying “Let the Christmas Tree decorating COMMENCE!” (She really did say that…)

 

 

 

1)  Getting Started:  Say the words “Christmas”.  That’s all you have to do.  When you have little kids and you say the word, it causes planets to align and sets everything in to motion.

 

Christmas!

2)  Decide where the tree is going to go this year.  If your house is like ours this changes from year to year.  Make sure that you choose the most inconvenient location in the house.  This year Evil Genius chose to put it in the living room.  This is fine, but we had to move a half dozen pieces of furniture that we don’t have any place for.  That’s ok, do we really need to get out our front door or go into the adjoining room?  Nah.

3) Bring the tree and decorations up out of the basement, or wherever you store them.  Try not to kill yourself doing so.  If you’re one of those people who isn’t deathly allergic to pine like I am (my eyes swell shut and everything) then go chop down a tree.  THEN try not to kill yourself bringing decorations out.

4) Inspect containers for stowaways.  Last year I went down to the basement to get the wreath hanger.  I opened up one of the Christmas containers, and a little mouse peeked out through the Christmas lights at me, as if to say “HEY I’m SLEEPING in here!”  I made my husband go through the container looking for mousies after the fact.  He didn’t find any, but he did throw something small and mouse sized at me and made me FREAK OUT!

It was not this cute.

5)  Restrain the four year old.  Duct tape works well.  If you don’t, every decoration that you own will be taken out and inspected, and then left on the floor.

6)  Put up the tree.  Realize you put it together wrong.  Undo.  Redo correctly.

7)  Put the lights on the tree.  See how many bulbs are burnt out.  Take the lights back off.  Replace with lights that work.  Our lights would not light up on one side.  The Grinch would have had a perfectly good reason to steal our tree.

He could have so taken our tree. Then we fixed it.

8)  Decorate.  We start with “the big necklace” (which normal people refer to as the garland).  Then add the ornaments.  Half will be dropped.  Some will be broken.  There will be yelling.  This year at one point Princess Christmas tried to hang just hooks on the tree.  No ornaments on them.  Because they were there, of course.

This one turned out pretty sweet. The picture, I mean. She’s pretty sweet too sometimes.

9)  Take pictures of the decorating.  Because you can.  I took 57 pictures and had not one shot that I would consider Christmas card material.  Yet.  My children will be forced to pose for at least 28 more times before I let them off the hook.  I AM GOING TO GET GOOD CHRISTMAS CARD PICTURES THIS YEAR IF IT KILLS ME!  I can’t order a card with different shots on it from Target this year.  I can’t afford it.  I must make them myself.

10)  Booby trap the area.  Do this so that no one can actually approach the tree and contaminate it.  Use ornaments, hooks, and decorations.

11) Rearrange The kids do this to the ornaments about every 36 minutes or so.

12) Turn off the overhead lights.   Stand back and admire your tree.  Remember what the room looked like in the light, because for the next month you will not be allowed to turn on any lights in there except for the ones on the tree.  Your children may or may not have vision problems as a direct result of sitting in front of the tree and staring at it.

Ooooooooooooooooooo….

13)  Now, go decorate the rest of the house.  Like that matters!  The tree is up, my kids care about nothing else except that and the stockings!  Spend the rest of the weekend on Pinterest, trying to find ideas to accomplish this feat.  I’m trying to find ideas to make a wreath.  I’m thinking shiny and noisy-jingle bells and Christmas balls.  Stay tuned.

Have Fun Storming the Castle!

It’s often like this show at our house. Except we have more hair.

We quote a lot of stuff at our house.  A LOT of stuff.  Mostly movies, and TV shows, among other things.  I wouldn’t be surprised if my husband and I have had a whole conversation in movie quotes.  Hey, that would be a really neat game.  “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” used to do games where you spoke only in song titles.  I’ve always wanted to try that.

But I digress…  which reminds me of digest.  But this is not a rhyming game.  But…”Rhyming is fun.”

We don’t quote stuff that other people quote, mostly more obscure stuff.  What brought this whole post on?  Today my husband took both kids and the dog to drive to his sister’s house to pick up some stuff she’d done for him, as well as stop in and see the folks.  I packed them each a drink and snacks, and as they went out the door I yelled “Have fun storming the castle!”  The neighbors probably think I’m really weird.  I can’t help it.  It’s verbal diarrhea, it just comes out and I can’t stop it.  Especially stuff like that, from “The Princess Bride”, only one of the best and most quotable movies ever.  It’s a good book, too.  One of the best and funniest ever written.

I get it honest, my Mom does it too.  Every time we go somewhere and park, of course she quotes Star Trek IV, the scene where they leave the cloaked Klingon Bird of Prey in the park.  “Everybody remember where we parked.”  That’s another very funny and very quotable movie.  What other movie do you get to hear Mr Spock cuss?  “Perhaps now is a good time for a colorful metaphor?”

Weird weird stuff makes us quote stuff.  Don’t ever talk about rueing the day.  Because that really opens up a can of worms at our house.  “Rue the day, who talks like that?” (Real Genius).  “I rued the day once.” (Friends)  Seeing a large amount of cups in one place often leads to these quotes, starting with “They will rue the day they put in me in charge of cups!” (Friends, again).  Someone uses the word “youth” “Da two yutes.”  “What is a yute?”  “The two YOUTHS.”  (My Cousin Vinny)  Anytime we come across anyone called Newt “She turned me into a newt… I got better”.  (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

We actually quote Monty Python almost to the point of absurdity…  “We already got one.  It’s verrah nice.”  “I fart in your general direction!” “I’m FRENCH!  Where do you think I got this OUT-RAGEOUS ACK-SENT!”

Speaking of french, anything that has the word french in it results in this:  “Fronch fries, Fronch toast, Fronch dressing, and for dessert, Peru.” It costs two dollars?  It results in one of us yelling “TWO DOLLARS!  TWO DOLLARS!” (Better Off Dead).   And of course when anyone has strange symptoms of any kind in our house, “Maybe it’s a tumor.”  “It’s NOT A TOO-MAH!”  Gotta go to the bathroom?  “There is no BAWTHROOM!” (Kindergarten Cop).  And to round out the 80s movies, who DOESN’T say “AUTOMOBEEEEEL?” when they see the word automobile written down somewhere?  (Sixteen Candles)

Some things we can’t even say right anymore because it makes us think of something else.  Anything that’s navy blue isn’t “navy” blue, it’s “nah-vee blue” (You know, Fronk from Father of the Bride, oh you DON’T know?).  Or we make something similar to a quote in a movie.  Me with my coffee:  “I love coffee.  Coffee, coffee, coffee.”  (Substitute Scotch for coffee, Anchorman).  In addition to this we’ve also stolen many ideas that we work into our every day conversation.  Like needing an “epiphany toilet”.  Betcha can’t guess where that one came from…

And don’t forget the commercials.  You know when you get things that go together, I have to say “Unicorns and glitter!”  (I love Flo)  My daughter has caught on to that, she can’t hear the word smooth without reciting “He’s smooth, like Keith Stone”.  I’m not sure whether to be proud or horrified at that.  We really watch too much TV.

Oh, and before I forget, “Rhyming is fun” comes from Scrubs.  Yet another awesome TV show.  Anytime we have to guess how much something costs, “I’m going to guess…seven dollars.”  Also from Scrubs.  I could go on and on…

Perhaps it’s all related to the recessive gene we all have in my family that causes us to burst out into song at the mention of something that reminds of a line in a song.  It has to at least be in the same general area of the brain.  Thank goodness I met Evil Genius, because he understands all of this.  See, there’s someone out there for everybody!  He’s actually there to correct me, because I never get the quotes exactly right.  I understand that he and his boss talk in movie quotes all the time at work.  So there are more of us, maybe even some who won’t admit that things make them quote other things.  We must find them, and assimilate them.  “Resistance is Futile” (Star Trek:TNG)

When I was younger, much like with my interests, I tried to repress my quoting urges.  Guess what, I was…

You have to do it to the tune of a clock chiming. Think about it.

I WAS wrong.  It’s a good thing I decided to accept my geekdom.  And by the way this above picture’s quote would count as both a song AND a quote.  “See what I did there?”

Wish I knew what THAT was from, since I use it all the time…