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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The Superstitious (13th) Anniversary: What I Wish I Could Give My Husband VS What I Can Give Him

It’s almost my anniversary. Something tells me I won’t be seeing anything like this…

Every Christmas they always have the commercials where the wife or husband gives the husband or wife a new car.  It’s sitting in the driveway or the garage, with one of those gigantic bows on it.  I always have several thoughts when I see these ads:  Where do you get such a big freaking bow?  What do you do with the bow afterwards?  How the hell can anyone afford to give their spouse a new car?  Why would anyone give someone something they have to make payments on for the next several years?

Or there are ten billion commercials for jewelry, because apparently jewelry makes women happy.  I own a couple of pieces of actual jewelry, and one of them is my wedding ring.  Which I found, by the way.  It was under my bed.

My husband and I have never been traditional gift givers.  We tend to gravitate towards things that are less conventional.  Often if we actually have money at the time, we go shopping or get something that we kind of need and enjoy.  Our anniversary is coming up in two days.  It’s #13-the “lace” anniversary.  I suppose I’m supposed to give him a doily.  The #13 to me is very superstitious, so I tend to refer to it as the Superstitious Anniversary.

I’m not one of those high maintenance girls.  I honestly don’t really like jewelry all that much.  I do make my own stuff, but it’s not diamond jewelry type stuff.  It’s glass, wood, and metal beads.  So no diamonds to shut me up. Which is good for him.  What is annoying to him is that I am practical.  I’d be much more likely to ask for something I can use when it comes to gifts.  He is a typical guy in that he has kind of expensive tastes in some respects.

We’ve kind of already gone out.  My Mom stayed with the kids, and we went out.  We people watched, had a couple of drinks, tried out a couple of places we hadn’t been before, rented movies and came home.  We’ve hoping to go to another football game this coming weekend as well.  We’re not really exciting these days.

We got out without kids the other night. First of course we had to do the dance…

He tends to go either way on occasions.  He won’t do anything, or he will do something pretty cool.  For Valentine’s Day one year he gave me a Starbuck’s gift card and a gift card to the chocolate place downtown.  Another time he gave me a gift certificate for a massage at the local spa.  One year when we were strapped for cash he wrote me a very sweet letter, which of course I have kept and will keep forever.

What I WISH I could give my husband for our anniversary if money were no object:

1)  A brand new motocross bike.

2)  Tickets to an NFL game.

3)  A man cave

4)  A romantic weekend getaway

5)  All of the Star Trek series, all six Star Wars movies, MASH, and Home Improvement on Blu-Ray.

What I am probably going to end up doing instead:

1)  A card-maybe even storebought

2)  A nice note

3)  Dinner-as in home cooked.  Not Kraft macaroni and cheese.

4)  And it he’s really nice to me, maybe we’ll go buy the Avengers movie.  It is meant to be, considering it comes out on Blu-Ray on our anniversary.

I honestly WOULD like him to be nice to me, and maybe coherent.  And try not to insult me…  He was trying to be funny and told me how he was comparing marriage to a wound.  He didn’t understand why I was a little offended. He doesn’t do subtle, but I wasn’t going to yell at him right then… I hope he figures it out.

But really if money were no object, besides him being nice to me, what would I want?

1)  Dinner at a restaurant.  A not McDonald’s restaurant.  But nothing too swanky or pretentious.  My favorite restaurant is “Macaroni Grill”.  Yummy.

2)  Tickets to a musical.  Do you know how badly I want to see another musical?  We saw “Phantom of the Opera” before we had children.  It was magical.  I still don’t know why I didn’t take pictures.  This was before digital cameras, and cell phone cameras.

3)  An overnight stay at a hotel.  I don’t think I need to elaborate much on why I want this one.  We have only had a couple of overnights without children, and one of them was in a tent.

On the other hand there is what I am wanting that is realistic.  As I said, I am not high maintenance.  But most likely with his busy schedule, it’s probably all asking a lot.

1)  My husband to hold me, hug me, kiss me, and tell me he loves me without acting like he was going to die.

2)  A card-homemade or storebought.

3)  A note detailing how much he loves me.  It can be in Klingon.  No wait, it can’t.

4)  Dinner, with candles, and maybe the kids tied up in the basement.  HA HA. How about just dinner…

5)  A nice bottle of wine.  Nothing expensive.  A bottle of Relax riesling would be just fine.

6)  Dessert.  Chocolate.

7)  Did I mention I want him to be nice to me?

So honey, I know you aren’t reading my blog.  And that’s ok.  But if you did take a little peek today… you can’t say you don’t know what I want.  Not the actual product that is featured in the picture below.  Even though I do like toilet paper.

As much as this made me laugh, if you get this for me honey, I’ll kill you.