EVERYONE had a “Dynasty” life!
I can scarcely think of a more stark contrast than the economy of the 80’s, with that of today. Geez, compared to now, EVERYONE was living the flippin’ Dynasty* life!
We had money to burn, blowing it on cassette tapes, twister-beads and acid washed jeans! We had money for “bi-level” haircuts (more commonly referred to as “mullets”) AND even “high-lights” in them. We had money for too much Aziza eye-shadow, perms (whether we needed them or not), rat-tail combs for teasing the bigger-the-hair-the-better, and vats and vats of hairspray to hold it all in place so that it moved as a unit.
We had money to go to the movies seeing Footloose, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Ghost Busters and of course, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. We went to the movies with guys who smelled of Drakkar Noir while we wafted of Ciara or maybe Lauren. We were young enough to stay up for the midnight showings of Rocky Horror or Dawn of the Dead.
We drank too much, we ate too much, and we partied too much, and we did it all to 80’s hair bands or U.2., R.E.M. and The Cure or maybe Rick James and Chaka Khan. We did this all in our own brand-new-cheaply-built-apartment with a brass n’ glass coffee table dont-cha-know.
We wore “Vans”, Reeboks or K.Swiss on our feet, or the “lace-up” Granny boots that prompted my dad to ask me, “How long is the doctor making you wear those shoes?” We sported IZOD’s and “Member’s Only” jackets.
But mainly, and most importantly, what I remember is feeling safe with Ronald Wilson Reagan at the helm so we could enjoy all of these things. He “tore down that wall”, he deeply loved our country, and he respected our military. Having Reagan for our Commander-in-Chief was like having dad home when a storm was coming; it’s all gonna’ be O.K., dad will keep me safe.
About 23.6% of people age 25 to 34 live with their parents, grandparents or both, according to Pew. That’s up from 18.7% in 2007, just prior to the global financial crisis, and from 11% in 1980.~Walter Hamilton
*Never watched an episode…Miami Vice, and Magnum P.I…..all over ’em.
Clean and adorable video about an adult child at home with parents. We gotta laugh, or we’ll cry.
I sobbed like a baby when Reagan died.