In my last article, I talked about my dad’s convenience store, my love for 101 Dalmatians, toys, bunk bed, kindergarten, my computer, and my first trip to the beach.
This is going to be another interesting article. I’ve got a lot of information to share with you, so hang on because this is Living in 1994-1995 Part IV Esquire! We’re going to do this just like Part 3. We’ll start with some 1994-1995 and work our way up to 1996.
In 1995, I had a lot of preparation for kindergarten. Apparently, I had some difficulty with speech. So I think it was every Tuesday and Wednesday, I had to go to Wesley Long Hospital and see a speech therapist. To tell you the truth, it wasn’t all that bad. We had fun while learning at the same time. I remember having trouble pronouncing the number 4. That actually became my favorite number for some reason. Nowadays in the present, my favorite number is now 40. Why? Look at my avatar and find out.
Let’s take a look at what I ate back then. My favorite food was a grilled cheese sandwich. Whenever we went to a restaurant (Everyday actually), I’d always order a grilled cheese sandwich. There was one deli at Carolina Circle Mall that had real good grilled cheese sandwiches. Hey, if it’s Carolina Circle Mall food, it’s got to be good! Also, believe it or not, I enjoyed vegetables, especially fried okra.
As you can see from the top picture, we had a piano. Sometime in 1994, my mom bought it. I always loved it when she played When the Saints Come Marching In. Also, I’d occasionally tickle the old ivories, as seen in the top 1995 picture. Of course, my music sounded like a stereo going through a garbage-disposal.
Speaking of my music, I got a real guitar for Christmas of 1994. Ha, I got the case for Christmas 1995! Anyway, I tried to play music like Peter, Paul & Mary. I wish I could find one of my old audio tapes of me somewhere so I can listen to the music of early day Roadgeek. I still have that guitar in that 2006 picture.
Want to know more about that camera in that picture? A lot of the pictures from my articles are screenshots from videos recorded from that video camera. From 1990-1996, we used that camera to record a lot of moments in my life. We got it from Montgomery Ward at Carolina Circle Mall in June of 1990 when I was only about 6 or 7 months old.
While we’re talking about home videos, there was a show that I always watched that was based on home videos that were funny. I hope everyone knows what it is. I was a big fan of America’s Funniest Home Videos with Bob Saget. I still like that show by the way.
In this era, I was a fan of another great show called Garfield and Friends. Back then, I didn’t even know he was a comic strip. I thought he was only on TV.
Alright, let’s talk more about food and drinks. We covered food, so let’s go to drinks. Now, every night before I went to bed, I always had to have my strawberry milk in a bottle, even though I was 4-5 years old. I would get mad if we were out of strawberry milk. Also, this was in 1994-1995 when it was still called Nestle Quik and not the ridiculous Nesquik. During the day, I drank a variety of drinks. My favorite (Still is today) was sweet-tea. Hey, I’m from the South. This was the good-old days before Mountain Dew Code Red, Sierra Mist, Vault, and lime in the Coke you nut (However it goes).
Well, how about some more Carolina Circle Mall? Until the day they invent two-way Internet, you’ll have to have some more Carolina Circle Mall. Anyway, Carolina Circle Mall was also a very ‘90s mall. Unlike malls of today, Carolina Circle had an arcade, carousel, quality music store, etc. The top picture is the famous carousel at Carolina Circle Mall. It was located in the food court. What do you think of that carousel? Thank you Corey Maiden for that wonderful picture. Also, Carolina Circle Mall was home to two great stores. There was a music store called Camelot Music. Remember that store? I’d buy so many audio tapes there. I remember my dad bought me a Jerry Reed tape. Hey, when you’re hot you’re hot! Another store was a huge store called Montgomery Ward. Remember that store? They were a lot like Sears, but cooler. I always called it Monkey’s. I’d like to thank Montgomery Ward for introducing me to Pee-wee Herman around 1994. I got a Pee-wee’s Playhouse video there one time. So, what do you think of Carolina Circle Mall? Awesome mall, huh?
Just like my last article, we’re going to say goodbye to 1994 and the first half of 1995. Now let’s move into 1995 and 1996.
Beginning in 1994, I was a big fan of Thomas the Tank Engine. And starting in kindergarten, I’d get a Thomas toy everyday after school. My dad would take me to the Toys ‘R’ Us across from Carolina Circle Mall and get something. I’ve still got them somewhere.
Like I said in my last article, we got a Windows 95 computer in December of 1995. Well sometime in early 1996, my dad bought a CD-Rom game called Earthworm Jim. Wow. That was one awesome game. It was easy and fun at the same time. There’s one thing I can say about that game. It was groovy!
And finally, I’d l like to make a dedication. I’d like to dedicate all of my articles and very possible future articles, to the best decade ever called the 1990’s. The 1990’s brought us many things that you just can’t find in the 2000’s. From Steve Urkle, Home Alone, Nintendo, Ring Pops, Carolina Circle Mall, and more, the ‘90s brought us a beautiful day each day. We will never forget that decade!
As a little bonus, you can take a peak at my past by listening to a sample of Puff (The Magic Dragon) by Peter, Paul & Mary. It’s in “.ogg” format (Whatever that means). Go to this address: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ea/Puff.ogg