A 90s Kid Perspective

...with a bit of 80s thrown in for flare.
March 24, 2014
Ahh, being born in 1983 was great. Well, not so great for me or my parents. See, I was premature, weighing in at a whopping 1 lb. 12 ounces. Yea, I was tiny. My dad said I looked like a burnt monkey and scared the bejesus out of my grandmohter ( an accomplishment I still hold dear). But enough of that, let's get down to the good stuff. The 'ooze' of it all, if you will.

What can be said about the 80s that hasn't already? For me, it was the first time watching the original trilogy of Star Wars on VHS. That's right, the ORIGINAL TRILOGY, no additions or edits of any kind, (which would unfortunately come much later.)

But, watching Star Wars, over and over again, really gave me a great appreciation of art, film, and what would eventually be my love of sci fi and fantasy. I just got hooked. Nothing could stop my love of fantasy. Especially my love of cartoons. I don't care what anyone says, from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s, cartoons were THE BOMB!!!!!!

I (and most undoubtedly you as well) had He-Man, Thundercats,DinoRiders,Transformers, Duck Tales, the Smurfs,Widget the World Watcher, Denver the Last Dinosaur, and let's not forget, everyone's favorite Lean Green Fighting Machine- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!!!

That's basically what I remember from the 80s, even though it was brief. Fun/Sad Fact: I didn't realize until the second TMNT movie came out in theaters that it was based off of a comic book. I always knew the Turtles from the cartoon show! Lol.

Now I digress. Let's get on to a fantastic year- the 90s!!!
Ahh. my favorite decade (and the one I remember the best!). The music, the fashion, the rioting..the looting..the OJ Simpson trial... yeah, you get my drift.

But let's start with the music. How can you not remember the 90s without Nirvana?? Well..I didn't get into Nirvana until later. I was into everything Green Day! "Dookie" was my first cassette tape I bought (remember them?). It had foul language, bad messages, everything a 12 year old like me could ask for. (Although, when my mom found out what I was listening to, she immediately threw it away. It was only years later, that I got hooked on KoRn, and had to secretly buy their music and hide it in my room (damn you Parental Advisory!!!)To be honest, I liked the Parental Advisory. It was, to me, the Tree of Forbidden Knowledge, and boy, did I want knowledge.

As i broadened my horizons, I found bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sound Garden, Sonic Youth.

The 90s were also a time of growing up for me. (well as much as I could any way). I discovered girls, and mastur***ing. And the internet and porn. God bless the internet. And porn. Lol. To hell with the sex ed in schools. For me, that was boring. If I wanted to know the birds and the bees, it was porn.

Yeah, didn't see that part of the article coming, did you?

Besides porn, it was also the decade where I discovered I could draw, and the artist in me just flourished. I took art classes, and discovered my love for comics. I honestly had gotten bored and wanted to start collecting something. So I went to a local comic shop (which I still go to 17 years later) and discovered Wolverine of the XMen. It was awesome you guys. I picked it up, started to read and was quickly hooked. I began devouring each adventure every other week and quickly (and expensively) my collection grew and grew) I branched out and saw Batman and Superman (Again, in the early 90s I found out about them from the movies, my brain said f**k the words, just give me action!) Give me Christopher Reeve! Give me Micheal Keaton as the Caped Crusader!


Again, I digress. In closing, (and because I'm tired), the 80s and 90s were the best parts of my childhood and me growing up into the adult and geek I am.

SDCC 2014 baby! Woo!

Cherish your childhood, remember the good times, forget the bad times, and just have fun with your life. Rock on, party hard, and Live Long and Prosper.

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