Tag Archives: The 80s

Friday Foolishness – Gripping Edition

Today’s Music: The Kinks – You Really Got Me
Note on Today’s Music: I have no idea what the hell is going on at the end of this video.

What a week! I was barely around for most of it. But the stuff I read kept me coming back for more!! Here’s some of what I saw…
H.E. Ellis got the graphic novel of Reapers With Issues on shelves! Eric Murtaugh back-country sauna, and Marsha gave me a Shine On Award. Probably because of that one time I stuck a flashlight up my nose.
Still, you should check out her site – always great stuff over there!
Something else I saw were the answers to last weeks poll, where we asked about your favorite 80s dance. Which made me realize, some things are best left unspoken.
Here’s what you said. (As always, my comments flail out of rhythm in italics.)

Moonwalk (is that 80’s?). I still do it down the grocery store aisles. –Lily In Canada
(‘Cause these are Chillerrrrs, in the Dai-ryyy Aisle…)
Wait, are the 80’s over? Ginger Snaapped
(Well, I still have a bit of them tucked into my thick socks with my jeans.)
The Madonna Mirror (Whatever dance Madonna was doing) ~RunningOnSober
(Nowadays, isn’t that the Adopt Everyone dance?)
Pole dancing without a pole. Long live sleaze! sandylikeabeach
(That’s like chili without the spices…jello without the wrestling!)
Spinning on one foot on a paper plate dance. Easy when sober John Phillips
(When done drunk, there’s still pizza on the plate.)
The Oscar Levant Stumble and Fall into a Coma- Linda Vernon
(I told them it was a dance.)
brickhousechick was brickhousing, macarenaing &bumping
(What, no Axl Rose Sway dance?)
Headbanging. I’m not ashamed to admit it – should I be? (Stacy)
(I smacked my head against many a desk in frustration at 80s music too.)
The awkward sweaty palm dance (i was hopeless) Sadly Marie Nicole
The “Parents Just Don’t Understand” Fresh and Jazzy Shake. thematticuskingdom
(Now known as the “Whatever happened to Jeff?” Dance)
The Amoeba Soccer Shuffle. thematticuskingdom
(If only the dancers were old enough to appreciate it…)
The Duke Nukem Two Step. thematticuskingdom
(Leisure Suit Larry was doing that dance before it was cool.)
NO… the 80’s are where music went to die in bad outfits and big hair,,, PMAO
(…says the man with the Risky Business shades in his avatar…)
Whatever looked good dancing to Brickhouse (my nickname) Benzeknees
(Sitting. In the 80s, sitting looked good.)
The Turtle Head Shuffle, invented after a mishap at a friends house. JoeHoover
(We called it The Tequila Faceplant.)
what? dances have decades?! omg. it all makes sense now. (UndercoverL)
(Some of them need expiration dates.)
Shovel Dancing to the Cure ~ Rutabaga
(I thought all dancing to the Cure involved tears. )
I think it was called the “Trying to Get Laid” dance. rossmurray1
(for me, that dance always ended alone.)

The I’m too wasted, the room is spinning & I am on my butt dance. (SilkPurse)
(Oh, that dance transcends a particular timeframe.)
the Mattress Mambo, but don’t worry. I practice Safety Dance – Revis
(Doesn’t anyone just call it the Lambada anymore?)
that thing Kevin Bacon did in Footloose SnB
(You got to yell at John Lithgow?)
Of course, the Poll Dance. (Frank)
(It’s always the quiet ones…)
The fully-clothed-dancing-like-an-Egyptian-bar-dance. Kayjai
(What happens in the Crypt stays in the Crypt.)
I did “the worm”. Don’t laugh. It was the 80’s – Twindaddy
(Must have made you paranoid when Bird was the word…)

Congratulations to Marie Nicole for this weeks winning answer! And from the offered choices, the most popular were The Peepee Dance. (Still is.), The Trip-and-turn-it-into-a-dance-move-so-no-one-notices Dance, and The Electric Slide (but don’t tell anyone. It’s my secret shame.). So congratulations to everyone who didn’t write in “Sweatin To The Oldies”!

The Gripping Eyes see all!!!

The Gripping Eyes see all!!!

But this week, it’s a very special poll. Dare I say, a Gripping poll?
Indeed, I dare.
Because the very day this post is published is in fact the birthday of everyone’s favorite wordpress Surrogate Mom.
I speak of none other than A Gripping Life. But how do you wish a happy birthday to a woman who’s traipsed her way to Dover? Who’s seen the movies? Who even finds the best music you’ve never heard of?
Well, you wish her a happy birthday.
And then you write her a poll!
So this one’s for you, Grippy. Thanks so much for your words and your company. I hope you have a fantastic birthday, and that every day gets better after that. And of course, Happy Birthday!

Now it’s your turn. How should Grippy spend her birthday? Answer soon, answer cheerfully.
But answer by 2359 EST Wed, 31 July. because that’s when this one ends. (And if you leave an “Other” answer, leave a way to identify you, and I’ll link back next week.)

And while we tally all the ways you’ve wished Grippy a great birthday, I leave you with this…

Have a great week everyone! Hopefully I’ll get to see you during this one.

Friday Foolishness – Leg Warmer Edition

Today’s Music: Call Security – The River
Note on Today’s Music: It’s very rare that I’ll get my ass handed to me, and then say thank you for it. But that’s what I’m doing here after Running On Sober did this so wonderfully.
So Today’s Music is from a brand new band I saw this week that may have a great future. And just for RoS, listen to the chorus and you’ll hear a little bit of OMD (listen close starting at 1:01 for it). Then check them out for some more modern *cough*better*cough* stuff.

But my drubbing wasn’t the only thing going on this week! Madame Weebles grabbed me with a vibrant declaration of war. Revis Edgewater started a new serial, and Becoming Cliche became the envy of all PBS fans!
Thanks to them and all of you for a great week of reading around the ‘sphere!



And then there was last week, which asked what if this week’s poll didn’t happen? Here’s what you said. (As always, my comments are present and accounted for in italics.)

I’d find myself ice skating in hell~ Bipolarmuse
(I once found myself in Indianapolis. I’ve had words with me about that kind of thing…)
Simply where’s Guap vacationing. (Frank)
(Hey yeah! I’ll call it a vacation! That’s a much better euphemism for where i’ll be…)
I would get back to being a super hero and catch up on saving people…zannyro
(Curses! I’m foiled again!)
El Guapo would go back to doing what he was doing before…being Batman – Revis
(Hey! Stay outta my underoos drawer!)
learn to knit tea cozies. they are the new Ugg… (UndercoverL)
(I think that’s spelled “augh”…)
An impossibility, so no answer. Wait, is that an answer? (Stacy)
(Sorry, what was the question?)
The week wouldn’t officially end. Polls are necessary for our survival. –Lily In Canada
(*moves polls to Sunday so weekend never ends*)
I’d go scalloping which is what I did today! sandylikeabeach
(You…you do realize there was a poll today…)
It would mean El Guapo turned off his computer and we all disappeared! Linda V.
(the only thing that could be scarier then you all running free is you all being trapped in my head.)
(And not paying rent.)

I’d cry in my coco puffs x, Becca
(Would that make them Boo-hoo Berry?)
I’d figure you went back to the 80’s — in your DeLorean of course! –RoS
(Close, but when I want style, I ride in my Yugo. (1984))
My Friday would just be another Monday. 😦 (poly)
(Take two thursdays and call me on a leap year.)
brickhousechick says she’s have to increase her antidepressant!
(El Guapo has already purchased all of the tequila.)
Bend over & kiss my ass goodbye because the world was probably ending (Weebles)
(Big group here. I hope you brought enough to share.)
B srong, assume the foetus position & suck my thumb – Marie Nicole
(Careful! You don’t know where that thumb has been!)
I’d have to answer a telephone pole or poll. Elyse 54.5
(I have a smart phone. I don’t think it does calls…)
I wouldn’t have to suffer through this foolishness. Twindaddy
I would eat my own head… PMAO
(Um…so when I do post, you eat someone elses???)
I’d keep hitting refresh, refresh, refresh, till one turned up. Alex A.
(You know, the definition of insanity is doing something over and ove-…)

I’d get my comedy fix by eating a comedian, BRAAAAINS!!! thematticuskingdom
(Dane Cook is breathing a sigh of relief, knowing he’s safe…)
who knows, that’s too far away to think about. thematticuskingdom
(I didn’t start thinking about this reply til last night around midnight )
we’d hire a PI to find out what happened. thematticuskingdom
(You just want an excuse to run around in Magnum short shorts…)
There is no poll – it’s just me that exists – Rutabaga Solipsistic Mercenary
(I poll, therefore I am.)
That would be stupid. Gawd. GingerSnaaaaaaaaap
(Then it happening is probably a given!)
I would pine away at ma desk, feeling sad and a little depraved actually. Kayjai
(Wait – so it’s the polls that make you feel more depraved?)

Congratulations to Twindaddy for this weeks winning answer! And from the offered choices,the most popular was BRRRAAAAIIIINNNNSSSS!!!! It means something, people. It must…
And so we turn our neon and pleather clad view to this week’s poll, and hopefully that will end it for this bout of 80s mania. There were all sorts of 80s dance crazes: The Moonwalk. Breakdancing. The Electric Side. So this polls asks, what was yours?
Shimmy on down and answer as often as you like. But answer by 24 July, 2359 EST, because that’s when this one ends. (And if you leave an “Other” answer, leave a way to identify you, and I’ll link back next week.)

Thanks for coming by, and to send you on your way, here’s an anthem for the fathers of daughters everywhere.

And I think this is the only appropriate way to bring the 80s madness to a close.
Until next time, of course.

Have a great week, and keep on keepin’ on!