My best guesstimates would pinpoint 1986 as the year, the contents of my brown card board box take me back to. One brown box, one portal to 22 years ago. Holy, I just said, 22 years ago!?!
The radio was playing hot pop such as Whitney Houston's Greatest Love of All, Madonna's Live to Tell, Prince's Kiss, or Wang Chung's Everybody Have Fun Tonight. But quite interestingly enough, I was more enthralled with boys on skateboards, so my Yellow Sony Walkman contained a mixed tape blaring alternative sounds such as Violent Femmes' Blister In The Sun or The Dead Milkmen's Big Lizard In My Back Yard. More Hits from 1986 are simply a click away. Go ahead, take a peek, remember when.
What a true juxtaposition of chasing the alternative scene, all the while keeping up with the rich girls. Yeah you know the type, the preppies with perfect hair, alligators on their shirts, and fancy hood ornaments on daddy's car. I ran in my own circle, but I could keep up with them, shopping at the Limited for some leggings, a big belt, and an oversized striped shirt, the same day I bought a vintage dress at Salvation Army. I am sure after pizza Friday in my house, someone's mother dropped us off at Crossgates Mall to get our shop on. Of course to meet boys from other parts of town, to watch movies, to spend money. Suburban adolescence at it's finest.
All the while I was rockin' a pair of sneakers. Tretorns to be exact. My friend Brown delivered a brand spanking new pair of Tretorns to my doorstep today. I owned 2 pairs in the 80's, white canvas with blue gingham stripe and white on white in leather. I am still amazed at how the contents of a brown box can make me smile and take me back, to the memories from so long ago.
Just for fun, I had to throw this in, if you could see my feet, you would see that I was rockin' my leather Tretorns. Freshman Field Hockey, circa 1987. And yes, it turns out our coach liked the ladies. I don't quite get the collars tucked in, for that fashion faux paux my memory slips me. I do remember it was hip to wear men's boxers under our uniforms. I hope this makes at least one of you laugh, for I couldn't contain myself!
Special thank you to Zappos for making my day! Don't they rock!?!