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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2006-05-31 19:19
Subject: If you were a little girl in the 1970s
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My sister-in-law sent me an email with the above subject line. At first I thought I was even more abnormal than I already suspected, but then I realized I wasn't all that little in 1970. And the list *did* bring up a a lot of old memories...



If you were a little girl in the 1970s:

  • You had that Fisher Price Doctor 's Kit with a stethoscope that actually worked.
    Nope.

  • You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it.
    No, I had a plain old bicycle. My dad thought bicycles with banana seats were unnecessarily trendy.

  • You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels.
    Actually, I think they had hard plastic wheels.

  • You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute (admit it!)
    No, I don't think I did. I liked the doctor and the bartender. And the Captain. Yeah, I've always been a freak.

  • You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island.
    Hell no. I wanted to grow up to be the guy who ran the place!

  • You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days.
    Yep! Sure did!

  • You owned a "Slip-n-Slide",on which you injured yourself on a sprinkler head more than once.
    My sister had one but I didn't play on it very much. It was seemed far too short for kids as tall as I was by then.

  • You owned "Klick-Klacks" and smacked yourself in the face more than once.
    I wanted some so badly -- but they were banned at my school and my folks once again said no.

  • You had either a "bowl cut" or "pixie," not to mention the "Dorothy Hamill". People sometimes thought you were a boy.
    True. And I loved that haircut -- it was so easy to care for!

  • Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.
    Blech! No! I *hated* Holly Hobbie.

  • You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers.
    Yes to all three (but not at the same time). Ponchos came back thanks to Martha Stewart -- how long until the other two return?

  • You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon.
    Nope -- but I think my sister had one. I don't recall ever playing with it though. By the time she got it, I think I thought it was a little kid's toy and wasn't interested.

  • You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny shredded outfits.
    Nope, and I don't remember those *at all*.

  • You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze. The swing set tipped over at least once.
    It's true I had a metal swing set, but dad set it in concrete and it wasn't going anywhere, let alone fall over.

  • You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color. (Oh yeah!)
    Nope.

  • You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole & the buckle). You also had a pair of salt-water sandals. (is this an east coast thing??)
    I don't know about the salt water sandals, but I sure did have a pair of Doctor Scholl's. Had 'em all through high school if I recall correctly.

  • You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that Little House on the Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture; and you despised Nellie Olson!
    I can't recall watching the show but I must have caught an episode or two as I had a strong reaction to the name Nellie Olsen and I recall something about here being name being horrid to the Ingall girls.

  • You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink.
    No, I don't think so. My first exposure to roller rinks was in the form of watching "Roller Derby" on tv and Roller Derby's not exactly conducive to kissing.

  • Your hairstyle was described as having "wings" or "feathers" and you kept it "pretty" with the comb you kept in your back pocket.
    Yes, I remember that -- and losing more than a few combs too.

  • When you walked, the "wings" flapped up and down, looked like you were gonna "take off."
    Lord I hope not!

  • You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie."
    I know who Strawberry Shortcake is, but have no recollection of the other two.

  • You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic. With the thermos inside."
    I had a metal lunch box, but it wasn't the Muppets. I don't remember who was on it -- but I know I didn't get interested in the Muppets (as in "started watching the show") until I was in high school.

  • You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazzard was your boyfriend."
    LOL! Nope, don't think I ever saw more than a couple of episodes, and then only because my brother liked it. Now, Starsky & Hutch -- that's another story. I was wild about Hutch -- which is funny because it's Starsky that appeals to me these days. And I'm not talking about the fakes from the movie, I mean the original tv guys.

  • You had Star Wars action figures, too."
    No, but my spouse did -- and still does.

  • It was a big event in your household each year when the "Wizard of Oz" would come on TV. Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping bags."
    No, but the Wizard of Oz *was* a big deal. It was one of my mom's favorite movies
    and she'd insist on watching it each and every year. I hated the movie however, and would leave the room as soon as it came on.

  • You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: "Who will I marry. Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or David Cassidy..?."
    Nope -- didn't have one and didn't want to marry any of those guys.

  • You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Fame soundtrack record album."
    I had the soundtrack album to Saturday Night Fever, but didn't wear it out. I didn't own the other two, although one of my sisters had a copy of Grease. Fortunately I didn't have to listen to it very often -- we were so far apart in
    years we didn't spend much time together.

  • You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and Popsicle-stick God's eyes, decoupage, or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom.
    Oh yeah. And I still love crafts. And I saw *the* coolest popsicle-stick purse the other day on one of the LiveJournal crafts communities...

  • You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts!
    Yes to Shrinky-Dinks but no to iron-on anything.

  • You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker.
    No, but I would tape things off the tv the same way.

  • You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat.
    No, neither one.

  • You learned everything you needed to know about girl issues from Judy Blume books (Are you there God, It's me, Margaret.)
    No, I don't think I read her books.

  • You thought Olivia Newton John's song "Physical" was about aerobics.
    No, I knew what it was really about. Like I said, I wasn't all that little in the '70s.

  • You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with heart or rainbow designs.
    Maybe to the rainbow shoelaces. But I'm not sure sure as I was wearing workman's boots by then and I'm pretty sure those had plain round laces.

  • You wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer.
    No, never!

  • You drowned yourself in Love's Baby Soft - which was the first "real" perfume you ever owned ...
    No, not me. And I think what I wore as a kid was Jean Nate

  • You glopped your lips in Strawberry Roll-on lip gloss till it almost dripped off.
    No, again, not me.



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