2012-02-02

Go-Go Boots and Wally Gator

Yesterday was my birthday and I've decided that this is the year when I stop telling people my age.  But I'll give you some hints if you want to guess.

1.  When I was a child, all the kids walked to school, even the youngest, and we didn't have backpacks so we carried our books in one arm, and our metal lunch box in the other.  These lunch boxes were decorated with pop culture icons such as Evel Knievel, the Muppets, and Scooby Doo.



2.  I lived across the street from the school, so I never owned a lunch box and spent my lunch hour at home watching Hanna-Barbera cartoons.  My favourite was Wally Gator.


3.  The first record I ever owned was the sound track to Disney's The Aristocats.  I still love it - "Lay some skin on me Scat Cat!"
Everybody wants to be a cat,
'Cause a cat's the only cat,
Who know's where it's at.



I used to dance to the music in my bedroom while pretending to be a cat.  I'd unhook one suspender from my hot pants and swing it as if it were my tail.  Yup, I did.  And so began my love of jazz music began.

4.  While on the topic of Disney, the Wonderful World of Disney aired on television every Sunday night at 6:00 pm.  My family would eat TV dinners, on TV trays, in front of the TV.  The show often starred Kurt Russell, who was my first crush.  And so began my interest in boys.

Is he not cute or what?

5.  My father used to sing "These Boots Were Made for Walking" by Nancy Sinatra while dancing around the room with me in his arms.

  

 When I turned 7, my mother finally gave in to my pleading and bought me a pair of white plastic go-go boots.  And so began my love affair with boots.





I think that's enough hints.  So, go ahead and take a guess at my age.  Just don't expect me to tell you if you're right or wrong.  Unless of course, you place me older than I really am - then I'll surely let you know!

20 comments:

  1. I am going to guess that you are about 5 years or so older than me.

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    1. 5 years? Hmm....so your lunchbox had a picture of the Bee Gees on it? Or was it a Charlie's Angles lunch box?

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  2. I'm not going to guess your age but I will say that Kurt Russell Was my first crush too. He's still a fine specimen. LOL I also loved the Beatles and, when they were on the Ed Sullivan Show, my parents would let me stay up and watch! I had a birthday in January. I'm still going to have them every year, but my aging process stopped last year. At 53.

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  3. Happy belated birthday. Not gonna guess your age, but I'm pretty sure you're considerably younger than I am, so rejoice! I used to wear some pretty spiffy boots with reeeeeally short skirts and hot pants outfits. And I was already married and had a son. One of my daughters-in-law asked me whatever happened to my go-go boots. I told her they went-went a long time ago!

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  4. Sadly enough, I'm old enough to have predated each of those. Not by much though, but.....
    I also remember Kurt Russell starring in "The Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes."
    "Hey, anybody seen my youth???"
    "Yeah, it went thataway!!"

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    1. What!? No go-go boots or hot pants for you?!

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    2. Only when the Marines recruiter visited my house.

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  5. i had those boots too! and that boy is totally cute.

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    1. You did?! Did you also clean them with Windex?

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  6. I remember all of those things, so you must be relatively close to my age, and I am 40. My lunchbox was Barbie, so that's not much help I guess...but I remember others having Scooby Doo. And Flintstones used to play at lunchtime. I don't remember the Gator, so perhaps you are just a couple of years older than me..??? But you don't look my age....no way I could still jump in the air and do the splits! LOL
    Best Birthday Wishes!

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  7. Happy Belated Birthday!

    I had a plastic Barbie lunchbox.

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    1. Plastic, eh? You must be much younger. :)

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  8. Happy birthday (a couple of days late)!! Mine is tomorrow :-)
    And I don't mind telling people my age because I've been the same age for about five years now.

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  9. I wonder -- are we the same age? Or perhaps close? I remember many of these things but lived so far out in the sticks that I wasn't well acquainted with them.

    Hey -- when you're lucky to get two television channels, ya don't remember much.

    :-)

    What ever age you are, you look fabulous, darling. :-) Keep on rockin' in the free world.

    Pearl

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    1. I think we are the same age. Here's a sure-fire test - did you listen to Andy Gibb while wearing white painter pants? If so, then we are DEFINITELY the same age.

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    2. Wait, does that mean Andy Gibb was wearing white painter pants? I'm old and I'm confused. Especially since I forgot where I left MY pants.

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  10. Happy Belated Birthday! I couldn't relate to any of the above.. so I ain't guessing your age! You are as much as you feel! :)

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  11. Happy belated, I know how old you are so... You are a year younger than I am and I'm 29, again. How posh, the metal lunch box, I was a brown bagger myself. Do you remember Penelope Pittstop? Another HB fave.
    Swing by the Kitchen when you get a chance, I've got a late b'day gift for you.
    http://theossingtonkitchen.blogspot.com/2012/01/tgif.html

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  12. i'd say 23 with regressed memory issues and a good range of cable television to choose from ... :)

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