Saturday, July 12, 2008
In the 80's
It happened much sooner than I had thought it would - I became "one of those people" that prefaces everything he says with a specific time reference, one of those older people.
Kenny kindly pointed it out to me during rehearsals for a Knott's Berry Farm show a few years ago. "You know, every story you tell starts with 'In the 80's.'"
Kenny was in his early twenties. I was stunned. It was as if he had pants-ed me on stage in front of a family audience. In church.
I knew immediately what he meant. I used to laugh when people were made fun of for doing that (referencing a past era, not pantsing someone). But it had been over a decade since I had heard Freddie T., in yet another show rehearsal, do his Gwen Verdon impressions:
"In the 60's, when I was sharing an apartment with Shirley MacLaine, and she always out on the balcony trying to channel someone from outer space . . . "
"In the 60's, when choreography was still fresh and new - not ripping off older styles like you kids do today . . . "
"In the 60's . . . in the 60's . . . in the 60's"
I have postponed and postponed my real adulthood, so referencing the 80's had become a natural and regular occurrence for me when working with and going to school with younger adults.
"In the 80's, I was still skinny enough to wear my younger brother's clothes and I would wear his parachute pants to school."
"In the 80's, my cousin had all of the Strawberry Shortcake dolls, including the Purple Pie Man."
"In the 80's, I paid $125.00 a month for my own bedroom, in a house full of roommates when we all worked at Disneyland."
"In the 80's, I used Pazazz hair color to make my hair and eyebrows a blackish purple. I looked like Eddie Munster."
"In the 80's, it really did take only twenty minutes to get anywhere in Los Angeles."
I think the decade you most often refer to depends on when the core years of your youth occurred. The 90's were great, but I don't know if I'll be saying with as much frequency, "In the 90's . . . " as I get older.
What were you doing in the 80's?