Girls Write Out
Monday, August 08, 2011

Saturday night found us at a Foreigner/Journey concert in Indianapolis. We were just taking our seats in the outdoor venue when I scanned the thousands of aging fans in the crowd.

I nudge Kevin. "There sure are a lot of middle age people here."

Hey, wait a minute . . .

Kevin claimed all those other fans were much older than him, so I felt a smidge better. After all, he's four years older than me. If he's not that old, I sure can't be.

The bands were great, and though I did leave my big hair at home, the music took me right back to the good ol' 80s. Still, there's nothing like a concert from back when to make you feel your age--unless it's a photo . . .

Here I am in 1984 (10th grade), looking like an 80's advertisement with big hair, puffy sleeves, argyle vest, and a tie.

What were you doing in the 80s? And please don't tell me you weren't born yet.


Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:56 AM  
  Comments (26)
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At 9:38 AM, Blogger Deborah said...

well i was born in the early 80' that better?

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I was having fun in the 80s. It's what girls were supposed to be doing then (with my big hair and neon clothing) ;)

~class of '87

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

I was born! I really really was. In 1984 I was 8 years old and ... maybe I should just stop there, huh? But I do love the 80's bands! :) Hope the concert was GREAT!

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

One thing I was doing in the 80s was working as DJ at dances. I was well past high school. In fact I played for a dance at my old high school, and was surprised when one of my favorite teachers remembered me. THAT's how far I was out of high school.

At 2:16 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I don't know who that band is. LOL I'm so clueless. My era was the 60s and 70s. You look cute, D!

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

A little, Deborah. :)

Jaime, you have great taste!

We graduated the same year, Suzanne!

Colleen, I can't believe you don't know Journey and Foreigner! "Don't Stop Believin'", Does that ring any bells?

At 2:41 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Come on, Cheryl, you couldn't have been out of HS that long by the end of the 80s!

At 2:42 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I went to the website to see the list of hits and recognize some of them but I sure couldn't have told you who the band was. LOL

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

It's always the 80's at my house. I live in my glory days. I just was showing Elle "Boy George" and she loves the music, but when she sees what he looks like, it's a lot of fun.

Darling pic of you You were a preppy!

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

LOL. Class of '73, baby!

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Loved Boy George, felt sorry for him. Loved his music.

At 5:01 PM, Blogger dave c said...

Our son graduated in 91. i was class of '66. we have our 45th anniversary this year. i didn't have tine to listen to music in the 80's. i was working a couple jobs by then.

At 5:06 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

That Dave C is my hubby. LOL He always like country music back in the day.

At 5:32 PM, Blogger jel said...

I liked some of their music :)
Denise, that picture of you, looks just like one of my cuz.

in the 80's I worked making
Lee jeans.
I'm SR "79"

oh and Colleen, your dh , has good taste in music!!!!!!

At 12:12 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

By the middle of the 80's I was done with college, had been married for several years, had a family and had moved several times (my DH was in the Navy). Yup. I remember those days well...good memories.

When we listen to satellite radio while out on a date, our favorite channel is the 50's channel. We still know all those "old" songs by heart and love singing along. Good thing no one else has their windows open in their cars so they can hear us! (Our car windows are always open because we don't have a/c.)

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Whoohooo, class of '73, Cheryl!!! I'm so there!!

D, I have no idea who that band is, either. I was too busy raising kids in the '80s. :-)

All the bands I loved now show up paunchy and bald on PBS singing tunes of the glory days. The audiences are filled with "blue-haireds" as my son calls us--er, um, them. :-)

At 9:24 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Good grief, I had a 7 yo and a 17 yo then. Thanks. Loads. Talk about feeling old. Sigh ...


At 10:07 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine said...

In the '80s I was teaching school, getting married, having babies and running a school system, Denise....LOL. Thanks for making me feel REALLY old today.

Love the hair and the outfit. You, as opposed to me, look more beautiful as you have aged.

But the '80s had GREAT music, so I'm with ya there! Rock on! (And our band plays some of it. LOL.)

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

LOL, Di. I do remember some of the songs from the eighties because of the DJ job, plus I had a teenaged stepdaughter who listened and made me listen.

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

We love you Ane!

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Chris Jager - Baker Book House-fiction buyer said...

How much fun is this? I was actually on facebook with one of the kids who went through youth group when I was a leader only the discussion for that was Lynard Skynard and Mitch Ryder. She had no idea who they were. I told her if she listens to the music on the overhead at a grocery store she would probably reconize the songs. :-D

Love Journey and Foreigner. Big hair bands all the way!!! LOL

At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in high school sporting the neon clothes and parachute pants. :) I love all things 80's (except the big hair). AWESOME music!!

At 4:14 PM, Blogger jel said...

Alecia, ya think the 80's had big hair,

I remember, when the ladys would wear their hair up like a behive.
now that was a lot of hair :)

At 11:05 PM, Blogger Alison said...

I was just born and was playing w/ Cricket and watching Rainbow Brite & Strawberry Shortcake! :0)

At 9:08 AM, Blogger Sandie said...

In 1984 I had been married for 2 years. I was working. I'd lost a baby in miscarriage end of '83 and when I got pregnant again in '85 I quit working. So '84 was the between year. :-)

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Sandie said...

I wanted to add that in '83 we went to a concert - Barry Manilow. :-)


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