Monday, November 15, 2010

Flashback: 1996

This weekend, P and I were discussing what to do for our daughter's 1st birthday party next month.  I can't believe she's almost a year old!  That got me thinking how fast time flies, and it seems the older we get the faster and faster it seems to go.  Then I thought back to high school and how quickly the 15 years  since I began my freshman year has gone. Sometimes I think I'd like to go back and revisit that time in my life, bringing with all that I know and have learned since.  Do you feel like that, too?  Sometimes I look back on that time in my life and cringe (!), but mostly it's the good stuff I remember.  I realise that this completely opens me up to ridicule, but here's a little glimpse of my life (good and bad) c.1996.
This is me, obviously.  I was a sophomore in high school at the time. Unfortunately,  I still remember that outfit (pink and cream gingham dress with applique flowers on the empire waist line...the height of fashion of course).

These are (some of) my friends - they are still my friends, I'm really lucky to be able to say that.

At the time I lived in Birmingham, AL - a great city that I still love and think of as home.  Those were the days of homecoming football games and school dances, hanging out at the movies or the mall (can you believe we did that?) and girls nights in, sleepover style.  (Thankfully were the days before Facebook and Myspace - every day I am more and more grateful that I didn't have the opportunity to go through the dramatics of being a teenager on the internet for all to see).

My group of friends used to meet for breakfast frequently bright and early on a Saturday morning and we all made something - I forget what I made but I do remember are Jon's cheesy (and garlicky) biscuits - YUM, and Andrea's cheesy eggs!  They were fun days.  Then, if it were summer, we'd go to the lake (thanks, Ben!) and I'd inevitably burn.  Since then I've accepted that I'll never be able to sport a lovely golden tan and I'm okay with that.  I've also discovered that SPF 50 and big sun hats make my days in the sun much more enjoyable!

At 15 I was learning how to drive.  Doesn't 15 seem awfully young to be legally behind the wheel (even if it is to learn with an adult in the car)?  Or does that just make me sound old?!  I learned to drive on this sweet ride of my Dads:
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That's a 1995 Chevy Surburban, folks.  I learned to drive in that bad boy.  When I got a Honda Civic a couple of years later it felt like a toy in comparison!

In 1996, you might have been listening to this:



You might have cried your eyes out at this at the movies (like I did):

Or been blown away by the special effects in this:

Or fallen in love with Tom Cruise (again) in this:

If you were a Birmingham native, you might have been anxiously awaiting the opening of this place:
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You might have also been rushing home to watch this awesome new TV show based on, like, the best movie everrrrrrrrrrr:
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I was probably wearing this (you might have been, too):                                                         


And almost every boy I knew at the time was wearing this:


I remember - for us gals - Mac's Velum was a must-buy, except back then it came in a blush-size container....remember that?
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Reddish brown lipstick was one beauty trend that I should never have tried (thankfully my photos of this time period are safely tucked away at my parents house!):

The South was a-buzz because the 1996 Summer Olympics were being held in Atlanta, GA, just a short drive away.
We went, as a family, to visit the Centennial Olympic Park.  I remember a photo of us all decked out in Olympic gear, which thankfully I don't have access to at the minute!  I also remember the tragic bombing in Centennial Park that July.

He had just been re-elected and beaten him:
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We also paid, on average, $1.22 for a gallon of gas...depressing, isn't it?

Seems like just yesterday.  What are your best/worsts from 1996??


  1. Thanks for this, Gracie, it really took me back. Seemed like a simpler time, right? Just think- we actually had to buy CDs if we wanted to listen to music and be home if we wanted to talk on the phone. I actually knew people's phone numbers by heart!

    My best: when I discovered my coiffeur soulmate, Steven, who taught me how to actually fix my hair. It changed my life! Worst: when said coiffeur gave me the Jennifer Aniston 'do. Thank God I don't have pics of that thing floating around on facebook!

  2. J - I remember Steven (I went to him too a couple of times, on your rec, of course), AND I remember the Jennifer Anniston do! You rocked it my dear!! It was a simpler time, I think. I still think of you when I pop my Cole Porter Song Book CD in to play. Hope you're doing well - give Ben my best! xx

  3. Gosh...1996, probably not my best year! But, when I wasn't being an absolute nightmare for my poor parents and Sue, I was really into the Dave Mathews Band, a CD of Andy Williams Greatest Hits, the Spice Girls and I had just discovered Grease :) I know, totally random taste in music!
    It was also a time of discovering makeup (you, Andrea and Merissa gave me my first makeover and plucked my eyebrows!!!), flared jeans, layered tank tops, volleyball and boys!
    I think I was in 7th grade at the time....not a year I would like to revisit but it's still fun thinking back on all the dramas and discovery of early teenage life!