Posts Tagged ‘80’s’

Crazy Pop and Lock Dancer

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Okay I am not much for watching “Dance” shows, but this guy was on last night’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and he is so amazing to watch. Having grown up in the 80s I have seen a lot of breakers, but this guy is very entertaining.

25 years since the greatest music festivals of the 80s!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

I was a sophmore in high school and my brother took me to my very first concert. The 1982 US Festival was put on by Steve Wozniak of Apple Computers. I attended on Saturday and was fortunate to see Dave Edmunds, Eddie Money, Santana, The Cars, The Kinks, Pat Benatar, & Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. It was really hot out, but I got to see some really classic rock. The next year we attended again and were there for the now famous “Heavy Metal Day” and saw a great line-up of metal bands : Quiet Riot, Motely Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Trimph, Scorpions, and Van Halen. I checked out and headed to the car for Van Halen and listened from there as David Lee Roth was so drunk he forgot the words to songs.

Relive the US Festivals

Another one down, Another one down, another one bites the dust!

Friday, June 8th, 2007

I have always enjoyed going to Big Box stores, but their spread has had an undeniable effect on small town businesses. When WalMart comes to town, many mom & pop stores end up closing their doors. This week it was announced that one such store in my home town of Barstow has met its demise. Growing up in a small town meant that store’s weren’t known by what they sold, but by the proprieters. We didn’t go to the bike shop, we went to Jay’s. We didn’t go to the Hardware store, we went to H & E. Well, Home Depot came to town and now H & E is closing their doors after 55 years. I remember many a trip with my dad to get something for a home repair project and shouting, “We are going to H & E” as we closed the door and headed for the truck.

Read the article on its closing from the local newspaper.

Pacific Euro Hotel (Formerly the Maas Hotel)

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Almost 23 years ago, I loaded up a blue duffle bag just two weeks after graduating high school, hopped on a Greyhound bus and headed to the big city in San Jose. My best friend said he had an apartment and a job lined up for me. I arrived to find he was staying in the Maas Hotel. A one bed hotel room smaller than a walk-in with a TV and a mini-fridge awaited me. My job at Bentz Tool lasted only 2 weeks as Elroy sent me packing. I lasted another 5 months in San Jose before moving back to Barstow and eventually joining the Army. I found some reviews of the Maas Hotel(now the Pacific Euro) on trip advisor. Check them out and see that nothing much has changed in almost 25 years. It sounds the same as I remember it.

Max Headroom Tribute

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Each week the NAPP Forum posts a Battleground image and we all see what we can come up with. I was pleased with how this came out and wanted to share it on the blog. I used the Dodge and Burn tools to achieve the highlights and shadows. I then used the smudge tool to attain the air brushed appearance. See the full version here.

When Atari = Video Games!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

I am a child of the 80s and grew up with Atari and Video Games being synonymous. We went to Sears in the mall and got the latest cartridge for the 2600. I remember many a hot afternoon spent with friends playing Pitfall, Gunlinger, or Tank Battle. If you are from that time and would like a blast from the past, check out http://www.simmphonic.com/programming/flash.htm and enjoy one of my all-time favs nicely converted to Flash.

Classic Cartoon – Too bad I can’t find it on DVD.

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Jay Ward Cartoons were the best. George of The Jungle, Super Chicken, Tennessee Tuxedo, Dudley Do-Right to name a few.

Tom Slick Episode

Dusty Memories

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

I was viewing some postings on a BHS group and came across a link that stirred some pretty old memories. The link was for Lake Delores, a waterpark that we went to as kids. It had one of the craziest stand-up slides ever along with a zip line that traveled at a pretty high velocity. Check it out at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Delores .