You Might be a Child of the 80'S if... - the Brady Bunch movie brought back cool memories - songs by Debbie Gibson still haunt you to this day - three words: "Atari" "IntelliVision" and "Coleco". Sound familiar? - you remember "Friday Night Videos" before the days of MTV - a predominant color in your childhood photos is "plaid" - while in high school, you and all your friends discussed elaborate plans to get together again at the end of the century and play "1999" by Prince over and over again - you begged your mom for a pair of Calvin Kleins - you wore legwarmers to imitate "Flashdance" (or know someone who did) - you were in school when the Challenger disaster occurred - you, yes you, sat down and memorized the entire lyric sheet to "Thriller" - you took family trips BEFORE the invention of the mini-van. - You rode in the back of the station wagon and you faced the cars behind you. - you knew all the words to Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" - you've ever conversationally used the phrase "Jane, you ignorant slut" - you've recently horrified yourself by using any one of the following phrases: o"When I was younger" o"When I was your age" o"You know, back when..." o"What is this noise on the radio?" o"Just can't (fill in the blank) like I used to" - you can't remember a time when "going out for coffee" DIDN'T involve 49,000 selections to choose from - Schoolhouse Rock played a HUGE part in how you actually learned the English language (Conjunction Junction...what's your function?) - Kids that work in restaurants and supermarkets are starting to annoy you off by calling you "sir" or "ma'am" - you're starting to view getting carded to buy alcohol as a GOOD thing - the first time you heard the candidates names, you were pumped because you thought MICHAEL Jackson was running for President, not this Jesse character. - you ever dressed to emulate a person you saw in either a Duran Duran, Madonna, or Cyndi Lauper video - "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang was one of the hot new songs when you first heard it at a school dance - the first time you ever kissed someone at a dance was during "Crazy for You" by Madonna - you ever owned one of those embarrassing crimping irons - you used to hold in your head the thought that all those gold chains on Mr. T actually looked kinda cool and the thought that Mr. T made millions seemed rational to you at the time - the phrase "Where's the beef?" still doubles you over with laughter - you read the "Hot Video Games Player's Secrets" guide for Mortal Kombat just so you could find the hidden screen, and play Pong again for old time's sake - honestly remember when film critics raved that no movie could ever possibly get better special effects than those in the movie TRON. - (female) you thought Sean Cassidy was "dreamy", and lusted after Chachi - you're starting to dread you're 30th birthday, and have even begun going into denial about it's possibility - you're starting to believe that maybe 30 isn't so old after all, and it's those people over 40 you have to look out for - you freaked out when you found that you now fall into the "26 - 50" age category on most questionnaires - your hair, at some point in time in the 80's, became something which can only be described by the phrase "I was experimenting (GOLDIE!!!!)" - this timeline appropriately describes actual events in your life: Star Wars opens, you are still in single digit ages, and you think the creatures are WAY cool. Empire Strikes Back opens, you are now in early double digit ages, and you are convinced that the special effects are much better, the characters are cool, and you want one of every collectible out there. Return of the Jedi hits the theaters...you are now a teenager, and you cannot get your eyes off Princess Leia or Han Solo. You fantasize forever and ever about it, and send off to join every fan club for them on the planet, hanging posters, photos, and "teen"-type magazine spreads all over your walls and lockers at school. - you've ever shopped at a Banana Republic or Benetton, but not in the last five years, okay? - you can't remember a time when "hitting the outlet stores" didn't mean going to an electrical warehouse - you won't walk into the place where you once knew every bartender on a first name basis because "there's too many kids there" - going to keg parties no longer involves hiding out in the woods when the cops show up - (male) you're starting to think that Corvettes really look good, and aren't REALLY for guy's going through a mid-life crisis. That's not YOU. - you're finding that you just don't understand more than half the lingo used on MTV any more - you ever wanted to be gagged with a spoon - U2 is too "popular" and "mainstream" for you now - you ever used the phrase "kiss mah grits" in conversation - When someone mentions two consecutive days of the week, the Happy Days theme is stuck in your head for hours on end - you remember trying to guess the episode of the Brady Bunch from the first scene - you ever used the phrase "don't make me angry...you wouldn't LIKE me when I'm angry" when trying to frighten someone off - you had ringside seats for Luke and Laura's wedding (on General Hospital) - you remember "Hey, let's be careful out there" - you know who shot J.R. - this rings a bell: "and my name, is Charlie. They work for me."