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National 1980s Day!
June 19, 2008 - Jody Murphy
Business and industry have all kinds of made up holidays and designated weeks and months.
Did you know there is a national Mustache Appreciation Week? Or Sept. 14, 2008 is International Pickle Day?
Today is among other things: Recess at Work Day, Juneteenth and World Sauntering Day (whatever the heck that is?). This week is also Meet a Mate week.
If we can have holidays to celebrate things like National Unassisted Home Birth Week (July 1-7) and Be Nice to New Jersey Week (July 6-12) why can't we devote a day to the greatest decade ever: the 1980s!
I hereby declare Aug 15, 1980's day; a day to celebrate the decade of new wave decadence.
Talk like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) is cool and all, what, with all the talking like a pirate, but how many people actually dress like pirates?
You can't just show up dressed like Don Johnson, Madonna or Billy Idol and say your celebrating 80's day. Oh no, if you want to be a full-fledged 80s Day participant you need to get the full effect and go the whole nine yards.
You need to get gnarly.
In addition to dressing in proper 80's attire, you must also reference no less than six 1980's catch phrases:
Those catch phrases may or may not include:
Some variation of "Whatchutalkin' 'bout Willis?" "Nanu, Nanu"
"I love it when a plan comes together"
"Who you Gonna Call?" Of course, somebody has to reply "Ghostbusters!"
In your best Roscoe P. Coltrane voice, "I'm in hot pursuit!"
"Where's the Beef!"
"I've fallen and I can't get up!"
You must also use no less than three 80's terms at least six times.
"Grody to the Max!"
"Gag me with a spoon"
Some movies and toy (an Atari 2600 or a Rubik's Cube) references are also helpful. And you need to watch or at least discuss some classic 80s films; The Breakfast Club, Porky's, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Goonies. You get the idea.
Dig out those old parachute pants, jams and Ray Ban shades and get ready to party like it's 1999!
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