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irony or nostalgia?
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My husband's company had their holiday party on Friday and this year's theme was 80's prom.  I decided I would get into the theme aspect and pulled out my jelly bracelets, fishnets, and cross necklace (from my high school boyfriend), wore my heels with neon anklet socks, and curled and sprayed my hair into an approximation of the perm I had in high school.  I got several compliments on my look and enjoyed the party: there was decent food, a DJ playing all 80's tunes and an open bar.  But I kept running into a disconnect - the majority of people at the party had been barely in single digits in the 80's, or even not born yet.  (My husband works for a non-profit and their employees skew very young.)  They were going to 80's prom ironically - one woman proudly told me she was wearing her mother's actual earrings.  I was going to 80's prom nostalgically, I graduated from HS in 1991 and in smalltown WI we were usually a few years behind the trends anyway.  At least one woman was wearing a dress that I'm sure she thought was ridiculous that I would have been proud and excited to have worn to a dance my junior year.  It didn't so much make me feel old (though it did that a little) as aware of how many things have changed.

Saturday morning started early with a trail 10k race.  It was my 5th time running this course and J's 3rd.  I like the park area it runs through and it falls at a good time to reinforce good habits after the holidays.  I made surprisingly good time despite the knee once again starting to hurt somewhere after mile 4.  These days after one bad mile it usually calms down enough that I can return to pace.  Of course, spending several hours the night before in 4" heels was likely not helpful either.  I'm still stretching out before and after runs, and am returning to icing it after exercise as well.  Part of me thinks it's getting better, but I'm not certain how much of that is wishful thinking.

Ten Day Challenge
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

I'm not very good about music.  I listen to a mix of pop/oldies radio stations in the car, but I don't drive much now that my commute has changed.  The one time I do listen to music is running.  So I went to my running playlist in itunes and sorted by plays to find my top six.  Then I realized that Itunes hasn't imported my listening choices from the ipod I've run with for the last two years so I edited a little.  But these are songs that I know all the words to and that make me move.

1) You Can't Stop the Beat - Hairspray soundtrack
2) Kyle's Mom's a B**ch - South Park, Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
3) Larger Than Life - Backstreet Boys
4) Here it Goes Again - OKGo
5) Gonna Make You Sweat - C+C Music Factory
6) Right Now - Van Halen

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Funny thing...recently one of Dave's coworkers asked their team what their favorite 80s movie was...but similar thing, most of them were too young to remember the 80s.

Damn kids.

Somehow the majority of my close friends/husband are all 3-5 years younger than me, so I'm used to occasionally making references no one else gets. But it's still odd to realize that things I consider cultural touchstones are now forgotten.

I was going to request "Rock Me Amadeus" and ask the DJ to announce that if you weren't alive in 1985 you should get off our lawn, or the dance floor, but I don't know how that would have gone over. It been my spouse's company party, I behaved.

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