Things I Enjoyed In My Youth For Reasons I Don’t Understand Now

Or what the heck was i thinking?

Wow, you’re hot! September 8, 2008

Filed under: Fashion — deannabanana @ 11:04 pm

And everyone knew it when you wore this:

A Hypercolor T-shirt

A Hypercolor T-shirt

For some reason in the very early 90s, it became cool to wear Hypercolor.  This was one of those fads that came and went rather quickly and with good reason.  Some sort of chemical was in the fabric that would cause the shirt to change color in response to heat.  This sounds cool in theory.  HOWEVER, your armpits would inevitably be bright pink so not only would it look like you had a sweating problem but that maybe you had some sort of glandular problem that turned your perspiration neon.  Also, if you had bosoms (and Lord knows I did), that whole area would change color.  It was basically a neon sign telling all passers-by “Look at my boobs!”

Which leads me to my next point.  Because I really was sort of innocent when I got the shirt (mine was an azalea color that turned a bright orangy pink).  I had no idea that people would see the shirt as carte blanche to grope you.  I would walk down the hallways in middle school and random people that I did not know would just come up to me and grab me in random places and say (afterward) “Does this really work?”  I wasn’t sure how I felt about that.  A combination of excited and appalled at the same time, I think.

After a while the color stopped working and then it wasn’t fun any more.

Apparently they made Hypercolor shorts (according to Wikipedia).  I can’t understand why that didn’t take off.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to walk around with a neon crotch?


Stuff I enjoy now that I should be embarrassed about… September 6, 2008

Filed under: Being an adult,Movies,Music — deannabanana @ 12:40 pm
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If I was 10 instead of 27 when this came out I would probably have eaten this up.

And I know there is definitely nothing cool about this candy coated fluff.  I love Degrassi the Next Generation but that’s teens with edge — drugs, abortions, STDs.  In the first High School Musical Troy and Gabriela don’t even kiss.

So what would account for the fact that I will watch this every time it’s on?  Maybe I’m a sucker for Kenny Ortega (even if you don’t know who he is you’ve seen his moves in Dirty Dancing).  Maybe it’s the fact that it’s the story of two teens who broke free from their molds to pursue what they really enjoy.  Probably it’s the fact that I would have LOVED IT if people suddenly started revealing their secret desires while singing and dancing in my high school cafeteria.


Not everyone should rap… September 5, 2008

Filed under: "Hip Hop",Music — deannabanana @ 11:42 pm
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Though that hasn’t stopped people.  One word:  SHAQ.

I’m not sure what my excuse for buying this album was:

Yes, long before she married Dave Navarro, long before she was in Scary Movie, and on Baywatch, before she was in Playboy and hosting Singled Out, Carmen Electra was a Prince protegee who released an album.  And behold, its glorious suckitude.

I will say that as a sophomore I was taking classes at United Rhythms Dance Studio and we we danced to one of her songs (not the one in the video).  That was the impetus for buying the tape (back when the music store at the mall was called Record Town).  And I (more than likely) embarrassed myself at Platt’s one and only talent show (at least while I was there) by performing a self-choreographed dance routine to the song I first heard in dance class.  Unfortunately (or perhaps fortuitively) I never got the tape back from the people who put together the talent show.

On the plus side, that is Prince singing backup and I believe that video was featured in an episode of Beavis and Butthead.  So it’s got that going for it.


A matter of introduction

Filed under: Fashion,Introductory — deannabanana @ 9:11 pm
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I’m one of those people who frequently does things to embarrass myself.  I was also a theater geek in high school.  Put those two things together and you get a person who basically doesn’t care about embarrassing herself.  Apparently that makes me one of those people you feel embarrassed for…

What could be more embarrassing than admitting to all those horrible things you used to like when you were too young to know better?  That’s what this blog is all about. (more…)