For those of us who grew up in the 80s, we came of age in quite possibly the greatest decade ever. The music, the fashion, the (then) cutting-age technology – it was all new and amazing. Whether you were in the popular group, a jock, a nerd, valley girl, skater, hacker, loser or outcast, growing up was a real life Breakfast Club.
Today there are 80s-themed parties and events all the time, and those of us who grew up in the 80s generation can spot those who are dressing the part but didn’t actually live it as easily as spotting a flatlander skidding off the road with summer tires during winter.
I could talk about nationwide 80s stereotypes all day, but let’s narrow the field and talk about some of the things that made the 1980s in Vermont like, totally awesome, fer sure. Are you ready to take a trip down memory lane?
1. You played in the snow wearing jeans.
Add a little scotch guard on those babies and you were looking great coming down the slopes.
2. Sledding unsupervised was totally acceptable.
If something happened, your parents somehow always knew immediately anyway.
3. Leg warmers - or more Vermont appropriate - gaiters.
Gaiters, the cold weather cousin of the leg warmer, was a prominent wardrobe feature. And, because we live in Vermont, we could make our own in a pinch.
4. You wore a CB ski Jacket (see the guy in the front with the blue pants).
We didn't wear those day glow colors like our neighboring states - CB was red, white and blue for us!
5. The Bromley Slide was the only Alpine Slide back then.
It was fast, fun and affordable.
6. And no matter how many times you got road rash...
You kept going back because it was AWESOME!
7. We didn't use Easy Bake Ovens.
Cooking something with a lightbulb? Leave that to the flatlanders!
8. We made mud pies instead.
Way more messy and fun.
9. You had loads of duct tape on your snow pants.
The more you had, the tougher you appeared to be.
10. If you didn't have Vuarnet sunglasses...
You made those out of duct tape too.
11. I want my MTV!
If you lived in Vermont, you were out of luck when MTV came on the scene. We didn't have it. If you were lucky, you had friends or cousins in other states who recorded the glorious music videos and sent you the VHS tapes.
12. You passed the time in the car by talking on the CB radio.
Forget texting your friends, back in the 80s it was more fun to talk to strangers. In fact, your parents encouraged you to broaden your horizons!
13. No matter how bad the road conditions were...
You piled as many kids in the car as possible - with no seat belts so you could fit more people. Bonus points if you slept in the back of a station wagon while driving home.
14. In the 80s we let you know to drive carefully.
Now we put ski the East stickers on our car. Be adventurous! Be reckless! Go fast!
15. When the fast-food chain Wendy's asked "Where's the beef?"
A Vermonter would say "At the farm down the road." (Enter sarcasm here).
16. Today, Vermont considers the "British Invasion" the largest British Motorcar Show on the East Coast, held each summer in Stowe.
But in the 80s we knew the British Invasion was really all about the music. Notably U2, Duran Duran, Culture Club, A-Ha, etc.
17. You rode your bike everywhere without a helmet...
Sending kids out on a bike without a helmet will get you into big trouble nowadays!
18. When the Slip and Slide became huge we didn't have many toy stores to buy this new fad.
But we easily made our own.
19. In the 80s, we all tried to make a statement.
Moon boots definitely made a statement.
20. If you lived in northern Vermont, your dad (or a friend's dad) worked at IBM.
And that was so high tech - they may as well have worked for NASA.
21. We never stayed inside unless it was -10 or colder.
And when that temperature hit, you were excited to own a Nintendo (if you had electricity, that is).
What was your favorite thing about the 80s? Leave a comment and let us know.