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5637ArticleMr MagicI also have memories of the comic books from Archie. I had a few of them as a kid. May 14, 2022View
5638ArticlecatsooeyReading this was like reading about another version of myself growing up. We started out on the goofy store bought boards which left orange plastic on curbs everywhere from railsliding and very early attempts at ollies. The ollie to us was like flying - we were mesmerized by anyone who could do it and it seemed impossible. My two best friends skated with me, and one of them (Jeremy - rest in peace bro) had an older brother - Dave Schrieber - who ran the local skate camp and knew a lot of the people on the scene. He knew Jimmy Gagne and Corey Shaw who were big amateurs at the time and were about to go pro. I think Corey ended up breaking his back on a launch ramp. Anyway we had our local skate shop, The On Ramp (the larger business was called Interskate 91, which was a roller skating place, and everything was highway themed) and the day finally came when we got our first real boards. My friends got the McGill (the skull snake graphic) and (bat/dragon) Caballero, and I got a Hawk board with the Claw/Hawk graphic. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Each of us had the board of our favorite skater and we thought of ourselves as a mini bones brigade lol. We hadn’t even learned to Ollie yet. The only mistake we made was getting Toxic Shock Syndrome’s ‘Acid Rain’ wheels, which looked cool but rode like rocks. Pete and I both got them and I still regret it to this day. I should have gotten slime balls like Jeremy did, which were great wheels. I think they might have been Vomits but I can’t remember. So we learned to Ollie - I was the first to learn, but Jeremy had the cooler ultra glue foot style that I always tried to get. I used to jump so fast and so high that my board would take a second to catch up to my back foot. It would slap the bottom of my foot when I got to the peak of the Ollie. I was the only one that learned to kick flip though, and I was really proud of being able to pull that off. The Frankie Hill ‘gap’ Ollie from the ‘Propaganda’ video was huge at this time. And the Ollie impossible was new and it really did look impossible. It was a great time for us. A few years later I picked up the guitar (Jeremy was already playing) and we didn’t skate as much. But we did pick it up again for a while in high school. I was actually thinking of getting a board and skating again. It sounds nuts because I’m 43, but I think I might be able to do it. There’s now an actual skate park in my town (if it had been there when I was skating we never would have left, we would have set up little lean-to’s and camped out there so we could skate 24 hours a day!). It’s a concrete bowl, some stairs, rails etc, so if I bite it it’s going to hurt a lot more, but I think I’m gonna go for it. Skate or Die GenerationMay 17, 2022View
5641ArticleNLogan@catsooey glad it hit home for you. I thought about taking up the hobby again as my neighbor was going regularly to the skatepark. But in the end I have enough expensive hobbies and I was never very good anyways. I do still occasionally Ollie on a board to impress young kids that an old man can still do it. However considering Tony Hawk is 9 years older than me and still shreds, my moment to wow isn't much. Hopefully you stay safe and have fun if you are brave enough to get back into it. Skate or die man!Skate or Die GenerationMay 25, 2022View
5642ArticleMaxineone post by an old user recently posted - i'm tempted to say he's the last proper user of the whole forum. i made my acc on RJ in 2008 would be active until 2013 ish, i was never an active user and preferred to lurk, was also the girl nobody knew was a girl on there lmao Remembering RetroJunkMay 28, 2022View
5643vhsCoverJust_Esh_68'I can't even imagine how exciting it must have been to either unwrap this on Christmas morning, or slide it across the counter and lay out the c-note that it probably required to buy it back in 1980-something. Star Wars was my world for years and I watched this movie 3 or 4 times in the theatre alone; after all, in 1978 there were no VCRs in homes really, and it took years before a blockbuster movie ever made it to tape when they did. So we re-lived the wonder of the movies with the action figures and recreating scenes with our Han Solo blaster and homemade lightsabers!STAR-WARSJun 03, 2022View
5644ArticleVaporman87Now you're speaking my language! I remember NONE of these cereals. Then again, I was in college for majority of the runs these cereals enjoyed. I love how crazy the gimmicks became as the '80s progressed and we headed into the '90s. Anything was fair game. Unlike nowadays, where we get next to no fun gimmicks, mascots, or funky flavors. Rarely Remembered CerealsJun 15, 2022View
5645ArticleMr MagicCan't say this my fave episode either. Not only was Iggy such a total jerk, but Sid and Stinky blabbed about the bunny pajamas, even when they promised not to. And look at the mess they got Arnold into!The Hey Arnold Episode The Creator HatedJun 15, 2022View
5647ArticleVaporman87Oh man. What an excellent recounting of a fun memory. I love these stories. Love the humorous way you tell it as well. Your fondness for the Han Solo Blaster reminds me of my relationship with my Shogun Godzilla. I still have that toy, and it's seen so much play through the years, I'm surprised it didn't crumble to pieces. I have photos of my opening it one special Christmas, though I can't remember the actual events. Many, many years later, I bought another one, complete in the box with instructions and everything. It's in FAR better condition than my original, but that broken down piece of plastic means a great deal more to me.My Very Own Han Solo BlasterJun 15, 2022View
5648ArticlepikachuloverI only remember Hidden Treasures and Sprinkle Spangles. I begged my parents to buy me a box of Hidden Treasures and they tasted awful! You could always find the grape pieces because they were purple inside. I remember Sprinkle Spangles because they sent me a free sample. They were ok, but not good enough to buy a full size box. Rarely Remembered CerealsJun 16, 2022View
5649ArticleMr MagicHidden Treasures and Sprinkle Spangles sound and taste very familiar.Rarely Remembered CerealsJun 16, 2022View