February 5th, 2010

Chillin’ - Behind The Awkwardness

“Our (my brother Mark and I) goal in life was to be cool and nothing says cool like lounging on a car wearing a shirt from Wal-Mart before your “vacation” to the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center 45 minutes away from your house.  Just check out the awkward goodness in this photo:

The Mullet.  This was a compromise between my mother and I.  She wanted me to have Mary Lou Rhetton hair and I wanted long hair like my classmates.  The result?  Feather-backed mullet goodness.  That’s not a perm!

Blue Mirrored Clip-On Shades.  I wore glasses, nice thick black with pink splatter glasses.  I loved them but I, again, wanted the cool shades of my peers.  Enter the oversized blue, mirrored clip on shades that would make any state trooper jealous.  I wanted the ones that flipped up, but they were too expensive.

The Dick Tracy Shirt. Again, in a vain attempt to look cool, hip and in the know, my brother and I desperately wanted a Dick Tracy shirt.  I’m pretty sure we had the Nintendo game too.  Confession: I’ve never seen Dick Tracy.  I just had the shirt.

The Yellow Socks. All the cool kids had colored socks!  I always wanted colored socks, but was only allowed white.  When we got the Dick Tracy shirt I knew it was my chance!

The Wrist Pouch. My brother was on the go, and by on the go, I mean playing with the tool bench behind us.  So what’s a boy to do with no pockets in his red short shorts?  Easily wear the 50 cents papaw gave you on your wrist.”

(submitted by Kelly)

241 Responses to “Chillin’”

  1. Rhiannon says:

    Kelly you’re hilarious, love it.

  2. harkens says:

    Hahaha. This made me smile. I love the back story. Ahhh, to be young. 🙂

  3. kdk says:

    poor things. they never even had a chance

  4. Barthy says:

    Chill out MAX and relaxing all COOL…

  5. unsupported says:

    Dude, I totally had that exact Dick Tracy t-shirt. I forgot about it until now… thanks for the memories.

  6. bmj2k says:

    When was that Dick Tracy shirt ever cool?

    • LuckyCat says:

      Like everyone else said, about 1990. Either Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s in NYC had an entire Dick Tracy shop. It was ridiculous.

  7. conrack says:

    SHAMBO !! Is that you?? I’m STILL telling everybody that Russell should have won but I think he was REALLY afraid he couldn’t win against you so he picked the other two knuckleheads and sealed his fate, oh well. But you *might* have won if Russell had kept you, guess there’s always the reunion show for you getting another chance, good luck!!

  8. TBC says:

    This is my kinda cool. I was this kinda cool. Maybe cooler.

  9. sean says:

    Respect my authoritah! (a’la Cartman)

  10. Denise says:

    Kelly, don’t get me wrong…I love the backstory but you really should’ve given us commenters a decent shot at pointing out all the awkwardness first. That’s half the fun of this site!

  11. Lindsay says:

    Kelly should write the photo comments from now on. That was the best comment I’ve read in a long time. Vote for Kelly!

  12. j-dizzle says:

    *whistful sigh* i too had a wrist pouch….and was known to rock a fanny pack on occasion…my grandma had the same color cavalier, and i had shorts just like your brother’s, except i wore long tube socks with colored stripes on them with my short shorts and grocery store gym shoes

  13. Jenny says:

    The description on this was HILARIOUS!! I love this site, but have never commented until now. Kelly, you should write a book!!

  14. Tim says:

    Dukes of Hazzard: The Early Years

    Thanks, Kelly!

  15. JV says:

    If you can look back on this and laugh, then unbeknownst to you at the time, you were one of the cool kids.

  16. AwkWerrrd says:

    Fun pic! The story is awesomeness!
    Fave part: “I always wanted colored socks, but was only allowed white. ***When we got the Dick Tracy shirt I knew it was my chance!”***
    LoL – Just great! 😀

    I, too, had the colors AND Dick Tracy shirt… mine also had Madonna on it! – Woooo!

  17. tami says:

    Perfect. Love it!

  18. I wonder who won the fight for that ice blue Chevy Cavalier…

  19. immaculata says:

    OMG it’s Cartman… “Respect my authoritah!!!”

  20. ~karla says:

    Good one!

  21. Michelle says:

    I had that same Dick Tracy shirt, but I actually saw the movie.

    There is just too much awesomeness for this one picture to handle.

  22. camiam says:

    Awesome. This is so good.

  23. Brea says:

    Huntsville?lol You are better than I. I went through a similar stage. I grew out of it and never will I reveal this to anyone! Yeah, I’ll bet your (she’s) gorgeous now too. Thank God for getting older and growing out of these stages. Thanks for the humility!

  24. Hagen says:

    LOL, Kelly. You are very funny. Love this pic!

  25. shelley says:

    I read the whole thing thinking the narrator was a guy, until i got to “(submitted by Kelly)”… what a surprise twist! Poor girl. She should definitely do one of those diary-reading cringe events, if she still has any journals from this period of her life. Super cool.

  26. Amy says:

    um….can we talk about the Mom shorts?

  27. Lee says:

    This is so sweet! I especially love the running commentary. Whoever you are, I bet you’re truly cool now.

  28. Christy says:

    omg.. I seriously thought that was me at first (mullet girl)… I was about that size and had the same poofy fem-mullet when I was about her age!

  29. Kathleen Mooney says:

    Kelly, you are absolutely hilarious!!

  30. Nancy says:

    This …is……..awesome. I can identify w/ the colored socks and splattered paint glasses, I also had them – but it was on the lenses too, how was I to see properly? The price paid for high fashion my friend. My sibling stored her change in her penny loafers though, because “If you need to make a phone call, you’ll always have change.” This picture is great, just great. I’d forgotten all about wrist pounches til now.

  31. Becca says:

    Woo! North Alabama represent!
    Represent the geekhood.

  32. Mel says:

    That could have been my story. Except the Space & Rocket Center was practically in my backyard…

  33. Stankbush Johnson says:

    this is such a show … what a great opportunity to make us all glad we are out of the terrible fashions of the 80’s!! And the little brother looks like he needs an Atomic Wedgie!

  34. kelly says:


  35. caro says:

    Fantastic. I love the backstory…

  36. Parkdad says:

    While I do appreciate when the backstory is provided, this one is a little too “Hey, dig me!” for me to handle.

    • Neil says:

      Sorry, but comments like this one are a little too “Hey, dig me!” for me to handle.

    • Gravity's Rambo says:

      Parkdad, you are a little too “Hey, dig me hating on sth funny,” for me to handle, but at least you didn’t make a photoshop comment. So you’ve got that going for you.

    • Rob says:

      I agree. When someone says, “check out the awkward goodness” it is too much. It comes across like the geek at the office who thinks he funny and attaches his blog address to every e-mail.

  37. Nathan says:

    Hands down, Kelly, that has to be the best photo analysis yet, especially by the person who submitted the photo. Top drawer, really…

  38. Heather says:

    Thank god you got your chance to wear the yellow socks with said shirt

  39. Sam says:

    Beyond awesome. Thank you for the hilarious back story, too!

  40. smudge says:

    This is fricken adorable. Ya’ll look like you think you’re pretty hot stuff.

  41. Chazlette says:

    I love this, love what you wrote…all the details. Thanks for sharing. P.S. Unfortunately my husband is still driving that same car that you are leaning against, what a POS! LOL.

  42. Snowrider says:

    Do you still have the Cavalier?

  43. jwolfee says:

    this is awesome….and i love the story behind the photo. wasn’t childhood “awkward” on all levels?

  44. Nikki says:

    I’m from Huntsville! Yeah, we’re super cool here. LOL

  45. Bearkitten Sundeen says:

    Sorry not awkward. It is just dated. All who lived in the 80’s has photos of this sort.

  46. utaduta78 says:

    wow! i bet this chick is my age. this is so a look that my sisters would have rocked! i know i had one of those wrist pouches. and a phanny pack with paint swirls or something. pure awesomeness!

  47. Laura says:

    Alright Huntsville makes it to Awkward Family Photos… obviously no mention of Alabama would be complete without a mullet reference as well!!

  48. JenQu says:

    oh my god, it is like my childhood revisited! LOVE this

  49. Lauren says:

    Bet she’s gorgeous now.

  50. SFeighner says:

    Do you still have the shirt & the glasses???

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