“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)
“I’m the boy in the picture with my family. Apparently, the ghostbusters craze got the best of my mom and she made us walk through the mall in those stupid shirts to get our picture taken. From the look on my sister’s face, I don’t think she was too thrilled with the whole idea either.”
(Submitted by Trevor)
Awkward Rule #346: Driving three thousand miles for a photo-op with a giant sombrero.
(submitted by Chelsea)
Little known fact: aside from maize, the Native Americans also introduced the Pilgrims to tuxedo shirts.
(submitted by Hannah)
“A picture taken of my father and sister. This is around 1983-1984. It was a professional photo, not candid, so he had to plan this outfit out.”
(submitted by Kim)
Another tedious birthday moment brought to you by Chuck E. Cheese!
(submitted by Mollie)
A day to celebrate the good ol’ magenta, gray, and blue.
(submitted by Susanne)
“This is my friend Laura’s family. Her dad – Bob – has been known to call her cell phone with the greeting, “Laura, Bob here..”, even though he’s calling his own daughter. Here’s the caption that’s on her Facebook: “Our Christmas gift from Uncle Bruce…I am soooo upset that I didn’t have room in my suitcase to bring it back with me :(”
The shirts have the following printed on them:
Dad: “BOB – The Man, The Myth, The Legend”
Mom: “It’s lonely at the top, but you get to be with BOB”
Daughter (Laura): “BOB’s Daughter”
Son: “BOB’s Son”
(submitted by Kelli)