I remember bubble gum being a big deal when I was a kid. Lots of commercials for it during kids shows. Kids that could blow big bubbles were envied by their weak lipped classmates. Now I think I chew gum… once a year? Adults are boring.
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I still remember the first time I flew above the cloud layer. It felt like we left the Earth behind. We were now in a new planet made of clouds. Everything was soft and peaceful.
When the kids in my neighborhood were really small they liked to dress up in lots of different costumes. Gender was not part of the equation. There were little boys being princesses or wearing fairy wings and little girls with capes showing off their muscles. Then something happened to them when they started going to school. They learned a new set of rules and bullied the younger kids into falling in line. In a few years those younger kids will turn around and do the same thing to their siblings that are just being born.
Back when my son was born I didn’t get much of that magical thing called sleep. I would wake up in the living room with him asleep in my arms and figure out what time it was based on what show was on the TV. Occasionally I was really thrown off because I would be watching the nightly news program and expect David Letterman to come on next. Instead I would get an infomercial because I was actually watching the 3AM repeat of the news. It must be embarrassing to be a superhero that sees an emergency happening on the 3AM news and show up to the scene hours too late.
Now that hand held computers are so common I imagine we are moving into a world filled with many more minor distraction related accidents. Burned the eggs because you were checking your email. Stepped on the dog because you were watching a cat video. Hit your head on the door jamb because you were reading webcomics.
It’s such a horrible feeling when you are going to miss your plane. The whole experience of air travel gives me such a powerless feeling. I’m at the whim of a gauntlet of people and metal detectors. Any of them can decide that I don’t get to fly. Adding the fact that my plane took off before I even got into the airport just multiplies it all by stomach churning proportions.
Today’s Biff knows where he is.
When I was a kid I heard about a game called “Dungeons and Dragons” and it was described as a “role-playing game”. I never saw that phrase written down but I saw a bunch of multi-sided dice were used so I thought people were saying “roll playing game”. So I thought the term referred to any game that used those fancy dice. This was really confusing when I got older and started hearing about adults “roll playing” in the bedroom.
Today’s Biff is chill.
I really liked the original Superman movie when I was a kid. I still remember the restaurant we went to that night on the way home from the theater. I liked the idea of Clark Kent wearing the Superman outfit under his work clothes but thinking back on it now I don’t understand where his boots were supposed to be. Did Clark wear comically large shoes? Should I not worry about it because it’s just a movie?
Today’s Biff is going far.
It can be embarrassing to be caught casually snooping through someone else’s things. Especially when you don’t really know where they keep everything. Nail polish really doesn’t come off very easily with just soap and water.
I have a strong memory from my childhood from when the first Superman film came out. There was a magazine or TV guide with a photo of Superman and the name Christopher Reeve. I remember feeling extra special that someone with the same name as me was Superman. I guess in a few years kids named Henry will get to feel the same way.