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Since it is volleyball season, I thought it was an appropriate time to share a fun story… Coach, what are you doing? Are you getting on the bus like that?” Whatever could she have meant? Of course I was getting on the bus, so was the varsity coach. We had an away game to get to. I didn’t see the problem.
It was a Saturday morning in the fall of 1999; we were ready to load the bus to go to a volleyball game two hours away. I was the Junior Varsity Volleyball coach and Kelly Freeland Sloat was the Varsity coach. Both of us graduated high school in 1984. We actually played volleyball against each other.
We were constantly hearing from our players, who were born when we graduated, about how the 80’s were so not cool. We had a different perspective. After hearing, “That’s so 80’s” one time too many, we decided to let them have a real taste of the 80’s.
That morning we met early to “get ready” for the game. We got out the makeup, the hairspray and dug in the closet for a little retro clothing. We worked for a long time getting our hair as BIG as we could. We had the hairspray backed sides above our ears, the “tunnel” bangs and it was some BIG HAIR. We overdid the blue eye makeup and put on some big colorful earrings.
Next came the wardrobe…. pegged legged jeans, scrunchy socks, over sized button up shirt with a belted waist and all of the fluorescent color we could find. We looked great! Just like we stepped back into high school.
I pulled up, got out of the car and were greeted by some strange expressions…and some questions.” Why are you dressed like that coach?” We played dumb and acted like everything was normal. We loaded the bus with a straight face and were on our way. We could hear the giggles and inquisitive comments from behind us. We just smiled and prepared for the game ahead.
We made a stop along the way for the girls to get a snack. At this time we went in and changed to our “normal” clothes and combed our hair down. We got back on the bus and were surprised to find the girls were actually disappointed that we were no longer stuck in the 80’s. Little did they know, the 80’s were “totally awesome!” Here’s a sampling of what they missed (besides the great clothes and big hair) while I was in high school…
Dallas became a not to miss television show
Post-It Notes were released
US Hockey team defeated Russia
Pac Man Video Game was released
MTV made its debut (It was all music videos then)
There was an assassination attempt on President Reagan
First Delorean was made (Back to the Future!)
Thriller…need I say more?
Prince William was born
Delorean went bankrupt
Cabbage Patch dolls were the rage
Camcorders were introduced
The first CD was released
Last Delorean was made
Cosby Show was a family favorite
Stonewashed Jeans were VERY popular
MacIntosh Computer was released
Val Lakey and Kelly Freeland Sloat graduated from High School!
I’m more than a little irritated and there isn’t anything I’m really able to do about it except warn everybody.
One of my customers received a come-on out of the blue to purchase a plaque with a copy of the newspaper page that had the customer’s ad on it from That’s Great News, for roughly $189.
I checked with Fall River Arts and Trophies, the area’s local source for plaques, trophies and what-nots and Bill Johnson says the price, if they deliver, is competitive.
The major problems I have with the whole thing is that this company is using my copy writed newspaper banner for their personal gain without permission. The way the come-on is presented can lead people to think Mountain Echo is somehow endorsing them. Most legitimate companies trying to sell a product associated with the newspaper would have the courtesy to contact the paper - they didn’t, they got it off the web somehow.
While it is way to expensive for me to start hiring attorneys, I want everyone to know I am not associated with that outfit in any way..
If someone wishes to spend that kind of money for a copy of their ad or article, that is up to them. However, I definitely want to point out that we have a fine local business that can do the same thing for you and if there’s a problem, Bill Johnson of Fall River Arts and Trophies is local and will be there to help you. Internet companies that do what this outfit is doing are iffy at best.