Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The '90s called...

And apparently wanted to remind me of some long forgotten childhood memories...

We'll start with this paperback I am quite certain I bought at my school's book fair.
Making your selections at that annual grand event was no small matter.
I'm glad to see I chose such a timeless, unauthorized piece.

Next up, my first phone.
Friends, you may not understand the enormity of what you see before you.
I wanted my very own phone in my room for what felt like ages... and not just any phone,
mind you, that phone.
Sweet mercy, I loved that thing. And yes, it did light up when it rang, only adding to it's glory.

MC Hammer, Can't Touch This / Amy Grant, Lucky One / Martina McBride, Independence Day /
Hootie & the Blowfish, Let Her Cry

Or cassette singles to those of you born after 1983.
Wikipedia describes these jewels as a music single in the form of a compact cassette.
While accurate, this definition fails to mention the sheer awesomeness that was a cassingle.
Friday nights meant going out to dinner with the family
 and picking out a new cassingle to add to my collection.
Glory days, I tell you.

Quad City DJ's, C'Mon 'N Ride It (The Train) / TLC, Waterfalls / Selena, Dreaming of You /
Tag Team, Whoomp There It Is

All 4 One, I Swear / Deep Blue Something, Breakfast at Tiffany's /
Puff Daddy & Faith Evans, I'll Be Missing You (Tribute to the Notorious B.I.G.)

Cassingles were purchased at Camelot, the music store at our local mall.
I found my Frequent Customer Card inside my ole Dooney Bourke.

Lest you think all I did was jam out to cassingles and talk on my phone,
I'd like to  present other evidence.
I have enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember. 
 There is still a hint of the soft, powdery smell of those colorful, pastel pages locked safely away.

Lastly, not only was I a frequent flyer at Camelot Music, but also at Surprises Inside
or the Hello Kitty store as I called it.

The '90s may have called, but I'm keeping my cassingles.
And the Dooney.


  1. Oh my gosh my sister and I had that SAME phone!! And I remember cassingles hahaha xD I have a few from Savage Garden and BSB.

    Great memory lane post! :D

  2. LOL! Love it, Molly! Love the 90's!

  3. Molly, what a great post. I had a phone exactly like that. I also had a camelot card and a surprises inside card. They are all attached to such good memories.

  4. THAT was awesome. Quintessential 90's. I didn't have a lot of those things, but oh, how I longed for them. Such a great post.

  5. What sweet memories . . . the good ol' days! We had it made and had no idea. I remember your Dooney, and do you think she would still honor the Surprises Inside cards? I've got a dozen stashed away like you. ;) jmg

  6. this. is. amazing.


    All of this stuff brought back such fun memories. My sister had that phone in her room and I loved wasting money in that hello kitty store. CASSINGLES! YES!

  7. Molly, I KNEW there was a lot of stuff stored away in your room here at home, but, I had no idea of so many memories! And there is still more for another visit home! I loved those years and I love the now. I especially love you, Mom

  8. hilarious...remember all of those things! what about the dual-colored swatch phones where you could pick up the bottom and listen in to the convo? that was bad news for terri teenage girls pranking and the like!


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