Sunday, January 17, 2010


by Leann

This seems to be retro week and I'm kinda liking it. On Facebook, folks have been changing their profile pictures to photos from way back when. I'm really enjoying it. I only had one I could share and it included me, my brother and several cousins. Can you pick me out?

There are always things that keep coming back or have never left. Pea coats come to mind. Don't know why, but pea coats are classic. Of course how much can you do with a coat? I, for one, am grateful stretch pants haven't reappeared. You know the ones. They had stirrups. And they usually came in gaudy colors. No one looked good in stretch pants that I can recall, but if you have a retro picture of you looking hot in stretch pants, I'd love to see it.

Bell bottoms come and go. And I never know which denim is in: faded or not. Perms are definitely out. Messy hair keeps hanging on. Scruffy facial hair seems to be fading. Beards are neater and mustaches are starting to reappear.

But there is something that's back this month that is wickedly good and oh so bad at the same time. Pepsi Throwback. Real sugar--and the creates the original taste, the one I was addicted to when I was in college. See, at our house, my mother never allowed soft drinks. So when I left home I hit that Pepsi machine two or three times a day. When they switched to corn syrup as the sweetener, I could tell the difference and didn't like it. But Throwback. Oh, it's good. Maybe I should move up my dental appointment.

How about you? What do you want back at least for awhile, and what would you like to never come back in your lifetime?


Sheery said...

Oh, we just brought Pepsi Throwback home from Costco yesterday. It is wicked good - especially ice cold.

I'm too sleepy to think of what I'd like to see come again or stay hidden in the abyss. I'll come back tomorrow. Just wanted to comment on the yumminess of Pepsi Throwback.

Andrea C. said...

I am a coke girl, but they also have throw back Dr. Pepper - soooo good. The only thing to make it perfect is if they were also in the glass bottles - I remember soft drinks tasted so much better in the glass bottles (or maybe it was b/c I was a kid who was getting a treat?)Anyway, I guess will enjoy this throw back while it lasts!

Shannon said...

I've got a case of Dublin Dr. Peppers out in the garage just waiting for a special occasion. (You Texas gals know what I'm talking about AND, some are in the bottles!) I saw the Pepsi Throwbacks, but with the new diet and all, could not justify them and the full sugar Dr. Peppers.
I love that t-shirts and jeans never seem to go out of style and if puffy 80's style sleeves and full skirts ever come back, I'll just have to pass.
I would really love to never see a teenage boy's underwear ever again and for them all to pull up their pants. It doesn't look cool on the plumber and it doesn't look cool on teenage boys.

Mason Canyon said...

I hope the "big" hair phase never comes back. I'm not sure what I'd like to see come back. It's just funny that what was once new is old and then new again.

signlady217 said...

There is a scene in "To Sir, with Love" when Sidney Poitier's character takes his class on a field trip to a museum to show them that what they do isn't new, just back again (the way hair was carved on a statue or painted in a picture, for example).

Jungle prints never seem to totally go away, just go back and forth in popularity. I've always loved the big cats, so that's fine with me. Leg warmers and wide shoulder pads--well, enough said.

Heather Webber said...

Oh but Leann, stirrup pants ARE back. I've seen them in stores. I couldn't quite believe my eyes. I know I never want to wear a pair. Again. Ahem. Hey, I was young! In my teens. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

I'm kind of hoping Uggs go away. But that's just me.

Dru said...

I would love to see sagging/hanging pants go away. It is not becoming.

Leann Sweeney said...

Please no stirrup pants. Oh, please. And "pants on the ground" are awful. (did you see the wonderful old guy on Idol last week?)In Houston, we can always get these cute little glass bottles of original Dr. Pepper at HEB. But they are proud of it. (that means it's "pricey" in Texan. LOL)

Laura (in PA) said...

My first job in a drugstore had the old coke machine where you pulled the bottle out of the hole. It was awesome.

I'm a Diet Pepsi person, but I may have to try the throwback.

I second the hope that big hair and shoulder pads are gone for good. My hair doesn't get big, and I hate having to spend time on it.

The old guy on Idol was awesome. I hope his song has an effect on the younger men of the world.

Leann Sweeney said...

We used to go to Ontario in the summer and they had one of those Coke machines. And how could I forget to add my dislike of a trend that seemed to last way too long. Shoulder pads. Shudder. I remember bringing clothes home from the store and cutting them out because the shoulder pads always looked like weird bulges on my upper arms. All shoulders are not created equal!

Jessica said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one that used to cut them out Leann! I've never had a Pepsi Throwback, but everyones comments have inspired me to pick one up and try it! I for one can only hope that "tight rolling" our jeans never comes back in fashion LOL

Jessica said...

Ohhhh and "MC Hammer" pants...(were they actually called that? Or were they called parachute pants?)

Shel said...

Well, during the stirrup pant craze, I was five foot nothing and weighed 84 lbs. So yeah, they looked like they were supposed to on me THEN. I wouldn't try it now if you paid me, though. I'm still not any taller, but I do weigh considerably more. *grin*. But I remember a favorite outfit being black stirrup pants with a hot pink and black vertically striped bigshirt (oversized, hit me about mid thigh) and a wide black patent belt, finished off with black ballet flats. Sorry, no pictures exist.

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, I would LOVE to see that picture. Think someone's hanging on to it for blackmail purposes?

Helen Kiker said...

I have given up drinking sodas but that Pepsi with sugar sounds so good that I am going to try that one.

After college I worked for Corn Products Refining Company & corn syrup was one of their top sellers so I should have been happy about that. I do not remember the switch over.


Leann Sweeney said...

I have a major headache today after allowing myself that one Pepsi yesterday. It was good, but I don't drink soft drinks at all anymore and now I remember why. Sigh.

Wendy Lyn Watson said...

Wow - all this talk of perms, stirrup pants, and big shirts is making me feel guilty for the sins of the 80s.

One 80s trend that's back that I absolutely don't get is the skinny jean. I wore them -- either pegged close to my ankles or the kind with zippers. But now I see these slim college girls around campus wearing them, and those little jeans make *them* look broad in the beam (as my father said). That just is not a flattering look. On anyone with a pelvis, that is.

One 80s trend I wouldn't mind repeating is the baroque look. Do y'all remember that? The floral shirts and lace everywhere and big brooches? It was totally ridiculous, but also terribly romantic. I guess I'm a girly girl at heart, and I wouldn't mind a pass to wear pink cabbage roses again.

Katie said...

I hope the bright neon scrunchies never come back and the slouch socks?

must try a Pepsi Throwback, just one though.

Lydia said...

There was a time I wore twiggies (drawn on eyelashes). I doubt they will ever come back.

I'll definitely have to try one of those Pepsi's. Yumyum.

Leann Sweeney said...

Okay. Lydia. I have never heard of twiggies. But I don't think any of us want them back! LOL

Lover of Books said...

I miss OK Soda. I loved called 1-800-I-Feel-Ok. lol Mind you that was 15 years ago. AHHHH! Did I just say that? lol

Sheery said...

Oh man - I missed out on some funny stuff today! Guess what? I saw scrunchies somewhere recently. I about fell over laughing. They were gross before and they are still gross! Along with shoulder pads and stirrups. YUCK!

I liked frilly shirts, though. And remember the black rubber Madonna bracelets? I loved those and had tons! I saw my younger cousins wearing those not too long ago.

Maggie Sefton said...

I'm a Coke girl. Always have been. So, Pepsi Throwback is safe from me. Plus, I don't need to have something else out there made from real sugar that's tempting. We just got thru the holidays. No more!

Hey----I love skinny leg jeans and I wear them regularly. Why do you think I go to the gym every morning to work out? :)

As for stuff I don't want to come back: big hair. Yuck.

Bookworm Princess said...

It is funny to hear you raving about the Pepsi throwback because I have never tasted it before :-) I tried it and I guess I am so used to the artifical stuff that it just doesn't taste good to me.

Things I am glad haven't made a comeback:

1. Hypercolor shirts that change color when you sweat...eww
2. Milli Vanilli
3. The stirrup pants (although I saw them the other day so I hope it was just a mistake)
4. AquaNet bangs

Things I wish would come back:

1. Rainbow Brite (I loved her)
2. Abba Zabba

And that guy on American Idol is getting the best 15 minutes of his life right now!

Mare F said...

Oh, Leeann, I really didn't need to know about the Pepsi Throwback. I'd missed more ways than one.

Things I don't want to see come back:
Big hair
stirrup pants (I'll happily stand in line on this one)
shoulder pads

I would love to see hats come back in a big way. I love them. LOL
But not the spaghetti monster hats.

Leann Sweeney said...

Those scrunchies just won't go away. My daughter loved Madonna but I don't know about the black bracelets. She didn't have any of those.

Leann Sweeney said...

What are spaghetti monster hats???

Leann Sweeney said...

Rainbow Brite I know, but Abba Zabba? Okay, I am seriously dating myself. But at least the consensus is NO STIRRUP PANTS. Are you listening Project Runway?

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I sincerely hope that stirrup pants are still illegal in Canada! Thanks for the chuckle, Leann.

misterreereeder said...

OK THROWBACK. Haven't seen it but probably do not need it. I really need to cut back on those sodas anyway. Have to admit there were things about the earlier years that were great but there are things that are better now. But GASP!!! Not Everything!!!

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, yes Dennis. I would time to go a lot more slowly ... like it used to.