For me, there is nothing more lovely than a lazy, low-key Friday night.
But that wasn't always the case. Remember, 30-plus-ers, the days of our youth, when a busy and exciting Friday night was a thing to be craved, to be celebrated? Herewith, my memories of those times, not so very long ago:
- The 1980s: Aaah, the era of the sleepover. And Cabbage Patch Kids. And Jelly Shoes. (Timeout: Are Jelly Shoes back? What gives?) Who doesn’t remember snuggling into a My Little Pony sleeping bag, the popcorn and jawbreakers close at hand, and joining your pals in a viewing of some Shaggy DA-type classic? If a sleepover partaaaay wasn’t in the cards on any given weekend, my brother and I would usually luck out as our parents would take us to D&J Video Rental, where we’d pick out a…. Shaggy DA-type classic. Solid. (PS: If you were someone who was allowed to watch things like Friday the 13th in the '80s, I'm pretty sure our paths are about to diverge pretty deeply now. But no worries; we'll all end up back on the same couch, fellow early-middle-agers!)
- The early 1990s: It’s Friday night/And the mooooood is right/Gonna have some fun/Show you how it’s done/TGIF. GAH! The Tanners! The Winslows! Balki Bartokomous and Cousin Larry Appleton! You can take your Breaking Bad, your Game of Thrones, your Weeds, your whatevers. I’m sorry, folks, but the golden era of TV was most definitely found Friday nights on ABC for the bulk of the 1990s (and some might argue past that, but, between you and me, those TGIF reboots bit the big one. IMHO, as the interwebs says). All this talk of a Full House reunion has me imaging that the cheeseball magic of Fridays of 20-odd years ago could soon be within grasp, yet again. Have mercy.
- The late 1990s: As I got a little older and the crew from Step by Step (including that stupid cousin Cody. Ugh.) faded into the background of my burgeoning teenage years, I did what all small town American kids did; you know, hang out at my local Christian coffee house hoping the nerdy boys in local bands would notice me. Wait, is that not what everyone else did? Well why the heck not? It was awesome. (My hair was not.)
- The 2000s: College! Grad School! Gainful employment! My 20s were all about hanging out with friends on Friday nights and doing awesome things such as going clubbing (lie), getting invited to Big Deal Parties (lie), and playing Pictionary (truth). Hardy har har. But for real, they were all about being as social as possible, and never, ever leaving a Friday night blank on the calendar. Quel desastre!
And now? Like I said, basically take the 2000s and flip-flop 'em. My 2015 version of a Friday Night Disaster is having something to do. Which, full circle, is why i'm so totally psyched for about T-10 hours from now. NON-PARTY!
What are YOU doing tonight?