Rainy Days

Rainy Days

It’s safe to assume that an adult wrote those words. Granted, kids tend to have a love/hate relation with precipitation, mostly because they aren’t allowed to do what they desire – to run gleefully through a downpour, stomping puddles and splashing all who dare stand too close. Everything is slippery, mud is plentiful and clothes are expendable. If only they could get their parents to agree. Continue reading...

Shopping Malls

Shopping Malls

Today, we remember the glory days of the shopping mall, back when we revered them for all they had to offer, especially if you were a teenager. We arrived in groups, usually after convincing one of our parents to drive us over and drop us off for the day. We sought out our friends and our love interests, we exchanged our hard earned allowance for slice of pizza or ice cream cone, and we made sure still had enough money left to convert it into as many quarters as possible, for every mall worth its weight had a respectable arcade. Continue reading...

Pillow Fight

Pillow Fights

It’s hard not to love pillows. They offer us a place to rest our weary heads at night and prop us up when watching a movie. And they also tempt our dark side on occasion. Look at that younger sibling watching cartoons without a care in the world. Wouldn’t a wallop to the side of his or her head feel pretty good right about now? And maybe that lull in the slumber party festivities needs a kickstart - with one mere swat from a pillow quickly escalating into an all-out slugfest of puffy proportions. The bottom line is – wherever there are a stack of pillows and a few unsuspecting souls, the time is ripe for a pillow fight. Continue reading...

Pencil Fights

Pencil Fighting

As the Five-Finger Fillet of elementary school games, Pencil Fighting is perhaps one of the more destructive games found in classrooms and playgrounds everywhere. Readily accessible mechanical pencils as well as school rules have caused the once-popular game of pencil fighting to dwindle away into the memories of those who were active participants in the fights. Of course, at Retroland, we thrive on those memories. And so, today we reminisce about the lost art of the pencil fight. Continue reading...

Pop a Point pencils

Pop-a-Point Pencils

Kids in the 1980s kept it sharp with stacking “pop-a-point” pencils, one of the biggest fads-- outside of Trapper Keepers and scented markers-- to hit the classrooms of soon-to-be Gen-Xers. Pop-a-point pencils came in a variety of forms, from regular ol’ graphite to colored pencil and crayon versions featuring all the basic colors. Some of them had a clear exterior, some were tinted. Some were glittery, others were opaque. Many a treasured pencil featured favorite characters of the time, from Rainbow Brite to Care Bears and Transformers. Continue reading...