Wednesday, February 08, 2006

It is truly outrageous!

During one of my English lessons yesterday, I had my students practice free speaking. They picked different topics from a set of cards and had to talk about that topic for a minute. One of my students picked the card, "A memory from my childhood." He had a really tough time thinking of one. So I helped him out by first sharing one of mine.

When I was about 8 and 9, one of my favorite cartoons was "Jem." I loved Jem. It started out on Saturdays but then moved to weekday mornings at about 7:00 a.m. I used to watch it in the morning while eating cereal, then a little boy who lived at the end of my block would knock on my door. We would walk to school everyday and talk about Jem. It is a nice memory and also a bit funny - this image of a little white girl and a little black boy walking to school and talking about a cartoon rock band.

This memory has been floating around in my head since January. When I was in South Carolina, I went to the mall. And there in the Junior style section, smashed onto a rack of t-shirts was a pink "Jem and the Holograms" t-shirt. I almost died. I snatched it up and raced into the dressing room. It was a medium, but sometimes I can get away with a medium in a t-shirt. But sadly it did not fit. And it was the only one. I almost bought it, thinking perhaps I could wear it around the house, but I could not justify the expense. I was depressed the rest of the day.

Yesterday after teaching, I could not get the t-shirt out of my head. And then I had a thought, why do I have the internet? To shop for unimportant, hard-to-get items (oh . . . and email). This morning I have been desperately searching the internet for a t-shirt.

Would you believe . . . THEY DO NOT HAVE THEM IN MY SIZE! Okay, so I can deal with the fact that the T's only come in junior sizes. But I am going to need a large, if not an extra large. I have found mostly junior smalls. I have not been a junior small since I was like 12. Then I had another thought.

WHO ARE BUYING ALL OF THESE T-SHIRTS?? I mean, truly tiny young people do not have an appreciation of Jem. A 16 year old has never even seen Jem! It was cancelled in 1988. A 16 year old was not even alive then! Why are they taking all of the t-shirts from the truly devoted fans?

Sorry for the rant. Anyway, I was thinking. Can you help me? I am looking for a t-shirt, pink, large. See the picture at the beginning of this blog. I got it from 80's Tees. I may even go for a purple one. I do not like the black background ones, though. If you find one on the internet, please, PLEASE send me the link. 80's Tees has a some things but not what I am looking for in my size. The Care Bare, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Short Cake, and She-Ra Shirts are pretty awesome, though. I used to also love, LOVE She-Ra. I had the castle. I think it is still in my parents attic somewhere.

During my search, I found out that Amazon now has the first and second season of Jemon DVD. OH MY GOD! If there is a family member out there reading this, these DVD's would be the perfect gift for me. I would be in heaven! If they would only release the Glitter and Gold season.

I miss the 80s. Sniff.


Anonymous said...

I'm feeling your tee shirt pain! I found an adorable ET shirt I wanted in Hot Topic but it was a Junior Medium. There wasn't enough Lycra in the world. Sometimes I think fashion designers forget women have breasts and various other curves. Okay enough ranting.

One thing you could do is upload an image onto Cafe Press. Basically you can put any design on a shirt. I'm sure I could even find someone to Photoshop it for you if you want. Basically once you have the image you just decide what kind of shirt you want. The image is lasered on so no worries about peeling or such. I've bought stuff from here and they are pretty kick ass.

Hmm I didn't watch JEM but Is ure was down with He-Man!

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