Inspired by Giggly Mama (Shannon), I am now instituting Flashback Fridays!
We start with me at age 6 or 7 in 1984. My family took a day trip to Sea World in San Diego, CA which is a place still very dear to my heart. Looking back through some of these pictures, I can't help but think about how much has changed there over the years!
The flamingos are still there, thankfully, but my favorite part, the Pearl Divers, is now gone. Ah well, times change! Here I am, posing in front of the flamingo pond (dig the retro Shamu on the bag!) in my overall stretch pants - what? OH YES! Those are stretch pants you're looking at folks! Although they weren't ultra tight (we called them "baggies") and they had these awesome overall straps on them. Man, I am awesome. Underneath is my WHAM! t-shirt that one of my mom's coworkers got for me at the concert. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" was one of my favorite songs at the time and I am pretty sure that I wore this shirt at least once a week until poor George Michael's face faded from washing.
There used to be wandering characters walking around Sea World. What purpose they served, I cannot say. This guy was dressed like a vampire but was actually a mime. He indicated that I should come pose for a picture with him - which I was reluctant to do - and just before my dad snapped the picture, he swooped me into his arms and then let me drop over his right arm, so that I was dangling. I erupted into a fit of laughter (which is why my face are covering my hands) and as soon as the shutter clicked, I scrambled to get away from the crazy Dracula mime. I put my hands flat on the ground and did a back walk-over (hey! check out my gymnastics terminology!) and ran away. I was laughing, but was kind of weirded out.