I am a product of the 1990s but have different influences from various other generations. For example, I love 90s grunge music like Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Blink 182 and Third Eye Blind. I still even have some mannerisms that are seen as quintessential 90s. Like the way I talk. I say “like”, “yo” (sometimes), “and…?” and “so…?” a lot. I also love movies from the 1990s, especially Disney movies. They are what I grew up watching and still love and admire to this day. Movies like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story (I know that’s technically a PIXAR movie but the two companies merged later for Finding Nemo), and probably the most popular one, for me, is Lion King. Classic Disney, in my opinion. Keep in mind, I have not seen FROZEN yet, but I hope to watch it before I leave for Disney on St. Patrick’s Day since it’s so popular and everyone seems to love it. Aside from that, there’s a sequel coming out in November and I think it looks good but I realize I’ll have no idea what the Hell is going on if I don’t watch the original. I know…I’m a *little* behind the times.

But I think every generation thinks their decade or generation is the best. So in that sense maybe I am a little biased. But looking back on it, weird as the 90s were to live in, it was also my youth and childhood. We had the best toys and games! Even television was better in the 1990s. MTV, which is now a “real” cable TV station with Teen Mom, 16 And Pregnant, Ridiculousness and stuff like that. That’s not the MTV I remember. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what MTV stands for, it stands for…MUSIC television! To the kids from the year 1999-present, MTV used to play music videos. Like, actual legit music videos! I know…amazing, right?!

Candy and even breakfast food was different, too. Candy Dots, WonderBall, Twizzlers, M&M’s, and NERDS? Oh yeah…those were the days! I can still recall adding chocolate syrup to milk and stirring it. Nestle was powder that you could easily inhale, but your parents trusted you not to because they assume you know better, and stir it into milk. Remember the mounds of powder at the tops and bottoms of the glasses? Classic 90s.

And we had toys that kids nowadays probably have no Earthly idea what the Hell it is! Like Pogs, Beanie Babies, Tamagotchi’s, Pokemon cards, and slap bracelets. If you remember all those things, you have real nostalgia bragging rights. Video games were a lot simpler. I grew up playing NES (the original Nintendo) and the games were low-quality and pixelated. Yes, you read that right…a pixelated video game! The graphics suck but DAMN THEY WERE FUN AS HELL! ExciteBike, Super Mario, Mario Brothers 3, and Duck Hunt are my favorite games EVER! Duck Hunt was always a contest game for me and my family. We’d always see who could shoot the most ducks, and if that dog pissed you off, you could take a shot at it. A VIDEO GAME PROMOTING ANIMAL CRUELTY! If you released Duck Hunt today in 2019…PETA would have a freaking aneurism!

Oh…and clothing was different, too. It was socially acceptable to wear tank tops on hot days and slap bracelets . One more thing I want to bring up before I go…Slip N’ Slide. See, before everyone and their mother had a swimming pool or if you were too small or short to swim in your family’s pool without fear of drowning…there was the Slip N’ Slide. It was a long piece of plastic, usually yellow, where you simply sprayed water on it, took a running start, jumped onto the plastic stomach-first, and went to town! It was simple enough, but damn if it wasn’t fun! I don’t know if anyone else did this with their siblings or other family members, but my family would always have contests to see who can slip furthest and if we could overshoot the bumper at the end of the strip of plastic…and slide on the grass!

One other, other thing I’d like to bring up are rope hammocks. Before all that “overprotect your kids”/ “you can’t be too safe” mentality came about, you had rope hammocks. They were relaxing to lay in and just plain fun! My sister and I would actually wrap each other in the hammocks, which had 3-inch holes in the net, and flip each other upside-down to see who could hold on the longest without falling out. And I promise you I am not exaggerating when I say that. I want the 90s back so bad! I miss the old days of watching Ren and Stimpy, Animaniacs, and Looney Tunes. So, I want to hear from you. What generation do you think is the best? Thanks for reading, and in the words of Porky Pig, “THAT’S ALL FOLKS!”

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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