Friday, February 27, 2009

New Kids On The Block and 90210

In an effort to continue the establishment of my dorkiness, let me tell you that this past year has been an awesome year for me.  Why?  Because in one year, two of my most favorite things from high school returned.  New Kids on The Block and 90210.

I can't even begin to describe the jubilation I felt upon hearing of each of these returns.  I was in high school in the early 90's when NKOTB was hot, and 90210 was just getting started.  And my bedroom walls were covered with posters of these two pop culture sensations.

My sense of nostalgia is strong, and it has always kept a bond with both of these groups of people.  You see, two months into my sophomore year of high school I was uprooted and moved 15 hours away from all my friends and my whole life.  About a month after that move, I saw the pilot episode of 90210 - a show about 2 high school sophomores that were uprooted and moved all the way across the country.  Instant connection!  They had trouble fitting in at their new school, and so did I.   And sense I had no real friends of my own at my new school, the 90210 cast became my friends.

And NKOTB was a group of young kids like me who made it big and changed their lives.  I was a bit of a singer back then, and I didn't see why the same thing couldn't happen to me!

So there I sat alone in my room every night, surrounded by my "virtual" friends.  I read everything I could and learned everything about their lives.  And I would dream up these impossible scenarios where I would somehow meet one of them somewhere and they would think I was so cool that they would instantly offer me a spot in the group, or a role on the show.

Looking back it seems quite pathetic and way dorky.  But at the same time, I think that it is the only thing that got me through the most difficult time of my life.  And if it wasn't for those two groups of people, I might not have made it through.

So even though EVERYONE I know makes fun of me for my obsession with all things New Kids and 90210, I am a proud fan.  Even though the new show kinda sucks, I watch it faithfully just to hear and see bits about the old crew.  And I have even told my family that we are canceling our spring break trip because, of all times, that happens to be when NKOTB is performing in our town.  (I wouldn't really do that to the fam!)

So I stand proud in my dorkiness when it comes to this.  It was almost like a high school reunion for me - where you get to catch up with old friends.  As sad as that may be.  So make fun of me all you want, I'll still be Hangin' Tough!

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