Fifty-Two 80’s

On Saturday, I drove to Littleton to see the Eastern Screech-Owl. When my first foray into Ketring Park came up empty, I decided to do some sightseeing and then return for another try. I drove about five miles north toward downtown Denver and then spent maybe 20 minutes in a store called Fifty-Two 80’s. There are 5,280 feet in a mile, and Denver is the Mile-High City, so that’s where the store got the name. The “80’s” part comes because the store features toys and pop culture merchandise from the 1980’s. My older daughter was born in 1986, so she did most of her growing up in the 1990’s. Somehow many of the fads of the 80’s seemed to have slipped by without my noticing. But there was stuff I recognized—Alf, Mork & Mindy, Gremlins

I bought a little Alf figurine for my wall and three packs of Moonraker trading cards. Sally and I went to see Moonraker in June of 1979 and then got engaged later that night. And while this is cute and endearing and all, we both think the movie is terrible.

The packs were original and unopened. I didn’t chew the 40-year-old bubble gum. It was kinda gray and green and had the texture of cement.

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