My favorite day of the social media week is Throwback Thursday.
For those of you that are deep in the Instagram game, the fourth day of the business week has become synonymous with all things old school. From dorky pictures as elementary school-aged children to Little League Baseball photos (or in my case, a combination of both), Throwback Thursday has something for everyone. In fact, it seems that I am not alone in praising throwback material, as the event has expanded to another day (Flashback Friday) and it’s hard to go 24 hours without something reminding you of what it was like back in the day.
Having affection for nostalgia means that you do not only have some temporary enjoyment, but it gives you the opportunity to appreciate the little things in life. I believe the phrase in Brand Nubian’s “Dedication” and later in 2Pac’s “Old School” said it best: “What more could I say, if the old school didn’t pave the way?”
This brings us to the following list of my favorite old school elements in a handful of media outlets. If you see something we have in common, drop me a line at the contact information below and we can debate our favorite character on WWF No Mercy.
Oh man, there’s nothing like having a night to yourself and knowing that a marathon of “Rob and Big” is recorded on your DVR. Actually, the only feeling that could be better is knowing that you have all of those recordings while an extra-large Blind Onion pizza is sitting in the fridge and you have the option to possibly not wear pants for the night.
Television extends to all sorts of nostalgic areas for me. Shows like “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” or movies such as “Animal House” (yeah I watched it in the sixth grade, I live life dangerously) bring all kinds of different emotions back to when I first watched it with my friends in elementary school. Sometimes it is nice to take a break from the daily grind and watch “The Lion King” to get reminded that maybe I had a bad day, but (spoiler) my dad wasn’t murdered right in front of me by my power-hungry uncle.
It’s no secret in the Sagebrush office that my music is some of the most controversial (read: annoying) among the staffers. In fact, I was voted as having the “best worst taste in music” at last year’s annual Nevada Sagebrush awards, which is kind of like having the ultimate trump card on your resume. From A Tribe Called Quest to Blink-182, whenever I’m feeling down I can just pop in some solid tunes to get me in a good mood. I still listen to a lot of music from when I was growing up and if you can appreciate where current musicians got their musical influences from, it ultimately makes their current songs more enjoyable.
For those of you that walk around campus with your headphones permanently glued in your ears, we all know that the Simple Plan you’re rocking out to is bringing back those angst-ridden memories. However, if it’s making you happy that you’re not back in those awkward adolescent years, then more power to you, I ain’t mad at ya.
The Super Bowl is over, but the biggest sporting event of the year is still two months away. I am of course talking about Wrestlemania or, the “Grand Daddy of them all,” for those in the know. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Wrestling is fake.” Well I’ve got news for you, snarky reader. If you grew up in Reno like myself, there is a million percent chance that you liked wrestling at one point or another. No matter if you liked wrestling or card games like Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh! (we all know you did), just be real with yourself that you or may not miss those days (unless someone stole your Charizard card, because then I give you my deepest apologies).
Be true to yourself because no one knows you better than you and the past creates who we are today.
Chris Boline studies management and economics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @CDBoline.