Proving (Once Again!), I’m Willing to Humiliate Myself on the Internet

We've been doing some cleaning out, and rearranging, at home lately.

Yesterday, I found a huge box of old photo albums Briefcase had recently moved into our garage.  Our garage gets really hot during the summer.  I didn't want all our old photos ruined from the heat.  I opened the box and began moving them inside.

Of course, I got sidetracked and started looking through old albums.

And, of course, my arm started flipping out (!!) on me for having moved the heavy box.  (I only moved it a total of six inches, but!)

I decided moving all the heavy albums, without help, wasn't a smart thing to do.  So I stopped moving them, left them strewn all over the floor for Briefcase to swear at   find  pick up later, and sat down perusing the albums I had so far rescued.

And then …

I began to giggle.


Well, because …..


In 1984 I was very skinny, and now I'm fat.  I also had big poofy hair, because it was the eighties and there was some kind of rule about having Farrah hair right about then.  

It seems hairstyles changed frequently, because by 1985 my hair went perm-curly-crazy.


Napa – summer of 1985  (Photo taken by Briefcase.  He was new to my life.  At the time, I never in a million years would have believed I'd end up eventually marrying him.  He, clearly, was not my type.)

Please notice the horrible Dolphin shorts in the above photo.  Yesterday, one of my readers asked me what Dolphin shorts were on Twitter.  She's, obviously, a young-un.  I explained to her Dolphin shorts were all the rage in the 1980's for some un-Godly reason.  Dolphin shorts made the thinnest of thighs look fat and were not complimentary on anyone.  And … they were very, very, SHORT shorts.

You probably also noticed, even in 1985, I had a camera around my neck.  Photography and I go waaaaaaaaaay back.

Well, 1985 rolled on and by the end of the year Briefcase and I were serious enough to take a vacation together.  We took off for a week at Club Med in Cancun, Mexico.

Oh yes, we did!

How eighties is that?

One day, on our Cancun Club Med vacation, as I was pulling back my wild-permed hair to head out to the beach, Briefcase was being annoying and snapped this photo of me as I said, "Don't take my photo!"



I was unintentionally sexy in a very 80's way.

I wish my body still looked like that.

Do you know, at the time, I thought I was fat.

Seriously, I did.

I'm 5'5" tall and I weighed 115 pounds.

I guess, like many women, I've always felt insecure about my body – even when I was thin.


I had never touched the color of my hair.  That horrible, brassy, look in the above photo?  It's, no doubt, from too much sun combined with the 1985 perm.

(Now, of course, I've tried all sorts of different things with my hair … pink, purple, highlights, low-lights – you name it!)

Okay, I suppose I've given you enough laughs for one day.

Did you hear me?

I said you can stop laughing (at me) now ….

© Twenty Four At Heart

23 Responses to “Proving (Once Again!), I’m Willing to Humiliate Myself on the Internet”

  1. Michelle

    I think I’m really glad that most of the photos of me prior to my marriage about (22 years) ago are at my parents – four hours away! Though I do have a couple of my baby photos which I needed for something.
    And those dolphin shorts….not flattering on anyone.

  2. Deidre

    Are my eyes deceiving me…or is that a v-neck romper?
    But damn girl you are pulling off some smouldering eyes.
    Also, I didn’t know what dolphin shorts were either…
    AND My hair is so 80s. I missed out, I could have that poof/frizz/perm NATURALLY.

  3. Di

    I have some same horrible hair photos. The 80’s were so hard on everyone’s hair… seemed bigger was better was the theme back then. I wish I’d just left my hair alone and all virginal…. cuz I was, don’tcha know… LOL Oh, shut up.

  4. Jan

    EVERYONE had the frizzy perm-thing going on in the 80s.
    You, however, just proved you have always been gorgeous.

  5. WebSavvyMom

    –>Love the pictures and in the last one if you had on a headband it would *so* be Let’s Get Physical a la Olivia Newton John.

  6. Suzanne Young

    OMG! I must be your doppelganger, because I too wore those too short shorts, had the same “big hair” perm, (except I had my hair “frosted” not highlighted as it is called today – USING that weird skull cap device) and thought I was fat too. I would kill to be that “fat” today. I blame it on the 80’s. Did you watch hours of MTV too? (When it was actual videos and not mind-numbing reality shows?)

  7. Pam

    Damn 24! Looking good!! We’re about the same age, so all of those pictures definitely brought back memories of the 80’s. haha And btw, the Dolphin shorts did NOT make YOUR legs look big!
    Have a great day!

  8. Tami

    Love the pics! They make me think of Rod Stewarts Do ya think I’m sexy song! lol

  9. LPC

    What a figure! Damn is right! I can’t wait to hear what your kids say about those photos:).

  10. Julie

    Those photos are soo soo rad. Umm Dolphin or Dove shorts…um I know what they were. I wore them as a child.

  11. Sandra

    Love the pictures! I remember (because I too wore them) all those clothes. Fun!
    Yesterday I was emailed a 1970’s JCPenney catalogue spread. Trust me, the 80’s were a score better in clothes than the 70’s. I should send it to you for laughs.

  12. Jack

    The 80s were a good time and I don’t mean that in a sarcastic way. I have very fond memories.

  13. Amy_in_Stl

    I have photos of myself in the 80s too and I also thought I was fat – at 5’7″ and 125 pounds. I’ve never heard of dolphin shorts though, but I think I’m a few years behind you since I graduated hs in 87. For us the big thing was Umbros to wear under our Catholic School skirts or knee length cordoroy shorts with sweater vests. Might be the difference between CA and the midwest. My boyfriend always reminds me how much more fashion forward CA is…. I should get a (current) picture of him in his acid washed jorts!

  14. Stephen

    Dang you were hawt. Actually, I don’t miss the Farrah hair, or the short shorts so much as I do Jordache Jeans. Seriously, they complemented a gal’s figure. Nowadays with the horrible low cut jeans, muffintops are a menace everywhere you look. 🙂

  15. Annette

    How about those Nike shoes?! LOL…It’s so true – that part about thinking we were too fat or whatever… I look back at old photos and appreciate my old self now!

  16. dogmother

    OMG, OMG, OMG. You were freakin’ hot. The hair…OMG! Dolphin shorts. OMG again.

  17. Jill

    Those are great photos! You are HOT lady! And funny enough … in the second photo, the one thing I noticed was the camera on your neck!

  18. Juli

    You sexy thing. I really wish we could have liked our bodies more when we were young. It’s so unfair. But I love your “unintentionally sexy” poses for the camera. And I miss the ’80s. I didn’t appreciate them nearly enough when I was living them. How could I? I’d forgotten about dolphin shorts.

  19. Erica

    Cropped t-shirts and high waisted jeans… I remember those. You’ve looked great your entire life. Definitely make sure your kids see the pictures.

  20. missmolly

    Enjoyed your trip down memory lane and I applaud your courage for sharing. Not many of us (me) would be willing to post a photo of themselves (myself) in those dang dolphin shorts, but you can be sure I had a pair and wore them with pride back then. Even worse, my husband (ex) wore them too!!


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