Sunday, February 25, 2007

very special youtube

Have you noticed that a lot of blogs aren’t so much chronicles of the blogger’s life or opinions, but more depositories for their favorite YouTube videos?

I’m not saying that I’m above this, just that I’m a little late to the game. Until recently, I’ve been a passive YouTube watcher, watching only what people send to me or, well, post on their blogs.

But last night I crossed a line. After coming home solo from my sister’s birthday party (AK and I both wanted quality time with our cats—not to fill any lesbian stereotypes or anything), I had some post-party energy that took the form of watching old episodes of Punky Brewster on YouTube.

It’s amazing how much new technology is used for nostalgic purposes.

First I watched an episode from the third season (by which Punky had stopped wearing the same thing everyday and started teasing her bangs) called “Metamorphosis.” While Cherry is despondent that she’s “a pirate’s treasure, a sunken chest” (big canned laughs—I guess the studio audience hadn’t heard that one before), Punky, on her way to the D cups that the actress would become famous for having downsized, doesn’t want to get a bra because she’s worried that Henry won’t love her anymore if she’s not his little girl.

I was surprised how much the episode made me squirm—I was completely transported back to my days as a reluctantly boobed 10-year-old caught off guard by sitcoms featuring very special storylines. I remember sitting red-faced, trying to avoid my parents’ eyes, as Darlene got her period on Roseanne and Suzanne’s beauty pageant buddy came out as a dyke on Designing Women.

Thank goodness for the relief of a lighthearted second episode of Punky, in which Punky misses the big DeBarge concert because she cheated on a book report. Luckily DeBarge is free to come to Punky’s apartment and teach her that reading is cool, and to sing a couple of songs.

Having never cheated on a book report—or been a particular DeBarge fan—I could sleep easy.

10 comments:

Claire said...

Do those 'special' episodes ever make anyone feel better? Maybe it's just because they became de rigeur when I was that age that my recollections had high squirm factors as well.

Cheryl said...

Suddenly reality TV looks pretty good, doesn't it?

Claire said...

Depends on the reality tv. It could be of 11-13 yr olds capturing the moments their bodies start to change and how they deal. They could market it as the new after-school special!

Cheryl said...

Yeah, that sounds really painful, actually--I think there is a reality show about a fat camp for kids or something. I'd rather stick with seeing adults humiliate themselves.

ackleykid said...

When I got home last night, my roommate said accusingly, "I just watched Punky Brewster on youtube 'cause of your girlfriend's blog!"

Bonnie Turner said...

Thanks to Angie, I have a copy of all of Season 1 on dvd if you're ever interested. If we had met at a younger age, you could have been a guest at my Punky Brewster b-day party.

Cheryl said...

AK: Punky can kick Harry Potter's ass any day.

B: I remember that party, and how you invited Punky and she sent you a signed 8" x 10" glossy. Sooo awesome. We'll have to have a DVD watching party sometime.

amyrottencore said...
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amyrottencore said...

By commenting so late on this entry, I'm showing what an infrequent Bread and Bread reader I am. However, when I do read it, I catch up and spend a good hour.

IMPORTANT part of my comment: how could you talk about Punky and not mention our Spanish 5-6 presentation where I was Punky and you were Margo? We played the theme song: Maybe the world is blind / or just a little unkind / oh no... We skipped around the classroom and did some wicked Spanish sketch comedy work.

Cheryl said...

I always think I have such a detailed memory of my youth, but I clearly don't because I completely forgot about that! Que lastima!