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[July, 1989] First Date


Dear Journal,

Francis asked me out!

One of his friends is coming but I don’t mind.

We are going to the movies and they will pick me up.

I’m going tomorrow. I can’t wait.

[Addendum, no date] The date was great

"It's not exactly a normal world, is it?"

"It's not exactly a normal world, is it?"

I was so thrilled to be asked out on a date by a boy I liked that I didn’t question the fact that he brought a friend along.

For some reason my parents did not find it dubious either, and let me see a Saturday matinee of Batman with these two.

I wore what I thought was a terribly cool outfit: a neon green t-shirt and matching short pants with a   pattern of abstract tribesmen across the hem and pant cuffs. Crimped hair and big plastic earrings were undoubtedly involved. Possibly some bangle bracelets, too.

I don’t remember anything about Francis’ friend or what the three of us talked about on the walk to the theater. At the movies, I was so nervous, I said yes to everything the boys asked. Did I want a soda? Popcorn? A hotdog? Yes, yes, and yes (it was the first and only time I ate a hotdog at the movies).

I was blown away by Tim Burton’s vision of Batman, and went to see it a second time with my parents. Later on I got a Batman t-shirt and listened to the soundtrack by Prince ad nauseam. A local video store had a Batman pinball machine and I spent many hours hunched over it that summer, playing badly.

As for the rest of the date, after the movie, the boys walked me home and I never saw either of them again. I always wondered if it was because I said yes to that hotdog.

  1. October 27, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Me and my friend next door would make up dances to that soundtrack. I still have that shit memorised!

  2. October 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Gah! Never say yes to the hot dog!

    I’m still mystified about this date wingman thing. Why would you do that?

  3. damiella
    October 28, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I remember knowing “Batdance” by heart, which is weird because it’s all samples. I would have loved to see your dances. 🙂

    Some lessons are learned the hard way. And I am just as baffled as you are about the second guy. Very strange.

  4. October 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm


    I remember really liking that Batman movie. My good friend Annie and I saw it summer ’89, and walked back from the movie theater in disbelief. I used to daydream about being Vicki Vale in that movie and loved the Prince Batman video. My brother and I watched it all the time on MTV.

    You should check out my blog – http://www.midwesterngirlforever.wordpress.com. It is amazingly similar to your blog because it is based on my journals.

    • damiella
      October 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Jess!

      I added your blog to my blogroll and look forward to reading more of it when I have a chance. I love seeing how other people share their nostalgia. 🙂

  5. wallernotweller
    October 6, 2010 at 5:46 pm
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