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[December, 1992] U2, The Gap, Swatches, Doc Martens…


one of my favorite U2 albums to this day

Monday, December 21, 1992

Dear Journal,

My birthday is tomorrow and I am very excited. Yesterday my mom and I went to Manhattan and it was great. We went to the “Gap” first and I got a whole bunch of new stuff. Then we went to A&S where I got a tape for myself (U2, “Boy”) and one as a present (Genesis, “ABACAB”). I also got a book there. Then we went to Macy’s where I got a new watch (it is a really pretty Swatch). Also my starter jacket and Doc Martens were part of my birthday/Hanukka presents. I love all the stuff I got. Oh yeah. My parents also got me “Poison” (it’s a perfume by Christian Dior and it smells really good).

[After many, many, many instances of exhibiting what some might consider questionable music taste, I finally got to fulfill somebody else’s sonic guilty pleasure. Whether Genesis surpasses Samantha Fox in cheesiness is up for debate, but I vote hell-to-the-yes. I’d rather listen to “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)” over Phil Collins any day.

As for The Gap, starter jackets, Swatch watches and Doc Martens, welcome to the 1990’s, where plaid shirts, combat boots, puffy sport-related outerwear and colorful plastic timepieces reign supreme. It was the year I was a slave to the trends, though I still kept a bright palate. Despite never seeing a basketball game in my life, I selected a jacket for the Charlotte Hornets, simply because it was teal and purple and I found it pretty. (Full disclosure: I even had to double check that the Hornets were in fact a basketball team. Just now. True story.)


Oh cassette tape, how much impractical nostalgia I have for you...

I got some of my presents already from my friends. I got a U2 tape (“The Joshua Tree”) from Linda. In case you haven’t noticed, I am really into the group U2 right now.

[Though clearly I still hadn’t noticed that my diary was an object incapable of observation, not being a living thing and all.]

At the moment, they are my favorite. I also got some jewelry from Renee and Erica (both on the bus). Last but absolutely, posotively not least Didi gave me a Swatch too! I was expecting a plaid shirt and was really surprised. It is really pretty, pinkish purple with anchors and square knots all over it. That is just the beginning. I am going to get even more presents tomorrow and the day after that.

Well, I really should try to get some sleep for tomorrow because not only is it my birthday, but we also have a big science test. I don’t think I’m gonna do well. Oh well. ~See ya!

So let’s review. I was 14-going-on-15, my fashion philosophy could best be described as “Technicolor lumberjack,” and I was become increasingly obsessed with U2. I guess it could be worse.

Considering my girly-pop musical track record, it still surprises me that the first band that would form the backbone of my musical evolution would be a straight up rock band like U2. The best way I can describe it is like falling in love. You might have a type, you might have inclinations, but you can never predict what will capture your heart. Something about Bono’s earnest and feverish voice, The Edge’s soaring guitar riffs, Larry Mullen’s brooding handsomeness and adorable eyelashes drumming really captivated me (Adam Clayton was okay, too, I guess). Never before in my life had I found so much passion in music.

And while we’re on the topic of music and passion, here’s something else I was stubbornly fervent about: cassettes. I was building up quite the tape collection, despite a supposedly superior music format that was becoming increasingly popular. I resisted the “compact disc” hype, refused to pay more money for CDs (“we’ll see how long they last…” I’d scoff and roll my eyes) and swore loyalty to my cassettes. Because surely they would be around forever…

  1. August 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I think they would have still been the Charlotte Hornets at this point in time. Later on, the team got moved to New Orleans and a new team, the Bobcats, moved into Charlotte. The Hornets’ uniforms were always my favorite too, though my loyalty was first and foremost to the Timberwolves. (I went through a major NBA phase in 1992-1993, predicated entirely on finding Christian Laettner attractive. Okay, fine, “finding Christian Laettner attractive” is putting it mildly. Really, that’s kind of like saying that the Great Wall of China is a largeish pile of bricks.)

    • August 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      You’re totally right, it was Charlotte back then. I thought New Orleans sounded weird. Good catch!

  2. August 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I heard Larry Mullen is really into Technicolor lumberjacks.

    (No, I didn’t.)

  3. Kate
    August 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    In my current car, the tape deck still works long after the CD player quit on me. I wish I’d had the foresight to stock up on cassettes!

    • August 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm


      What a bummer! Surely you have some mix tapes lying around somewhere?

  4. Liz
    August 25, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I still have most of my tapes back home in NYC…just can’t bring myself to totally get rid of them, even though I gave my trusty old dual deck stereo away to some analog artists last summer before I moved! I still have a little monaural mini-boombox that can play tapes back home, and my in-laws recently lent/gave us a tape-playing stereo so I could listen to a coworkers homemade cassette. There’s a whole movement out there, you know. 😉

    • August 25, 2010 at 11:24 am

      For all my cassette nostalgia, I no longer have a tape player (or any kind of stereo) and my mom has my tape collection in storage at her place (I think). Someday we will be reunited (same goes for my VHS tapes).

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