Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Totally '83

The Colonel has nothing to rant about today, so Mr. Peabody and Sherman will be filling in for him while he thinks of something else to get pissed about.

"Mr. Peabody, where should we go today?"

"Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to 1983."

"Who's that, Mr. Peabody?"

"That's a young man posing for a surf magazine, Sherman."

"Wow, he looks like a dork, Mr. Peabody"

"Actually, Sherman, he was quite cool back in 1983. Notice the angled sleeves, the rolled pants...red, of course. And, well, the dog. A nice dog. Men in the early 80's, you see, were sensitive."

"Wow, Mr. Peabody. Are men sensitive now?"

"No, Sherman. Men are badass now. They wear black wetsuits and have lots of tattoos."

"Wow, who's that Mr. Peabody?"

"That, my boy, is Richard Schmidt?"

"Is he sensitive?"

"No, Sherman, but he does have white hair and a white mustache...which is mostly just weird. Then again, he's from Santa Cruz."

"I like his wetsuit, Mr. Peabody."

"Yes, Sherman. In 1983, everyone had colorful wetsuits. It was a colorful time. Richard, here, is actually rather subdued considering the colors young surfers were splashing about in in 1983."

"Wow, Mr. Peabody...what's THAT guy doing over there?"

"That, my boy, is a snowboarder, circa 1983."

"Is that like surfing?"

"A bit. Much like skateboarding was originally called 'sidewalk surfing', snowboarding was originally developed to replicate surfing in the snow."

"Wow, it looks like fun."

"It was, only I have I'm not sure how this lad keeps his back foot attached to the board. It appears to be black grip tape, much like a skateboard."

"Is he shredding, Mr. Peabody?"

"No, Sherman, not really. I think mostly he's trying to keep his back foot on the board. A bit silly, really."

"Who's that in the white and red wetsuit, Mr. Peabody?"

"That's Rockin' Fig, Sherman."

"Who's Rockin' Fig, Mr. Peabody?"

"His real name is Rick Fignetti, Sherman. He's a local Huntington Beach surfer. He also does the KROQ surf report on the radio."

"Does he do the KROQ surf report in the future?"

"As a matter of fact, he does, Sherman. He also runs a small surf shop next to El Ranchito on Main St. and writes a weekly column about surfing for the local newspaper."

"I like his wetsuit, Mr. Peabody."

"That's very nice, Sherman. Now what else do you see?"

"I see a lady, Mr. Peabody!"

"That's correct."

"Who is she, Mr. Peabody?"

"That's the Gotcha lady, Sherman."

"Who's the Gotcha lady, Mr. Peabody?"

"The Gotcha lady was a new wave icon used by the surf company, Gotcha, in 1983?"

"What's 'new wave' Mr. Peabody?"

"New Wave was a style of art and fashion and music that came out of the late 70's, Sherman. Many of the surf companies in 1983 adopted that style. Although for anyone that was truly hip, this look was a bit tired by then."

"I'm tired, Mr. Peabody. Can I take a nap?"

"You can take a nap in 2006. Now look around. See anything else?"

"Oh, I see a man surfing, Mr. Peabody."

"Do you notice anything in particular about that man surfing, Sherman."

"Is he surfing in the air?"

"That's correct. That's Kevin Reed surfing at Ano Nuevo, north of Santa Cruz in 1983."

"Do other men surf in the air in 1983, Mr. Peabody?"

"A few, but not many. Years later a handful of younger surfers took the credit for introducing 'air surfing', Sherman. But this young man, Kevin Reed, deserves much of the credit."

"What does he do now, Mr. Peabody?"

"I think he has a job, Sherman, and surfs on weekends."

"That sucks, Mr. Peabody."

"Quiet, you."