I totally can't believe it's been, like, 25 years since the movie "Valley Girl" came out. It seems like just yesterday I was working the big hair - and that took work, too! I went through a canister of hair mousse a week - lace stockings, shoulder pads, Flash Dance shirts and bangles .
I moved to the Valley right after the movies Valley Girl and Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Moon Unit Zappa's Valley Girl song came out. So, naturally, I had to spend time at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. Even though I was from Northern California, I fit right in. You see, being a Valley Girl was all about attitude.
That and the annoying over usage of "like" - as in "I am, like, so in love with him! Oh my Gawd!" And of course everything to a Valley Girl was "Awesome!"
I had Valley girl slang-itis bad enough that while on a trip to Hawaii, someone heard me speaking and asked, "Are you from California? You have a California accent." I had no idea what they were talking about. Clueless.
Here's a photo, circa 1983. Are we totally tubular, or what?!! Okay, so how about or What? As in what was I thinking?!
I'm the one on the left. If you look closely under my bangs you will see proof that I lost whatever brain tissue I'd managed to accumulate during my lifetime. Yes, under my bangs you are actually witnessing a head band, a HEAD BAND that matches my dress...a head band worn by someone other than Mike Reno from the band Lover Boy.
My only explanation for going out in public in this belted shirt I'm trying to pull of as a dress is that my headband is so tight it must have cut off the blood flow to my brain.
But, hey, it was the '80s. So that's my excuse.
Yet I'm still a Valley Girl. Like Moon Unit sang "She's a Valley girl and there is no cure..." That's totally fer sure!