The 1990s.. I'm not sure whether or not our memories of it should be good or bad.. I suppose in truth the 1990s can be either good or bad because honestly let's face it, each and every decade regardless has it's number of failures and things that just make you wonder 'What the fuck?', the 1980s for their colour and fashion statements some of which were awesome and others?
...Yeah.. And if you went to a job dressed like that now-a-days they'd probably fire your ass on spot..
'Course other 1980s fashion by my opinion was pretty awesome and was prominent on through the early 1990s.. This isn't to say all of the 1990s was awesome, I don't even consider the 1990s to be truly 'retro' yet but.. Y'know..
I think during the 1990s I got my fill of the music too, you can recall I'm sure the song from TLC "Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls" which played on every radio station and from every music venue on through the decade? Yeah.. That and Gangsta's Paradise.. I heard these songs way too damn much and I think I tweaked a little of my sanity away along the trip.
I've posted in the past of course about toys from the 1980s and 1990s, there's no shortage of awesome shit from these two decades and it's definitely worth a look over.. What do we have here? Some awesome offerings so let's get to it! Shall we?
Introduced in the mid to late 1990s, the Yak Bak was Yes! Gear's AKA Yes! Entertainment's competition to the Talkboy and Talkgirl from Tiger Electronics. It was meant to be basically a smaller, tape-less and more affordable competitor although it kind of lacked comparatively in some aspects.. I think that's only to be expected from something so small and considering the technology of the 90s it was pretty impressive, still the little fuckers cost about $20.00USD and for most that was a pretty penny.
Along with the conventional Yak Bak was a Power Penz version of the Yak Bak, do you remember Power Penz? I do. Power Penz were awesome, spy kits, dart guns, toys of all sorts, little games, a radio, scope and other various awesome implements were all made into pen-form including a Pen version of a Yak Bak. These little Power Penz were epic and made the Yak Bak actually cool because honestly.. Any pen with something extra on it like these had were absolutely amazing, though to be honest rather than a Yak Bak recorder I'd rather have a pen that shot darts than anything else and I'm willing to bet that's the same for everyone else.
From 1994 to 2000 Yak Bak reigned largely supreme, remaining even after the Talkboy and Talkgirl were done away with. The Yak Bak owes such longevity likely to it's size and price, whereas the Talkboy and Talkgirl were cool for their time they were restricted by what they could and could not do, requirements for tons of batteries and the fact that they were also reliant on cassette tapes.. The Yak Bak? Not so much and it's small size and the technology utilized allowed for many variations of the Yak Bak to be made, some of which were truly pretty damn cool like the rare Yak Bak Live.
I think Yak Baks are actually still around surprisingly enough. I'd have to go check but I'm fairly certain I've seen them in stores at least in recent years.
I wasn't very good with normal Yo Yo tricks but there was something I could do that no one else could do and that was Shaolin Kung Fu, I've been a Martial Artist for a while now and only stopped for one period in my life during my early and late 'teens when trouble in my life kind of knocked me out of well.. Everything..
While others do normal Yo Yo tricks like walk the dog and around the world I did my routine. Literally Kung Fu Yo Yos and honestly? It was kind of awesome. I've never been very good at the rope and chain weapons in Shaolin Kung Fu but I managed to pull it off in this case, my routine by treating these fuckers like rope-darts or Meteor Hammers was and is pretty wild. It's fun to turn things really not intended to be into weapons.
Tonight's dinner for James? Pichi Niwatori Chahan (Peach Chicken Fried Rice) and it's a delicious dish of Fried Rice fried with Peaches, Mushroom and Chicken in a wonderful home-made Sweet Sauce coming complete with a delicious Double Sweet Anpan (Sweet Roll)
Nice conversion of left overs here if I do say so myself and I do.
Best. Coupon. EVAR.
"Phuk you, Phuk your dinner, eat at Phuket!"
...I'm sure I'm being an ignorant git and mispronouncing the word but I'd rather stay an ignorant git and enjoy the mispronunciation of the word as it is, it's so much more fun to think of it as it is..