Dust Bin This Post is Brought to You by the Year 1996
posted by January 16 at 22:00 PMon
Monday night, the night it snowed, was the night my boyfriend kicked my ass at air hockey. He really slaughtered me. I think one match was 14 to 6 or something embarrassing like that. Once he let me win, but I’m pretty sure that was just so I wouldn’t feel like such a loser. Anyway, while we battled each other at the otherwise abandoned Game Works, where our air hockey tournament was taking place, I was taken back to 1996, one of the best years of my life.
That was the year I watched Empire Records at least once a week, the year I learned to drive (and subsequently listened to the radio a lot since the car my sister and I shared didn’t have a CD player), and the year I desperately wanted to get my eyebrow pierced.
While we rehydrated with Diet Coke, Goo Good Dolls’ “Name” played over the speakers in the bar. Then after that, they played “Take a Picture” by Filter which wasn’t actually on the radio in 1996, but their song “Hey Man Nice Shot” was. It was the weirdest time warp. At the weirdest place. While it snowed outside. It felt like a dream.
Had I stuck around longer, I’m sure the rest of the soundtrack would’ve sounded a lot like this:
Nada Surf “Popular”
Superdrag “Who Sucked Out the Feeling”
Gin Blossoms “Til I Hear it From You”
Dishwalla “Counting Blue Cars”
I’ll never know, though. There was more air hockey to be played.