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7.12.2005


Mr. Miyagi is super cool


Last night, Justin and I watched the Karate Kid. I think it just came out on DVD not too long ago. Anyway, I think that Ralph Macchio was better as the dying Johnny Cade. However, something about the 1984 flick brought me right back to my childhood - a time when my sisters were both at home and our hairbrush concerts to Madonna and Rick Springfield were a daily event. It was a time when I felt totally safe and my sisters were my world... Well, them and my Cabbage Patch doll, Brandon. (Santa gave me a Cabbage Patch Doll for Christmas in 1983, but because demand was so high, I got a boy.)

Do you ever see something from your past and it almost transports you back to that time and the memories flood your every thought? Sure, I had a weird childhood where I was taught to do laundry at the age of 6 and my parents weren't really ever home, but I really had a lot of fun. My sister Jacqui was acting-mom for a large portion of my childhood, because our parents worked a lot, but she was great at it. I mean, no one can whip-out a Tater-Tot casserole like Jacqui - four nights a week. There is a reason I don't eat Tater-Tots anymore!

But anyway, I remember wishing that I had a Mr. Miyagi to teach me karate and how to properly use chopsticks. I actually used to clean using the "Wax on, wax off" and "Sand the floor" techniques. I actually thought every high school must have it's clan of Cobra Kai's running the joint. As an adult, Mr. Miyagi signifies so much more when you watch the movie. He's silly and says stupid things, and the whole persona is a completely made-up character, but the lesson behind his karate lessons are all about being a stronger person - from within. As a 7-year-old I didn't really get it, but I wish I did.

One thing that I thought then and I still think now is that Daniel-san was just way too scrawny for Ali. When they kiss in front of the waterslides at Golf N'Stuff, I always thought, "Man, she's gonna snap him in half!" Thanks to watching the featurette, I found out that the directors did that on purpose. They said Elizabeth Shue was like Strawberry Shortcake and Ralph Macchio was like Canoli. I get the underdog thing, but it still looks funny. But then again, how many scrawny guys did I see hooking-up in high school? At least a few - Rich Lashua in particular! Ok, I didn't mean to turn the movie into a Blog, but here you go!

All of this nostalgia and seeing a young Elizabeth Shue makes me pine for Adventures in Babysitting... Maybe I'll add that to our Netflix queue.

11 Comments:

At 7/12/2005 10:59 AM, Blogger Franc-ess Left a note...

I totally understand the feeling of being transported back to another time. Usually for me, it's hearing a song on the radio. Certain bands just remind me of people I used to know and places I used to hang out. It's weird and cool at the same time. Smells do that, too, but that's much more trippy.

 
At 7/12/2005 12:37 PM, Blogger Ricky Left a note...

My great grandmother bought me the Karate Kid VHS whenever it was that it was released. I used to do crane kicks to my two brothers all the time.

Have you seen Ralph Macchio now? He looks like he's 84. http://us.ent4.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/tribeca/tribeca_film_festival_2003_photos/ralph_macchio/tribeca2.jpg

 
At 7/12/2005 1:42 PM, Blogger Jen Left a note...

The best part of that flick? Elizabeth Shue had some meat on her bones.

What I seem to have gotten from Mr. Miyagi is the "Squish...just like grape" thing. Granted, this may be the foundation for my tendency to make snap decisions, but I think it still rings true.

Things that take me back to childhood: Wizard of Oz/Sound of Music/Mary Poppins/Gone with the Wind, all of which I watch while folding laundry; grilled cheese sandwiches; Hawaiian shaved ice; strawberry shortcake (doll or dessert).

In all fairness, Rich is relatively hot now, sans mullet, avec muscles. And I take full credit for his high school hook-up record, given that his subsequent h.s. girlfriends consisted of a lesbian that came out while dating him and a girl he told to keep their relationship a secret. He later had much more, um, satisfying relationships.

Blogjacking over...that's what you get for bringing up my ex. ;)

 
At 7/12/2005 1:53 PM, Blogger Marla Bean Left a note...

I'm sorry, but I can't imagine Rich sans mullet et avec muscles. :-) You must send photos.

 
At 7/12/2005 2:05 PM, Blogger Franc-ess Left a note...

dood! those pictures look like ricky, if he was old! :-)

 
At 7/12/2005 3:16 PM, Anonymous Justin Left a note...

Honey, maybe now you know what Star Wars does for me. Especially now that I share it with Luke, it's a like a whole new nostalgia trip; one actually happening now.

 
At 7/12/2005 3:35 PM, Blogger Marla Bean Left a note...

Maybe it's summer, but don't you wish you could relive one carefree childhood summer, again?

 
At 7/12/2005 4:50 PM, Blogger Jackson Left a note...

Hey, I just found out you had this thing! And now I'm leaving for Hawaii. Anyway, it doesn't surprise me that among our friends, you have the (second) best looking blog/website/thing.

 
At 7/12/2005 4:52 PM, Blogger Marla Bean Left a note...

Hey! Who has the first? :-)

 
At 7/12/2005 6:20 PM, Blogger JP Left a note...

This is one of my favorite movies from the 80's...ah..so many memories.

I remember I used to think that Mr. Myagi and Mr. Fuji (from wwf) were the same person!

lol

 
At 7/12/2005 8:30 PM, Blogger Nettie Left a note...

I'm young, I guess, so The Next Karate Kid is what I remember...

 

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