Karate Kid Wallpaper
August 6, 2009

 - Project Date:February 15, 2007

One fact I cannot deny, I am a child of The Eighties. The hair, the music, the movies, the shoulderpads. If I could go back in time and live in that time I would, no questions asked. I'm sure that's just the nostalgia talking and I wouldn't really enjoy The Eighties the way that I did as a kid.
But to be a kid in The Eighties... It wasn't just the half-hour long toy commercials, it wasn't just the sugary breakfast cereals, it wasn't just the rise of Nintendo. There were movies. Movies I watched so many times I can still to this day recite large chunks of dialogue. That repitition burned images on my brain, as it turns out sometimes those images never really existed.
Late one night I was fruitlessly trying to fall asleep. Unfortunately my brain was in overdrive. You know how sometimes you just can't get your brain to stop thinking? I try to block out the thoughts by imagining two polar bears in a blizzard. Problems is, I could actually see the polar bears. They were just sitting there watching TV. Hmm, wonder what they're watching. Family Ties? Cool, which one? Looks like the one where the dad won't write the Declaration of Independence, I remember that ep. When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds... Hmm, 'dissolving bonds' sounds like chemistry. What are the types of chemical bonds? Ionic, covalent, and polar covalent. There's one other funky one. Damn what is it? Hydrogen! Duh hydrogen bonds, water, you should remember that... And on and on.

That night my brain was in The Karate Kid. Waxing cars, painting fences, sanding decks. One of the more memorable images from that movie was Mr. Miyagi out on the beach practicing the Crane Kicks. I thought that would translate into a Minimate wallpaper quite nicely.

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I still couldn't stop thinking about the Karate Kid though. The only way would be to watch the movie again. I eventually found a used copy of the box set that included all four movies. Only after watching it did I find that I totally mis-remembered that scene. There was no sunset. There was no silhouette. I don't even think he was wearing the headband at the time. Oh well.

The real tragic part of the story is that about a week after I bought the used copy I found a new copy at Target for the same price. That wouldn't be so bad, but the new copy had a replica headband included. I'm not into cosplay, but I'd wear that to SDCC every year. Who am I kidding? I'd wear it everyday.