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MTV 30th Anniversary

VJs Eddie Money, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman @zimbio.com

MTV turns 30 today. Good Lord, where did the 30 years go? What were you doing 30 years ago today? I was in San Francisco being a hippy dippy with a love child. It was just a phase, what can I say. I was wearing long dresses purchased in thrift stores and hauling my son around in a baby back pack. I shopped in a food co-op. Great idea but early for its time.

When MTV first come out I was too cool to watch it. Then I got hooked on the music videos. It was a shock when I discovered that Billy Idol was a homunculus. The man has a huge voice trapped in a tiny body. When I’m in the mood to rattle the windows in my house he’s the go to musician for my CD player. Or Carmina Burana by Orff, great for cleaning house, very dramatic.

“O Fortuna, like the moon you are changeable, always waxing or waning”

After 3 years of living in San Fran I got tired of being a hippy and moved back to New Orleans. The eighties and much of the nineties passed in a haze of working in nightclubs for money to travel. Then travel, run out of money and back to the clubs to restock my cash supply.

Anyone remember when the music video Thriller by Micheal Jackson hit MTV? It didn’t float my boat but it was a huge hit. My mother HATED it. Just the mention of that video would send her into a tirade. I would bring it if we were at shindig and the conversation lulled just to get her going. That was a guaranteed thrill ride in itself.

In the 90s I got tired of the whole night scene and decided to get married and “go straight” and work day jobs. It almost killed me. I went to college in fits and spurts. Got half way through an accounting degree before it occurred to me that I’d rather poke a sharp stick in my eye than crunch numbers all day.

So here it is 30 years later, 2011. As I look back over 30 years the theme that runs through it all is travel. Maybe I was a nomad in another life. What I still want to do travel. And I love to write about traveling. Hmm… I see a pattern here.

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