Thursday, October 15, 2015

Of Stickers and Pathetic Geeks

The first time I was going to have a naked girl in my bedroom when I was a teenager, I was pretty nervous. Whoa, whoa, whoa.  Hold on.  It's not what you think, you bunch of perverts.  Okay, let me explain.

I was having a friend over to go swimming.  She was a girl and a friend, but not a girlfriend, although I did have aspirations in that direction.  When it came time to change into our bathing suits, I offered to let her change in my room, while I changed in the bathroom.  Now let me stop for a moment again.  I was pretty immature for 15. Heck, I'm pretty immature for 48, but that's beside the point.  The point was, a girl that I liked was about to close the door to my bedroom and get nekkid.  And what's more, when she closed that door, she would see every sticker I'd put on my door since I was 5 years old.  It was covered.  Now, that might seem like a pretty silly thing to worry about, but when you're 15 and want to really impress a girl, you don't want her looking at your Six Million Dollar Man or Captain Crunch stickers.  I panicked.  I stopped her and said (or kinda screamed), "WAIT! Why don't you change in my sister's room and I'll change in here!"  She looked at me funny and said, "Okaaayyyy...."  I don't know if I made up some lame excuse, but if I did make up an excuse, I guarantee you it was lame.

After that visit, I vowed it would not happen again and proceeded to tear off every sticker I'd so carefully placed over the years.

I was reminded of the above when I found these two monster puffy stickers stuck to the side of a bedroom dresser at an estate sale a while back.

I hope The Wolfman and King Kong here hung with pride in their young owner's bedroom and never served up any embarrassments.

And whatever happened to my bedroom door stickers?  Even as I peeled them off, I didn't have the heart to throw them out.  Some faired better during removal than others and I was able to salvage them.   I still have them.  I wonder if my wife would let me put them on our bedroom door...

General Mills Six Million Dollar Man sticker premium.  I think I got this on in Cheerios.

 Topps Marvel Comic Book Heroes stickers, 1974

 Topps Marvel Comic Book Heroes stickers, 1974

 Topps Marvel Comic Book Heroes stickers, 1974

 Topps Marvel Comic Book Heroes stickers, 1974

I have the certificate "signed" by Jimmy Carter too.

Kellogg's Apple Jacks sticker

In 1977, my family vacationed in Texas and a friend of my father had some classic cars in the Citrus Fiesta Parade.  I was able to ride in the rumble seat of 1932 Ford Model A.  Sissy Spacek, fresh off "Carrie" was the Grand Marshall.

Disney License Plate Stickers Wonder Bread Premium 1976

Burger Chef Count Fangburger "colorforms" Funmeal prize.


I came across an image of a full set of these stickers. They date from 1989.


  1. "These pants don't fit"?? what sort of thing is that for a superhero to say? talk about embarrassing! i'm so impressed you saved these. i thought i was the only one who would do something like that. what, no wacky packs?? c'est incroyable!

    1. I had the wacky pack stickers on the inside of my closet door. No worries there unless she was a snooper.


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