October 6 10

House of WeeAli, fall of 1986

My mom walked into the kitchen, looking weary, carrying many bags, including brand-new Cabbage Patch Kids for me and for my sister. I looked up and said the following to my mother:


You see, I had just watched my VHS tape of The Goonies for the 800th time that week. I had already memorized the entire thing. I had questioned as to why Data talks about the octopus being really scary when there was NO OCTOPUS in the movie at all. I wanted to marry Mikey and kiss a boy with asthma and braces. I could do a mean truffle shuffle. I wanted to visit Astoria.

Needless to say, I did not get a Cabbage Patch Kid that day. In fact, I believe that I was sent to my room after I was lectured and yelled at.

House of NotSoWeeAli, fall of 2010

Josh’s mom walks into the kitchen, looking weary, carrying everyone’s backpack and lunch. Josh looked up and said the following to his mother:


You see, my son is addicted to his DVD of The Goonies. He has watched it a thousand times and had memorized the entire thing. He, too, does a mean truffle shuffle. He giggles every time they Chunk glues the broken wiener on upside-down. He wonders why he’s never heard of Godfather’s Pizza. He wants to visit Astoria.

I looked at him, unsure of what to do here, and said this:

“Don’t ever say that…to Bubbie.”

And then we laughed.

And did the truffle shuffle.

  1. God I love that kid (even if I don’t get that movie)

    Comment by Jen on October 6, 2010
  2. My husband can tell you MANY a story about growing up in Astoria and about how the Goonies kids were at his jr. high dance.

    (also, he was an extra in Kindergarten Cop and you can ALLEGEDLY see his elbow in a restaurant scene)

    Comment by Rhi on October 6, 2010
  3. Man, I haven’t seen Goonies in FOREVER! I think I may have to watch it this weekend! Or I’m sure I can watch it with Josh when I’m up there.

    Comment by Kristabella on October 6, 2010
  4. SO good! (I’m jealous of Rhi’s husband.)

    Comment by suzanne on October 6, 2010
  5. Now I’m going to have the “It’s OUR time down here” speech in my head all day. Thanks for that.

    Comment by rkmama on October 6, 2010
  6. Gotta love Chunk. I remember some line in the movie about him pushing his sister down the stairs and blaming it on the dog. I laugh my butt off every time i think about that scenario.

    Comment by Lesley on October 6, 2010
  7. I love that he loves the Goonies. You know, I tried to watch it as an adult and fell asleep. I need to give it another chance.

    Comment by Avitable on October 6, 2010
  8. This is a staple movie in our house. My son’s preschool teachers are often suprised to hear him call out to his friends in a perfect Chunk imitation, “HEY YOU GUYS”. I love it

    Comment by April on October 7, 2010

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