The Rocket Slide Lives.

The Rocket Slide Lives.

I’ve been meaning to post pics of my travels to the furthest reaches of outer space, after finally visiting Rocketship Park in Torrance late last summer to come face-to-face with what may be one of the last remaining Rocket Slides in Los Angeles. You may remember my discovery of this...
My 1980 Mongoose BMX Bike.

My 1980 Mongoose BMX Bike.

I should be posting this in Vintage BMX but have instead decided to host a quick Show and Tell for the thousands of loyal Lefty Limbo readers who peruse my site on a daily basis. What you see is a classic icon of ’80s youth pop culture—a 1980 Mongoose BMX...
TRS-80: Triumph Over the Nerd Elite

TRS-80: Triumph Over the Nerd Elite

Yet another gem recovered from my old blog. Enjoy. 1983: One of our electives in junior high was a “Computing” class, which was held in high regard by many students as a “total kick back class.” Not everybody was interested in computers, but I was, so I signed up for...
Pee Chee Folder of the Week (pt. 2)!

Pee Chee Folder of the Week (pt. 2)!

Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. The Fiend had scanned in his Pee Chee folder from 1988 and it was just too classic to leave unnoticed. Actually this time it’s much more subtle than his Pee Chee folder from 1982 (no Typing Eraser!), but the band logos and decorative elements are...
"I Was A Teenage Filipino Skinhead" comics back in business!

“I Was A Teenage Filipino Skinhead” comics back in business!

I’ll be shipping out 5 packs this weekend to The Last Bookstore out here in Downtown L.A.. I’ll keep you posted when they get ‘em on the shelves. Thanks to L.A. Zine Fest I’ve also discovered their Google Map of LAZF’s Favorite Book Stores and Zine Depots, who could probably...
Cleaning My Atari 2600.

Cleaning My Atari 2600.

Make that old, dusty Atari 2600 look like new again with this handy tutorial. I found my old Atari after over 15 years of storage and brought it back to a lustrous life. Now you can, too! Read on… Update: June 10, 2011: I’ve been receiving a lot of traffic...
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Homemade Jump Ramps: Carrot Top is Toast.

Homemade Jump Ramps: Carrot Top is Toast.

Back in the day, homemade jump ramps were an instant social activity, a thousand times more interactive and exciting than anything Facebook and Twitter can offer today. Friends and neighborhood kids (whomever one was “cool” with) would come down, and they’d take turns getting air, or, as seen in the photo above, line up on...
Arcade Ambiance: The Electronic Babysitter.

Arcade Ambiance: The Electronic Babysitter.

Courtesy of jackonflickr (also featured rightfully so in Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989), here we have a mundane yet refreshing glimpse into the golden age of arcade gaming. The caption says it all: ELECTRONIC BABYSITTER—Video race entertains youngsters John McCarter (front) and Shawn Decicco while mother runs errands. That statement right there likely held true...
Kids Playing Atari: Christian Bale (1987)

Kids Playing Atari: Christian Bale (1987)

For this episode of Kids Playing Atari, I present to you none other than Christian Bale, who is shown here in all his late ’80s glory—flipped up collar, gelled hair, hi-tops and acid-washed jeans. What makes this picture extra special, though, is the notable absence of any Atari console, much less the reputable 2600. In...
Homemade Jump Ramps: Getting Air in Antioch

Homemade Jump Ramps: Getting Air in Antioch

Great raw film footage of neighborhood kids in Antioch making the most out of their very own BMX track in a lot just off a sprawling suburb tract. Man, what I would’ve done to have a lot that big to ride my BMX bike on. So cool that someone took the time to preserve and...
Homemade Jump Ramps: Dirt Before Dinner

Homemade Jump Ramps: Dirt Before Dinner

Ok—I was going to post this cool old pic I found, but then I discovered this whole batch of Amazing Old School BMX Photos posted on the defgrip.net blog. Once again folks, if pictures can say a thousand words, then this collection of photos could easily tell the story of many of us kids who...
Growing Up Star Wars: Ship Envy (1983)

Growing Up Star Wars: Ship Envy (1983)

Yes folks, there was a time when we were so proud of our toys that we would pose with them like they were trophies. Except for perhaps the privileged and well-to-do, Star Wars toys were a luxury usually received only for special occasions (birthdays, Christmas/Chanukah) or maybe as a prize for when one did really...
Homemade Jump Ramps: Granny's Backyard (1979)

Homemade Jump Ramps: Granny’s Backyard (1979)

You’ll see it quite often on Facebook and other social media sites—us Gen-X 40-somethings talking about how domesticated and “super-safe” our society and its kids have become. Sad to say it, but it’s true. But let’s not get into that right now. Instead, let’s celebrate how awesome things were back in the day and leave...