February 27, 2023
Ever wished you had a time machine? 🕰️
I MIGHT NOT MOVE BACK TO THE PAST FOR GOOD, BUT I WOULD VACATION THERE
It's Retro Day, a day for indulging in some nostalgia. A perfect way to get nostalgic is to turn off that smart phone* and bust out your colored pencils and gel pens for some old fashioned fun with our adult activity book. It's full of puzzles and coloring pages that will make you feel like a kid again!
The nostalgia cycle in pop culture is typically 20-30 years, so that explains why the 1990s are such a popular influence right now. Go to any mall these days and you'll see mannequins dressed like characters from Clueless.
Matt and I are wrapping up the writing & illustration on a delightfully retro book we'll be releasing this spring, but while you wait we recommend re-visiting your favorite mix CDs and cozy flannels and popping on some Dawson's Creek re-runs.
* Here at Boredwalk HQ we are making a conscious effort to spend less time staring at our phones this year, and a lot of the products we'll be releasing in 2023 are designed to help you do that, too. Stay tuned for more releases that help you take a break from doom scrolling and connect with your loved ones and yourself! We have TWO of them coming this spring!
See, that's the spirit!
GIF via Clueless
Want some notable February 27th birthdays and historical facts to impress people with? Here are a few...
• Born on this day: actress/perfume peddler Elizabeth "White Diamonds" Taylor (1932), author John "These Grapes Are Terrible" Steinbeck (1902), poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807), and former First Daughter/writer/activist Chelsea Clinton (1980)
• The Nineteenth Amendment the US Constitution, which gave women the right to vote, was reaffirmed on this day in 1922 when a legal challenge, Leser v. Garnett, was rebuffed by the Supreme Court of the United States
• Physicist James Chadwick discovered the neutron on this day in 1932
• The first women's magazine, "Ladies' Mercury," was published on this day in London in 1693
• Finally, the first Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans took place on this day in 1827
Alright! Scroll on down to learn a bit about fellow Boredwalk fan Andrea! If you're feeling courageous and would like to be featured in an upcoming Monday email (and are a customer with some Boredwalk tees, tanks, hoodies, towels, bags, or books to show off), just reply to this and let us know and we'll send you some fun questions!
We'll be back here in your inbox on Wednesday with some more random holidays to observe, historical tidbits to acknowledge, and fun links to entertaining content! Until next time...
Peace, love, and nostalgia,
Andrea looking stylish in her Fleur Fatale scoop neck top!
1. What's your actual day job and what's your dream day job?
In my day job, I teach middle school math at a school with a large number of students from low-income households. So I'm actually pretty close to my dream job!
My goal is to become a math interventionist so I can work in small groups with students who struggle the most with math because I know I can help them grow in their math knowledge and success. But when I retire, I want to cause Good Trouble full time.
2. What's your biggest pet peeve?
3. What's a life pro tip the Boredwalk community needs to know?
Don't wear shiny clothes, jewelry, or nail polish when swimming in the ocean — it attracts sharks. Yes, I learned this the hard way.
4. If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
Control of the four elements, like Avatar Aang.
5. You can curse your nemesis with a minor annoyance for eternity; what do you choose?
Damp beach sand forever caught between their toes.
6. What experience do you most want to cross off your bucket list?
I want to go Munro bagging in Scotland and hike all 282 Munros.
7. If you could go back in time and say something to your younger self, what would it be?
Buy that beautiful butter yellow leather jacket at the flea market! You'll regret that you didn't get it.
8. Where can the rest of the Boredwalk community find you?
All my social media is private since I'm a teacher, but please follow and support labor unions on social media, especially teachers unions. Education is entering a crisis point and that can only be avoided with public support.