Countess Chocula

Online digs of author Susie Salom.

Girls of Summer.

When I was about eleven, my cousin Monica and I spent the summer talking about Weird Science and nursing massive crushes on Gary and Wyatt. At the time, my world consisted mainly of watching MTV (banished at my house as the Devil’s Channel so I had to watch as much as I could when I spent the night at my cousin’s), trying to borrow her navy-and-white striped, cropped Benetton cardigan with the oversized buttons (which was later washed with a red shirt and turned pink and maroon, losing its appeal), getting brain freezes from Coconut Slurpees, swimming, abusing Touch of Sun and indulging a fantasy life including, but not limited to, being in a rock band that performed mostly on roller skates.


  1. I got my MTV at my boyfriend’s house since my family didn’t have cable yet. I’m pretty sure that’s the only reason I dated him for so long.

    My (one and only) Benetton was a rugby w/ green & white stripes.

    Oh man, that band totally would’ve rocked…and rolled. (and now I can be happy for the rest of the day because I made an awesome pun!)

    • Countess Chocula

      21 April 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Early ’80s MTV provided a rock-solid foundation for many a relationship. (See what I did there?)

      Hey, did you ever wear Benetton Colors perfume? That was wildly popular in my school, ca 1988. That and Lou Lou, which I wore religiously freshman year.

  2. I, like Nicki, was cable-deprived as a child. My parents didn’t get it until I was in college. So thoughtless!

    • Countess Chocula

      23 April 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Squidman! Always good to see you. And even though you were a cable-deprived kid, you still grew into a super-cultured squid so … πŸ‘Š

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