Do you remember Pet Rocks?  Because I grew up in the 70s, I have a vague recollection of Pet Rocks.  They were all the rage during Christmas of 1975 and I am pretty sure that I got one from Santa Claus.

They were just four bucks and they came with everything you needed to care for your pet rock.  As you saw in the video, there was a cardboard carrying case, wood shavings (as if the rock needed the same living quarters as a hamster or gerbil), a rock (i.e. the pet) and a detailed manual on how to take care of the rock.  LOL!

Looking back, this was just so stupid.  But it was also hilarious and the fad continued into the 80s, where my pet rocks got a little more edgy.

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When I was in middle school, I took Spanish from Sue Morris.  Sue's son, Kevin, by the way, was my childhood best friend.  I was at their house all the time and, honestly, I was in Sue's classroom a lot too.  The Spanish class used to compete in foreign language competitions and I remember going to the campus of Western Kentucky University one year to do just that.

I competed in some sort of Spanish literacy contest and I was part of the choir that performed De Colores.  By the way, I bombed the literacy division, but I seem to remember that our performance of De Colores was good enough for a 1st or 2nd finish.

But what I truly remember most about that particular trip was our visit to the WKU Student Center. I remember a couple of things about it.  #1- They had a bowling alley and, because I was a junior bowler, I thought that was amazing.  #2- They had a student gift shop with the coolest, funniest things ever.

They had Punk Rocks!  Yes!!  They basically had Pet Rocks with Mohawks.

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Now, I have no idea why I still have these. My mom discovered them recently when she was going through some "CHAD" boxes stored in her attic.  They immediately brought back memories and I still think they're hilarious.

I brought them with me to work and some of my coworkers got a good laugh at 'em. Honestly, the more I think about. My Pet Punk Rocks have outlived all of my other pets.

I mean, look at this little guy.

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That punk's almost 40-years-old and still looks ready to rock!

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