I remember going to Muncie, IN to visit my Aunt Susie in 85 or 86 with my brother and my mother too.(this was before she started to throw all our cool stuff away) Susie was and still is in social work (I am too) and lived up near Ball State I think,and we would go up to see her quite a bit when we were little kids. It was always a fun time... There was a cool Children's Type Museum there and a bunch of other cool stuff I can't recall right now... BUT one thing I will always remember is Susie telling us about this movie called Back to the Future, which as a 6 or 7 year old kid I remember thinking sounded weird and didn't make sense to me... I mean how the hell could you go "back" to the "future." I wasn't an idiot... My parents talked to me and told me what stuff meant. (Kevin was an idiot though:) Anyway, this was one of those mind blowing experiences you have at certain times in your life that you just never really get over... The movie was awesome... we talked about it like the whole ride home... It is my first memory of time travel related stuff and I loved how "heavy" everything was due to the excessive use of the word heavy and of course being "erased from existence"... It was true family entertainment and Kevin and I knew Michael J. Fox from Family Ties on TV, we thought he was cool... Months later, I don't really know when or how it happened, but my dad had been working at this video equipment store called Video Concepts and he comes over to visit one day with a box with another box inside, that you put little rectangular box-like things in that had movies inside them... You might think I just described something from the old days called a "VCR" but what my dad had brought us was called a "Betamax... " The Betamax was supposed to be superior to the "VCR" in picture quality and other crap my dad said then. But the cool thing was that you could tape stuff right off of the TV just like the more well known VCR... And my mom had figured out how to do it... so she taped everything all the time! (It was insane:) ) She ended up taping The Karate Kid and Back to the Future, which led my brother and I down a dark path of fun and insanity few could have survived. (Kevin was lucky he got out alive)
Once Kevin and I knew that we had The Karate Kid and BTTF on tape we watched them all the time... (commercials and all... they were both Sunday night movies or something on one of the local channels) And I mean all the freaking time... I personally was so obsessed w/ these films that I would actually record parts of them on my "boom box" (that was a radio and tape deck... a tape deck is like a "cd player"... a cd player played those "disc things" that were around (and still are around) right before mp3 players and ipod.... siiigh my head just exploded.) I would tape it and then play my favorite parts back like " Oh my god... they found me... I don't know how but they found me... RUN FOR IT MARTY!!!" and " What happens to us in the future... what, do we become assholes or something?" and of course "GET HIM A BODY BAG, YEAH!!!! HUHUHUHUHUHUH!" ( Kids used to do weird stuff back then... kids) Anyway, Kevin and I would reenact both films all the time... Kev is my younger brother so when we were kids, I would be Johnny for the all of the scenes Daniel got beat up and then at the end when Daniel kicks everyone's ass Kevin would switch to Johnny. The same was true for Biff and Marty anytime one of them was getting their ass kicked or eating manure Kev played that part... Masterfully I might add:) The thing about Kevin is that he has always been extremely patient with me. For whatever reason I used to punch him in the arm whenever I thought he said something stupid (I must have been a meathead back then)... even when he would make up hilarious lies like " hey look Matthew, Michael Jackson is on the waterslide at Boogie mountain."(as we drove by Boogie Mountain, an old water park not far from where we grew up) "PUNCH." See what I mean patient both to a fault and a strength. But it wasn't always me being a jerk the truth is I love the hell out of my little brother both then and now, and one of my favorite times with him was at the condo in Florida that a family member let us use... We were acting out BTTF at the pool that was right out side our door.( it was awesome) It consisted of one of us saying..." We've gotta go back..." Back to where?" "Back to the Future!!!" we would then run as fast as we could and jump into the pool... This went on for the whole week and it never seemed to get old. It is a great memory. Other than the beating up Kevin part and being a jerk, these where all great times w/ my brother.
Today my little brother is all grown up and has a kid, who is no doubt going to be extremely cool, since he already is at a year old!!! Kevin and I still love to talk about movies and sometimes we laugh about when we were kids. Most the time Kev doesn't remember, which is probably due to the beatings he took playing Daniel, Johnny, Biff and Marty, but he always remembers when we would run around grandma's basement playing the SpaceBalls song and screaming over and over when everyone in the film is abandoning ship... I guess he has some good memories too. Anyway, My mom and grandma always said that someday I would be happy to have a brother... And they were right. Kevin has always been there whenever I need him and even though I am his older brother and it's my job to look out for him... He looks out for me a hell of a lot! Love you Kev and I can't wait till Leo is old enough to hear these stories and you can share these movies we grew up with!!!