A new style! A new look! A new you!

First of all, thank you all so much for all your kind words yesterday. Marvin said, "Look how many people are in support of our failing marriage!"

Did I mention he bugs me? Did I mention he's the president of his local Optimists' Club?

But really, we were both very moved by how many people are on our side. And for those of you who emailed me personally, if I have not written you back, do not be offended. I heard from a lot of you and haven't had a chance to write back yet.

In the meantime, one of the things we talked about was that we needed to find something we liked to do as a couple. All of our hobbies involve, you know, not each other. Like that 28-year-old Brazilian diver I like to hang out with. I never invite Marvin along.

See. Now I can't make jokes like that cause you'll all be, "[Gasp!] June is having an affair with a 28-year-old Brazilian diver."

Okay, really? Is he a BLIND diver? Is he a Dumpster diver? Did I leave out the "1"? Is he a ONE HUNDRED and 28-year-old Brazilian diver?

Anyway. So Marvin thought the coming-up-with-a-mutual-hobby thing was a good idea, too.

"How about we train to climb Mt. Everest?" said Marvin, who is an idiot.

"Yeah, no," I said.

"We could get really into old cars," said Marvin, who is really into old cars.

"How about we raise a puppy together?" I asked.

So you can see how well that is going, with the compromise and the thinking of the other person and so forth. I really thought this would be an excellent time to angle for the new puppy. Maybe we could get a St. Bernard puppy, to help us with the climb up Mt. ridiculous Everest.

But one thing Marvin DID do in light of our recent trying to like each other attempts, was upload my hair video. I have been asking him to do this forever.

In 1992, I was living in Seattle with my friend Steve, who went to Costco one afternoon. When he returned, he popped in a video he had MADE at stupid Costco. For 15 dollars, you could select a bunch of ludicrous hairdos and they would make a video of you in said 'dos. Seeing as Steve was LOSING his hair, these hairstyles were particularly hilarious.

Naturally we hopped right in the car and headed back to Costco so I could also make a video.

It is the best $15 I ever spent. I cannot tell you how many times since 1992 I have made people watch this reeDUNKulous video (veedeo), with the hep record scratching music and my unlined 1992 forehead and the lovely tasteful hairstyles I picked out.

My friend Marianne used to REQUEST that we put the video in when she came over, so when we moved away from each other I had a copy made for her for her birthday. Because I'm a good friend like that.

So without further ado (get it?), please enjoy my hair video. And I don't care if you're at work. Crank up the music. Because everyone around you is gonna wanna back that arse up, and do some air-scratching of records.

83 thoughts on “A new style! A new look! A new you!

  1. Okay, I couldn’t get to sleep last night trying to think of something you and Marvin could do together and then I remembered:
    Ballroom dancing! Seriously, it’s so much fun! and it’s something that you really can’t do by yourself.
    And you, June, get to be all swoop-y and dramatic, and Marvin gets to steer you around and be all strong and silent and tell you when you’re not on the beat (I figure since he’s a musician he’d be able to follow the beat pretty well…) and when you get good at it, then you get to buy sparkly dresses and shoes!
    See? it’s perfect.
    (and you don’t have to waltz to Moonriver even though it’s one of my favorites)

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  2. The video totally cracked me up! You rocked it.
    If you find a hobby—please share! We have been married 20 years and our only hobby is going to the movies and eating out. Plus also our two kids and all their stuff. It is hard.

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  3. OMG, the Susan Powter look in the middle section is stinkin’ amazing! Although I have to say, your new ‘do’ is pretty fantastic! Thanks to Marvin for taking the time to finally post this!

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  4. The styles are…intersting, but the brown one that shows that your head is signalling a left turn is confusing me because I always want to turn right.

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  5. Jan: I loved the Cat PSA video!!
    D-Lou: I liked your bowling analogy for sex, but I think sex is better because the balls are lighter and you don’t have to change your shoes.
    Ba dum ching.

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  6. Jan: I loved the Cat PSA video!!
    D-Lou: I liked your bowling analogy for sex, but I think sex is better because the balls are lighter and you don’t have to change your shoes.
    Ba dum ching.

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  7. Jan: I loved the Cat PSA video!!
    D-Lou: I liked your bowling analogy for sex, but I think sex is better because the balls are lighter and you don’t have to change your shoes.
    Ba dum ching.

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  8. Thumbs up for geocaching, thumbs down for watching the Buckeyes.
    Living with people you are related to, in the family you are born into, is far from easy, not a constant love and laugh-fest, causes great annoyance and sometimes screaming fights. So it makes sense that living with someone who was raised in a different family would also have its not-so-great moments. Something I pondered back in the day.

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  9. That’s one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen. Not because of you starring in it, but because…who the hell came up with the bizarro idea? and the SOUNDTRACK? oh my god. Yeah, baby.
    My favorites were: the little-boy-punk-blonde-pixie, the big-bangs-dinosaur-crest (must ask some little boy, not necessarily punk, about which dinosaur that is), and the Cher.
    You must keep in mind that that $15 you spent in 1992 would be equivalent to more today. You know, just so you realize what kind of investment you really put into it.

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  10. I love that video! I still have mine somewhere in a box. Now I got to dig it out and youtube it.
    BTW where do we get our “Team June & Marvin” badges. Screw Francis I’m changing teams. (Sorry, Francis, please don’t hurt me)

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  11. Absolutely, Jasper could go to doggie day care. Reread Lynn Bryant’s comment and Furry’s. Thought provoking.
    Also, Mary had a great idea, working towards a common purpose. You could get involved in politics (that would be a nightmare for me), Habitat for Humanity, a church, be nursing home volunteers, some type of service organization, or volunteers at a history site. It would have to be something you both enjoy. Having a common purpose will help bring you together as a team rather than working against each other.
    Pulling for Team June and Marvin.

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  12. Absolutely, Jasper could go to doggie day care. Reread Lynn Bryant’s comment and Furry’s. Thought provoking.
    Also, Mary had a great idea, working towards a common purpose. You could get involved in politics (that would be a nightmare for me), Habitat for Humanity, a church, be nursing home volunteers, some type of service organization, or volunteers at a history site. It would have to be something you both enjoy. Having a common purpose will help bring you together as a team rather than working against each other.
    Pulling for Team June and Marvin.

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  13. Absolutely, Jasper could go to doggie day care. Reread Lynn Bryant’s comment and Furry’s. Thought provoking.
    Also, Mary had a great idea, working towards a common purpose. You could get involved in politics (that would be a nightmare for me), Habitat for Humanity, a church, be nursing home volunteers, some type of service organization, or volunteers at a history site. It would have to be something you both enjoy. Having a common purpose will help bring you together as a team rather than working against each other.
    Pulling for Team June and Marvin.

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  14. My favorite hair? The triangle at the beginning. My twin girls liked the music! They were dancing in their high chairs!

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  15. What you guys need is a common purpose, not just a hobby. With a hobby, you end up with a pile of crocheted afghans (or a yard full of old cars, as the case may be) and what does that get you? So here’s my plan…adopt the dog (or just stick with Talu), work together to get the dog(s) certified to visit nursing homes, then volunteer at a nursing home together. You can provide animal therapy for the residents (most LOVE it!) and music (Marvin’s schtick) and laughs. It’s a hobby! It’s a purpose! It could work!

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  16. Marvin seems to be more fun loving than my SO. My guy plays golf and poker, two things in which I do not participate. We do not have friends over and do not have hobbies we share together. We are very opposite and there have been numerous times when we’ve considered separating. If you find something of interest for both of you to take up, please share. I desperately need ideas.
    Those hair styles are a scream! I watched the video twice. I think they are more ’80s that ’90s though because I actually had two of them in the 1980s. Not to mention the Flock of Seagulls do.
    Suzy Orman must have gone to Costo in 1992 because she’s had that hairstyle featured in your video for at least 15 years.
    Jasper is a darling dog. I’m keeping my mouth shut on that matter. No unsolicited opinion from this corner. No ma’am.

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  17. Hmmmm. An adult male lab. Might be more of a project than a hobby. We have a nine year old lab. She is exhausting if Terra does not run her three miles and throw the ball elebety hundred times every. single. morning.
    She once ate the gear shift to my car and pulled the dashboard off another day. She consumed a couch also before he discovered the running.
    Jasper seems to be made of the same stuff. I’m just sayin’.

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  18. I think Target Steve scored some major points with the ladies who read this blog – my husband gets his points from not rolling his eyes while listening to me talk about blogs I love!
    Don’t obsess too much about sharing a hobby. My husband and I have nothing in common and I wrote a blog post yesterday freaking out about what we’re going to do when the kids leave home. It’s counterproductive.

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  19. I think Target Steve scored some major points with the ladies who read this blog – my husband gets his points from not rolling his eyes while listening to me talk about blogs I love!
    Don’t obsess too much about sharing a hobby. My husband and I have nothing in common and I wrote a blog post yesterday freaking out about what we’re going to do when the kids leave home. It’s counterproductive.

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  20. I think Target Steve scored some major points with the ladies who read this blog – my husband gets his points from not rolling his eyes while listening to me talk about blogs I love!
    Don’t obsess too much about sharing a hobby. My husband and I have nothing in common and I wrote a blog post yesterday freaking out about what we’re going to do when the kids leave home. It’s counterproductive.

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  21. My husband and I work together and have all of our days off together. The last thing we need is more together time. But….now we go to the gym together. We are actually talking about trying for the pendleton mud run. Uh…together of course. Have you seen how fat I am? Maybe instead of mt everest you can try mt hood first. And then a puppy.

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  22. Keek stole my idea – Make June and Marvin do it! Improv classes, cooking classes, tandem hang gliding, kayaking. Eventually we’re bound to stumble on a possible hobby you both can enjoy.
    And the video. Priceless.

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  23. Yes, I looked at Jasper. He might be trading one working household for another. Just a thought. The present owners really love this animal to consider him being inside and alone and wanting a better life for him. He needs a farm.

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  24. I am at at work so I will have to wait until I am home to watch the veedeo. I think finding something you like to do together is a great idea, my husband and I don’t share a lot of the same interests so we struggle with that as well. Good luck and I hope you find something. Maybe you should take a trip somewhere together, just for a day or so.

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  25. I keep asking my husband (jimdear) if he’s ok with being my best friend. 28 years into marriage and the whoopee thing doesn’t happen as often. Reminds me of the bowling analogy: For women, sex is like bowling…we never want to go, but once we get there we have fun. Can you and Marvin be best friends? If so…I think you’re there already.
    And you know, even though it pains me horrible like to say this…if you need to blog less to make this work, then so be it. We tend to hijack your blog anywho…

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  26. Wish you the best of luck pulling your marriage back together! And, wow, hairstyles are so much better now, but I wonder what we’ll think of them in 15 years.

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  27. I will have to look at the hairstyles later since I am in a time crunch to get these reports done so my boss can go on vacation next week. I will do whatever it takes to get that man out of the office for a week.
    My top priority though is to read your blog.
    I think finding something to do as a couple is a great idea.
    My husband & I don’t have much in the way of joint hobbies. We’ll be married 25 years in a few months. He’s a big outdoorman – loves fishing and hunting. I am so not into the fishing and hunting. I like to read and take pictures. But, we have found that we both love to kayak. Besides being great exercise, we can stop paddling for a while so he can fish. While he’s fishing, I’m reading and taking pictures of the fish he catches.
    It may take some imagination and trial and error, but you’ll find something that you both enjoy doing together.

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  28. ~I think every Saturday you should sit down together and root for the Buckeyes. What say you, Dawn?
    ~I was going to offer my own relationship advice, but c’mon. Who are we kidding???
    ~I like the hobby idea, but don’t take up golf together. Trust me on this one…
    ~My buddy recently told me that he has been married so long that he doesn’t even look anymore when he crosses the street…
    ~I’ve met two “clicks” in my life. Unfortunatly, apparently there was no “clickback”…

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  29. Good hobby: geocaching!! we are about to get started as a family. also too, it should lead to some great stories for your blog family, so really it’s a win-win.

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  30. At church last weekend they reminded us that there are three rings that come with marriage: the engagement ring, the wedding ring, and the suffer ring. The key to marriage, or any part of life really, is how you deal with the suffering part.
    Beth and I wish you both good luck. As you analyze, don’t focus so much on if you “love” each other, but more about if you “like” each other. Beth is my best friend. The reason I started reading your blog is because it meant so much to her.

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  31. I feel like I should say something since my last comments were so cranky, and I don’t want to end on that note…and I want you to feel my support, because I know my support is really important to you.
    My marriage is not the point, but really WE had to learn to be careful with our words. I married Mr. super sarcastic and the hardest thing for me was to constantly have an adult conversation about how his words were hurting my feelings. i tried telling him I was going to punch him but that didn’t go over as well. I am also a joker, so the combination was tough. We had to stop teasing each other. Those are my two cents.
    IS it just me, or is it harder to be married when you think you’re funny? I mean, I think I’m funny and HE thinks he’s funny and we lose sight of the goal, which is to LOVE each other, not host a Comedy Central Roast.
    Oh wow, this did turn into a comment about my marriage. HA! I knew I would end up talking about me again.

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  32. Tiffaney who's dying to change her hair now, with June's Coco cut and seeing all of these pictures reminding her how she needs a change

    Um, I had every single hairstyle from ’86-’94 and have the pictures to prove it. Especially the short pyramid and big ol’ wavy Julia Roberts helmet. Hilarious!!

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  33. Tell me you got the ridiculous 2 foot fringe from around 2 minutes in!
    We are planning on spending some time together this weekend by lighting a fire in the backyard and just sitting and watching it burn while listening to music.
    I was always jealous of my friend who I’d always catch playing scrabble or trivial pursuit with her hubby if I dropped over. Till they both had dreadful affairs and split up. So maybe board games is not a good idea.

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  34. Oh June! I leave for 12 days and things get so sad here at my favorite blog. I’m sorry to hear about your troubles.
    Here’s what I know, which is never very much: I’ve been married for almost 24 years, (next month), we’ve had our share of rough days, because when you live with someone day in and day out, it is inevitable that on some of those days, you will hate that person you vowed to love for all eternity. But even on the worst days, we chose to love each other. And even though sometimes it was one of the hardest things to pick love, we did. And there is nothing in the world that fills me with more gratitude than all those times I chose love. And I will tell you, as the years grow longer, all the little and some of the big things that were the problems just slip away and you find yourself focusing on all the good in your marriage. We laugh a whole bunch in this house and I think that helps a great deal. Big time luck to you and Marvin. I am sending you every bit of good wishes I have.
    I have been in the air today longer than I have been on the ground. I am tired and life returns to normal tomorrow with kids and school and dawn right around the corner, so I’m going to bed. I’m going to say a special night time prayer for you two love birds. Good Night.

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  35. Costco is the greatest. That video is just one more reason to love that place.
    And, no, I have no words for yesterday’s post. Whatever I could scrounge up would be so woefully inadequate that I’m not even going to try.

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  36. Oh, my sweet custard pies! That was marvelous! The most shocking ‘dos? The white-blond super short hairdo and the long black super curly hairdo. Neither one would be your best look. Just sayin’. 🙂

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  37. Oh my cookies there were some serious 80s in there. Thanks Marvin for loading the video.
    And um, this may have been a bit obvious but how about a Wednesday wisdom where everyone says what their together hobbies are? I could truly use this advise as well.
    Still not feeling humourous or witty with the replies.

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  38. You need a new segment. A “Make Marvin AND June Do It”. Because then you’d be doing things together, and you’d have to do it because we told you to, and you’d never again have to use up all your ‘doing stuff together’ time thinking up stuff to do together.
    Then also, I could make you transform your car into a parade float.

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  39. I will only admit this publicly once… I had many of those incredibly big, always tasteful “styles”.
    Here’s something you and Marvin can do together:
    http://www.atom.com
    Search “Cat PSA”
    Not quite as funny as “Hide yo wife, hide yo children, hide yo husband…” (or whatever) but still very funny.

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  40. Something About Mary, indeed. I can’t tell if I want that to be something you customized for the program, or if I want it to be one of their default options, included because of the giant demand for gaining 8″ of height solely due to hair.

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  41. OH I HAD ONE OF THESE!!! It never failed to make my nephew stop crying. He was a baby then, not a senior in high school like now. Aunt Brenda with the freaky do’s fascinated him. Worked every time.

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  42. Toooo Funny!!! My favorite was the white afro and the ocean wave bangs. You can definetly tell it was the 90’s.

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  43. Holy crap! That was hilarious. Some really funky music.If one could call it music. My favorite one was the Something About Mary hair! You rocked that style June Gardens.

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