The now-viral video (embedded at the bottom of this post) in which employees at the Microsoft Store in Mission Viejo, California, do the Electric Slide to a Black Eyed Peas song has reminded me for the one zillionth time why I consider myself fortunate to have had highly suggestible parents.
Back in 1983, I begged my mom for a personal computer for my thirteenth birthday. “Everyone at school is getting one!” I said. Uttered in a lower-middle-class suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan, at a time when IBM and Apple computers cost the equivalent of $5,000 in today’s dollars, this statement was a blatant lie. In fact, I knew of only three families who had ever even owned a computer—and one of those was a Commodore 64.