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YouTube really has it all; great songs, cats and memories

I AM amazed at what you can find on YouTube. Favourite old songs, old television shows and instructions on how to do everything from crazy hairstyles to tricks on a trampoline.

And let's not forget all the crazy cat videos… no matter how hard you might try.

I love that you can pretty much type in any topic and there will be something there.

I am especially grateful all this technology age came about when I was at a certain age; an age where I wasn't silly enough to post embarrassing videos online.

In my "potentially embarrassing video days'' the closest we had to anything that could record our antics was my dad's Super 8 camera, which was too heavy for most children to hold.

While there is some classic family footage out there which I may one day unleash on the world, such as my sister learning to ride her bike… repetitively running into the caravan in the back yard, I am glad my parents never got around to recording our big stage performances.

Big stage may not be the right word. More like back yard performances.

I remember rehearsing dance routines to songs with my cousins, then we would call our parents to watch us perform.

It was the early 80's, most of us had just reached double figures and we had discovered music film clips were great for inspiration. One performance day I remember well.

Our parents watched our minimal cheerleading skills as we danced to the Toni Basil song Mickey. But I will never forget the look on their faces as we went on to act out the next song…

It was "I know what boys like" by the Waitresses, and our routine included some hair twirling, hip swinging and a bit of pelvic thrusting that went down like a lead balloon.

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Now I think about it, that was the end of our back yard performances, and it was probably for the best.

Last weekend, I recorded a video featuring my 11-year-old son and a relative, Miss Four, dancing. She asked if I could "google it to the television" so she could see herself.

Will it be the next YouTube sensation, or just something to haunt her in her teens?

Pity they didn't include a cat.

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