I understand that and I embrace it. I’m forty-two years old and I don’t shy away from that fact.
What slays me is not so much the digits that my personal odometer show, but the fact that as the number of candles increase on my birthday cake, I am become progressively more and more un-hip.
There is not a single moment when a culturally aware being (such as I prided myself of being) suddenly become un-hip, it is a slow progression with many checkpoints. Your mileage may vary, but here are my milestones of losing touch with the culture.
…In college, I can no longer identify half of the acts on Billboard magazine’s Top Ten pop chart;
…After college, songs I listened to in college are now labelled “classic rock”;
…After marriage, I have kids and this prevents me from seeing movies every week like I used to do.
Another milestone was reached today when I pointed my browser to Woot’s T-shirt site and saw this T-shirt…and had no idea what the heck it was referencing. Nary a clue!
I like Woot’s T-shirts. I find them funny and inventive. I have also liked them because I can get the jokes. I’m fairly decent with literary references and I can grok most of their T-shirts that reference anything with a “Star” in them (Star Wars, Star Trek, Starfire, Star Castle, Battle of the Network Stars, Star Jones, Starsky & Hutch).
But this “And That’s Why You Always Leave A Note” had me flustered.
It was Google to the rescue and so I discovered that this quote is from the television show, Arrested Development, which I never watched.
Just put another notch in my belt of un-hipness, hand me a grape Nehi, let me watch my Betamax tapes of reruns of Voyagers! and I’ll be one hoopy frood.
(And if you don’t get any of those references, welcome to my world.)