Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Now With Ginkgo Biloba

Two posts ago, I think I promised you two “You know you’re getting old when…” moments.

Here they are.

Moment #1. 99 Cents Store on Sunset in Hollywood. I am standing in line between (a) members of a large family who have all used the same cart but are all paying for their items separately in several complicated transactions and (b) a young woman with bleached platinum spiky hair, black fingernail polish and a large ring through her nose*. The latter is, of course, on her cell phone.

Over the PA system, Annie Lennox's "Walkin' On Broken Glass" comes on. Young woman behind me shrieks into phone, "Oh my God, this is one of my favorite songs of all time! [singing into phone] Walkin' on walkin' on broken glass... Yeah, my mom totally raised me on this shit!"

Um, yeah. That’s what I was listening to when I was working my first job out of college. That made me want to curl up into a fetal position with a pint of Haagen-Dazs.

Moment #2. Sweet Dub is at work. He and a female coworker who is about his age are discussing a movie which is on the production schedule. It is a remake of Fame. Another coworker says, “What’s Fame?”

Sweet Dub and the female coworker look at each other. She says, “You know, Fame? Irene Cara? I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly? You know, it was a TV show?”

Second coworker has no idea what they’re talking about. “How old are you?” Sweet Dub says.

“Twenty-seven,” the guy says.

Yeah. Haagen-Dazs, please.

*Sweet Dub tells me later that I am describing what is known as a suicide girl. Oh, you crazy kids!


Cee in SF said...

People don't know what Fame was? No Bruno and LeRoy in the pop culture memory? Sad.

My kids are gonna sing and dance to U2 and Sonic Youth. Is that so wrong? My home will be a Josh Groban-free zone.

Nerd Girl said...

I had one of those moments the other day discussing Flo-Rida's Right Round. I was like "oh, he sampled Dead or Alive." I got nothing but a blank look. Whatever!

Your girls are just beautiful!

bridget in oregon said...

I. Feel. Your. Pain. Girlfriend.

Lisa Blah Blah said...

Cee: Rock on with your bad self!

Nerd Girl: Like a record baby, right round round round. What kills me is when we occasionally hear songs on the radio and Viva will say "this is the song from Shrek 2!" and I realize that is her only reference point. Thanks for the compliment! I'm uploading more photos today...

bridget: When did we get so old?!

The Trebs said...

I'm with Nerd Girl on the Flo-Rida song. I was speaking to my students the other day and halfway through my lecture I realize I had used the word "record" in reference to music. They were staring at me like I was from a different universe.

Lisa Blah Blah said...

Trebs: I retrained myself to say "CD" instead of record or album. Then Christmas of 2007 I made mix CDs of Christmas songs for some co-workers as gifts. Sweet Dub said, "They're probably looking at you like, 'Now how do I play this on my MP3 player?!' " I think at that point I gave up!