Chances Are....

>> Monday, September 28, 2009

Every generation has their culture, and their icons, and has put their stamp on the cultural history of our country. If I say, "sixties" or "eighties" most everyone would get some pretty clear images in their heads. What I find humorous is looking back over the past couple of decades and seeing what has changed -- some things we took so much for granted we didn't even know they were cultural.

Every community and every household changes at different rates and times, but I've taken a stab at a few that might ring some bells for you. I call this list, "Chances Are ..." because if you understand what I'm saying ... chances are you are over 35. I'm certain you will find exceptions and flaws in my list. Some of you will be waaaayy older than 35 and have no idea what I'm talking about, and some of you will be under 20 and know exactly what I mean, but it's my list, and I'm sticking to it.

If you mother ever said to you, "Don't forget to wear your rubbers," and she wasn't being pornographic, chances are you are over 35.

If you still call your cell phone a car phone, chances are you are over 35.

If the words, "saccharine sweet" gives you a bad taste, like the aftertaste of a Tab, chances are you are over 35.

If you remember only watching what was on TV, and if you missed it, you missed it, chances are you are over 35.

Similary, if you still get a thrill when you see the words, "ABC Special Presentation," chances are you are over 35.

If you still think Starbucks is a fad, chances are you are over 35.

If you think football scores are looking a lot like basketball scores, chances are you are over 35.

If you think a quarterback in the shotgun is a sign that the offense is getting pushed off the line of scrimmage, chances are you are over 35.

If you think nail polish is supposed to be in shades of red or pink, chances are you are over 35.

If you still have a record collection somewhere, chances are you are over 35.

If you ever asked a Best Buy employee where the turntables were, to have them ask you, "the what?" chances are you are over 35. Chances are the Best Buy employee was under 20, too.

If you look at the haircolor options in the store and think, "Punk Rock," chances are you are over 35.

If you think that boot cut jeans look a bit like bell bottoms, chances are you are over 35.

If you remember JoePa having black hair ... oh, wait. That one is mostly still true.

I hope you had fun in this little trip down memory lane.

2 comments:

saywhatyouwill October 2, 2009 at 1:36 PM  

:) good post, karin. i am 30 fyi!

Karin October 19, 2009 at 4:51 PM  

But, Clare, how many of those spoke to you? :-)

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