36 article entitled "Goodbye to all that" there is a list of cultural
items the author, Anna Jane Grossman of the Washington Post, claims
are on the way out. Scan through the list and, like me, you'll feel
really old. Some of the soon to be gones are: Short Basketball
shorts, Cash, Having the Blues, and Getting Lost.
Wait a doggone minute! Let me think about this...
I'm not into team sports so beyond the fact that something about
baseball uniforms makes all the players look like they have mega-
butts, I've been unaware of changes in uniforms. It's March Madness,
or so the TV ads scream, so it was easy to punch up a basketball game
and take a look at the couture. Eeeek! Tall men in satin skirts! The
baggy knee pants look a lot like appropriate wear for a 50's Junior
Prom. Whatever happened to a bit of masculine thigh? Any woman with
long gorgeous legs would want to show them off. These guys look like
they need better elastic in the waistbands!
And Cash? With credit cards and debit cards folks have been waving
bye-bye to cash for a long time. But Ms. Grossman says that
technology will soon have us able to tap a cell phone to pay for a
purchase. Sure hope that advance isn't headed my way. I'm of the
(gasp!) cellphone-free contingent.
Having the Blues apparently died with the medicate-it-away decade of
the 1990s. Maybe that is why so much music seems to me to be
indecipherable thumping about better left unmentionable humping?
Oh dear, I'm sounding like my (grand)mother!
I'm sorry to see the end of Getting Lost. GPS systems are a wonderful
thing but it used to be such fun to just go for a drive and see where
you ended up. In a day when geography is suffering neglect, a bit of
map reading practice would be good for us all. But then again, who
can afford the fuel to go for a drive?
Who's feeling old? Not me, I'm approaching ancient!