Oh thanks, but this is kind of frightening. Not because of any fear of mortality, of hurtling off into the all-encompassing void of the unknown. Yawn. No, the significance of beginning my 49th year means today I am entering the last year of my life when what I do and think matters. I'm not talking about in life out in the world, like interacting with friends and family or being a productive part of society, operating under the philosophy that my actions directly affect others and that I should always try to remain conscious of that fact, and if I can't do good, I should at least do no harm. Who cares about that shit? I'm talking about something important. Specifically, as a white man, this is my last year as part of the most powerful group on earth...
"A18-49" or Adults 18-49 Ratings - this is the advertising demographic advertisers are usually most interested in. It's the important number in terms of how well a prime-time television show is doing. Total viewers (P2+ above) don't really make a difference.Next year, year 50, I'll just be a part of "Total viewers". I won't make a difference. Meaningless. Pointless. Irrelevant. I'll be invisible in the eyes of those who matter. Cripes, for all intents and purposes, to those in positions of power I might as well be a black woman.
|Wishful thinking, white boy.|
From that point on, if I buy an iPad or a laser toaster or some kind of phone with 13 sharp, whirling blades (Why would a phone need any sharp, whirling blades? Because The Future!) or whatever gimmick is popular then, I won't be a trendsetter, I'll be an old person with something that's basically wasted on the likes of me. At best I'll be one of those senior citizens who seems a tad more
|Me, in a year, God willing.|
- Video games - Yes!
- Video arcades - YES!!
- Home video game systems better than any arcade - OH HELL YES!!
- The British Invasion (U2, Duran Duran, Culture Club, A-Ha, etc) - Eh. Not really. Some good songs, sure. But as a movement? Overrated.
- Rap music/Hip-Hop culture - I've bought albums by Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Public Enemy over the years, but that's about it. I also bought the Tone Loc album.
- The Minneapolis Sound (Prince, The Time, Sheila E., Jimmy Jam & Tery Lewis, etc) - Yep, now we're talkin'!
- Swatch Watches - Nope.
- Apple Computers - My first computer!
- Rubik's Cube - Had one, couldn't do it, lost interest.
- Guys with one earring - Nope.
- Neon (clothings, bracelets, signs, etc.) - Nope.
- Spandex - Definitely not.
- Mullets and Rat tails (long strip of hair in back of neck) - Double definitely not.
- Ripped jeans - As a mishap, yes; as a fashion statement, no.
- Big Hair with lots of hairspray - Big fan (when it comes to girls) but not a participant.
- Lace fingerless gloves (like Madonna wore) - See above.
- Miami Vice Fashion - Nope.
- Trivial Pursuit - Yep.
- Ray-Ban sunglasses - Not a slave to brand loyalty but I do like the Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
- Sony Walkman - The greatest invention until the iPod.
- "Members Only" jackets - Nope.
- New Wave music - A little bit. Some of it. Ok, a lot of it. All right, most of it.
- Pee Wee Herman - Yep.
- Grunge music and fashion - I like some Nirvana and Pearl Jam but have never owned a flannel shirt.
- iPods - The greatest invention since the Sony Walkman.
- American Idol - Never.
- Blogging - Duh.
- Reality TV Shows - Nope.
- Energy Drinks (Red Bull, Full Throttle, Monster Energy, etc.) - Nope.
- Cigars - Nope.
- Ed Hardy fashion - Nope.
- Tattoos - Nope.
- Texas hold 'em Poker - Yep.
- Old dudes with greasy, yellow ponytails - Nope.
- Text messaging - Yep. Reluctantly.
- Hipsters with their stupid little fedora hats and shit - Nope.
|You're welcome or I'm sorry|