And as a subset:
How “with it” are you ACTUALLY
How “with it” do you see yourself?
For some inexplicable reason it’s bizarrely important to me at my advanced age to remain “up” on things in order to interact with people socially both online and IRL.
There is stuff I have zero interest in but I recognize is expected to come up in conversation at any given time: Kardashians, Jersey Shore, HIMYM, American Idol, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Glee, yadda.
But the music is HARD WORK. There are approximately 10,000 bands/singers out there right now who are the NEXT BIG THING and I cannot even. I’m force-feeding myself as much as I can and will never catch up.
How “with-it” do I see myself? Pretty with-it. I’ve seen Justin Bieber, Big Time Rush, and One Direction live (BEFORE their US debut on the Today show, ahem.) I know The Wanted but don’t especially like them because they look like Dick Tracy villains and I know LMFAO and you do too, even if you think you don’t because they’re the song in that hamster commercial.
How “with-it” am I actually? I would’ve said 100% NOT AT ALL until I had this exchange a couple days ago:
Me: (meandering disdainfully around the music section at Wal-Mart)
Pimply Teenaged Employee: “Can I help you find anything?”
Me: “I’m looking for the One Direction “Up All Night” Yearbook edition?”
Me: “They’re a band?”
PTE: “One…band? I don’t think we carry that.”
Me: “No, One Direction - it’s a Wal-Mart EXCLUSIVE?” (No Joke.)
PTE: If we had it it would be over there? ::waves hand::
Me: (It’s…only the number one album in America? They’re on the cover of Rolling Stone? You don’t even have the REGULAR CD. WTF?)
So in a nutshell, I’m more “with it” than the 17 year-old boy at Wal Mart. And the entire Wal Mart corporation in general apparently. Which may or may not say something.
Oh, also: does anyone get what I say when I say “with it” or am I so old that’s not “with it” anymore? That would be the sweetest burn ever.