A couple of weeks ago I was visiting my SIL and saw her high-school yearbook. “You looked just like Belinda Carlisle,” I commented on her short, teased-up blonde hair-do.
“Who’s Belinda Carlisle?” asked SIL’s friend. (Who is, btw, old enough to be married and about to have a baby.) “Oh, the Go-go’s–didn’t they sing that song ‘Wake me up before you go go?’ – What’s Wham? George Michael, no, I’ve never heard of him either.”
I was in the car with college roommate and the Sheryl Crow song “All I Want to Do” came on. Now we were listening to the classic rock station. With hits you remember from when you were a kid, not when we were kids. That song was all that aired when I was in like 3rd or 4th grade. I looked over at her and asked if that made her feel old. She said it did. I seconded that notion. it was strange.
Well, that makes me feel even older, since I was already grown up when All I wanna do became a hit. And I think of it as a pretty new song (anything that came out after I finished college is ‘pretty new.’)
The thing that always makes me feel old is back to the future. I remember sitting in the theater with my friends watching it clearly.
But in the movie he went back to '55. Way back in time, thirty years earlier. Into a whole different era. However the movie came out in 85, twenty years ago. But those 20 years are like nothing, it was just yesterday. Reconciling those two numbers freaks me out that some kid born a couple years ago will be sitting in a theater in 2015, at twelve years old thinking about 85 like I did about 55.
I was born in 1959, It’s hard to believe that cars that were built when I was in college are eligible for “Historical Vehicle” (25+ years old) plates. The first “Sternvogel” family car I remember was a '59 Chevy wagon that didn’t have seatbelts. For a kid of today, riding in that vehicle with his parents would be comparable to me having been driven to Grandma’s or the dime store* in a 1913 Model T. When my sweetie, Long Time First Time, was a little girl, her father had to have turn signals installed in the late-40’s Chevrolet he still used as a “daily driver”.
speaking of references that serve to establish me as an “old dude” to the youth of today
I know what you mean. Someday, when I’m old I’ll be telling kids “You call that music? It’s noise! Back in my day, we had Def Leppard, Rod Stewart, Pat Benatar, and Twisted Sister. Now that was music!”