Last night as I was driving to Smiths to pick up some sweets for my sweetie, I heard the song "Turning Japanese" on the radio. The windows were down and I was blaring it as I considered what a peculiar, crazy, fun song it was. I remembered the video on MTV and thought, they don't really write songs like this anymore.
As I turned into the parking lot I found myself face to face in one of those sidelong maneuvers/vehicle negotiations with two Asians on a yellow scooter. Our eyes met. The music blared. My face muscles failed me as a look of complete and utter wide-eyed "UH-OH" spread across my face. I immediately went to change the station but stopped because that seemed worse--like what if they weren't Japanese, but in changing the station I was admitting that I thought they looked Japanese or worser--couldn't tell and worsest--that I had been singing along to some sort of racist anthem. So I was immobilized with indecision. And that is probably why they don't write songs like that anymore.