I made the decision the other day because I am a respectable mother of four--the oldest being 10--that it's time for me to downshift my cool. Don't worry. This doesn't mean I'm giving up. I just think, unfortunately, for my kids' sakes I have to actively pursue churchiness over coolness. I don't like it but I think it will help them turn out better. (In all actuality me not caring about being cool will probably make me cooler--just when I think I'm out, cool keeps pulling me back in!) Consequently I have been thinking about coolness and cool things lately and it has made me wonder. . .
Were laser shows ever cool? Because I used to think it was pretty freaking cool to go to Laser Floyd or Laser Zeppelin. But now, it's so Dwight Shrute. Was it always Dwight Shrute? Maybe it was never cool and it would follow: Maybe I was never cool. At this time I feel that I should assert that I don't do drugs and have, in fact, never done drugs. If you were a kid in the 70s you didn't have to do drugs because every book, movie, and after-school special was basically a trip.
I hate it when people do drugs. Drug use REALLY creeps me out and that is why watching YouTube clips of Amy Winehouse makes me get tears in my eyes and feel like Satan is close. Not kidding.
The other thing I was wondering about is these glasses:
They are cool and many cool people wear different variations of them. I have seen a picture of my dad wearing glasses like this in the 50s. My question is this: were they cool then? Or are they cool now precisely because they were hideous then? What would the modern-day equivalent of these glasses be for people back in the 50s? I just wonder if the people who wore them then were fashion-savvy like the people who wear them now or if they were just dorks.
And lastly, batons. What's the deal with batons? Does anyone twirl batons anymore? I guess I wouldn't say batons were ever ultra cool but they were definitely a viable option for a talent or a hobby. I had a baton and an older girl once tried to teach me to twirl it with the phrase, "You dip it in the vanilla and the chocolate. . . vanilla and the chocolate." Does that make sense to anyone? What was she talking about? Was this vanilla and chocolate bit some kind of Suzuki method of baton twirling teaching? Batons are weird. They aren't like pogo sticks or hoppity horses. I understand the allure of a pogo stick or a hoppity horse. But what was the deal with batons? Were they an accessory or a toy?