Yesterday I had the pleasure of being on BOTH sides of the generation gap.
I was grabbing breakfast in a healthy fast-foodery, and a local radio station was playing. The very young sounding intern was filling in for the typical morning DJ’s entertainment report. She said something like this “Justin Bieber is in Norway now after the alleged assault with a paparazzi. His latest tweet says “Ok. going to board. OFF TO EUROPE! Phase one of operation secret concerts! lol. Oslo first stop.”
The intern, bless her heart, reads the last part as O-S-L-O and says, “I don’t know what O-S-L-O is.”
Her also young co-host: Yea, I don’t know what O-S-L-O is either.
Intern: I thought I was all up on text lingo, but I guess not.
Co-host: Yeah I have no clue what that could stand for. Maybe it’s a typo.
Co-host’s kid brother: Probably.
Me: Oslo??? As in CAPITAL, and most populated city, OF NORWAY. For reals??
Cashier: Yeah….that’s pretty bad.
Me: Collectively, they are average age what….25? And at 25 they still don’t know Oslo is a city? Use context clues people!
Co-host: Oh thank you! We just found out that it’s Oslo, not O-S-L-O. It’s apparently the capital of Norway. I’ve never been to Norway, so I don’t know anything about it.
Intern: Yeah me either. That’s weird. Anyway…..
Me: I think my IQ dropped 100 points. I can never listen to this station again.
Cashier: They make me. big frown
Now here’s the kicker you guys. The co-host? I kinda dated him. Well, mostly it wasn’t dating it was other activities during several of the thousand breaks from my former dipshit. The guy was normal. He could hold a good conversation, he has a college education….. I hope that he was just trying not to make the intern feel bad. But, he’s kind of cocky, so I can’t see that as a reasonable answer. This leaves me with these logical conclusions: he’s young, can’t be bothered with things that don’t directly pertain to him and apparently failed world geo in school. I immediately decided I would keep it a secret that we hung out from this point on. My street cred as a smarty pants girl would be ruined!
You can’t make this shit up…. Sad but true. This is why I need xanax and wine.
Member: WHY did YOU invent the internet?
Member: It’s the downfall of society and the reason no one has good penmanship, manners and I SHALL NOT use it.
Me: I didn’t invent the internet ma’am.
Member: Well, can you please tell the people that did to take it down?
Me: That’s not how it works.
Member: I’m going to tell my congressman about you. YOU should be ashamed for inventing this internet thing. It’s awful!
Me: Ma’am. I’m going to have to stop you right there. I did not invent the internet. I wish I did. I’d be a whole lot richer….
Member: What was your name again?
Me: tell her my name
Member: I am still writing my congressman about you!
Me: Is there anything I can assist you with today?
Member: That’s all.
I hung up and thought wow. She’s old and senile. I hope I am not that way when I’m her age….. Then, I replayed the morning’s Oslo story. I realized I didn’t want to be that young and stupid, or that old and senile. So, perhaps, thirty-something is the perfect age? Old enough to know better, young enough to be savvy….Old enough to get in to trouble, young enough to know how to get out of it…. Old enough to be wise, young enough to still be carded.
Cheers to thirty-something. It’s my birthday month gang. Let’s celebrate every day of it. 🙂