July 13th, 2005

master's voice

Youth culture killed my dog- twice!

In 1947, how many 19 year olds were running around in Flapper dresses, bobbing their hair and doing the Charleston? In 1950, do you think many teens owned and wore Zoot suits when they went to the park?

Their parents, who'd already lived through these fads in their OWN youth, would have laughed their asses off if their kids started dressing 20 years behind the times every day.

So please explain why there are STILL 20-year old mohawked punkers in combat boots and studded leather jackets (in the park, in July) almost -30- years after the first punks started going to Sex Pistols gigs? This look was a decade old when I was in high school, and kids are still enthusiastically wearing it? Is there no other way to visually express that you like loud and fast music and dislike authority? Isn't it weird to follow a Youth Culture Fashion Statement who's trailblazers are now pushing FIFTY?!

I'm not trying to be Old Grouchy Lady, I just don't get how The Uniform has lasted this long with almost no variation. It's not even like it made a comeback- it never went away. I was a teen in the late 80's and (unfortunately) remember legwarmers, belting untucked button-down shirts, and asymetrical haircuts. We'd certainly laugh at a 15 year old today dressed liked they just walked off the set of "Valley Girl" or "Flashdance"- why aren't we laughing at the Punk Rock Uniform when worn by kids who don't even remember life before Compact Discs?
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I refuse to comment on an ongoing poll investigation

Poll #531461 Karl Rove

What will happen to Karl Rove re: the Valerie Plame/CIA scandal?

Jail Time
Quit/Fired AND Jail Time
Will emerge totally unscathed
Mysterious Vince Foster type "suicide"/bizarre fatal bowling accident
I don't live in the United States and don't know/don't care
I live in the United States but still don't know/don't care

something I learned via previous tenants....

If Seattle City Light sends you a YELLOW envelope, that's bad. Specifically $463 and 'We're going to turn you over to a collection agency if you don't pay' bad. I freaked at first, until I looked more carefully at the name on the bill (rather than the address) and realized it referred to an unpaid balance on a closed account and had nothing to do with me. You'd think City Light would try to forward this to the tenant rather than mailing it to her old address, because generally speaking, people don't usually cut off the power to the place they're currently living.

Also, previous tenant had subscriptions to several high end magazines/ catalogs that continued to arrive after she left (I guess she didn't want to spend the 25 cents per postcard to send them the change of address cards). Here's a hint: Even if you subscribe to "Victoria", you will probably not enjoy living by gas light when City Light cuts off your electricity. Spend your cash on the power bills FIRST and magazines/catalog shopping AFTERWARDS. Maybe she didn't spend $463 on catalog shopping and magazine subscriptions, but this place doesn't have central air or central heat, so I have to wonder how long you have to ignore the power bill to get it up so high. Unless they did a fuckload of laundry, or were running an indoor pot-growing operation, which WOULD explain the high power bills and such behaviors as painting the ceramic toilet tank white.