As usual, I agree:
Forgot to note that trip: Urban Outfitters has all your hipster gear, including a wide array of real cheap film cameras that take real lousy pictures. Why, people use their iPhones to reproduce these lousy pictures – go for the authentic thing, dude! They also had cards that said HAVE A MERRY $%ING CHRISTMAS, because authentic people who don’t buy your tired old rules like to cuss, particularly when it upends the Normal Rockwell lingo, don’t you know. There was a nice old mom looking at the items on the shelf, perhaps because a grandson said he wanted something from the store or had a “lomo camera” on his list, and when she searched the google this store came up. I wanted to take her by the elbow and guide her away from the stack of MERRY $%ING CHRISTMAS cards.
I know this sounds terribly old-fashioned, but I believe a 65-year old grey-haired lady ought to be able to walk into any store in a large mall and not see the F word on a Christmas card.
The older I guess, the less tolerance I have for this sort of “authentic” action. I was a freaking doormat in school– the “free expression” (that is, figuring out what you care about so they can desecrate it) of everyone else too precedence, and my comfort was that I was mature and well-behaved. Now I’m getting closer to thirty, and noticing that many of my age-set– and older– have yet to grow up. I was a brat— that there are adults walking around who are less mature than I was is embarrassing to the human race.
“Ooh! Ooh! I was able to shock you by going counter to expectations! But it’s OK because you haven’t gone ballistic on me, like I go on you if you fail to bow to my desires.” Of course, if you DO go ballistic, it’s counter their expectations, so you’re a bad person… no shock, those who are biggest on dishing it out STILL can’t take it.