Saturday, January 17, 2009

You know how I know I'm old?

I took my Mad Libs books to work yesterday because I figured we would be dead. A co-worker was walking my by desk

I said giddily "Look what I have"

He gave me a blank look and said, "WTF is Mad Libs"

My mouth agape (or ajar or... well you get the picture) I said "What do you mean 'WTF are Mad Libs'?"

He said, "I have heard the term but I have never actually seen it"

Incredulous I exclaimed,"YOU HAVE NEVER DONE MAD LIBS?!?!? HOW OLD ARE YOU?!?!"

(I already knew his age, and I soon as I asked him, I remember why I choose to "forget" all the time. I immediately regretted the words as soon as they came off of my damned tongue)

He grinned ear to ear and said "25" (he knows my age too and loves rubbing it in as much as he can.)

I cringed and explained to him how it works and I would text him for a word.

Another co-worker (older than me) comes around the corner. I said to him "Look what I brought!"

He looked at me like a just grew another head. Not because he was clueless, but because he probably thinks knows I am an idiot.

Then I asked "Can you believe he doesn't know what Mad-Libs are?"

I then explained the diatribe between the young whipper-snapper and I. It was only then that he really laughed.

He said, "Out of everything I have heat this morning 'WTF is a Mad Lib is the funniest'

The three of us then started talking about the different decades. How the REAL young kids have no idea cell phones haven't always been around, have no idea what a vinyl record is (for those of you reading that might not now.. a record is a BIG CD made out of plastic same concept as a CD, just different technology)

The baby of the trio says, "You can also tell you're old when your favorite song you hear in the elevator."

I said, "Yeah and how that song is Metallica"

Then, the old man said (and I know all of you 30 yr plus parents that listen to the same teeny bopper crap that your kids listen to can relate)

"You know you're REALLY old when you have had this argument with your kids"

Child: "You HAVE to listen to this new song by the 'A-Teens'"

Pretending to be excited you put struggle to put those damn earbuds in your ear and wonder what in the hell happened to the giant earmuff headphones that we had back in the day)

So you finally get them in and she plays the song. You listen to this 'OH MY GOD I'M OLD song Dancing Queen' (I know it's a lame example, but I haven't had enough coffee to come up with a better sample song/band for this hypothetical argument so BITE ME!)

She watches your face to see if you are as excited as her about this new song, then becomes extremely puzzled as you start singing at the top of your lungs and dancing around the living room. Looking at her face you fail to contain the fits of laughter spewing from your body.

"You KNOW this song? but how, it just came out today!"

After you catch your breath and compose yourself you ask: "Honey, who sings this song?"

"UGH (rolling eyes) you are so OLD.. It's the A-Teens"

You then began the futile quest to explain that this song is a remake a band called ABBA from the 70's. I won't even go into the ensuing 15 minute argument ending with you digging out your dusty ABBA record album, breaking out the all inclusive record player, cassette player still in perfect working order as if in preparation for this moment, and play the song for her.

Her response? You guessed it "Well the A-Teens sing it better"


Ok people.. snap out of the skating rink/disco ball fantasy and come back to me.. ok welcome back.

The conversation in the office then became a talk about THE best Central Florida radio station E V E R in the day *late 70's early to mid 80's.. the now defunct WDIZ. It played classic rock as well as the current hits of the time (also now considered classic rock). BUT it is online YAY!

The old man (42 to my almost 37) said "I loved that station, but I never understood why they played 'Freebird' every 45 minutes"

The response for the baby? Yup.. "WTF is Freebird"

With a groan, the old man walked away, I sent the baby away with him protesting "What is Freebird" I didn't have that much time in my day to go there with him

THAT's how I know I'm old!


*Just Jen* said...

GASP! I STILL do MadLibs with my son and love them! And I am older than 25!! :-(

dizzblnd said...

At least HE will grow up knowing what they are.. good for you!

Bee said...

I am the youngest in my office and at 36 I don't consider myself a babe in the woods but sometimes they'll say something like "In like flyn(or flint?)" and I look at them and say "Some saying were never cool." and then they cry. Just kidding. I forgot what I was talking about because I'm the old age of 36 ::shakes head sadly::

Beth said...

And your last response to the fetus should have involved your middle finger with this quote: "No charge."

dizzblnd said...

LOL Bee I know how you feel. I say things like that too.. some people have no sense of humor!

Beth.. LMAO I will SO do that the next time.. he is always raggin on me about my age

Comedy Goddess said...

Just tell them how easy it was to have access to sex drugs and rock and roll. That ought to make them jealous. Oh right. Like I'm the only one who remembers!

dizzblnd said...

LMAO I forgot about that fact thanks to all the alcohol and drugs I don't remember doing

Anonymous said...

So WDIZ or are you ad libbing that too? ;)

dizzblnd said...

LMAO!!! I never thought about that.. but that was the call letters of the station! Too funny

dizzblnd said... if you wanna check it out

Da Old Man said...

I whimpered throughout your entire post.
Is that a good thing?
I remember doing Mad Libs in high school when teachers were bored with their lesson plans.
It was an all boys school, so nearly every noun was some body part, usually breasts.

dizzblnd said...

LMAO Old man It's neither good or bad.. just fun!

ReformingGeek said...

I feel old trying to explain blogs and website to my MIL.


SkylersDad said...

You should have seen me trying to explain what an 8-Track was to a young dude at work!

dizzblnd said...

Oh yes RG.. I've done that too

WYD.. fortunately he knew what an 8-track was... but I can imagine the difficulies

Lyndsay said...

Everyone I work with is *gasp* older than me, so I typically find myself the butt of all the "young" jokes.

But, I do know MadLibs and I know Freebird. Cut me some slack peeps!

Anonymous said...

Whoa...I'm only 16 and I used to do mad libs when I was like 8. Not to mention, I've known songs like Freebird pretty much since birth (my family listens to a LOT of rock, hense the videos I post on Logical Nonsense)

You work with some really uncultured swines. lol

Tamara said...

Well, I'm 24 and i was referencing Herman's Hermits on my blog the other day, so I guess I'm just old before my time. Especially seeing I have Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters and Tom Jones in my music selection rather than the house tunes my friends seem to enjoy (which all sound exactly the same, IMO).

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