I Know I'm Old, but...

Lots of the things bother me, maybe because I am getting old. I am sure that many of you can relate. Here are some of things sticking in my craw.

I know I'm old, but...

I really used to like attending professional sporting events and being able to pay attention to the game and not have to worry about all of the extracurricular activity. From the obnoxious PA announcers to the ever-present gargantuan video screens showing fans doing "funny" things to the blaring music and sound effects, which are actually played during the contest in the NBA, the enjoyment of these games has been diminished. It's sad that the powers that be feel that their players and teams are not good enough to sell their sports anymore, and that they have to resort to full-time special effects.

I know I'm old but...

I really miss the days when people spelled words correctly. Call me a nitpicker if you like, but why don't people know the difference between "lose" and "loose" anymore? Or, what is so hard about differentiating between "there", "their" and "they're?" Even worse are people who want to "flush" things out, rather than "flesh" them out. I swear, I am going to "loose" my mind if these people don't get "there" act together. And don't even get me going on the new "textlish", which apparently means most teenagers don't have to spell any words properly when texting each other.

I know I'm old, but...

I miss record stores and fear the demise of the book store. Granted, it is much easier to purchase music and books online, but there is still nothing better than going to a local record store and listening to the latest from your favorite band, or sitting in a bookstore reading the new bestseller while chatting with friends. The internet is beyond great and has brought the world much closer together. Ironically, at the same time it is reducing the amount of time we spend with each other because we can do so much online.

I know I'm old, but...

I still can't get used to teenage boys wearing their pants several inches below their waistline in order to give us a glimpse of their boxers. Seriously, what is the point? It can't be comforable, and it certainly is not attractive. I would like to see a prominent sociologist do an in-depth study on the thinking that lies behind this fashion trend. Come on guys, pull your pants up. You'll feel better, and look better.

I know I'm old, but...

I long for the days when television was filled with "real" shows -- dramas and comedies that kept you glued to your TV or had you laughing for the entire show. Reality TV (or fake/scripted reality TV, which it truly is) is the end of the television world as we know it -- and I don't feel fine. I don't care how much weight someone can lose. I don't care how drunk Snooki gets or how many abs "The Situation" can show me. I don't care who survives or who wins the great race. Bring back "Leave it to Beaver," "My Three Sons," and "Hill Street Blues," and I will be happy.

I know, I'm old... and a little cranky at times!

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Barry May 26, 2011 at 01:24 AM
I hate people who don't have a basic understanding of grammar - such as the fact that one should use "between" when comparing two things, and use "among" when comparing three or more.
PeterG May 26, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Great post, Mel! I have to add to your gripe on grammar as well as to the comment above from Barry. It's like nails on a chalk board every time I hear someone say "Me and John are going somewhere..." or "John, Sue and myself..." The other day, I almost lost it when I overheard "Are you'se guys going to the game?" Is basic grammar gone from our elementary school teachings? I'm not hearing this from second graders, but news anchors, reporters and others on television who should know better! Come on people, watch your grammar...and bring back the record shops as well!
Mel Webster May 26, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Peter -- I too wonder about the emphasis on grammar and speaking correctly. I think a big part of the problem is laziness.
Fred Chalmers May 28, 2011 at 06:00 PM
An attempt to bridge the gap between generations: MIDDLE AGE TEXTING CODES: ATD -at the doctor. BFF -best friend fell. BTW -bring the wheelchair. BYOT -bring your own teeth. FWIW -forgot where I was. GGPBL -gotta go, pacemaker battery low. GHA -got heartburn again. IMHO -is my hearing aid on? LMDO -laughing my dentures out. OMMR -on my massage recliner. ROFLACGU -rolling on floor laughing and can't get up. TTYL -talk to you louder!
Fred Chalmers May 28, 2011 at 06:05 PM
I know I'm old, but... what ever became of good penmanship (or *any* penmanship, for that matter)? Both of my sons had Mrs. "Neat" Noonan in the 1st grade at the Batch, and she was the only teacher they ever had who emphasized good penmanship. I pity those administators who must grade the written portion of the MCAS tests these days.
Mike Harris June 06, 2011 at 04:33 AM
If you want to do certain things later on you still need good penmanship believe it or not. I took the LSAT not too long ago and there was a paragraph that had to be written out, in cursive...in pencil. Anyone who doesn't know their cursive would have a big problem with it...especially when the pencil gets dull...
Carole McGillicuddy June 07, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Mel, very good points - reminds me of a chalk sandwich board I saw outside a coffee shop while I was in Oakland - "Live Chat Room" with an arrow pointing to the door. Made me grin.


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