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Journal Entry: Sun Sep 1, 2013, 4:16 PM



Spooky words from Abe Simpson

It's safe to just assume that most people in their mid 20's right now were raised by The Simpsons

I know it's still on, but i have no idea if its still popular or if anyone still watches it..
But in my slice of time growing up in the 90's, Simps was on every single day! Several times a day!
After school, by channel flipping, i could lineup 6 episodes every night
and I did!

But I recently saw an episode again, that i loved as a kid, and scared the crap out of me as an adult

HOMERPALOOZA




When the episode aired in 1996, i was just 10 years old, just as Bart was.. is.. permanently..?
I identified with the kids because my own parents didn't have a clue what was cool.
In 1996, i was Bart

Now i am 27,  17 years later i watched this episode again
and it all rang familiar to me for a horribly different reason!
I HAD BECOME HOMER!




Now I too find myself perplexed and confused at the trends of the day.
When I used to be able catch up with the current slang, i now find myself using google to find out what twerking means.
I wear my band T-shirts and no one has heard of them because the new awesome bands i loved are 20 years old now!



Not to mention the clothes!
I still think that ripped bleached jeans and flannel shirts are the coolest look
because that's what i saw all the cool people wearing when I learned what cool was in 1992!
When I watch movies like Wayne's World and Airheads i still think those guys are the coolest!
Everyone experiences an awakening of what their generation finds appealing and acceptable, and i'm starting to think that that never changes.
On top of that, you start working your life away and end up even further removed from pop culture, because you aren't immersed in it anymore.



The saddest part is how Homer literally had no idea that his time had come and gone.
He didn't understand why his kids had never heard of Grand Funk Railroad.
It's something that happens so slowly, you don't bother to notice it.
You still feel young inside because you developed your own identity when you were "with it"
You didn't notice that advertisements and commercials weren't selling anything to YOU anymore.
They haven't been selling anything to you since you were this kid


Radical!

The most important demographics are kids, teens, and "18 to 24 year olds"
How much does it suck to be 25 and no longer inside that bubble?
You are right on the outside of it, but popular culture left you behind years ago.

But it's not the end of the world~
There are many ways to deal with the passing of time
Some people choose to stay trendy and blend in as best as they can



and others embrace their age and accept their new life of dressing their age and hating teenagers.
On the rare occasion that i am forced to wear a suit, i think "OH, so this is how adult's are supposed to dress!"
and then I push a hipster off of his longboard because his pants are too tight

But it all makes sense now, doesn't it?
How older folks seemed to hate you for no reason at all when you were 15..
How they shouted at you to pull your goddamn pants up and cut your hair..


How they told you get to get off their lawn..

Because you were a stupid teenager with a stupid fasion sense living and behaving in a way that made no sense to them.
and when we end up on our porches, old as fuck, the trendy teens will make no sense to us either~
It's the circle of life, Simba
and you can't stop the ride either
You just hope against hope that you can be as cool as Clint Eastwood when you are really old
cuz that's the best ending any of us can hope for~

Until then,
Stay what you think is cool, cuz only you really know what that is~
even if no one else agrees with you






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Semtioc Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student General Artist

Don't worry about it. I'm in the demographic that should recognize "twerking" no, it's not you, its really fucking weird/don't give a shit about it. You simply have leveled up to a more advanced degree of conformity with everyone else.


"Trending culture" (if you missed basic psych) 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOOs8M…


So you don't get it. What has changed? Perhaps your naive gullibility to follow others blindly has lessened slightly as you come into your own. Now you either have a choice: to accept reality with its blaring imperfections and hopefully attempt to live by your ideals or you can devolve into a crotchety old man who was defined by others ideas rather than his own. Then you can be like everyone else again!  Be greedy, money grubbing, heartless, and repressed.


Now assuming you didn't just write this post as a cliche irony then perhaps you should dwell on this; would the altruism and vibe I'm assuming you felt be possible again knowing what you do now?


I'd say history repeats itself, and will so again doh! Likely after you and I are both six feet under, there will be goddamn teens running around in a facsimile of flannel and ripped jeans, and who knows, maybe your 88 babe will be a cultural icon for another era as well.


You know you're dated and well aware of the tropes. So if you know what you don't want, why not try something more?


Fun Facts:

Trend setters are somtimes recognized posthumously.

My hair is a bird, my forehead is Nicholas Cage


Errata

1. I'm from Seattle, ya' know  grunge scene? We think posers are lame.

2. Funkalicious >:D 

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Teakster Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Dude...you just made me feel old!!!
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vashperado Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
im sry!  :C
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Corgi-Dawg Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Hahah, I'm only nearly turning sixteen, and I get confused by today's trends as well XD

Probably cause I don't have a FB account :3 but some time through our lives, we revisited the old episodes (though the new ones are okay I guess) we suddenly come to a realisation. Probably through any TV show that lasted over 5, or in this case, 20 years, we realise how cool/silly fashion was a few year ago.

Though through some people, that r like totes hot w/ jersey shor and #swag omg haha #yolo!

Probably that sentence is why I preference to NOT follow the trends of today...
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vashperado Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
haha yea its probably for the best to just ignore it
good job staying so open minded at such a young age
when you are surrounded by it
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Corgi-Dawg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Haha, even though sometimes they shove in your face with cracked iPhone screens and weird snappics (or was it snapchat??)

But thanks, that means a lot to me :)
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Tatong Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
damn! I remember that episode :lol: good old 90s and ghad... have I... become a Homer? XD
didn't know we're of the same age :horns:
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vashperado Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
lol if we are the same age then YES YOU HAVE
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AjwolfTill Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Amazing blog/post. Glad I found you on the internet wilderness!
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
LOL thanks ^^
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Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL I agree with this 100% XD I have younger siblings ( between 8-18 years younger then I am, ages 16, 15, 13, 11, 9 and 6 ) And they'll ask me about some band or say something that makes me stare blankly at them and have no idea what they're talking aboot, And then they call me old OTZ They don't even know the spice girls or Backstreet boys...which then made me feel just like this XD

Also, simpsons rock D< I still watch it when I catch it on while channel flipping XD And I think I remember this episode from a long time ago haha. It's so creepy and true QAQ

I still don't know what twerking is....TO GOOGLE. LOL XD;
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
oh noe!  haha its scary the spice girls were big like 20 years ago
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xazy Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I actually feel this way every time I visit dA anymore haha
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
LOL yes
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MummyMetaller Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I was never really 'with it' anyway when I was a teenager/growing up, so it's not a new thing for me to not 'get' new fads etc.
It's difficult to find people who I can converse with that doesn't concern gossip/the latest shitty reality show...

& oh my god don't even get me started on the 'music' nowadays either!

I will say that about this generation though, even the shitty pop music back then had a few good songs that you could stomach listening to... Now the music industry makes me want to fuel up a chainsaw & start sawing my way through some untalented mother fuckers!

Anyways... I've always had difficulty 'fitting in' & never followed fads so... Nothing new to me, I just do what the fuck I want & enjoy what the fuck I want & everyone else can go get fucked if they don't like it :D
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nydar Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll be 26 in a month or so and I'm right there with you on all this stuff. Only difference is I still look about 16 (or so people tell me daily >.< ) so people keep coming to me asking what different slang words mean and I have no idea.
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
LOL thats hilarious!  i bet you get carded all the time at the bar too
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Walis Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes to all.
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Shinzou-kun Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   General Artist
I love you.
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
back atcha, slick~
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Animeshen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
you always have the perfect GIF to sum up all the feels XD
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
this is best use of gifs XDD

THE FEELING WHEN THIS OR THAT HAPPENS
(gif)
hahahahaha
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x-Beatrush-x Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well put!

I came to this realization the moment I uttered the words "damn kids" to my coworker while riding the subway train to work when I was 25.  Now approaching 32 this month, I have accepted my Suit & Tie / Khaki & Polo wearing lifestyle. I do still make an effort to brush up on pop culture so I dont feel completely retarded when I have to talk to people younger than me.

Also, flannel and jeans (grunge in general) is starting to come back into style according to to a magazine cover I saw in a grocery store line lol

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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
yes!  ill be back on top when grunge comes back!  looooool

but srsly i had the same moments myself
i was at a baseball game and i was sitting there trying to watch the blue jays yankees game
and these teenagers/20 year olds were sitting a few rows up, and they were so annoying
they spent the whole game tagging themselves and taking selfies and tweeting duckface peace sign photos
this one girl with them spent the whole game TURNED AWAY from the field trying to get attention from her friends

i had a pretty bad "damn kids" moment with that one
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Comatoze Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Everything in this journal = 1000% true.

I am totally Steve Buscemi (in that gif anyways) everyday during the school year. Ah well, that's what I get for enrolling in post-secondary later in life :\
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
LOLOL i agree
i always feel like Buscemi when i am around young people
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mw777 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait till you're 35. I totally had to google "twerking" the other day. Back inna day we just generically lumped that in with "those cool things strippers do."
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
LOL yes
its just nowadays they make a stupid word for all their stupid things
like twerk and swag
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BrainDigger Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's alright... Us, people in our 20's, have this stupid trend called "If you're a 90's kid, you'll get this".

And hey, we eventually did pull our pants up and cut our hair... Well... some of us... So, you can't say the elders were only wrong and didn't understand us. They actually did know better about one thing or the other, even though they would get carried away most of the time.

In my opinion - the most important thing is to just be yourself. No need to follow fashion or trends. Also, no need to stick your nose in other people's business, telling them how to dress or behave and acting shocked at what they do. It's not right to expect everyone else to be like yourself. Heck, by doing something as simple as listening to Heavy Metal, I've pretty much made myself different from the majority of the world's society. And it doesn't bother me. I like being an individual.
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
yes
i agree 100%

being me has gotten me this far, so its working just fine

also, saying "my parents were right" is happening more and more often
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Arctostaphylos Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
There's a 19-year-old manager at my work, and I didn't think the age gap was significant (less than 10 years), but LO AND BEHOLD, I made a Ghostbusters reference one day.  He asked if I was quoting something, and when I said it was from Ghostbusters, he said "What's that?"

:iconseriouslyfaceplz:

I said "You know, the Ghostbusters!  Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz?  Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd..."  And he said, "Who's Dan Aykroyd?"

:iconepicfacepalm-plz:

I made him look it all up on his
S̶t̶u̶p̶i̶d̶Smartphone, and I felt old, and I know I'm not, which makes it all the more alarming. :XD:
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
omg how is that possible!!!!
excellent use of plz accounts to capture that feeling

its crazy people born in 93 are 20 now
1993 WAS 7 YEARS AGO EVERYONE KNOWS THAT
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Arctostaphylos Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I KNOW, RIGHT!?!?  People need to get with the times. :XD:
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valkdaombras Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student General Artist
lol this is basically me, i was raised on the simpson and i have to say, i prefer everything up to the 20th season.

:p also trends tend to constantly come back every year is seems
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
it was a pretty wise show
i learned a lot of life lessons from the simps
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valkdaombras Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student General Artist
haha true that

i really miss that
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aseariel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HaHAAAAA, but I was never cool!

...Aww.
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
AH but now that makes you cool~  
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aseariel Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, I cannot keep up with all of this. e_e Too confusing.
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
it is, best to just be you and ignore everything else
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aseariel Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:salute:
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I-Am-Madbat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Ah-Hah-Hah, you think you're over the hill! I'm turning 48 in a couple of months, and one day if I'm lucky I'll think THIS is young.
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
haha yes
every generation has it
someday we'll be 70 and complain about the damn 40 year olds
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I-Am-Madbat Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
...Young whipper-snappers!
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GatoNegroLoco Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
But what if i start talking to chairs?
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
hahahaha point taken
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Gindarel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Luckily I have never felt cool what others felt cool.
You may say I have been left out... but at least it's nothing new now. :evillaughter:
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vashperado Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
no its definately a youthful idea, really being "cool" isnt a part of life after high school
but we all have things that WE find cool
its best just to stay your own kind of cool and fuck everyone else's
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Gindarel Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
:D That's the way! :D
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ASZSephiroth Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
I know I'm going to be one of those grumpy old men that hate hipsters and everyone else.

I can feel it in my bones.
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