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02 December 2008 @ 06:06 am
It's all how you look at it  

At work yesterday, one of my fellow employees noticed the Grateful Dead T-shirt I was wearing (not the first one nor for the first time but, you know, I’ve only been working first shift for a little over a year now) and said, “Oh, that’s a Grateful Dead shirt. Do you like the Grateful Dead?” I said I did, yes. She went on, “Oh, my kids like that Grateful Dead stuff. They like all that rock stuff, you know, rock music. Me, I’m too old for that. I like the 60’s stuff—you know, 1960’s—that’s when I … you know, that’s what I listen to … Why, I’m going to turn 60 next year—can you imagine that?” I smiled my acknowledgement and she wandered off. Since I don’t always remember to think about what I’m saying to assess the social context first, I was very proud of myself for not responding with, “Isn’t that interesting? I too will be turning 60 next year.”

et in Arcadia egoboo: whole earth moonapostle_of_eris on December 2nd, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
OK, yeah, someone's confused here, and in this case, I don't think it's me, at least not me first and foremost.
I still don't understand how kids can be fans of a band they've never heard . . . (For wide values of "kid"; anyone less than a third my age I'm allowed to call "kid".)
Her kids like rock, but she likes "60's" stuff. Not the Grateful Dead.
I'm about a year ahead of you — in a couple of weeks I'll be 61 &mdash but it's really weird watching your own experience getting reified into officially iconic history. When people talk about the Dead and I talk about what phenomenal techies they were, it's like I'm not talking about the consensus planet.
((And speaking of techies, my man Stewart Brand was keeping all the gear running for the Greatest Dog and Pony Show in history, 40 years ago, when Douglas Engelbart introduced the world to the "mouse".))