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We were getting
ready to go to a Christmas Party the other night and I was searching for a plain white
T-shirt to wear under a thin dress shirt (its winter!). I dont know what
happens to my nice white T-shirts. I wear them once and they mysteriously disappear. All
the white T-shirts I own have flecks of paint or discolored spots on them. Im never
at a loss for those they seem to multiply in the closet.
My wife handed me a size small mens T-shirt that my daughter wears for marching
band. I usually wear XL so it was skin tight but it was clean and white so it "worked
for me". About that time our daughter was leaving so I went to tell her good bye. I
thought she might have a laugh seeing her old man wearing her T-shirt so I blurted out
What do you think of your shirt? as I was rounding the corner. I didnt
realize she had friends with her! I just hope they dont think I wear all
of her clothes :)
next day she told me that one of her friends thought her dad was ripped. Now Im a
child of the seventies (I graduated in `75) so the term ripped means something completely
different to me. In my day being really ripped meant you were probably too
wasted to know your own name. I guess today its better thing. Today it means
muscular or buff. Buff? Her friend must need corrective lenses but I must say,
I dont feel quite so old and decrepit today.
when hot was replaced by cool? Back then having a six pack meant something
completely different too. If you werent holding a carton of beer or driving a car
with six one barrels or three deuces, it meant a six-pack gut not rock hard abs.
Junk in your trunk meant you not only had a spare and jack, you also had the
lawn dart game and some extra car parts crammed in there. Not today! Word to the wise;
never tell a woman she has too much junk in her trunk unless your standing next to her
open car trunk pointing into it - even then, be careful.
With the words that mean something completely different now or in the past and all the
terms I use that are common to my local, its amazing anyone can understand what I'm
writing about. Especially when I use a term like spendy. Here in the Midwest
spendy means it costs lotsa money :) People around here use it all the time
we live in constant sticker shock.
I feed my Midwestern US slang to guys in other parts of the world it must lose all
coherency. I have a friend who told me that when he was visiting the UK hed get the
strangest reaction every time he introduced himself - Hi, Im Randy. I
guess it meant a whole different thing over there but he made a lot of friends that trip
I was talking with Brian Klock from Klockwerks Cycles the other night about updating
websites. He writes a monthly update on his website similar to this one. We were talking
about how fast the time flies and about coming up with something to write about. We agreed
that our writing style has a similar Midwestern style. We both write the way we speak
well, sort of. I dont use as many parenthesis and dashes when I speak :)
slower pace of writing gives you a little more time to think about how to better word what
youre trying to say. Theres no back button in oral conversation and often
times my brain is traveling much quicker than my mouth. Thats better than the other
way around I guess ;) Sometimes Ill say the end of a sentence first or mix things
around a bit. Yes, Im a stuttering stammering idiot in real life :)
Anyway, have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!
|Until next time - Keep the snowy side up!