...for a different kind of girl

silent surburban girl releasing her voice, not yet knowing what all she wants to say about her life and the things that make it spin. do you have to be 18 to be here? you'll know when i know.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

join me, won't you, in weeping for our country's future

I was shelving books at the store earlier today when somewhere between fiction and mysteries, I stumbled upon a pride of college-age girls. They appeared disoriented and unfamiliar with their surroundings. I was keen to this feeling because it's similar to the one I get when my third grader pulls out his math homework and I see it's geometry (geometry?!).

If I'd sniffed the air, I'd have been struck by the heady perfume of, well, perfume. However, I was first struck by sadness.

"Oh my God, you guys, apparently they'll make a book out any TV show!" one of the girls exclaimed.

Her words, of course, rang true. The bookstore is ripe with titles based on or inspired by television programs, but I was curious which of these books might have caught the young woman's attention. When I glanced over, I saw her hoisting up a large, leatherbound edition of Gray's Anatomy.

Gray's Anatomy, a lovely scientific tome filled with names and parts, but alas, none of those names include 'Meredith' or 'McDreamy,' or them doing things with their parts in medical supply closets.

We're in good hands, world. We're in good hands...which is appropriate, since that part of the anatomy is outlined in amazing detail in the book the young woman was holding in hers.

(and now I'm off to watch the last two weeks of Grey's Anatomy that have been hanging around my DRV!)



Blogger Lisa @ Lisa Moves said...

The other day I was walking behind these two young girls (12, maybe 13ish, tops?) for a few blocks and listening to their (very loud) conversation, which centered solely on how chubby their lithe, 94 lb bodies were, their stomachs in particular. And I busted out laughing when one of them said "and I look, like TWO MONTHS PREGNANT OMG."


Tuesday, January 18, 2011 8:27:00 PM  
Blogger Kate Coveny Hood said...

Oh dear. Although that makes me feel a lot better about how oblivious I was to what was going on in the world when I was that age (of course, the fact that this hasn't changed much takes away from it a bit...)

Perfect timing! I just caught up on the past couple of MONTHS of Grey's on hulu while Chris was away for the past week. I really did mean to let it go...but it was too tempting to check back in. I think the show has more going for it than people appreciate. The real looking "hot girl" - the high value placed on friendships - the very taboo question of "what would you pick, your boyfriend or your career?" I think it was supposed to be ER meets rom-com meets Days of Our Lives...so no one really cares about any serious or interesting issues the writers want to explore. Either way - it looks like I'm ensnared once again. But I'll be damned if I let that stupid show Private Practice recapture me [on the ground groping for a makeshift weapon, "help - somebody help me!"]

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 8:47:00 PM  
Blogger middle child said...

To Hell in a hand basket. I was willing to accept that I was just getting older, but realized that wasn't it. Look at politics. Look at the economy. Look at the lack of respect and knowledge. And all the rules the government is placing on us. The music of rape and such. Parents letting their kids run wild. Bullying. I mean, come on! Pants on the ground? You really think it's sexy that it looks like you are wearing a diaper that needs to be changed? I am not oblivious. I would get a tattoo, I would love a mohawk dyed purple, pierced nose. I get these things. But I am scared to death what the future will be like for my grandkids.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:26:00 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

I'm sorry, but that's just hilarious. . .

And I sincerely hope that I'm dead before that generation is in charge of anything. . .

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:38:00 PM  
Blogger Kyddryn said...

I have a time-worn copy of Gray's...I adore it...and I plan to use it to teach advance anatomy to the Evil Genius - he's keen on anatomy, and we;re working on basic bones and muscles right now.

Meanwhile...I despair for the future...I'm thinking my healthcare plan will have to be "Don't Get Sick".

Shade and Sweetwater,

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger 1blueshi1 said...

Did you tell them to get off your lawn?!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger msprimadonna67 said...

Oh my....

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:28:00 AM  
Blogger The Savage said...

And the people of this country wonder why we are so far behind the rest of the major nations...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:39:00 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I'm with Craig. Shoot me now.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:12:00 AM  
Blogger Bijoux said...

Can't wait for when 'The Merck Manual' premieres!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:39:00 AM  
Blogger SciFi Dad said...

This post frightens me more than it should.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:36:00 AM  
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:52:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin McKeever said...

We are so screwed.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 9:15:00 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

I am laughing manically! How frightening!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is too funny. You didn't dare to burst her bubble by showing her that the book preceded the television show by, oh, 140 years? Well, and the whole Gray/Grey dealie?

But I gotta admit, the whole book/TV/movie connection IS just a scam to suck every last cent out of our wallets.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Chris Wood said...

The world's going to end soon anyway, so don't worry about it.

Why not have a little fun before we all die?

My new book, "Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys" is out today on Amazon.

It's enjoyed by people with great asses.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no, say it isn't so!

This made me laugh and made me sad. I had a friend complain about how all the good books are being made into really bad movies and I was all"well as long as people are going to the really bad movies, it's never going to stop, so live with it."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Anna Whiston-Donaldson said...

Ha! This is hilarious. And scary.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 3:24:00 PM  
Blogger Logical Libby said...

Maybe she was trying to be funny? Please, dear god, let it be she was trying to be funny.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 7:06:00 PM  
Blogger Sailor said...

Frighteningly funny, good god... as Logical Libby said, PLEASE let it be that!
(Although, I doubt it, sadly)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 7:49:00 PM  
Blogger A Vapid Blonde said...

And just top that off, Snooki has a NY Times best seller.

Which dead author is turning over in their grave?

Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:27:00 AM  
Anonymous FTN said...

I'm sure just a few years ago, we were saying the same thing about Barney Miller and WKRP in Cincinnati. Didn't they make those into books too?

Thursday, January 20, 2011 4:23:00 PM  
Blogger AiringMyLaundry said...

Um. Eek!

Thursday, January 20, 2011 5:44:00 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Yikes! They may have been college age, but it doesn't appear they were college material, at least int the IQ dept.

Thursday, January 20, 2011 7:14:00 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

I didn't know the Purple Dinosaur's last name was 'Miller'. . .

Friday, January 21, 2011 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous kdiddy said...

Oh, Jesus.

Saturday, January 22, 2011 12:12:00 PM  
Blogger tracey.becker1@gmail.com said...

Scary. I wonder at how so many people are truly so ignorant of what I consider obvious facts of life...

Saturday, January 22, 2011 9:00:00 PM  
Blogger Homemaker Man said...

Sweet, frightening tragi-comedy, that is.

I think a group of college girls is a murder. Or a barrel.

Sunday, January 23, 2011 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous angelasw said...

This makes me want to cry.

Sunday, January 23, 2011 6:34:00 PM  
Blogger the weirdgirl said...

Bwa ha ha! I know I should be more frightened by this but if it had been me standing there I would have HAD to correct them, for the sake of education, with maybe some eye rollings and "Dude!" thrown in. Then I would have laughed.

Monday, January 24, 2011 8:44:00 PM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

Lisa - Ha! I'm pretty sure when I was two months pregnant, I looked six months pregnant. Hell, I'm pretty sure that right now, I like 93 months pregnant!

Kate - I subscribe to the 'fake it 'til they figure you out' school of life, so that helps me get past everything I'm oblivious about!

middle child - I'm a little bit terrified of what it will be like for my grandchildren one day, too, but I tell you this, if they don't have flying cars by that time, then I give up now! :)

Craig - Some of these kids would have you believe they're in charge now.

Kyddryn - I subscribe to your healthncare idea, too, which beats prescribing to it because, clearly, to get a prescription from the likes of these would be dangerous!

1blueshi1 - Not until after I shook my cane at them. Damn whippersnappers!

msprimadonna67 - Indeed!

Savage - We're a nation that desires the quick fix, and that certainly doesn't help in the long run.

Cheryl - I couldn't do such a thing! Neither could those girls, either, if it came to that. They probably only have finger guns!

Cocotte - I hear it's far more scintillating than "Psychoanalytic Therapy Principles and Application"!

SciFi Dad - That's the beauty of what parenthood does to us!

Cat - You're quite welcome!

Always Home - Big time...and other entendres I dare not use!

Pat - I laughed, too, but not until after shaking my head in sadness!

bikinfool - I figured this was a cause so lost not even a huge reward could bring it home!

Chris Wood - I'm not one to know the greatness or lack thereof of my ass, as I dare not look back there often, but I imagine I would be among those who would like your book!

Meg - Here's where I could make a slight coughing sound and mutter "Twilight" while doing so, but I digress... :)

Anna - You have to laugh...or else you end up rolled into the fetal position and rocking in the corner!

Libby - Alas, her serious expression drove home her 'not being funny' point. Alas, alas, alas.

Sailor - So very undoubtedly.

Vapid Blonde - Each and every damn one of them, for sure. At this rate, we should all be best selling authors!

FTN - Were you even born yet when Barney Miller was on?!

WhisperingWriter - Exactly!

Under the Influence - If nothing else, it's a case for shorter college breaks!

Craig - I think it's actually 'Dinosaur'.

kdiddy - Word!

Tracey - It's been my experience, if only JUST at the store, that it's a pretty large segment of society!

Homemaker Man - It's certainly not a school.

angelasw - You have to laugh first, but long and hard enough to make you cry. That way, it really doesn't seem so scary!

weirdgirl - Heh...my eyes rolled so hard it's a wonder I didn't get vertigo and pass out!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 7:30:00 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

*le sigh*

I'm afraid for my future if these are the kind of kids that are going to be running the world soon.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 3:08:00 AM  

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