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Need Advice on the Latest Trends? DO NOT ask me!

January 13, 2012

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not hip. I don’t know the latest trends, slogans and sayings. Up until this week, I couldn’t tell you the difference between a Honey Badger and a Honey Bee. And this is not just since being old and married with a child. I was neither a trend setter nor a trend follower in high school. I was typically about a year behind on whatever fad was making its way through the country. By the time I embraced the fad, it was no longer “in,” making said fad (and myself) quite unpopular.

My closest family and friends will agree with me on this point. Several years ago my sisters erupted in laughter when I asked what “bling” meant. They’re younger than me, I thought. Yes, that must be it. Surely Bryan won’t know the term “bling.”

Oh yes, he knew what it meant and also erupted in laughter at my ignorance.

The same thing happened when a friend’s teenage daughter was telling me about this intriguing Sim City game she played on the computer. I went home to Bryan and said, Did you know there’s this entire virtual universe called Sim City?

Ah yeah, he said. There are at least two version of it now. Where have you been?

Clearly not there.

Even now – in the age of internet – I am still oblivious when it comes to trends. Let me give you some examples.

Pandora Radio — I just discovered this gem last fall, people.

Angry Bird — What’s this and why is he so mad? What are these birds people are wearing for Halloween costumes? Oh, it’s a Facebook game?

Flash Mobs — With this one, I at least know what it is. But I am stumped because I don’t understand the point. People simultaneously breaking out in pre-choreographed dance moves to look like nothing was planned? Why is this hip?

Zumba — Is this a cool night spot to hang out? Oh, it’s an exercise? Like Jazzercise?

The Kardashians — I don’t understand who these people are and why I should care. What am I missing? Why does my sister wish she were a Kardashian?

After seeing a Halloween costume skit pertaining to Napoleon Dynamite, I finally watch the movie and think, Damn, this is funny! Yeah, that was two years after the movie came out!

Wait, the Honey Badger is just some animal with a funny voiceover on YouTube? (Don’t worry, I am familiar with YouTube.)

By now you’ve learned never to discuss with me trends, fads or fashion. Or if you do, at least wait a year or two until the trend has come and gone. Then I’ll know exactly what you mean.

How about you? Have you had moments like the ones I describe? Are you a trend-setter or as oblivious as me?

First time I heard of this, I thought it was a new show on PBS Kids.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2012 2:28 am

    Not to worry. I didn’t know half of your references.

  2. January 13, 2012 3:19 am

    “Have you had moments like the ones I describe?”
    Have moments like these, honey, I live in them. lol
    I’m not a trend setter, it’s too exhausting to try and keep up. I don’t look for information unless it’s need-to-know and most everything you mentioned I don’t need to know. lol

    I suspect when Sophie becomes a bit older, you’ll try to learn as much as you can to be hip on everything possible. I was that way when my son reached pre-teen. I knew I had to keep up to know if there was anything going on that I should worry about. Then when he grew up and left home, I gradually lost touch with the trends.
    I’m perfectly happy being trend-impaired. lol 😉

  3. January 13, 2012 4:24 am

    Flash mobs are so much fun! I witnessed one last summer during lunch on the first day of the BlogHer conference. Those of us who weren’t privy were snapping photos, taking videos like crazy. It’s a kick to see people suddenly dancing in unison around you. Clare is planning one but I won’t tell you when or where!

    And, yes. You are out of it if you didn’t know what any of this stuff was until recently. I love Zumba and do it twice a week!

  4. January 13, 2012 6:15 am

    I can’t say I’m a trendsetter, but I think having teen/young adult kids *really* helps stay up on the latest trends. To boot: I LOVE Angry Birds, flash mobs are amazing, have actually (and will admit) I’ve watched the Kardashians, and haven’t tried Zumba but have always wanted to try, also love youtube “bleep”-girls-say (you’ve got to see it!)! Still, just found out this week about “Hey Girl,” which is pretty-yesterday so I think there’s a lot lot LOT more out there I can’t wait to find! Such a fun side of the Internet!

  5. January 13, 2012 7:13 am

    I’m the same way when it comes to things involving technology/blogs! I always have people ask if me if I read _____ (fill in the blank) blog and most of the time I have no idea who they are talking about. I don’t know what Angry Birds is either, but I’m assuming it’s a game and I see the paraphernalia everywhere. Have you heard of “planking”? That’s another weird one that I don’t get. Happy Friday!

  6. January 13, 2012 7:31 am

    Never heard of honey badger, and wish I could never hear of anything Kardashian!

  7. January 13, 2012 8:24 am

    Haha, this is great Leah! I am not a trendsetter either by any means, especially when it comes to fashion. I have no idea what I am doing. I like to think I am pretty “up” on pop culture, but I was totally lost when all this Honey Badger stuff started. I had no idea why people kept talking about it and just nodded and laughed. Finally I went home one day and asked JB and he said he had been wondering too. So we looked it up and finally were “in” on the joke. We really weren’t missing that much, as I think is usually the case when you explore deeply into a new trend! Thanks for the laugh (not at you, with you of course) 🙂

  8. January 13, 2012 10:12 am

    I know what all these things are but that’s the extent of it. You’re not alone.

  9. January 13, 2012 12:02 pm

    I’m about 50/50 with knowing what some of these things are and like you, I was always way behind on the trends. I have taken a zumba class and I enjoy all kinds of dancing whether spontaneous or choreographed so I like flash mobs. I have no idea what a honey badger is and no clue what the Kardashians do. Should I bother to look them up?

  10. January 13, 2012 2:06 pm

    It’s true (as Julia pointed out) that Sophie will make you a little ‘hipper’ as she hits those teen years. My kids do keep me from being a total embarrassment to them and myself. But even so, I only just learned what Angry Birds is. (I don’t think we were missing much.) I totally don’t get what is with the Kardashians, or Snooki.
    As Honey Badger says…we just don’t care!
    Have a great Friday the 13th, Leah 🙂

  11. January 13, 2012 2:15 pm

    Leah, this post is great! You had me chuckling with the flash mobs and you sister’s comment about the Kardashians! I’ve yet to see a flash mob and fail to see the purpose and the Kardashian’s? I’m still waiting for someone to tell me who these people are and why they have a reality show! Honey Badger who? Help! 🙂

  12. January 13, 2012 4:51 pm

    Something new all the time, my clients keep me updated! Thank God!

  13. January 13, 2012 7:42 pm

    I love it! And isn’t it true these things come up and we don’t know what they mean? Your SheWrites Blogger friend.

  14. January 14, 2012 1:12 am

    I have had many moments like this Leah, especially during the seventeen years I was at home raising children. There were whole years I never read a Newspaper, watched a movie or did anything other than work. In those days I barely knew what planet I was on! Life has changed now, but I’m still behind when it comes to technology.

  15. January 14, 2012 8:43 am

    I actually wear my anti-trend propensities like a badge of honor. I will admit to being sucked in to the Angry Birds phenomenon because it gives me something to do in the school pick-up line on my phone while I wait for my kid.

    I figure if it’s a trend, it will pass by and I won’t have needed to know about it. If it sticks and it’s important, eventually I’ll hear about it. Carry on!

  16. January 14, 2012 11:32 am

    Honestly I haven’t heard of half this stuff either, so that makes me 50% as out-of-the-loop as you! Honey Badgers and Angry Birds? Weird! It was pretty funny when you asked what “bling” was though. And when you asked if people still drink Zima. Awesome.

  17. January 14, 2012 2:36 pm

    You know the important things…FB, google+, and pinterest…what more could there be?!?!

  18. January 14, 2012 5:19 pm

    Honey Badger? Pandora radio? I do not know of these things. I’m afraid I may have out nerded you.

  19. January 15, 2012 9:15 pm

    We. Are. Twins! I have never seen Napolean Dynamite, I don’t get the Kardashians, and I just found out what a Honey Badger was yesterday (seriously!). I do, however, LOVE Angry Birds! Like you, I embraced the style just as it was going out….see? Twins!

  20. January 15, 2012 9:18 pm

    Ok, I’m about to Google Pandora Radio. That said, I think you’re doing OK. You blog, Leah, you blog!!!

  21. January 17, 2012 6:21 pm

    I’m totally the same way! I just watched the honey badger video a few weeks ago and was shocked to hear that it came out about a year ago.

    Don’t bother with the Kardashians. They’ll suck the life out of you. I actually wrote a post about them not too long ago. Feel free to read if you like (this isn’t a shameless plug, I promise, it’s just fitting given your mentioning of them).

  22. January 19, 2012 3:31 pm

    I’m with you 100%. I don’t play Words with Friends or even have an iphone. I don’t watch reality tv. I blog and use Twitter but don’t really know what a meme is. Really, what is a meme????

  23. January 22, 2012 9:25 am

    OMG, this is so me!
    I listen to artists who are no longer in business, watch movies years after they were released and have no idea what is currently in fashion. Looks like there is someone as oblivious as you in the other corner of the world.

    P.S. Pandora doesn’t work in my country!

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