Monday, October 30, 2006

I Ruined My Parents!!!

Once you get older, you may come to a strange realization that I recently had. See, I was given 6 months of free HBO due to the fact that Comcast is a joke of a cable service since they can't connect cable during the 6 hour range that they promise. So on HBO this month is Walk The Line.

All of sudden I realized how really kick-ass Johnny Cash is. I really had no idea that he rocked that much!! I remember all too well how much my folks liked him. Strangely, this is not the first time that this has happened.

You see, this happened with the movie Ray. My parents dug this guy too. And this other crazy old guy named Willie Nelson .... and this other cat named Waylon Jennings ..... and Sam & Dave ... and John Lee Hooker.

Sinbad mentioned this phenomenon: Your parents used to be cool 'til they had you. The sad thing is that it's true!! Hell, my folks had an SUV long before legions of useless soccer moms lined up at the Ford dealership so they had buy more useless shit at Sharper Image at the expense of plunging our nation into war. Don't worry; my folks actually made use of the SUV: we would go on family camping trips; the dirt roads leading to one of the family's ranches are not paved and rough as hell.

This old '76 Chevy Blazer had an 8-track that my folks would torture us with playing all of the aforementioned ad nauseam. Now, of course, everyone digs Cash and Willie and Ray and Sam & Dave. I can't help but remember how much I hated that music growing up. When I bought my first walkman, I listened to that thing for hours on car trips ... anything to avoid those 8-tracks. Now, if I hear Sam & Dave's "Soothe Me", I stop everything and become instantly mesmerized.

But just think: someday you'll have kids and you'll be as uncool as your parents are now. I guess that is the curse of having children. Someday you'll be watering your lawn wearing sandals and black dress socks ... heh-heh.


The Dummy said...

I guess what comes around goes around - but it's always gonna be in fashion to make fun of your parents' uncoolness. Those were some great movies; I had never paid attention to Johnny Cash or Ray Charles until I saw those movies; now my ears pick up when I hear them.

Regina said...

I will never be uncool because I didn't have kids and I'm not going to start now.

A. Estella Sassypants said...

Oh honey, Johnny Cash rocks my socks. I grew up listening to Johnny, Willie, Waylon, and even Hank Williams, Sr. My grandfather was the one who fed me these fantabulous songsmiths, and I really didn't know he was cool until my early 20s. Go figure!

JHD said...

Hee, I just saw Walk The Line a couple of weeks ago. I know have the soundtrack as well as the originals. And I never used to like Johnny Cash all that much.

I don't think I ruined my parents though. My friends that have met them all think I have the coolest parents ever, all want to be adopted, blah blah blah. No idea how that worked out.

Chelle said...

I became interested in Johnny Cash when I realized Social D. covered the many of his songs.

My mom listened to show tunes and classical music and still does. I only started loving classical when I realized the complexity of the compositions when I took a comp. class in my undergrad.

DCNats said...

i recently had the same Johnny Cash revelation... for the same reason.
i had no desire to see the movie, but I was surprised.

Cincysundevil said...

I cringe to think of the day that I'll be uncool; but hopefully someday my kids will get pumped up by Dave Matthews or Blink 182.

Cincysundevil said...

Very true; you'll always be cool. Myself; I reveal in my geekiness.

Cincysundevil said...

The more you tell me, the more I'm convinced we need to be on that beach in Mexico.

Cincysundevil said...

I won't say that if your parents that cool then what happened to you .... maybe I'll just think it ;)

Cincysundevil said...

A Social D fan as well?? You're building up cool points as you go!

Cincysundevil said...

Now if they'll only make a movie about the life of Blink 182 so we can get more converts.