I Couldn’t Help It, It Just Slipped Out

Twice recently I have done what old people do. I made cultural references of a time way before the person I was talking to was alive.

First, I referred to Carnack. As in Carnack: “Dippity Do.” The question: “What collects on your dippity in the morning.” After I made my little joke, the person said “by the way, I know who Carnack is.”

Then I commented on about twentysomething’s flowered pants. I said she looks like flower child. As soon as the last sound left my lips I groaned. I told her she probably didn’t even know what a flower child was. I really groaned when she said, “I’ve heard my parents talk about it.”

At least she didn’t say grandparents.

UPDATE: Underdog, the movie, will be released soon. Underdog ran from 1964 to 1973. Who are the movie-makers appealing to? Be careful about referring to

Unnnnnderrrrrrrrrdooooooog! in front of anyone under 40.

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I Couldn’t Help It, It Just Slipped Out — 13 Comments

  1. It’s kinda like young people don’t know who Tammy Faye was either.. ugh.. makes me feel reallllly old too!

  2. @ Cheryl: Yeah, well… well… ah forget it.
    @Kay: Oh, that’s cruel. Take ’em out of the will.
    @Manicmanicurist: True, hadn’t thought about that.

  3. I remember Carnack! (RIP, Johnny) Didn’t always get it, but I remember it.

    I don’t personally remember flower children, but went through a phase in high school where I really wanted to be one. Until my dad told me that in addition to protesting the war, they protested bathing and then I decided maybe I didn’t want to be a flower child so badly anymore.

    My kids were listening to some songs I downloaded from the 80’s and 90’s – my era. Abby was watching me dance like George Michael in the “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” video and was laughing her head off. She said, “You people were WEIRD back in the olden days!”

  4. When I was trying to get pregnant at the age of almost 40, I joined a few Internet trying-to-get-pregnant groups, populated of course by a bunch of twentysomethings. When asked about favorite music, I mentioned the Beatles, only to be told “Oh yeah, I think my grandpa used to listen to them.” GROAN.

    The Underdog movie is like the “Josie and the Pussycats” movie — they’re just totally not going to be able to find a demographic.

  5. I just turned 40 on 1/11/10, and I totally remember Underdog! 🙂
    I loved Underdog, but couldn’t stand Sweet Polly Purebred.
    Simon BarSinister scared me because I was still young and impressionable.
    These days I’d probably just tell him to go pick on someone his own size, like a Cabbage Patch doll.

    I remember those too.
    .-= Janna´s last blog pithLook! It’s Kirk Skywalker! =-.