Friday, July 25, 2008

Lamest News Ever

There have been several recent news articles that caught my attention over the last couple of days. You have probably read them too so there isn't much of a point for me to go on about them and do a big rehash. Besides that, they are quite self explanatory. However, these are my votes for top three news items of the week.

1) Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii

2) The kid from the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind Album

3) Shayne Lamas dumps the guy from "The Bachelor"

Why these articles? Well, the Talula one is just funny and, as someone who taught high School English for five years, I can tell you I have seen my share of unusual names; just nothing that unusual. Besides that, I am very entertained by discussing unusual names in general- so, I hope, like me, you get a kick out of that one.

As for the "Nevermind" album, I can't believe the naked baby from the cover is 17! I was starting college when that album was popular. I definately remember the collective mourning from the direction of the boys' dorms the day Kirk Cobain was found dead a few years later.

As for the third article, I must preface this by saying celeb gossip is of no interest to me. I don't even subscribe to cable television so only explorers in antartica could be less connected to the goings on of the Hollywood jet set. You're safe in assuming I do not watch reality television and I have never even watched one episode of "The Bachelor". This article caught my eye, however, when I saw the name "Shayne Lamas." As soon as I saw that, I thought, "Shayne Lamas, you mean the one who used to sit in the back of my English classroom giggling with her friends and applying copious lip gloss, Shayne Lamas?" Now I shouldn't be surprised, I knew even then that her father, Lorenzo, was some hot shot soap opera star. There's just something funny about seeing a kid's name at the top of a Romeo and Juliet essay one time and seeing it in the news headlines the next.

With this article as well as with the Nirvana one, the single thought that reverberates is, I am that old? Yes, I am old enough to have taught Shayne Lamas as a high school freshman (not even a senior) and my friend, Julie, taught Shayne's older brother A.J. just down the hall. (He dated Lindsey who?)

So yes, as lame as I think celebrity gossip is, the lamest news of all is that I am that old and aging. Oh well, with any luck maybe those celeb kids will be this age some day, too.


mim said...

I know how the old feeling hits you suddenly. At least yours was from news headlines. My realiy set in when I realized I had been playing "Mafia" and "I have never...." for 13 years as a young single adult. I embraced my oldness when I realized it could get me out of playing those games ever again.

Laura said...

I remember you putting a sticker over the penis on your copy of that Nirvana album. I wonder how Spencer would feel about that.

Aston said...

I think my top pick of those three new articles has to be the unusual names. Why would you do that to your child? I had to laugh because it is just so ridiculous. I have decided that there is nothing wrong aging just as long as you don't act it. It is important to age gracefully but part of that is still being able to retain some youthfulness. With that being said ... can't wait for the midnight release on Friday!!!

CarpElgin said...
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CarpElgin said...

I always thought that Kiwis were wonderfully quirky. Weird names just aren't that surprising coming from the country that gave us "Black Sheep" (the splendid zombie sheep movie, not the Chris Farley one.)

Whenever I feel old, I just repeat to myself... "Selma Blair is three years older than me." It used to be, "I'm the same age as Angelina Jolie," but that doesn't feel quite as young anymore.

Marie said...

Having babies definately ages a person.