Parents just don’t understand.
Kids don’t either.
Almost every day brings a new criticism of what I’m watching or listening to:
Aug. 2, 2011
In this episode: Archie, working as a taxi driver, gets in an altercation with a would-be robber, peppersprays the guy and winds up going to court himself because he’s in possession of a dangerous weapon. Archie, a critic of the Civil Rights Movement, is let off on a Civil Rights violation.
My kid: “Why are you watching that? It’s boring. Borrrring.”
Aug. 3, 2011
Van Halen, “1984″ — I got this off Amazon’s version of the bargain bin for $5. I was inspired by nostalgia. This was all the rage among kids at my junior high in, well… in 1984. The smoking baby angel on the cover said it all. There’s really not much particularly naughty about this album. But back then, for us adolescents, it seemed dangerous. Or, at least, dangerously acceptable.
My kid: “No. No. No. No. I don’t like it. Ew.”
The track we were listening to: “Jump.”
Aug. 3, 2011 (again)
Me: “Do you like Madonna?”
Her: “Who’s that? I don’t think so. I don’t have any idea who that is.”
Me: “OK. Never mind.”
Her: “Hey, wait! Who’s that?”
Me: “Will Smith?”
Her: “Oh. I thought it said Willow Smith.”
Me: “Oh. No.”
Aug. 10, 2011
“It Takes Two” – From the first phrase, “I wanna rock right now,” this song by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock always makes me smile and wanna roll my car windows down. It reminds me of my youth, when I was an up-and-coming rapper.
It came on this morning on “Backspin,” one of the satellite radio channels I keep programmed in my car. The kids were in the back seat. And I was all like, “All right, you shout the ‘woo” and I’ll shout the ‘yeah!’”
My kid: “This song is weird. Change the channel.”
I kept it on. Next up was “Danger,” an almost equally-catchy song by Blahzay Blahzay. (“When the East is in the house, Oh my God! DANGER!”)
My kid: “I don’t like rap.”
Aug. 11, 2011
What’s not to love about this song? Penned by June Carter, was the biggest hit of Johnny Cash’s career and features mariachi-style horns.
My kid: “Daddy, why do we have to listen to this? Whyyyyyyyy????”
Aug. 17, 2011
Grammar Girl — As I ate my morning Kix cereal, I put on one of my favorite podcasts, Grammar Girl. Her quick and dirty tips about grammar last about 5 minutes (about as long as it takes to consume a bowl of cereal), are useful and, by grammar lesson standards, are kind of funny.
My kid: “Why are you listening to that? It’s so annoying?”
Me: “I like it. I learn something.”
My kid: “It’s annoyyyyyying.”
Aug. 21, 2011
Her: “Agathia Christie. She’s weird. Well, at least she looks weird.”
Me: “She writes mysteries.”
Kid, now toggling through eReader contents, which include “Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell,” “Treasure Island” and some other stuff: “Is this just books?”
Me: “Yeah, just books.”
She flips the off switch, and the Kindle puts up another screensaver. It’s a picture of Alexandre Dumas, the author of “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
My kid: “His name has ‘dumb’ in it.”
What popular culture does YOUR kid hate?
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