Friday, July 25, 2008
Mind the gap.
This post is hard for me to write, as I must delicately walk the tightrope between grumpy old manhood and dirty old manhood. Teaching at community colleges has the non monetary perk of beautiful young people in class. In fact, at community colleges, not every attractive student is in the 18 to 25 demographic, and my classes often have pretty women in their thirties and beyond.
Am I complaining? No, I am not.
But this summer in particular, I've noticed a fashion trend that I also saw to a lesser extent in the spring semester. Cleavage. Lots of cleavage. Stripper levels of cleavage. RenFaire levels of cleavage.
While I have strong evidence that my students are listening when I talk about statistics, I have no idea how many of them read this blog and expect that very few would take fashion advice from an old guy who still dresses like a grad student. But I do have three words of warning to my female students, which I have put in the form of a link.
Fred Thompson's wife.
I have nothing more to say on the topic. I feel grumpy enough and dirty enough already.
Friday means Random 10!
Just A Girl No Doubt
Substitute The Ramones
Sweet and Slow Fats Waller
Accidents Will Happen Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Gone Till November (Pop Version) Wyclef Jean
Let’s Go Get Stoned Ray Charles
Judy Hoagy Carmichael
In A Station The Band
Valse # 1, Opus 64 by Chopin (Minute) Claudio Arrau
Wagoner’s Lad Rafael Boguslav
So, Matty Boy. You complain about too much cleavage and you open the Random 10 with a song by Gwen Stefani? Mix messages much?
Hypothetical question asker, today I'm ignoring you.
Whether this is a dirty old man's Random 10 or a grumpy old man's Random 10, the only artists on this list that are much younger than I am are No Doubt and Wyclef Jean. The One True Living Elvis is a few months younger than I am, but not enough to notice. Heck, four of the songs are older than I am. Still, any list with The Ramones and Frederic Chopin is showing the ability to hit with power to all fields. The most obscure artist would be Rafael Boguslav, who recorded a great album of folk songs way back when I was still a toddler sitting on my daddy's knee.