I’m old fashioned.

2 November, 2008
Rat Fink

Stick in the Mud
I admit it. Just when I think I’m all progressive and 21st-century, I am reminded of things I miss.

Some might even call me a…you know…one of those things pictured at the left. It’s ok; I don’t mind.

On some things, I’m just old fashioned.

I don’t know why I’m feeling all nostalgic this morning (seeing as how my aching head and sore throat are not making me happy), but it may surprise you to learn how really stuck-in-the-olden-days I am. Time has indeed moved on without me in many ways.

Some Reasons I Might Be Called “Old Fashioned”

  1. I think men should still open doors for ladies, and offer to carry heavy things, and let them go first.
  2. I believe children should be respectful to adults, and that there are parental decisions which should not be open to debate.
  3. I’m totally comfortable with the word “gay” also meaning “happy and carefree.”
  4. I think girls should leave more of their physical attributes to the imagination, and less hanging out for all to see (I know, TRO would disagree).
  5. I watch White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life every December, and although both movies contain no hot guys, no swear words, no sexual situations, no naked people, no violence and no CGI, I still love watching them, and I still bawl like an idiot in all the same places.

But I’m really a paradox; self-contradictory. I cling to certain notions and conventions of the past while maintaining an iron grip on modernity, to wit:

  1. I couldn’t see myself enjoying life as much without my computer and cell phone: two things I definitely did not have growing up, but without which I still had a perfectly happy childhood.
  2. My views on the modern “Christian” church and its many cruel incarnations might be considered radical by some, especially considering my old-fashioned views on other issues. [Although….hating Pharisees is likely a very old concept.]

But I guess that’s the beauty of the thing. We can choose what we ascribe to, feel, and hold dear. I’m just glad we have the freedom to do it. Not everyone does.

And now, to the sofa, after swallowing DayQuil, which, of course, makes the world go around (DayQuil, not the sofa).

Fink out.

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meggy
meggy
2 November, 2008 9:00 am

take it easy, Finkle. feel betterzzz :)

*another squeeze*

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TRO
TRO
2 November, 2008 9:15 am

1. I always open doors for women. And my three sons do it too because both loving wife and I hit them in the back of the head when they forget. Well, she just stares at them and refuses to open the door until they remember, but I don’t mind popping them. 2. See #1 in regards to the “hit in the back of the head” on this one as well. 3. I agree about this one as well. If I had a daughter she would be dressed fashionably, but modestly. I don’t like to see girls going around with… Read more »

Mathew
Mathew
3 November, 2008 1:25 am

I’m rather not old-fashioned and agree with you on most of those things…so it’s okay.

Also…is there anyway you can embed something other than Quicktime? I am rather loathe to sully this computer with it.

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Stein
Stein
3 November, 2008 10:30 am

I agree, in part, with what you have said…. 1. I think that ANYBODY should hold the door open for ANYBODY else. It’s respectful, kind, and considerate. Of course the guy should open for the lady, but if there’s a woman walking in front of a guy and just stands there and waits for the random guy to open the door she’s the inconsiderate one. 2. Respect goes all over. Children should respect adults, adults should respect each other, etc. 3. This is one of those times in the history of the English language that the meaning of words gets… Read more »

Stein
Stein
3 November, 2008 12:55 pm

I could’ve used less words but that would have required me to be more crass, blunt, and actually what I think of as funny.

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