Friday, August 25, 2006

The befuddling of the mindset of the Class of 1985

You've probably seen the Beloit College's Mindset List--the list put together about this time every year that tells us about the generation that is starting college this year.

It's disconcerting for someone from, say, the Class of 1985 to see things like:
11. A coffee has always taken longer to make than a milkshake.

25. Phantom of the Opera has always been on Broadway.

43. They are not aware that "flock of seagulls hair" has nothing to do with birds flying into it.
It just makes us feel old.

But aside of feeling every creaking bone and joint, I got to thinking about the mindset of the people like me, who started college in the mid-80s, and the fact that this week alone, two major things have happened to tilt our world.

The Mighty Have Fallen
Those of you who know me well won't be surprised in the least to know I was not too broken up when Tom Cruise got fired this week. I think the guy's a good enough actor, but lots of his actual movies (ie, plots) have been the pits--and I'm not even going to mention his extra-curricular activities.

My Music Man has refused to see a Cruise movie since we sat through the first Mission Implausible, as he calls it.

I actually liked Top Gun (what hot-blooded gal of my generation didn't?--and if you're out there, please, weigh in!), mainly because Cruise's character reminded me too much of this guy I had (and still have) the major hots for.

(Is this the appropriate time to come out of the closet and admit I've never seen Risky Business?)

Despite his long, downward spiral in the last year, I'm still surprised that one of the biggest heart-throbs and box office stars since my teen years has actually bit the dust.

(Heh heh heh. Another '80s reference there...get it? And think about who sang that. And why that's appropriate in TC's case.)

Will there be another chance for Tom Cruise to take back his crown? I'm thinking...No.

He and Mel Gibson are going to have to form a self-help club for '80s heart-throbs that self-destructed in the Summer of 2006.

Why Don't You Pick on Someone Your Own Size
Ever since I was in grade school, I've had a soft spot for the planet Pluto.

It was so lonely and far away, and so very small. It was the underdog of the solar system.

And now some very mean people, most likely emboldened by Paramount's canning of Mr. Cruise, have also fired Pluto.

Talk about being discombobulated! Not only are Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson no longer welcome in Hollywood...but the whole solar system has been turned on its ear.

My whole world has shifted.


Anonymous Holli Bertram soliloquized...

Wait. Hold it. Tom Cruise got fired? From what? Okay, I must be working waaay too much to miss this. What happened?

Saturday, August 26, 2006 9:40:00 AM  

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