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Posted Monday, April 19, 2010, at 8:56 AM

The other day I happened to be eating at a fast food restaurant in Marshall. Their were more students in the restaurant than normal for that time of day.

An elderly gentleman walked in wearing a baseball hat with the bill turned up. This was a common practice in the 40's and 50's. You had better visibility if your work required you to look upward.

When one of the students saw him she began to giggle and point at him so the other student sitting at the table could enjoy her amusement. After a good chuckle she got up an went to point him out to other students sitting at various tables around in the restaurant I couldn't help thinking she was somehow out a touch with reality. Sitting at her table were five other students and there were something strange going on. Although it was warm outside it seems that youthful fashion was more important than common sense.

One student was sitting at the table wearing a sweat shirts with a hood. It must have been cold on their side of the restaurant because he was wearing his hood up. Three other students sitting at the table were wearing stocking hats. I guess to keep their heads warm. The other male student was wearing a baseball hat the he couldn't get to sit on his head right. He also had some trouble keeping his pants up. Maybe they were hand me downs from his father as they looked both extremely large for his body and like they were worn out.

Yes, fashions do change from decade to decade or from one generation to the other. I was a product of the forties and really grew up during the fifties. I am told that I am not allowed to go shopping by myself or the fashion police at the Mall might get me.

For one I don't know how the they managed to get out of the Mall without being apprehended. I may have worn bell bottom pants, earth shoes with long hair at one time but the lessons that my parents taught me were the guiding principles that I lived by or else. Respect your elders, yes sir and no mam, and always open the door for a lady. I don't know what these students parents did or did not teach them when they were younger but either it didn't take root or they have forgotten some how. Next time, maybe their parents will accompany them when they go out in public. Sooner or later they will end up embarrassing the family name or finally be apprehended by the fashion police.

I'm John Q.

What do you think?

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-- Posted by koeller77 on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 10:12 PM

Ways to wear a hat go in and out of style, and everyone has the right to do as they please, but there are two things I'm not wild about. First, there's nothing cute or cool about anyone over the age of 5 with their hat brim cocked one way or the other. I think it looks dorky. Second, funniest photo I've seen in a long time showed a guy with his hat on backwards, shading his face with his hand as he tried to get a better look at the ballgame he was watching. But I guess if Jesper Parnevik can wear his hat the way he does playing golf, then anything goes!

Anything goes except rudeness, that is, and it sounds like the members of the bunch you ran into, John Q., weren't brought up well.

-- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 7:42 PM

Hey now, what's wrong with looking dorky? :-)


-- Posted by Eric Crump on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:18 PM

Welcome back John Q.

I have to ask can anyone please explian the purpose of wearing ones pants down to the knees even with a belt?

I know what it's advertising for in prison but most of these kids ain't ever seen a pair of handcuffs other than t.v. I find it difficult to belive they have so little selfrespect.

-- Posted by midniterebel on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:23 PM

Not a thing, Boss, not a thing, LOLOLOLOL :)

-- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:38 PM

Eric, wearing a bicycle helmet may look dorky but it serves a practical purpose. Looking dorky while trying to look cool show ones limited ability at coolness.

-- Posted by John Q. on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:57 PM

Feeling the need to stand up for some of us "young folk"...I just want to say that we're not all of the "here's your sign variety"!!

I have plenty of friends my own age that I looked at in high school, college, and today and think "WTF are you thinking wearing that?" Especially now that we're all over 30...

-- Posted by koeller77 on Fri, Apr 16, 2010, at 8:10 AM

Why is the main topic of this post how these kids are dressed? their parents see them, they know what they are wearing and they dont care. instead why dont we ask what in the hell has happened to the lack of respect in our youth as a whole? from dressing ridiculously to making fun of an elderly gentleman for his hat. but i guess the humorous side of a post goes out the window then

-- Posted by thisguy on Fri, Apr 16, 2010, at 2:03 PM

Glad to see you again, John Q! I've missed your observations and thoughts.

-- Posted by Slater on Fri, Apr 16, 2010, at 9:59 PM

John Q. it is good to have you back.

I think that the dissolution of decorum began when it became economically necessary, and philosophically desirable for women to enter the work place en masse.

That transpired in the 1960s, and it has since been all downhill.

The obvious advantages of having a parent at home every day was not the only loss. That parent (read mother in most cases) when at home after work hardly had time for the basic domestic necessities. This resulted in a loss to the children, not just during the day, but twenty four/seven.

Men , all though doing a better job now were slow to adapt to the problem. The poor souls had to adapt to the ignomius reality that perceptions existed that they were not man enough to support their family. They tended to cling to their traditional activities to assuage their battered egos.

Parents fought as they tried to regain their balance on this new shaky ground. Both felt guilty regarding their children. Both began to throw things at the children, instead of sharing time.

This was the point that they desperately looked about for assistance. Ah...the schools. The schools responded well to their new duties as part time parents, but there was also an interesting concurrent change happening in that quarter. Established tradition had also dictated that bright motivated women confine their aspirations to the fields of nursing, or teaching. With the lid lifted on Pandora's box these adept women flew in every direction embracing exciting careers in disparate fields. Could it be other than that many of the replacements for those magnificent women were less adept?

So, the traditions were breaking down at home, the pool of superb candidates that now had custody of children during the day had drastically diminished, and decorum was out the window.

If one thinks back to the 1950s, prior to the change, social revolution if you will, it is recalled that boys dressed as smaller replicas of their fathers, girls the same with their mothers. I believe that the change to rejection from embracing the look of their parents is a manifestation of the diminished closeness of children to their parents. It was abetted by the guilt driven parental decision to shower them with access to material goods. the children now abandoned to going their own way not surprisingly looked to prominent peers for guidance. Which peers they chose was, and remains up for grabs. It is what it is.

-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 12:15 PM

Yea....I remember leisure suits. Proud to say I never owned or wore one. How did I get so lucky?

Funniest thing i've seen regarding fashion lately was three young brothers walking down the middle of the street side by side. THeir shorts were about five sizes too large. All three were wearing flannel boxers. How do I know that? at least 7 inches of them was above the belt line of the shorts, while at the same time the top of the boxers were where the top of the shorts would have been had I been the one dressing these fellows.

But the funniest part was that two of these fellows were walking with one hand grasped firmly to the top of his shorts to hold them up as he walked. The third guy was carrying a basketball and thus had no hands free to hold up his pants. So he was forced to walk with his feet spread about 20 inches apart so his pants wouldn't fall.

-- Posted by GettinAround on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 12:33 AM

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