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I've Got To Say It!

Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at 1:18 PM

The end of the year is about to roll around and I've been reflecting on how things have gone over the year. Sometimes a person holds their feeling to themselves and then there are times when things that have been bottled up for a long time just have to come out. It's my time!

Lately I have enjoyed spending time with Mary Ann and going Christmas shopping. Right before Christmas we were shopping at Kohl's and Macy's in Columbia. I experienced something that I haven't experienced at a retail store in some time and that was real customer service. Now that made a positive shopping experience for me until I got the bill.

Another thing I notice is whenever your shopping in an up scale store you never see moron's running around the store in their pajamas. Maybe they don't know what fashion really is of can't afford to be out shopping in the first place. Looking at it rationally - a normal person doesn't wear their work closes to bed so why would the wear the sleep wear out in public. Really, the big lady walking around WalMart with the teddy bears all over her body doesn't look like she is dressed for success. Hey people, that look went out of style a while back. Clothing manufacturers discovered that their sales on profitable clothing decreased while low end pajamas increased. What does that say for those who persist in carrying on this bizarre sense of fashion? One evening late I actually saw a woman walking through the local Walmart wearing a night shirt and her underwear (panties) was visibly hanging out the bottom. One might think that to be provocative. I don't know maybe if I were forty years younger and she was eighty pounds lighter I might have been impressed.

What's with the low rider jeans anyway. They used to hang from the hips now they only make it about half way up to the hips. They may look good on a fashion model but then not every girl that wears them is a fashion model. One word of advice, if you find yourself constantly having to pulling your pants up or your shirt down then you might need to consider wearing clothing that is designed for your body. Lately I've noticed that the only hour glass figures I've seen is the bulge that appears above and below the belt on the person wearing the low rider pants. Who would have thought that the love handles would become a fashion statement. Where are the fashion cops anyway?

I did see a woman wearing blue jeans that looked like she fell off the back of a motorcycle and the ruff surface of the pavement just about shredded her pants. Maybe I'm just a guy who is ahead of his time. I've had pants like those for years that got like that from hard work and I've been throwing them away. I've seen men walking around with pants in the same condition. Over the years I guess I must have thrown away a fortune. Maybe I should open a retail clothing store and call it Dumpster Diver's Clothing Outlet. I could get old pants from the guys at the shop and make a killing selling them for $110.00 a pair.

Another thing worth mentioning is seeing a man with a 52 inch waist trying to fit into pants with a 34 inch waist. There they are walking around in public all gut and no butt and looking like they might be pregnant. I guess I'm pretty sharp, it may have fooled you but I don't think it fooled anyone else. And for God's sake gentlemen pull your pants up. When you walk around with your legs spread to keep your pants off the floor it looks like you've got a bad case of the chapped ass.

I walked in to the local Arby's one night and I heard Rap playing over the store P A system. I don't mind telling you that I personally think that this attempt at entertainment is an embarrassment to every singer and musician that has ever ....

One day I was playing a song written by Bob Seger when a young man walked in and shouted "What's That?" I responded by telling him that the instrument playing was a Saxophone, part of the woodwind section of the orchestra that is located behind the flutes and clarinets and in front of the percussion section in the back. He didn't care much for the skinny on the subject but I was glad to have that opportunity to broaden his horizons.

I think I've always wanted to be in the entertainment business but I know my own limitations. There was a time when training and musical ability determined how successful an entertainer could become. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Anyone can be in the entertainment business even if you can't read or write a single note of music; it doesn't matter if you can't play a single note on a musical instrument; even if you can't carry the proverbial tune in a bucket and you still want to be in the entertainment business all you have to do is dress up like a rodeo clown, grab your crotch and go spastic on stage while yelling bad poetry. I visited a local establishment the other day and (I'm sorry, I have a real hard time even calling this stuff music)it was going on in the background. I witnessed adults on the dance floor (picture this) moving up and down, attempting to stay in step with a drum beat and moving just like my daughter did when she was first learning to walk.

I guess I'll ring out the old year with Wal-Mart. It seems that the corporate leaders have decided to rid themselves of anything that reminds the public or Sam Walton. Let's see, they removed the hyphen in the name. Instead of the smiley face all over the store that will be replaced with the trendy Walmart Spark. I think the new slogan for the store is "ALWAYS THE LOWEST PRICE MAYBE I WE HAVE IT IN THE FIRST PLACE." More than anyone Sam Walton understand that you can't serve the public and make a profit selling something if you don't have it. What do they think they're spending all that money on advertising for anyway?

One day I might take the time to get the rest of it out. Right now all I want to say is Happy Holidays and what are the words to that song that they always play at midnight on New Year's Eve?

I'm John Q. Let it out.

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LOVE this article! I've been wondering if any of these people have mirrors at home and thinking to myself...they must not or they wouldn't have left the house looking like that! It seems to me that the new fashion trend is to leave nothing to the imagination, men these don't even have to think about buying the cow because it's obvious the milk is for free. You did leave one "fashion" trend out that I can't stand...the G-string/dental floss hanging out of every girls pants for the world to see (GROSS), like I want to see their crack cleaner! yuk!

-- Posted by MBGAL on Thu, Dec 30, 2010, at 12:25 PM

MBGAL - Sorry I forgot that one. I guess if the pants were proportional to the person who was wearing them then it wouldn't be a problem. We sometimes live in a delusional world. If you can't play baseball then you won't make the team. Just because you wear the same clothes that the "beautiful people" wear doesn't automatically elevate your status to the A list. The truth is only a small percentage of the people have the body of a runway model.

One question, if your shoes were so loose that they kept falling off your feet or so tight that you can't get them on would you still buy them and try to wear them?

-- Posted by John Q. on Thu, Dec 30, 2010, at 6:29 PM

How shockingly judgemental! if you`ll take a little trip down memory lane with me you`ll see that times havent changed..... you got OLD! there was a time where a dance the waltz was considered abloulutly scandalous by the old people because they were shocked to see unmarried men and women dancing so close to each other. let us not forget the 60`s fasions and that "Darn Hippie music" ooooh boy! do you remember how the old people felt about free expression? there were once some chinese college students who were beaten, killled and jailed for protesting the govt. the young Americans of the day were quick to demonize and denounce such awful violations of basic human rights..... those same young Americans got old and allowed the construction and operation of a torture facility in GITMO and curtailed the right to protest openly. Each new generation trys to seperate its identy from the last by rebelling and acting out then they get old and become what they fought against. its the way of the world.

on another note: I commend the single moms and dads or those whose lifes are too busy or difficult to care what other walmart shoppers think about their clothing. some times there isnt time between putting kids to bed and making sack lunches and checking homework and making dinner and paying bills and watching at least one sporting event between 7 year olds every week and working 40 hours and the air traffic controll type of planning that it takes to get more than one kid awake, dressed, fed, and otherwise preped for school and on the correct bus to stop and think "ooh! I better change what I`m wearing. This shirt doesnt go with these pants!"

In a Hundred years who is going to care what you wore out of the house yesterday?

-- Posted by BigFatGuy on Sun, Jan 2, 2011, at 3:05 PM

BigFatGuy, ask anyone who has ever studied any jonra of music either instrumentally or vocally and the one thing you'll find is sheet music. A singer or musician never has to hear an original piece and not be able to replicate it anywhere in the world. Watch the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and you'll see that every musician is playing music by reading sheet music. Watch any group of singers and you'll probably set a conductor and sheet music. By default Rap in not any form of music unless you want to watch a person trying to rhyme words with a record scratching in the back ground.

As far as the Waltz goes you might have seen a movie or to and just didn't remember that the Waltz was performed at state functions, royal gatherings and wedding dances.

As far as that "Hippy" music you brought up it is still being recorded today some fifty years later and being performed to sellout crowd around the world. One song from 1965 was voted the best song of the twentieth century. Unless you just woke up yesterday you would notice that rap was considered and rejected.

Your argument is so convoluted it's hard to follow your reasoning. Gitmo has nothing to do with clothing or music and yet you blame a generation for what a select few in a government and the military thought necessary to protect American interest around the world. So before you try to blame a generation for cruelty remember it was that generation that maintained your freedom and invented all of the modern conveniences that you benefit from today.

-- Posted by John Q. on Mon, Jan 3, 2011, at 9:58 AM

I'm sorry about some misspelling but the previous comment was posted before texting.

-- Posted by John Q. on Mon, Jan 3, 2011, at 10:01 AM

Dear Mr. Q,

I am very sorry I was unclear about my point. I was reacting not responding.

My point was that each generation thinks that the music they listened to during their late teens to late 20s is the greatest music ever, and they often don`t "get" or appreciate the music, dress, and dance styles of their children who often try do distance their newly developing identity from that of their parents by doing things differently.

Furthermore the Waltz was one of, if not the original forbiddin dance because the older people around at the time of its Debut in England and Germany felt that it was improper for men to hold women so closely in public. but as the social norms changed eventually it has become a standard of up-scale events and ballrooms.

That "Hippie" music I grew up listening to on my mothers old records along with "rock-and-roll" were at one time viewed as new, not music, and possibly detramental to America. These old guys are still hauling themselves up on stage and putting on (as you said) sell-out concerts and somehow Alice Cooper has a radio show! Public opinion has obviously changed...... Unless we still think Lennon is a terrorist.....

(Boiled down it comes to this: as you age young people seem weirder and less moral. every generation feels it. youth rebels and the old complain)

I cant wait to get old, complain about new music and clothing styles, and go to a helping-the-homless concert with an old Lil` Wayne, Flo-Rida opening for an aged but still relevent Snoop Doggy Dogg as the feature performer.

-- Posted by BigFatGuy on Mon, Jan 3, 2011, at 3:12 PM

the argument about being too busy with kids to get dressed before leaving the house doesn't hold water. for years - mothers (and fathers) have handled all of the tasks associated with parenthood and still managed to get dressed before leaving the house. even those with multiple children close together in age have somehow managed to get dressed before leaving the house. sounds like whining and excuse making. one solution would be to not have kids before learning to care for yourself. it may not be politically correct - but kids shouldn't be having kids. and if you are an adult in a two parent household and you still can't get dressed before you leave the house - shame on you and your spouse. one more thing - please realize that maturity is more than just a matter of age.


-- Posted by zeke on Tue, Jan 4, 2011, at 10:04 AM

Generation doesn't have anything to do with taste, I'm not from Q's generation,I'm in my early 30's, but I have enough respect for myself and MY 3 KIDS to dress appropiate, knowing that I'm a size 6 and actually wear a size 6 instead of trying to squeze into a "0" sets a good example to my kids AND they don't have to worry about their friends making fun at their mom because my a$$ is hanging out.

-- Posted by MBGAL on Tue, Jan 4, 2011, at 11:58 AM

Dear Zeke and MBGAL,

thank you sooo much for the education on the definition of maturity and self-respect. I was laboring under the delusion that maturity included understanding that you/I may not be aware of the situation this person is dealing with that has them running around in the sweats and sandals they grabbed on the way out of the house. Even worse, I was some how duped into thinking that teaching respect to children was about helping them understand that we should value the person not the clothes they can afford or what their peers may think.

100% my bad. sorry

-- Posted by BigFatGuy on Tue, Jan 4, 2011, at 2:24 PM

BigFatGuy- Please don't misunderstand, I realize there are people that are less fortunate and wear the clothes they are provided through what ever means they have, but when you see a girl wearing a $90 pair of jeans that are showing her $30 g-string with her $150 tramp stamp and only half a "blouse" it's obvious these items were not given to her they were choosen by her in a size that was to small and revealing, it's those that make the choice to wear such things that I find difficult to except when they are walking around places such as Wal-mart while my 10 yr old son is walking behind her, it's every time you turn the corner, it's difficult enough to keep your kids from seeing "x-rated" crap but it's bad when you can't even take your kids to Wal-mart because some people are that indecent.

-- Posted by MBGAL on Tue, Jan 4, 2011, at 3:59 PM

Sorry, John Q. - I've got to mostly agree with BFG on this.

Rap is considered a musical genre, and in fact, you CAN buy sheet music for it. Sure, not all of it, but you can't buy sheet music for a lot of jazz music either because it's improv.

BFG is also correct about the waltz, and rock 'n' roll being shunned by polite society as "scandalous" and was certainly demonized (please reference the movie "Blackboard Jungle" and the controversy surrounding it and the music in the movie).

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not crazy about a lot of rap, but I do like some of it. In contrast, I can't stand opera, but that doesn't mean it's not a valid form of music.

As far as clothes are concerned, I agree that wearing pajamas in public is a bad choice, as is letting it all hang out - on the other hand, my daughter was ill yesterday and I had to run to the store to get Gatorade. I did take the time to throw on jeans, but other than that, I looked like h-e-double hockey stix! Then again, there was a time when a lady showing her ankles, or wearing pants was considered sluttish and not acceptable, too.

-- Posted by koeller77 on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 8:40 AM

The waltz at one time WAS considered scandalous! Not only did unmarried men and women participate in it but their bodies could actually touch or a man might get "too familiar" by letting his hand slip a bit lower than the woman's waist! Whe it was first introduced decent parents forbid their children from participating.

-- Posted by inthemiddle on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 6:34 PM

you guys are all over John Q and you forget that he had to have been around for the invention of the waltz. He has also driven over a million miles in a semi, been a police officer and went to school for ministry. He also apparently likes to gaze at womens bodies, as long as they are attractive. he likes to judge a type of music because he doesnt listen to it. and for a minister has a very judgemental view on people.

-- Posted by thisguy on Tue, Jan 11, 2011, at 2:33 PM

thisguy, I don't like to judge music because I don't listen to it. I stated that "Rap" is not a genre of music because it does not fit the definition of music; musical instruments, singing with stanzas and verses. Pick up any book on music and you'll find musical notes, time and beats printed on the page. Pick up any song book and you will find words, singing key, refrains and chorus.

As far as my personal preference I personally do not listen to "Rap" which is a slang derivative for talking. As a human being and a male, like you, I have noticed that in the natural order of things that are differences between male and females. The only person I know that didn't look at another persons body was a blind person. Unless there is a problem at birth or health issue all children develop into what there DNA has encoded they will be. You may have noticed that a lot of people have altered their natural gifts through exercising, bodybuilding, or physical neglect and bad habits. I wonder why so many people put little effort in maintaining their physical being. America is now listed as an obese nation. Children are getting a bad start by parents who evidently don't seem to care and that's not fair.

-- Posted by John Q. on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 10:36 PM


while I respect your view on the future of the youth of our nation having poor role models especially in the area of body image and self maintence. I have to renew my argument on the topic of rap.

By your definition: "musical instruments..... singing with stanzas and verses" nearly every rap song since the early work of Slick-Rick/ "tha Ruler" has had atleast an electric guitar. (instrument) and a hook, (chorus) and a message split up by that hook (verses) please print off the lyrics to the great RAP SONG "Keep your head up." by Tupac and you will see that you are grossly misinformed about the Genre of music.

-- Posted by BigFatGuy on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 12:15 PM

BigFatGuy, do you know who sang the first rap song?

-- Posted by John Q. on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 5:41 PM

if you try hard enough you can look back at the chanting of religious texts by Gregorian monks as some of the first rap music. chanting, a chorus and a very obvious beat that everybody can easily follow. and if I remember correctly they were the guys who invented sheet music as a way to write down their new way of worship.

-- Posted by BigFatGuy on Tue, Jan 18, 2011, at 8:16 AM

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