Monday, July 2, 2007

Hi - I'm Old

Hi there! And welcome to my very first post as a New England Mamas contributor.

My name is Amy and I live in So. NH with my husband and 4 year old daughter. I've been posting on my personal blog, Spina Bifida Moms, for over 2 years now. I love writing and I love sharing my journey as a disabled mom with spina bifida raising my healthy and active young daughter. Thank you to Mrs. Chicky and all the other New England Mamas for letting me join in and share the fun.

Anyway, tonight I'm feeling old. I'm only in my early 30's, but tonight I'm feeling just a wee bit... ancient.

See, I had a scheduled MRI to go to this evening. (I know! An MRI! On a Monday night! What the heck?!). I have a history of seizures (perhaps linked to my spina bifida, but not conclusively), so I had to get checked out and retested (yes, I've been through these before). Whatever. No problem. At least it wasn't scheduled for 6:15 in the morning.

So I got there and the technician informed me that I could listen to any type of music I like. "Listen", that is, in the loosest form of the word, given that your ears are primarily busy enjoying the lulling sounds of 1000 jackhammers.

"Here are the radio stations we can get.", she tells me.

"Okay - let's do Pop music."

"Sure! No problem."

So then I'm set up and all caged in. Huge earphones encompass my head and soon the music starts.

Uhhhhhh. This is Pop? Sounds more like Gangsta Rap or some such nonsense to me.

At one point the technician asked me if the music was okay. And, as luck would have it, at that very moment I was listening to a song by Rihanna that my brother had just introduced me to earlier today. It's a decent enough song - once you get past the intro - so I told the tech I was fine with my selection.

But then the other songs played on. "Songs", that is, in the loosest form of the word. More like base-heavy hip hop mumbo jumbo, in my opinion.

Again I thought - this is Pop? It can't be! I like Pop! In high school I listened to the Pop/Top 40 stations all the time. This? This is not that.

Then it occurred to me - oh yeah. I've been out of high school for quite some time now. I suppose it's possible that some things have changed.

Soon (but not soon enough) the tech asked me again if the music was still okay. I jumped at the opportunity to tell her that, no, it really wasn't. Please give me the 80's station instead.

Ahhh. Much better. Give me Boy George and Prince any day of the week over that.... I don't even know what.

Kids! I don't know what's wrong with these kids today. But I do know that I'm old... and very happily so.


Alex Elliot said...

Welcome! I'm new too. I feel the same way about the music playing in the fitness area in the Y! In fact a few times I haven't realized that in fact the song ended and a new song began when I thought it was one really long song. I have to admit the other day when I was flipping through radio stations in the car, I stumbled upon a "fitness room" song and was pretty excited about it!

Mrs. Chicky said...


I know the feeling. I actually caught myself saying "what is this damn noise?" the other day. I'll be applying for my AARP membership real soon.

margalit said...

Amy, you're so young you could be my daughter. You are NOT old. Old is when your teenagers listen to the same exact stuff you listened to in high school... in the late 60's. THAT is old!

Welcome to the blog. I'm glad to see you here. I lurk on your blog a lot!

(Hanging head in shame for being a lurker.)

Rock the Cradle said...

I convinced Dr. Science to watch Purple Rain with me last month.

I realized my age when I saw how cringe inducing the acting in this movie was. Yet the first time I saw it, I thought it was amazing. And truthfully, when Prince is on stage...he ROCKS. Off stage,'s just...embarrassing.

And welcome! I just check out your blog, and was thrilled to discover that you canoe! Not many do any more.

PinksandBluesGirls said...

I'm 26 and sometimes when I'm listening to the music that's popular "these day" I feel super old too!

Or when I hear preteens talking about things I didn't even KNOW about until college. I feel old then too.

But like you, happily so!

I have yet to post my first entry on NE Mamas... I must do so soon! I'm so thrilled to be among such wonderful fellow NE ladies!

Jane, P&B Girls

Anonymous said...


And you feel OLD?

Come sit next to ME!

Major Bedhead said...

My daughter (12) listens to "pop" music and it makes me want to claw my ears off my head. Blech.

I felt old the other day when I had to tell her who Paul McCartney and Keith Richards were. Ugh.

Binky said...


And, hoo boy, you would not like some of my choices in music! My favorite musical duo makes regular pop sound like elevator music. I'm not even going to mention the name of their group because you will be too disturbed :) But I also love me some 80s hair bands and 70s rock, so maybe we can find some areas of agreement!

SandyShoes said...

Hi from Cape Cod, everyone. I found this blog tonight (you'll understand if I can't remember how... a link from a link from a link from I have no idea where I've been, actually) and I think it's great.

This post made me realize I couldn't name a Top 40 tune if my life depended on it. So it goes...

Fairly Odd Mother said...

I am definitely getting long in the tooth (see? isn't that an old-person expression?!), so I totally understand where you are coming from. It scares me a bit that I LOVE the 'retro' shows that are on the radio stations now.

Amy Linder said...

What scares me is how much I love Amy Winehouse and others with her style of music. Very old-style tunes (with the modern words of course). I love that mix of old and new. :)