Wednesday, July 20, 2005

More evidence that I'm not so young anymore

Okay, I don't quite get it.

I was in the elevator at my Woodland Hills motel, and in walked a lovely young girl. By "young girl" I mean she was somewhere between sixteen and twenty-six; I can't quite tell the difference nowadays. Long pale straight blond hair, angelic features, sweet as anything, polite and smiling. Her T-shirt, black and sleeveless, had the following printed on the back in large letters, "Vomit is erotic."

Yes, well of course. I've often thought so. Haven't you?

I can only imagine her T-shirt was ironic. But it seemed very very sad to me, nevertheless.

13 Comments:

At 3:23 PM, July 20, 2005, Blogger Alex said...

Sad? Explain. I'd understand if you'd said weird, but sad?

Maybe the generational gap is larger than I suspected

 
At 3:56 PM, July 20, 2005, Blogger camojack said...

Possibly the t-shirt was simply intended to shock; sort of a cry for attention. Maybe I'm just getting old too, but I can't imagine a situation in which vomit could be erotic...except to a sick (no pun intended) mind.

 
At 5:24 PM, July 20, 2005, Blogger sygamel said...

That's LA culture for you: nihilistic.

 
At 5:37 PM, July 20, 2005, Anonymous Mr Damage said...

Vomit is erotic, but urine is divine.

 
At 5:49 PM, July 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you considered the t-shirt was purchased and/or sent from a non-English speakng culture?

I was born in a non-English speaking country and in those tight early years of marriage, my parents often sent me clothes.

One of those care packages arrived when I was out of wash and late for work (in a retail store). It had a pair of jeans. I put it on. It wasn't till I got to work that a friend (laughing) informed me that there was a patch on my back pocket. It said "Cowboys ride harder and stay on longer."

My parents who are religious, proper people would have died if they knew what it said. BUT they don't know English and anything written in English (often with very bad grammar) is considered "upscale".

Perhaps this girl got the t-shirt sent to her by non-english speaking relatives in bavaria or sweden of something. And perhaps she hadn't looked down at her own chest yet? (Hey, I'm not a morning person. Throughout school, I'd look down at noon -- when I finally woke up -- to see what I was wearing.)

 
At 6:03 PM, July 20, 2005, Blogger Alex said...

For the very un-squeamish, a possible explanation.

For those who'd prefer not to read it, which may include most of you, the quick summary is that vomit is a fetish for some people. Said angelic girl may be one of those people.

 
At 8:23 PM, July 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Neo - it's not just weird, it's sad. It's sad that somebody who is young and fresh and just getting started feels compelled for some reason to splash ugliness on herself. It's sad that she's not too innocent to wear something like that. It's sad that she doesn't have better taste! And yes, I know, that probably shows that I'm not so young any more, either.

 
At 6:03 AM, July 21, 2005, Blogger Goesh said...

You should have puked on her and said, " I agree".

 
At 7:03 AM, July 21, 2005, Blogger Baron Bodissey said...

Hey -- what if it's the name of a band?

 
At 7:18 AM, July 21, 2005, Blogger Goesh said...

-puking would be applause then for good music of that band

 
At 8:09 AM, July 21, 2005, Anonymous Paul said...

Shock efffect delusion!

 
At 4:43 PM, July 21, 2005, Blogger Promethea said...

Check out Theodore Dalyrymple's new book "Our Culture, What's Left of It."

Lots of examples of this and that.

 
At 2:35 PM, July 22, 2005, Blogger Daniel in Brookline said...

Strange, indeed. But you see many strange things on T-shirts these days.

respectfully,
Daniel in Brookline

 

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