Monday, June 3, 2013

Keep moving, nothing to see here....

angle on pedestrians: looking down on group of tourist pedestrians sauntering along road
Source: TACLUDA

Setting: New York City on a muggy June day

Characters: Two naïve parents from out-of-state with their much-wiser 30something son

Plot:  Keep your eyes straight ahead; don’t make eye contact

It was a day like any other on the streets in Manhattan.  A tide of humanity streamed both directions, trying to avoid collisions.  Blank eyes on blank faces flowed in multi-colors.  The rules were simple:  don’t make eye contact and don’t react to anything you might see/smell/hear.  Keep moving, nothing to see here.

On the move: People on the move
Source: johnnyberg

It was after such a day that the two simpleton parents from Podunk-ville returned to the Hotel Pennsylvania.  Defeat dogged their steps and their son’s lecture rang in their ears:  Keep moving….

Wikipedia, God bless 'em!
Macy’s was ever-so-close, and at least there they would feel some freedom to look at the merchandise and express emotion.

The ancient escalator from “Miracle on 34th Street” took them from one floor to the next.  As they started to relax, some teenagers got ahead of them on the few steps up.

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Source
The naïve mother found her eyes at butt level with a teenage boy.  Facing his drooping jeans, she read the label on his boxers, which were perilously close to being dragged down by the weight of the jeans.  Oh, God, oh, God…should I yank them the rest of the way?...

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Source: The Grio by Anthony Calypso
Keep your eyes straight ahead…but what about “…making butt contact”…?  He/the brilliant son never said anything about that…

The sagging pants phenomena has  always bewildered me.  Go to the listed source for answers, if you have also found yourself staring at boxers in the face.  This site was very good, well written.

34 comments:

  1. LOL never got the point in letting your pants hang so damn low. and yeah avoid eye contact indeed

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    1. Despite my son's instructions, I made eye contact and talked to strangers. Nothing bad happened!

      The pants? Someday, that kid's pants will drop and he'll fall flat on his face.

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  2. It has to be uncomfortable, don't you think? I never understood this fashion statement.

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    1. The source below the pant's photo is an excellent one. It discussed the events that lead up to the pants-down-movement, and predicts a demise of same.

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  3. These young folks who want to be taken seriously and treated as adults are running around like two year olds with their pants full lol.
    Isn't it strange and sad that we have devolved into NOT making eye contact?

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    1. Here in our San Diego County town, eye contact is frequent and conversing is the main. And the Midwest is friendly, as well.

      I sit at stop lights and watch the pants-down group try to get across the intersection without losing their drawers. Cheap entertainment.

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  4. I too wrote about sagging pants recently. How can anyone find them attractive, even those who wear them surely know how utterly ridiculous they look.

    As for eye contact? You want to come to my village, eye contact is all the rage here. You’d find the lack of eye contact offensive here. We meet and greet and stop and smile and chat. That’s just how it is.

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    1. I will check out that post!

      Here is my community, eye contact and smiles are perfectly fine. Why this evolved in large cities, I don't know.

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  5. "Have you ever noticed how slowly the "low-pants-butt-showing" wearer walks? I tried to imagine walking fast or running in those pants. I don't think I could, could you?

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    1. I know it is impossible to move fast in those pants, or to stand up from the ground in the pants.

      When I was still teaching, I raided my closet for those cheap plastic belts that come with cheap pants (oh well). I kept them at school for the boys to cinch up their pants. When I ran out of belts, I cut off lengths of heavy yarn (the type used in classrooms.

      Did it work? Maybe for that day.

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  6. Welll???? What did you do?

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    1. Nothing. But oh, how I was tempted. I thing God was testing me there....

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  7. Pants on the ground, indeed!

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    1. Now, if those pants had fallen on the ancient escalator, history says the thing would have chewed those pants to pieces. Oh, well.

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  8. That is a fascinating article - thank you. It isn't something I understand at all. Here in Oz, builders (and tradesmen more generally) have adopted it. To the point where the expression 'builders crack' is well known. Not a good look - or I don't think so.

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    1. I am hoping that their parents have taken lots and lots of photos, front and back.

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  9. Hi Susan,

    I know, been a bit of time since I visited. Humble apologies for that.

    Ah some moments in New Yawk. Gid oudda' ere...And this comment has um reached the bottom :)

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    1. Indeed...I have seen enough of NYC to last me for a long time. Esp. those boxers.

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  10. The kid must have been taking "Essence of Silliness" or something similar. Just being part of a trend. Whatever.

    Not a lot for a cat to contemplate in that.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting, Life in the Urban Forest (poetry).

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    1. The last 'moon' I had seen was my gr-kids' moons.

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  12. LOL I can't stand the "pants on the ground" trend. I keep thinking it's surely going to die out and yet it just keeps going. Great story, I enjoyed reading it. :)

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    1. Me, too! Since it hasn't, I am hoping that their photos in 20 years will embarrass them.

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  13. The trend with girls wearing hip pants way too low and thongs sticking out was another one that baffled me.

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    1. Those drive me crazy, as well! The 'muffin top' look--where the fat bulges out over the low riders--really has some issues.

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  14. I keep hoping this is a trend that will go the way of the dodo, but it continues to succeed in making people look like one.

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    1. Oh, if only there was a new fashion that actually made sense!

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  15. I don't know if I could go along with that "no eye contact" stuff. I'm a babbler, and always make eye contact, smile and/or say hello. It's in the nature of the beast.

    As for that kid saying he wears his pants like that because it's "comfortable," I don't buy that. How can britches threatening to fall to the floor POSSIBLY be comfortable? It'd drive me nuts.

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    1. I tried it in my home and succeeded in waddling like a penguin. Maybe I should try it in public. That is one sure way to kill a fashion: when grandmothers revolt and wear low riders?

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  16. Fashion should never interfere with natural moves (I once watched a young man try to go up a set of stairs with his sagging jeans - crotch at his knees. He couldn't do it.) but I'd be forgetting the wonderful and amazing trends of the past that insisted on women corseting themselves so tightly, they couldn't breathe. Or men wearing collars that didn't allow for any movement of the head. I could go on, but I'm too distracted by the picture of the young man's red boxers. Now THAT is fashion! Not. :)

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    1. My daughter is a talented costumer, does research on styles. The evolution of fashion is amazing. Torture to torture...

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!