Straight Talk Sundays stemmed from a little spree I went on where I posted things on the Sunset in the Rearview Facebook Page that I called “Straight Talk.” I want this blog to be a true representation of me and who I am, so I write Straight Talk Sundays so that you guys can know what’s on my mind or what I feel like talking about. Total transparency.
Childhood days were the best. One of the coolest things I ever saw in the past was this teal green phone that my sister got from her godmother, and it was curved like a wave. How many people could say they had their own phone in their bedroom, and on top of that, a phone that looked like it came straight off Sunset Boulevard? Well, my sister could.
I also remember the time when I listened to the TLC tape so many times in one night (its first night in my possession, mind you) that the tape film came unraveled. Talk about a tearjerker, but also the coolest claim to fame EVER. I literally listened until I no longer could. God I was cool.
Want to know what else was cool? I was the tiniest little white girl with the biggest cheeks you’ve ever seen (yep, they’re still with me) and long blonde hair, and I knew every word to “Crossroads” by Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony. Once again, coolest little girl ever.
Remember eating lunch in cafeterias and being cool enough to get chocolate milk for lunch at a certain age? Or those juice tins with the peel off top? Pineapple flavored juice? You drank that? Alright, you were cool too.
Life’s still good. Don’t get me wrong. But I’m definitely not nearly as cool as I was. I’m not able to find absolute bliss in Yikes pencils or caboodles anymore. (My Snuggie, though, that thing makes me smile all the time.) But think of how much technology has changed things. If you can afford it, you can order anything you want at the click of a mouse. Want an old school Saved By The Bell poster? eBay it. Craving a popsicle mold that you fill with cranberry juice on a hot summer day? Google it. It’s all right there at your fingertips. And hell, that’s pretty tight, but you’re probably not going to be quite as cool as my sister was when she brought a Polaroid picture of her new phone in to school, just because cool things are easier to come by these days.
What made me think of all this was thinking about how music is made these days. Hip hop, for example: want somebody cool to do a feature on your song? No problem! Email them your beat and they’ll record their verse and then email it right back and an audio engineer will mix it right in. Movies? Now you can see actors performing their parts in front of a greenscreen from different sides of the world and when the actual movie comes out, it looks like they were both on the set together for months. Genius collaborations that come from physical partnerships in a studio or on a set seem harder to come by these days. What do yall think? I don’t know, I’m stuck missing Bone Thugs and Polaroid pictures.