The thing that always makes me feel OLD is when fandom specifically attributes some behavior or concept or misbehavior specifically to Tumblr Fandom and I’m like hey no, trust me, we were doing/talking/writing about/pr0ning about it way back in the old country when we sent binary smoke signals into the sky.
That’s WHY you sometimes run into incomprehensible warnings or weirdly prescient guesses about possible fandom behavior (Especially bad behavior). It’s because there’s a chunk of people who were around before tumblr and we’ve seen it before. Yeah it doesn’t always work out exactly the same, but let me tell you, the patterns repeat. All the time.
From one of my favorite nostalgia pages. I’m not sure if these things make me feel old or a bit…superior. Perhaps it’s s bit of both. Really like #8 about “Yellow Pages” which one intern actually thought meant pornography.
When you keep coming across those “If he/she doesn’t know ____________, then they are too young for you.” memes and you don’t know it because the at the time it was big, it was big for those kids younger than you, and you never watched/played it.
So it’s that time in my life. People I used to know in high school or who I’m still acquaintances with are getting engaged or married or pregnant. It seems every few days I log into Facebook an engagement ring photo is staring at me with 100 “likes”.
And then it happened. A friend of mine got engaged and I’m actually close enough with her to be invited to her wedding! It shall be the first in a string that will span decades I’m sure; and I’m totally cool with that, I love weddings. But 21/22 seems way too young for marriage. Then again that’s coming from someone who never goes out on dates and feels no desire to marry. Some of these old friends I would have predicted would marry young. It seems to be the people who were in back to back long relationships in high school or those who jumped around all the time, continuously dating, never single and always looking for love.
engaged: kristen, marissa, natalie, nicole, emily, kendall, katie and scott
married: alex and jessica, travis, musette, anne, olivia, stephanie, kelly, kelsey
pregnant: jessica, lexie, stephanie
Also, a good friend I know through ballet just got divorced and my best friend has been dating her future husband for over a year now.