On the way to Englewood Beach, my wife and I stopped at a McDonalds for a quick snack. In the parking lot was an 80’s vintage Dodge Aries K-Car in fairly decent shape. On the side window it said, “I’m cool” and there was a waxed mustache symbol on the back window.
A single thought hounded me that day. “K-Cars are cool?”
I owned a K-Car back in the day. In fact it was my very first car. It was a 1983 Dodge Aries station wagon. Silver with red interior. To make it even more rare, it has a stick shift, not automatic. That wagon was many things for me. Freedom, privacy, adventure, transport, moving van, and mechanical school. It was all that, but I have to admit that in my era it was never considered “cool”. In fact, I can honestly say that I never had a girl look at it and say, “Nice ride!”
I also wore squarish, plastic framed glasses back then. While they did have some “style” to them, like the K-Car, they were picked because of economy instead of fashion.
Same for my clothing. I never bought $100 jeans. Hell, I thought $25 Levis to be outrageous. Rustler’s worked fine for me.
So I had to wonder, was I a Hipster before my time?
I did have one jazz album on cassette. Vital Information – Global Beat if you must know.
Steve Smith, the drummer from Journey was a forming member of the band and I had to have everything that was musically related to Journey at the time.
Thinking about it, I believe that having a “Mullet” haircut probably disqualifies me from the group. It is funny though to look back and see how many things I had are now considered trendy in a way.
I did have a 1968 VW Beetle. These are cool on different levels. Just the age alone now-days makes them classic. Then there is the whole “Herbie” factor. (One guy even begged his wife to stop and rent “The Love Bug” after seeing my car.)
Then there was the time I worked at Saturn. (I sold the SL, SC, and L models; that’s small sedans, small coupes in 2000.) These seem to be hipster cars too now.
Flannel plaid shirts seem to always be in fashion and Journey has ridden its x-number wave of popularity. (Steve Perry is working on a new album too!)
So the question remains: does this random act of convergence mean anything subliminally and should I even care?
I never tried to be trendy. If anything I tried to present myself as independent. I preferred trails in the parks and woods over the bars and cafés. I always picked clothing on if I thought it looked nice, and not if it was in a magazine or opposite of it.
I will concede the haircut. I got that because Steve Perry had one in the “Raised on Radio” era. It just had to be done.
In the end, the answer seems to be, So what.
So what if some things I did might seem trendy now. So what it they didn’t. It didn’t matter then and it doesn’t matter now. The only thing that matters it that I enjoyed the time as I was in it. A trend here and there adds to the spice of your life, but doesn’t rule it. Do what you want and don’t worry about what other’s think. Now or in the future. Who knows what the next trend will be. Maybe you’ll visit that old ghost from your past. Go up to it and shake hands. Then go right on and look to the future. Because as well all know, that’s where the really great adventures lie.