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One of my students got a new Ipod Nano during the week, so I was flipping through it, checking it out, and hassling him for having a couple of Britney Spears and Beyounce tracks on it. I'm not really a music Nazi, but you have to apply the peer pressure early with this stuff if you want kids to grow up right, I reckon. Anyhow, I like to move my lessons around what the students are into--one of the perks of running your own gig--so by the end of the lesson I'd shifted my plans into music, and had told him to download six albums and write reviews on them.

"Six?" he said.

"Yeah, why not? You're on holidays. Do an album a day. Besides, what other tutor would get you to download music?"

"None," he muttered.

"See, that's why I'm so cool."

"That's why you're insane!"

Perhaps you had to be there to find it funny.

As I was flipping through his Ipod I noticed a lot of bands I hadn't heard of, but which kinda sounded boring. I figured that was about the way of things, and though 30 Seconds to Mars is a cool band name, I'm good with it not being my thing. I'm 33, after all--I ought to start getting good with being out of touch with what's cool. In fact, I think I'll just dig being out of touch.

(crossposted)

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switchknitter
Oct. 12th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
It feels kind of surreal to me to be surrounded by 18 year olds now. And they're my _peers_. Freaky.
benpeek
Oct. 12th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
that just sounds ew, and not ew in that good master slave relationship way.
switchknitter
Oct. 12th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
The only thing that makes it tolerable is kicking all their asses on tests.
benpeek
Oct. 12th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
haha
drjon
Oct. 12th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
I love it that Britney is old and boring to the 18yos around now.

BTW, if you've not seen it:

benpeek
Oct. 12th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
i can't believe i just watched that.
drjon
Oct. 12th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
I can't believe you're about to watch this, either.

(Anonymous)
Oct. 12th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
You don't want to be associated with 30 Seconds to Mars...

Happy Birthday.

John
benpeek
Oct. 12th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
yeah, i agree. thanks man.
deborahlive
Oct. 12th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, kid.

;)

hani
Oct. 13th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
I personally love 30 Seconds to Mars. :P

Happy belated birthday.
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