Is it Hip to be Square? As we age, we find this to be true.
We’re not exactly the bourgeois bohemians to whom Huey Lewis and the News were alluding in their “Hip to be Square” anthem. However, we pride ourselves on being square yet in the know or hip up to a point.
We’re good researchers and reporters who read a lot. We loved subscribing to People magazine years ago, so we could keep up on the latest celeb gossip and palace intrigue, then about the threesome: Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Camilla.
Through the years as we aged, our interest in celeb-oriented publications waned. We’d pick up a copy of People at the dentist and were clueless. Who were these young bucks? We didn’t recognize most mentioned. Even terms alluded us. We dialed down other subscriptions and knew even fewer.
We stopped frequenting department and specialty shops to spot fashion trends when the pandemic hit. We didn’t go to concerts/opera or sporting events for the same reason and rarely watched any on TV, except for tennis which Barbara liked and opera which Margaret loves.
We ate out less, in part because of the pandemic. At the same time, more restaurants prepared foods we had never heard of. We tired of asking, “What’s that?” or Googling every ingredient. Why was cauliflower suddenly a star and in so many forms, sometimes disguised as pizza crust? We craved familiar standbys such as a good bowl of onion soup, roasted chicken, a fresh tuna burger with crispy fries, pizza made with a flour-based dough and for dessert a big wedge of chocolate cake without vegan frosting.
Yes, we are square. But are we hip?
Ask us about coronavirus variants, the best masks, how to avoid the country’s hot spots to steer clear of catching Covid-19, and we’re experts. Being in the old age category and highly susceptible to getting sick or worse a long-hauler problem, we’ve stayed on our toes and in the know.
To be cool and stay abreast of what’s trendy, we decided to do some research to get back up to speed. Here’s what we’ve learned, with help from our kids, a niece and the Internet. Now at least we can pretend to “get it” when we rejoin society and cocktail conversations. We can banter about some of these names and trends. The only problem is, like technology, by the time you read these, and we use the terms or drop the names in daily parlance, they’ll probably be obsolete.
Piri Piri sauce
Hot female athletes
Hoodies under blazers
Authors of best debut novels
Claire-Louise Bennett, Checkout 19
Natasha Brown, Assembly
Keith Ridgway, A Shock
Leone Ross, This One Sky Day
Isabel Waidner, Sterling Karat
Rebecca Watson, little scratch
Laura Rooney, Normal People
Artists or art collectives
Jakob Kudsk Steensen
Architecture and design styles
Maximalism, Japandi and Cottagecore styles
Open plans that aren’t totally open
Decreased carbon footprints
Demographic driven design
Any version of the color green that suggests nature
Jake Xerses Fussell
There aren’t any since Patrick Leahy retired, that was easy
Narcissism, which everybody knows about unless you’ve lived under a rock
Overused terms during COVID-19
Flattening the curve
Presumptive positive case
If you’re hip, share your list.