I was catching up on the broadcast messages that keep appearing on my BBM this evening when it struck me, having BlackBerry Messenger, knowing what BBM stands for or how to use it is not keeping me young. What gave it away? After the third visit into ‘urban dictionary’ that’s when I realised I speak youth no better than I speak Japanese. I might think the language of youth makes no sense, I may think its a pointless reconstruction of the English language but all that confirms that I am not a member of this community.
Don’t misunderstand me, I do not feel that not being part of youth is an issue, it does not worry me that I can not talk the specialist dialect of ‘gangsta’ nor do I miss being those ages. I record here only that I have seen another clear division between the youth and myself. There are of course more obvious indicators such as music and clothing but, if your checking the signs, be careful its not just not being involved that indicates the gap. To be sure that age is the cause of the distance follow this test: listen to some youngsters talking, take note of the words and language and reflect upon them, odd? Foreign? Or ludicrous? Only the later indicates age.
Todays news tells me that women are suing the Metropolitan Police because they were engaged in relationships with under cover police. One woman claims her six year relationship was ‘akin to psychological abuse’, can someone explain why? She had a relationship with a man that lasted six years, that’s pretty good going by most peoples standards, did he abuse her? Did he install a clock machine to record his relationship hours for overtime? Of course not, there’s was a normal healthy relationship she just didn’t know what he did for a living, if it was so bad they would not have made six years. This sort of legal claim is madness but if the case progresses to court I will be interested to find out how he ended the relationship, did he just tell her there was no more budget?
The morning also brought the news that the pope has retired and moved into his holiday residence, how does that work? Its the pope’s summer residence so when he retires surely it is not his? Do they have to build a new summer residence for the new boy? Or does he have to hot bunk with the outgoing fella?
I would like to note that I am very brave having charged my IPod, BlackBerry and Samsung overnight I resisted the urge to charge the Kindle. The Kindle has not seen power since the weekend, battery status looks good although rather annoyingly there is no ‘time to go’ or ‘pages to read’ interpretation available, let’s hope it makes the ride home.