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Have You Lost Your Cool Status?

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Are you now or were you ever considered "cool"? I feel safe in doing this blog post because I can honestly say I don't think I have ever been considered cool in anyone's eyes. Now that I'm older (and I hope wiser), it's been fascinating to see again some of the kids who were "cool" in schools I attended and taught in. Many of them seem much less cool than in their younger years. If they were once cool, they've apparently moved on. Or upon further reflection, maybe they weren't really all that cool to begin with. I think the definition of cool constantly changes. Today's cool will be tomorrow's passé.

This past week I've received several things regarding coolness that mesh perfectly to form today's post.

You know you've lost your "cool" status when...

The pattern on your shorts and couch match.

You fondly remember your powder blue leisure suit.

Jogging is something you do to your memory.

All the cars behind you flash their headlights.

You actually ask for your father's advice.

You turn down free tickets to an evening event because you have to work the next day.

You don't know how to operate a fax machine.

Instead of saying "Good morning" to your wife, you ask her if she's taken her meds.

You leave concerts and sports events early to "beat the crowd."

Co-workers you've always thought of as contemporaries now come to you for sage counsel.

You don't know what your "comfort zone" is. In fact the term makes you nervous.

When someone mentions surfing, you picture waves and a surf board.

You don't want a sports-type vehicle because of the insurance premiums.

You bought your first car for the same price you just paid for your son's new running shoes.


Speaking of cars, here are some great posters I received in an e-mail from a reader who graduated from high school with me. I'm old enough to remember these cool Chevy cars.

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picture of Chevy poster

picture of Chevy poster

picture of Chevy poster

picture of Chevy poster

As I looked around online in preparation for this post, I found several pictures on Google images that illustrate my point that cool is a moving target. Chevy has also apparently moved on.

picture of Chevy poster

picture of Chevy poster

How do you define"cool"? Has your definition changed from earlier times in your life? If you are currently considered cool, enjoy it while it lasts! 🙂


"It's foolish to measure my worth by my possessions because my possessions come and go. ... My worth has to do with my relationship to God and to others." — Drew Conley

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Age is like the newest version of a software — it has a bunch of great new features, but you lose all the cool features the original version had.

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11 Comments on “Have You Lost Your Cool Status?”

  1. #1 Robin
    on Dec 7th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Loved your blog and most recent post about “coolness”

  2. #2 Michael
    on Dec 7th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    You are totally cool. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

    Cool is a moving target like you said. I wasn’t thought to be very cool when I was in high school but now that I teach high school I get the sense that several students think of me as cool. Maybe they’re just trying to make me feel good.

    And, thanks for the Chevy posters. While I was not alive when those vehicles were first produced, I got a love of classic cars from my dad who once owned a ’57 Chevy.

  3. #3 Ray
    on Dec 7th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    “you turn down free tickets to an event because it will not end before your bedtime”…

    When my wife and I are in the mall and we see a “cool” kid(s), I turn and ask her if I will ever be that cool. She then says “no”. Bummer.

  4. #4 Rob
    on Dec 7th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    @Robin – Thanks! Glad you checked it out.

    @Michael – By saying I’m cool, do you mean “not too hot”? 🙂

    @Ray – Leave it to Becky to shoot straight with you. 😉

  5. #5 Karen M.
    on Dec 7th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Way awesome car pics! Hmmm… COOL actually means “not so hot.”

  6. #6 Steve Swartz
    on Dec 7th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    If you can even remember what a pocket protector is, you are not cool. Or Vitalis!

  7. #7 Carrie
    on Dec 7th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Those posters are cool. ;o) I love classic cars. Maybe someday I’ll be cool (and rich) enough to drive one.

  8. #8 Marilyn
    on Dec 8th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I’m so cool – I’m hot! Also I’m occasionally warm and chilly at the same time!

  9. #9 deb :)
    on Dec 8th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I love the car posters! I really love to go to car shows! I think cool is the brand new Camaro! I remember mom taking us to school in some of those old cars that I was so embarassed to be seen in, now I wish I could be driving some of them! Dan says many times he would love to have dad’s old Studebakers! 🙂

  10. #10 Sharon Klenk
    on Dec 8th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Three friends & I get together every summer for a “girls’ vacation” in Florida. About 10 years ago, the Florida friend’s grandson asked her if the “COOL GIRLS” were coming to visit soon! That’s my only claim to coolness . . . . and will forever be my only claim. 🙂

  11. #11 Prof M. Browne
    on Dec 9th, 2011 at 2:56 am

    My daughter says I’m still cool although I retired last year from my academic work. Still pretty active though;-) I must confess that we Brits always look in astonishment at your cars and these posters demonstrate why ;-( I spend a lot of time in Helsinki in the Summer months and they have huge rallies of vintage U.S cars and we all have a good laugh. Great blog by the way.