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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments http://www.npr.org/2011/11/16/1423874...

What do you think?

Also, they mention Omaha hipsters in particular. Larry, is that you?


message 2: by ms.petra (new)

ms.petra (mspetra) just PW, WI.


message 3: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6027 comments We're just one brief Connect 4 move from Armageddon, aren't we?


message 4: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments People that cultivate this almost costume-like hipster look drive me nuts. But on the other hand, I find some aspects interesting. It's like the politically and ecologically minded hippies got crossed with the hyper-cynical gen-Xers and made this bizarre breed of people. I appreciate the mindset when it creates social and political awareness, but not so much when the irony reaches nails-on-a-chalkboard levels of irritation and it all boils down to some weird affectations and stupid memes. I'm a huge fan of witty banter and sarcasm, but I don't intent to make it my sole means of communication (hipster-speak, if you will). Hipsterism a defining aspect of my generation, for good or ill. I probably fall under the category a little myself, if only because I have a high tolerance for all things quirky, which seems to be a big thing in the hipster crowd.

Bad hipster icon:

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Adorable hipster poster-girl:

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message 5: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24257 comments Mod
I could only read 4% of the article because I refuse to read about hipsters, but I did enjoy the anthropological tone of this photo caption:

Hipsters like these urban dwellers in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago have now spread to the farthest reaches of small-town America.


message 6: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments I'm probably part hipster, or parts of me are hipster-ish, but I don't think anyone would call me a hipster.


message 7: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) I would never call you a hipster.


message 8: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17333 comments Mod
No, America has not been hipster-ized. America is fat and lazy and drives big noisy trucks when they do not need to. Some of these annoying people's kids wear pants that are simultaneously too small and manage not to fit on their bottoms, and wear their hair in weird, face covering styles and post about their emotional pain on Tumblr.
No.


message 9: by Susan (new)

Susan | 6406 comments Wtf. They post their pain on Tumblr, now?


message 10: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments Sally is rippin' ony 4WD truck again. I GOT A TUNE UP and I'm up to 11mpg. I'm trying and I'm NOT compensating for anything ;)


message 11: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6027 comments Kevin wrote: "Sally is rippin' ony 4WD truck again. I GOT A TUNE UP and I'm up to 11mpg. I'm trying and I'm NOT compensating for anything ;)"

It's your God-given right as an American to buy whatever gas-guzzling, behemoth mass of Detroit steel you want.

Er, you did buy American didn't you? If not, all bets are off.


message 12: by Aliyah (new)

Aliyah | 369 comments Hipsterism has dominated the world, not just the US. The trend is like a disease, and they are everywhere like a bunch of fleas.


message 13: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments clark - dodge. faulty transmission made right here in good ol kokomo, IN. and i ride an HD motorcycle made in milwaukee

Yes, Pete, it is. Actually, it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land.")


message 14: by Phil (last edited May 30, 2013 07:49AM) (new)

Phil | 11665 comments I thought it was American for "nasty cheap beer."




message 15: by Susan (new)

Susan | 6406 comments I only own steel steeds from Detroit. Anything else would bring the wrath of a few generations of family upon me. And they would not let me park in their driveways.


message 16: by Laurin (new)

Laurin (llooloo) | 1867 comments Kevin wrote: "Sally is rippin' ony 4WD truck again. I GOT A TUNE UP and I'm up to 11mpg. I'm trying and I'm NOT compensating for anything ;)"

I get a whopping 15 mpg city in my truck :)


message 17: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11665 comments I get 52 mpg in my Prius, and it carries a lot more than you would think.


message 18: by Susan (new)

Susan | 6406 comments Shut it! 52! Crap crackers that is good.


message 19: by Laurin (new)

Laurin (llooloo) | 1867 comments I can haul 35 bags of mulch in the bed of my truck. Or 30 sheets of drywall and 10 sheets of plywood with room to spare.

21 mpg highway.


message 20: by Susan (new)

Susan | 6406 comments I don't know the full capacity of my trunk but our last haul to the garden center resulted in 15 bags of dirt, lumber for three raised beds, 20 or so plants and a jogger stroller.


message 21: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments yes, laurin! try that in a prius


message 22: by Laurin (new)

Laurin (llooloo) | 1867 comments Kevin wrote: "yes, laurin! try that in a prius"

I even loaded and unloaded the mulch myself! I am woman, hear me roar! lol.


message 23: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17333 comments Mod
Oh for heaven's sake.


message 24: by Laurin (new)

Laurin (llooloo) | 1867 comments All kidding aside, my next vehicle will not be a truck. College student income does not support filling up a truck's gas tank. I love driving a truck, but my wallet does not.


message 25: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11665 comments I think it's grand that stores will deliver drywall and mulch, when ordered in quantity. And the staff will unload it, too.

My Prius will hold everything a polygamist family picks up on a single trip to Costco.


message 26: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24257 comments Mod
Now I'm picturing your whole family in calico dresses.


message 27: by Laurin (new)

Laurin (llooloo) | 1867 comments No Prius for me. We are a GM-only family.


message 28: by Phil (last edited May 30, 2013 08:32PM) (new)

Phil | 11665 comments Why so limiting? It's a big world out there.


message 29: by Susan (new)

Susan | 6406 comments It might be a Michigander thing. We bleed GM.


message 30: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments when you grow up in the midwest things are very big 3 in terms of automobiles. i think that when honda, suburu and toyota began building car building plants in KY, OH and IN that began to fade some but in some families it is still strictly big 3. up until maybe 10 years ago we had No Foreign Car signs on many parking lots in some places of our town.


message 31: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6027 comments Phil wrote: "I get 52 mpg in my Prius, and it carries a lot more than you would think."

I'll bet you also own a bedazzled iPhone, right?


message 32: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11665 comments Yuk it up, funny man.


I wouldn't touch an iPhone with your ear.


message 33: by Pat (new)

Pat (patb37) I owned a chevy once. Never again.


message 34: by evie (new)

evie (ecie) | 4289 comments All this car talk !


message 35: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17333 comments Mod
I don't think the only choices in the world are a diesel truck and a Prius.


message 36: by Laurin (new)

Laurin (llooloo) | 1867 comments Susan wrote: "It might be a Michigander thing. We bleed GM."

My mom, one of my uncles, my grandmother, both of my grandfathers and one of my great-grandfathers all worked for GM. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for GM, and my parents wouldn't be either. I have fierce loyalty to GM.


message 37: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17333 comments Mod
My great grandfather was a one-legged lighthouse keeper in MI. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for lighthouses.


message 38: by Laurin (new)

Laurin (llooloo) | 1867 comments I won't even consider Ford or Chrysler. GM is the only car company that I will purchase from.


message 39: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17333 comments Mod
So...Chevy or Dodge?


message 40: by Laurin (new)

Laurin (llooloo) | 1867 comments Sally wrote: "So...Chevy or Dodge?"

Chevy. Silverado 1500 - extended cab, regular bed.


message 41: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17333 comments Mod
Do you have any pink stickers in the back window?


message 42: by Susan (new)

Susan | 6406 comments Laurin wrote: "Susan wrote: "It might be a Michigander thing. We bleed GM."

My mom, one of my uncles, my grandmother, both of my grandfathers and one of my great-grandfathers all worked for GM. I wouldn't be he..."


I know what you mean. GM has employed several generations of both mine and my husband's family.

Though, I would not be here if my mom would have kept dating that guy with the mob relations and not decided to go on a date with my dad despite the fact that she did not like him when they first met.


message 43: by Laurin (new)

Laurin (llooloo) | 1867 comments Sally wrote: "Do you have any pink stickers in the back window?"

Nope. I do have a "Made in Detroit" sticker on the back window. I also have a Disney license plate frame. I'm also going to put a Mickey Mouse sticker on the back window.

I love that the thread title changed in my honor. :)


message 44: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17333 comments Mod
Hm. My mom thought my dad was kind of a jerk when they first met. He was a ski-patrol man at Mt Hoodoo and she and her friend saw what they thought was a backcountry skiier roll down a peak across the way. When they reported the "incident" my dad joked that they find lots of bodies in the crevasse in the spring when the snow melts. She thought he was such an arse, making fun of her.

Little did she know that he wrote down her number from the report she filed and called her a week later. All the girls in her sorority sung and danced when he called.


message 45: by Laurin (new)

Laurin (llooloo) | 1867 comments That's a cute story. My parents met playing beach volleyball.


message 46: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17333 comments Mod
I thought they met assembling American trucks?


message 47: by Susan (last edited May 31, 2013 08:32AM) (new)

Susan | 6406 comments Ha! I like that story. I think him making a joke instead of trying to be a smooth operator is by far better.

My parents first met on a double date, each accompanied by who they were then dating. My dad thought my mom was a little stuck up and my mom thought my dad was too full of himself.

Next year will be their fiftieth wedding anniversary.


message 48: by Laurin (new)

Laurin (llooloo) | 1867 comments Sally wrote: "I thought they met assembling American trucks?"

No, my dad never worked at the shop. He has owned plenty of GM trucks. Silverados, CKs, Avalanches.


message 49: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Avalanches! There we are again! Sally wouldn't be here if it weren't for avalanches.


message 50: by Laurin (new)

Laurin (llooloo) | 1867 comments Félix wrote: "Avalanches! There we are again! Sally wouldn't be here if it weren't for avalanches."

The Avalanche was a great truck, I don't care what anyone says.


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