Blink 182 is the butt of a lot of jokes nowadays. I don’t think they mind being the butt of anything though. Yesterday, I was listening to their album Enema of the State ( I know) and it took me back to my twelve year old youth. Of course, when I was twelve I didn’t know what half of the songs were referring to, I just thought they were catchy and fun.
I remember when I first heard What’s My Age Again? because it was the same day that I almost died in the weight room during gym. I was doing the leg press, listening to someone else’s copy of Now 3 on a boombox, when my leg slipped and the foot pedal went into my leg. I had to get 5 stitches and it was traumatizing to say the least. But while I was listening to the CD, I remember song number 3 was a song that I didn’t know and that I always skipped.
I am known for skipping songs that I don’t know. My husband always gets mad because I switch radio stations a hundred times before I settle on a song I like and know. He always says, “How do you discover new music if you only listen to songs you know?” I think songs have to prove themselves to me if they want me to discover them. Much like What’s My Age Again? did during gym class.
After I went home and got my leg taken care of, I listened to that song over and over. It really helped heal my wounds. I got that CD for Christmas and I remember that Christmas in particular quite vividly because I threw up that morning. I think I stayed up too late with my brother debating about who would get more presents. I would always get more because I was, and still am, the obvious favorite. Even if I didn’t get more presents I made sure to open mine realllly slowly so it looked like I had an avalanche of gifts to open after my brother had finished opening all of his. My mom actually had to tell me one Christmas to make sure to open my presents quickly.
One of the lines in What’s My Age Again? is “Nobody likes you when you’re twenty-three!” and I can attest that it’s true. It’s funny because I used to think that I would never be twenty-three. I was twelve at the time so thinking about eleven years passing by just seemed impossible. Here I am at twenty-five realizing that Blink 182 should’ve mentioned that nobody likes you ever again even once twenty-three has passed by.
Imagine my excitement when I first saw the What’s My Age Again? music video which consisted of the band members running through the streets of California naked except for socks and Chuck Taylors. I think this is the reason why I love guys. Girls would never run around naked in a music video. They might stand there naked, but they wouldn’t run around and do cartwheels.
I have no idea what this post was about, but thank you for reading it anyway.