Tuesday, August 18, 2009

the mindset list

In honor of our sending a son off to college in a week, I present to you an
an interesting list compiled each year for the last 12 years by Beloit College, to remind professors that incoming freshmen do not share compatible references with staff who are usually a few decades older. It might not be a good idea to use Watergate as a reference point when the professor is thinking Nixon, and the student is thinking the apartment complex in which Monica Lewinsky lived. It made me think about the advertising campaigns going on when I was in my formative years--I can sing the Oscar Meyer song with clarity, and I've always wanted to find out exactly how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop. Oh, and how about my ability to recite the "Two all-beef patties special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun" jingle without missing a syllable? Can you reference any of those? Or is the product line of your youth just a tad different from mine?

6 comments:

Smilin' sunshine said...

I can totally sing the 2 all beef patties song!

My kids can't believe I know it!

I can't believe you are sending a son off to college! That scares me! I don't have too many years left.

Jo Jo said...

I think reading lists like this age me more!

Becky said...

yes...the product line of MY youth is a tad different from yours...a whole 9 years different. :) (did i just say that?) xoxo

LL said...

break me off a piece of that kit kat bar comes to mind or the Double your pleasure double your fun gum commercial...or I can hum the beginning music to Little House on the Prairie.
I always love your posts...

Darleen said...

Hey Jen. Ditto on all of the references. But did you learn to recite the Big Mac jingle backwards without missing a beat? Cierra heads to the Y for year two in a week and a half. She's living off campus this year. Hard to believe our little sandbox buddies at two years of age will be at the same school!!!

Whitney Johnson said...

Two all beef patties...
Oscar Meyer...

I woke up in love this morning....

Fun!