Confessions of a Middle Aged Teenager

by Gig Girl on August 30, 2010

Here’s my confession:  Gig Girl has significant boundary issues when it comes to my preferred media indulgences and what is considered “age appropriate” by the masses for my specific demographic.  Put simply: I’m a pop culture junkie.  Don’t get me wrong, my English literature and creative writing degree means I love the classics and can hold my own in a literary debate.  However, oftentimes, my conversational passion frequently revolves around the latest Jersey Shore episode (don’t even get me started on the Ron/Sam drama) or most current People Magazine (I firmly believe that Elin Nordegren held her own with dignity) issue.  There… I said it…

Soooooooo – the upside is that even as an individual categorized as an “AMA” (of “Advanced Maternal Age“) for this pregnancy, I still have a pretty good grasp about what “the kids” are into these days.  I am very close with my pre-teen/teenage niece and nephews and I love chatting with them about the latest MTv “reality” show or some other current trend.  However, this middle aged teenager learned the hard way that this adoration for all things fluff has a dark  and seedy underbelly with dire consequences…

A few weeks ago the Hubs and I traveled 2.5 hours to the Cape for a bridal shower (one of my non-biological “sisters”).  While there, we also ran another errand for the Hubs that didn’t go well.  As I sat in our truck watching him conduct a “carefrontational” conversation with the salesman, I could tell this was not a discussion easily wrapped up.  So, picking up my smartphone I decided to amuse myself (the phone is new and I’m still getting used to all its functionality). “Hey!  I didn’t know I had Youtube on this…”

That night we stayed in a hotel so I could go to the shower in the morning.  I got a funky, early morning text from my service provider telling me something about exceeding my data plan BLAH BLAH BLAH.  I hand these matters directly over to the techie department in my house:

Gig Girl: Hon…can you tell me what this means?

Hubs: (reading message) Uhm…this says that you’ve gone over the allotted “courtesy” minutes on your data plan.  Which…is weird…since you know you don’t have a data plan.

GG: Right, I know that.  I’ve never emailed from my phone.  So what’s their deal?

Hubs: You know it’s not just email right?  It could be from internet use or…

GG: (with a sudden anxietal pang gripping my innards) Wait – internet use??  How could it let me even access the internet if I didn’t have a plan for it?  I mean, what…

Hubs:  (interrupting as its clearly not his first time at this particular rodeo) I put a $200 cap on the “courtesy minutes” just as an emergency measure.  So this means you’ve exceeded that limit.  What website were you on?

GG: (softly) Well…yesterday while you were talking to the salesman…I went on YouTube.  I thought it would make the hour go by faster…

Hubs: Youtube??!  What were you watching for over an hour on Youtube??

GG:  (very softly) ……

Hubs: Wait, what?  I couldn’t hear that….

GG: (exasperated and embarrassed) TWILIGHT OKAY!  TWILIGHT!  While you were in there doing your thing, I sat in the truck and did searches on various Twilight scenes and watched them again and again until you were done!  TWILIGHT!  There!  Are you happy now?!

Hubs: Didn’t you already see that movie? (Seriously, that was his response. Clearly the Hubs just doesn’t understand the whole Bella/Edward compulsion.  Plus, if he were truly paying attention he would have also added “AND READ ALL THE BOOKS” to the end of that question…)

So for the next hour, the poor Hubs had to work with our service provider to remove the $200 charge off our bill.

One problem – the charge wasn’t $200…

This past week our cell bill came in.  I opened it up to find that our normal $130 worth of combined charges was currently coming in at SIX HUNDRED AND TWENTY SEVEN DOLLARS.  Essentially, my little one hour Twilight marathon rang up a whopping FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETY SEVEN DOLLAR charge.

I silently handed the bill to the Hubs and just hung my head in shame.  After he put his eyeballs back in their respective sockets, he laughed, shook his head and spent the next hour trying to not only get the original $200 off that he was promised weeks ago, but also seeing if he could get the extra THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS taken off our bill as well.

He was able to get all but $87 of it waived, which we both can live with.  He also signed me up for a new data plan to ensure this little episode does not repeat itself.  Now that it’s “free”, Edward has never looked so good…

Have a similar guilty confession?  Embarrassment loves company…feel free to post below in the comments.  Or, simply confirm my husband’s belief that I’m utterly ridiculous when it comes to my pop culture obsession…I deserve that…

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Becca August 31, 2010 at 9:06 am

The Real Housewives! (Of Orange County, of New Jersey, of DC…take your pick, although the Orange County ladies are my personal fav). I’m not sure if this counts for pop culture…. but it certainly falls into the “my husband rolls his eyes when he sees me watching category. :)

melissa August 31, 2010 at 9:12 am

I secretly still love sponge bob. so does that make me an old-adolescent???

this story was great haha… i can’t believe you watched twilight. i would have run up the bill going to cute overload and watching videos of puppies and kitties being redonculously cute. my latest thing has been watching the freakin “bulldogs on a trampoline” video hehehe

Jenn August 31, 2010 at 9:15 am

Are you kidding? Not only have I read and watched all the Twilight (Eclipse is still waiting for you! and I am Team Edward all the way), but I LOVE Harry Potter (all the books, all the movies). My hubs, during a stormy Winter weekend, finally asked me how many times I had watched Twilight. I think it was 7, in 2 days.

Kristin August 31, 2010 at 10:18 am

Texting. I love texting. I started with a 200 texts-per-month plan. By the 20th of the month I’d be telling people “Don’t text me til after the 31st and don’t text me things like ‘OK’. Save it for a full sentence.” Well, I have a friend who breaks her texts down to singular.
Words.
Frequently.
The limited text plan had to go. I am now unlimited, baby! Unlimited data. Unlimited texting. yeah, that’s the life for me! I have bought songs from iTunes at a red light before.
Yes.
I.
Have!

Gig Girl August 31, 2010 at 11:03 am

So, what I’m hearing everyone say is I’m completely normal and my husband’s eye rolling is completely off the mark. I can live with that!!

Courtney August 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm

TMZ.com (I have it as an app on my iPhone) – every little tidbit of information about all of the drug laden, anorexic, lying, cheating, money laundering celebrities out there. OBSESSED.

Heather August 31, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Oh Gig girl you made me laugh so hard. I’m still laughing. My husband asked me why I was laughing. It is so funny because often my husband wants to have these conversations with shop people and I just want to disappear. Like the time we had to take the lawn mower back again. I just stay clear. Cos my husband gets mad. So yes, I also sit there by the car with my blackberry. But reading emails for me is part of the plan. I can’t watch videos on my phone. :(
I understand your Twilight needs. I also am a big fan :)
Pop culture is cool and I also always need to know what’s happening.

Heather August 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm

actually you probably can watch videos, I just haven’t figured it out yet. Probably a good thing!

Susan August 31, 2010 at 5:33 pm

First of all, I’m still laughing:) Second, that would make a great plug for a cell phone provider. They really deleted the charges? Let us know what exactly was said I’d like to use it.

S.I.F. September 2, 2010 at 2:30 am

OK:

A.) A smartphone without a data plan is crazy… just asking for trouble! 😉

B.) Oh hundreds of dollars for an hour of Twilight – so worth it! HA!

C.) I am kind of in awe of your hubby and his negotiating skills! Impressive!

Gig Girl September 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

A & B – I could NOT agree more. I mean honestly – all my teen and tweens neices and nephs have data plans for crying out loud!!!

C – Besides the “techie dept.” he also moonlights as the “maintenance dept” and “awkward conversation dept.” in our house :)

Andrea September 8, 2010 at 9:54 am

I’m constantly reminded how old I am when I watch MTV shows. The fact that the Real World/Road Rules challenges are 10 years younger than me is frightening. I’ve always been a huge RW fan but lately I’m tiring of the immaturity and drama. I guess I really am getting old! Stopping by from SITS.

Mary September 11, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I would have done something similar, b/c even if the first movie wasn’t the best one, it doesn’t matter b/c it’s Twilight!

I also watch spongebob…and have known the theme song for longer than I will admit. I also got along great with the high schoolers I used to teach Sunday School to…we started many classes talking about the latest TV drama, news on Twilight, or other social experiences they needed help deciphering…it was great!

Gig Girl September 13, 2010 at 8:47 am

Could NOT agree more Mary! It’s Twilight – nuff said :)
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea…
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