I confess: So this lady made the news here in the weekly "check out this oddball" type story. You do see people choosing to live "retro" relatively often in other instances, but usually it's hipsters who draw a line at iPhones and Netflix, and usually the era is more 50's rockabilly and they have ice cream socials with other like minded folk. And usually it's couples who both share the nostalgia fetish. This lady is all "I live in 1939, full stop, anyone who wants to date me has to deal with that." Her bomb shelter is the spookiest thing I've ever seen (but come the zombie apocalypse, I know where to go!). Which at first I felt kind of sorry for her, I mean, I do think there is possibly something missing from people's lives when they choose to do this whole hog extremist living.
But there is something unquestionably brave/cool about it too? I could never live without modern amenities, I remember in college at one point I was looking for a place to live, and went to this house with a room to let, it was a single dad and his two kids, and then he pointed out that they didn't own a television, and wouldn't allow one in the house, and I was all "See Ya!". But I guess I have simplicity/stripping back technology addiction on the brain. Which leads to...
I confess: During my doctor's appointments this week, I had to wait about half an hour for my second appointment. Now, there is a big sign on the door saying "No phones please, we have blah blah whatever scan tech stuff which they interfere with". SO I am one of these people who actually turns off my phone. But as I looked around the waiting room, of course everyone was on their phone! People just do not give a damn, and cannot bear to sit with their own brains for more than 5 seconds any more. It's kind of sad. I felt weird just sitting there, because apparently the act of waiting is no longer the done thing, so I pretended to read a four year old magazine. But I quickly got bored and caved and turned on my phone. Then I felt guilty and turned it off.
Then I sat, for 20 minutes, and did nothing but look out the slightly open window, and feel the oscillating fan blow on me (it's always super stuffy in this waiting room). The quiet drumming noise of the fan really calmed me down, along with the slight breeze of the vaguely spring-like air. I was full of anxiety about my appointment, and I honestly felt so much better just sitting and being quiet and not thinking about much of anything other than trying to relax. It did make me think how we used to be forced to be still, in our own minds, all the time. On the subway or bus, before cell phones.Waiting rooms. Dining alone, being alone, anywhere in public, without the crutch of internet connection.
I know it's kind of a trendy thing to do but I am going to try to do this more often, to reduce my technology where possible (other than blogging of course!). I spend way too much time on-line, which hardly makes me unique, but I think I just want to spend more time alone with my thoughts, in general. It's when I tend to figure things out, and the less I do it the more likely I am to get wound up about silly stuff I think.
I just watched this episode of Mad Men (I think we have two left), and I'm obsessed with Peggy's evolution from meek secretary to actual womanly bad-ass! I am loving her wardrobe this whole season, I know most people ooh and ahh about the early sixties flouncy skirt dresses of Betty et al., but I found myself fawning over this very simple stripe detail shift dress Peggy wore in one scene, along with most of her and also Joan's season 7 wardrobe. Joan's wardrobe is still very feminine, but also chic and empowered.
I love the scene where Joan is shopping and telling the sales woman what she wants, you can see her questioning her own style, because she's yet again been questioned for dressing to accentuate her shape, suffering horrific office sexism despite her seemingly empowered position. And then we see her have an internal moment of "I don't give a damn what anyone thinks, I look great!" I guess it's natural I would prefer the dawn of the 70's, I do have history of loving 70's fashion, I am innately drawn to the earth tones, the simple shapes, the prints, and my love for it doesn't seem to be going anywhere! :-)