I used to hear about trends. A movie would debut and I would have known about it. I was aware of trends in the styles of clothing, even if I ignored them and still wore jeans. I devoured food trends. But, “The Hunger Games” was released — the book already had been read in a bunch of school English classes — and I was totally unaware of this literary and entertainment phenomenon.
I’m so old I’m starting to miss out on all the really fun trends. Apparently, I’m preoccupied with old people stuff.
Something that’s entertaining to everybody else in the world can be happening at any given moment and I’m generally oblivious to it. I’ll still be reading my junk mail, or checking out scores on “SportsCenter,” or making sure I don’t have noticeable ear hairs.
It happened the other day — a trend surfaced while I was reading the newspaper and eating Pop-Tarts.
“Hundreds of area students head to the theaters,” an article in the newspaper reported, and I hadn’t found out about it until most of them were on their way.
If I’d run into the mob of moviegoers I’d have had to ask, “Where are you all going?” They would have answered, “We’re going to ‘The Hunger Games.’” And I’d have thought, “Oh, wow, a hot new restaurant. ... I should go there sometime, if they have an early-bird special.”
I wouldn’t have known “The Hunger Games” was a movie until I read about it.
I used to hear about trends. A movie would debut and I would have known about it. I was aware of trends in the styles of clothing, even if I ignored them and still wore jeans. I devoured food trends.
But “The Hunger Games” was released — the book already had been read in a bunch of school English classes — and I was totally unaware of this literary and entertainment phenomenon.
The article called it “Hollywood’s latest blockbuster.” You’d think I would have heard about a blockbuster. But people going to a blockbuster almost have to trample me for me to take notice of it.
Now I’m afraid to even talk about “The Hunger Games” to anyone. I feel a lot like the people in the commercials who don’t have the fast cellphone.
“I saw ‘The Hunger Games’ the other day. What do you think of it?”
“That’s so 37 seconds ago ...”
Or maybe it’s 37 days ago.
To be honest, I might be in more trouble than I originally thought. People in my position, as a member of the media (literally means, “man who can surf the Internet and tell his boss, ‘Eh, research ...’”) are supposed to know about trends. And I don’t mean just the new trends in, for example, lawn care, which somebody who works in the home maintenance department of big box stores is going to tell me about if I try to buy only the cheap stuff.
So I need you to do something for me. Watch for trends. If you hear about a trend, tell me about it. If your 12-year-old hears about a trend, pass it on. Don’t worry if it’s a small trend — almost an insignificant trend, or a trend that we may not really understand, like our fascination with Justin Bieber — because at this point I’m not real picky. I need to know about all trends and right now I don’t know much about any trends.
I read another article Monday that said “The Hunger Games” brought in $155 million at the box office over the weekend. So somebody must have known enough about it long enough ahead to make plans. But nobody let me in on it. I didn’t find out about the movie until Friday.
Until then, for all I knew, “The Hunger Games” could have been some extreme eating competition on the Food Channel.
Reach Gary Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.