"We're off cupcakes and back to donuts."
-Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock
Today's thought was inspired by my favorite comedy TV show 30 Rock. It's hilarious. It's consistently funny (not like The Office which totally went down after Jim and Pam got married) and I just love it! I own the first three seasons on DVD, and my husband I watch an episode or two every night. It's one of our quarky traditions that I've grown to love.
Anyway, during one episode Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) is introducing himself to one of Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey) friends (guest star Jennifer Aniston) and says:
"Welcome to New York. Ah, let's see...we're using credit cards in cabs now, all the galleries have moved to Chelsea and we're off of cupcakes and back to donuts."
I love the part about the cupcakes. I totally remember when, all of the sudden, cupcakes were the new thing. Everyone wanted to eat a gourmet cupcake (and didn't mind paying $4.00 for one) and everyone wanted to own a cupcake shop. I'll admit, I drank the cupcake kool-aid. Fortunately, for my wallet and waist line, my town didn't have any cool cupcake bakeries, so I wasn't able to fully enjoy the cupcake craze.
All this talk about cupcakes got me thinking about fads and trends. Isn't it funny how a certain gadget, restaurant, musical group, etc., can pop out of nowhere, be way popular and then disappear? I've jumped on a lot of trend trains in my day. Here are just a few examples:
- Slap braclets
- Ring Pops
- New Kids on the Block
- Girbuad jeans
- Keeping one strap on my overalls undone
- Crystal Pepsi
- Krispy Kreme Donuts
But, there are also a few trends that never interested me:
- Power Rangers
- Harry Potter books
Then, there was the time I'm pretty sure I started a trend. It was while I was in junior high, and I was hanging out with a friend that I only saw once in awhile because we lived in different cities. For whatever reason, we went to Home Depot. I honestly have no idea why we were there. Anyway, we found these crown bolts and each bought one to wear as rings. I put stars on mine just to give it a little kick. I wore it to school and didn't think much about it. One day, while at school, I noticed a bunch of girls (who weren't my friends) each wearing a bolt on their finger. I was way surprised because I never thought anyone noticed my bolt.
I never talked to the girls about our "rings" so maybe I didn't start a trend. But, maybe, it wouldn't be a bad thing to think I started a trend. Who's gonna know anyway, right?