Why do young folks sag their pants? My top 10 reasons!

I work with teenagers.

I live with teenagers.

I hang out with teenagers and young adults.

I actually pride myself on the fact that I can speak their language and tend to “get” them, (for the most part).  I like hanging out with them.  In fact, I find myself thinking about my own teenage-hood when I am hanging out with them.

My kids don’t read my blog and for that I am often grateful.  After all, since they don’t read the blog I can bad mouth them, talk shit about them, generally smear their names, or I can tell things about myself that I don’t necessarily want them to know.

So, back to my original point, which is that I feel that I “get” them for the most part.  I have learned not to share too much about me, but am able to get them to open up about themselves.  They seem to trust me. And even though my 19 year old always said I was the “best nag” about his homework when he was in high school, I NEVER embarrassed him in front of his friends, or gave him a hard time about his girlfriends.  I am one of those adults who believe that teens can experience true love, and have NEVER said to a teenager, “You don’t even know what love is”.  Of course they do.  They have the same feelings adults do, to the extreme in many cases.  They fall in love.  They care for each other.  The fastest way to stop your teen from listening to you is to tell them they don’t “really” love their girlfriend or boyfriend.

And even though I “get” young people, there are still many things about them I don’t understand.  Many things really haven’t changed from when I was a teen and young adult, (drinking, partying, hanging out with friends, staying up too late,  driving too fast, making reckless decisions, falling in and out of love) but there are also quite a few things that are different (technology, technology, technology). And this! This trend that I have seen for a few years, mainly among young males, although I have seen a few females engaging in this behavior as well. What is it?

Sagging their pants!

This is behavior I just don’t get.  I mean, really, I just don’t understand why they do that.  I can’t even tell you how many times I have wanted to walk up to the young guys I see on the campus where I attend college classes and say to them, “Listen, I know I am a middle aged white lady who just really doesn’t get it, but could you please tell me what it is that goes through your head when you get dressed in the morning, and choose to put on your pants, and then belt them around your thighs?”
What is attractive about this?:
sag pants                                                        Is this sexy????

Ridiculous
Ridiculous

I am a gal who wears my pants at the appropriate place on her body.  Which for a plump, middle aged woman is waist high or thereabouts.  No low riders for me……..no ma’am.  I have a hard enough time keeping the muffin top under control as it is.

But back to the matter at hand…which is why do young men wear their pants so low?  Do you remember the old Letterman top 10 bit?  Well I have developed my own list of:

Why do young folks sag their pants? My top 10 reasons!

10:  They just have too much junk in their pants (i.e. well endowed) and they need more room for things to “spread out”, shall we say….

9. They have just spent lots of money on VERY cool boxers and want to share their amazing undies with the world.

8. The are working on their arm muscles, and having to reach down and hitch up their pants every two steps while they are walking is a mini workout.

7. They have a new amazing belt, and think if they belt their pants around their thighs, you will have more opportunity to see it.

6. There was a super clearance sale at the Big and Tall shop, and they just couldn’t pass up a good bargain, even if the pants are three sizes too big…

5. They received hand me downs from a much larger person, and just couldn’t refuse accepting and wearing them.

4. They have recently lost LOTS of weight and therefore their pants don’t fit properly anymore, and constantly fall down.

3. They have decided they are taking a stand on running, they are just NOT going to do it, hence the low pants…(you can’t run in those things even if you needed to.) People who need to make a fast getaway do NOT wear saggy britches…….Just sayin’……

2. They have decided to boost the economy in their later years by ruining their hips now (have you seen the wide stance walk they have to use to move in their way too big pants), so they can spend money later on things like walkers, canes, etc. to get around.

and the number 1 reason men wear their pants low:

1. They are overheated and just need the butt and nut air conditioning…….

air flow
air flow

I have to say that I did do some research on this topic, (so I could point out to my sons where it really started), and found that the long held truth that this is about men showing their sexual availability is WRONG and is just a myth. The myth is that this started in prisons so men could show they were “available” for some “attention”. NOT TRUE!   However, the style is related to prison garb, which is usually too large for inmates and they are not allowed belts, so they have to constantly hitch up their pants.  Then some hip hop and rap artists took on the style as their own, and young men, (particularly young urban men) started copying the rappers they admired. Some cities have banned the style, and at my son’s high school “sagging” is not allowed, and you can be sent home if you can’t conform to the dress code.

And who can forget General Larry Platt:

So youth of America, listen to the General!!

Delicious fruit cobbler! Diabetic friendly

(Note- dated 4/13/13.  I have found a new way to make this cobbler so there are no dry spots.  I mix the cake mix with the soda in a bowl, then pour over the fruit.  Baking time remains the same.  New photos on the bottom of the post.)

I tried to lose weight with Weight Watchers awhile ago.  I wasn’t very successful.  Probably because Bluebell was NOT trying to lose weight.  It was difficult to cook for each of us differently.  And if we were out doing errands, she might suggest lunch at Five Guys.  Not too WW friendly menu there.

That all changed in January.  She went to the doctor and the doctor told her she should lose a “few pounds”.  So she also started doing Weight Watchers Online, and that has made all the difference.

We are both steadily losing.  She faster than me, but I will take any loss, even if it is only .5 pounds.

I recently wrote about our strawberry overload and how I was looking for ways to use the frozen strawberries.  Yesterday Bluebell found a yummy looking recipe on Facebook, and we decided to give it a shot.  The ingredients looked a little strange, but I am willing to try almost anything once.  I also found pictures on Living a Changed Life.  A great blog about an amazing story!

BERRY COBBLER (low sugar and low WW points)

1 box cake mix (any flavor you like- we used white cake)

2 16 oz bags of frozen fruit (we used frozen strawberries and frozen blueberries we had in the freezer) (I have since used mixed fruit bought at BJ’s.  we have also used peaches and mango…all super yummy!!)

1 can of diet Sprite or 7-Up

Place frozen fruit in a 9x 13 glass pan.  Spread dry cake mix over fruit evenly.  Pour can of soda over the top of the cake mix and fruit.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes covered with foil.  Then remove foil and bake another 40 minutes.

Here are pictures to show how we made this:

Cobbler ingredients
Cobbler ingredients

 

Pour the fruit into a 9×13 pan.  (I used glass)

Frozen fruit in pan.  I used strawberries and blueberries.
Frozen fruit in pan. I used strawberries and blueberries.
Cake mix on top of fruit
Cake mix on top of fruit

Pour soda on top of cake mix and fruit:

Pour soda over all.
Pour soda over all.

How it looks before being covered with foil:

cobbler before oven

Cobbler after soda
Cobbler after soda

Covered ready to bake:

covered cobbler

after baking:

After baking.
After baking.

Ready to eat:

YUM!
YUM!
Mixing the cake mix with the soda in a bowl and pouring over the fruit make it look better and no more dry spots.
Mixing the cake mix with the soda in a bowl and pouring over the fruit make it look better and no more dry spots.
Much prettier!
Much prettier!

 

We ate it plain and it was delicious!!

The next time I make this I will make the following changes:

1) I will mix the cake mix and soda in a bowl and then pour over the fruit (it was done this way in the two photos above)

 

 

 

 

 

My new addiction: Hausenware Swirl Dishes

We eat.

My 17 year old son Zachary eats …….A LOT!

We use dishes to eat.

I have nice dishes.

I have pretty cream and green Longaberger dishes. They are nice.  Here is a picture of a plate so you can see the pattern.

longabergerplate
Yes, they are pretty.  But they are old. My mother gave me those over 15 years ago, and I am in the market for new dishes.  I looked and looked, and thought about fiesta ware. It is all the rage with many of my friends.  But it just didn’t “click” for me.

Then one day I was at Ross and I saw these dishes:

swirl plate

and

swirl mug

and

 

swirlbowl swirl bowl

Look how pretty!!

When I saw the gorgeous vibrant colors I was hooked!!  It didn’t hurt that they were only $1.50 each…..

I went back to the Ross store and looked for more dishes.  My idea was I would get whatever colors I liked, and just have a colorful cabinet of dishes. But, every time I went back to look, there were no new dishes.  So I did some internet research, and found a Facebook page!

There is a Facebook page for EVERYTHING!!!!

On that page I found other swirl “addicts”.  I learned that these dishes are only sold in Ross stores, or online.

Thus began my Hausenware swirl search.  EVERY Ross store I could find in the Hampton Roads area became my target, and every time I went to one I came up empty!  We even checked out a Ross store in DC when we went there to visit. Nada, zip, zilch!

Then came the dreaded news on the Facebook page.  Someone posted:  “Spoke with rep from Hausenware this morning…Ross has decided not to continue purchasing and selling Hausenware…so whatever is left will be the end of supply for Ross stores”

AHHHHH  the horror!!!  JUST as I decide I MUST HAVE these dishes they are no longer available??  Well, that about sums up my luck!

I also looked for them on E Bay and VOILA!!  Also,  not only do they have the regular dishes there, but they also have pretty things like creamers, and serving dishes…E Bay is an AWESOME place to get these gorgeous Hausenware Swirl dishes!!

Replacements.com has them too, but also there they are very expensive.

Then Christmas came around.  Karol NEVER listens to me when I say not to spend too much money on me at Christmas, and  and I am so glad in this case that she tuned me out when I said , “Please don’t ever purchase me household things for Christmas, my birthday or Mother’s Day.”  Because look what she bought me:

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This was Christmas 2011!  What a wonderful surprise.

However, you know that was over a year ago.  These dishes have become chipped.  (I no longer allow my kids to empty or fill the dishwasher), and I needed more.  So I went to Ebay, and found someone selling her dishes.

I had purchased some other dark blue dishes from the FB page, but the seller did not pack them well at all, and they arrived in pieces!  Of course I did not get all of my money back.  That was an awful experience.  However, the E Bay seller took them to the UPS store to have them professionally packed.  I was happy to pay the extra cost so my dishes did not arrives in pieces this time!

So I suppose my dish addiction could be like the “boys and their toys” addictions.

AND now that I have 15 dinner plates and 15 salad plates as well as 16 bowls and 8 mugs I would say I am good to go!

Now that being said, I am definitely NOT out of the market for these dishes.  They are easily chipped, so I am always on the lookout for new ones.  So I will always be willing to have any of my readers help me!

I am willing to pay a fair price for the dishes, for shipping, maybe even a finders fee………(we can work something out)…  if you are local a FREE skin care procedure could DEFINITELY be worked out.  If you are not local, come visit me, I can hook you up!!!

These dishes are sold at Ross, Kroger and Fred Meyer, and E Bay.  HELP ME FIND MY DISHES!  It could be like a where is Waldo thing except this will be “Where is the swirl?”

The proper name for them is Hausenware Swirl dishes. or Hausenware Twist.

GOOD HUNTING!!