Dumping the junk out of my head in the white space here. Sharing with you a conversation:
A: Hi. Whats up?
B: Nothing. Just hanging around with friends.
A: Oh. 🙂 Whats new?
B: We tried Hookah at a new lounge. It’s a nice hang-out place.
A: *raising eyebrows* 8)Are you serious? Isn’t hookah harmful? Wait, are you even 18?
[That was a stupid question. Hookah must be having a no-age-bar tag, but I would never bother to figure that out]
B: Why would I be kidding? Why are you looking all surprised?
[B makes it sound as obvious as it can get]
A: 😕 *looks away* [change of topic]
Some another day. Another Scene.
C: Hello A, How are you? Long time no see.
A: Hey 🙂 I am doing good. You say, whats up?
C: Nothing much, yesterday we went to a friend’s birthday party.
A: Wow. 🙂
C: It was so fun. Party went on till midnight. We had to practically drag 2 of the guys and 1 girl to the car.
A: Drag? What? …Why?
C: They had too many hard drinks. Thank god I know when I booze off.
[Note that C is a girl.]
A: *head almost spinning* 😡 What are you saying C? Is this some kind of a joke?
C: *smirk* Do I sound like I am joking? Come on! Don’t give me a look as if you are hearing this for the first time. Everyone does it. How could I be the only one left out?
A: But C… *finding no proper words*
It’s insane how things, that could very well be considered a ‘taboo’, are becoming so common. People (read teenagers and ex-teenagers) find it so obvious to discuss about girlfriends/boyfriends and hookahs and using the f-word. Engineering students drinking vodka (just because they are now in college) is as common as using Google. It’s as if they are way too mature for their age or my mind has stopped accepting things some time back.
Whats worse is when they explain it you (sometimes defending themselves) by giving you that ‘Isn’t it obvious’ look.
But you just don’t get it, God damn it! It is NOT obvious!