Monday, April 7, 2008

On fashion and impressionable young people

Ok, kiddies, it's time for a lesson.

The long coat has been worn for centuries, nay, millenia, by people from all walks of life. Kings, Queens, Emperors, the clergy, soldiers, labourers, spies, everyone.

Image source: Wikipedia

I myself have owned several long coats in my 35 years, and have been wearing them since I was twelve years old. While I've owned military-surplus longcoats, greatcoats (as pictured above), Pea coats, and even a couple of Burberry coats, my personal preference is for vintage brown leather trenchcoats.

Where am I going with this? Well, as per usual, I'll answer with a story...

So, I'm walking around downtown Saturday afternoon, on my way home from Polo Park, when I pass by these two girls in their late teens/early twenties near The Bay. As I walked past, one of them asked me:

"So how much do clothes cost in The Matrix?"

(Which is apparently, as a friend told me later, a line from some stupid movie that came out a year or so ago.)

Without batting an eyelash, I turned to the girl, smiled, and said, "Well, nothing! If you think about it, it's not real money!"

After a couple of seconds of stunned silence (and a couple of nervous giggles from one girl), I added, "Now, do you have any other immature questions, or may I continue on my way?"

I got a sheepish "Sorry, sir..." as a reply.

"Ahhhh, don't worry about it," I laughed, "I'm just razzing you! Have a good weekend!"

"Uhhh... you...too..."

I think I inadvertently scared them... which is funny, because I was only joking around. Had I been in a bad mood, they really woulda caught a blast...

If this story has a point, it's that long coats have existed for centuries. They weren't invented solely for that 1999 Keanu Reeves yawnfest. If you think otherwise, perhaps it's time you turn the TV off, step away from your computer, and pull your head out of pop culture's ass.