Well, actually I guess that’s only partly true. Warped Tour is not over until 9 pm and I DID leave at 4. Too tired, too hot and too much activity for one day! The sunburn, however is full blown! No partial to that.
Warped Tour, for those who don’t know, is a tour of 50 or so bands sponsored by Vans shoes. Now all 50 bands are not normally there, but I’m guessing about 30 of them are at each venue. Today’s venue was in Bonner Springs, KS – at The Ampitheatre. There were 6 stages with something happening on atleast one of them at all times. Quite the adventure. And it is a mixed bag of bands, some Christian, some Screamo, some Scene, all interesting. I came along for the ride with my daughter and her friend, Carlie. They are hanging with concert buddy, Kenna, in Platte City after the concert ends tonight.
You know, I’m used to seeing the kids in their crazy clothes. When I was young, girls were getting into wearing guys clothes…. now it’s the other way around. Tons of guys are now wearing girl’s “skinny jeans” – and I have to say, some of these guys can’t pull off the “skinny” part any better than some of the girls!! I expected the bikini tops – after all it IS 90 outside today. I expected lip piercings, bridge piercings, “Monroe” and “Madonna” piercings and tons of tattoos. I even expected “Obama” and “Get the Vote” people out in droves trying to register voters. I was not so much surprised as amused by the supporters of legalized marijuana and the “pot leaf” necklaces (fake) – I mean, I thought that ship sailed in the 70’s!! What I wasn’t ready for was how commonplace two things have become with young adults – the use of tobacco and the use of the “F-word”. It is no longer just for “verbiage” anymore. Nope, it is now a full fledged noun AND an adjective! It flows freely from the lips of everyone from about 10 on. And cigarettes! For pete’s sake, two of my daughter’s friends smoke – and NEITHER of them are legally old enough to buy cigarettes!
I smoked from the time I was 13 until I was 36 – and I could just kick each and every teen I see with a cigarette hanging from their lips. What a stupid, expensive habit – and, remember, I am speaking from experience. And it isn’t as if I have never sworn before. As a matter of fact, before Christ drew me to Him, there were times I got so frustrated I couldn’t think of anything BUT swear words to say. Maybe that’s part of it…. even then I realized how unintelligent I sounded when I swore. I only hurled a word when I allowed my anger to get the best of me and I had nothing else to do but act a fool! It’s not like that now – it isn’t that they are angry, it’s just that they don’t have any developed vocabulary! This next generation has allowed themselves to become unintelligible – and that scares me. Swear words are strong words for weak minds.
Don’t even get me STARTED on how girls find it an HONOR to be called a B*t*h!!
I’m just sayin’……. it is important we be praying for the direction of our youth.