Rock This Boat!

I am not one for reality shows and have never tuned into Survivor or The Bachelor, but today when I  was channelsurfing I found a reality show called “Rock This Boat.” This show (which I found on Pop, the recently renamed TV Guide channel) is about 3000 New Kids on the Block superfans on a cruise with the band.  Grown ass women acting like raving lunatics for a band they swooned over 20+ years ago.  What a train wreck.

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The tears that have already been shed on the first four episodes don’t compare to the woman crying in episode 5.  In an effort to try and obtain some VIP party passes, she gets the idea to flash her breasts to one of the Kids with the party question written in sharpie marker.  The Kid looks and then just turns and walks away.

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The great thing about life is that you are always learning something new.  Especially when I spend time with the cool kids.  I was out to dinner with a couple of my nephews tonight and, wanting to impress them, I was trying to name songs and artists playing on the sound system there.

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A song came up that the adults just couldn’t place, and these kids whipped their cell phones out and held them up in the air like they were holding bic lighters at a concert. Then they looked at their respective screens and told me that “Rock and Roll Hootchie Koo” was sung by Rick Derringer (I never would have guessed that – I had absolutely no idea).  That’s right folks, there’s an app for that!!  Actually, there are probably more than I can count, but one is all I need.  I was really impressed.

A few weeks ago I started watching ‘Freaks and Geeks’ on Netflix.  The underrated TV series from Judd Apatow takes place around the time I was in high school and I am finding it strangely comforting, like an old pair of Chuck Taylors. Imagine my pride when the song in a party scene was ‘Rock and Roll Hootchie Koo!’

Now kids today can learn even more classic songs than the ones they have mastered on Guitar Hero or seen performed in mashups on Glee.  And hey – maybe I can learn enough new old stuff to beat my sister in Trivia Crack!!