random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Money is tighter than it's ever been
What's Goin' On, (clip shown below), was part of Save the Children, a rockumentary filmed and recorded primarily in Chicago in 1972 and 1973. I would have graduated high school in '72, if I'd actually graduated with my class, (instead, I "graduated" as a junior in '71, with no ceremony, no fanfare, no nothing at all, when Eldorado, the high school I attended (sometimes) (after Sandia) in Albuquerque was brand new); the only other "graduate" that first year was the beautiful Ms. Suzette Boudreaux). Spent 1972 as one of the youngest, and probably most naive, idealistic post-mod romantic freshmen to ever attend UNM, and then most of 1973 living in Chicago, pregnant with September Rose, working at The Bread Shop on Halsted, wandering the streets, listening to the radio, to Stevie Wonder, to Marvin Gaye, to the unmistakable sound of platforms hitting the pavement, & most of all, wondering to myself, "What's goin' on. . ."