It’s Friday July 4th and I am back-dating this post to last Friday June 27th for the weekly Dudgington Post blog off. The topic for this week (or last week I should say): best before dates. Not to be confused, as I was when Geoff came up with it, with things you ought to do before you go on a date (as in “put on deodorant”).
No, these are those dates that come on your condiments and milk and egg cartons - that you may or not pay attention to - that tell you when it’s time to toss something in the trash. (I’ll leave you wondering on which side of that fence I fall.) Here are some other things that I think might be useful if they were to carry best before dates.
- Fashion: Spend one weekend in DC in the summer observing the tourists and this will make complete sense to you. Some suggestions of fashion items that may have passed their best before date: fanny packs, scrunchies, jean shorts, Tevas, and some might argue capri pants but I still wear them. Of course, fashion is also like fine wine: if it gets old enough, it becomes even better and more expensive. Like slap bracelets for example.
- Technology: No explanation needed here. Best before dates would help me decide when to switch to the digital camera, an HD TV or blue ray. This coming from me who still has a basket of VHS tapes I don’t know what to do with.
- Celebrities: Britney Spears. Macaulay Culkin. The list could go on and on.
- Magazine articles: You know when someone emails you a link to an article you should read and you forget about it for a while? Or perhaps you leave your TIME or Fortune magazines aside for a couple weeks. I think it would be helpful to know when an article is just totally out of date and therefore your time would be better spent reading gossip blogs, which we know are always up to the minute.