I Mourn the Loss of the Bees . . . Knees

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Image result for the bee's kneesThis is a vent post about an occurrence only 30 minutes fresh.  It's a "localism" and a sign of the times, unfortunately.

I'm 58-years old.  I wasn't around when the phrase "The Bee's Knees" was uttered.  We had different words to describe AWESOME!  We had "rad."  We had "groovy."  We even went so far as to refer to something as: "bitchin' . . . " 

Today I went to my local 24-Hour gym.  As I was approaching the entrance, the door was opened for me by an employee who said "Oh, hello!  They're all waiting for you."  


My one word response:  Why?

"Oh, I'm just kidding . . . " she said.

So I'm sitting in the dry sauna relaxing my aches from yesterday's major lawn clean out.  And two young men walk in.  They start to talk about another 24-Hours, and start to say things like "It's f'ing awesome." And these two young boys seemed to be really impressed with the "towel service," which apparently . . . and I'm not making this up:  is the tits!

Because that's the phrase they used to describe the towel service.  

Along with me having to hear the spew of f'ing awesome, and other foul-mouthed words, I had to hear the degrading manner in which they used the female anatomy -- yeah, I'm sure they were describing BIRDS --  but used the slang term to describe an "outstanding good thing."  They used the phrase more than once, and it was disgusting for me to hear.  

I was not born in the era of . . .


The Bee's Knees
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    an outstandingly good person or thing.


but today, I am mourning the loss of that era.

As we have total bee colony collapse (due to toxic chemicals), I had a total collapse of my sanity when I heard "it's the tits" used to describe, what the two neanderthals considered to be, an outstandingly good thing.  

The two amoebas in the dry sauna today were rude, vulgar and disrespectful.  Trust me, I let them know!

Apparently, they were all waiting me . . . to give them a piece of my mind!


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Comments (14)

Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

WOW Carla! I'm just shaking my head. This is the first time I've heard of that t,,s phrase. There's so much disrespect, I know many use foul language but they should avoid it when there are others around. BTW, you do not look your age at all.

Oct 19, 2016 09:29 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Yes -- I didn't want to write that out, trust me.  I apologize for having to do so, but it's what I heard, and it was shocking to my ears and sensibilities!    Beth Atalay 

Oct 19, 2016 09:33 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    That is totally unacceptable.  Unfortunately, the use of profanity and insulting words is becoming increasingly common.  It's a sad commentary on the times we live in.

Oct 19, 2016 09:42 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

I shared this with my son, who is 30, and he says he hears way worse when he does Uber/Lyft rides (he does this part time to earn some extra cash).  It is a sad commentary Fred Griffin 

Oct 19, 2016 10:02 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I was in a fast food place with young grand kids when 3 young ladies sat by us and started throwing the F word around.  I got up and we had a few words.  Then we had a few words with the manager.  I used to work corrections and still have my ID.  I told the manager and the girls that my friends would be my next call.  Both got the message.


No reason for this language in these kinds of public places

Oct 19, 2016 09:46 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Some people have no filters, and don't know where they are, and/or have to act in public.  I'm glad you said something to the three girls!  William Feela 

Oct 20, 2016 03:07 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Words are losing their meaning, aren't they?  It's a truly strange time in which we find ourselves.

Oct 19, 2016 10:59 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

And with the lost words is the lost civility.  Chris Ann Cleland 

Oct 20, 2016 03:06 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Carla - I feel your pain.  I visit my local health center about 4 times a week.  After swimming laps, I like to jump in the spa, steam room, or saunam to warm up and relax.

There's nothing worse than having loud voices talking loudly about political things, or whatever.  It's far worse, when they are using a lot of profanity.  It takes the zen out of the experience.

Oct 19, 2016 01:26 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Oh you got that right Myrl Jeffcoat !  

Oct 20, 2016 03:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You know you're getting old(er) when people don't understand your expressions and you don't understand their's. But there is no excuse for expressions that are or verge on vulgarity.

Oct 19, 2016 05:59 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

That's right Nina Hollander .  It was very vulgar.  

Oct 20, 2016 03:04 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have not heard the words you have mentioned. I would have thought I misunderstood what was said. 

Oct 19, 2016 10:01 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Yup, I didn't misundstand a thing, unfortunately I heard it loud and clear . . . Gita Bantwal 

Oct 20, 2016 03:02 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192 You did not need to tolerate that behavior and apparently the parents of these uncouth brats did not teach them respect for others. I would have reported this event to management promptly.

Oct 19, 2016 10:47 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 -- I did talk to the guy at the front desk when I left, which was soon thereafter.  The guy at the front desk, who was the same age group said that he hears this when he with his peeps too and it bothers him.   Thanks for your comments!

Oct 20, 2016 03:12 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

How did I know...and really didn't expect to have silence be golden....and I would have been right there with you !

Oct 23, 2016 08:02 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Gutter language seems to be the new norm...very sad commentary on our society.

Oct 24, 2016 10:09 AM
Winston Heverly
Coldwell Banker Access Realty - South Macon, GA

I enjoyed your post, glad I stumbled across it in the archives. Much success in the remainder weeks of the year.

Nov 18, 2016 01:15 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Ah...times change...see our blog today...where ARE you ?  We will be thinking of you tonite !

Feb 11, 2017 04:18 AM