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Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  steak on Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:33 pm

Rebellion rarely is easy. But I just wanted to say out loud (again) that ugly sweater parties are old, cliche, self-conscious, and have totally jumped the tank. FSX is cooler than imitating what hipsters in Red Hook were doing four years ago, or what college kids in Minnesota are creating facebook pages about. The intended irony is too obvious. Just say no.

As my proof, I simply offer the following lazy trend pieces written by various newspapers, magazines, and blogs. You know that when this many sources identify a trend that it's no longer cool.

http://blog.mlive.com/mediumfidelity/2008/01/trend_alert_the_ugly_sweater_i.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/21/fashion/21TACKY.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&oref=slogin

http://www.nypost.com/seven/12212007/entertainment/fashion/knitwits_210602.htm

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/19130/the-cosby-sweater-is-back

http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2008/10/cosby_sweaters.html

http://tvcomedies.about.com/b/2008/10/22/new-york-hipsters-bring-back-cosby-sweaters.htm

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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  Selene on Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:24 pm

Amen!

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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  KUKLIS on Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:39 pm

There are exactly 4 allowable theme parties:

Black Tie
Box Social
Toga
White Trash (expires 2009)
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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  steak on Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:49 pm

Hey just jumping in for Jamie for a sec: If Box Socials are cool then you gotta allow Sausage Fests, too

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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  dan on Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:50 pm

KUKLIS wrote:There are exactly 4 allowable theme parties:
...
Box Social
...

Just to clarify, it is the Canadian interpretation of Box Social that is acceptable.

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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  BikeBeth on Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:35 pm

steak wrote:But I just wanted to say out loud (again) that ugly sweater parties are old, cliche, self-conscious, and have totally jumped the tank. FSX is cooler than imitating what hipsters in Red Hook were doing four years ago, or what college kids in Minnesota are creating facebook pages about. The intended irony is too obvious. Just say no.

Somehow I think the "intended irony" is lost on Steak, Master of the Cool. His adamant protesting and petitioning for everyone to follow his hipster example is what's obvious. Too bad that Taylor--who lobbied for the Ugly Sweater Party to begin with--will never be nearly as stylish and trendy as Steak.

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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  swope on Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:46 pm

I'm maintaining my position of Opposition to the Sausage Fest.

signed,
Weenie Champ

my tasteless holiday attire will not be available for purchase in any store.

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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  steak on Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:54 pm

Well I'm glad to see this isn't getting personal or anything

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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  flahute on Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:54 pm

swope wrote:I'm maintaining my position of Opposition to the Sausage Fest
Ditto
If only to prevent this:

(as seen on Cyclingnews.com's coverage of the US Cyclo-cross Championships)
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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  steak on Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:18 pm

BikeBeth wrote:

Somehow I think the "intended irony" is lost on Steak, Master of the Cool. His adamant protesting and petitioning for everyone to follow his hipster example is what's obvious. Too bad that Taylor--who lobbied for the Ugly Sweater Party to begin with--will never be nearly as stylish and trendy as Steak.

Oh, in case anyone's wondering how to follow Steak's "hipster example" here are the crucial ground rules to being a Master of Cool

-Show up every week, finish every race, no matter the weather
-Try not to hurt or embarrass yourself
-Keep a sense of humor even though you come in 37th out of 42 every week
-Be yourself, even if that annoys or bores some people
-Don't tell anyone else how to ride, dismount, remount, drink, dress, cross-dress, hook up, split wood, make pinatas, etc. Let everyone do their own thing.
-Bring more beer than you drink
-Be sure to thank Bill and Beth face-to-face before you leave every week
-Leave before you become a drunk-driving risk

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a solution

Post  bill on Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:36 pm

To bring all the constituencies and various hipsters at their various levels together, I suggest a compromise. How about we make the apres-cross event an:

Ugly Sausage Fest

Or, I suppose, to promote equality, an Ugly Box Social

Once, again, though, I must make you aware I can't supply the ugly.

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Or maybe

Post  bill on Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:40 pm

A party for Box Sweaters?

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Stop the Trend!

Post  BikeBeth on Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:00 pm

steak wrote:As my proof, I simply offer the following lazy trend pieces written by various newspapers, magazines, and blogs. You know that when this many sources identify a trend that it's no longer cool.

The East Penn Press was way ahead of the curve when it covered FSX two or three years ago. And now I hear that Embrocation Magazine is doing a big write-up on how underground backyard cyclocross is the big trend now. Perhaps that means we should end it. Oh wait, we are.

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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  flahute on Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:39 pm

Are you calling Embrocation magazine "lazy?"
If so, I'll need to cancel my tshirt order.
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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  Selene on Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:08 pm

Wow. This ugly sweater stuff is really bringing out the beauty in all of us...

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Stop the Hate; Feel the Love

Post  Selene on Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:25 pm

Actually, I think this is all very much like when teenagers are getting ready to head off to college and everyone in the family is fighting because the separation from those you love so dearly will be easier if you're all slamming doors and shrieking. We're all sad that FSX is going away. So to make the last night easier we've devolved into this public mudbath. It's touching, really. I love you all, too.
XOX

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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  KUKLIS on Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:25 pm

OK, lets get one thing straight..."Hipster Cool" is a total oxymoron. Anyone that tries as hard as a hipster can not even be remotely cool. Cool comes from within, not without.

Cool is James Dean
Cool is 60's Elvis
Cool is George Clooney
Cool is Tom Boonen

Cool is NOT wearing horn-rimmed glasses, tweed blazers, listening to garage bands until they're signed and thus wayyyy too corperate, and lastly, being constantly self-depricating.



Total random footnote. You can thank me for the first FSX article. I recommended it to Steph when she said something like "Shit, I need a topic for a story by Tuesday. Do you have any ideas? I don't care how lame they are, the East Penn Press will print anything."


Sincerely, a bitter-for-no-reason Kuklis
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Re: Ugly Sweater backlash

Post  mattallyn on Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:21 pm

The East Penn Press was way ahead of the curve when it covered FSX two or three years ago. And now I hear that Embrocation Magazine is doing a big write-up on how underground backyard cyclocross is the big trend now. Perhaps that means we should end it. Oh wait, we are.

Apparently folks have been doing backyard cross for years. Does that make it vintage? More importantly, how long until ugly sweaters are a throwback and ironic again?

http://www.blackbirdsf.org/cx/images/1921_mureaux.jpg


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