Global economic crisis. Who cares.
The Dow is tanking.....again. Yawn.
The most important presidential election of our lifetime. Big deal.
High School Musical 3 opens in theaters today. OMG! THIS IS THE DAY I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR ALL MY LIFE!
Well, not really. But if you are a tween or pre-tween (yes, pre-tween) girl, this is where your still-developing-and-very-impressionable-mind is at today. And in my household, the excitement is beyond fever pitch because my daughter's birthday is just four days away and we are taking all her giggly girlfriends to a Sunday matinee of HSM3.
Say what you will about the Disney phenomenon that is the High School Musical franchise -- but when you think about it, it couldn't have come at a better time.
Kids today are growing up in a scary, uncertain world. And although you could probably say that about every generation, the main difference is that it has become nearly impossible in today's 24/7 connected and networked environment to shield children from the scary things out there.
Only now, "the show" is in living color and HD, well financed, dressed real spiffy, and deals with much more complex issues than the Judy and Mickey movies did back in the 40's. Issues like inter-racial relationships (Troy and Gabriella), the class system (the whole plot of HSM2), and whether the high school basketball star will still be accepted (and popular!) if he chooses to sing and dance instead (not that there's anything wrong with that..).
Still, the HSM movies are all squeaky clean, have really catchy music, and some hot dance moves that even an eight year old can mimic. And for adults, there's an element of nostalgia. When I saw the video for the hit HSM3 song "Now or Never," I was immediately whisked back to my high school days as a cheerleader (yes, really) during the state basketball championships. I can almost smell the gym and the hormones!
So after another week of watching the Dow dive, jobs disappear and all sorts of unsavory things happening around the world and around the corner...who couldn't use "a little honest jolt of feel-good fizz."
That, and a stiff drink.
Have a good weekend.