This post is a cautionary tale for all you pop culture mavens out there.
(Not sure exactly what a maven is? Look it up. I know I did. The only thing more obnoxious than using a somewhat obscure word when a much more common one would suffice is using said obscure word incorrectly.)
Struggling to come up with something to dazzle you today, I decided to take the easy way out and just go for an interesting title that might pop out on Twitter and then fill in this space with some content that was marginal at best.
I call it “pulling a Dancing With The Stars.“
All I needed was a theme, but all I could think about was that I was tired from a week of doing big-time author things, like praying someone famous (clearly not Tom Bergeron) tweets about You Know Who’s Awesome?
And then it hit me: Write about being tired from staying up too late and call it “I’m a Gremlin” since one of the rules about Gremlins was that you couldn’t keep them up too late.
“Beautiful,” I thought. “No wonder I’m an author.”
However, there was a problem with my plan, one I’m sure many of you around my age have already spotted:
That wasn’t one of the Gremlin rules.
See, the movie Gremlins falls into that category of “pop culture I’m aware of but not well-versed in.” As someone who writes humor, I can still tap that well; I just have to take the time to make sure I’m doing it correctly.
So if you ever find yourself in a similar situation while, say, tweeting words of wisdom from Caddyshack or blogging about Who’s the Boss?, hit up IMDb or Wikipedia first so you don’t embarrass yourself.
At least not anymore than you already are by blogging about Who’s the Boss?, I mean.
And look at that: Even if you’re wrong, you still might have just enough for that marginal post propped up by a catchy title.