It’s all good, pop the bubbly, life is lovely

During a recent girls’ night at Chez Fonfon, two of my friends confessed their desire to be “hood.” Now I will point out, one of these friends is a former Anthropologie employee and the other a homecoming queen, so they’ve got a long way to go. In any case, the bulk of the evening’s conversation was devoted to the pursuit of hood-ness, and their determination to find me a hood theme song.

Finally, I couldn’t resist any longer. “I’m pretty sure if you were hood, you wouldn’t be eating at Chez Fonfon,” I pointed out.

I was shot down in the ensuing discussion of bling and status. But then, what do I know? I’m so not hood.

Top 10 reasons we know I’m not so hood:

  1. I didn’t realize “you’re so hood” was a phrase…
  2. …or a song…
  3. …or that “hood” could be used as an adjective.
  4. I have precisely one song listed as rap on my iPod… and it’s the Beastie Boys, who were constantly played on the “new rock” station when I was in high school.
  5. Jamie says I’m the prissiest person she knows. I’m pretty sure you can be prissy and live in the hood, but I don’t think prissy girls can be hood.
  6. The fourth graders I volunteer with told me they liked my sunglasses because they looked like Soulja Boy’s. I thought Soulja Boy was a song, not a person.
  7. The only reason I even knew Soulja Boy as a song was because of a New Year’s Eve party and other people’s musical preferences.
  8. I listen to folk music. A lot of folk music.
  9. I consider Will Smith rap (OK, white girl rap, but still) and I’m still proud that I know every word of “Miami,” “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” “It’s All Good” and “Men in Black.”
  10. Have you ever heard me say “gettin’ jiggy wit it?” I am so not hood.


Filed under Autobiography, Bits & Pieces

7 Responses to It’s all good, pop the bubbly, life is lovely

  1. Missy Marie

    Yet another reason that you’re one of my best friends – aside from the folk music (cause that’s just so not Apryl) I’m with ya on your entire list.

    As a matter of fact until this blog I’ve never heard the phrase “so hood”. Though I’m giving serious consideration to changing your name in my phone to “So not hood”.

  2. Missy Marie

    ps if you’re wondering I’ve made reading your blog and writing in mine a full time job. 🙂

  3. elisa m

    It is true…you are not ‘hood’. I am not sure that I know anyone who is ‘hood’. Although, my little sister’s ex boyfriends best friend once made a rap album, AND Ludacris once called my best friend on the phone. I am SO hood

  4. inkstainedlife

    Oh, that reminds me of another excellent truth:

    Joe Namath once left me a voice mail.

  5. Susan

    AHAHAHAHAHAHA. I love this post. I am so not hood, and despite having lots of patients who probably ARE,I definitely haven’t ever heard that phrase before. Heh.

  6. Jamie

    11. You have worn a skirt for one month straight – and you like to twirl in them.

    So I heard a new phrase on 95.7 Jamz this morning. “Whatever you do, you got to keep it hood.” I think it means “keep it real.” So Carla Jean, you may not be hood but you are keeping it hood by staying true to yourself and thus “You’re so hood!”

  7. one of the girls in our group for cosmic bowling last saturday kept saying how she wanted to be hood. maybe it’s a fad of some sort? i thought her medallion she had on that she kept saying was ‘hood’ reminded me of the medallion from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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