Realizing Your Little Sister Is Cooler Than You

Music

She listens to a lot of it. Like Phoenix and Sigur Rós before they started getting their music played in commercials. Like Arcade Fire before they started winning stuff. Like—well, like any band before you hear of it, at which point the band is probably over. Now you don’t even know what she listens to, and figuring it out is intimidating, so you don’t bother.

You haven’t updated your iPod playlists since 2005. Kings of Leon is the band you listen to with the most cred. Maybe that one song by 30 Seconds to Mars, but only because it was in a lot of commercials and that lead singer guy used to be Jordan Catalano.

Habitation

You live at home with your parents for over a year after graduation, just because they live commuting distance from NYC and because living on your own wouldn’t be worth it if you had to live in, like, Bushwick. You finally move out, pay astronomical rent to live in what amounts to a shoebox, just because the building has a doorman and a gym.

She gets a job at a wine store in the same city where she went to college, a plane flight away from your parents, whom she can’t stand. She makes just enough to rent a one-bedroom house (!!!!) with a friend of hers who is an “artist.” From what you can tell by stalking her Facebook photos, they spend a lot of time frolicking in parks.

Alcohol

She and her college friends only drank PBR and whatever horrible moonshine they drink in the South, because it’s cheap. When she studied abroad in France, she learned a lot about wine.

When you go to beer gardens, you refuse to drink beer and instead order a vodka cran. You happily pay $15 for a cocktail because it’s pink.

Employment

You work in PR because there are like no jobs in journalism anymore.

She works at the aforementioned wine store and gets hit on by hobos and her boss. In September, she will leave for France to teach English for a year.

Clothing

She goes “thrifting” a lot and seems to shop exclusively at Salvation Army. The last time she walked into Forever 21, she threw up.

You buy everything from J. Crew factory sales. If it has a polo pony, an alligator, a whale or a palm tree on it, you froth at the mouth until you own it.

Boys

You have a Type, and he wears Rainbows, khaki shorts, button-downs and his Duke lacrosse baseball cap. If a guy walks into a bar and looks like a date-raping Kennedy type, you swoon.

She dates either mild-mannered, weirdly smart philosopher types or musicians. Her last boyfriend literally hid behind her when confronted at a bar. She thought it was cute that he “didn’t get Cro-Magnon.”

Money

She thinks not spending it makes her a better person.

You think if it’s on your credit card, it’s not real money. You still accept lots of it from your dad on occasion. TC mark

image – Nashville Star

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  • http://piorkowski.ca qviri

    I bet your sister also knows how to spell Sigur Rós correctly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

      damn

  • http://twitter.com/henryevil andrew

    Cute article, ngl.

  • PUBLICPERV

    yah, my sister is a privileged douche

  • Mr Shankly

    Does your little sister write for Vice?

  • http://somuchtocome.blogspot.com Aja

    Hahaha, my older sister will never admit to this, but I have no problem admitting that my younger sister is more ballsy than me, she’s survived NYC for five years and counting (I wimped out after one).  But when it comes to music, I have them both beat.  

    • Joel

      I bet I am cooler at music than you!

      • http://somuchtocome.blogspot.com Aja

        Maybe (shrugs shoulders)?

  • Tim

    I’m pretty sure  Sigur Rós have never licensed their music for an advert.

  • Tim

    I’m pretty sure  Sigur Rós have never licensed their music for an advert.

    • Alvin

      I also wouldn’t be surprised if Kate’s sister saw this movie before it got big.

    • your cousin

      I don’t know about Sigur Ros, but Jonsi certainly has.

    • Julia Kath

      hippopola by sigur ros was used many a time in the british O2 cell phone network ads

  • http://www.oneyearintexas.com Perfect Circles

    Your sister should write an article for TC!

  • http://twitter.com/patwitchia itnavon aicirtap

    so basically your sister is a hipster?

    • Greg

      that was basically the point, but the author made us realize this in a more creative way than the general “this is what hipsters do” list

  • xra

    hell yea rockin that salvation army swag

  • Anonymous

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  • Bronwyn

    this article should be called “realizing your sister is more of a hipster than you”

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