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Things that make you feel old

Mud Princess

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For all you planners over the age of 35...

On my way to work today, I was listening to a radio concert of a local band that I had taped in 1986. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was going out to see live music several times a week...

Stopping at a convenience store, I saw a sign stating that they would not sell cigarettes to anyone born after June 25, 1985. Boy, that made me feel old... the kids graduating from high school now were babies when I made that tape!!

Recently I was telling my 20-something co-worker about the time that I, as an 8- or 9-year old teeny bopper, saw David Cassidy (then a huge star). It then occurred to me that my co-worker probably didn't remember the Partridge Family - maybe had never heard of them.

These are just two examples of things that make me feel ancient. I also find myself recollecting what life was like when I was a child: chocolate bars at our corner candy store were 5 cents or 7 cents; department stores were cooled by giant fans rather than central air... etc.

What makes you feel old?
 

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Mud Princess said:
What makes you feel old?
The fact my wife is only turning 25 today, and doesn't remember/wasn't born yet for many of the things that I recall from my childhood.
 

Chet

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My intern has never seen a first-run episode of M*A*S*H or The Jeffersons.
 

green lizard

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When you are talking about music with
someone your age and you mention bands
you saw and the intern pipes in "Wow,
you actually saw those guys?!" like it was
some great moment in history. (ex.
Ramones, Love & Rockets, Susie, and
anyone who has died and been elevated
to superstardom)

Oh, and needing reading glasses.
 

SGB

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Needing reading glasses

Probably needing hearing aids (denial - it's not just a river in Egypt!), and

Learning of the recent retirement of favorite high school teacher.
 

Repo Man

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Bands that I liked in the 80s are now considered "old"

Turning 30 in a few weeks

I live near a college and some of the studens look likey they are freshmen in High School

Almost all my friends are married or getting married this year

I can remember when Metallica was good.
 

Tom R

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age

Eveything everyone has said only moreso.

Things that were in style when I was a young turk (bell bottoms) are back in style.

Seeing how others have aged and wondering why I haven't.

I forgot the last one, Oh yeah, losing memory.
 
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- Going to Six Flags and walking around with my eyebrows in my hairline from watching what all the young girls are wearing (short shorts with the fly unzipped and waistband rolled down so you can read what it says on the front of their thong)

- After the wedding boom of the last five years, my friends are now starting to get divorced

- My parents are starting to seem a bit, well, elderly

- before getting pregnant, two glasses of wine would get me buzzed

- At concerts, I get highly annoyed when everyone stands up!
 

Jeff

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Downtown said:
- Going to Six Flags and walking around with my eyebrows in my hairline from watching what all the young girls are wearing (short shorts with the fly unzipped and waistband rolled down so you can read what it says on the front of their thong)

That just means you're a prude, not old. Get with it.
 
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I'm not quite near 35 yet but...........

I don't like to go out on Friday nights because it was still a work day - can't wake up early and stay up late like I used to.

I look at young girls trying to look way beyond their years and wonder what happened to their youth.

I can't keep up with the latest video games (and I used to be an arcade fanatic).

I yearn for the early years of hip hop when all you needed was 2 turntables and a microphone.
 

Queen B

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My grandchildren.

Having to admit that I can't do the things I used to do or do them as long.

I don't worry to much about that memory thing yet, instead of letting it frustrate me I just look stuff up.
 

Zoning Goddess

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Seeing doctors who look way too young to be actual doctors.

Finding my old LPs when I moved.

Sounding like my mother.
 

Tom R

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Re: I'm not quite near 35 yet but...........

Planderella said:
I yearn for the early years of hip hop when all you needed was 2 turntables and a microphone. [/B]
When people feel nostalgic about Hip Hop.
 

Greenescapist

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I'm not old - 28, but I have three younger sisters and to them, I'm relatively old. They get a kick out of the fact that I never used the Internet for research papers in high school or college.
 

Jessie-J

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not old, but how about the kids that are starting to drive now...I swear they look like they're 12 years old!

When a kid asks me to buy them alcohol or cigarettes outside the convenient store.
 

Chet

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Zoning Goddess said:
Seeing doctors who look way too young to be actual doctors.
[ot]I refuse to have a doctor younger than I am. [/ot]

First cholesterol screening.

First prostrate check.

First high blood pressure discovery.

Bifocals.

Trifocals.
 

mendelman

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makes you old

Being interested, in anyway, with this thread.
 

tsc

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I actually had a 15 year old that couldn't tell time...with a traditional clock...she only understood digital.

I felt young when I actually got carded buying beer... and I am 38 .. until I saw the sign saying they card anyone under 40.

I know I am getting old.. now I don't understand the bar-scene...would rather have cold beer at home... and I can only drink a few.
 

Floridays

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Realizing I'm less than 2 years away from having to do the annual mammogram...
Not being able to shed those few extra pounds quite as easily as before...
Some of my favorite foods don't "like" me anymore...
HOWEVER!
Still young in mind and spirit. It's all a matter of attitude!
 

donk

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I am on the low side of 35, high side of 30.

Things that make me feel old

Childhood injuries that are starting to turn into arthritis and bursitis.

Having a kidney stone.

Looking at attractive young ladies (early 20's) and having them look back at you like you are a dirty old man
 

Mud Princess

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Greenescapist said:
I'm not old - 28, but I have three younger sisters and to them, I'm relatively old. They get a kick out of the fact that I never used the Internet for research papers in high school or college.
I typed my college senior thesis (on erasable paper). I didn't learn how to use a PC until graduate school.
 

Jeff

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.... 2 years until I get a slower qualifying time for the Boston Marathon .... 25-29 age groups sucks !
 

Richmond Jake

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donk said:

Looking at attractive young ladies (early 20's) and having them look back at you like you are a dirty old man
In reality, they don't even SEE us.....;)
 
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Watching The Real World or Road Rules and getting so annoyed with the kids for how young and stupid they're all acting.
 

Chet

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Downtown said:
Watching The Real World or Road Rules and getting so annoyed with the kids for how young and stupid they're all acting.
Watching what?
 

pete-rock

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My stepdaughter's twenty-something teachers at school make me feel old.

But looking at them sure makes me feel good.
 

Richmond Jake

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My eldest son graduating from high school next June makes me feel old.
 

Tom R

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grad school

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We didn't have PCs in graduate school...you damn whipper-snappers!
I figure that if I had a word processor in grad school, I would have finished at least a year earlier. (I was on the four year plan.)
 

Tom R

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pong

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Late bloomer, huh? We had PONG!
Mine was pin ball. I still yearn for the ones with the mechanical numbers and that "WHAP" when you won a free game.
 

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Posting here in cyburbia, being quite different to the regular 18 year old here in Chile, the fact that I like Classical music(although i like Alternative Rock too),and the fact that I don't go to parties.
 

Greenescapist

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SkeLeton said:
Posting here in cyburbia, being quite different to the regular 18 year old here in Chile, the fact that I like Classical music(although i like Alternative Rock too),and the fact that I don't go to parties.
I wish there was no shame in being young and liking classical music. I've always loved classical music while my friends have mostly poo-poohed it. Of course, I like alternative, Brit rock, jazz, alt-country and other stuff, too. Be proud SkeLeton!
 

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Older 'n dirt

I can remember what I was doing the day Kennedy was killed. The TV only had three channels, and it was on all three of 'em. No cartoons!
 

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Oops

Oops, this was supposed to be a reply to the "Things that make you feel old" thread. I tried to delete it and start over, but the system wouldn't allow me to delete. Mod, please relocate that message. Sorry!

Modedit: No problem DH. -Chet
 

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Mud Princess said:
I typed my college senior thesis (on erasable paper). I didn't learn how to use a PC until graduate school.
My high school introduced its first computer class when I was a sophomore - programming COBOL with punched cards. Later we learned BASIC on an Apple IIe. I made it through my undergrad years without using a computer (except to take FORTRAN).

There has been almost no good music made since the 1980's.

The 70-pound backpack I used to carry has dropped to half that weight. Fifteen mile-long trails are a typical day's hike.

College girls look young - but are still nice to look at.

Three times a night is pretty unlikely. ;)
 

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Michael Stumpf said:
My high school introduced its first computer class when I was a sophomore - programming COBOL with punched cards. Later we learned BASIC on an Apple IIe. I made it through my undergrad years without using a computer (except to take FORTRAN).
My first PC was an Epson desktop with dual 5 1/4 floppies and green monocrome screen, running on the CPM80 operating system. No MSDOS for this rebel!
 

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Re: Older 'n dirt

DecaturHawk said:
I can remember what I was doing the day Kennedy was killed.
This almost deserves its own thread! Maybe enough "I remember..." posts and we'll split it back on its own.

The pope being shot - middle school library

Reagan being shot - school science lab

Challenger lost - High School cafeteria. I've never heard 400 students that quiet all at once.

Columbia lost - At a conference in New Orleans, hopping out of the shower. I never watched that much TV neked without it being porn.
 

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SkeLeton said:
...the fact that I like Classical music(although i like Alternative Rock too)....
Alright, SkeLeton! I have always listened to classical also (although I just listen and don’t know enough to talk ‘seriously’ about it).

Would you believe that Miami has no classical station! The only one went down about a year ago, converted formats to hip hop. Not that hip hop is bad, but damn there are about 20 hip hop stations and not a one classical. NPR plays nice jazz at night, but I would just like to hear some classical once in while. (computer at work has no speakers for webcast).

I have not been participating in this post because I am in my late 20’s (29) and the title said over 35, but I went to visit my brother’s, a sophmore in college, last weekend and being around he and his friends made me feel damn old (and pretty dorky).

Oh well…
 

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Man, do I feel old...

because I recall when Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were babies

because when I dug Michael Jackson, he was black

because I see some college seniors today as more bratty than my freshwomen classmates when I was an undergrad

because my contemporaries (I'm 30) aren't just married, they have families

because I still see Matthew Broderick as the snotty teenager in Ferris Bueller's Day Off

because most of my life was lived before MS-Windows

because I've stopped looking at Academic All-Star lists and started looking at "40 Under 40" lists
 

Seabishop

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I still feel like a kid working in city hall where the average age must be 90 and my boss has worked here since I was born.
 

Tom R

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old fart

I check my home town web site daily to see "who has stopped smoking."
 

Mud Princess

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Huston said:
I have not been participating in this post because I am in my late 20’s (29) and the title said over 35
I wasn't intending to discriminate when I started this thread -- but I didn't start feeling old until I was in my 30s. I've really been feeling it since turning 40!

Continuing Chet's "I remember...":

Janis Joplin dies of a drug overdose: In the family car; hearing the news on the radio, my mom says to my older (then-teenage) sister, "Don't you ever do anything like that!"

Watergate hearings: In elementary school; upset because the televised hearings pre-empted "Match Game!"

John Lennon shot: Beginning my senior year in high school

Challenger disaster: In my apartment, getting ready for work - as a clerk in a department store
 
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