1. johnson catman says

    My mother used to read the obits every morning to “make sure she wasn’t in there”. I do not read them every morning, but I do look at them every couple of months to see who among my peers might have died. I am at the age where it is not unexpected to see the names of my contemporaries in the obits.

  2. says

    My sister-in-law complained that my brother now drives like an old man. I looked him over and said, it’s because he is one.

  3. René says

    The first time I felt ‘old’ — as in ‘adult’ — was the first time someone adressed me as ‘U’, the polite form of 2nd person singular.

    The first time I understood I had become an old geezer, was when the cashier asked if I liked to buy ‘zegeltjes’ (stamps to collect for saving some money).

  4. Pierce R. Butler says

    René at # 5 -- Please explain, how does one “geeze”? Asking for a friend…

  5. billseymour says

    I once had a techie job in the media lab at a high school in the St. Louis area. I looked around one day and noticed that all the kids my age were teachers.

    That was about fifty years ago. 😎

  6. John Morales says

    Ain’t that hard.
    I know I’m in my dotage; the body is slowly getting less resilient, the mind is now what it was.

    (And, it ain’t gonna get any better)

    Ah well. So it goes.

  7. John Morales says

    … and more to the point, the issues with getting old are the same regardless, but if one furthermore denies the reality to oneself, it can only be detrimental.

  8. publicola says

    You know your old: when you get up in the morning and you’re stiff in all the wrong places.

  9. says

    xohjoh2n (#8) --

    The Pursuit of Happiness released “I’m An Adult Now” in 1988. Now I really do feel old. To quote the last verse:

    Sometimes my head hurts and sometimes my stomach hurts
    And I guess it won’t be long
    For I’m sitting in a room with a bunch of people
    Whose necks and backs are aching
    Whose sight and hearing’s fading
    Who just can’t seem to get it up

    Speaking of hearing, I can’t take too much loud music
    I mean I like to play it, but I sure don’t like the racket
    Noise, but I can’t hear anything
    Just guitars screaming, screaming, screaming
    Some guy screaming in a leather jacket

  10. machintelligence says

    Old: someone who is at least ten years older than you are.
    “How do I know my youth is all spent?
    My get up and go has done got up and went.”

  11. Ross Stephens says

    To continue your ditty

    “But I don’t care no more,
    when I think of the places my get up and go
    has got up and gone before”


  12. jrkrideau says

    You have to worry when an article in History Today reads like current affairs.

  13. John Morales says

    It’s all good, but.

    Back in the day, when someone older bothered me and I was powerless about it, I consoled myself by thinking “well, I’m young and I have my life ahead of me, and I’ll be around when they’re dead”.

    These days, if it’s someone younger (more and more the case) it’s more like “well, I’ve had a pretty decent and longer life so far, so I’ve made it to a point they might not even reach”.

    (Attitude helps)

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