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How do you know you are old?


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Every once in a while, it comes back to me how time has flown.

 

Paying $15 for a movie at the theater when you used to pay 20 cents for a kid's matinee and get a free Pepsi.

 

Star Wars came out in 1977...thirty-five years ago when you were barely out of your teens. Knowing that now Mark Hamill is 61, Harrison Ford is 70, and Carrie Fisher is 56.

 

Seeing a comic book now costs two or three dollars.

 

Your copy of Maxim is in the mailbox the same day as your AARP magazine.

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This is a true story. Just a couple of years ago, two of my young (early twenties) co-workers were having a discussion about who was the biggest selling recording artist of all time. I chimed in by saying that before Elvis and the Beatles, it had to be Bing Crosby. Both of them looked at me and said "Who?". Then one of them said "I think I've heard of Elvis".

 

 

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Oh I don't know.........I remember Wings.

 

Band On The Run is quite good. But my favorite?

 

Mull Of Kyntyre, one of the loveliest songs out there. Then again, bagpipes give me the chills.

 

 

 

Don't feel old, SansFin. As long as you are immature, as I am, you will never feel old. And remember, youth does not make posters intelligent.

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A few years ago, my older son who was seven when the original CLASH OF THE TITANS was released, mentioned to me "Now I'm feeling old, they're remaking a film from my childhood."

 

"It could be worse" I said, "I look at it as they're remaking a film from my adulthood."

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I don't think my age is so old (44), but I work at a university and sometimes interacting with college students makes me feel like 104. I don't get their cultural references, and the times I've referred to something from my own childhood, I get the initial look of confusion, followed by the polite smiles... ;)

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When you see the Rolling Stones on stage in Hoove-Arounds......Literally becoming the ROLLING Stones.

 

I loved all the Rodney Dangerfield jokes about getting old. Kidney shaped pool with a stone in it....The golden years, going to the bathroom 8 times a night, thats the golden years......but now they have this Viagra, I take it with prune juice. I can't tell if I'm coming or going......Rodney, you had my respect and most peoples.

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Realizing young people don't consider Elvis Costello that one-time "angry young man" from the late 1970s (have been listening to "This Year's Model" and "Armed Forces" this afternoon, and those Attractions albums still sound great), but Diana Krall's rather mellow husband. (And I dig Krall as much as Costello.)

 

But nearly a month ago, I learned I was old when, going to catch a bus for some food shopping, I slipped on some frosty grass and tore a quadricep near my right knee. I underwent surgery the next morning, was in rehab for more than 2 1/2 weeks (with no TCM or Internet access -- pure hell!), and am now at home recuperating.

 

BTW, I'm 57.

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> {quote:title=EugeniaH wrote:}{quote}

> I don't get their cultural references, and the times I've referred to something from my own childhood, I get the initial look of confusion, followed by the polite smiles... ;)

 

It has been very affirming for me to come here because I can blame now blank stares on the difference of location rather than that the people around me are the same age as my cousins' grandchildren.

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