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Youthful as I am, I realised yesterday that I no-longer know, or care, who is #1 in the charts. Furthermore, it takes all day to get rid of a hangover and I now seem to have a profound interest in gardening. Worst is that I now use words like 'furthermore'.

What makes you think that you are getting old?

(, Thu 28 Oct 2004, 13:01)
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I interview university graduates trying to get a job in computers with my company who were born after I got my ZX81 and started to learn how to program.

Kids setting around the park drink Bacardi Breezers and pop ecstasy instead of drinking cider and sniffing glue...
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 13:05, Reply)
I'm 28...
...and my girlfriend has just turned 21. The fact that i've got a nephew the same age as her makes me feel pretty old, but i try not to think about it.
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 13:05, Reply)
Sleighface's comment reminded me...

Stood in a supermarket queue aged approximately 18, the lady in front of me said to her toddler, "be careful, you nearly bumped into the man behind you!" Cue me looking round for the "man" before eventually realising it was me she was referring to. Not even sure I was overly impressed at the time.

I can't find the line where I went from being young to suddenly realising that I'm "getting old" or older at least. But when things like this QotW pop up or you get one of those "you know you're old when..." emails it does make you think!

Anyway, I can't turn the clock back and wouldn't want to if I could - I'm happy with me right now.
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 13:02, Reply)
When you reach 36
Because for all you gents out there, statistcally, thats you at the halfway point.

Welcome to the part of your life where you are theoretically closer to death than birth. Enjoy!
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 12:54, Reply)
Im with Vlad the Real Impala on this one.....
I'm gonna be 43 this month, but so what? At least I've lived THIS long.....ain't life great?
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 12:53, Reply)
I met up with some old school friends at the weekend
They all arrived individually, and each one said " ah pete, losing your hair I see ".

On the plus side I still do loads of immature things, like drink cider in the park, climb trees for fun and like to sit in the dark playing video games while smoking weed.
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 12:51, Reply)
I'm only 22
But when my friends come round I find myself nagging at them to tidy up, I also consider staying at the pub till last orders on a weeknight an extravagance! At least I don't wear slippers though.
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 12:41, Reply)
I'm only 18 :(
I think they should bring back the cane in schools, might teach some of these young scallywags to behave.
At work i get called a lady. 'Give the stuff to the nice lady'etc. I enjoy holby city and casualty. I've always liked Last of the summer wine and Dad's army. There is nothing i like more than doing the crosswords in the newspaper. :(

also text speak winds me up like you wouldn't believe. it's acually getting to the point now my friends are afraid to text me incase i send it back gramatically corrected -they have to call me insted.
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 12:19, Reply)
ah the indignity
forget not knowing or caring what was number one in the charts -

You know you are getting old when high school marching bands are playing songs that WERE number one when you were in high school!

just about killed me at the last parade in town.....
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 11:59, Reply)
Kiddies whining about their GCSEs...
... I was the last year to take O Levels! (1987)

It was before polytechnics were allowed to become universities

One *read* (insert subject here) at university instead of "studying" it

And I SWEAR the exams were harder

Okay - I am an education snob. But I have a high-powered job now*

*as published in teh Falsehood Gazette
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 11:58, Reply)
Women can be half one's age, yet still legal.

Every child in primary school today was born after 1993.

Oh, and we were beaten at school when we misbehaved, not given the day off.
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 10:17, Reply)
Look on the positive side
Stop moaning !!! I turned 50 this year (now THAT is old compared to some of you young shavers - ha ! 28) but these are the upsides of getting old:

I no-longer know, or care, who is #1 in the charts (actually, I never did).
Mortgage is as nothing now (ends anyway in 4, yes 4, yrs).
Kids old enough to f*** off and make their own mistakes (and who knows, the family may grow and the joy that it might bring).
I don't care what anyone thinks about me anymore (so keep your sarcastic comments to yourselves guys).
I smoke, enjoy it, and I don't give a s**t what the fascists think.
Almost everything has improved - hundreds of tv channels, p.c.s, dvds, the whole entertainment industry in fact (I don't like hip-hop/britney/busted and all that cr*p, but defend to the death your right to listen to that sort of sh*te).
I can wallow in nostalgia - IF I want to (sometimes I do, sometimes I don't).
Married for 26 years and I still love her (and she me - I think).
I can play poker or UT2004 online.
I can browse b3ta and enjoy the humour and the chat (last week's comp on adding words to film titles was brilliant).
I can use as many brackets as I like, and I don't care about that either.

That's the evidence for me that I'm getting old - freedom

To quote Peter Hammill (who ??) "I'll never find a better time, to be alive than now"

p.s. - There are some who know me who would say "Wha ???" to me being positive ! hahahahaha
p.p.s. And I still don't do gardening, whatever that is
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 10:16, Reply)
Old age creeping up...
Just over the weekend in fact - having just had lunch in the cafe at M&S (clue 1) I stopped in the menswear section to look at a lovely, soft looking jumper. When my girlfriend asked what I was doing, I luckily was able to think on my feet and tell her it was a christmas present for my dad. It is now sitting on the pile waiting to be wrapped.
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 10:04, Reply)
You know you're getting old when...
when.... um... er... *straches* um... i cant remember.... what was i saying?
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 10:00, Reply)
I Love
Fleetwood Mac. I have a crush on Lindsey Buckingham...


...and Michael Palin.
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 9:21, Reply)
Getting Old......?
Is this a sign? Yesterday a song by Bon Jovi came on the car radio, and I actually leant over and turned the radio..............UP. Aaaargh!!!!!!
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 7:43, Reply)
one of the teenagers who work in the supermarket called me mam. :(
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 7:36, Reply)
aside from my 30th birthday being 28 days away
I realized what it means to be old when I went to the Toy department at Walmart and found that just about every to from my childhood has been re-released and updated for the next generation. If seeing Strawberry Shortcake in hip hop gear wasn't bad enough, I realized that the aim of this marketing ploy was to get the parents of todays kids to buy based on nostalgia. Then it hit me, though not a parent myself, it's my generation they're targeting. Oh yeah, and all the classic rock stations playing early 90's grunge rock, that was only 10 years ago, thats not fair!
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 5:09, Reply)
I'm 24
if you read that and thought "pah, 24s not old!!" - then that is a sure sign you are getting old!!
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 3:26, Reply)
i still look 12, but...
last new years eve, i saw a girl in the pub who had been in my class at school. she left after gcses. it had been a while so we got chatting and she started talking about her daughter's first day at school...

i felt old enough, when she mentioned she had seen *another* girl from our school.

at the parents evening.

i was only 20.
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 2:37, Reply)
I notice that a few people mention ha'pennies
Well i remeber them too. My Dad paid me my pocket money in them, occasionally I got a Thruppeny bit on special occasions. I lived in a remote hamlet and never had chance to spend anything... I didn't realise the bastard was palming off his old jars of change until i was 11. I am 21 now.

still have kept the coins for my kids...hehehe
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 1:31, Reply)
foot problems...back problems...knee problems...hip problems...

chronic allergies and asthma means wheezing and hacking up goo in the mornings.

i couldn't even read the giant F on the eye chart at my last appointment (which was an E )

not to mention my terrible memory and constant misplacing of important items.

hooray for being 16. getting old and still not having my driver's liscence (but i'll bet i will drive like an old lady too)

oh, did i mention i tell the same stories that everyone's heard already over and over?
(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 0:38, Reply)
Where am I?

(, Tue 2 Nov 2004, 0:18, Reply)
when your getting old
When your on your way home and the trains are knackered, you get on one going to the wrong place as it might be quicker, then you get a few chavs get in your carriage playing music and hope they walk through to the next one but they sit behind you and you hear one of them say all these fuckers have to listen to our choons, then you feel obliged to tell them

"turn that shit off, you should have some respect, all these fine people pay your mums housing benefit and put food on your table, we dont want to hear your crap you wankers".

Though you wouldnt have minded if they were playing something by The Clash instead of Lovinitlovinitlovinit lovinit like thaaata !
(, Mon 1 Nov 2004, 22:51, Reply)
From the sounds of things
when you reach 21
(, Mon 1 Nov 2004, 22:34, Reply)
you complain about the weather

you go the gym in your spare time because you have no life

you have no life

you cant remember where the gym is

(, Mon 1 Nov 2004, 22:25, Reply)
When everything falls out your arse uncontrollably
your last meal
your lower intestines
your dignity
(, Mon 1 Nov 2004, 22:20, Reply)
You're getting old when

you realize that bottle of eighteen year old single malt is really nearly thirty...

when you've actually considered the legal ramifications of shagging the girl you just met...

half your sweaters will never be worn again, save for Cosby Show reruns...

you know how much is in your Roth-IRA account...

people you've known for years have their children/students refer to you as Mr. So-and-so...

you know what a sedimented beer is, and can name four types (NOT BRANDS!) of ales...

you can remember the first time you bought a Tom Lehrer Vinyl...
(, Mon 1 Nov 2004, 21:53, Reply)
oh dear.
Realising that to pass my electronic qualifications at college I had to understand how a valve worked (no, not on a radiator). And how to programme in hex. And how whole telephone exchanges can be built using nothing more than bent metal and solenoids.

Still hoping this knowledge will come in useful soon.

Oh, and buying a diesel because it does more mpgs. And then telling people about it in a proud way when it does more than 42.

And signing up to walkingworld.com.

Oh dear. Time for bed.
(, Mon 1 Nov 2004, 21:04, Reply)

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