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Drimble asks: When was it last brought home to you just how old you're getting? We last asked this in 2004, and you're eight years older now. Eight. Years.

(, Thu 7 Jun 2012, 13:24)
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I'm sorry to get all misty eyed, but honestly, the changes in my lifetime amaze me.

When I was a kid, there was no internet, and mobile phones seemed rare until I was in my teens. Once internet did arrive, it took about two minutes to load a page on our home computer, so if you wanted a bit of visual stimulation, the best bet was recording a few hours of late-night Channel 4 on the VCR and hoping for the best. I had a weekend job in Safeway, which doesn't exist anymore. At University, we didn't have to word-process essays, etc., because there weren't enough PCs to go around. I had a summer job in Woolworths, which doesn't exist any more.

My first proper job was working for a newspaper where we still printed on hot metal, and every so often blokes in overalls covered in soot would emerge from the basement when the rubber belt on the press caught fire. When I took that job, the company told me I didn't need an email address, as no one we dealt with used email.

I'm only 30.

Also, someone I was in the same year as at school is about to become a grandparent. But to be fair, that makes me feel sensible rather than old.
(, Thu 7 Jun 2012, 13:29, 5 replies)
Down with the kids.
I can relate a lot. I'm just 32 and so much has changed just in my adult life.
And about the kids, we have one 5 and one 2. My wife was just telling me last night that she's probably the older parent among our eldests class mates. She just turned 31 last month!
(, Thu 7 Jun 2012, 13:36, closed)
It is weird, the kids thing
To me, it just makes sense that you'd wait until you were a bit older and had a bit more life experience and money, but so many people have kids in their teens/early twenties, and I really do find it quite unnerving when people my age have teenage kids, but my lifestyle hasn't changed significantly since I was 21.
(, Thu 7 Jun 2012, 13:43, closed)
Trouble is
You just don't have the energy to keep up with toddlers at my age.
(, Thu 7 Jun 2012, 13:49, closed)
I'd say the later the better.
I'm 45 and I have an 8 year old and a 2 year old.

I can't imagine what a fucking disaster I'd have been as a parent in my 20s. I could barely look after myself.

Having the 8 year old is great. I know everyhting that's in the charts now, I even like one or two of them.

The 2 year old is hard work though, I have to say.
(, Thu 7 Jun 2012, 14:04, closed)
I was a nanny in my late teens/early 20s
I'll be 35 very soon, and if I had to keep up with three kids under the age of 8 every day now like I did then, I'd probably be dead from exhaustion.
(, Thu 7 Jun 2012, 18:52, closed)

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