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Old November 21 2013, 10:34 PM   #16
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Re: Older people - How do you define 'young'

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Too vague for me to offer any real advice.
There is no advice, really. It's just one of those situations where one loses terribly, regardless of one's decision.
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Old November 21 2013, 10:38 PM   #17
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Sounds like you need to Kobayashi Maru your life.
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Old November 21 2013, 10:44 PM   #18
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Sounds like you need to Kobayashi Maru your life.
If only it were that easy to reprogram the simulator.
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Old November 21 2013, 10:44 PM   #19
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I just turned 50 and I still cannot believe I am that "old" because I do not feel old.
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Old November 21 2013, 10:49 PM   #20
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I'm surrounded by youngsters here. When I was 30, I used to think anyone born after JFK died was an idiot (that would have been people 18 and under). I've met a few people over the last 30-odd years since then, which caused me to withdraw that theory. These days, I tend to think anyone more than 10 years younger than me is young.
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Old November 21 2013, 10:54 PM   #21
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^^ That's exactly what I was getting at Melakon. I manage a large group of people, about half of which are in their 20s, and in one team meeting I referenced Sgt. Schultz from Hogan's Heroes and claimed "I know nothing!" which drew blank stares from a about half the group. Youngsters...</p>
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Old November 21 2013, 10:58 PM   #22
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^^ That's exactly what I was getting at Melakon. I manage a large group of people, about half of which are in their 20s, and in one team meeting I referenced Sgt. Schultz from Hogan's Heroes and claimed "I know nothing!" which drew blank stares from a about half the group. Youngsters...</p>
Pop culture references are the biggest indication of generational divides. I was tending bar last night and "Gettin' Jiggy With It" by Will Smith came on the radio (I was listening to the 90s station). There is a line in the song that goes, "...since I moved up like George and Weezie," and I actually stopped to think, "I wonder if anybody even knows what that line is referring to anymore."
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Old November 21 2013, 11:00 PM   #23
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First, how do you define old(er)?
When one starts saying "Those damned kids and their crazy music.".
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Old November 21 2013, 11:01 PM   #24
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It has to do with cultural awareness. There are a lot of references thrown around on this board that I don't catch at all, because I've not had cable since about 1992, and I haven't even watched broadcast tv in over 7 years. So to those people, I'm ignorant.
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Old November 21 2013, 11:08 PM   #25
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I am 58 and inside I feel like I was 18-19. However, getting up each morning and going to bed at night I tend to feel old as I take my meds for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and so on. I feel that anyone who could be my child is too young.
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Old November 21 2013, 11:12 PM   #26
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Well, a female customer of mine came back today.
She always greatly confuses me.
She is extremely attractive and sexy and acts pretty mature for her age.
Problem is, I know how young she really is. around 18 or 19.
And every time I realize that again I feel so old (am 34) and just scream internally: WHYYYYYY?!
Either I or she was really born in the wrong decade! DAMMIT!
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Old November 21 2013, 11:18 PM   #27
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I stopped buying Playboy every month when I realized the girls in the centerfold were born the year I graduated high school.
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Old November 21 2013, 11:40 PM   #28
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Anyone younger than me is "young." Anyone older than me is "old."
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Old November 21 2013, 11:51 PM   #29
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Well, a female customer of mine came back today.
She always greatly confuses me.
She is extremely attractive and sexy and acts pretty mature for her age.
Problem is, I know how young she really is. around 18 or 19.
And every time I realize that again I feel so old (am 34) and just scream internally: WHYYYYYY?!
Either I or she was really born in the wrong decade! DAMMIT!
A few years ago (I was 29 at the time.) I was doing this Shakespeare workshop. We were doing AYLI and I was spending a lot of time working with the girl playing Rosalind. I was totally infatuated with her. I thought she was one of the most beautiful women I'd ever seen. She was smart, funny and really nerdy. She also acted really mature to the point I thought she must have been 24 or 25. Of course, I was brought up to believe asking was rude.

I spent a lot of time with her during "down" time talking about lots of different things from books to sci-fi, and music (she had wonderful taste).

Anyway, it got to one point were we were waiting for the director/instructor. We were sitting on the floor against a wall and she was resting her head on my shoulder. Someone saw us and walked up to me sometime afterwords and said, "You know she's only 17, right?" I had a Wile Coyote moment right there and then.

I do believe in the "age is only a number" axiom but only to a point.

The thing about young/old really is a matter or perception. Had I not been told how old she was, I would have gone on believing she was in her mid twenties. She just didn't seem that "young" to me.

Transversely, I've met people who are in their 20s or even older who I still think of as young because of the way the act.

And because I look a lot younger than I am, I hear people tell me I'm really mature for my age all the time.

Also, *hugs* for J.!
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Old November 22 2013, 12:23 AM   #30
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Someone saw us and walked up to me sometime afterwords and said, "You know she's only 17, right?" I had a Wile Coyote moment right there and then.
I don't blame you. After my divorce, I was rooming with a friend for about 3 months, and a girl we both knew would sometimes crash there. One morning I got home from work, walked past the open bedroom door, and she was naked on the bed, apparently waiting for me. I was 28, she was 17. I just pretended I didn't notice her.
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