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Old 07-21-2011, 07:59 AM   #41
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Even though I don't follow baseball the way I used to in the 1970s and 1980s, I feel old when (a) nearly all of today's managers were players I followed a lot in their and my heyday, (b) several players today are sons of players I followed a lot in their and my heyday, and (c) sadly, players I followed a lot in their and my heyday are dying but not from old age.
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Realizing that I remember B&W TV, having one rotary dial telephone in the house, headlight dimmer switches on the floor, owning a car for which the manual stated that a heater and windshield wipers were options. Working on cars with six-volt electrical systems.

Buying 45 rpm and 33 1/3 rpm vinyl records. Having stereo sound was a big deal.

Air conditioning, clothes dryers and dishwashing machines were luxuries that I only read about.

Writing papers for school with a manual typewriter. I bought white-out by the quart.

A steering wheel knob on the '57 Chevy. Darn near broke my hand a couple of times!

Leftovers were heated in the oven or on top of the stove.

Ice cube trays - the silver ones with the lever.

Defrosting the freezer part of the fridge.

Butter only came in a block or stick. And it was hard!

Cartons of milk you had to fiddle with to open (Remember when Bordens came out with the new carton that was easier to open?)

Cars were washed by hand.

Big Chief tablets.

Pony tails for girls and butch cuts for guys were the only acceptable hair styles.

Gas wars - $.17/gallon days
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:45 AM   #44
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When I realize the elementary school students I teach (4th/5th grade) were born after September 11, 2001, and have lived their whole lives in a post-9/11 world.
How about this from my sister....

When you teach 3rd grade and you teach the kids of some of your students... she left before she got a grandkid
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Similar to the bathroom signs others have written, for me just getting through the night without having to go to the bathroom is a most pleasant happening now.
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Surely a sign of getting old is looking for signs of getting old.

Noticing age differences at the ice skating rink. The instructor tells a six year old to jump, turn, slide or whatever. I look at it in passing by and consider, do I really want to jump, slide etc. ? Then I try it.
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When a telephone conversation always begins with the current ailments, results of recent doctor's visits and who all passed since the last conversation.

When we talk to DH's parents (about once a month) you can bank on the conversation starting with 15 minutes on the above topics.

I'm really hoping that when I'm their age (72, 76) I'll have more going in my life than the current ailments, but I'm not holding my breath!
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I went to a room to do/get something and forgot what that something is.
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I read somewhere that aging should be viewed as the final accomplishment of life rather than as a time following one's peak achievements.
That's a good way to think of it! Will have to rememeber that one.
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Stopping at a stop sign and waiting for the light to change....
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Ugh....I did that not long ago.
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Stopping at a stop sign and waiting for the light to change....
That's right up there with 'Braking For Green Lights'.
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Realizing that I remember B&W TV,
I remember that my mother banned our TV from the living room décor because it wasn't proper furniture for entertaining guests.

It was 1978 before they "upgraded" to color TV, and it was still downstairs in the rec room. It didn't make it into the livingroom until after my mother passed away...
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When a telephone conversation always begins with the current ailments, results of recent doctor's visits ....!
Used to be called an Organ Recital by the MIL....
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I've never used glasses to read. The other day I ordered my first pair of bifocals at age 64. Also, the skin on the under part of my forearm is getting "crepy". Not sure that's a word but it describes the look perfectly.
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When I had to stop playing adult hardball because I could no longer discern the difference between a curve ball and fastball during the night games.

Also, when DW tells me I need a check up from the audiologist due to my "selective" hearing.
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