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I feel so old
Posted by berny13 on Friday, September 19, 2003 3:38 PM
My son came over today with two of his three children. I had my teak wood stereo cabinet open as I was treating it with oil. My 12 year old grandson pointed to my reel to reel and asked what that was. My 11 year old granddaughter pointed to my turn table and said, "I saw one of those in a museum". I am glad they didn't ask about my collection of record albums. Now at the age of 60 I feel really old. Sad [:(]Sad [:(]

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 19, 2003 8:40 PM
hey dont worry - same things will be said to them by their grand children in years to come ! when that happens they'll remember their old 'gramp' for sure.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 19, 2003 9:09 PM
Hey:
A lot of the toys I played with (and destroyed) as a kid are now available at premium prices at an antique store near you!
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Posted by Hoser on Friday, September 19, 2003 10:01 PM
Hey Berny,

Don't show them your 8-tracks. Big Smile [:D]
Has anyone noticed the original Star Trek discs look a lot like todays 3.5" floppys? Future deja vu or what?

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Posted by djrost_2000 on Friday, September 19, 2003 10:25 PM
You noticed that too Hoser?!?! I remember watching re-runs of old Star Trek in the early '90s and I had to wonder if those square things they were inserting in the computers was foresight in motion. They really look like 3.5 floppys in size and shape.

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 20, 2003 10:12 AM
The TNG isolinear memory chips look a lot like FLASH memory cards too.
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Posted by upnorth on Saturday, September 20, 2003 11:30 AM
Well, you don't need to be in your 60s to feel old, I hadn't hit 30 yet when I got to feeling a bit old:

I was 28 and managing a shop in a local mall, we had a job opening to fill and the company had a very firm rule that we weren't to hire anyone under 18 years old. I was weeding through the applications and seeing birthdates from the early 80s and thinking "I can't hire them, they're just kids" Then the horror of the math hit me like a brick, at the time, folks born in 80 or 81 were hitting their 20s and I COULD hire them!

Footnote: that was just a few years ago, I just hit 31 last month.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 20, 2003 11:46 AM
bloody hell the same happened to me. My cousin;s son is in the last junior high school year. I realized that when i was talking about my basketball hero he did not even heard of him let alone see him play since he retired the year the kid was born. The who's that guy question ripped my heart apart.....
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 20, 2003 12:08 PM
Certainly don't need to be in your 60s. I turned 30 recently, it's like a swtich went off in my head that stopped me liking modern music. I'm turning into my Dad!
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Posted by Keyworth on Saturday, September 20, 2003 5:19 PM
I just realized that most of my sports heroes are not only retired, but I keep reading their obituaries! Scary thoughts!!! Sad [:(]
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Posted by cnstrwkr on Saturday, September 20, 2003 6:33 PM
I think the first old feelig was in my early 30's when a friend of my son's said Mr. so&so can Joe sleep over. I stood for a minute thinking and realized thats what my Dad was called MR.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 20, 2003 8:49 PM
I may be getting a bit older (33 next month) but I still feel like a kid every time I go into a model store. Smile [:)] Just imagining all the fun I could have with each and every kit on the shelves makes me feel like an 8-year-old child on Christmas Eve. Of course, I feel the same way when I look at all the unbuilt kits on my shelves at home but I also feel like I should really build some of them someday...Sleepy [|)]
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Posted by tigerman on Sunday, September 21, 2003 4:15 PM
I know how you feel Berny. I feel very old when it comes to computers and have to ask my stepson for help. Disapprove [V] I must admit I feel technically challenged at times with electronics(just so many buttons and options). On the plus side I'm nearing 40 and I still get carded buying beer at the store! Big Smile [:D] Funny story: Some years back my wife and I went to dinner for her birthday and I was carded and she wasn't. She's 3 years younger than me! Needless to say she wasn't happy and I haven't let her forget it. Evil [}:)]

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Posted by Woody on Sunday, September 21, 2003 5:46 PM
I feel a little old every time someone runs down Monogram kits. I remember when we prized them over the Strombecker, Renwal, and Aurora kits! Wink [;)]

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 7:56 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by papalazerblue

Certainly don't need to be in your 60s. I turned 30 recently, it's like a swtich went off in my head that stopped me liking modern music. I'm turning into my Dad!
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 8:03 PM
TO Papalazerblue
So you turned 30, well youve still got a long way to go yet, from one of your replys i see you live in Manchester, so did i when i came over from Ireland when i was 5 yrs old we lived in Ardwick and were known as the Dead End Kids from Ardwick, but now i live in Australia have been here from 1st january 1965 never been back yet, hope to one day who knows?
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Posted by stinger on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 11:45 PM
Berny - Don't take it as getting OLD, just more experienced! I still proudly have my Pioneer turntable and vinyl (along with my minidisc's and MP3 player), and I take as good of care of them as I did the day I bought them in my early twenties. I still say that there is no better sound than from an anolog format, but that discussion is for a different forum. Next time your grandkids are over, just let them listen to a really great recording and see their reaction (don't let them know ahead of time the source).
As B.LeCren says, those are now valuable items, but not just because they are rare. Good things endure.
As I tell my son (24) and my daughter (19), and myself when I'm feeling old (50!, what the hell is going on here?) "Embrace life, you're only here once". Or, if I may ramble, from my father who is a glorious 92 years of age: "Life is tough, I don't know if I can survive it"
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To all you thirty somethings - We all become our Dads. Just make sure that "new and improved", truly is so.

Tally Ho,
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, September 25, 2003 5:36 PM
I was recently at a Welcome Home party for a Marine son friend of our family. He was saying that he had been asking while in Iraq if anybody knew Captain Ryan. When I realized that Captain Ryan was my oldest son, I felt VERY old. (but VERY proud!)
But you know when you are older than dirt when you fondly remember Monogram Speedee-Built kits. Now that's OLD!!
Look at it this way: getting older sure beats the limited number of attractive available options.
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Posted by berny13 on Thursday, September 25, 2003 6:33 PM
My son told me at the start of the school year he felt so old because his oldest son was starting high school. My son is only 37.

I remember the day he was born. Five months later I left for Vietnam and didn't get to see him again untill he was walkin and talking. I looked at him and asked myself, "Where is that baby that I last saw"? My how time flies.

Berny

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Posted by Keyworth on Thursday, September 25, 2003 8:57 PM
Berny, I know just how you feel. I went off to Vietnam and came back to see the guys and girls I had grown up with now with families of their own. Sure changed my perspective on things. It keeps marching on, doesn't it?
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Posted by David Voss on Friday, September 26, 2003 10:32 AM
LOL!! This is an awesome thread.

I'm 30 with 3 kids, the eldest is 7 and in 2nd grade. Some days I still can't believe it. My parents have always been the "adult". Now when I hear my daughter calling me the "adult" it feels so weird.

Anyways...at age 30 I've realized that there are things now which my kids won't ever know about:

The beta vs VHS competition?
The VHF and UHF dials on a TV?
Using bunny ears for a TV?
When HBO was the single premium channel which required an antennae?
When station wagons were popular?
An Atari2600, Commodore 64's, Intellivision, Calico, and others.
The first PC's my friends and I had were 4, 6, or 8Mhz (and some had a turbo button to make it go 12Mhz).
When the 5in. floppies and a paper hole punch could make them double-sided.
Watching Captain Kangaroo and "picture pages".
Telephones with the circular dial.

I'm sure they'll think automatic garage doors, dishwashers, remote control and wireless everything is the way things have always been. Maybe instead of the stories about walking two miles to school in 2 ft of snow, I'll be able to amaze them with stories of having to get off the couch and walking to the TV to change channels. Wink [;)]
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Posted by Woody on Friday, September 26, 2003 10:40 AM
Heck your amazing me David! ALL the way to tv you say?!?! Woody-Keeper of the Four Sacred Remotes Tongue [:P]Big Smile [:D]

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Posted by berny13 on Friday, September 26, 2003 11:05 AM
David.

I can remember further back than that. A bottle of Coca Cola cost five cents, a loaf of bread cost six cents, gas at twenty five cents a gallon. For a penny you could get a pack of bubble gum with five baseball trading cards. We didn't know what an airconditioner was. We slept with the windows and doors open in the summer with a flan blowing. Girls with full skirts, bobby socks and saddle shoes. Boys had short hair. I like Ike buttons. Sputnik. Wind up clocks. Wind up watches. Telephone party lines. We were so happy when our parents got their first TV. Black and white and if you were lucky, you could get three stations. TV antennaes on the roof. Getting paid fifty cents an hour on your first real job. I could go on and on.

Berny

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Posted by David Voss on Friday, September 26, 2003 11:28 AM
That sounds like a story of early American Living from out of the archives at the Smithsonian. Tongue [:P]Smile [:)]

QUOTE: Originally posted by berny13
I can remember further back than that.


I should have clarified my previous statement of "Anyways...at age 30 I've realized that there are things now which my kids won't ever know about:" to say these were things I knew as a kid which they won't know about. Smile [:)]

Amazing how back then a copper penny was worth something. Now people are trying to do away with them.
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Posted by gregers on Friday, September 26, 2003 4:25 PM
i was at work today and the guy i work with was talking cars (no problem there) and we got onto the subject of the driving test. He asked me when i passed mine and i said 1988, he said "man i was only five years old!!!" oh god i now feel old. AND i am SUFFERING another birthday tomorrow.....AAAAGH. (my 38th)
on the plus side i was walking with my missus the other month and she bumped into an old school pal, she said to Bev hey how did you manage to get hold of a toyboy?i had to laugh. Bev pointed out (rather bad temperedly) that i am two years older that her. now THAT really made my day....Greg
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 26, 2003 8:57 PM
Dave:
Come on, I'm not that old and I drive a station wagon!
My kids make rude noises when I tell them about 13 channel tv dials and we only got 4 (and one of those was French!).
My youngest (13) saw an older movie the other day and asked what the guy was doing when he dialled the phone with the rotary dial!
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 26, 2003 9:28 PM
I never did feel old until my daughter was watching I Love the 70's on VH-1 and she kept asking me. "what is that thing, who was that band, did you have one of those things?" I answered all her questions like a good dad and she looked up at me with her six year old eyes and said" you guys sure dressed funny back in the old days" Still floors me everytime I think about it. But I guess I do look older than I am because shortly after that a kid came to my office at work and noticed a few awards and such on my wall from my time in the Army and told me "my dad retired from the Army, he was in Vietnam, did you ever meet him?" I was born when we started withdrawing from Vietnam! I'm only 30! He said sorry and left.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 27, 2003 12:15 AM

To be 30 again, your not old, your in your prime. I'm 43, our house in Whittier, Ca. cost $16,000.00 U.S.D in 1964. This house was 285K when purchased in 1998 here in Alta Loma,
Ca. Growing up in our middle class neighborhood with 1 RCA black & white TV, a SW and a 54 Chevy. My dad, a father of a family of 6, raised us on a single income. Our modest little home had no carpeting, and like mentioned in other posts, what A/C, a single rotary phone on the kitchen wall. Life seemed so simple then.
When Bob Hope passed away, it was like losing an uncle. Yet, when I brought this up in my office, one of the kids (actually a 22 year old) ask who he was??? Talking about picking the jaw off the floor, I couldn't believe I had to explain to someone who Bob Hope is was and forever in my mind will always be.
From the days of the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, micro buses, muscle cars,bell bottoms and Twiggy. The days when calculators weren't allowed for our Algebra tests and Apple is what kept the doctor away. Those were the days, no one knew what a "crip" was, the only "gang" I knew was on Ch 52 and that show was in black and white with a dog named petey and a kid named Alfalfa.
Forever young at 43. I keep remembering a plaque that hangs at the back wall of the gym at California High School in Whittier, I'll try to remember it's wording, but basically says "within these walls you'll enjoy the best 4 years of your life"
At the time I didn't realize how true that really is. Your 1st girlfriend, your first car, your first date, new friends, puberty, teenage shenanigans, life was good those 4 consecutive years.
I haven't had 4 consecutive good years since I graduated high school, oh yeah I've had great years, marriage, graduation from college, birth of our son, my days in the navy, on and on, but they have not been consecutive. Thanks for this excellent thread.

Chuck
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 4:44 PM
Berny,
You are teaching the kids to take care of what you have a passion for. Someday they will thank you for teaching them.
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Posted by leemitcheltree on Thursday, October 2, 2003 2:46 AM
You feel old?
I think I know how you feel - how's this for scary? I got completely fed up with my job (after 20 years in the workforce), went back to university to study mechanical engineering (did quite well, too).
I have been married for almost as long as many of my fellow students have been alive - I'd graduated from high school before many of them were born.
The cool thing was is that I seemed to fit right in - they didn't look at me as if I was the "old fart". I'm only 40 but look closer to late twenties - what can you say about genes?
That was all a real culture shock, but it was fun.
Now I'm doing something with my life that I want to do.
Cheers, y'all
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