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12:28 pm on Jul 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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. . . you lean against something while putting your pants on just to make sure you don't topple over.
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One might also try, putting a little more water with "it"...;-)
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I know when it was, it was when I saw an attractive young woman and wondered what her mother was like!
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You start telling your grandkids that when you were growing up it was safe to walk to school.
7:00 pm on July 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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...when you still remember autoexec.bat and config.sys and at least a few lines of DOS to play a computer game...
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... when people can say without fear of contradiction that they need a {device that did not exist when you were growing up and somehow you survived without it} ...

... when there were nine planets* and the critter was called Brontosaurus** ...

... when the child who was in kindergarten last week swings by in his new car ...

Lean on something? I sit on something. Preferably not the cat.


* 9 + 1 = 8. Didn't there use to be something called the New Math?
** Apatosaurus means "haha, fooled you". Look it up.
12:31 am on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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...when you still remember autoexec.bat and config.sys and at least a few lines of DOS to play a computer game...


OMG, I remember writing code for the VIC20 just to play a game, anyone else remember PEEK and POKE commands? (and saving it on a tape deck?) yikes.

10 FOR LOOP = 0 TO 5
20 READ BYTE
30 POKE CODE + LOOP, BYTE
40 NEXT LOOP
...
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when you decide to sleep in the basement after the movie is over because you don't want to listen to your knees crackling when you go up the stairs!

TRS-80 "co-co" RULES!
1:25 am on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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anyone else remember PEEK and POKE commands?

Only in the sense of "I don't really understand what these mean, so I'll cut and paste and take it on faith". Tape decks were before my time. But it was pretty thrilling to get a 1MB RAMfactor card, even if I can't remember what it did. Sort of like a hard drive but not exactly?

10 FOR LOOP = 0 TO 5

Line numbers! Line numbers! Woo hoo! And always by increments of ten so you could come back and squeeze in the stuff you forgot! I'd be sooooo much happier if javascript would let me say FOR LOOP = 0 TO 10 STEP 2 instead of throwing all those parentheses and semicolons at me. And what's wrong with CASE ELSE anyway?
1:44 am on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Punch cards with Fortran.. early CAD .. around 71/72/73 ..

I got old ;-)

Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney in the charts..( that was earlier ..when even teachers walked to school )..Sinatra looked young..and the Beatles hadn't been invented yet..

and valve radio with magic eye tuning ..
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Punch cards with Fortran.

Punch cards with who-cares-what on them. They all sounded terrific clipped to your bicycle wheels. For grownups there was a kind of filing cabinet with drawers specifically made to hold all those cards. My father's lab had banks of them.
7:16 am on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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You Kow You're Getting Old When . . .


...the radio station you listen to starts advertising retirement homes.
8:09 am on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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When you are considering a home improvement or garden project and you wonder if you will be around long enough to make it worthwhile?
10:46 am on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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When a guy 10 years younger than me becomes a grandfather
12:52 pm on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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When you start getting spam mail advertising "old folk homes".
12:53 pm on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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When it seems like you're having breakfast every half hour.
1:57 pm on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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when you get interested in gardening
2:20 pm on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure we all know this one...
When the police look like they are just kids.
3:03 pm on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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.. when you start throwing away things that you had for years just to save someone else the trouble of having to do it when you're gone
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If we are going to get maudlin ;-) ..

"when you don't take out subscriptions, nor order milk and papers in advance"

when it takes over 15 posts to spot the "typo" in the title ;-)))
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You start getting AARP advertisements in the mail. (Luckily, it was actually addressed to the previous owner, but it still made me feel old!)
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... When your kids say "Dad, did you know Paul McCartney was in a band before wings?" (sorry, old one but true . . .)

... When moshing no longer sounds rad.

... When it takes 11 minutes to pee (Scrubs)

... When you wonder, "was I a s***head like that when I was that age?"

... When you start using the term "when I was that age."

... When you have all the answers but the problem is, no one asks the questions any more.

aside: I still put my **socks** on with the leg straight out, standing on the other foot, no leaning required. I just can't remember what drawer they are in sometimes.
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... you start writing "You know you're old when..." posts from your own experiences. :)
5:18 pm on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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...when you pack away all the forks and knives because all you need now are the spoons for all your meals.

:-P
5:32 pm on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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. . . when you have to get leosghost to proofread your titles.
6:45 pm on July 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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topr8 wait a minute I loved to garden with I was "knee high to a grasshopper". Wait a minute you know ya old when you know that.

You go to a pub con in vegas and go to bed at 9pm.

Look at Brett and wish you were that young again. :)
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...when they stop putting birthday candles on your cake in case they burn the house down
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When it takes 11 minutes to pee

Try Saw Palmetto and Pumpkin seed. It reduces it to about four minutes.
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When every new day feels like "the morning after" and you did not go out the previous night.
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...when you can make at least one tasty meal from all the meds you take for your "conditions."
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