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Get Off My Lawn: Things You’ve Done that Make You Feel Old

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I was in the grocery store today and wanted to buy cans of tuna to make Nom Nom Paleo’s Spicy Tuna Cakes. I haven’t bought canned tuna in a while, and when I saw the price I immediately thought “when did cans of tuna get so expensive? These should be like 80 cents each max. Back in my day...”

 

Then I realized I was officially old. 31 was my old year.

 

What have you done, said, or thought that let you know you were no longer one of the hip young kids anymore?

 

 

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The day I tried explaining something using M*A*S*H as a reference and the person to whom I was speaking had no idea what I was talking about.


A few years ago I was teaching 9th grade English and therefore teaching Romeo and Juliet. I would show clips from the “new” version (with YOUNG Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes). I had to stop calling it the “new version” when the kids pointed out that it was older than they were... ugh.


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My exciting NYE plans this year were eating homemade pizza and watching Planet Earth with my husband...

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Thinking, "what is this crap these kids listen to today"

Why is that music so loud

Waking up with my own sound effects, creaks, grunts and groans. 

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1 hour ago, Enforcer25 said:

 

Why is that music so loud

 

Solution: bring earplugs to movies and parties. Makes you seem super cool!

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When I was talking animatedly with my physical therapist regarding The Princess Bride and the still-in-college front desk attendant piped in that she didn't watch 'old movies'

 

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Last year I was chaperoning the 5th grade overnight trip and got SUPER cranky that the girls wouldn't stop talking and go to sleep. This coming from the girl who used to stay up talking/telling ghost stories all night at sleepovers. D:

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Watching a  music video the kid of a friend showed me and all I could say was "Man, that is some seriously %^%&^d up stuff...... music's ok though."

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In the words of Nick Miller, "I feel like I'm aging into my personality." In addition to general curmudgeonly-ness:

  • Last time I saw midnight on NYE, there was a nap involved.
  • Own a button-up cardigan (shut up, it's warm).
  • Explained to someone just out of high-school what a corded phone was. 
  • Have 4 pairs of reading glasses stashed in strategic locations
  • About four years ago, yelled at someone on a four-wheeler to "Get off my lawn!"
  • Told someone I wasn't mad at them, I was just disappointed.

Also, all of my joints click. Randomly. And loudly.

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I've made "get off my lawn" comments.

I haven't stayed up for a New Year's Eve since 2004.
Naps are the hilight of my days off.
Also what Evicious said about bedtimes & wake up times.

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Teaching is the act of constantly being reminded how old you are.

I made a “Princess Bride” reference in class today and not one single student got it. When I said it was from “The Princess Bride”, one kid responded that he didn’t really watch old movies. Same thing happened with “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” the other day.

Come on kids, these movies are still cool.


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There have been lots of warning signs honestly.

 

Just recently I clicked some stupid clickbait article about celebrities and thought, "I have no idea who these children are."

 

In fact yesterday I was walking to pick up my daughter from school and I looked down. I see sensible memory foam shoes, light denim jeans, a khaki jacket, an umbrella (just in case), a sudoku book, and reading glasses. I'm not just old. I'm clearly an geriatric trapped inside a middle aged body.

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I was at a hockey game a couple of years ago and a young woman in front of me was holding an infant.

My first reaction was "She's way too young to have a kid!"

My second reaction was "Dammit! I'm old!".

 

Then I figured out it was one of those high school home ec babies and felt mildly better about myself

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Every summer I hire and train teenagers to be lifeguards where I work.

They make sure I know I'm old. My favorite comment " No way! You're not really THAT old are you?" (I was 31 at the time)

I used to substitute teach. I've met former students' children.

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On 12/31/2017 at 6:30 PM, Hypotheticalfox said:

 


A few years ago I was teaching 9th grade English and therefore teaching Romeo and Juliet. I would show clips from the “new” version (with YOUNG Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes). I had to stop calling it the “new version” when the kids pointed out that it was older than they were... ugh.


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My personal favorite version just because it seems so absurd. 90's culture meet the King's English. Bwahaha!

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I teach part-time at a college near me.  Most of the students are straight out of high school.  I reference bands, TV shows, cartoons, and movies in my assignments.  Sometimes they get the references and smile or laugh.  Other times, crickets.  

 

I also realized that my wallet is about the same age as most of the kidlets I teach.  

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