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Old man inside a young man

I was riding my bicycle along a city street yesterday, and three or four kids — they couldn't have been any older than first-graders — were hollering from a front porch at passersby.

An old woman had just finished crossing the street. "Old lady!" they hollered. "Old lady! Old lady!" When she didn't respond, they cackled that gleeful kid cackle, a high-pitched "hee-hee-hee!"

Then they saw me.

"Old boy!" they shouted. "Old boy! Old boy!"

I'm still trying to unpack that one.


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Jun. 23rd, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
It's that youthful glint in your eyes. They simply didn't know how to categorize you.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Hey, how'd that happen?
That was me saying:

It's that youthful glint in your eyes. They simply didn't know how to categorize you.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
It was a mark of respect, like "old chap" or "old bean."

"I say, old boy, have a nice day!"
^^You just didn't let them finish.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Then I should have stopped for a spot of tea.

Jun. 23rd, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
I think I would have cracked them one for yelling anything at anyone. But I suppose that sort of physical intervention is frowned upon these days.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
A Taser might be more effective.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
It was about five years ago when I realized I was an old man, and not cool anymore. I found this out when I looked at a billboard top 20 list and didn't recognise any of the artists.

However, the latest phrase bandied about is "50 is the new 40." Sad to say that it's only the 50 year olds who say it.


Jun. 24th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
I'm 54, Jeff, and it's my favorite age so far. By this time, we don't need to worry about cool; I think we're both comfortable with our style — and I'm not necessarily talking about clothes.
Jun. 24th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
I'll be 52 at the end of July. Despite all the shit that has gone down, despite my tremendous weight loss, I still have my health and still surf better than most of the 20-somethings that show up at our beach. Sometimes age has it's rewards. Anyways, cool is in the eyes of the beholder.

As for style, you're the master.

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