Thursday, March 21, 2013
Photo: Bon Jovi, from its Wikipedia page
These are ways that are a little more subtle than, let's say, your hair thinning, or you just plain losing your hair. Neither of these are happening to me, of course.
--You hear yourself constantly comparing yourself, or your generation, with the younger, and you constantly begin such comparisons with, "I don't mean to sound like an old fuddy-duddy, but..." And then you hear yourself sounding like an old fuddy-duddy.
--And you hear yourself using phrases like, "Fuddy-duddy."
--You take naps not because you want to, but because you have to.
--And such naps are unplanned. You just suddenly wake up on the couch, and it's a few hours later.
--Friday nights are no longer nights you go out, but are just an extension of the workweek, just another night in which you're tired from the workday.
--If you're lucky, Saturday nights are party nights. But more often than not, it's just a go out night, when you're happy to just go out for dinner somewhere. Dinner and a movie in the same night is a truly special night.
--You pull a muscle simply by getting out of bed in the morning, or during the morning shower.
--You look forward to your garbage and recycling stuff getting emptied on Monday mornings.
--You pat yourself on the back whenever you manage to be utilitarian about something. Today I brought five DVDs I don't watch anymore to F.Y.E., got $5.50 for them, and then turned that over, with $14, to get a DVD I've wanted for a long time, The Verdict.
--Speaking of which, you find yourself wanting DVDs of movies made in 1982.
--As a comic has said somewhere, you find your body is losing hair where you want it, and growing it in abundance where you don't want it. (I'll leave the rest to your imagination.)
--It's possible that the high school you went to may be closed due to lack of enrollment.
--And your junior high school has already met the same fate.
--Your birthdays remind you more of the finish line, and so you no longer enjoy them.
--You find yourself thinking that a forty-five year old actress looks attractive. Forty-five used to be old and ugly.
--You notice that it's been a very long time since your favorite musicians have recorded something new.
--And that actors you remember as a kid have started dying off.
--Or you're amazed that your favorite actors are still alive and kicking, if not exactly making movies anymore.
--And you realize that favorites like Kevin Bacon and Tom Cruise and Bruce Willis are the exceptions, not the rule, of longevity.
--And that Meryl Streep is the exception in terms of favorite actresses who are still a little bit of a force in Hollywood.
--Your favorite recent actors are younger, or, if they're your age, they're newer to the business.
--You don't know the newer musicians and singers anymore because you're too busy wearing out your CDs.
--And that Bon Jovi and David Bowie and Green Day are the aforementioned exceptions, not the rule.
--And that you tend to listen to the one station playing 80s music, which you realize is in existence solely for those who, like you, have realized that they're gettin' old.