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Winston Smith11 Aug 2018 8:07 a.m. PST

1. When ball players retired who were 10 years younger than I was.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 8:23 a.m. PST

When My kids had to lean over to kiss me.
When my grey hairs in my beard outnumbered my brown hairs.
When my trick knee starts acting up.
When I forget to take my meds.

jeffreyw311 Aug 2018 8:23 a.m. PST

It started with losing a lot of musicians from my era, and was cemented yesterday when I learned that Teri Garr just turned 73…sigh…

skippy000111 Aug 2018 8:29 a.m. PST

Pain. It hurt to reach and move a figure or counter.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 8:35 a.m. PST

Well, second time through basic training. Turns out it's a lot easier at 19 than at 31.
Then the time I heard my PT grader comment to the Sergeant Major "look at that old man out there, still trying to do PT." I'd have been 37.
After that, a long spell in analysis where what I thought of as current events kept turning out to be history no one else knew. ("We had a base there? What war was that, Robert?") That one just kept getting worse until I turned in my papers.

witteridderludo11 Aug 2018 8:36 a.m. PST

The first time my barber ended my haircut by trimming the ears growing out of my ears.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 8:41 a.m. PST

I knew I was an adult the day the judge said, "Son, I'm going to try you as an adult."

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 8:44 a.m. PST


Yeah, I remember that too.:(

BrockLanders Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 8:46 a.m. PST

When people would talk about the latest hot young actor or pop act and I had no clue who they were talking about

eddy195711 Aug 2018 8:54 a.m. PST

I visited Waterloo a couple of weeks ago, and I got a discount for being 60+. Made me think.

rustymusket11 Aug 2018 9:02 a.m. PST

When my shoulder hurt when I threw a football to my granddaughter when she was 12. Actually now that she is 25 and I exercise regularly, the shoulder does't hurt.

Grelber11 Aug 2018 9:28 a.m. PST

When I found out I would be covered by the federal law preventing age discrimination in just a few days. @*%!#! government! What right did they have to tell me I was old?


Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 9:53 a.m. PST

When I started talking about places that had been torn down long ago.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 10:24 a.m. PST

48 years this month – not yet.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 10:29 a.m. PST

When I made that aaaahhh sound when you get up and down from a chair. So about 17.

napthyme11 Aug 2018 10:40 a.m. PST

Same here Gunfreak. 16 is when I noticed as my health had already taken a nose dive, well what health I ever had at least.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 10:57 a.m. PST

When I noticed that if I were dating a girl half my age, it would be totally legal.

Ceterman11 Aug 2018 11:14 a.m. PST

When I was…

Ferd4523111 Aug 2018 11:36 a.m. PST

When I found topics like this one interesting. And I do. H

Vigilant11 Aug 2018 11:43 a.m. PST

I'm not old, I've just been around longer than some.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 11:51 a.m. PST

I have not aged at all.
Everyone else has though.
I'm still 25…

Perris070711 Aug 2018 12:02 p.m. PST

When everything started to annoy me.

pogany11 Aug 2018 12:16 p.m. PST

wha ? who ? Where is my oatmeal. I'm not old, I just can't remember…………….now what was I talking about ?

brave face11 Aug 2018 12:50 p.m. PST

about when I was five…

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian11 Aug 2018 1:04 p.m. PST

When I looked in the mirror and instead of seeing my Father, I saw my Grandfather!

Thanks for that.


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 1:16 p.m. PST

It hit me when I automatically received a discount on coffee at MacDonalds.

mumbasa11 Aug 2018 1:49 p.m. PST

When you asked the question. Thanks a lot, Winston :(

14Bore11 Aug 2018 1:52 p.m. PST

When it's hard to get moving after being still for awhile, feel like the Tin Man needing a oil can

bsrlee11 Aug 2018 3:05 p.m. PST

When I couldn't read the street numbers in a street directory. Happened over a week or so, seems I'm in one of the medically small groups where my eyes get long sighted in bursts rather than gradually like most people.

And if you are on my lawn, you had better be pushing the lawn mower…..

Dave Schmid11 Aug 2018 3:29 p.m. PST

When middle aged woman hold the door open for me.

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 7:16 p.m. PST

This year I turned 50 and was able to join AARP for all of the discounts. I still don't feel old. The great thing was when I joined AARP, I was able to get a membership for my wife who is 21 years younger than me. So even though I don't feel old, I can still refer to my wife as "the Old Lady."

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 8:00 p.m. PST

When people started asking me this question.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2018 12:27 a.m. PST

When women stop thinking you are coming on to them when you are just talking to them!

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2018 1:06 a.m. PST

When I was discussing warship design lessons learnt from the Falklands with my trainees and they said they weren't even born when the Falklands happened

JimDuncanUK12 Aug 2018 5:33 a.m. PST

I recently had cancer surgery so I saw a few senior doctors and consultants.

The bossman had 30+ years of relevant expertise and he looked so young compared to myself. He kept calling me Sir.

Not many folk call me Sir.

Legion 412 Aug 2018 6:12 a.m. PST

Can't remember when … wait … what was the question ? old fart

Huscarle12 Aug 2018 8:38 a.m. PST

When your hair disappears from your head & appears in places that you don't want it.

Sports injuries take so much longer to recover from. Why don't they tell you that those sports injuries you got in your youth will come back to haunt you in your 40s+?

I may feel like I haven't changed, but my body is so much slower to react. One becomes inured to all of those constant aches & pains, but my poor knees (courtesy of playing rugby) ache so, especially in wet weather.

Now when I play football (soccer) I'm quite happy to go in goal for most of the game. I have to remind myself I'm closer to 60 than 50 now frown

Just about all my movie star heroes/heroines from my youth are dead or folks have never heard of them. The same for favourite TV shows.

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2018 9:40 a.m. PST

About 20 years ago when the adult I was working with told me he wasn't alive during the Apollo Moon missions….

Dexter Ward12 Aug 2018 1:38 p.m. PST

when people talk about Warhammer as 'Old School'

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2018 7:21 p.m. PST

When I realised that almost all I thought of as being current of just a few years back occurred before most of my engineering team was born.

21eRegt13 Aug 2018 5:05 a.m. PST

When I had to stop and think about bending down to pick something off the floor.

x42brown13 Aug 2018 5:11 a.m. PST

When my daughter retired.


Mister Tibbles13 Aug 2018 6:06 a.m. PST

When I realized I'll never be able to make enough money to retire.

Walking Sailor13 Aug 2018 7:06 a.m. PST

"Dancing In The Streets" The 1985 recording for charity. My daughter referred to it: "by David Bowie and that guy with the lips" YouTube link

Cacique Caribe13 Aug 2018 10:45 a.m. PST

When the accepted version of history was nothing like the events my family and I actually saw and experienced ourselves.

It wasn't just a sign of old age. It was a Twilight Zone moment for us all.


14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2018 3:06 p.m. PST

When I came home from a con & and was so tired I didn't want to get out of my chair. My wife of course said "how can you be tired all you did was play for 2 days".

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Aug 2018 4:10 p.m. PST

When I saw the first computer I owned on display in a museum.


davbenbak14 Aug 2018 3:21 a.m. PST

When I saw a perfectly fine "Frampton Comes Alive" album in the 99 cent bargain bin. I asked the store clerk if it was a mistake and he said, "No, that's old"

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2018 8:39 a.m. PST

When I started working with the daughters of nurses I had started with.

Personal logo Lost Wolf Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 12:13 p.m. PST

When my wife told me I looked and walked like an old man.

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