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82053.  Thu Jul 27, 2006 4:50 am Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
Other possibilities may exist, though at present I can't think of any.

One of you could pretend to be hard of hearing and constantly ask what they said in the film. The other would then repeat the lines to the other.

All in very loud voices of course.

82061.  Thu Jul 27, 2006 5:28 am Reply with quote

This is all very helpful. The trouble with the boycott is that they won't notice it, so I think I like the suggestion about going along and asking to have all the jokes explained to me in a very loud voice, and then when someone complains I'll say "Tsk - I'm 51 next birthday, you know".

My mother thinks we should run a special edition of QI for the elderly, in which all the punchlines are repeated twice, with an explanation scrolling across the bottom of the screen.

82109.  Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:55 am Reply with quote

I hate getting older. Hatehatehatehatehate.

I keep on reflecting upon the fact that we can remember most of our lives up the present, that it doesn't really seem that long, and that repeating it will take exactly as unlong.

When you're 25, it isn't bad - after all, you could have it all over again and still be only 50 (leaving possibly 25 or more years of active life), but when you're, for the sake of argument (and the fact that that's what I am), 55, adding your previous life produces an unfeasible 110 - meaning that now I've only got about half of what I've already lived left to me.

Woody Allen was fully as rueful when he said:

I recently turned sixty. Practically a third of my life is over.

82118.  Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:06 am Reply with quote

When I was at school, an English teacher of mine came in to a lesson on his 42nd birthday looking rather shocked, having just realised, as he said, "I've been 21 twice".

Along the same lines, my father failed to persuade my mother to take him upon his offer to swap her for two 18 year olds on her 36th birthday.

82124.  Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:09 am Reply with quote

Along the same lines, my father failed to persuade my mother to take him upon his offer to swap her for two 18 year olds on her 36th birthday.

That's just not thinking ahead. He'd have probably snuffed it, and she would have claimed the life insurance!



82207.  Thu Jul 27, 2006 11:58 am Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
At the age of 47 Mrs Flash and I tried to go to a film in our local cinema on a Wednesday morning and were excluded because we were under 50.

It's even worse when it happens the other way.

Last winter (when I was still a stripling of 54, and Mrs Gaazy a year younger), we boarded a bus in Chester and the driver asked us whether we had our passes.

And I don't think it was because he thought we were schoolchildren.

82214.  Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:27 pm Reply with quote

Gaazy wrote:

And I don't think it was because he thought we were schoolchildren.


82540.  Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:42 pm Reply with quote

Privileges for age seem to accumulate rapidly between the ages of 60 and 65 here. Woodsman gets reduced price entry into some things because he is 63. All I got when I turned 55 was a huge increase in my health insurance costs :-(. I think they're trying to squeeze as much as possible out of us before we turn 65 and go on Medicare.

82580.  Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:14 am Reply with quote

Back to Flash's predicament....

Turn up on a Weds morning, wearing a hoodie thing, unzipped, with a t-shirt bearing the slogan/design of your choice, very baggy trousers, and sandals with socks.
Clearly you should be brandishing a bottle of cheap cider and an enormous spliff, and be in a hurry to get to the popcorn to satisfy the munchies.
Mrs Flash should either be dressed in similar fashion, or in her best suit and pearl necklace, looking like a prim and proper laydee.

I think that covers it.

82718.  Sun Jul 30, 2006 4:06 pm Reply with quote

Good. That's how we went last time, so hopefully they'll remember us.

209960.  Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:49 am Reply with quote

Wow. The same post twice?

209962.  Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:50 am Reply with quote

(see general banter)

Prof Wind Up Merchant
234359.  Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:09 pm Reply with quote

I am right in thinking that the cells that made you up when you were born, all have been replaced when they died. This means you are not your original self. The cells that make you up now different.

250510.  Sun Dec 30, 2007 3:05 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Anybody who looks under 30 gets routinely ID'd trying to buy alcohol here in the US. A friend of mine was delighted to be ID'd, because she was 40 and had two teenage children at the time.

That always makes me chuckle. You only need to be 21 to buy alcohol, or 18 to buy cigarettes, but if you look under 30, you're likely to get "carded."

I never get carded anymore.

250529.  Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:09 pm Reply with quote

I think they are supposed to card everybody nowadays, but as I don't buy tobacco anymore and I haven't bought alcohol in I don't know how long I can't say for sure. Now it may seem a bit silly when a middle aged, balding, grey headed, grey bearded man is carded but hey I could be prematurely geriatric, I certainly feel it sometimes.


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