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Title: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on January 08, 2015, 03:46:43 pm
You find yourself thinking "what a splendid evening" when it consists of a half decent bottle of wine and a rather lengthy article in the London Review of Books examining the effect of Latin on European intellectual life ....
Title: Re: You know your middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 08, 2015, 03:52:03 pm
You make groaning or huffing noises when bending down to pick something up, or getting up from the floor.
Title: Re: You know your middle aged when
Post by: chris n on January 08, 2015, 03:53:40 pm
Middle aged or middle class ???
Title: Re: You know your middle aged when
Post by: JonJo on January 08, 2015, 04:10:05 pm
You become enough of a pedant to start correcting grammar on internet forums.

'You know you're middle aged when'
Title: Re: You know your middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on January 08, 2015, 04:14:30 pm
You become enough of a pedant to start correcting grammar on internet forums.

'You know you're middle aged when'

Fixed that for you :)
Title: Re: You know your middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on January 08, 2015, 04:16:26 pm
Middle aged or middle class ???

because working class people only read the Sun and drink cans of larger ?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: essexian on January 08, 2015, 04:50:47 pm
You have no idea what music is in the charts anymore.....10 years ago I could name just about every song!

Oh and instead of going to see punk bands play.... you now prefer the ballet (and can actually afford the tickets to do so... but not the expensive ones of course!)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: delthebike on January 08, 2015, 04:54:15 pm
Your Mum forgets your birthday.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on January 08, 2015, 04:54:58 pm
You know what was in the Magic Wadding.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on January 08, 2015, 05:05:36 pm
The GP starts using the phrase "women your age".
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 08, 2015, 05:09:08 pm
The GP starts using the phrase "women your age".
And "normal wear and tear."
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on January 08, 2015, 05:33:35 pm
You have no idea what music is in the charts anymore.....10 years ago I could name just about every song!

There isn't any music in the charts anymore.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 08, 2015, 06:01:35 pm
10 years?  I stopped listening to the Hit Parade, as I think it was called then, around 1979.

While it is still legitimate to point at a "musician" on the Anbaric Distascope and say "It's too loud and you can't hear the words" you can no longer ask "Is that a boy or a girl?" without being sneered at or advised to go to Specsavers.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hairyhippy on January 20, 2015, 05:23:06 pm
You wander around the house turning all the lights off.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Gasman on January 20, 2015, 06:14:03 pm
You become enough of a pedant to start correcting grammar on internet forums.

Fora, surely?

Alternatively, as happened a few years ago, the weird and wacky Radio 1 afternoon DJ of your youth turns up on Radio 2 presenting the All Time Easy Listening Top 40.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: PaulF on January 20, 2015, 07:34:04 pm
You enter a Sportive

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Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on January 20, 2015, 07:55:32 pm
*thinks back*

I remember Middle Aged.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on January 20, 2015, 08:47:23 pm
... Your Mum complains you are attending too many funerals...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ian H on January 20, 2015, 09:46:46 pm
I'll confess I'm not looking forward to being middle-aged.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on January 20, 2015, 09:49:00 pm
That's true!  ;) ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on January 20, 2015, 10:06:38 pm
Don't worry.  It can't be that bad.  I hardly remember it.   ???
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on January 20, 2015, 10:17:24 pm
You get up at about 3:50 am
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: PaulF on January 20, 2015, 10:20:01 pm
*thinks back*

I remember Middle Aged.

No Basil, you mean Middle Ages! ;)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on January 20, 2015, 10:22:07 pm
When you eat meat, there is more remaining stuck between your teeth and your receding gums than you have actually managed to swallow.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: IanDG on January 20, 2015, 10:23:05 pm
You start to.................can't remember what I was going to say ???
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on January 20, 2015, 10:24:02 pm
*thinks back*

I remember Middle Aged.

No Basil, you mean Middle Ages! ;)

 ;D

GIT!

 :)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: madcow on January 21, 2015, 08:54:21 am



Alternatively, as happened a few years ago, the weird and wacky Radio 1 afternoon DJ of your youth turns up on Radio 2 presenting the All Time Easy Listening Top 40.

When you find yourself listening to Smooth FM. You don't even have to like it ,just the act of listening to it ages you by 10 years at least.

Worse still, you tune in to Classic FM and they ( ex Radio 1 jocks ) are on there and then on BBC local radio's shared network programmes after 8 p.m doing phone ins for pensioners .
 Mark Forrest who started on Radio Tees (cutting edge commercial radio-not)  has been on the lot.
Alan Partridge is alive and well.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: spindrift on January 21, 2015, 08:59:06 am
Laura Dern plays Reese Witherspoon's mum in Wild. Good grief. I've got a coat that's older than the new Polish girl on CBBC. Good grief. I keep thinking 1995 was ten years ago, gah.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on January 21, 2015, 09:02:17 am
You're getting the children ready for school and wondering what the holy fuck is Phineas & Pherb is all about . . .

 . . . then you realise you turned into your father.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hatler on January 21, 2015, 09:13:39 am
^  ^  ^
Spot on. :-)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: IanDG on January 21, 2015, 09:18:30 am
You're getting the children ready for school and wondering what the holy fuck is Phineas & Pherb is all about . . .

 . . . then you realise you turned into your father.

Your kids have all left school!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on January 21, 2015, 09:20:21 am
You're getting the children ready for school and wondering what the holy fuck is Phineas & Pherb is all about . . .

 . . . then you realise you turned into your father.

Your kids have all left school!

Your kids have left school,
they've left Uni,
they've left home.

Then they start bloody coming back again!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 21, 2015, 10:24:58 am
Phineas and Pherb is actually one of my favourite kids' TV programmes.

I've no idea what this says about me.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: IanDG on January 21, 2015, 10:37:53 am
You're getting the children ready for school and wondering what the holy fuck is Phineas & Pherb is all about . . .

 . . . then you realise you turned into your father.

Your kids have all left school!

Your kids have left school,
they've left Uni,
they've left home.

Then they start bloody coming back again!

That's 'old age' Basil ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on January 21, 2015, 12:01:05 pm
Oh yeah!  :facepalm:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: matthew on January 21, 2015, 12:35:59 pm
You're getting the children ready for school and wondering what the holy fuck is Phineas & Pherb is all about . . .

 . . . then you realise you turned into your father.

Your kids have all left school!

Your kids have left school,
they've left Uni,
they've left home.

Then they start bloody coming back again!

That's 'old age' Basil ;D

No that's when the kids finally get round to leaving again.

Therefore my parents are finally in old age.
Title: Re: You know your middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 21, 2015, 01:29:32 pm
You make groaning or huffing noises when bending down to pick something up, or getting up from the floor.

Recently I have noticed I'm doing this alot.

You wander around the house turning all the lights off.

This too!

When you eat meat, there is more remaining stuck between your teeth and your receding gums than you have actually managed to swallow.

Yep, oh Lordy  ::-)

You start to.................can't remember what I was going to say ???

Oh for pity's sake  >:(

Never mind.  Much life left in this older dog ... I hope  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 21, 2015, 02:02:37 pm
Grey pubes.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on January 21, 2015, 02:30:20 pm
Grey pubes.

Really pisses you off in a burger . . .
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 21, 2015, 03:58:47 pm
Grey pubes.

In fact the whole hair thing. Loosing hair in some places and gaining it elsewhere, normally in unwelcome areas.

I'm clinging to the hope that this phenomena has nothing to do with middle age but more to do with a hitherto unknown second stage of puberty. Perhaps my voice will break again, I'll sound like Barry White and suddenly become irresistible to womens.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on January 21, 2015, 04:40:59 pm
You notice that your max rate of climb on the last Audax you did was the same as your average on the same ride ten years ago.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Canardly on January 21, 2015, 04:55:37 pm
When your ears start sprouting hair.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 21, 2015, 05:00:23 pm
your favourite music from your youth spring back into popularity.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 21, 2015, 06:05:32 pm
Laura Dern plays Reese Witherspoon's mum in Wild. Good grief. I've got a coat that's older than the new Polish girl on CBBC. Good grief. I keep thinking 1995 was ten years ago, gah.

I had cause to channel The Finn from William Gibson's Sprawl,Trilogy while in in the Gulag.

"This jumper is older than you1 are so when I talk you listen!"

1: Trufax: jumper born 1990, Miss Skank born 1992.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Trull on January 21, 2015, 07:41:33 pm
When you think that starting a movie at 8.30pm is chancing it...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Wowbagger on January 21, 2015, 07:47:43 pm
You become enough of a pedant to start correcting grammar on internet forums.

Fora, surely?

Alternatively, as happened a few years ago, the weird and wacky Radio 1 afternoon DJ of your youth turns up on Radio 2 presenting the All Time Easy Listening Top 40.

Recursion! See OP.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on January 21, 2015, 10:11:39 pm
You discover that a film you thought recent has been remade twice since you first saw it.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on February 17, 2015, 10:03:34 am
When you discover a website dedicated to Airfix and nearly two hours of the working day disappear in a couple of seconds.

http://www.vintage-airfix.com/ (http://www.vintage-airfix.com/)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on February 17, 2015, 07:57:47 pm
When you discover a website dedicated to Airfix and nearly two hours of the working day disappear in a couple of seconds.

http://www.vintage-airfix.com/ (http://www.vintage-airfix.com/)
Or... you walk past a model shop that has a MKI Hurricane 1/72 kit on special offer and instead of carrying on straight past you walk in and buy it.  Despite the fact you haven't built up a kit since nineteen seventy umph, you can no longer focus at the short distances necessary for fine work and you have a noticable tremor - wtf did _that_ come from? - when gluing small parts in place.   Then again p'raps it's second childhood?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 17, 2015, 08:45:09 pm
As a kid I didn't do Airfix very often. But in my late teens, for some reason, I did a few kits. I found liquid glue, as opposed to the stuff in a tube, was a revelation.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 17, 2015, 09:52:02 pm
Bloody hell.  When I saw the pic of the Westland Whirlwind twin-engine monoplane I remembered the squadron code before clicking to enlarge it.

My all-time favourite was the Short Sunderland.  Always had a thing for flying boats.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jurek on February 17, 2015, 09:59:05 pm
As a kid I didn't do Airfix very often. But in my late teens, for some reason, I did a few kits. I found liquid glue, as opposed to the stuff in a tube, was a revelation.
I didn't discover this until I went to college ~ 1989.
Dichloromethane and capillary action FTW!
Don't go putting it in your tea.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rafletcher on February 18, 2015, 03:18:56 pm
Bi- (and Tri-) planes were my thing.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tigerrr on February 18, 2015, 03:39:09 pm
Who can forget the thrill of the Lancaster bomber, or the black night fighter with the rear gun turret?
Many attempted Nelsons Victory or the Cutty Sark, so few completed though.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Hot Flatus on February 18, 2015, 04:09:10 pm
(http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_small/8/85763/2610259-warlord387.jpg)

It was good, clean, healthy fun.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: clarion on February 18, 2015, 04:13:18 pm
Who can forget the thrill of the Lancaster bomber, or the black night fighter with the rear gun turret?
Many attempted Nelsons Victory or the Cutty Sark, so few completed though.

Boltoun-Paul Defiant?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 18, 2015, 06:10:42 pm
Northrop P-61 Black Widow.  Like a P-38 on the 'roids.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hairyhippy on February 18, 2015, 10:01:11 pm
As you get older, build bigger models.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tigerrr on February 19, 2015, 07:55:17 am
(http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_small/8/85763/2610259-warlord387.jpg)

It was good, clean, healthy fun.
We were not allowed to read 'trash mags' at school. That was the sort of abuse that went on at boarding school. Anyway the result was everyone read them and collected them in hoards.
On reflection, I think my personal values were formed by these mags.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Hot Flatus on February 19, 2015, 09:16:07 am
Me too.  It has caused arguments between myself and Mrs Flatus when choosing new domestic appliances.

I put it down to being  conditioned to hate 'Les Bosches'
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on February 19, 2015, 09:27:09 am
"Achtung Tommy!!"
Title: Re: You know your middle aged when
Post by: LEE on February 19, 2015, 09:38:22 am
Middle aged or middle class ???

because working class people only read the Sun and drink cans of larger ?

Middle Class is when you can spell Châteauneuf-du-Pape but can't spell Lager.

Middle aged is when you recreate a John Bishop stand-up routine in a forum thread.


Modern music?  It's just noise isn't it?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 19, 2015, 09:47:55 am
Thanks to trash mags I know that Japanese soldiers go "Aieeeeeeeeee!" when shot, but Germans go "Aaaaaaarrrgh!".  USAnians and BRITONS, of course, never got shot in the first place.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on February 19, 2015, 09:58:51 am
Thanks to trash mags I know that Japanese soldiers go "Aieeeeeeeeee!" when shot, but Germans go "Aaaaaaarrrgh!".  USAnians and BRITONS, of course, never got shot in the first place.

Of course Brits get shot we just don't make a big deal out of it.

Waterloo 18th June 1815:

Lord Uxbridge has nine horses shot from under him leading cavalry charges and then when close to Wellington a cannon ball hits his right leg.

Uxbridge: "By God, sir, I've lost my leg!"

Wellington: "By God, sir, so you have!"

That's the way to do it, none of this screaming over a little flesh wound like johnny foreigner.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Wowbagger on February 19, 2015, 10:11:25 am
To lose one leg could be described as a misfortune.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 19, 2015, 10:15:32 am
Was Waterloo in 1915? 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 19, 2015, 10:48:24 am
...when, while enthusing over old Airfix kits, you're uncomfortably aware that that mini-Strandbeest kit the missus bought for you two weeks ago is still sitting unbroached on a corner of the kitchen table.

...and when yesterday's 100k has left you so brain-dead you can't produce a grammatical sentence.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on February 19, 2015, 10:49:12 am
Was Waterloo in 1915?

That's another sign of being middle aged, you should always wear your glasses when typing stuff or you miss all your mistakes :)
Fixed it now.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 19, 2015, 10:51:11 am
Was Waterloo in 1915?

That's another sign of being middle aged, you should always wear your glasses when typing stuff or you miss all your mistakes :)
Fixed it now.

With the pleasing effect that Oscar's Dad's question now looks somewhat incongruous.  Well played, sir!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 19, 2015, 11:36:45 am
 ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Riggers on February 19, 2015, 11:52:59 am
The Airfix site has reminded me… if you want to waste (really?*) a few hours, then don't hesitate to visit:

http://www.samsmodels.com


*time well spent
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on February 19, 2015, 01:48:33 pm
The Airfix site has reminded me… if you want to waste (really?*) a few hours, then don't hesitate to visit:

http://www.samsmodels.com


*time well spent
What do I do? What do I do?  I've got werkstuff to do, I promised myself I'd read the report on the CPS Martin Porter blogged about recently, and now this!

Looks like werk'll have to take a back seat for today :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andrewc on February 19, 2015, 09:09:30 pm
You've not been to any of the cool new places (http://independent-liverpool.co.uk/blogs/12-of-the-best-places-in-liverpool-for-a-first-date/) that the local 'zines write about..
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 19, 2015, 09:22:20 pm
You posted something rather good on a forum yesterday and you want to post it on another forum today but you're not quite sure that the forum you posted on yesterday wasn't the one you're thinking of posting on today but the traffic is so high on both that you can't find it so you end up not posting it anyway so as not to post it twice on the same forum and look like a twat; but in any case in the meantime you've forgotten what it was you wanted to post so that's all right.

Or did I post that already???
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Feanor on February 19, 2015, 09:38:55 pm
Regarding the old Warlord comics:
I seem to remember getting those whilst I was in mid-primary school ( mid-'70s ), on account of a friend being from an RAF family, and he was quite into that kind of stuffs.

I remember joining up to the 'club', and getting a little plastic wallet through the post with a top-secret membership card and a code-sheet.
Every week, the comic had a page from the HQ, from the Top Dude who went by the name of Lord Peter Flint, IIRC.
There was always a secret message to be decoded, and it helpfully told you whether it was encoded in 'Letter Code 1', 'Letter Code 2', 'Number Code 1', or Number Code 2'.

Can't remember what any of the messages were, tho!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 20, 2015, 08:41:09 am
I always remember 'Commando' (http://www.comicvine.com/commando-war-stories-in-pictures/4050-26892/). My nan used to have loads of them around the house for my brother and I to feast our eyes and imagination on.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 20, 2015, 02:00:34 pm
I always remember 'Commando' (http://www.comicvine.com/commando-war-stories-in-pictures/4050-26892/). My nan used to have loads of them around the house for my brother and I to feast our eyes and imagination on.

Twice a year we would drive from the south of England up to Cumbria to see my grandma.  I was allowed Commando comics to keep me entertained on the journey.

Thinking about it now my parents were quite far sighted as at the time (70s) both were practicing Quakers and my dad had been a conscientious objector when he did his National Service.  I also had toy soldiers (weren't they Airfix too?) and regularly built warplanes and such like from Meccano.  Clearly I was being allowed to make up my own mind about war and stuffs.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 20, 2015, 03:15:11 pm
I always remember 'Commando' (http://www.comicvine.com/commando-war-stories-in-pictures/4050-26892/). My nan used to have loads of them around the house for my brother and I to feast our eyes and imagination on.

Twice a year we would drive from the south of England up to Cumbria to see my grandma.  I was allowed Commando comics to keep me entertained on the journey.

Thinking about it now my parents were quite far sighted as at the time (70s) both were practicing Quakers and my dad had been a conscientious objector when he did his National Service.  I also had toy soldiers (weren't they Airfix too?) and regularly built warplanes and such like from Meccano.  Clearly I was being allowed to make up my own mind about war and stuffs.

I reckon your parent were very wise.  I remember hearing (on "Tonight"?) in the 60s that the authorities in the USSR had banned war toys for a while, but had lifted the ban because the toys the kids were making for themselves were far more dangerous than anything they could buy.

FWIW my own father escaped both National Service and WW2 service because he crocked his left arm in 1928, falling off his bike.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 20, 2015, 05:27:17 pm
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Wowbagger on February 20, 2015, 05:30:29 pm
When do you stop being middle-aged? When your kids start?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on February 20, 2015, 05:36:41 pm
On receipt of a free bus pass, isn't it?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 20, 2015, 05:38:41 pm
You make groaning or huffing noises when bending down to pick something up, or getting up from the floor.

Recently I have noticed I'm doing this alot.

You wander around the house turning all the lights off.

This too!

When you eat meat, there is more remaining stuck between your teeth and your receding gums than you have actually managed to swallow.

Yep, oh Lordy  ::-)

You start to.................can't remember what I was going to say ???

Oh for pity's sake  >:(

Never mind.  Much life left in this older dog ... I hope  ;D

Despite showing some obvious signs of middle age ^^^ I still think age is a mind set more than anything.  Next Friday I shall be 51 (if I'm spared  ;D ) which I find frankly amazing.  The only time my age gets me down is when I realise that I am undoubtedly over halfway through my life which is a real shame as on the whole I have such great fun.  On a more positive note age has certainly gifted me some wisdom which comes in very handy every now and then. 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on February 20, 2015, 06:46:54 pm
When do you stop being middle-aged? When your kids start?

I have oft told my Mum that I am the age she thinks she is.

If I had reproduced like she did my kids would be in their mid-thirties...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 20, 2015, 09:56:13 pm
When do you stop being middle-aged? When your kids start?

By that yard-stick I've had it: my son's in his forties and feeling it.  And I can no longer visualize three levels of indirect addressing without ruler & compasses.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: contango on February 20, 2015, 10:21:19 pm
..... you look at the latest Now... music compilation and haven't heard of any of the bands

.... you grow hair on your ears and backside but not on your head

.... you think your new doctor looks like a child, then realise they are young enough to be your child.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Wowbagger on February 20, 2015, 10:45:00 pm
On receipt of a free bus pass, isn't it?
In that case, the government has successfully made more people middle-aged!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on February 26, 2015, 09:09:05 am
...listening to Duran Duran's 'Girls on Film' and realising that the 'girls' in the video are probably grandmothers.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2015, 10:54:49 am
...watching Reginald D Hunter's recent televisual wossname and thinking that country music is perhaps not totally a big bucket of poo after all.

I'm with Reg on the square dancing thobut.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 26, 2015, 11:02:25 am
...listening to Duran Duran's 'Girls on Film' and realising that the 'girls' in the video are probably grandmothers.

With CGI and a bit of crafty programming it should be possible to age the people in old films/videos by the time that has passed since they were made.  E.g. Casablanca with a 115-year-old Bogart and a 100-year-old Bergman.

Limited appeal, maybe.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: madcow on February 26, 2015, 11:35:30 am
...listening to Duran Duran's 'Girls on Film' and realising that the 'girls' in the video are probably grandmothers.

Even worse Kim Wilde has re-invented herself as a landscape gardener. That's middle age.
The great thing about music is that when I hear a tune like the above ,I am still 21. I can still recall exactly where I first heard "Planet Earth"  as it was coming out of someone's ghetto blaster that they had carried all the way up Simon's Seat in the Yorkshire Dales.
Even better we went through disco, punk and new romantic styles without the benefit of social media to spread the word.
How did that happen?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: davelodwig on February 26, 2015, 11:43:38 am
...listening to Duran Duran's 'Girls on Film' and realising that the 'girls' in the video are probably grandmothers.

Promptly gets the tune stuck in my head, and shuffles off to have a listen.. on spotify. How on earth did we cope without the internet, I only just remember record shops.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2015, 11:57:57 am
Dunno about the rest of youse but I used diligently to buy "Sounds" every week.  And sneer at the Trendies who read the NME.  And at the Saddoes who bought "Melody Maker".  And especially at the ["Removed after taking legal advice" - Ed.] "Record Mirror" buyers.

I did once buy a copy of "Smash Hits", unless it was "Flexi-Pop", but only because there was a Motörhead flexi-disc on the cover.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: davelodwig on February 26, 2015, 12:04:20 pm
Dunno about the rest of youse but I used diligently to buy "Sounds" every week.  And sneer at the Trendies who read the NME.  And at the Saddoes who bought "Melody Maker".  And especially at the ["Removed after taking legal advice" - Ed.] "Record Mirror" buyers.

I did once buy a copy of "Smash Hits", unless it was "Flexi-Pop", but only because there was a Motörhead flexi-disc on the cover.

I've just been reminded that I used to save up and buy tapes in woolworths and whsmiths, and later CD's especially putting them on pre order. Now I just browse an app and get what I want, only occasionally I miss shuffling through racks in a shop trying to avoid the creepy old men in leather jackets.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2015, 12:06:09 pm
(Has fond memories of the Record & Tape Exchange in Notting Hill)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: nicknack on February 26, 2015, 12:06:30 pm
the Saddoes who bought "Melody Maker". 
Hmph.

This saddo would like to point out that MM had a very useful classified ad section in it.

"Sounds" was for young people. When I was one of those, Sounds hadn't been invented (I think - memory's not too hot).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2015, 02:50:04 pm
Caveat: I wasn't even a teenager when Malcom McLaren claimed to have invented punk.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rafletcher on February 26, 2015, 03:44:54 pm
Hearing that David Coverdale was lead vocalist for Deep Purple - and that Ziggy Stardust was released - 40 years ago.....
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2015, 06:47:51 pm
nicknack was A Able Accordionist :demon:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: nicknack on February 26, 2015, 07:54:36 pm
Aardvark sax player was the best I could manage.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Redlight on February 26, 2015, 10:25:23 pm
Dunno about the rest of youse but I used diligently to buy "Sounds" every week.  And sneer at the Trendies who read the NME.  And at the Saddoes who bought "Melody Maker".  And especially at the ["Removed after taking legal advice" - Ed.] "Record Mirror" buyers.

I did once buy a copy of "Smash Hits", unless it was "Flexi-Pop", but only because there was a Motörhead flexi-disc on the cover.

My first job was editorial assistant on the now forgotten International Musician & Recording World, on which in return for being a general dogsbody and making sure the drinks fridge was always well stocked I got to do the occasional bit of writing, accumulated a lot of albums and occasionally got tickets to "sold out" gigs. We used to get loads of instruments coming in for "review", which meant they were sent out to the half dozen pro musicians that we had on the books to "test" them and often they didn't come back, and I remember Bryan Robertson of Thin Lizzy and Danny Kustow (Kustov?) from the Tom Robinson band coming in for a photo shoot one day and spending the whole afternoon getting spectacularly pissed and jamming on a couple of acoustic guitars that were waiting to be sent out. Fun times for an 18 year-old.

But, going back to the OP, you know you"re middle aged when you have friends that are younger than some of your records.

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 27, 2015, 09:27:32 am
I've got a jumper that's older than some of my fellow zeks from my time in the Gulag.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Andrij on February 27, 2015, 09:39:06 am
I've bought alcohol older than many of my co-workers.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on February 27, 2015, 12:14:43 pm
...watching Reginald D Hunter's recent televisual wossname and thinking that country music is perhaps not totally a big bucket of poo after all.

I'm with Reg on the square dancing thobut.

Most country is a big bucket of poo, some of it however is sublime.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Riggers on February 27, 2015, 04:06:52 pm
^ I know what you mean. Your heart sinks (well mine does) to hear "Arm a little bit Kerrrtreee, arm a little bit Rock 'n' Roll" blasting out the airwaves, with enough 'twannnnggg' from the guitars and 'weeee-owwww' from them good old steel guitars to start WWIII. In my opinion.

However … having said all that, I caught the whispering Bob Harris country music show on R2 (Tuesdays at 7pm I believe m'Lud) and was pleasantly surprised.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: matthew on February 27, 2015, 04:14:47 pm
^ I know what you mean. Your heart sinks (well mine does) to hear "Arm a little bit Kerrrtreee, arm a little bit Rock 'n' Roll" blasting out the airwaves, with enough 'twannnnggg' from the guitars and 'weeee-owwww' from them good old steel guitars to start WWIII. In my opinion.

However … having said all that, I caught the whispering Bob Harris country music show on R2 (Thursdays at 7pm I believe m'Lud) and was pleasantly surprised.

FTFY, Tuesdays are Jamie Cullum's Jazz.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 27, 2015, 04:16:07 pm
...watching Reginald D Hunter's recent televisual wossname and thinking that country music is perhaps not totally a big bucket of poo after all.

I'm with Reg on the square dancing thobut.

Most country is a big bucket of poo, some of it however is sublime.

Last week I had to do a slow uphill downwind of a chicken farm. That was in the country and none of it was sublime.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: madcow on February 27, 2015, 04:19:00 pm
^ I know what you mean. Your heart sinks (well mine does) to hear "Arm a little bit Kerrrtreee, arm a little bit Rock 'n' Roll" blasting out the airwaves, with enough 'twannnnggg' from the guitars and 'weeee-owwww' from them good old steel guitars to start WWIII. In my opinion.

However … having said all that, I caught the whispering Bob Harris country music show on R2 (Tuesdays at 7pm I believe m'Lud) and was pleasantly surprised.

Definitely middle aged then!!!! ;)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ruthie on February 27, 2015, 04:35:26 pm
... you can wither a Young Person with the cock of an eyebrow.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on February 27, 2015, 06:04:02 pm
... you can wither a Young Person with the cock of an eyebrow.

I really thought that was going somewhere else.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Riggers on March 02, 2015, 09:25:49 am
^ I know what you mean. Your heart sinks (well mine does) to hear "Arm a little bit Kerrrtreee, arm a little bit Rock 'n' Roll" blasting out the airwaves, with enough 'twannnnggg' from the guitars and 'weeee-owwww' from them good old steel guitars to start WWIII. In my opinion.

However … having said all that, I caught the whispering Bob Harris country music show on R2 (Thursdays at 7pm I believe m'Lud) and was pleasantly surprised.

FTFY, Tuesdays are Jamie Cullum's Jazz.

Tuesdays? Hhhmmm, perhaps I meant Monday instead. Come on brain – remember!!!!


Wasn't "… you can wither …" one of Elvis's? Sounds like the tosh he'd come out with. Sorry, I don't have any matches. I've just lobbed the firework unlit.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Riggers on March 02, 2015, 09:28:24 am
Thursday! That's when he's on. Defo! Just checked. Why are you confusing me with Jamie Cullum for?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 16, 2015, 12:01:59 pm
I've just been for my annual contact lens check and now I have the beginnings of natural changes in the lens of my eye which will eventually result in varifocals...

In my head I'm 27. How has this happened?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 16, 2015, 12:47:42 pm
I've just been for my annual contact lens check and now I have the beginnings of natural changes in the lens of my eye which will eventually result in varifocals...

In my head I'm 27. How has this happened?

I think mentally I'm about 27 as well but being slowly let down by the physical me. My eyes aren't great either, in fact I'm "special needs" on the eye front so get a discount on my glasses!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: asterix on May 17, 2015, 07:54:50 am
..it's too late..
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on May 17, 2015, 09:10:44 am
Every year I tell my Mum that I am the age she thinks she is...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: CrinklyLion on May 17, 2015, 10:34:33 am
The SmallestCub said to me, as I limped (this week's ailment, dodgy ankle) into the lift after collecting him from Art Club, "Mummy, I think I know why bits of you are so creaky.  Is it because you're very old?".

Harrumph.

We actually had a long tandem-shouty-loud conversation all the way home about the whole growing up thing and concluded that 'middle aged' is the vague amorphous bit between being a Young Person (with it's very many subcategories) and being Old.  And that I'm actually middle-aged.  Possibly with Old ankles/knees.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on May 17, 2015, 10:38:37 am
I have one old ankle and one old knee.   Unfortunately they are not on the same bloody leg so I have two old legs!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on May 17, 2015, 12:06:22 pm
I have one old ankle and one old knee.   Unfortunately they are not on the same bloody leg so I have two old legs!

Is also my current state.  Although the ankle injury was sustained during a youthful act of vandalism, so there is that.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 17, 2015, 12:14:29 pm
I too am suffering from wonky ankle after electing not to scamper after a soon to depart tube train.  About ten days ago chiz and I am walking like a one-legged sailor if obliged to go further than the kitchen.  With matelot-stylee swearing, obv.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on May 17, 2015, 12:34:19 pm
I'm beginning to think that lack of activity-induced injury is a great advantage of being too feeble to do much...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 17, 2015, 12:39:50 pm
After two days' riding with people on uprights (rather than similar-speed recumbent trikes) I am feeling very middle-aged. I will be 44 next month.

However, two ladies I met at church on Thursday (Christi Himmelfahrt service) thought I was in my early thirties!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on May 17, 2015, 12:49:27 pm
I know I'm middle-aged; two of my younger siblings already have grandchildren and the next sibling will hopefully become a grandmother next month.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Wowbagger on May 17, 2015, 12:53:45 pm
After two days' riding with people on uprights (rather than similar-speed recumbent trikes) I am feeling very middle-aged. I will be 44 next month.

However, two ladies I met at church on Thursday (Christi Himmelfahrt service) thought I was in my early thirties!  :thumbsup:

My age-related memory failure had me doubting that AH had remembered her own age.

For some reason I had it in my mind that the fine assembly of beings and the associated meal at the Haywain pub on the occasion of me deliberately sitting with my back to the televisual device, on which world cup football was being displayed, was the occasion of Auntie Helen's 40th. It was her 39th and so it is not the case that someone has forgotten to organise the World Cup this year.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Marco Stefano on May 17, 2015, 02:50:17 pm
... you may as well carry on with exercise (sculling and cycle rides in my case) since you are going to be achy every day anyway.

Attempting the Couch to 5K running plan with historically multi-sprained ankles may not be one of my best middle-aged decisions [however, first paragraph then applies].

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on May 17, 2015, 03:13:55 pm
As "juvenile" is young and "senile" is old, it's obvious the middle aged is just "nile".
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: De Sisti on May 17, 2015, 04:57:04 pm
You're older than your parents were when you left school.

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on May 17, 2015, 05:53:39 pm
You're older than your parents were when you left school.

I passed that stage in 1998/2004...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Zipperhead on May 18, 2015, 01:51:28 pm
As "juvenile" is young and "senile" is old, it's obvious the middle aged is just "nile".

I think you're denial, but that's a river in Africa.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Chris S on May 18, 2015, 01:57:51 pm
I see nobody's yet mentioned the Special Invite and accompanying Free Gift you get from the NHS when you turn 55.

Standards on YACF are definitely slipping...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on May 18, 2015, 02:03:28 pm
Should I look forward to this rare treat in 2018 or by then will this gubbishment have abolished any semblance of care and preventative medicine unless you have private subscription?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on May 18, 2015, 02:08:02 pm
I see nobody's yet mentioned the Special Invite and accompanying Free Gift you get from the NHS when you turn 55.

Standards on YACF are definitely slipping...

I forgot about that!
It's nearly 2 years ago...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Wowbagger on May 18, 2015, 02:21:01 pm
I see nobody's yet mentioned the Special Invite and accompanying Free Gift you get from the NHS when you turn 55.

Standards on YACF are definitely slipping...

We got those when we were 60. https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=84314.msg1724498#msg1724498 refers.

Young people nowadays don't know they are born...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on May 18, 2015, 03:14:13 pm
Your kids finished his first year at Uni and you've just waved him off for his first job interview (for an internship this summer). Seems like five minutes ago he was clinging to my leg when I dropped him off at primary school.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on May 18, 2015, 03:39:08 pm
I see nobody's yet mentioned the Special Invite and accompanying Free Gift you get from the NHS when you turn 55.

Standards on YACF are definitely slipping...

We got those when we were 60. https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=84314.msg1724498#msg1724498 refers.

Young people nowadays don't know they are born...

Yes great, isn't it?  I love it.  Tired of receiving shit through the post all my life, it felt good to reverse the process.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: The French Tandem on June 11, 2015, 03:22:20 pm
When I left Montreal for Paris, some 16 years ago, I took one of my two custom-built racing bikes with me, and left the other there. My younger brother who lives in Montreal is now still riding this second bike. Last week the bike needed some maintenance, so my brother brought it to his LBS. The young mechanic that was there said: "Oh! What a nice vintage bike". I really regret I was not there to reply: "Young man, this is NOT a vintage bike. This is a bike I bought brand new". Well, it was over 25 years ago  :(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 28, 2015, 01:25:11 pm
...Radio 3 plays three tracks from your determinedly non-classical music library in under twenty-four hours :-\
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 28, 2015, 03:18:26 pm
You spend your Christmas money on a slow cooker and a Le Creuset pan.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on December 28, 2015, 03:32:16 pm
Your rheumatologist greets you in the street.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: RichForrest on December 28, 2015, 04:59:15 pm
You google the MTB in the garage and the 1st search is from retrobike  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 28, 2015, 06:27:14 pm
Prompted by that, I've googled the bike I bought when I was 17. While the images are all of what I remember (with the 4th from, yes, retrobike and the 7th this very forum – GruB back in 2010) the results are all of a 20"-wheel children's mtb.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Morat on December 31, 2015, 11:34:14 am
Dunno about the rest of youse but I used diligently to buy "Sounds" every week.  And sneer at the Trendies who read the NME.  And at the Saddoes who bought "Melody Maker".  And especially at the ["Removed after taking legal advice" - Ed.] "Record Mirror" buyers.

I did once buy a copy of "Smash Hits", unless it was "Flexi-Pop", but only because there was a Motörhead flexi-disc on the cover.

I've just been reminded that I used to save up and buy tapes in woolworths and whsmiths, and later CD's especially putting them on pre order. Now I just browse an app and get what I want, only occasionally I miss shuffling through racks in a shop trying to avoid the creepy old men in leather jackets.

The creepy old men in leather jackets were probably wishing someone would invent a way of buying music that didn't involve being made to feel like creepy old men by kids in music stores. Then BOOM - iTunes :)
(not that I use iTunes, I'm not creepy. Or old. Yet.)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ruthie on January 17, 2016, 11:55:23 am
... you're trying to get ready for a wedding, and you need to do a sort of contortion act with your reading glasses to put your makeup on, and you're no longer flexible enough to do up the zip on the back of your dress, and you have to wait till you get there and discreetly ask a mate to do you up in the loo.

 ::-)


eta:  thus blowing your cover.  Because you're wearing control underwear underneath the dress.   :-[
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 17, 2016, 04:40:48 pm
I dunno, I reckon you can't be middle aged if you're young enough to "ask a mate to do you up in the loo"!  :o
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on January 17, 2016, 04:49:07 pm
I know I'm middle-aged; two of my younger siblings already have grandchildren and the next sibling will hopefully become a grandmother next month.

So now three younger siblings are grandparents and some of my former classmates have BIG grandchildren.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ruthie on February 03, 2016, 09:07:57 pm
... you get really annoyed by poorly punctuated tattoos on the unconscious people that you're looking after in the operating theatre.

Seriously people, spellcheck that tat and get someone to proofread it before you put it on your skin. It's not difficult.

What is difficult is resisting the urge to correct that shit with a biro before they wake up.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mcshroom on February 03, 2016, 09:08:51 pm
;D

Go on, you know you want to :demon:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Redlight on February 03, 2016, 09:13:15 pm
surely the definition of being middle aged is when you see someone with tattoos and think: aren't you a bit old to have those?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 03, 2016, 09:36:05 pm
... you get really annoyed by poorly punctuated tattoos on the unconscious people that you're looking after in the operating theatre.

Seriously people, spellcheck that tat and get someone to proofread it before you put it on your skin. It's not difficult.

What is difficult is resisting the urge to correct that shit with a biro before they wake up.

POTD!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: benborp on February 03, 2016, 11:01:21 pm
You're knackered because one of them refuses to go to bed at a reasonable hour, the younger one won't sleep through the night and the bed wetting is becoming a laundry logistics nightmare.

This is the parents.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Peter on February 03, 2016, 11:59:38 pm
... you get really annoyed by poorly punctuated tattoos on the unconscious people that you're looking after in the operating theatre.

Seriously people, spellcheck that tat and get someone to proofread it before you put it on your skin. It's not difficult.

What is difficult is resisting the urge to correct that shit with a biro before they wake up.

A tattoo shop set up near us a couple of years ago.  A couple of weeks before they opened, they unveiled the sign: "Tattoo's".  I pointed this out to the owner in a friendly manner, thinking he might not want his victims to be put off.  He was either too thick to understand or knew perfectly well that his victims wouldn't know any better.  It's still there, unaltered, when all it would have taken was three square inches of paint.  B'erk.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 04, 2016, 08:27:39 am
I still find it mildly disgusting that a shop whose window proclaims TATTOOS in foot-high characters can actually flourish. Still, with a bit of luck hepatitis C and good old Darwin will prevail.

Apart from that old-fartish sentiment, my claim to codgerdom this morning is that I spent two days trying to find a 64 Gb Sandisk SD card I received earlier this week, only to find it by surprise in the equipment case I'd already looked in twice (ot was it thrice?), inside a mesh pocket made for SD cards but a good deal more opaque than I had appreciated.

Think I'll get CODGER tattooed on my forehead.

Or maybe not.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 04, 2016, 08:48:09 am
Seriously people, spellcheck that tat and get someone to proofread it before you put it on your skin. It's not difficult.

I suspect finding someone with the right combination of sobriety and literacy probably is thst difficult.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Legs on February 04, 2016, 10:00:21 am
I suspect finding someone with the right combination of sobriety and literacy probably is thst difficult.
If I got a tattoo, it would be along the lines of "Spelling: is it really thst difficult?"  ;)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: JBB on February 08, 2016, 12:17:47 pm
On receipt of a free bus pass, isn't it?

The only good thing about increasing the pension age is I shall stay middle aged for longer!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 15, 2016, 08:39:46 am
Making the Inlaw Paw's breakfast this morning, I folded a slice of mortadella and carefully plonked it down atop the marmalade already on one piece of toast, leaving the other bare.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: red marley on February 15, 2016, 02:37:26 pm
A tattoo shop set up near us a couple of years ago.  A couple of weeks before they opened, they unveiled the sign: "Tattoo's".  I pointed this out to the owner in a friendly manner, thinking he might not want his victims to be put off.  He was either too thick to understand or knew perfectly well that his victims wouldn't know any better.  It's still there, unaltered, when all it would have taken was three square inches of paint.  B'erk.

You know when you're middle aged (or a member of YACF) when...

... you'd tune into a C4 doc called "Tattoo sign fixers"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Redlight on February 15, 2016, 03:20:42 pm
... you're trying to get ready for a wedding,

You know you're middle aged when you realise that you are going to more funerals than you ever did weddings
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on February 15, 2016, 03:39:39 pm
A couple of years ago my Mum complained I was going to too many funerals...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on February 15, 2016, 06:35:07 pm
A couple of years ago my Mum complained I was going to too many funerals...

I've never been to a funeral. I'm may skip my own.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on February 16, 2016, 12:26:41 am
My siblings now have seven married children. I have not attended all the weddings. I am the oldest...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 26, 2016, 08:09:16 am
You know you're middle aged when you can't remember what it is your missus is currently Not Eating.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Hot Flatus on February 26, 2016, 12:09:04 pm
At some point in the day you have to make a special trip to the toilet to give it a bit of a wipe
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ruthie on February 26, 2016, 02:54:01 pm
You look at the girl opposite you on the train, and in your head you're saying 'Pet, I was rocking the 'Fuckable Secretary' look when you were still a fetus.  I like my charity shop homeless person look, and one day so will you'.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on February 26, 2016, 03:29:22 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Canardly on February 27, 2016, 10:41:28 am
You realise that no one under 30 could have seen the Live Aid concert.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on February 27, 2016, 01:29:26 pm
It's when the newsreaders say "you won't remember this unless you're of XXXX age", and these days more often than not I CAN remember it.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Peter on February 27, 2016, 09:43:46 pm
That's ok.  It's when you're the requisite age and you CAN'T remember it that you've, that you've...... Hell, I've forgotten what I was going to say.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on March 12, 2016, 10:38:51 am
got to the shops today, did all the market bit, went to lock the bike up at Waitrose, no lock  :facepalm:

Luckily Ely is not a hotbed of crime
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Bledlow on March 14, 2016, 11:39:28 pm
You realise that no one under 30 could have seen the Live Aid concert.
You realise how much the world has changed since you missed even knowing of the existence of the Band Aid single until after Christmas, due to being in the wrong country until then. Internet? What's that? Even to make a phone call home I had to go somewhere with international payphones, with a human being in charge.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 15, 2016, 01:45:38 pm
....at room temperature, your testicles hang lower than the tip of your flaccid penis.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 15, 2016, 01:52:18 pm
You start looking at expensive kindling with 12 strings and thinking "must get one of those again, maybe my fingers'll loosen up".
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hatler on March 15, 2016, 02:51:56 pm
One's travel insurance excludes one from wintersports activity because one is too old. (Blimey.)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 15, 2016, 08:50:12 pm
My (younger) sister's fifth daughter is pregnant...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Morat on March 21, 2016, 06:21:54 pm
When your assistant at work points at the fax machine lurking at the back of a cupboard and asks "What's that?" and it turns out that she has never even heard of a fax machine let alone any clue as to why they might have been useful, back in some dark time before universal Internet access and smart phones.

10 minutes later she got it completely in a "guess that's never coming up in the exam" way so common with yoof.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Morat on March 21, 2016, 06:24:47 pm
when you post on the "You know you're middle aged when thread " and immediately think you'd better check all 7 pages to make sure you haven't been repeating yourself....
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on March 21, 2016, 06:25:15 pm
....at room temperature, your testicles hang lower than the tip of your flaccid penis.

Thanks for making me feel like a teenager again fuzzy.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on March 21, 2016, 07:26:36 pm
when you post on the "You know you're middle aged when thread " and immediately think you'd better check all 7 pages to make sure you haven't been repeating yourself....

Haven't you said that before? 

Actually, I'm the same.  I always worry about that.   So much so, that I've often not posted something 'just in case'
Imagine the wonderful, interesting stuff you've all been missing out on.  ;-)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on March 21, 2016, 07:49:54 pm
Don't worry Basil; you've simply forgotten that you've already posted it so we're not missing out.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on March 30, 2016, 10:07:39 am
Owing to crappy radio reception in the bedroom I have to tune to anything that makes a suitable level of noise to wake me in the morn (the buzzer is the sort of harsh sound that I imagine in any other circumstance would be used to herald the end of the world, not what I need at 8.30am, it's Wednesday, not God calling out the final judgements and we all know the Rapture will be on a Friday). This process of suitable radio signal acquisition is not improved by the fact that I live on the side of a steep valley and stations from the metropolis come and go and I'm really scared of Classic FM and Smooth. For every 10 seconds of classical music I have to scream for 20. As for Smooth, it's like narcolepsy. I could slip into coma and never wake up. Let's not even talk about about LBC.

But I made a bigger mistake. I found Radio 1. This, the internet informs me, is music for the younger generation. Sorry, 'music'. This is why I'm middle-aged, I'm now reduced to putting the word music in quotes. I did get through about 20 minutes this morning which solely consisted of terrible rap songs with singy choruses (come on, didn't that Eminem chap do that – better – when I was a lad) and unaccountably the dental drill screech of Whitney Houston, presuming echoing all the way from The Great Beyond. Or it could have simply been the collective screams of the tormented. How do you tell?

This means I've turned into my dad. Call this music? he'd say, and I'd run before he managed to manifest Celine Dion.

On the plus side, I'm still on that island of middling years were I don't have to listen to Adele, that warbling curse of the young and old, and generic shopping mall soporific.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 30, 2016, 10:50:55 am
Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.) and I have an agreement: I don't complain about him having Radio 3 on all day and he doesn't complain about anything I have playing in the motor-car.  Last year he was heard to comment favourably on both GY!BE and the tinklier bits of The Doors but I can't see him ever becoming a fan of The Stooges.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 30, 2016, 10:58:37 am
When people talk of "that Enema(??) chap" and you've heard the name but couldn't spell it, don't know what kind of stuff he sang (played), don't want to and would really rather listen to Chopin.

Played on the banjo.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 30, 2016, 02:09:39 pm
Owing to crappy radio reception in the bedroom I have to tune to anything that makes a suitable level of noise to wake me in the morn (the buzzer is the sort of harsh sound that I imagine in any other circumstance would be used to herald the end of the world, not what I need at 8.30am, it's Wednesday, not God calling out the final judgements and we all know the Rapture will be on a Friday). This process of suitable radio signal acquisition is not improved by the fact that I live on the side of a steep valley and stations from the metropolis come and go and I'm really scared of Classic FM and Smooth. For every 10 seconds of classical music I have to scream for 20. As for Smooth, it's like narcolepsy. I could slip into coma and never wake up. Let's not even talk about about LBC.

But I made a bigger mistake. I found Radio 1.

When I first moved to Canterbury, I illicitly spent a year living in my then partner's student room, on account of a general lack of alternatives.  Anyway, they had discovered a system for guaranteed wake-up that involved a loud clock-radio on the far side of the room, not quite tuned into Radio 1.  Nothing like the distorted tones of Craig David and Zoe Ball to get you out of bed in a hurry...   :hand:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 30, 2016, 02:41:05 pm
I detest Classic FM. It plays a lot of nice music with nice presenters and it's very nice. It's like being locked in a National Trust tea room and force-fed scones till you vomit into a pseudo-Victorian tea towel. Unfortunately Mrs Cudzo likes it, though she does at least understand my objections. I do like Radio 3, though I don't like everything it plays. It has nice stuff and challenging stuff. I've never heard of Smooth and that's probably for the best. Radio 2 seems to have the exact same music and the same DJs that Radio 1 had when I was 15. My alarm clock is just a beep-beep-beep on my phone. That's what phones are for, surely?

Back on topic, I reckon that's grumpy enough to be middle aged, don't you?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on March 30, 2016, 03:50:20 pm
Classical music just ain't my thing. I'm not great at getting up in a morning, I like to rise slowly from the murky somnolent depths. Too quickly and I might get the mental equivalent of the bends. That requires the radio turned low and music that's mostly inoffensive. If it's something like classical, I just turn it off before ever actually surfacing. That's not a bad thing, because thought leadership is more contingent on tidy hair than being up before 10am. But still, sometimes I have important stuff to do. Feeding the cats. That sort of thing.

To be honest, all radio seems to suck. I try to get the thing that was XFM but it comes and goes from the bedroom. You can't listen to it for long because the playlist seems to consist of about six songs. I may just give up and use my iPhone like my wife.

I needed extra sleep last night because of poltergeists. Scared the Barney Fucking Pyjamas out of me. Huge thump in the night. My wife, bless her, had been tidying at the weekend. Stacked a metric fucktonne of cookery books on the shelf behind the fridge. A shelf screwed into sixty year old plaster. Took me till this lunchtime to discover the actual source of the noise, when I noticed Delia Smith looking mournfully up from beside the recycling bin.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on March 30, 2016, 04:13:38 pm
give me a klaxon or two any day, or everyday if you want me to get up.  Morning radio would just blend into general sleepiness.  Give me ALARM and I'm up and at 'em
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 30, 2016, 06:34:21 pm
give me a klaxon or two any day, or everyday if you want me to get up.  Morning radio would just blend into general sleepiness.  Give me ALARM and I'm up and at 'em

The vibrating bastard that wakes barakta has the advantage that it takes you from REM sleep to up and ready to fight off the zombie hoards in a fraction of a second.  Which is admittedly useful when you're expecting a parcel.  Personally, I've found that a gentle preamble in anticipation of horrid noises to come is enough to wake me up with a bit of practice, and on the odd occasion that I want to get up before her, I'll just use a normal beep-beep-beep on my phone.

Of course, you know you're middle-aged when you don't need an alarm to wake up before 10am.  That's even more unnatural than feeling tired at midnight.  Maybe I'll get used to it eventually, but feel free to shoot me if I ever turn into one of those sanctimonious morning people.   :hand:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: SteveC on March 30, 2016, 06:44:02 pm
Of course, you know you're middle-aged when you don't need an alarm to wake up before 10am.  That's even more unnatural than feeling tired at midnight.  Maybe I'll get used to it eventually, but feel free to shoot me if I ever turn into one of those sanctimonious morning people.   :hand:
Be careful. It may happen. Suddenly occurred to me a few years ago that I was much better at 'doing stuff' before lunch than I felt I ought to be.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on March 30, 2016, 06:53:34 pm
Phew, I still have a hard time getting up before 10am (and can easily do noon). To be honest, there's not much point getting up before noon, I need a riot-control strength shower and IV coffee just to keep upright. I'm at most productive at precisely 2.37 am. I often wake people to tell them this.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 30, 2016, 07:12:35 pm
If being on the receiving end of Thought Leadership involves being woken up at audax o'clock by some tidy-haired gin addict then I for one am glad to be an unemployed layabout ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 30, 2016, 07:31:52 pm
I've never been good at the sleep thing. I'm still trying to work out whether being middle aged is making the situation better or worse.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on March 30, 2016, 07:33:59 pm
...someone posts a quote on a cycling forum describing Class 47 locomotives as being "heritage locomotives".  A class which you regard as being, if not cutting edge, moderately up to date.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 30, 2016, 07:41:14 pm
Was a Class 47 loco also known as a Brush 4?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on March 30, 2016, 07:48:23 pm
Was a Class 47 loco also known as a Brush 4?
Wikipaedia he say yes.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_47
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 30, 2016, 07:58:46 pm
Well there we have it folks. Proof if proof were needed that I'm both middle aged and a saddo. I struggle to remember important stuff that happened yesterday but can still remember useless facts from my days as a school boy trainspotter.

Bothered?  Not in the least  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: asterix on March 30, 2016, 08:39:17 pm
..it's too late.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on March 30, 2016, 08:47:30 pm
Brain trauma is a good excuse for forgetting stuff. No one can argue. I was supposed to be where? When? Oh, did I mention my head. Look, scars. Yep, brain came right out. Doctors had to massage it like wagyu before putting it back in.

I genuinely can't remember four digit numbers, which is a ludicrously specific impediment.

There's probably other stuff but I can't remember forgetting it.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on March 30, 2016, 08:52:31 pm
give me a klaxon or two any day, or everyday if you want me to get up.  Morning radio would just blend into general sleepiness.  Give me ALARM and I'm up and at 'em

The vibrating bastard that wakes barakta has the advantage that it takes you from REM sleep to up and ready to fight off the zombie hoards in a fraction of a second.  Which is admittedly useful when you're expecting a parcel.  Personally, I've found that a gentle preamble in anticipation of horrid noises to come is enough to wake me up with a bit of practice, and on the odd occasion that I want to get up before her, I'll just use a normal beep-beep-beep on my phone.

Of course, you know you're middle-aged when you don't need an alarm to wake up before 10am.  That's even more unnatural than feeling tired at midnight.  Maybe I'll get used to it eventually, but feel free to shoot me if I ever turn into one of those sanctimonious morning people.   :hand:

 ;D ;D ;D

7am is late for me.  These days I tend to find myself anticipating the 6AM alarm by about ten minutes.

I'm also one of those annoying people that can regularly go to bed at midnight and then get up at 5am the next day
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: IanDG on March 30, 2016, 11:21:49 pm
Reminiscence.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on March 30, 2016, 11:52:33 pm

To be honest, all radio seems to suck. I try to get the thing that was XFM but it comes and goes from the bedroom. You can't listen to it for long because the playlist seems to consist of about six songs. I may just give up and use my iPhone like my wife.

Two things: Radio X - Chris Moyles. Just say no.
You have an iPhone like your wife, and by corollary, a wife like your iPhone? Blimey.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 31, 2016, 02:40:44 am
I genuinely can't remember four digit numbers, which is a ludicrously specific impediment.

Tell me your debit card's PIN and I'll remember it for you.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on March 31, 2016, 07:20:36 am

To be honest, all radio seems to suck. I try to get the thing that was XFM but it comes and goes from the bedroom. You can't listen to it for long because the playlist seems to consist of about six songs. I may just give up and use my iPhone like my wife.

Two things: Radio X - Chris Moyles. Just say no.
You have an iPhone like your wife, and by corollary, a wife like your iPhone? Blimey.

I forget this is the home of the truly, madly, deeply pedantic. Like my wife does. She is admittedly a reliable alarm clock as she bounces around the house like an elephant on a pogo stick at 6.30am. Heels and hardwood floors, percussion for the middle classes. She may as well crank up some industrial metal to 11 and be done with it.

Chris Moyles isn't actually as bad as I had expected. I know, I just wrote that. He turns into Vernon Kay mid-morning. I know nothing about Vernon, expect he seems incredibly nice to everyone. I'd like to introduce him to my gran. Actually, that might work out wrong as she's dead. Sounds a bit threatening. Sorry Vern.

I genuinely can't remember four digit numbers, which is a ludicrously specific impediment.

Tell me your debit card's PIN and I'll remember it for you.

I have to store them in my phone (though my wife does remember them). I'd write them on the card in indelible ink but it's no help when they disappear inside the machine.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 31, 2016, 07:44:31 am
I invent mnemonics, usually scurrilous, wherein either the number of letters in each word or the position of its initial letter in the alphabet yields the code.  Of course I'm not going to tell you any.

Napoleon helps too.  He listed the French départements in alphabetical order and numbered them accordingly. A 4-digit PIN then becomes two départements - an old one of mine was Nord Alsace: the Nord is 59 and northern Alsace - the Bas-Rhin - is 67.

I think I've already mentioned* that I'd love to put a sign on an ATM reading "This machine has been upgraded to use vocal recognition.  Please speak your PIN loudly and clearly."  I bet you'd catch a good few.

*and that's another sign.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 31, 2016, 07:48:19 am
Ian, why not just scratch your PIN onto the nearest cashpoint?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on March 31, 2016, 07:56:43 am
Ian, why not just scratch your PIN onto the nearest cashpoint?

That would be an idea, but I'm a bit random with cashpoints. I was thinking of doing a schoolyard tattoo, carving them into my forearm with a compass point and soaking in some blue fountain pen ink.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 31, 2016, 01:34:39 pm
I genuinely can't remember four digit numbers, which is a ludicrously specific impediment.

Tell me your debit card's PIN and I'll remember it for you.

Weird business that; I find memorising strings of digits easy whilst resident Toy Boy cannot do this.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on March 31, 2016, 01:51:18 pm
Ian, why not just scratch your PIN onto the nearest cashpoint?

That would be an idea, but I'm a bit random with cashpoints. I was thinking of doing a schoolyard tattoo, carving them into my forearm with a compass point and soaking in some blue fountain pen ink.

Or change your name to 4593
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: billplumtree on March 31, 2016, 01:59:20 pm
7am is late for me.  These days I tend to find myself anticipating the 6AM alarm by about ten minutes.

In which case you may as well set your alarm for 0545 and enjoy Farming Today, like wot I do.  Apart from bike commute days, when it's 0500 and the World Service (the real one, not R4).

I sometimes worry I'm heading towards nocturnal.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: red marley on March 31, 2016, 02:11:53 pm
Or change your name to 4593

He already has, but had forgotten.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: essexian on March 31, 2016, 03:08:33 pm
.... when you work out how many working days it will be until you retire...... 2 506 days.

And yes, I am counting.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: citoyen on March 31, 2016, 03:29:04 pm
I detest Classic FM. It plays a lot of nice music with nice presenters and it's very nice. It's like being locked in a National Trust tea room and force-fed scones till you vomit into a pseudo-Victorian tea towel. Unfortunately Mrs Cudzo likes it, though she does at least understand my objections. I do like Radio 3, though I don't like everything it plays. It has nice stuff and challenging stuff. I've never heard of Smooth and that's probably for the best. Radio 2 seems to have the exact same music and the same DJs that Radio 1 had when I was 15. My alarm clock is just a beep-beep-beep on my phone. That's what phones are for, surely?

Back on topic, I reckon that's grumpy enough to be middle aged, don't you?

I used to like the Radio 3 breakfast show until they decided there weren't enough Classic FMs in the world and roped in Petroc Fucking Trelawney and the awful Clemency Burton-Hill to bring it properly downmarket. I don't care what other Radio 3 listeners think about anything, I just want to listen to the nice tunes. FFS.  >:(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: clarion on March 31, 2016, 04:17:26 pm
Chris Moyles isn't actually as bad as I had expected. I know, I just wrote that. He turns into Vernon Kay mid-morning. I know nothing about Vernon, expect he seems incredibly nice to everyone. I'd like to introduce him to my gran. Actually, that might work out wrong as she's dead. Sounds a bit threatening. Sorry Vern.

If you are keeping up with the gossip columns, it appears that Mr Kay is currently a bit over friendly with a Page 3 model by the name of Rhian, who is engaged to someone else.  Mr Kay is famously(ish) married to Strictly darling Tess Daly (tho perhaps not for very much longer).

Not sure I'd want to introduce my gran, sister, mother, auntie or any woman to Vernon.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on March 31, 2016, 04:35:28 pm
Chris Moyles isn't actually as bad as I had expected. I know, I just wrote that. He turns into Vernon Kay mid-morning. I know nothing about Vernon, expect he seems incredibly nice to everyone. I'd like to introduce him to my gran. Actually, that might work out wrong as she's dead. Sounds a bit threatening. Sorry Vern.

If you are keeping up with the gossip columns, it appears that Mr Kay is currently a bit over friendly with a Page 3 model by the name of Rhian, who is engaged to someone else.  Mr Kay is famously(ish) married to Strictly darling Tess Daly (tho perhaps not for very much longer).

Not sure I'd want to introduce my gran, sister, mother, auntie or any woman to Vernon.

I am sadly unacquainted with any of these people (#wowbagger). I've never heard of a Rhian. I think there's a St Rhian, not sure what he's the patron saint of of, probably Custard Creams. I've never even seen Strictly either. I have sat through a couple of episodes of Nigeria's Got Talent. It truly does though I'm minded they should hang onto it.

I reckon my gran could handle him. When she was alive, though if she came back as some kind of zombie-gran, I reckon he'd still have plenty on his plate, though admittedly of a less favourable variety.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 31, 2016, 04:39:08 pm
So she's still on TV? Oh, that was Nigeria. I thought you said Nigella's Got Talent.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Clare on March 31, 2016, 04:41:33 pm
Not sure I'd want to introduce my gran, sister, mother, auntie or any woman to Vernon.

That's a bit harsh, I mean I know he's an engineer and all that but he can talk to people if encouraged and he's certainly never been a problem to my mum.

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: iddu on March 31, 2016, 04:55:49 pm

To be honest, all radio seems to suck. I try to get the thing that was XFM but it comes and goes from the bedroom. You can't listen to it for long because the playlist seems to consist of about six songs. I may just give up and use my iPhone like my wife.

Two things: Radio X - Chris Moyles. Just say no.
You have an iPhone like your wife, and by corollary, a wife like your iPhone? Blimey.

I forget this is the home of the truly, madly, deeply pedantic. Like my wife does. She is admittedly a reliable alarm clock as she bounces around the house like an elephant on a pogo stick at 6.30am. Heels and hardwood floors, percussion for the middle classes. She may as well crank up some industrial metal to 11 and be done with it.

Chris Moyles isn't actually as bad as I had expected. I know, I just wrote that. He turns into Vernon Kay mid-morning. I know nothing about Vernon, expect he seems incredibly nice to everyone. I'd like to introduce him to my gran. Actually, that might work out wrong as she's dead. Sounds a bit threatening. Sorry Vern.

I genuinely can't remember four digit numbers, which is a ludicrously specific impediment.

Tell me your debit card's PIN and I'll remember it for you.

I have to store them in my phone (though my wife does remember them). I'd write them on the card in indelible ink but it's no help when they disappear inside the machine.

Perm any four from the card number - always to hand, as long as your (very) short-term memory isn't buggered and you have to keep ejecting the card from the ATM/reader...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 31, 2016, 06:02:04 pm
Not sure I'd want to introduce my gran, sister, mother, auntie or any woman to Vernon.

That's a bit harsh, I mean I know he's an engineer and all that but he can talk to people if encouraged and he's certainly never been a problem to my mum.

Hang on I'm confused, you mean to tell me that you're Tess Daly off the telly?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on March 31, 2016, 06:10:08 pm
So she's still on TV? Oh, that was Nigeria. I thought you said Nigella's Got Talent.

Yeah, definitely Nigeria, the contestants were more ebullient than even Nigella manages after falling nose first into the, erm, icing sugar.

I didn't particularly want to watch it, but men in khaki with machine guns made escape impossible.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: orraloon on March 31, 2016, 09:45:11 pm
On the plus side, I'm still on that island of middling years were I don't have to listen to Adele, that warbling curse of the young and old, and generic shopping mall soporific.

On a POI Mr Speaker, Adele does not "warble".  Belt it out like an old school diva without that attitude, yes.  Warble?  Nah.  Saw her last night at the NEC, like well good innit.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on March 31, 2016, 10:47:57 pm
beg to differ, definitely a warbler

especially when matched up against some 70s stalwarts like Sir Elton who doesn't know anything other than the loud pedal, or Led ZEP, or Meat Loaf - they're the fellas to "belt it out"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on March 31, 2016, 11:51:07 pm

I am sadly unacquainted with any of these people (#wowbagger). I've never heard of a Rhian. I think there's a St Rhian, not sure what he's the patron saint of of, probably Custard Creams. I've never even seen Strictly either.

A couple of years ago when I was staying at my grate frend Nic's house, I was persuaded to watch Strictly. His mother, who sadly was in the early stages of Alzheimer's, was also watching it. People danced, music played. End credits rolled.

"Well" said his mother "it is a load of bollocks isn't it."
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tigerrr on April 01, 2016, 07:15:44 am
I am going to Cropredy festival. It is specially for people of my generation. THe last festival I can recall was Reading 1976.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 01, 2016, 10:11:09 am
 I think old people go to Festivals these days. The average age of the audience at Glastonbury is now 58.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 01, 2016, 10:19:29 am
I think old people go to Festivals these days. The average age of the audience at Glastonbury is now 58.

We're going to a Sausage & Cider festival in May.  3 nights camping too!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: clarion on April 01, 2016, 10:21:29 am
I think old people go to Festivals these days. The average age of the audience at Glastonbury is now 58.
http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/glastonbury-2016-line-up-so-far/

Adele
Coldplay
Muse
Beck
ELO
Earth Wind & Fire
Guy Garvey
Sigur Ros
Madness
St Etienne
ZZ Top
New Order

QED.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 01, 2016, 10:23:00 am
Well, who under the age of forty, is going to sleep in a tent? It's against their human rights innit.

In worrying news, I'm old enough to remember Rolf Harris at Glastonbury (well, he's taken the shine off that performance) and the sheer mass of flying piss bottles at Reading. It's probably all chai lattes and defibrillators these days.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 01, 2016, 10:41:25 am
I think old people go to Festivals these days. The average age of the audience at Glastonbury is now 58.

We're going to a Sausage & Cider festival in May.  3 nights camping too!

Local bands will be playing, no national names.  The line up includes a Prodigy tribute band which should be interesting!  I wonder if they'll open their set with "BBQ starter"? 

A member The Prodigy (the real band) used to own a converted windmill in Terling which is just down the road from here.


 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 01, 2016, 10:56:57 am
I think old people go to Festivals these days. The average age of the audience at Glastonbury is now 58.
http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/glastonbury-2016-line-up-so-far/

Adele
Coldplay
Muse
Beck
ELO
Earth Wind & Fire
Guy Garvey
Sigur Ros
Madness
St Etienne
ZZ Top
New Order

QED.

I'd like, totes, be up for that if Coldplay had to pull out at the last minute due to their drummer suffering a bizarre gardening accident and Adele was replaced by a singer ;D

Oh.  Apparently it's not an April Fool.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: citoyen on April 01, 2016, 03:15:10 pm
In worrying news, I'm old enough to remember Rolf Harris at Glastonbury (well, he's taken the shine off that performance) and the sheer mass of flying piss bottles at Reading. It's probably all chai lattes and defibrillators these days.

I remember when Reading was a proper RAWK festival - though not because I actually attended in those days. We were on the way to visit my aunt & co who lived nearby and we drove past a pub that had hairy oiks spilling out into the road, slowing traffic to a crawl. One charming young gent dropped his leather breeches and perked his hirsute behind on our car bonnet, to which my mum responded by revving loudly and starting to move the car forward... You have never seen a rocker pull up his pants and leg it so fast. His mates all found it highly amusing.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 01, 2016, 03:49:15 pm
The thing at Reading was to fill a two litre plastic bottle with piss and send it spinning through the air, thus liberally dousing the crowds below with your golden output. I was terrified. There was a brief moment when you didn't want to smell like wee. And then it all became moot.

First time at Glastonbury I popped my head out of the tent one morning to see a girl doing a piss right there. Skirt up, knickers down, full on and going for glory. I have no idea why though I rather wished she wasn't (that kind of thing isn't my thing, trust me). The shock of my appearance made her fall back in the mud mid-stream. I'm not sure which of us was most traumatised by the experience, but fortunately only the one of us suffered the indignity of lying in the mud spraying piss over ourselves. I bet she wished she had independent targeting control about then. She stumbled off, knickers half mast. Or slithered, owing to the fact everything was already six inch deep in mud. There was no classy escape from that situation.

I imagine it's all very civilised these days. I'm too old for all night sound systems. I'm too old for all night anything.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on April 01, 2016, 04:09:34 pm

I imagine it's all very civilised these days. I'm too old for all night sound systems. I'm too old for all night anything.
I have outlived my youthfulness
so a quiet life for me
Where once
I used to scintillate
Now I sin
Till ten
Past three

Roger McGough
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on April 01, 2016, 05:43:28 pm
I am going to Cropredy festival. It is specially for people of my generation. THe last festival I can recall was Reading 1976.

We'll be thinking of David's schoolmate James Aldridge (1964-2015) when you go...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on April 01, 2016, 05:59:47 pm
The only time I went to Reading was sometime in the 80s. It was pissing down and the Suzuki 550 me and my mate we going from York on developed a damp coil and so limped the last 80 miles on two cylinders on and off. We got the tent up and a couple of Glaswegian skinheads immediately flattened it. We were in a really bad mood by then and that was the last straw so we punched out the two skinheads much to the appreciation of those in the surrounding tents (the skinheads had been drunkenly annoying and threatening everyone for several hours before we arrived). Strangely after we had planted them the skinheads decided we were their best friends and wanted to hang around with us all weekend. Cant even remember what bands we saw now.

I worked security at the Elephant Fayre one year, that was nice, mellow and really hot.

The last Stonehenge festival was an experience !

Glastonbury in the early 90s was OK.

I most enjoyed the Kent Custom Show in the late 80s and early 90s though. That was a Hells Angels bike and music festival.

Haven't been to a festival for years now. Keep thinking about giving Cropperdy or the Cambridge Folk Festival a go though.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on April 02, 2016, 02:02:41 am
Christ! You lot are really selling this camping lark...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hatler on April 02, 2016, 09:27:47 am
First time at Glastonbury I popped my head out of the tent one morning to see a girl doing a piss right there. Skirt up, knickers down, full on and going for glory. I have no idea why though I rather wished she wasn't (that kind of thing isn't my thing, trust me). The shock of my appearance made her fall back in the mud mid-stream. I'm not sure which of us was most traumatised by the experience, but fortunately only the one of us suffered the indignity of lying in the mud spraying piss over ourselves. I bet she wished she had independent targeting control about then. She stumbled off, knickers half mast. Or slithered, owing to the fact everything was already six inch deep in mud. There was no classy escape from that situation.

'84 ?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on April 02, 2016, 10:16:09 am
You know you're middle aged when ...


 ... the neighbour with whom you are discussing the water leak issue who looks ten years older than you turns out to be a year younger than you.   
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 02, 2016, 01:32:29 pm
Christ! You lot are really selling this camping lark...

That's not camping, that's festivals.  Totally different tent-related badger.   :hand:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: citoyen on April 02, 2016, 05:51:26 pm
You know you are both middle aged and middle class when you spend your Saturday afternoon visiting National Trust properties. And you are a NT member, of course. And you take a flask of tea.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: orienteer on April 03, 2016, 02:09:06 pm
I didn't admit to being middle-aged until reaching 50, when I realised I must be at least halfway.

Two decades later I'm happy to remain so  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 03, 2016, 04:47:58 pm
A chum was showing off pictures of the kit car he's building.  Lotus Se7en-alike, 650 kg, Ford-Cosworth YB with the wick turned up to give 730 bhp :o  Now that's an MLC toy!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jurek on April 03, 2016, 05:11:06 pm
A chum was showing off pictures of the kit car he's building.  Lotus Se7en-alike, 650 kg, Ford-Cosworth YB with the wick turned up to give 730 bhp :o  Now that's an MLC toy!
That's rather un-gentlemanly, and un-sportsmanlike of you to inform us of such, without any apparent attempt to share pictures of the same.
If you don't mind my saying so.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on April 03, 2016, 07:18:28 pm
At the Reading festivals I went to urine wasn't thrown towards the front, it was given, hopefully, to those who were walking to the side of the arena. In Party Seven tins.

At one of the festivals we had a lovely plastic ground sheet that we sat on and then one of our party threw up on. We simply got a knife out and cut it in half, leaving the festival pizza on the remaining part, and finding another spot.

I know I'm middle aged because I don't do that any more.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 03, 2016, 07:31:54 pm
A chum was showing off pictures of the kit car he's building.  Lotus Se7en-alike, 650 kg, Ford-Cosworth YB with the wick turned up to give 730 bhp :o  Now that's an MLC toy!
That's rather un-gentlemanly, and un-sportsmanlike of you to inform us of such, without any apparent attempt to share pictures of the same.
If you don't mind my saying so.

It's not mine, y'know...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jurek on April 03, 2016, 07:55:29 pm
A chum was showing off pictures of the kit car he's building.  Lotus Se7en-alike, 650 kg, Ford-Cosworth YB with the wick turned up to give 730 bhp :o  Now that's an MLC toy!
That's rather un-gentlemanly, and un-sportsmanlike of you to inform us of such, without any apparent attempt to share pictures of the same.
If you don't mind my saying so.

It's not mine, y'know...
Of course.
I know.
 ;)
Was just hoping.....for some pics...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: tom_e on April 03, 2016, 08:18:54 pm
Christ! You lot are really selling this camping lark...

That's not camping, that's festivals.  Totally different tent-related badger.   :hand:

Definitely this.  I love camping, but was once conviced against my better judgement to go to a festival in the middle of a camping holiday in Wales once.  It was supposed to be a decent family friendly one too.  Utter shithole.  Bears no resemblance to camping as most normally experience it.  Different strokes for different folks, but they have about as much in common as riding a bike and driving a car because you do both on the road.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 03, 2016, 09:28:18 pm
Exactly.  While camping *can* be done in ways that necessitate unconventional arrangements for the disposal of urine, it tends not to come as an unwelcome public surprise.    :sick:

(You know you're middle aged when this sort of thing starts to creep up your list of priorities.)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 04, 2016, 05:19:48 am
First time at Glastonbury I popped my head out of the tent one morning to see a girl doing a piss right there. Skirt up, knickers down, full on and going for glory. I have no idea why though I rather wished she wasn't (that kind of thing isn't my thing, trust me). The shock of my appearance made her fall back in the mud mid-stream. I'm not sure which of us was most traumatised by the experience, but fortunately only the one of us suffered the indignity of lying in the mud spraying piss over ourselves. I bet she wished she had independent targeting control about then. She stumbled off, knickers half mast. Or slithered, owing to the fact everything was already six inch deep in mud. There was no classy escape from that situation.

'84 ?

Nope, probably mid-to-late 90s. I remember one was apocalyptically muddy. People sank and were never seen again. It made the First World War look like a weekend at Butlins. Bono spontaneously formed a celebrity charity to help those afflicted. Another time the sun came out. And stayed out. People were running around in flames like vampires in search of factor 1000. A bottle of Ambre Solaire got you anything. Drugs. Toilet paper. Sex. The US presidency.

To explain Ms Wee-a-lot, she was in the tent next door and I guess really, really needed to go. Well I suppose she demonstrated that. She was actually quite attractive but once you've seen the object of your desire lie in the mud and piss on themselves, it's one of those images that stick and no amount of mental cleansing, tight tops and short skirts can shift.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on April 04, 2016, 09:23:58 am
Some people like that sort of thing. There are websites.

I'm told...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: citoyen on April 04, 2016, 09:39:05 am
Some people like that sort of thing. There are websites.

I'm told...

Rule 34 applies.

I had a similar experience on an audax last year - rounding a bend on a short, steep climb, I encountered a young lady who had been caught short while out for a walk in the country. She had her back to me so didn't realise at first, until I bid her a cheery good afternoon. Luckily for her, she didn't fall over in the mud.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 04, 2016, 10:22:38 am
It actually got worse, after that event I decided to go empty myself. Given the queue for the official loo, I hopped across to a more leafy unofficial toilet. Around the hedgerow I go, quickly completing the pre-pee checklist and, well, I guess it's just more difficult to be subtle you're female. Either that or as a man I'm used to just pissing everywhere and anywhere. We're just walking talking mobile power washers. Excuse me she says. It probably wouldn't have been so bad had the momentary surprise not frozen me in position with my hand thrust deep inside my trousers. Not one of my better moments. It might have been several seconds. Possibly a minute or two.

The other year we surprised a cyclist on Ranmore Common engaging in the same activity (about ten metres away there are trees, and not sure why she was advertising her activity to the entire bear-fearing population of Surrey). I probable don't need to tell you that there's no quick way to get back into all that Lycra. So we stole her bike. (Ok I didn't, but I could have been in Dorking before she'd redressed).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: clarion on April 04, 2016, 11:51:47 am
Shewees are a great invention.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 04, 2016, 03:00:30 pm
On that note, if you're out on a ride and you see a chap stopped with an extra bike beside him, don't bloody well stand there engaging him in conversation facing into the trees, because his lady companion is trying to pee within earshot!

Sometimes when we're heading up alpine passes I don't get the benefit of as much cover as I'd like.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 05, 2016, 08:18:15 am
The Current Mrs R doesn't go cycling as often as I'd like but when she does the trips are rarely without incident. A couple of years back she was caught short one evening, it was dark, she was wearing hi-vis. She thought she had hidden herself well until a car came round the corner and lit up her hi-vis. I laughed quite a lot  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 05, 2016, 10:19:37 am
YKYMAW the attractive young nurse helping you get ready for an examination asks if you need help to get undressed.

Judgement: old buffer; threat level: zero. :(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: billplumtree on April 05, 2016, 01:19:28 pm
YKYMAW the attractive young nurse helping you get ready for an examination asks if you need help to get undressed.

Judgement: old buffer; threat level: zero. :(

Or mebbes just a widely-deployed patient-deflating strategy, to avoid letting any of em get any ideas? 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ruthie on April 05, 2016, 02:02:06 pm
Or maybe difficulties in mobility aren't always obvious, so it's kindest to ask everyone, just in case?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 05, 2016, 05:55:40 pm
Or maybe difficulties in mobility aren't always obvious, so it's kindest to ask everyone, just in case?
This

Busting up arm aside, if I'm attending hospital atm, it is for an invisible illness that renders me sometimes really stupid and uncoordinated. I may not need help but the offer needs to be made.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on April 20, 2016, 05:41:26 pm
Chris Boardman becomes a grandfather and you realise how much older you are...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Redlight on April 20, 2016, 08:57:55 pm
You start getting mailshots from charities suggesting that you might like to leave them something in your will.

(2 this week)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on April 20, 2016, 10:53:43 pm
CTC sent me these every Christmas over a decade ago.
They seem to have stopped.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on April 21, 2016, 08:06:32 pm
You get to the top of a fairly unremarkable hill (today) that never bothered you before and find that you are panting.  :(

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 22, 2016, 08:40:30 am
People you never paid any attention to start dying and you realize that you never did get round to distinguishing their music from the general background cacophony.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Andrew on April 22, 2016, 08:48:33 am
Something that might once have wound you up now makes you feel just a bit miffed and you think 'nah, let it go, not worth the bother'

Brexit.... whatever.  ;)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 22, 2016, 10:49:39 am
When you phone up your sister to wish her a happy birthday and you can't remember WTF you sent her.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on April 23, 2016, 08:16:28 am
That's  Alzheimer's...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on April 23, 2016, 08:25:55 am
When you think you should get a suitable box to keep things tidy in the boot of the car.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 23, 2016, 10:34:36 am
That's  Alzheimer's...

Perfectly possible: my Dad died of it at n+4 where n is my current age. But sport and learning new stuff is supposed to stave it off.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Canardly on April 27, 2016, 08:46:15 am
Aches have pains.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rogerzilla on April 27, 2016, 06:11:34 pm
You stop worrying about whether everything in your body works perfectly and just be thankful that it works at all.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ruthie on April 28, 2016, 07:31:00 am
You read your Facebook news feed and worry that Kid Rock's PA had an awful accident with Anglian Television. 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rafletcher on April 28, 2016, 09:27:29 am
When you have to trim nose and ear hair more frequently than head hair.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andrewc on April 29, 2016, 08:52:40 am
I forgot Monday was a Bank Holiday:-(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 29, 2016, 09:15:18 am
You read your Facebook news feed and worry that Kid Rock's PA had an awful accident with Anglian Television.

Double-take: at first I read that as Anglican Television.  Visions of vicar intoning "holier than thou" to the goggling masses.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Si S on April 29, 2016, 09:24:30 am
You read your Facebook news feed and worry that Kid Rock's PA had an awful accident with Anglian Television.

Double-take: at first I read that as Anglican Television.  Visions of vicar intoning "holier than thou" to the goggling masses.

Then the thunderflashes go off and the vicar launches into the moshpit*

Reference to popular beat combo m'lud
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Morat on May 02, 2016, 11:05:37 pm
Your wife buys her first pair if reading glasses.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on May 03, 2016, 10:22:26 am
You can remember the time when speech on telephones wasn't distorted.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Bledlow on May 03, 2016, 11:40:27 am
When was that? Old analogue landlines were very distorted. The frequency cut-offs forced it.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on May 03, 2016, 12:46:22 pm
Yeah.  I do however remember when telephones had sidetone, there wasn't a GSM codec throwing away most of the information, and - most importantly - people took phone calls seriously (making them from a quiet room, giving you more than 10 seconds to answer, speaking at an appropriate speed when making recorded messages, etc).

That said, the crappiness of modern telephones seems like a small price to pay for the fact that we no longer have to rely on voice calls for most purposes.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on May 03, 2016, 03:18:51 pm
Yeah.  I do however remember when telephones had sidetone, there wasn't a GSM codec throwing away most of the information, and - most importantly - people took phone calls seriously (making them from a quiet room, giving you more than 10 seconds to answer, speaking at an appropriate speed when making recorded messages, etc).

That said, the crappiness of modern telephones seems like a small price to pay for the fact that we no longer have to rely on voice calls for most purposes.

Maybe. This morning I was talking to the bunch who pay the Inlaw Paw's pension, and they sounded as if they were talking down a drainpipe full of steel wool that someone was shaking. It wasn't just one maladjusted mike at the other end, either, I spoke to a couple of different folk and they both sounded like terminal smokers.

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on May 03, 2016, 06:02:48 pm
One of the great things about modern VOIP technology is that it's cheaper than ever to outfit an entire call centre with barely functional telecoms systems.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rogerzilla on May 03, 2016, 07:41:52 pm
HR do a presentation explaining the differences between Generation X, Generation Y and millennials and you realise you are in the oldest group.  OK, they also mentioned the baby boomers, but I think they've all retired from our place.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Legs on June 01, 2016, 10:41:01 am
I cricked my neck a fortnight ago and it's still paining me.  I'm only 34... :-\
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on June 01, 2016, 10:49:04 am
Accents you're used to have moved on in your absence.  I used to be perfectly at home with the accents in and around London, but when I phone anywhere there now I have difficulty making out what they're saying.

This applies to Paris as well.  My daughter studied linguistics at university, and told us that over the last 30+ years the Parisian accent has taken on overtones of N. African.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on June 01, 2016, 12:29:14 pm
Accents you're used to have moved on in your absence.  I used to be perfectly at home with the accents in and around London, but when I phone anywhere there now I have difficulty making out what they're saying.

This applies to Paris as well.  My daughter studied linguistics at university, and told us that over the last 30+ years the Parisian accent has taken on overtones of N. African.

Tell me about it!
I am one of the 'kiddies' in this newsreel film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjUFNlqBTvw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjUFNlqBTvw) (white hairband, pushing a car from 0.27-0.29) and the commentator's speech would have seemed 'normal' then...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 01, 2016, 01:05:06 pm
Accents you're used to have moved on in your absence.  I used to be perfectly at home with the accents in and around London, but when I phone anywhere there now I have difficulty making out what they're saying.

This applies to Paris as well.  My daughter studied linguistics at university, and told us that over the last 30+ years the Parisian accent has taken on overtones of N. African.

What's the French word for "Jafaican"?  Bruv.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on February 06, 2017, 08:35:42 pm
... when you buy yourself a blood pressure monitor. I bought one online today!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on February 06, 2017, 10:10:54 pm
... when you buy yourself a blood pressure monitor. I bought one online today!

I bought one online a few years ago after a visit to my GP showed a high reading.

It NEVER happened at home.

These devices are VERY cheap nowadays. Well worth the cash IMO.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Phil W on February 06, 2017, 10:29:47 pm
You no longer care what others think of your choices.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: asterix on February 07, 2017, 07:15:19 am
... when you buy yourself a blood pressure monitor. I bought one online today!

I bought one online a few years ago after a visit to my GP showed a high reading.

It NEVER happened at home.

These devices are VERY cheap nowadays. Well worth the cash IMO.

A friend has bought one, also because visiting the GP invariably raises their blood pressure.  It's some kind of tropism. 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Chris S on February 07, 2017, 09:30:47 am
My BP is always higher at the GPs, because I ride there.

It also makes me popular when I donate blood, as I'm all done in under 3 minutes  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: phantasmagoriana on February 07, 2017, 11:26:10 am
HR do a presentation explaining the differences between Generation X, Generation Y and millennials and you realise you are in the oldest group.  OK, they also mentioned the baby boomers, but I think they've all retired from our place.

I thought Gen Y and millennials were one and the same?

(I'm right on the boundary of X/Y, depending on whose definition is being used!)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: barakta on February 07, 2017, 11:45:37 am
I'm also on the Gen X and Y boundary.

I would distinguish between someone born in early 198x and someone born after 1990 or 1995 which modern definitions don't differentiate. I had originally thought millenials were those born after 1990 or 1995.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on February 07, 2017, 12:49:22 pm
Also on the boundary (I remember Challenger), I think I have more in common with Gen X than Y.

Barakta, although only a few months younger, has very Gen-Yish cultural references, on account of her deafness.

'Millenials' seems to be used sloppily, referring to either Gen Y, Z or Y+Z depending on context.


I would distinguish between someone born in early 198x and someone born after 1990 or 1995 which modern definitions don't differentiate. I had originally thought millenials were those born after 1990 or 1995.

Those are Generations Y and Z respectively.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 07, 2017, 01:46:42 pm
I think 'gen x' definition is too broad and a bit ridiculous.

Those born in the 60s like me had teenage/youthful years when quartz watches were a novelty, a sony walkman cassette player was the height of tech cool. Computers and suchlike didn't come into it. They scarcely appeared in movies. Direct telephone dialing from the UK to Australia was set up when I was about 6. Before then it was manually switched by the international operator and frequently you had to wait for a line.

The change happened sometime in the 70s.

People born in the 80s were going to school surrounded by tech, a computerised world. The internet appeared by the time they were 20. Everything was changing.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on February 07, 2017, 01:50:40 pm
Agreed.  But they're all a bit ridiculous anyway.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Morat on February 22, 2017, 11:21:39 pm
Accents you're used to have moved on in your absence.  I used to be perfectly at home with the accents in and around London, but when I phone anywhere there now I have difficulty making out what they're saying.

This applies to Paris as well.  My daughter studied linguistics at university, and told us that over the last 30+ years the Parisian accent has taken on overtones of N. African.

Tell me about it!
I am one of the 'kiddies' in this newsreel film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjUFNlqBTvw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjUFNlqBTvw) (white hairband, pushing a car from 0.27-0.29) and the commentator's speech would have seemed 'normal' then...

"A spare two acre site in Camden that no-one wanted" - that seems to date the clip as much as anything else :)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on February 22, 2017, 11:29:17 pm
I'm definitely gen X, which is ace as I also used to work for department X
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on February 23, 2017, 02:12:18 am
"Is Vic there...?"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on February 23, 2017, 07:52:02 am
I suppose what makes me feel old (seventies child) is periodically having to explain the world before technology to younger people and watch their expression go through surprised to astounded to horrified.

I had to explain the other day that we once had the choice of a cream or a grey phone (rotary dial!) and they only had the grey model. Then came the trimphone, but there was a two year wait. And my mum wouldn't let anyone use the phone ever, because we couldn't afford to pay for actual calls. I do the mobile phone size graphic in some presentations to illustrate change, I suspect revealing the pre-mobile era would be too much for anyone under the age of 20. God knows, it's hard enough to get them look up from their phones for more than a few seconds.

I confess, I have no idea what people did before the internet. My grandad used to dig coal out of the ground* apparently. Seems implausible now.

*or did until the mine roof fell on his head and broke his back, after which he became a bin man, which doesn't make much sense.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on February 23, 2017, 07:57:57 am
And try talking to the under 20's about doing actual research using actual books, in an actual library rather than t'internet.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 23, 2017, 08:04:16 am
<heresy>
When you're sneakily glad the weather's due to cut up rough because despite having done nothing to merit it you really don't have the oomph to get on the bike this morning.
</heresy>
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on February 23, 2017, 08:08:49 am
I have, upon my desk, an actual printed volume of the Science Citation Index that I use to scare children.

Slightly predates me, in my day, we searched MEDLINE on CD-ROM, one disk for each year...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 23, 2017, 08:15:05 am
And a further sign of decrepitude:

Was just on phone to accountant. Told him I had two questions I needed answers to. By the time we'd discussed the first I had forgotten the second. And I still can't remember it. :facepalm:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on February 23, 2017, 08:43:56 am
I have, upon my desk, an actual printed volume of the Science Citation Index that I use to scare children.

Slightly predates me, in my day, we searched MEDLINE on CD-ROM, one disk for each year...

In my office refurb, I threw out a few trees worth of printed health and safety guidance that came from Barber's Index, a similarly CD-Rom based catalogue with monthly updates.  All of that stuff is now available as pdf free downloads, with umpteen documents on a thing the size of a postage stamp.

Despite all the available online information, this weeks client still didn't have a clue about chemical safety. Keeps me in a job  ::-)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on February 23, 2017, 08:46:20 am
Chemical safety. Don't drink it, breathe it, shake it, or leave it in daylight.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on February 23, 2017, 09:17:56 am
And a further sign of decrepitude:

Was just on phone to accountant. Told him I had two questions I needed answers to. By the time we'd discussed the first I had forgotten the second. And I still can't remember it. :facepalm:

Excellent! I do this all the time. And something else, which I cannot remember just now.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Legs on February 23, 2017, 10:29:56 am
In my office refurb, I threw out a few trees worth of printed health and safety guidance that came from Barber's Index, a similarly CD-Rom based catalogue with monthly updates.  All of that stuff is now available as pdf free downloads, with umpteen documents on a thing the size of a postage stamp.

Despite all the available online information, this weeks client still didn't have a clue about chemical safety. Keeps me in a job  ::-)

See also: SPON
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 23, 2017, 12:15:27 pm
At the GP, discussing changing my contraception to see if it helps my depression, the GP said "well, I suppose it's possible you could still be fertile."
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 23, 2017, 01:04:05 pm
I bet that helped the depression.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 23, 2017, 01:18:56 pm
At the GP, discussing changing my contraception to see if it helps my depression, the GP said "well, I suppose it's possible you could still be fertile."
Did you punch them?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on February 23, 2017, 02:22:16 pm
At the GP, discussing changing my contraception to see if it helps my depression, the GP said "well, I suppose it's possible you could still be fertile."
Did you punch them?

A local dentist's wife discovered she was fertile when a little boy popped out.
She's 53....
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: LEE on February 23, 2017, 02:29:09 pm
....when you hear someone mention "The nineteen-eighties" and you think it's recent.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Aunt Maud on February 23, 2017, 02:42:16 pm
Gets up to let the dog in....Two minutes later, after stepping over the dog in the other room, gets up to see if the dog wants to come in.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 23, 2017, 03:16:20 pm
....when you hear someone mention "The nineteen-eighties" and you think it's recent.

I can remember one meeting when the boss said "now we must start planning for the 90's" and everyone said "what, already?"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Riggers on February 23, 2017, 03:20:27 pm
When you clicked on this Post and wondered why you did, remembered, and now forgotten what you were going to say.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andrewc on February 23, 2017, 03:49:08 pm
A cold that you'd previously have worked, trained & played through has you in bed for a couple of days  :sick:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: robgul on February 23, 2017, 03:49:36 pm
....when you hear someone mention "The nineteen-eighties" and you think it's recent.

I can remember one meeting when the boss said "now we must start planning for the 90's" and everyone said "what, already?"

Going way back (I'm old, not middle-aged) BP ran adverts for oil supplies for central heating featuring a woman called "Mrs 1970" . . . as if that was going to be the next big thing waaaay in the future.

Rob
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on February 23, 2017, 04:00:31 pm
....when you hear someone mention "The nineteen-eighties" and you think it's recent.

I can remember one meeting when the boss said "now we must start planning for the 90's" and everyone said "what, already?"

Going way back (I'm old, not middle-aged) BP ran adverts for oil supplies for central heating featuring a woman called "Mrs 1970" . . . as if that was going to be the next big thing waaaay in the future.

I still quote this one on a regular basis...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGxw8EzhlAM
https://youtu.be/gGxw8EzhlAM?t=3s
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 23, 2017, 04:30:22 pm
.... you find yourself muttering under your breath about bloody kids and their parents having no respect or control. You then realise that the parents were kids that you used to entertain at your own kids birthday parties ::-)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Redlight on February 23, 2017, 04:35:02 pm
Your first response to a piece of household equipment not functioning properly, even though you have no real idea how it works, is to go to your tool box rather than throwing it away and buying a replacement.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hatler on February 23, 2017, 04:58:00 pm
....when you hear someone mention "The nineteen-eighties" and you think it's recent.

I can remember one meeting when the boss said "now we must start planning for the 90's" and everyone said "what, already?"

Going way back (I'm old, not middle-aged) BP ran adverts for oil supplies for central heating featuring a woman called "Mrs 1970" . . . as if that was going to be the next big thing waaaay in the future.

I still quote this one on a regular basis...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGxw8EzhlAM
https://youtu.be/gGxw8EzhlAM?t=3s
As soon as times got a little tough for them they junked anything to do with Solar.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on February 23, 2017, 05:04:31 pm
Your first response to a piece of household equipment not functioning properly, even though you have no real idea how it works, is to go to your tool box rather than throwing it away and buying a replacement.

Bonus middle-aged points for actually fixing it.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 23, 2017, 07:34:31 pm
At the GP, discussing changing my contraception to see if it helps my depression, the GP said "well, I suppose it's possible you could still be fertile."
Did you punch them?
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on February 25, 2017, 08:29:59 pm
after only one beer you fall asleep during the second half of Scotland - Wales and miss the try
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on February 25, 2017, 11:56:22 pm
My 'kid' brother turns 40 this year.
One of his classmates was the son of one of my classmates.

I suppose I am past middle age...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on February 26, 2017, 03:05:32 am
after only one beer you fall asleep during the second half of Scotland - Wales and miss the try

That's funny - I didn't have a beer, dozed off at half time and woke up to see Scotland were ahead  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Morat on February 27, 2017, 08:26:34 pm
You go to a pub and check to see if the name has changed since you last went in.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on February 27, 2017, 08:42:24 pm
Usually these days it's a case of go to the pub to discover it's (a) closed and boarded up or (b) it's been turned into a stack of overpriced suburban fuckhutches. (b) is generally a corollary to (a).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on February 27, 2017, 08:46:15 pm
More middle-aged would be when old people do that thing of giving directions using the names of pubs that aren't there, and you realise that you're understanding them.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 27, 2017, 08:48:23 pm
Last time I looked at beerintheevening.com there was still a review of a pub not far from Larrington Towers which was bulldozed about quarter of a century ago to widen the A406.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on February 27, 2017, 09:17:35 pm
There's a curious archeology of once-upon-a-pub names on the local bus route home.

Though I guess it's better alternative than labelling the stops alternately 'Tesco Express' and 'Sainsbury's Local'.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andrewc on March 31, 2017, 06:30:41 pm
I've just had a very thorough eye test & examination, carried out most efficiently by Abigail (Bsc.Hons), who appeared to be about 14.  It's not just policemen....
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 31, 2017, 06:33:56 pm
A medical contemporary of mine underwent some surgery performed by a consultant born after she graduated...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: essexian on March 31, 2017, 06:41:39 pm
Last time I looked at beerintheevening.com there was still a review of a pub not far from Larrington Towers which was bulldozed about quarter of a century ago to widen the A406.

If you are talking about the Crooked Billet, that was our local when I was in the 6th Form at what was McEntee senior school....also now gone....back in 1978 to 80!

Now that makes me feel old! I remember going to an 18th birthday party there which ended up with the birthday girl in hospital after an almighty fight with the girlfriend of a boy she was snogging and no, it wasn't me!

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 31, 2017, 07:00:44 pm
Yes, the Crooked Billet.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 02, 2017, 06:40:23 pm
Yes, it's an experience when you find yourself in a situation that requires dropping your undergarments for a perilously young female GP. I squeaked (literally) something about seeing a male doctor (yeah, yeah, I know I should have thought of that first, but I've never seen a female GP at the practice and as anyone who's ever tried to communicate with the type of Gorgon that staffs a GP surgery's reception knows, it's best not to try and communicate with them). Not one of my finer moments. My only saving grace was that I didn't try to crack a joke about it, because there are so, so many ways that could have gone wrong.

On the plus side, I just went to a see my wife perform some Sunday concert at a local church. I must have been the youngest person in the audience by a few decades.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Bledlow on April 03, 2017, 12:38:49 am
Usually these days it's a case of go to the pub to discover it's (a) closed and boarded up or (b) it's been turned into a stack of overpriced suburban fuckhutches. (b) is generally a corollary to (a).
Or completely disappeared, turned into a mini-Tesco (I know of a few), or even, like what used to be the nearest pub to me (& which this street is named after) a Sprinkles ice-cream parlour.

The pub my teachers went to when I was a sixth former is now a Deobandi Islamic Culture and Community Centre.

http://www.closedpubs.co.uk (http://www.closedpubs.co.uk) is a very sad site.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 03, 2017, 02:58:48 am
One pub close to Larrington Towers got turned into a Tesco-ette, to the relief of the neighbours, the police and, in fact, anyone who wasn't a drug dealer or amateur cage fighter.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 03, 2017, 10:28:06 am
To be fair, the one at the end of my road back in the day (The Maypole, SE4) was without a doubt the least friendly and most unpleasant pub in the entire world, so not a lot of tears were shed when that was pulled down (for some reason it took umpteen years to turn the vacant lot into fuckhutches, but I can understand the urgency to just pull the place down, probably with the grumpy fuckers still inside).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on April 03, 2017, 10:33:19 am
The problem is that when the pub was pulled down they went home to vote Leave and post comment on the bottom of the internet.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: PeteB99 on April 03, 2017, 10:34:57 am
Round where I grew up  there were 2 or 3 decent pubs and one which you wouldn't go into without a stab vest. Guess which is the only one not to have been  turned into either housing or a burger restruant.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 03, 2017, 11:27:32 am
When the f*king pensions tw*ts badger you for details of your employment 40 years ago and you find that the mice got there first.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 03, 2017, 12:29:59 pm
The problem is that when the pub was pulled down they went home to vote Leave and post comment on the bottom of the internet.

Probably. It was one of those places that genuinely went silent when you walked in (OK, we only went once, and that was once too often). And stayed silent for the entire five minutes it took to get served in a virtually empty pub and the next 30 seconds it took to down my pint and run back out the door.

I don't think they wanted any further customers than the four surly fuckers they already had.

It is a bit sad to see pubs disappear though and turn into anonymous flats or supermarkets (how many supermarkets do we need, they all sell the same stuff and usually within a few pence of the same price?).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: matthew on April 03, 2017, 12:36:55 pm
You* feel stiffer and sorer two days after replacing fence posts than you* did on the day after. All I can say is thank goodness the builders had been cheap with both the length of the posts and the concrete so there was far less to dig out.



* for you read I  :-[.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: PeteB99 on April 03, 2017, 12:40:29 pm
When you spend a couple of days wondering where the screwdriver that's just the right size for fettleing the PIR has got to and then see it lying in plain view at the back of the kitchen worktop.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 03, 2017, 12:44:36 pm
When you spend a couple of days wondering where the screwdriver that's just the right size for fettleing the PIR has got to and then see it lying in plain view at the back of the kitchen worktop.

Objection:  That's normal screwdriver behaviour, whatever your age.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on April 03, 2017, 12:47:46 pm
...and 5mm hex keys!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: robgul on April 03, 2017, 02:01:43 pm
Yes, the Crooked Billet.

I used to go in there in the mid-70s when I worked in Higham Hill Road - the one thing I remembered about the roundabout was that if you entered from Billet Road you were supposed to do a complete circuit rather than sneaking across the A406/N Circ to get into Chingford Road and past the Stow dog track.

Last time I was around there I came off the M11 going south - past Gates Corner, Water works etc and was at Edmonton before I realised it had all disappeared!  Ted's cafe at Woodford, opposite the Roundabout pub went when the M11 was built :-(

Rob
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 03, 2017, 06:16:57 pm
It's no great secret that Larrington Towers is actually located in Higham Hill Road.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: sg37409 on April 03, 2017, 07:39:25 pm
...and 5mm hex keys!

I tried to get round this by having at least 3 of these in the garage.  They're in cahoots or somethings, they all hide.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 16, 2017, 08:59:28 am
George Eliot was about 41 when she wrote:
Quote
The middle-aged, who have lived through their strongest emotions, but are yet in the time when memory is still half passionate and not merely contemplative, should surely be a sort of natural priesthood whom life has consecrated and disciplined to be the refuge and rescue of early stumblers and victims of self-despair.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ham on May 16, 2017, 11:58:05 am
Yes, the Crooked Billet.

I used to go in there in the mid-70s when I worked in Higham Hill Road - the one thing I remembered about the roundabout was that if you entered from Billet Road you were supposed to do a complete circuit rather than sneaking across the A406/N Circ to get into Chingford Road and past the Stow dog track.

Last time I was around there I came off the M11 going south - past Gates Corner, Water works etc and was at Edmonton before I realised it had all disappeared!  Ted's cafe at Woodford, opposite the Roundabout pub went when the M11 was built :-(

Rob

.... while I lived in Highams Park
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on May 16, 2017, 01:01:31 pm
...and 5mm hex keys!
Phew, that's a relief.  Not just me then......
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Feanor on June 15, 2017, 09:54:46 pm
...when offered super sex, you say "I'll have the soup, please."
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Canardly on June 15, 2017, 10:02:14 pm
You speak for yourself............Coffee for me.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on June 16, 2017, 12:48:27 am
What's 'soup' . . . ?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on June 16, 2017, 07:57:37 am
When you start a sentence with "I must be getting middle-aged..." and the missus interrupts with "Hah! You'd be lucky".
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on June 16, 2017, 08:39:29 am
The ladies at the pool still refer to me as 'young man' which is nice. Mind you, their average age is about 206.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on June 16, 2017, 04:06:30 pm
When one of the young people at work looks at you with the look that _you_ used to use for doddery old gits talking about stuff from before the dawn of time* when you and a colleague of much the same vintage as yourself are discussing an event that happened only recently**.

*About a week last Wednesday to judge from the freshness of their faces, their utter lack of cynicism and their touching belief that there is such a thing as a "career".

**I.e. any time in the last 25 to 35*** years.

***Well, mebbe 40 or so.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on June 16, 2017, 05:26:14 pm
when you are telling the waitress about the book you are reading.

Blank Looks

"it's the book that Blade Runner was based on"

More blank looks
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: bobb on July 16, 2017, 12:15:07 am
When you start thinking about mowing the lawn at 6am tomorrow morning to punish those pesky young people nextdoor. It's gone midnight - take it indoors, or feel the wrath of the mower!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: asterix on July 16, 2017, 07:30:28 am
Last time I looked at beerintheevening.com there was still a review of a pub not far from Larrington Towers which was bulldozed about quarter of a century ago to widen the A406.

That sounds very Douglas Adams*...


* an author, famous for writing 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' in the late 20th century.
 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rogerzilla on July 17, 2017, 08:53:46 pm
...you're about to go on a narrowboat holiday.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ian H on July 17, 2017, 09:13:42 pm
...you're about to go on a narrowboat holiday.

I did that in my youth.

Is there no hope for me?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: spindrift on July 17, 2017, 09:19:20 pm
When you realise kids conceived to Don't Look Back in Anger are now teenagers.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Legs on July 18, 2017, 08:48:35 am
When you realise kids conceived to Don't Look Back in Anger are now teenagers.
Hmmm, What's the Story Morning Glory? was released in 1995.  Many of those kids are in their 20s.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on July 18, 2017, 08:52:10 am
When your daughter turns 40.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Morat on July 19, 2017, 08:21:04 pm
When you realise kids conceived to Don't Look Back in Anger are now teenagers.
Hmmm, What's the Story Morning Glory? was released in 1995.  Many of those kids are in their 20s.

In a similar vein, the baby on the cover of Nevermind is 26!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_Elden
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 01, 2017, 09:53:56 pm
You attend a course and one of the team of staff acting as a stooge gives a bit of life history as part of the stooging. She explains that her cycling ability has taken a bit of a beating due to childbirth 15 months ago. When providing her date of birth for the medical history section your realise she was born 6 weeks before you joined the army :o
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on August 01, 2017, 10:25:39 pm
I never joined the forces, so that won't happen to me. I'll stay young forever.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Pedaldog on August 01, 2017, 10:55:05 pm
39 years ago this September when I went into the RAF. (2nd) Ex-Mrs Dog was 4 years old when I was at St Athan.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rogerzilla on August 03, 2017, 10:21:50 pm
...when the office is full of people who were born after you started working for the company.

...you realise that, when you started school, WWII, yes, the one with Hitler and all that, was a more recent event (30 years) than the Falklands conflict (35 years) is to today's 5-year olds.

...you remember a man coming round to change the appliances in your house from town gas to North Sea gas.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on August 03, 2017, 10:48:00 pm
You realise that those born in the long hot summer of '76 are now middle-aged by others' definitions bbbbut you were already legally an adult then!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on August 04, 2017, 06:46:42 am
When you find yourself discussing with your eldest relative how you can start accessing some of your pension funds in six months time.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andrewc on August 04, 2017, 09:11:41 am
When you get an unexpected lump sum & are considering putting it into your pension instead of having fun spending it on holidays & toys.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on August 04, 2017, 09:14:02 am
When you remember telling which houses had TV and which didn't by the presence of an H-aerial on the roof. Unless they had set-top V aerials, but in the 50s getting that H up on the chimney was a status symbol.

A chum & I discovered that the spark in a battery-operated electric bell could screw up the signal, so we removed the bell part and mounted the rest as a Dan Dare ray-gun.  It was great fun, peeking through someone's window from a discreet distance and watching them trying to fiddle the picture back to stability.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Giraffe on August 04, 2017, 09:15:26 am
When the limits of the viewable universe are within your near point.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on August 04, 2017, 10:08:10 am
You know you're not quite middle-aged when you have ask what's a pension?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on August 04, 2017, 10:25:46 am
When you remember telling which houses had TV and which didn't by the presence of an H-aerial on the roof. Unless they had set-top V aerials, but in the 50s getting that H up on the chimney was a status symbol.

Knowing what a Band I aerial *is* probably makes you middle aged, these days.  It won't be long before watching TV through any kind of aerial qualifies you...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on August 04, 2017, 11:05:09 am
When you remember telling which houses had TV and which didn't by the presence of an H-aerial on the roof. Unless they had set-top V aerials, but in the 50s getting that H up on the chimney was a status symbol.

Knowing what a Band I aerial *is* probably makes you middle aged, these days.  It won't be long before watching TV through any kind of aerial qualifies you...

Oh, stoppit! I'm still hoping desperately that feeling middle-aged will mean I'm only halfway though my life.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rogerzilla on August 04, 2017, 12:23:43 pm
When there were only three (or even two! TV channels, then Ch4 came along and sucked for years.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on August 04, 2017, 12:54:36 pm
When the limits of the viewable universe are within your near point.

Cyclist needs plus fours!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: PeteB99 on August 04, 2017, 12:57:13 pm
When there were only three (or even two! TV channels, then Ch4 came along and sucked for years.

When there were three TV channels but our old 405 line TV could only receive two of them.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on August 04, 2017, 02:56:18 pm
^^^ Our new one was like that when BBC 2 started. 1962?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on August 04, 2017, 10:16:30 pm
You know you're not quite middle-aged when you have ask what's a pension?

I think you're middle aged when even though you've been contributing for year's you can still ask that question.  And more so, will I ever get my pension?
Title: Re: You know your middle aged when
Post by: Cunobelin on August 05, 2017, 09:07:51 am
You make groaning or huffing noises when bending down to pick something up, or getting up from the floor.

When y ou don't pick up anything less than 20p because it isn't worth the effort
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on August 05, 2017, 09:27:15 am
When you look at aerobars in the LBS, then at your gut and walk away sadly.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on August 05, 2017, 11:22:31 am
When you look at aerobars in the LBS, then at your gut and walk away sadly.
Ahh, but think of the money you've saved by not buying needless fripperies.  Oh. That's another sign isn't it?  Looking at shiny stuff and thinking, "I'd rather save the money for something useful / important."  :)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on August 05, 2017, 02:11:13 pm
As it happens I still have a set of aerobars in the workshop, but I prefer my bar bag - another sign of being from the Middle Ages, I suppose.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rogerzilla on August 12, 2017, 08:39:32 pm
When you seek out and renovate bikes made when you were 20.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Owthathurt on August 13, 2017, 10:03:12 pm
You couldn't care less what logo is on your shoes or clothes (as opposed to when you wouldn't leave the house without specific branding, that's if you can remember that far back)......
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on August 14, 2017, 01:05:41 am
You couldn't care less what logo is on your shoes or clothes (as opposed to when you wouldn't leave the house without specific branding, that's if you can remember that far back)......

I'm so old logos and branding on cloths wasn't a thing when I was young.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Canardly on August 15, 2017, 12:24:00 pm
You forget to attend a Sustrans run on two occasions!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: orienteer on August 15, 2017, 03:01:23 pm
In contrast to most posters on here, I'm looking for confirmation that I am still middle-aged  :-\
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: BrianI on August 15, 2017, 05:05:33 pm
The first thing you do, when visiting a shopping centre, is to find the facilities to spend a 20p!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on August 16, 2017, 08:03:12 am
When you look at a photo you took on a ride two years ago and think "I wish I could still do that".
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on August 16, 2017, 10:38:38 pm
Work gives you an iPhone to replace your blackberry, you can only see any point in three features of the new phone, and secretly want to keep the blackberry
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 16, 2017, 11:01:46 pm
You wish you had a BFO lamp and magnifying glass to paint your nails.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on August 16, 2017, 11:45:42 pm
You have a BFO lamp/magnifying glass, but can't remember the last time you painted your nails.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: essexian on August 17, 2017, 07:40:21 am
You go to a non league football match at a venue without floodlights like I did last night, which kicked off late and finished 15 minutes after sunset..... someone says: "Jumpers for goalposts" and it bring back memories of playing football in the street when you were a kid.....  ;D

Then you look at your street and wonder if even a pro footballer could make a 10 yard pass down it today without hitting something or being hit  :(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 17, 2017, 10:50:16 am
You have a BFO lamp/magnifying glass, but can't remember the last time you painted your nails.

This is a relatively new thing for me, only recently having the patience for it.

Any BFO mag/light recommendations?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on August 17, 2017, 12:17:47 pm
Any BFO mag/light recommendations?

Don't buy the one Maplin were selling 15 years ago.  The adjustment clamps are made of cheese.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on August 18, 2017, 12:14:15 pm
That's another sign isn't it?  Looking at shiny stuff and thinking, "I'd rather save the money for something useful / important."  :)

I've always been like that. But then, me dad were from Lancashire ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 18, 2017, 12:19:17 pm
I haven't painted my nails since I was about 5, when I coloured them bright pink with a felt tip pen at my cousin's house near Hull. That was my fingernails but now that I'm almost old enough to wear SPD sandals, should I start painting my toenails?

No, of course not: I should wear socks with them. If I had them.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on August 24, 2017, 03:43:49 pm
When the payment you were certain wasn't due until next week turns out to be overdue today. Gulp.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 24, 2017, 11:33:43 pm
...you rant at your iPod, both in RL and on Facething, for being too short of voles even to lift itself into charging mode by its own bootstraps before realising that you're trying to resurrect the wrong one >:(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on August 25, 2017, 01:05:41 pm
When you've been convinced all morning that it's Saturday and then get told it's really Friday.

Oh wait, that's not being middle-aged, that's being retired and not having to work another stroke for the rest of your puff. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on August 25, 2017, 09:56:25 pm
....that's being retired and not having to work another stroke for the rest of your puff. ;D ;D ;D
You can go off people you know. :)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on November 03, 2017, 09:15:27 am
Being unreasonably exited by the fact that their is a new teapot arriving in the post today.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on November 03, 2017, 12:34:36 pm
Failing to suppress the "ouff" noise you make as you make as you pick something up off the floor
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on November 03, 2017, 12:42:59 pm
You forget to attend a Sustrans run on two occasions!

That's not middle aged Sir, that's old age!!!    :demon:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Redlight on November 03, 2017, 01:25:46 pm
…you are excited to discover that the kitchen radio also runs on batteries so you can take it from room to room and not miss any of Desert Island Discs
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on November 03, 2017, 04:17:25 pm
When you think that 71 is a terribly young age for someone to die.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: David Martin on November 03, 2017, 04:52:57 pm
Next year many of the new undergrads will have been born after I started working at this Uni.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on November 04, 2017, 09:33:22 am
When you think that 71 is a terribly young age for someone to die.

It doesn't get me that way.  I see an obit reading "so-and-so has died aged 62" and think "well, that's not such a bad innings"; and then think "hang on a second...".
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mllePB on November 04, 2017, 07:22:37 pm
When you're working with someone born this century. It's not happened yet to me but but the new office apprentice was born in the very  last month of the 20th century.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on November 04, 2017, 07:27:44 pm
I used to be the youngest of our auditors, now I've been here for ten years.  I'm not yet working with people born this century, but definitely born after I left university.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: SteveC on November 04, 2017, 07:39:20 pm
When you remember one of your colleagues going on maternity leave and are now working with the result.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on November 06, 2017, 11:55:25 am
When you suddenly realise you're old enough to go on Saga holidays

Christ! I'll be taking Sanatogen and going to tea dances soon
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: menthel on November 06, 2017, 04:18:11 pm
When you ask for a nice, comfy office chair for your birthday so that you can look after your back.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: clarion on November 07, 2017, 03:35:23 pm
I got offered a seat on the train the other day :(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 07, 2017, 03:53:30 pm
I got offered a seat on the train the other day :(
Ha!

The train guard made someone get out of the priority aged/disabled seat so I could sit down one day. No, it wasn't when I had a smashed up arm, I was just having a bad migraine/vestibular day and using stick.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on November 07, 2017, 04:00:01 pm
People (presumably the ones who've never had an arm injury) can be surprisingly oblivious to how difficult/dangerous it can be to stand on public transport with a b0rked arm.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: MalRees on November 07, 2017, 04:02:53 pm
When you ask for a nice, comfy office chair for your birthday so that you can look after your back.

+1
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on November 07, 2017, 04:29:52 pm
I got offered a seat on the train the other day :(
Happened to me once a couple of years ago.  I was flabbergasted.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 09, 2017, 05:17:08 pm
I got offered a seat on the train the other day :(
Happened to me once a couple of years ago.  I was flabbergasted.
A youth offered me his seat on the bus a few months ago. I declined, but he insisted. I was displeased but also glad to sit down.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on November 10, 2017, 08:17:07 am
Digging through a folder of old papers last night I came across my Certificate of Investiture into the Cub Scouts, dated 14th February 1975.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on November 10, 2017, 08:18:12 am
Crikey.  My son's birth certificate dates from 1973.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Giraffe on November 11, 2017, 09:21:30 am
I offer seats to people - often I seem to be the only one capable of standing.
A couple of bus drivers that I know will want to talk during the journey and this can be a drawback as
a) I will usually have walked between 2 and 10 miles already
b) I have a rucsack full of shopping
c) Also carrying a meal and 3 - 4 pints up front to balance the load

still, I'm (biologically) younger than most people on the bus.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on November 11, 2017, 02:58:38 pm
Dear Giraffe,
Threescore years and ten is not middle aged.
HTH & HAND
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Efrogwr on November 11, 2017, 10:26:37 pm
When you remember that you were the second person to get a Cycling Pefiency Certificate.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Giraffe on November 12, 2017, 08:44:43 am
Dear Giraffe,
Threescore years and ten is not middle aged.
HTH & HAND
'tis nowadays - fourscore and ten is the new version.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rogerzilla on November 12, 2017, 10:00:00 am
When you talk about people getting caned at school and you get looks as if you've just described going to a public hanging.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Snakehips on November 12, 2017, 10:05:31 am
Middle Age Now Extends to Age 74, Vienna Researchers Say ........

....... which is nice because it means that I'm not too old for this thread.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on November 12, 2017, 10:26:38 am
Dear Giraffe,
Threescore years and ten is not middle aged.
HTH & HAND
'tis nowadays - fourscore and ten is the new version.

Middle-aged should refer to the middle third of expected lifespan so even I am approaching that last third...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on November 12, 2017, 03:49:30 pm
...when you attend a lunch with 150 of your fellow cyclotourists in civvies, look round and think "what a bunch of old farts".

Mind you, the food was good.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Giraffe on November 13, 2017, 08:17:07 am
On that note, when an ordinary main course seems like a good meal, instead of just starters.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: clarion on November 13, 2017, 12:24:34 pm
Dear Giraffe,
Threescore years and ten is not middle aged.
HTH & HAND
'tis nowadays - fourscore and ten is the new version.

Middle-aged should refer to the middle third of expected lifespan so even I am approaching that last third...
My expected lifespan was 30.  I lived my teenage years as a grumpy middle aged person.  I wish I'd known...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on November 20, 2017, 04:02:17 pm
When you get home from a ride and reset the current track instead of saving it.  Not only that but, realizing that something wasn't right, you do it twice.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Moleman76 on November 21, 2017, 04:03:19 am
I remember a boss who was extremely frugal:
  - note pads were made by saving all extra printed specification pages (usually ditto'ed - another one of those you've got to be a certain age to remember the process) and sending them over to the blueprinter to be cut into quarters and made into pads with the paint-on plastic glue along one side;
  - since the office hadn't purchased a fax machine, but clients would ask for faxes instead of waiting for something to come in the mail, we had to ask for permission to send a page or two over to the same blueprinter to send them out;
  - when Post-It notes came out, their usefulness was immediately apparent; they were more useful if torn into narrow strips so that the little pad of them would last longer.

Despite those quirks, he was a great guy to work for (and later, with, as I was given permission to buy into the firm).  He was never frugal about carefully explaining how to do things better.

And, related to the how aged one is department:  About 4 years ago one of my college roommates passed away after an cerebral aneurism when jogging at lunch - age 59.  Another roommate said "We're all in the fourth quarter of life now".
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on November 21, 2017, 08:06:43 am
Cerebral aneurysms can happen at virtually any age. A ex-programmer of mine died of one at 35 while pushing his wife's car.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on November 21, 2017, 12:25:26 pm
When you spend ages hunting for your glasses, give up, and decide to make a cup of tea.You open the fridge to get the milk and...

Guess what :facepalm:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 21, 2017, 02:43:10 pm
"I can see clearly now the milk has come"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: spesh on November 21, 2017, 02:45:24 pm
ROFLMAO ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on November 21, 2017, 03:44:33 pm
http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/can-see-clerys-now-crane-2835802
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on November 21, 2017, 04:14:18 pm
I can see Deidre now Lorraine has gone....
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on November 21, 2017, 06:15:55 pm
You know you're no longer middle aged when people 20 years younger are calling themselves middle aged.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Giraffe on November 22, 2017, 09:30:14 am
At some point the wee small hours become the small wee hours.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on November 23, 2017, 05:18:46 pm
Giraffe wins the thread, at least for the blokes amongst us.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on November 23, 2017, 05:28:08 pm
Giraffe will attest that it's not just the blokes...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: phantasmagoriana on November 23, 2017, 06:14:12 pm
That's been the case for me for years, and I'm both female and only *just* middle aged!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Pingu on November 23, 2017, 06:47:48 pm
I got offered a seat on the train the other day :(

Quote from: Some cheeky bugger on Facebook
Give over, grandad  ;)

 :P
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on November 25, 2017, 02:28:35 pm
You spend an hour looking for a camera then remember you gave it away six months ago.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on November 25, 2017, 05:04:18 pm
You forget a PIN you have been using several times a week for over 36 years and have to ring the bank (oh and wasn't that _fun_?) to get it unlocked.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on November 26, 2017, 09:36:30 am
I usually do that on a Sunday. Our bank closes from Sat. lunchtime until Tuesday.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 05, 2017, 07:56:57 pm
Quote
Here was he, as young as ever; envying young people their summer time and the rest of it and more than suspecting that shift in the whole pyramidal accumulation which in his youth had seemed immovable.
So middle aged is when you're "as young as ever" but nevertheless can envy young people, and realize that things ain't what they used to be. (He's in his early 50s and it's about 1925.)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hubner on December 05, 2017, 08:13:00 pm
What's middle aged, 40 to 60?

Or 65-85, as some of the replies seem to suggest?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Paul on December 05, 2017, 11:13:17 pm
Regarding the old Warlord comics:
I seem to remember getting those whilst I was in mid-primary school ( mid-'70s ), on account of a friend being from an RAF family, and he was quite into that kind of stuffs.

I remember joining up to the 'club', and getting a little plastic wallet through the post with a top-secret membership card and a code-sheet.
Every week, the comic had a page from the HQ, from the Top Dude who went by the name of Lord Peter Flint, IIRC.
There was always a secret message to be decoded, and it helpfully told you whether it was encoded in 'Letter Code 1', 'Letter Code 2', 'Number Code 1', or Number Code 2'.

Can't remember what any of the messages were, tho!
The word Peter means Stone.

I think that was the one you had to decode to join the club. That would have been 1973/4.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Paul on December 05, 2017, 11:18:32 pm
Oh, and to answer the question: You're training a nearly-solicitor who wasn't born when the Berlin Wall came down.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ham on December 06, 2017, 07:13:04 am
Regarding the old Warlord comics:
I seem to remember getting those whilst I was in mid-primary school ( mid-'70s ), on account of a friend being from an RAF family, and he was quite into that kind of stuffs.

I remember joining up to the 'club', and getting a little plastic wallet through the post with a top-secret membership card and a code-sheet.
Every week, the comic had a page from the HQ, from the Top Dude who went by the name of Lord Peter Flint, IIRC.
There was always a secret message to be decoded, and it helpfully told you whether it was encoded in 'Letter Code 1', 'Letter Code 2', 'Number Code 1', or Number Code 2'.

Can't remember what any of the messages were, tho!
The word Peter means Stone.

I think that was the one you had to decode to join the club. That would have been 1973/4.

The I-Spy Club anyone? I seem to remember OHUD NUTINGO was the coded version of "Good Hunting"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on December 06, 2017, 08:19:59 am
When you left skool the year before the girl* who is flirting with you was born!


*early 30s :o
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: citoyen on December 06, 2017, 10:33:15 am
When you left skool the year before the girl* who is flirting with you was born!

*early 30s :o

I was talking to a young female colleague at an office party a while ago, feeling flattered by her enthusiasm for my company even though I had no intention of taking advantage of her good nature...

Started to feel a bit weird when I realised she was only a few years older than my son.

Never mind leaving school, I graduated from uni before she was born.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ian H on December 06, 2017, 11:49:11 am
What's middle aged, 40 to 60?

Or 65-85, as some of the replies seem to suggest?

That leaves me in limbo (or would if the Vatican hadn't abolished it).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 06, 2017, 05:36:49 pm
Like the Finn in one of William Gibson's novels telling some young whippersnapper "I've got shoes older than you", it occurred to me in the Gulag that I was wearing a jumper older than some of my fellow zeks.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: jsabine on December 06, 2017, 05:48:11 pm
What's middle aged, 40 to 60?

Or 65-85, as some of the replies seem to suggest?

Ten years older than the person answering, shirley?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: SteveC on December 06, 2017, 05:55:03 pm
When you remember the colleague taking maternity leave and the cause of said maternity leave is now also a colleague.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on December 07, 2017, 10:30:16 am
When you get your enema by post.....
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mattc on December 07, 2017, 10:32:39 am
When you remember one of your colleagues going on maternity leave and are now working with the result.

When you remember the colleague taking maternity leave and the cause of said maternity leave is now also a colleague.


I'll just leave that there ...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: phantasmagoriana on December 07, 2017, 10:36:53 am
What's middle aged, 40 to 60?

Or 65-85, as some of the replies seem to suggest?

35-58, apparently. :'(

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/7458147/Middle-age-begins-at-35-and-ends-at-58.html
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on December 07, 2017, 10:43:01 am
When you left skool the year before the girl* who is flirting with you was born!

*early 30s :o

I was talking to a young female colleague at an office party a while ago, feeling flattered by her enthusiasm for my company even though I had no intention of taking advantage of her good nature...

Started to feel a bit weird when I realised she was only a few years older than my son.

Never mind leaving school, I graduated from uni before she was born.

Heh, this happened to me not so long ago (sales conference, your honour). Kiss out of nowhere and a hand where! Right there, that's where! I'd like to say my first feeling was lust but after a geological era of marriage it was mostly abject terror. I've no real idea what to do with a woman who was taking her tentative steps into her twenties. There's probably a manual for these newer models but I never read the things (it's true, he never did, says my wife). While I confess to being flattered (trust me it doesn't happen often), rather than a night of torrid adultery in a hotel bed, I moved her hand somewhere more sensible and made some excuses (read babble). I still work with her and fortunately what happens at sales conferences stays at sales conferences.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Paul on December 07, 2017, 01:06:53 pm
When you get your enema by post.....
How does that work?

Do you have to back up to the letter box?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: PaulF on December 07, 2017, 01:15:47 pm
When you get your enema by post.....

Our postie is very obliging and will put things round the back if we're out, but I doubt that he'd do it in that way  for us.  :demon:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: essexian on December 07, 2017, 01:29:36 pm
You get excited when your pension statements arrive which show that you should have a reasonably comfortable life when retirement finally arrives....  ;D

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on December 07, 2017, 03:59:56 pm
When you get your enema by post.....

55th birthday present? I remember getting mine (4 years ago).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 07, 2017, 04:16:16 pm
Middle aged begins when you start doing middle-aged things, like buying a house, getting a serious job, a serious partner, having kids, wearing suits and ties (or their feminine equivalents) on a regular basis.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on December 07, 2017, 04:44:50 pm
Middle aged begins when you start doing middle-aged things...

I feel the need to grade myself.

Quote
like buying a house

Crap, you have me. Nearly paid for as well. And it's a palace. Of gleaming asbestos. And there's a route to Hell under the hallway floorboards.

Quote
getting a serious job

I draw kittens. Sometimes giraffes. Today I'm being abstract and drawing circles with lines coming out of them. I do get paid more than Nigel Farage and I'm possibly more useful.

Quote
a serious partner

She's not very serious but she does pull that face when I do something especially stupid. Which is daily.

Quote
having kids

Complete failure. Hate the little proto-Hitlers.

Quote
wearing suits and ties (or their feminine equivalents)

Tidy-Haired Thought Leadership™ is something you can do in corduroy. Or a dress. I'd think prefer the latter, frocks are more stylish but with the Beard of Authority® it might transgress the boundaries of odd.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on December 07, 2017, 04:54:40 pm
You get excited when your pension statements arrive which show that you should have a reasonably comfortable life when retirement finally arrives....  ;D

Then when it does all your kids park their kids with you while they go off and have fun. And the entire horde turns up for Christmas and eats your savings.

(El Prez is in this situation.  All of his kids and most of their kids have December birthdays, too.  It takes him the rest of the year to recover.)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on December 07, 2017, 06:01:11 pm
Middle aged begins when you start doing middle-aged things, like buying a house, getting a serious job, a serious partner, having kids, wearing suits and ties (or their feminine equivalents) on a regular basis.

Was 41 when I bought house, 24 when I started a serious job, ?? when I had a serious partner (was 45 when D moved in), never had kids, wore serious attire for serious work.

So that had me middle-aged at 24...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on December 07, 2017, 06:14:44 pm
TBH, if you think that a serious job and buying a house are realistic propositions, you're definitely middle-aged.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: SteveC on December 07, 2017, 06:38:23 pm
In my case, buying the house and getting the serious partner were, at least in part, attempts to prove to myself and the universe that I was grown up.
Once I got to thirty and realised that, by any definition I had to be an adult, I felt I no longer needed to pretend and got on with enjoying myself instead.
Finding myself chair of the village hall was probably a fair clue that I'd moved on to middle age, though.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on December 07, 2017, 06:52:57 pm
I must be middle aged; I'm discussing cutlery and dining place settings on Facebook!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 07, 2017, 07:18:08 pm
TBH, if you think that a serious job and buying a house are realistic propositions, you're definitely middle-aged.
:D! To be fair that's more a generation gap than an age gap.

I must be middle aged; I'm discussing cutlery and dining place settings on Facebook!
That's not middle aged, that's middle class!  :demon:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on December 07, 2017, 08:59:18 pm
TBH, if you think that a serious job and buying a house are realistic propositions, you're definitely middle-aged.
:D! To be fair that's more a generation gap than an age gap.

I must be middle aged; I'm discussing cutlery and dining place settings on Facebook!
That's not middle aged, that's middle class!  :demon:

It is the 'I Grew up in Golders Green' board/group...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Hot Flatus on December 10, 2017, 12:43:31 pm
It has snowed overnight.

You don't get up at 6am, jump in your car,  and go and do handbrake turns and power slides in Sainsburys carpark.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: PeteB99 on December 10, 2017, 12:49:49 pm
When your doctor says "This is what happens when middle aged people play young peoples sports".

Not said to me this time. To my partner when she sprained her ankle jumping down off a climbing wall.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 12, 2017, 12:09:53 pm
"A terrible confession it was but now, at the age of 53, he hardly needed people anymore."

"If you could be granted one wish... "
"To wake up one morning and feel that I was at last a grown-up person, emptied of resentment, vengeful thoughts, and other wasteful, childish emotions. To find myself, in other words, an adult."

"The thought came to him, struggling home; you don't have to be very smart to be an adult."

Wise words – words, anyway – from adults:
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Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on December 13, 2017, 07:17:07 am
Suit,  can be counted on the fingers and toes in the last ten years. Doesn't really work when talking to a man in a field  putting up telegraph poles.

Tie, twice

Other boxes - tick.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on December 13, 2017, 07:57:41 am
In the last 20 years my remaining suit has only come out for funerals.  My ties were all bought when I was much younger, and are now too small.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Beardy on December 13, 2017, 10:43:53 am
Your Mum forgets your birthday.
I remember the first time my mother forgot my birthday, I was gutted. Now I'd be happy if she just recognised me. :(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 13, 2017, 10:51:21 am
Your Mum forgets your birthday.
I remember the first time my mother forgot my birthday, I was gutted. Now I'd be happy if she just recognised me. :(
:(

My mother-in-law asked my wife about me last time she (wife) visited her "What happened to that Australian you were living with? We worried about you and him. Only the dregs were sent to Australia."
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Gus on December 13, 2017, 06:52:47 pm
My clipboard from 1986 is older than half the students in my class  :-[
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Beardy on December 14, 2017, 11:17:44 am
Most of the striplings that work with me these days are younger than my 'career' with the company. It's actually possible, though unlikely, that I could employ a youth whose parents are younger than my 'career'.  :(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on December 15, 2017, 06:18:39 am
Doing personal admin and I realised that I start drawing my Sharklays pension in five years and one month's time.  As a result I contacted all of my pension schemes yesterday requesting updates on my funds. 

Scary to think that I might retire in 5 years time.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on December 15, 2017, 10:27:46 am
There used to be a pension advert in the paper, a bit like the Fry's 5 Boys ad: a progressively ageing bod going from age 25 (they tell me the job isn't pensionable) to 65 (without a pension I really don't know what I shall do).

Hum. Maybe you're (more than) middle-aged when you know that Fry's 5 Boys isn't a reference to paedophilia.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on December 15, 2017, 10:36:29 am
Hmm.  Well my Sharklays and other pensions start when I am 60* but of course my state pension will probably start the day after I turn my toes up at the ripe old age of one hundred and thirty three years!!!  :D

* I do in fact have various options across the schemes to start taking a reduced pension and / or drawing funds depending upon scheme from January!   :o
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on December 15, 2017, 10:37:39 am

Hum. Maybe you're (more than) middle-aged when you know that Fry's 5 Boys isn't a reference to paedophilia.

Not nessecelery. I has a jigsaw puzzle of old Cadbury's and Fry's choklit adverts (The five girls want Five Boys &c &c)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on December 15, 2017, 12:24:45 pm
There used to be a pension advert in the paper, a bit like the Fry's 5 Boys ad: a progressively ageing bod going from age 25 (they tell me the job isn't pensionable) to 65 (without a pension I really don't know what I shall do).

Hum. Maybe you're (more than) middle-aged when you know that Fry's 5 Boys isn't a reference to paedophilia.

I remember the advert (was it Prudential?) and 5 boys, which was renamed as 5 centres; not my favourite confection: meh chocolate round meh-flavoured fondant in various screeching synthetic hues.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 15, 2017, 12:48:25 pm
5 centres was the garish but untasty cousin of Fry's chocolate cream and peppermint cream. Produced until 1992 according to Wikipedia, so you'd have to be about 30 to remember it. Which might or might not be middle aged.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on December 15, 2017, 12:59:57 pm
Fry's Chocolate Cream used to be my Dad's cycling staple.  They didn't look like the current ones, though: they were at least twice as wide and half-heartedly marked off into portions.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on January 23, 2018, 01:22:53 pm
You know you're middle aged when ... a number of your friends start posting about early retirement!

Actually, a real one for me from a few days ago: I was watching a film on TV and leant over to pick up my mug of tea that was on a coaster on the floor beside me but it wasn't there. I looked on the table, not there. Then I spotted it on my lap being held by my other hand. Doh!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mllePB on January 23, 2018, 08:59:46 pm
You contact lost property about your umbrella left on a train this morning instead of just buying another one
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(or should this be in first world problems) and they say no black umbrella was found today on a train at Birmingham New Street  :'(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Beardy on January 24, 2018, 08:55:20 am
apparently the number of phones handed into lost property eclipsed the number of umbrellas sometime in the 1990s
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Beardy on February 08, 2018, 10:17:32 am
All my computers have just reminded me that my little girl is 30 at the weekend and that I should buy her presents!

Middle aged? I feel positively old!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 08, 2018, 11:15:59 am
apparently the number of phones handed into lost property eclipsed the number of umbrellas sometime in the 1990s
I think this is a two-way thing. More phones to be lost, and fewer people carrying umbrellas, due to fashion or improvements in waterproof clothing or warmer workplaces or something.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Manotea on February 08, 2018, 11:34:55 am
All my computers have just reminded me that my little girl is 30 at the weekend and that I should buy her presents!

Middle aged? I feel positively old!

Yeah, having children over 30 definitely marks you as being officially "old", or at least, an early starter.

My eldest will not be 30 till December...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on February 08, 2018, 01:38:44 pm
Mine's pushing 45. :(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 08, 2018, 02:16:25 pm
.... offspring get involved in the househunting game.

No.2 Son and his girlfriend have had an offer accepted on a flat.

Current occupants are now amending the conditions under which the offer was made and accepted ::-)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Paul on February 27, 2018, 02:37:46 pm
... your son asks when the film you're watching (Groundhog Day) was made, you start to respond "Nineteen..." and he interrupts "There was a nineteen?"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Morat on February 28, 2018, 08:28:44 pm
A colleague asked me what Spitting Image was  :'(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: spesh on February 28, 2018, 08:32:41 pm
Did you stick a deck chair up his nose for that display of cultural ignorance? ;)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on February 28, 2018, 11:41:23 pm
No. Bought a jumbo jet and then buried all his clothes, before having tea with a nice Sarth Effrikken . . .
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 01, 2018, 07:03:51 am
You know you are middle-aged when...

...you spend an hour listening to Mussorgsky in your kitchen with the Dyno-Rod man who has just jetblasted a behemoth down your drain
Title: Re: You know you're decrepit when
Post by: T42 on March 06, 2018, 11:21:36 am
48 km at 23 kph leaves you knackered the next day.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Andrij on March 06, 2018, 12:10:47 pm
Went around to a friend's place for dinner on Saturday.  I was at least 20 years older than the host and the other four people there.

OK, perhaps not specifically a 'middle aged' thing, but definitely made me feel old no longer young.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 06, 2018, 12:32:08 pm
Went around to a friend's place for dinner on Saturday.  I was at least 20 years older than the host and the other four people there.

OK, perhaps not specifically a 'middle aged' thing, but definitely made me feel old no longer young.

Were the young people able to use their cutlery properly?

It seems a sign of my middle age is being judgemental of young people who clearly find this simple skill challenging  >:(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Andrij on March 06, 2018, 12:41:15 pm
Went around to a friend's place for dinner on Saturday.  I was at least 20 years older than the host and the other four people there.

OK, perhaps not specifically a 'middle aged' thing, but definitely made me feel old no longer young.

Were the young people able to use their cutlery properly?

It seems a sign of my middle age is being judgemental of young people who clearly find this simple skill challenging  >:(

Yes, they did.  There were even chopsticks in use!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on March 06, 2018, 01:09:06 pm
That's just showing off...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 06, 2018, 03:03:00 pm
Went around to a friend's place for dinner on Saturday.  I was at least 20 years older than the host and the other four people there.

OK, perhaps not specifically a 'middle aged' thing, but definitely made me feel old no longer young.

Were the young people able to use their cutlery properly?

It seems a sign of my middle age is being judgemental of young people who clearly find this simple skill challenging  >:(

Yes, they did.  There were even chopsticks in use!

Blimey, like Tors says, that's showing off.

I hope you've been in the UK long enough to shed any colonial cutlery habits you picked up from our American cousins  ;D :-*
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: orienteer on March 06, 2018, 03:15:33 pm
And post-Brexit we can make the cutting of potatoes with a fork, as the Germans do, illegal. :demon:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 06, 2018, 03:16:55 pm
It seems a sign of my middle age is being judgemental of young people who clearly find this simple skill challenging  >:(

It's not a simple skill, that's why it's challenging.

Being judgemental about it is a traditional sign of middle age, thobut.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 06, 2018, 03:48:36 pm
^^^   ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 06, 2018, 04:11:17 pm
Maybe it's because that's how long it takes to mistake something that you've had decades of practice at for something that's easy (compare: writing, walking, playing a musical instrument, speaking, using chopsticks, welding, knitting, reading etc.), but I suspect it's more to do with middle-aged curmudgeonlyness.

I'm all for a bit of tongue-in-cheek ranting about how Young People's trousers are all wrong, that USAnians don't know how to grammar, or that the internet is full of illiterate n00bs who wouldn't know RFC1855 if an avian carrier dropped it on their heads.  But there's a fine line between satirising generational culture shifts and classism or disablism, and complaints about other people's cutlery use are too often on the wrong side of that.

</humourless_feminist>
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 06, 2018, 04:28:38 pm
Wow!

Is another sign of middle age being able to cause offence (I think) without intending to?  If so I offer the humblest of apologies!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 06, 2018, 04:42:38 pm
I'm not offended (though I accept I may be overly sensitive about it, as it's something people occasionally sneer at barakta for), just aware that most people who don't use cutlery in the 'proper' way are likely to be doing it because that's how they've been brought up, or because they lack the required dexterity.  Neither of which is their fault.

And because this sort of stuff *is* hard, and I try not to take it for granted.  Look at how long it's taken to make a bipedal robot that isn't embarrassingly shit, when most humans can walk across an uneven surface without really thinking about it.  I wrote that whole paragraph without looking at the keyboard.  Magic!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 06, 2018, 05:03:14 pm
OK, fair enough  ;D  Despite turning 54 last week I will try not to go completely Victor Meldrew just yet - but its going to be hard!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on March 06, 2018, 05:40:37 pm
... the internet is full of illiterate n00bs who wouldn't know RFC1855 if an avian carrier dropped it on their heads ...

I have long been very impressed at the breadth and depth of your knowledge on so many topics, Kim.

Having no idea (without searching) what a RFC1855 is (a capacitor, perhaps?) nor an avian carrier (a ship that carries aircraft or a means of passing on influenza?) I can now be identified as an illiterate n00b!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: cycleman on March 06, 2018, 07:43:10 pm
It's a ship for carrying birds isn't it?  :)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 06, 2018, 07:45:40 pm
Cutlery: several years ago now I met Flatus and Jaded. We had some beer (you could have predicted that bit, couldn't you?) and then went to an Indian restaurant. At this point I'd just returned to the UK after living in India for about three years. So I was tearing little bits off my chapati and using them to pick up small amounts of food, all one handed – and I suddenly realized they weren't. Which of course made me self-conscious about my automatic Indian eating habits. Meanwhile, I have to cancel my dinner date with OD!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 06, 2018, 08:13:14 pm
Nooooo, don’t cancel!  I’ve bought you flowers and stuff! 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on March 06, 2018, 08:18:53 pm
I spent 10 mins looking for the shed keys so I could lock it up and go for a ride.  Back Pocket  :facepalm:

I still cant find my steel rule, which was also in the shed
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 06, 2018, 08:32:05 pm
Nooooo, don’t cancel!  I’ve bought you flowers and stuff!
Ooh, in that case, I'm just slipping into my most elegant bibshorts.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 06, 2018, 09:13:49 pm
Nooooo, don’t cancel!  I’ve bought you flowers and stuff!
Ooh, in that case, I'm just slipping into my most elegant bibshorts.

I shall polish my helmet with renewed vigour.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 07, 2018, 12:16:28 am
I spent 10 mins looking for the shed keys so I could lock it up and go for a ride.  Back Pocket  :facepalm:

I still cant find my steel rule, which was also in the shed

Did I mention the time I searched a campsite washblock, my tent and a decent quantity of mud in between for my missing head torch?  You already know how this one ends.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on March 07, 2018, 08:04:48 am
Found it - I tidied the workshop  :-[

(https://i.imgur.com/Wi79xTh.jpg)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 07, 2018, 08:13:45 am
... the internet is full of illiterate n00bs who wouldn't know RFC1855 if an avian carrier dropped it on their heads ...

I have long been very impressed at the breadth and depth of your knowledge on so many topics, Kim.

Having no idea (without searching) what a RFC1855 is (a capacitor, perhaps?) nor an avian carrier (a ship that carries aircraft or a means of passing on influenza?) I can now be identified as an illiterate n00b!

IIRC the Royal Flying Corps was founded a little later than the Crimean War, so that makes two of us. (I was hanging back in the hope that someone else would ask first.)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on March 07, 2018, 08:42:30 am
Avian carrier?  Surely that's the basket the chicken goes in at the square dance?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on March 07, 2018, 08:54:13 am
Avian carriers is RFC1149 I think.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on March 07, 2018, 09:00:59 am
I assumed that avian carriers referred to birds picking up whatever a RFC1149 is and dropping it on your head.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 07, 2018, 09:01:34 am
Mine was like this:
(https://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9780140303933-uk-300.jpg)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: clarion on March 07, 2018, 09:20:10 am
Found it - I tidied the workshop  :-[

(https://i.imgur.com/Wi79xTh.jpg)
Now, I am a long way from OCD, but that photo is just mean.... ;DD
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on March 07, 2018, 09:32:09 am
Ironically I only tidied it because I had tools every where and couldn't find what I was looking for...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 07, 2018, 01:59:56 pm
A nurse appears to have borrowed your scissors to fettle a troublesome patient/doctor/secretary of state for health and social care.


As for RFCs, they're the documents "Request For Comments" that define the standards that make the Internet work.  Most of them are boring protocol specs, but 1855 is more like a combination of a style guide and best practice guideline.  It's one of the ones that provides guidance on how to write messages for optimal clarity, readability, compatibility, and without wasting too much bandwidth (back in the days when a few kilobytes here and there added up to real money in network/storage costs) - the sort of thing that went straight out the window when Microsoft came along and made Outlook (which breaks most of this stuff) the de-facto standard for business (and for a time, home) email users.

There's a tradition of joke RFCs being published on April 1st.  RFC1149 "IP over Avian Carriers" is probably the most famous, it being a protocol specification for implementing an internet connection over carrier pigeons.  It's useless, but it's amusingly compelling enough that it's been tested and it does actually work.

"n00b" is gamer-speak for "newbie", a common term from the heyday of Usenet and BBSes for someone who had yet to learn the technical and cultural aspects of harmonious online socialisation.  It's not inherently derogatory, but does get used as a slur against people who ought to know better when indulging in newbie-like behaviour (bad quoting, me-tooing, asking questions that have already been answered, that sort of thing), and is occasionally used self-deprecatingly as a statement of ignorance in a given field.

I don't think anyone on here qualifies as illiterate, but if you've ever had email dialogue with a Mistake Agent or similar, you'll have an idea of what I meant by "illiterate n00bs who wouldn't know RFC1855 if an avian carrier dropped it on their head".  Sort of people who quote your entire email (even though they've only read the first paragraph) then add a single line at the top to "advice" you of something, usually in HTML and with broken references and sig separators.  That this is now how email is normally used, and that my ramblings about nettiquette seem hopelessly dated is clearly a sign of being middle-aged.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 07, 2018, 02:17:37 pm
Ahem. It is rare that I feel the need to correct teh Kim, but there is a subtle and vital distinction between 'newbie' and 'n00b'.

A 'newbie' is someone who has only just started playing a game. They are forgiven mistakes in gameplay and having inadequate gear.

A 'n00b' is someone who continues to play in an ignorant manner (usually this insult is flung at team mates who make mistakes or who have inadequate gear) but who has played for a while. Or, they have committed the cardinal sin of paying for advancement in a game and hence have reached exalted levels but have no idea of how to play.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 07, 2018, 02:25:29 pm
Interesting.  That's presumably a gaming-specific dialect thing that I've managed to miss (I'm not a gamer, but some of my best friends are gamers).  I only usually encounter "n00b" in the ironic or self-deprecating sense.

Ties in with a twitter thread [contains images of text] (https://twitter.com/DeannaHoak/status/970129313415749632) and an article (http://thingskidslike.tumblr.com/post/69735480938/your-ability-to-can-even-a-defense-of-internet) I was reading yesterday about internet linguistics, which may be of interest to those who are middle-aged.

(I was particularly interested in the convention of a single full stop expressing annoyance, except when the sentence is capitalised and punctuated according to traditional grammar rules, which functions as a kind of escape sequence.  That's something I've been fluent in for years, but have never really thought about.  Teh Kidz also appear to be using ellipses in exciting new ways[1].)


[1] I'll use "..." at the end of a sentence in more or less the traditional manner.  Surrounded by whitespace it translates as roughly "what the actual fuck?", often found alongside a URL to an article containing the latest instalment of brexit'n'trump, or similar.  I don't use ".." at all, and always assumed ",,," was a typo.  I was on an IRC channel for a while where "." on a line of its own was used as a sort of shorthand for "I'm still paying attention and I understand/feel for what you're saying, but I don't have anything useful to contribute at this point." - it allowed people to provide encouragement without affecting the clarity of long explanations.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 07, 2018, 02:52:50 pm
The angry full stop has appeared in these august pages, probably in the Grammar Cringe thread.

Also, the peculiarity of the way language is used on the internet has been remarked on by linguists etc since at least 2000. Certainly well before "to can"*. Consensus is/was that it's due to it being mostly speech in written form, but unlike speech or other writing, you can go back and alter what you said in the past, and everything you say is said to a crowd, even if addressed to a specific individual.

*Of course, English is a fairly odd language in not having "to can" as a regular word. But then, that's only the root of the meaning expressed here.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Beardy on March 07, 2018, 03:17:24 pm
'to can' confuses me. No, that's wrong 'to can' has me completely confounded.

The only thing I can think for it is in putting food or similar in a tin can, 'to can food', but how this fits into the context of the sentence I can't work out and why we would want a word specifically for something as none day to day as canning food, I can't even begin to comprehend. All this would lead me to the conclusion that I have completely missed the point, and Google has only confused me further.

Of course, my general lack of English skills (as apposed to language skills) and dyslexia don't help at all.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 07, 2018, 03:24:22 pm
It's not really to 'can' it's to 'can even', which is the playful logical opposite[1] of 'can't even' as it appears in "I can't even...", a common construction denoting speechlessness with the actual verb (probably something like "begin to explain how I feel about this") being left as an exercise for the reader.

So being able to can even suggests that you're full able to articulate your emotions.  Or something.


[1] See also: Molish
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 07, 2018, 03:27:17 pm
Interesting.  That's presumably a gaming-specific dialect thing that I've managed to miss (I'm not a gamer, but some of my best friends are gamers).  I only usually encounter "n00b" in the ironic or self-deprecating sense.
Calling oneself a n00b is a shorthand way of saying "I was a complete twit without any valid excuse"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: robgul on March 07, 2018, 05:40:45 pm
Found it - I tidied the workshop  :-[

(https://i.imgur.com/Wi79xTh.jpg)
Now, I am a long way from OCD, but that photo is just mean.... ;DD

I don't like to brag but . . . . . from my man-cave with everything in its place and a place for everything.
(http://www.beewee.org.uk/images/stories/toolboard-jul17-web500w.jpg)

The woodworking department is on the other wall!

Rob
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on March 07, 2018, 05:58:47 pm
You don't want to see my workshop!
Title: Re: You know you're RETIRED when
Post by: T42 on March 08, 2018, 09:07:52 am
Oh well...

(http://www.pbase.com/image/167105540.jpg)

It took 30 years to get this messy.

Bike fettling down at the end, next to the Picasso.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Legs on March 08, 2018, 09:10:16 am
I don't like to brag but . . . . . from my man-cave with everything in its place and a place for everything.
(http://www.beewee.org.uk/images/stories/toolboard-jul17-web500w.jpg)
The woodworking department is on the other wall!
Rob
Is there any logical reason why the WD40 and GT85 are on different shelves?  ;)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 08, 2018, 09:28:22 am
Is there any logical reason why the WD40 and GT85 are on different shelves?  ;)
Solvents on one shelf, lubricants on another?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: clarion on March 08, 2018, 10:42:52 am
My workshop is currently my parents' dining room.

Shhhhh!!!  Don't tell!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 08, 2018, 10:46:45 am
You know you’re middle aged when you find other people’s workshop photos endlessly fascinating  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 08, 2018, 11:07:03 am
Bookshelf syndrome: when you lose track of what the interviewee is saying because you're trying to make out the titles in the bookshelf in the background.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 08, 2018, 11:54:48 am
;D

That is a good likeness to your avatar, OD. Whenever I see a grinning smiley I will be reminded of you.

 ;D  ‘Tis my legendary photo face!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on March 08, 2018, 11:55:37 am
Grinning like a loon!

Cheers me up every time I see it  :thumbsup:

T42, you're workshop is bigger than my entire bike shop!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 08, 2018, 01:57:03 pm
Just luck. We didn't really want a barn when we bought the house, but it was there and had the workshop set into it. I suppose it would originally have been used for storing and fettling harnesses & suchlike.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: clarion on March 08, 2018, 02:46:37 pm
Bookshelf syndrome: when you lose track of what the interviewee is saying because you're trying to make out the titles in the bookshelf in the background.
I was middle aged as a kid, then :( :( :(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: robgul on March 08, 2018, 07:00:58 pm
Is there any logical reason why the WD40 and GT85 are on different shelves?  ;)
Solvents on one shelf, lubricants on another?

Sort of - the lower shelf has the more frequently used stuff - the eagle-eyed may spot that in addition to the WD40 on the upper shelf there is a spray can of 3-in-1 oil and one of Waxoyl for occasional use inside steel frames.

Rob

BTW- this workshop thing is an obsession .... I now manage an LBS and have just revamped the workshop and tool-board there.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Butterfly on March 09, 2018, 08:57:57 am
I don't like to brag but . . . . . from my man-cave with everything in its place and a place for everything.
(http://www.beewee.org.uk/images/stories/toolboard-jul17-web500w.jpg)

The woodworking department is on the other wall!

Rob

That makes me so happy!  :D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on March 11, 2018, 02:43:39 pm
A new toaster makes you unreasonably happy.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 11, 2018, 04:30:03 pm
Chatting to a chap at last night's gig who was accompanied by his teenage son.  Discovering that we attended an awful lot of the same gigs in the 1980s.  Some of which we'd prefer to forget for e.g. a post-makeup Kiss at Wembley Arena, Hawkwind having Vera Lynn as a special guest* in Crystal Palace Park.  Thanks, Mike!

* I had forgotten that one, or at least the Vera Lynn part of it
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 11, 2018, 04:36:23 pm
You read the obit in the BMJ of the suicide doctor who was young enough to be your daughter.
 :'(
My younger sister's youngest son turned 18 this week; he is older than most of the MSD 'kids'. Said sister's oldest so turns 30 next year.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jurek on March 11, 2018, 04:52:20 pm
I don't like to brag but . . . . . from my man-cave with everything in its place and a place for everything.
(http://www.beewee.org.uk/images/stories/toolboard-jul17-web500w.jpg)

The woodworking department is on the other wall!

Rob

That makes me so happy!  :D

I think we are overdue a picture of Tewdric's SEEKRIT BWWWWWNKER....
I've struggled to find it....
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 14, 2018, 11:12:47 am
'to can' confuses me. No, that's wrong 'to can' has me completely confounded.

The only thing I can think for it is in putting food or similar in a tin can, 'to can food', but how this fits into the context of the sentence I can't work out and why we would want a word specifically for something as none day to day as canning food, I can't even begin to comprehend. All this would lead me to the conclusion that I have completely missed the point, and Google has only confused me further.

Of course, my general lack of English skills (as apposed to language skills) and dyslexia don't help at all.
It's not really to 'can' it's to 'can even', which is the playful logical opposite[1] of 'can't even' as it appears in "I can't even...", a common construction denoting speechlessness with the actual verb (probably something like "begin to explain how I feel about this") being left as an exercise for the reader.

So being able to can even suggests that you're full able to articulate your emotions.  Or something.


[1] See also: Molish
How about "to Marmite even"? Okay, I'm exaggerating, it was actually just "to Marmite" with an "even" used normally for emphasis.
"Do you even Marmite, bro?"
The context is one lot of teenagers (British) ribbing another (Australian), and suddenly it all makes sense.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 14, 2018, 04:00:17 pm
A topical one: ...when you know who Jim Bowen was. (I like this one cos it makes me either still young or already old!)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 14, 2018, 04:07:43 pm
A topical one: ...when you know who Jim Bowen was. (I like this one cos it makes me either still young or already old!)

"Let's see what you could have won!" [Either a Mini Metro or a speed boat  ;D ]
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on March 14, 2018, 04:21:46 pm
That man bears much of the responsibility for the epidemic of speedboats left parked outside council houses in landlocked parts of Britain.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 15, 2018, 01:00:45 pm
You burst my bubbles! I've noticed the front garden speedboat phenomenon but now instead of thinking "Young adventurer in the spirit of Donald Campbell, life on the edge, proud seafaring tradition," I shall think "Middle aged beer gut, four-pack of Carling and twenty Bensons on the sofa in front of daytime TV."
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 15, 2018, 01:02:42 pm
Seems like a good time to repost this thread: https://twitter.com/davidWhill14/status/959712290269429760

ETA: And this article https://inews.co.uk/sport/bullseye-and-jim-bowen-showed-just-how-to-treat-people-who-have-fallen-on-hard-times/
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 15, 2018, 01:56:48 pm
A topical one: ...when you know who Jim Bowen was. (I like this one cos it makes me either still young or already old!)

There has to be a name for somebody great having their death upstaged by that of a mere entertainer.

Jean d'Ormesson, one of the greatest French writers and philosophers of the last hundred years, once observed that it would be truly unfortunate to have one's death immediately followed by that of a pop singer. He died last December, and within 24 hours Johnny Hallyday kicked the bucket.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jakob W on March 15, 2018, 02:21:49 pm
I've seen the term 'Huxleyed' used, after Aldous Huxley, who died on the same day as JFK (as did CS Lewis).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jurek on March 15, 2018, 02:32:56 pm
I've seen the term 'Huxleyed' used, after Aldous Huxley, who died on the same day as JFK (as did CS Lewis).

I understood that a JFK was a euphamism for a headache.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: clarion on March 15, 2018, 02:43:41 pm
Seems like a good time to repost this thread: https://twitter.com/davidWhill14/status/959712290269429760
That is fascinating.  Thanks
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 15, 2018, 03:17:16 pm
Seems like a good time to repost this thread: https://twitter.com/davidWhill14/status/959712290269429760
That is fascinating.  Thanks
1981 was a very long time ago. Only four years after having "No Compassion" was noteworthy enough for a Talking Heads song. Though perhaps it's even the other way round; now "compassion is a virtue" and in 1981 it was normal? Or perhaps it's just Jim Bowen or his producers! But "Strike It Rich" shows it's not a one-way movement.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on March 16, 2018, 07:28:10 am
You remember all too clearly how incredibly wealthy you felt when an uncle or an aunt gave you a half-crown or, wonder of wonders, a 10/- note and then you realise how very, very little such sums will buy nowadays.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on March 16, 2018, 12:12:02 pm
You remember all too clearly how incredibly wealthy you felt when an uncle or an aunt gave you a half-crown or, wonder of wonders, a 10/- note and then you realise how very, very little such sums will buy nowadays.

I recall that the first pint I bought, in my local rugby club bar after a game (and I was about 16 at the time!), was 2/6. Or 4 pints for 10 bob - not that I ever bought 4 pints.......  My dad would have had something to say about that. 

(Goes off to finish nacelle fettling - just a couple more cut-outs and screw fittings to go........)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Beardy on March 16, 2018, 12:22:51 pm
(Goes off to finish nacelle fettling - just a couple more cut-outs and screw fittings to go........)
Remember to cut on the right side of the line.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on March 16, 2018, 12:29:20 pm
(Goes off to finish nacelle fettling - just a couple more cut-outs and screw fittings to go........)
Remember to cut on the right side of the line.
;D

It's a twin and I did one nacelle yesterday, so now I have a template and all the dimensions! But ...................
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Giraffe on March 16, 2018, 04:08:23 pm
You remember all too clearly how incredibly wealthy you felt when an uncle or an aunt gave you a half-crown or, wonder of wonders, a 10/- note and then you realise how very, very little such sums will buy nowadays.

I recall that the first pint I bought, in my local rugby club bar after a game (and I was about 16 at the time!), was 2/6. Or 4 pints for 10 bob - not that I ever bought 4 pints.......  My dad would have had something to say about that. 

(Goes off to finish nacelle fettling - just a couple more cut-outs and screw fittings to go........)
My first pint was 1/3 in a sort of hotel place. I was 14 at the time, but 6' 4" and also my dad had been a local licencee, so I was OK. That was for mild - bitter was a bit more.

Mind, I'd been drinking since the age of 4. The cellar of an off-licence is fun for kiddies. I think it stunted my growth.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: robgul on March 16, 2018, 08:25:07 pm
... and a follow-on from beer at half-a-crown a pint (I think the first beer I bought was a half for  11d at a pub in Kent) - but a different liquid . ..  when I first had a car you could get 4 gallons of petrol for £1.00 (it was actually a whisker over 4 gallons as it was 4/10d per gallon (that was May 1965)

Rob
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 17, 2018, 08:45:42 am
When you remember what you were doing when George VI died.

(Everyone was telling everyone else the news in hushed voices. I was with my mum in Donegall Square and I had a new whistle in the shape of a locomotive, which succumbed to my deciduous incisors before we reached the bus-stop on Chichester St. I wasn't allowed to blow it, anyway.)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Poacher on March 17, 2018, 09:34:35 am
The met office issues a Yellow Snow Warning and your first thought is of Frank Zappa.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on March 17, 2018, 09:41:00 am
...every time. Without fail.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on March 17, 2018, 09:42:43 am
I don't know the frank Zappa reference, but my immediate thought was "don't eat it!"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: essexian on March 17, 2018, 09:47:12 am
When you remember what you were doing when George VI died.


I don't quite remember that far back but always thought that my Grand Father looked just like the late King..... well... you never know what the Edward VII was doing in Hackney in early 1905 do you..... ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on March 17, 2018, 09:54:12 am
I don't know the frank Zappa reference, but my immediate thought was "don't eat it!"

https://youtu.be/TLIppgE45wM?t=1m56s
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: spesh on March 17, 2018, 12:03:31 pm
The met office issues a Yellow Snow Warning and your first thought is of Frank Zappa.

 ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 17, 2018, 12:53:23 pm
I don't know the frank Zappa reference, but my immediate thought was "don't eat it!"

https://youtu.be/TLIppgE45wM?t=1m56s

Gosh, I've learned a thing.  I thought it was just general good advice.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 17, 2018, 01:00:50 pm
When you remember what you were doing when George VI died.


I don't quite remember that far back but always thought that my Grand Father looked just like the late King..... well... you never know what the Edward VII was doing in Hackney in early 1905 do you..... ;D

Something to do with floating a battleship, wasn't it?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Croft on March 17, 2018, 01:11:16 pm
...you see someone in the street with an outstretched arm taking a photo with their phone and you think the polite thing to do is to walk past behind them.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 17, 2018, 04:40:49 pm
Whence the sport of selfie-bombing.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hbunnet on March 17, 2018, 06:35:21 pm
When you remember what you were doing when George VI died.

Jings yes. Our headmaster came in to the classroom to tell us.The same man had previously given me the belt for talking during lunch, which was at our desks.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 17, 2018, 08:46:06 pm
I don't wish to be disrespectful to King George VI's contenmporaries but I wonder at what point you realise that you are getting beyond middle age.

I've been wondering that for the last page or so...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: arabella on March 17, 2018, 09:21:32 pm
I could mention the word 'menopause'.
It's been appearing in the graun a lot recently.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 17, 2018, 09:37:45 pm
I could mention the word 'menopause'.
It's been appearing in the graun a lot recently.

Given that this is not a new phenomenon, I would postulate that a large tranche of journalists must be experiencing menopause simultaneously.

ETA I see some ITV bird is suggesting 'M' badges for menopausal women...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43429713 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43429713)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 18, 2018, 08:27:17 am
I don't wish to be disrespectful to King George VI's contenmporaries but I wonder at what point you realise that you are getting beyond middle age.

When the view of the daisies includes altogether too many roots.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 19, 2018, 01:46:09 pm
I must be more than past middle age. Today would have been my grandmother's 120th birthday.
She's no longer with us but I'm a little less than half of that.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: De Sisti on March 19, 2018, 01:48:53 pm
You receive mailshots from Saga.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rafletcher on March 19, 2018, 02:44:46 pm
You receive mailshots from Saga.

And flyers for “retirement communities”  ::-)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 19, 2018, 02:47:00 pm
You receive mailshots from Saga.

And flyers for “retirement communities”  ::-)

I'm told by those who know that some Saga holidays are absolutely brilliant so wouldn't mind giving one a try at some point.  However, I hope never to find myself living in a retirement community.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 19, 2018, 03:20:56 pm
You receive mailshots from Saga.

And flyers for “retirement communities”  ::-)

I'm told by those who know that some Saga holidays are absolutely brilliant so wouldn't mind giving one a try at some point.  However, I hope never to find myself living in a retirement community.

I am told by my colleagues in Sexual Health that Saga Louts have a jolly good time...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on March 19, 2018, 03:43:03 pm
When you remember what you were doing when George VI died.

Jings yes. Our headmaster came in to the classroom to tell us.The same man had previously given me the belt for talking during lunch, which was at our desks.
King George VI gave you the belt? Blimey. (sure it wasn't the order of The Garter?)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: JennyB on March 19, 2018, 08:01:50 pm
I must be more than past middle age. Today would have been my grandmother's 120th birthday.
She's no longer with us but I'm a little less than half of that.

Middle age: when half your friends are dead.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on March 19, 2018, 09:18:38 pm
I must be more than past middle age. Today would have been my grandmother's 120th birthday.
She's no longer with us but I'm a little less than half of that.

Middle age: when half your friends are dead.

I think that's being Median Aged.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ian H on March 19, 2018, 09:26:41 pm
I become an official OAP next month. Can I still claim to be middle-aged?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Somnolent on March 19, 2018, 09:27:13 pm
I must be more than past middle age. Today would have been my grandmother's 120th birthday.
She's no longer with us but I'm a little less than half of that.

Middle age: when half your friends are dead.

I think that's being Median Aged.
When you find yourself becoming pedantic about mathematical terminology....
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Greenbank on March 19, 2018, 09:42:54 pm
I must be more than past middle age. Today would have been my grandmother's 120th birthday.
She's no longer with us but I'm a little less than half of that.

Middle age: when half your friends are dead.

I think that's being Median Aged.
When you find yourself becoming pedantic about mathematical terminology....

That was pre-puberty for me.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 19, 2018, 11:05:33 pm
I must be more than past middle age. Today would have been my grandmother's 120th birthday.
She's no longer with us but I'm a little less than half of that.

Middle age: when half your friends are dead.

Five years ago, my MOTHER complained I was going to too many funerals. Bob Kynaston, Dave Lewis and John Snuggs died within a few days of each other  :'(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 20, 2018, 09:47:19 am
I must be more than past middle age. Today would have been my grandmother's 120th birthday.
She's no longer with us but I'm a little less than half of that.

Middle age: when half your friends are dead.

I think that's being Median Aged.
40.0 apparently, its highest ever figure, having risen from 33.9 in 1974.
(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/2k4AAOxyJs5Rc98S/s-l500.jpg)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on March 28, 2018, 07:50:56 am
I bought some double sided sticky foam pads to stick electronic bits into my model aeroplanes.  I know I did because eBay says so.  So I must have.

I recall using a few, but not many. I don't recall where I put the packet when I'd done that.  I do know that it's not where I used to put the previous packet until that ran out.

I've bought another packet.  Presumably the part-used packet will turn up today, at about the same time as the postman.

This never used to happen to me 20 years ago.......


EDIT: The postie brought the second batch of sticky pads, purchased from the original supplier, loose in a plain envelope. The first batch did not show up at the same time.

In hunting for the first batch, I was looking for some sort of proprietary packaging, but I now suspect that I probably re-packaged the pads into a packet/bag/box of my own choosing.  Which is going to make it even harder to find them. 

Is my brain really fading that fast? Is there any hope.......?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on March 28, 2018, 08:36:57 am
Hmmmm - SAGA and retirement communities.

Having the 'not PiL' living locally now in a retirement community, planning his SAGA cruise in April and insuring his car through SAGA, all I can say is that middle age is for the relatively well off.   None of the above represents anything like good value for money imo and I shall endeavour to remain stubbornly NOT OLD!!!

Bah effing humbug!!!   :hand:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on March 28, 2018, 09:04:24 am
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional!

Did I read somewhere that the SAGA lot tend to have something of a ribald and uninhibited time on cruises? Along with all kinds of interesting infections...?

Maybe it's all a gummint plot to kill off the oldies who've done equity release so they can piss it up for another 10 years before popping off and leaving their descendants to discover that their inheritance is now the property of an insurance company... [STOP IT! - Ed]
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on March 28, 2018, 09:36:05 am
To be honest I'd not begrudge the old boy a bit of a ribald excess but the insurance company will be disappointed - he's not done any ER.   :D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 28, 2018, 09:38:22 am
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional!

True that is.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 28, 2018, 09:56:07 am
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional!

True that is.

Not according to Mrs T42, she's always telling me to grow up*.

* lie. She just says "well, it's your decision" with one of those looks.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Beardy on March 28, 2018, 10:14:03 am
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional!

True that is.

Not according to Mrs T42, she's always telling me to grow up*.

* lie. She just says "well, it's your decision" with one of those looks.
Thats a trap, that is.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 28, 2018, 11:11:59 am
SAGA = Send All Grannies Away.  Trufax.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on March 28, 2018, 11:18:20 am
There used to be a Sand And Gravel Association...  Never could understand why the aggregate industry was into older people's holidays.....

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 28, 2018, 01:35:46 pm
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional!

True that is.

Not according to Mrs T42, she's always telling me to grow up*.

* lie. She just says "well, it's your decision" with one of those looks.
Thats a trap, that is.

Reminiscent of those adverts there used to be on the front page of The Times where Col. Onceover-Litely would announce that he would no longer be responsible for his wife's debts.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on March 29, 2018, 09:09:51 am
... you get really really really enthusiastic about buying a new pair of slippers.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Giraffe on March 30, 2018, 09:12:12 am
You need Viagra just to get your hopes up!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 30, 2018, 09:19:00 am
Heh. What was that one again? "When you're young you're afraid she'll say no. When you're older you're afraid she'll say yes."
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 30, 2018, 12:58:11 pm
Paging Jaques...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Beardy on March 30, 2018, 02:38:44 pm
When you pause while climbing a very steep hill1, doubled over due to a hernia spasm, and a chap just getting something out of his car offers to give you a lift, even though you’ve told him you’ve only got 50m to go2. And is quite insistant.

1. We’re holidaying in Ilfracombe. Our lodgings is quite a way up the hill. Dr Beardy (Mrs) likes to walk into town3

2. Vertically as well as horizontally. Did I say it’s a steep hill

3. Which is at the bottom of the hill
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Beardy on April 02, 2018, 10:46:30 am
When you think that putting Radio 2 on is a good idea. It didn’t last though, so I think I’m safe for a bit longer.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on April 02, 2018, 04:31:17 pm
When you think that putting Radio 2 on is a good idea. It didn’t last though, so I think I’m safe for a bit longer.
Or when you hear Radio 2 and it's playing something by "The Clash" and it doesn't strike you as odd.

In other thoughts.  When you wake up and the first thought that flits through your mind is that you can't remember the last time you saw a television set with horizontal and vertical hold controls.



Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 02, 2018, 04:37:28 pm
Canonically, it's turning the radio on, getting Radio 2 and thinking it's Radio 1.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 02, 2018, 05:29:05 pm
Looking around the crowded Friday evening trendy hipster taproom and realising you just might be oldest two people in the place. Fortunately we did eventually spot a couple of people who might have been older. We decided they were anyway.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on April 02, 2018, 05:46:53 pm
In other thoughts.  When you wake up and the first thought that flits through your mind is that you can't remember the last time you saw a television set with horizontal and vertical hold controls.

There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 02, 2018, 05:59:44 pm
Adjusting the tracking on a VHS. Ah, happy evenings.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 02, 2018, 06:06:30 pm
Adjusting the tracking on a VHS. Ah, happy evenings.

The one generation who knew how to work the timer on a VCR are now middle-aged.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 02, 2018, 06:14:01 pm
It was the splendid vintage era where you rented the video from the shop that featured a rotating rack of the current selections (even Blockbuster hadn't appeared). Each of the twenty cassettes on offer had been played so many times that it required 'dynamic tracking control' a feature supplied on my parent's VHS model by their small son lying on the floor and twiddling with the tracking dial for the entire length of the movie.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jurek on April 02, 2018, 06:20:29 pm
Blimey:
Tracking.

Blimey II:
VHS

Azimuth:
Bless me.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 02, 2018, 06:54:51 pm
For added awesomes, top loading.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on April 02, 2018, 07:09:39 pm
Adjusting the tracking on a VHS. Ah, happy evenings.

The one generation who knew how to work the timer on a VCR are now middle-aged.

I certainly am

And I am also one of that generation who still has a casette player in their car, courtesy of LandRover's speed of embracement of newness.  I get to play all those scratchy tapes from my late teens and early twenties all over again.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 02, 2018, 07:10:41 pm
Advanced VHS skill:  Knowing to reject tapes with an obviously creased lower edge before they cause excessive wear on your VCR's rollers[1].


[1] Worn rollers tending to cause the tape to slip downwards, causing tracking problems and creasing the lower edge of the tape.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jurek on April 02, 2018, 07:15:13 pm
For added awesomes, top loading.
Oooooff!
That's just hauled me back to something like 1982 and Hitachi.

In other news....
Julie, with whom I shared a flat for ~ 8 years, is the only person I know who managed to insert  two VHS tapes into a machine only ever designed to accommodate one.
As a result, to this day, I treat her accordingly, with utmost respect.
(Some on here may've met her following a FNRTTC to widdersbel)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 02, 2018, 07:29:22 pm
You could only mistake Radio 2 for Radio 1 if you thought that somehow R1 had the exact same DJs playing the exact same music today as 20 or more years ago.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: orienteer on April 02, 2018, 07:37:35 pm
What's this with numbered programmes? The Light Programme, Third Programme, and Home Service surely.  ???
 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on April 02, 2018, 08:23:27 pm
What's this with numbered programmes? The Light Programme, Third Programme, and Home Service surely.  ???
2LO
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on April 02, 2018, 08:30:59 pm
...you saw Logan's Run on a LaserDisk player.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Beardy on April 02, 2018, 08:34:04 pm
You could only mistake Radio 2 for Radio 1 if you thought that somehow R1 had the exact same DJs playing the exact same music today as 20 or more years ago.
That was certainly part of the problem yesterday morning. Steve Wright is still as much an annoying twunt as he was 35 years ago!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Beardy on April 02, 2018, 08:35:20 pm
...you saw Logan's Run on a LaserDisk player.
Ah, JA. Sigh.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on April 02, 2018, 09:11:42 pm
What's this with numbered programmes? The Light Programme, Third Programme, and Home Service surely.  ???
2LO

That's NOT MIDDLE-aged!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on April 02, 2018, 09:15:17 pm
What's this with numbered programmes? The Light Programme, Third Programme, and Home Service surely.  ???
2LO

That's NOT MIDDLE-aged!

And Radio Caroline and those cheeky pirates for the young people.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 03, 2018, 08:29:00 am
You remember hearing that Simon Dee was down to his last £1000.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 03, 2018, 09:06:36 am
Adjusting the tracking on a VHS. Ah, happy evenings.

The one generation who knew how to work the timer on a VCR are now middle-aged.

I certainly am

And I am also one of that generation who still has a casette player in their car, courtesy of LandRover's speed of embracement of newness.  I get to play all those scratchy tapes from my late teens and early twenties all over again.

Our car has a cassette player, though given it's only about 11 or 12 years old (OK, ancient for a car*, but still, who used cassettes in 2006?), I can only assume it was a punishment gesture from Ford for buying the cheapest car they made. I think it worked out a £1000 more if you wanted a CD player and locks on the inside of the doors.

*now 100 miles off the big 10k. We have a suspicion that when the meter clicks over from 9999 that the entire thing will come apart like a clown car leaving us sitting in the middle of the road.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on April 03, 2018, 03:24:22 pm
You could only mistake Radio 2 for Radio 1 if you thought that somehow R1 had the exact same DJs playing the exact same music today as 20 or more years ago.

Did somebody just mention Steve Wright in the afternoo-hoo-hoon?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: LEE on April 03, 2018, 03:43:28 pm

Our car has a cassette player, though given it's only about 11 or 12 years old (OK, ancient for a car*, but still, who used cassettes in 2006?), I can only assume it was a punishment gesture from Ford for buying the cheapest car they made. I think it worked out a £1000 more if you wanted a CD player and locks on the inside of the doors.

*now 100 miles off the big 10k. We have a suspicion that when the meter clicks over from 9999 that the entire thing will come apart like a clown car leaving us sitting in the middle of the road.

Cassette players are more useful than a CD player in a car.  At least you can stick a tape-adapter in and plug it into your MP3 player.  Much better than an FM transmitter.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 03, 2018, 05:00:02 pm
Frank Muir's infant found that a small bar of Kit-Kat fitted perfectly into his car cassette player.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Moleman76 on April 06, 2018, 08:03:52 am
.... you check this topic every few days to see if you are there yet
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Efrogwr on April 06, 2018, 10:05:05 am
... your sister had a Betamx VCR.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on April 06, 2018, 10:09:40 am
I bought some double sided sticky foam pads to stick electronic bits into my model aeroplanes.  I know I did because eBay says so.  So I must have.

I recall using a few, but not many. I don't recall where I put the packet when I'd done that.  I do know that it's not where I used to put the previous packet until that ran out.

I've bought another packet.  Presumably the part-used packet will turn up today, at about the same time as the postman.

This never used to happen to me 20 years ago.......


EDIT: The postie brought the second batch of sticky pads, purchased from the original supplier, loose in a plain envelope. The first batch did not show up at the same time.

In hunting for the first batch, I was looking for some sort of proprietary packaging, but I now suspect that I probably re-packaged the pads into a packet/bag/box of my own choosing.  Which is going to make it even harder to find them. 

Is my brain really fading that fast? Is there any hope.......?

Update:  Found them, as predicted, when I was looking for something else.  I hadn't re-packaged them, just put them somewhere safe.........  I now have more than a lifetime's supply of double-sided sticky foam pads.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 06, 2018, 10:46:19 am
.... you check this topic every few days to see if you are there yet

...or still here, as the case may be.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Butterfly on April 07, 2018, 09:23:23 am
Cassette players are more useful than a CD player in a car.  At least you can stick a tape-adapter in and plug it into your MP3 player.  Much better than an FM transmitter.
Absolutely. You can run a DAB radio through them as well. After we killed the peugeot and bought Red Ted, we had to buy a DAB car radio, because it had a CD player. It also has a USB slot for playing your MP3. A lot of spend to get where we were, and we can't play tapes on it.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 07, 2018, 01:09:18 pm
Trick is to have old enough cars that you can just slot the radio out and install one of your choosing.  Better than having to buy a tape recorder to copy things to tape for the car.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 09, 2018, 05:24:32 pm
You need Viagra just to get your hopes up!

If the massive window poster in the Keswick branch of Boots is to be believed Viagra is available without prescription now  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 09, 2018, 05:51:00 pm
Trick is to have old enough cars that you can just slot the radio out and install one of your choosing.  Better than having to buy a tape recorder to copy things to tape for the car.

We just have a singalong. We invent songs from musicals that don't exist but really, really should, like Sharknado: the Musical which feature such epics as Let's Give Thanks to the Elasmobranchs. We made the sharks the heros. Well, people dressed as sharks, the American Humane society monitors such things.

I will accept off-Broadway offers.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jurek on April 24, 2018, 08:36:30 pm
You are the only person in your place of work who has watched a black and white film.  :o
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Phil W on April 24, 2018, 08:49:30 pm
You remember spending pound notes
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on April 24, 2018, 09:49:26 pm
You  remember a good  night out on a ten bob note.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on April 25, 2018, 07:42:56 am
You are the only person in your place of work who has watched a black and white film.  :o
I used to work with a bloke who wouldn't watch black and white films on TV as he'd paid for a colour licence and was damn well going to get his money's worth.

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on April 25, 2018, 07:49:31 am
You  remember a good  night out on a ten bob note.

Blimey.  I can remember black and white television but I cannot remember ten bob notes.   You must be very old Basil.   :P
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on April 25, 2018, 07:52:40 am
You  remember a good  night out on a ten bob note.

Blimey.  I can remember black and white television but I cannot remember ten bob notes.   You must be very old Basil.   :P

You're right.  That's beyond middle-aged, isn't it?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on April 25, 2018, 08:07:06 am
You  remember a good  night out on a ten bob note.

Blimey.  I can remember black and white television but I cannot remember ten bob notes.   You must be very old Basil.   :P

You're right.  That's beyond middle-aged, isn't it?

I had to go and check when ten bob notes were finally phased out and it was 1970:  I was seven.  My memories of money of my early childhood doesn't extend beyond thruppeny bits and sixpences.   

Ah, those were the days.   ::-)    :D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on April 25, 2018, 08:09:06 am
You  remember a good  night out on a ten bob note.

They were brown, a bit like the tenner now.  Isn't that inflation for you?  A 10 bob note would have been 4 pints, so a reasonable night out in those days.  I'd be fast asleep now after 3 pint zzzzzzzzz.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on April 25, 2018, 02:07:26 pm
I collected the cash for Kosher dinners at 1/9 each and was handed ten bob notes for a week's dinners till the 50p coin was introduced.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 25, 2018, 04:18:19 pm
They were still legal tender when we moved back from Germany in 1970 but 50p coins had practically taken over by then.  Not that I ever had that much money back then ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 25, 2018, 04:57:34 pm
I was quite surprised when the machine gave me £5s the other day. That's not even a beer token in 2018 London (£6.50 for a 330ml can as it turned out).

ETA: of course, complaining about the price of beer is another symptom of middle age. Though that was bloody expensive (the price of rooftop drinking).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rower40 on April 25, 2018, 05:17:28 pm
You get thanked for letting someone out of an HST, by dint of knowing that there’s no internal door handle.
Bonus points for remembering when HSTs DID have internal door handles.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 25, 2018, 06:41:29 pm
I don't remember HSTs every having internal door handles. I do remember when you had to lower the window and use the external door handle, before they introduced the push buttons. I also remember when HST referred (in the UK) to only one type of train.  :D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on April 25, 2018, 09:03:49 pm
They had internal door handles until unfortunate folk leant against them in moving trains, with predictably disastrous results.

I suppose this proves I am OLD...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on April 25, 2018, 09:24:46 pm
You  remember a good  night out on a ten bob note.
And you* start repeating yourself without realising you're doing so. See posts starting here (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=87402.msg2267700#msg2267700)

*That's a collective, "you" not a dig at Basil who is venerable rather than old middle-aged.  :)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on April 25, 2018, 09:40:17 pm
 ;D. Yes.  I realised when the price of ye olde beer came up that we'd been here several times before.

That's the trouble with YACF now being ten years old.  We're starting to go round in circles a bit.

You know YACF is middle aged when ...............
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andrewc on April 25, 2018, 09:44:53 pm
I was quite surprised when the machine gave me £5s the other day. That's not even a beer token in 2018 London (£6.50 for a 330ml can as it turned out).

ETA: of course, complaining about the price of beer is another symptom of middle age. Though that was bloody expensive (the price of rooftop drinking).


I was paying £4.80 a pint in Southwark a couple of weeks ago.  Last week we ended up somewhere in Liverpool paying about £2......   thats cheap, usually £3.80 for decent real ale.

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on April 25, 2018, 10:14:08 pm
You know you're middle aged when . . .

...you can't remember what you were going to say.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 25, 2018, 10:16:15 pm
Bar Elba, on a rooftop opposite Waterloo. You pay for the roof terrace, I guess. That's a bit steep (for a can of Dead Pony anyway) even by London standards. It was sunny and warm though, which isn't necessarily standard for London.

A pint of boutique beer is usually upwards of a fiver in most places these days.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andrewc on April 25, 2018, 10:29:38 pm
£4.80 was in "The Ring" opposite Southwark station.  Good beer as well.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on April 25, 2018, 11:07:09 pm
They had internal door handles until unfortunate folk leant against them in moving trains, with predictably disastrous results.

I suppose this proves I am OLD...

There a significant number of bodies found trackside, people that had been on trains. I think the buffet cars were responsible for a good proportion of them.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 26, 2018, 12:07:29 am
I also remember when HST referred (in the UK) to only one type of train.  :D

I'm fairly sure it still does, at least in a train-spotter/cycle-space-nerd sense.  I'd expect 'HST' to mean "Class 43 with mark 3 coaches" (the ones with the silly door handles), as found on the Great Western and East Coast routes, and occasionally CrossCountry when you least expect it.

The Greater Angular electric loco hauled trains do a passable impression from a non-cyclist passenger perspective, but don't actually count.  If I had my way, that's what every inter-city service would use.

(I never used to be a train spotter.)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on April 26, 2018, 07:13:33 am
I think they were introduced as 225s, rather than HSTs

225s were suppposed to replace 125s as the amazing workhorse train. The ones I’ve been on in the last few years have been nothing of the sort, whilst the venerable 125 HSTs just keep on going.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 26, 2018, 08:09:03 am
The HS125 was in service and regarded with much awe during my train spotting phase (1976/77 ish). It’s bonkers to think they are still going although I imagine they are much like Trigger’s Broom and have been rebuilt a few times.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on April 26, 2018, 08:25:06 am
Quote from: Jaded
... the venerable 125 HSTs ...
Stupidly I still think of these as "new" and stuff like the 33s and 47s as "old" when the classification should be "old" and "ancient" respectively or possibly even "ancient" and "antediluvian".

Anyway the reason I dropped by.  Another clue that you're middle-aged is that not only do you remember "old" money you still have half a ton of scrap metal and odd bits of scrap paper stuffed away in various boxes about the house.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/951/39903783490_254834f5fe_z_d.jpg)

Still at least I'm ready for Brexit and a return to all things "proper" where Britain resumes her rightful role in the world as a piratical free-booter looting the wealth of other countries whilst other countries are suitably grateful for our attentions and our unrivalled gifts of parliamentary democracy, free speech and knowing how to form a proper queue. And most importantly we return to a sensible and rational currency system which confuses the blazes out of Johnny Foreigner and lets us feel immeasurably superior (as is our right) once more.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 26, 2018, 08:53:55 am
I know nothing of trains, other than the fact my American colleague failed to detrain at Didcot owing to a lack of internal door handle (he was quite reasonably puzzled by the omission and unhelped by the only other person trying to get off being an American tourist). A lucky escape you may think. Except in is second attempt to get back to Didcot from Paddington he got a train that didn't stop at Didcot. So he ended up going to Swindon.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on April 26, 2018, 09:00:12 am
Quote from: Jaded
... the venerable 125 HSTs ...
Stupidly I still think of these as "new" and stuff like the 33s and 47s as "old" when the classification should be "old" and "ancient" respectively or possibly even "ancient" and "antediluvian".

Anyway the reason I dropped by.  Another clue that you're middle-aged is that not only do you remember "old" money you still have half a ton of scrap metal and odd bits of scrap paper stuffed away in various boxes about the house.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/951/39903783490_254834f5fe_z_d.jpg)

Still at least I'm ready for Brexit and a return to all things "proper" where Britain resumes her rightful role in the world as a piratical free-booter looting the wealth of other countries whilst other countries are suitably grateful for our attentions and our unrivalled gifts of parliamentary democracy, free speech and knowing how to form a proper queue. And most importantly we return to a sensible and rational currency system which confuses the blazes out of Johnny Foreigner and lets us feel immeasurably superior (as is our right) once more.

^  What he said.  And doesn't the Queen look young?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 26, 2018, 09:41:43 am
You get thanked for letting someone out of an HST, by dint of knowing that there’s no internal door handle.
Bonus points for remembering when HSTs DID have internal door handles.

How about remembering the APT, and how it was cancelled because BR were too skint to build the special track it needed and passengers got seasick when it ran on existing rails?

And when they had to re-jig the timetable of the Edinburgh-Glasgow service so that trains in opposite directions didn't cross in tunnels and strike sparks off each other.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 26, 2018, 10:11:40 am
Some of the HST 125s have been rebuilt and sent to Scotland and Cornwall. They're withdrawing them from GWML, at least supposedly. What I was thinking of though was that it was the first train type in the UK at least to be officially classified as "high speed train". As for the door handles, despite having used those trains since the early 80s (certainly long before I was old enough to get drunk in the buffet car – in fact I don't think I've ever consumed alcohol on a train other than in the compartment with a big group travelling on a multiday sleeper train journey) I really don't remember them ever having internal door handles. I remember having to lower the window and use the external door handle before the falling out stuff, which led to the introduction of internal press buttons. And the problem, AFAIR, was (in addition to drunken passengers) that the doors had a two-stage lock; they would latch before being fully closed, which meant they appeared to be closed but could still be opened (either deliberately using the external handle or far more likely by leaning on them) from inside. So they introduced interlocks, meaning the train can't move until doors are locked.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 26, 2018, 10:45:29 am
I confess I miss the death-defying nostalgia of the old carriage and multiple door trains that use to run to the south coast from London town. Proper day out those, lashings of beer, and the works. Always smelt a bit mouldy though. Unlike the new trains which just smell of stale sick and unemptied chemical toilets.

Mind you, it's unwise to trust the newfangled electrickery trains. I once, after a long evening, opened the door at the station and about to step out, my befuddled brain fortunately registered the lack of platform and any lighting before I stepped out. Long train had stopped at the 4-car sign...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 26, 2018, 10:48:17 am
When your eBike falls over and it's too heavy to pick up:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/25/older-men-using-e-bikes-behind-rising-death-toll-among-dutch-cyclists
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on April 26, 2018, 03:02:02 pm
taught my daughter that early on.  I actually struggle with digital to a degree, particularly the multi segment type things and those that don't have curves, so can be confusing when upside down.

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: robgul on April 26, 2018, 07:30:14 pm
Quote from: Jaded
... the venerable 125 HSTs ...
Stupidly I still think of these as "new" and stuff like the 33s and 47s as "old" when the classification should be "old" and "ancient" respectively or possibly even "ancient" and "antediluvian".

Anyway the reason I dropped by.  Another clue that you're middle-aged is that not only do you remember "old" money you still have half a ton of scrap metal and odd bits of scrap paper stuffed away in various boxes about the house.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/951/39903783490_254834f5fe_z_d.jpg)

Still at least I'm ready for Brexit and a return to all things "proper" where Britain resumes her rightful role in the world as a piratical free-booter looting the wealth of other countries whilst other countries are suitably grateful for our attentions and our unrivalled gifts of parliamentary democracy, free speech and knowing how to form a proper queue. And most importantly we return to a sensible and rational currency system which confuses the blazes out of Johnny Foreigner and lets us feel immeasurably superior (as is our right) once more.

That 10 bob note is a bit tatty - for some unknown reason I kept a mint one, and pound note when they disappeared - and believe it or not I have an old white fiver ... and a few coins including a couple of silver threepenny pieces (round, like a current 5p - not the brass coloured with straight edges)

... and of course a Coronation Crown and a Churchill Crown   (that's 5 shillings, or 25p to you youngsters)


Rob
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Canardly on April 27, 2018, 10:23:31 am
Ah those were the days, ten bob note, gallon of fuel, out into the countryside, pie and a pint, come back with change. Sigh......
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 27, 2018, 10:29:27 am
Ah those were the days, ten bob note, gallon of fuel, out into the countryside, pie and a pint, come back with change. Sigh......

Nostalgia  :sick:   ;D

But how long did it take the average person to earn 10 bob?  You could probably do the same today with a 20 quid note and perhaps it would take the same amount of time to earn.  Obviously you'd need to make some careful choices as these days you could easily blow the best part of £20 on a pie and a pint.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: barakta on April 27, 2018, 11:32:02 am
https://www.moneysorter.co.uk/calculator_inflation2.html

I have seen articles which say if pay kept up with inflation min wage should be about £17 an hour.  Putting ten bob into the above calculator and selecting 1970 and 1960 suggests £5 and £8ish respectively...

£5 doesn't even do the fuel, or the pie or pint...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: David Martin on April 27, 2018, 03:46:20 pm
Ah those were the days, ten bob note, gallon of fuel, out into the countryside, pie and a pint, come back with change. Sigh......

Nostalgia  :sick:   ;D

But how long did it take the average person to earn 10 bob?  You could probably do the same today with a 20 quid note and perhaps it would take the same amount of time to earn.  Obviously you'd need to make some careful choices as these days you could easily blow the best part of £20 on a pie and a pint.

Just look it up in your pocket reckoner.
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Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 27, 2018, 03:54:30 pm
Bloody hell  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: David Martin on April 27, 2018, 03:58:21 pm
It was my Father in Law's, not mine. I'm barely pre-decimal myself.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Hot Flatus on April 27, 2018, 04:16:48 pm
In answer to the OP:

You can no longer see the hairs growing out of your ears
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 27, 2018, 05:05:05 pm
I'm still annoyed that my grandfather's slide rule (which he gave me when I didn't really know enough maths to use it properly) wasn't amongst the things I liberated from my parents' house.  He had one of those Sinclair calculators too, but I suspect that got binned after he died, because nobody had really cottoned onto the idea of Sir Clive's creations ever being collectable classics.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: SteveC on April 27, 2018, 05:09:09 pm
I have my father's 5-figure logarithm book somewhere.
And I'm sufficiently old that, in the sixth form I was more accurate and faster than the calculators then available.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 27, 2018, 05:21:06 pm
I'm still annoyed that my grandfather's slide rule (which he gave me when I didn't really know enough maths to use it properly) wasn't amongst the things I liberated from my parents' house.  He had one of those Sinclair calculators too, but I suspect that got binned after he died, because nobody had really cottoned onto the idea of Sir Clive's creations ever being collectable classics.
If you'd just like a slide rule, I might be able to bring one to Long Itch. If you want one with memories, then obviously I can't.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 27, 2018, 05:59:58 pm
Thanks, but it's mostly the memories.  It's a bit late to turn up to a maths exam with one for comedy value, which is the main application I can think of for one.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: tiermat on April 27, 2018, 06:02:27 pm
... The people you went to school with start dying, of natural causes...

First one that I am aware of, today.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on April 27, 2018, 07:47:58 pm
I still have my circular slide rule from when I was learning to fly light aircraft.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Phil W on April 27, 2018, 07:51:40 pm
I have my father's 5-figure logarithm book somewhere.
And I'm sufficiently old that, in the sixth form I was more accurate and faster than the calculators then available.

Did both my O level and A level maths exams with log books.  I forgot my calculator both times.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on April 27, 2018, 08:51:44 pm
... The people you went to school with start dying, of natural causes...

First one that I am aware of, today.

Yeah, that's happened a few times (but then I am <mumble> years older) and it sucks.

Sympathies. I would offer to make you a coffee but you're waaaayyyy better at it than I am...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: tiermat on April 28, 2018, 07:32:44 am
... The people you went to school with start dying, of natural causes...

First one that I am aware of, today.

Yeah, that's happened a few times (but then I am <mumble> years older) and it sucks.

Sympathies. I would offer to make you a coffee but you're waaaayyyy better at it than I am...

Thanks, T.

Spent the evening drinking beer and reminiscing. I had lost touch with Nigel, only just getting back in touch, via FB, a couple of months ago. Remind me, the next time we meet up, to tell you the pigeon story, remembering it, last night, made me smile!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on April 28, 2018, 09:27:25 am
As much as the level crossing 6 years ago?  ;D  :demon:

SIX YEARS! We're way overdue another silly bike adventure . . .
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Giraffe on April 28, 2018, 09:32:52 am
I have my father's 5-figure logarithm book somewhere.
And I'm sufficiently old that, in the sixth form I was more accurate and faster than the calculators then available.
I have an old logarithm/trig. function book (that I can't find atm), a slide rule that I used at work in the mid-60s and also a 120-year calendar that ran out 2 years ago! It was published in '57.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on April 28, 2018, 10:10:08 am
Surely that was a 60 year calendar then?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on April 28, 2018, 10:27:15 am
From The Lurker Archive, second shelf from the top, left hand bookcase, just above all the programming and algorithm reference books.  The 1941 reprint of the 1930 edition.  It still impresses me that in the middle of a war that it was possible to print books on decent quality paper.  I have a 1979/80 paperback edition of 4 figure log tables and the paper in that started disintegrating 10 or more years ago.

This set of tables intended for Navigators.  Includes traverse tables and copious notes on using trig. for navigational purposes.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/956/41753758531_04445a19e9_m_d.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/831/41035948874_8eee91d6ee_m_d.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/973/41753757231_3d05f1a205_m_d.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/951/41712441242_cddae46bef_m_d.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/946/41035945514_f1a7008d5b_m_d.jpg)

Bigger pictures here  : https://www.flickr.com/photos/41392773@N02/sets/72157696185250635
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jakob W on April 28, 2018, 01:36:47 pm
Impressive; most of the wartime books I've got are printed to 'war standard', which meant cheap paper and bindings. Most of them have held up OK, mind - better than most of the 50s/60s paperbacks I've got (though obviously paperbacks are more fragile).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Giraffe on April 29, 2018, 08:03:40 am
Surely that was a 60 year calendar then?
It's from an insurance company, so it could be for start/finish dates of policies - some of those are 60-years+.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mllePB on May 06, 2018, 09:31:59 pm
You local heritage railway is running trains of your childhood, not steam

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/829/28064764008_4a0799567c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JKZfzw)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: arabella on May 07, 2018, 08:37:11 pm
... with doors that you can open from the inside
iirc a slidey thing so not accidentally openable when crowded
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Polar Bear on May 07, 2018, 09:08:26 pm
Nah.  mllePB is a professional train spotter.  That is, she gets paid for doing things railways related.  She was just out looking for rolling stock for the project that she's working on at the moment.   :demon:  :D   
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on May 07, 2018, 09:19:30 pm
.. former schoolmate posts a profile picture on Facebook and looks like a witch.
You come to the realisation that you probably also look like a witch!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on May 08, 2018, 08:47:07 am
There's a boggart in our bathroom mirror.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jakob W on May 08, 2018, 04:56:26 pm
You local heritage railway is running trains of your childhood, not steam

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/829/28064764008_4a0799567c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JKZfzw)

I know distance lends enchantment and all that, but that is a rather handsome livery.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mllePB on May 08, 2018, 09:56:27 pm
Nah - that's just the colour of a vehicle that's lovingly hand-washed prior to day's outing, rather than the original 1970s grime colour.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on May 16, 2018, 09:21:49 am
I flew back from Berlin yesterday and the as usual, and while the pilot fidgeted in the cockpit (presumably trying to find the switch that turns the foglights off) the first officer was charged with the usual say goodbye to the deplaning passengers duty. No issues with that, but I swear she didn't look old enough to have passed her driving test.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 16, 2018, 09:46:52 am
I flew back from Berlin yesterday and the as usual, and while the pilot fidgeted in the cockpit (presumably trying to find the switch that turns the foglights off) the first officer was charged with the usual say goodbye to the deplaning passengers duty. No issues with that, but I swear she didn't look old enough to have passed her driving test.

Regrettably, even in 2018, female commercial pilots seem to be in the minority although I gather numbers are increasing  :thumbsup:  I was getting off a plane sometime ago, when female pilots really were rare and a female pilot was doing goodbye duty.  A bloke in front of me couldn't help himself, "Nice parking love!"   ::-)  was offered as he went through the door.  To her credit she just smiled.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on May 16, 2018, 09:52:40 am
I suspect there's some rule about punching passengers no matter how well deserved that punch might be.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 16, 2018, 09:55:50 am
I suspect there's some rule about punching passengers no matter how well deserved that punch might be.

I imagine so. Having dead or unconscious knob head passengers lying in the aisles would impede evacuation of the aircraft in the event of an emergency.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: menthel on September 01, 2018, 11:00:47 am
You spend the morning ordering a bin store and a wood store and think it all rather exciting...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: LEE on September 01, 2018, 11:30:07 am
I get excited by off-cuts of wood that will make ideal paint-stirrers at some point in the future.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on September 01, 2018, 12:28:36 pm
is this you...? (http://www.walesoncraic.com/man-uses-piece-of-wood-he-put-in-garage-in-1982-because-it-might-come-in-handy-in-the-future-2/)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Andrij on September 06, 2018, 08:37:22 pm
... you finally give in and buy reading glasses.  :(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on September 07, 2018, 09:13:56 am
When drying off after your shower, you discover one armpit still full of soap.  And realize it's not for the first time.

I get excited by off-cuts of wood that will make ideal paint-stirrers at some point in the future.

Hah! I'm currently rooting through off-cuts from jobs I did 25 years ago in search of pieces of timber suitable for guitar necks because the DIY shops don't stock anything decent any more.  And realizing that that metre-long 20 x 50mm chunk of sapele that I casually used for the last one will probably be the last I see unless I order on-line.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on September 07, 2018, 09:58:04 am

I get excited by off-cuts of wood that will make ideal paint-stirrers at some point in the future.

Hah! I'm currently rooting through off-cuts from jobs I did 25 years ago in search of pieces of timber suitable for guitar necks because the DIY shops don't stock anything decent any more.  And realizing that that metre-long 20 x 50mm chunk of sapele that I casually used for the last one will probably be the last I see unless I order on-line.

Get some Birds-eye Maple. It's only three-ha'pence a foot.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: spesh on September 07, 2018, 11:52:07 am

I get excited by off-cuts of wood that will make ideal paint-stirrers at some point in the future.

Hah! I'm currently rooting through off-cuts from jobs I did 25 years ago in search of pieces of timber suitable for guitar necks because the DIY shops don't stock anything decent any more.  And realizing that that metre-long 20 x 50mm chunk of sapele that I casually used for the last one will probably be the last I see unless I order on-line.

Get some Birds-eye Maple. It's only three-ha'pence a foot.

A ha'penny too much...
Penny a foot's more the mark
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on September 07, 2018, 12:21:37 pm
He's doing guitar necks, not finishing the side of his bunk.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mattc on September 07, 2018, 12:27:46 pm
When drying off after your shower, you discover one armpit still full of soap.  And realize it's not for the first time.

that's not middle-age! What a terrible suggestion.

It's because my mind fills up with Very Important Matters while I shower (and other times).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on September 07, 2018, 12:59:01 pm

I get excited by off-cuts of wood that will make ideal paint-stirrers at some point in the future.

Hah! I'm currently rooting through off-cuts from jobs I did 25 years ago in search of pieces of timber suitable for guitar necks because the DIY shops don't stock anything decent any more.  And realizing that that metre-long 20 x 50mm chunk of sapele that I casually used for the last one will probably be the last I see unless I order on-line.

Get some Birds-eye Maple. It's only three-ha'pence a foot.

A ha'penny too much...
Penny a foot's more the mark

And when it rains...….
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on September 07, 2018, 01:31:30 pm
Get some Birds-eye Maple. It's only three-ha'pence a foot.

Hard to find here. On line a chunk of quilted maple 95 x 10 x 3.5 cm will rush you > 100€. I'd settle for ash but that's around 60€.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 30, 2018, 12:18:37 pm
At school parents evening, there's a new maths teacher so while waiting to see him I ask my son what he's like.
"Like a maths teacher. Not as dull as the last one. Middle aged."
When we got to see him, he was about 30! But then... viewed chronologically, never mind from the point of view of a teenager, that is most definitely middle aged. "You start to lose all your youth when you're past 30."
More interestingly, he was wearing a tie with a bicycle pattern.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Adam on December 01, 2018, 05:20:15 pm
You local heritage railway is running trains of your childhood, not steam

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/829/28064764008_4a0799567c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JKZfzw)
There is a 3 carriage unit shuttling up & down the Coastway line (Portsmouth to Brighton) which is done up in the old BR livery.  Took me by surprise the first time I saw it.

https://www.railmagazine.com/news/fleet/br-blue-repaint-for-pioneer-class-313
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on December 01, 2018, 10:15:51 pm
...don't know what you got till it's gone. See Paradise...

OK not Paradise, but strikes me the old BR livery had a degree of elegance and restraint lacking in some of the more recent TOC liveries.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Wowbagger on December 01, 2018, 10:30:41 pm

I get excited by off-cuts of wood that will make ideal paint-stirrers at some point in the future.

Hah! I'm currently rooting through off-cuts from jobs I did 25 years ago in search of pieces of timber suitable for guitar necks because the DIY shops don't stock anything decent any more.  And realizing that that metre-long 20 x 50mm chunk of sapele that I casually used for the last one will probably be the last I see unless I order on-line.

Get some Birds-eye Maple. It's only three-ha'pence a foot.

A ha'penny too much...
Penny a foot's more the mark

And when it rains...….

Oh purleeze! If you are going to continue the poem, do your best to make it accurate!  :P

"A penny a foot, and when rain comes..."
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on December 02, 2018, 08:38:48 am

I get excited by off-cuts of wood that will make ideal paint-stirrers at some point in the future.

Hah! I'm currently rooting through off-cuts from jobs I did 25 years ago in search of pieces of timber suitable for guitar necks because the DIY shops don't stock anything decent any more.  And realizing that that metre-long 20 x 50mm chunk of sapele that I casually used for the last one will probably be the last I see unless I order on-line.

Get some Birds-eye Maple. It's only three-ha'pence a foot.

A ha'penny too much...
Penny a foot's more the mark

And when it rains...….

Oh purleeze! If you are going to continue the poem, do your best to make it accurate!  :P

"A penny a foot, and when rain comes..."

 ;D  (goes off to see where he parked his Ark, before offering a lift....)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: lou boutin on December 02, 2018, 09:50:23 am
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on December 02, 2018, 09:54:58 am
I can go with the cold weather one Lou.

I used to be the one wandering round, de icing cars whilst wearing a t shirt and shorts. I was also the go to bed warmer. Mrs F used to rely on me going to be 10 minutes before her as I used to get pleasure from climbing into a chilled bed and warming up. Too chuffing cold for that nowdays.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: lou boutin on December 02, 2018, 10:04:33 am
I can go with the cold weather one Lou.

I used to be the one wandering round, de icing cars whilst wearing a t shirt and shorts. I was also the go to bed warmer. Mrs F used to rely on me going to be 10 minutes before her as I used to get pleasure from climbing into a chilled bed and warming up. Too chuffing cold for that nowdays.

 ;D   Being a woman and middle-aged means that I am the one to warm up the bed.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on December 02, 2018, 12:31:46 pm
Being a woman and middle-aged means that I am the one to warm up the bed.

In contrast, my middle-aged wife is the block of ice who sleeps in PJs in a sleeping bag under her duvet and blankets, often aided by a hot water bottle while I am one of nature's radiators who sleeps naked under a summer duvet.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on December 02, 2018, 12:50:06 pm
T. M. I.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on December 02, 2018, 05:37:10 pm
Being a woman and middle-aged means that I am the one to warm up the bed.

In contrast, my middle-aged wife is the block of ice who sleeps in PJs in a sleeping bag under her duvet and blankets, often aided by a hot water bottle while I am one of nature's radiators who sleeps naked under a summer duvet.

I'm with you RR, though not literally  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on December 02, 2018, 09:45:44 pm
I can go with the cold weather one Lou.

I used to be the one wandering round, de icing cars whilst wearing a t shirt and shorts. I was also the go to bed warmer. Mrs F used to rely on me going to be 10 minutes before her as I used to get pleasure from climbing into a chilled bed and warming up. Too chuffing cold for that nowdays.

 ;D   Being a woman and middle-aged means that I am the one to warm up the bed.

 ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Wowbagger on December 02, 2018, 09:48:57 pm
i have often wondered whether there was a living to me made, offering my bed-warming services to thermally-challenged ladies...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ian H on December 02, 2018, 10:06:06 pm
i have often wondered whether there was a living to me made, offering my bed-warming services to thermally-challenged ladies...

On heat?  At your age?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Wowbagger on December 02, 2018, 10:08:41 pm
i have often wondered whether there was a living to me made, offering my bed-warming services to thermally-challenged ladies...

On heat?  At your age?

Santa comes down a lot of people's chimbleys* at this time of year...

*And brings along his chimbley brush.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: tonycollinet on December 02, 2018, 10:11:35 pm
You are Wow - as ever - delightfully crude  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Moleman76 on December 03, 2018, 02:59:17 am
The eye doctor tells you "Your distance vision is improving" followed by "It's a side effect of your cataracts getting larger".

A short discussion of "when they do the lens implant, you'll have fixed vision and use readers to see things up close, but no more need for distance-vision correction"

and "we will let you know when you need to talk to the eye surgeons about this"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: tonycollinet on December 03, 2018, 06:19:38 am
When what is in your brain to say

"We never did get that greenhouse this year"

And what (nearly) comes out:

"We never did get that wing mirror this year"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ham on December 03, 2018, 10:06:47 pm
People of reasonably (?) advanced years come out with stuff like this https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=11510.msg2347668#msg2347668

Middle aged? that made me feel old.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on December 04, 2018, 02:27:04 pm
You really cant remember if you bought that set of pliers to put in the toolbox your filling for Pcolbeck junior for when he leaves home after Christmas and if you did buy them where the hell you put them.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on December 31, 2018, 08:46:13 pm
'Little' Jimmy Osmond, several years your junior, is treated for a stroke.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46721950 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46721950)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on January 01, 2019, 02:37:07 pm
When you can't be arsed watching the New Year's fireworks.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on January 01, 2019, 02:53:54 pm
When you go can't be arsed watching the New Year's fireworks.

Our neighbours' pyrotechnics were such that I only needed to turn my head slightly...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on January 01, 2019, 04:08:01 pm
Yeah, we had the usual Bierut impressions going on up & down the street. We got up at midnight to keep the dogs company until it died down, but they weren't really worried to start with, since there were no municipal whizzbangs: they're usually so powerful that you feel the shockwave in your ribcage.

Lots of firework débris on my ride today, including the blown-off door of someone's mailbox. There are some dumb sods around.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: lou boutin on January 01, 2019, 06:15:40 pm
Ditto.  I sat in bed watching them after a bit of a snooze
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: lou boutin on January 01, 2019, 06:19:37 pm
You realise that you have socks older than the undergrads that you meet on a daily basis around work and your work tea towel is older than most of then people that you share an office with (tea towel was a hideous engagement gift in 1988 that was kept at the back of the draw and never used. It was pulled out and taken to work rather than throwing it away.)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 01, 2019, 06:20:13 pm
Yeah, we had the usual Bierut impressions going on up & down the street.
I don't know why anyone would want to do impressions of the 1950s president of communist Poland!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolesław_Bierut
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: yorkie on January 01, 2019, 06:28:20 pm
Yeah, we had the usual Bierut impressions going on up & down the street.
You know you're middle aged when loud firework displays going on all night are compared to Beirut!  ;) ;) :-*


That said, what's the modern equivalent? Sana'a? Mogadishu?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on January 01, 2019, 06:44:51 pm
Homs?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Giraffe on January 02, 2019, 08:36:31 am
You realise that you have socks older than the undergrads that you meet on a daily basis around work and your work tea towel is older than most of then people that you share an office with (tea towel was a hideous engagement gift in 1988 that was kept at the back of the draw and never used. It was pulled out and taken to work rather than throwing it away.)
Youngster - I still have tea towels that my mother bought in the '70s. They are getting a bit worn but are still thicker and more absorbent than the modern ones.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on January 02, 2019, 09:25:49 am
Yeah, we had the usual Bierut impressions going on up & down the street.
You know you're middle aged when loud firework displays going on all night are compared to Beirut!  ;) ;) :-*


That said, what's the modern equivalent? Sana'a? Mogadishu?

AFAIK Bierut's the only one that became idiom. There were only three shots in Dealy Plaza and 'Harvest Music Festival' would be in bad taste.

Yeah, we had the usual Bierut impressions going on up & down the street.
I don't know why anyone would want to do impressions of the 1950s president of communist Poland!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolesław_Bierut (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolesław_Bierut)

Apparently somebody did and got shot for his pains.

(did a bit of an FTFY there - old link fooled by the ł )
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ham on January 02, 2019, 09:55:01 am
'Little' Jimmy Osmond, several years your junior, is treated for a stroke.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46721950 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46721950)

AND you discover somewhere along the way you have forgiven him for THAT single. OK, maybe not.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: yorkie on January 02, 2019, 03:56:31 pm
Yeah, we had the usual Bierut impressions going on up & down the street.
You know you're middle aged when loud firework displays going on all night are compared to Beirut!  ;) ;) :-*


That said, what's the modern equivalent? Sana'a? Mogadishu?

AFAIK Bierut's the only one that became idiom.
Troo dat!
Must admit to thinking "Golly gosh** Sounds like Beirut out there!!" as 2018 swung sideways with tyres burning into 2019, accompanied by enough airborne ordinance to fight a reasonably accurate re-enactment of the 6 Day War!
I suppose that makes me middle-aged as well!!


** May actually have sounded more like "Clucking Bell" to be truthful!  ;)
Title: Re: You know you're more than middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on January 07, 2019, 01:14:57 pm
Today's email...

Quote
Dear All,
It is with great sadness that I forward a message from [Mrs year mate] .
**** passed away peacefully in hospital on 3rd January from aspiration pneumonia as a complication of his dementia. She is clearly shocked but is well supported by friends and family . She requested that I share the news with all of his medical school colleagues .
With best wishes to you all

Art is long, life is short.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on January 07, 2019, 01:22:52 pm
Aye. I remember my father being remarkably cast down by the first natural death among his 1930s cycling gang.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on January 07, 2019, 01:57:13 pm
Several contemporaries have died.

Cancer is 'natural' and sad.

Dementia...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on January 07, 2019, 04:15:07 pm
My father had vascular dementia when he died: lifelong smoker, turned diabetic at about the same age as I did, died at 73. Showed first signs about 5 years before, was largely 'elsewhere' for the last couple.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on January 07, 2019, 04:43:25 pm
I believe my colleague was a Professor of Public Health and a non-smoker in his early 60s.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on January 10, 2019, 10:41:34 pm
You know you're beyond middle aged when (do we need a separate thread for this?) you receive a letter from the DVLA inviting you to reapply for your driving licence.
Surely you don't need to do that until you're 70?
Oh. Hang on.
Bugger.   :facepalm:
Title: Re: You know you're more than middle aged when
Post by: JennyB on January 11, 2019, 10:46:57 am
Today's email...

Quote
Dear All,
It is with great sadness that I forward a message from [Mrs year mate] .
**** passed away peacefully in hospital on 3rd January from aspiration pneumonia as a complication of his dementia. She is clearly shocked but is well supported by friends and family . She requested that I share the news with all of his medical school colleagues .
With best wishes to you all

Art is long, life is short.

You know you're middle-aged when half your friends are dead. Fortunately, there's  a cure for that - make more friends.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: lou boutin on January 11, 2019, 06:49:50 pm
You know you are middle aged when it's your birthday and this time next year you will be changing the first number as well as the second.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on January 11, 2019, 07:53:22 pm
On that reckoning, lou, middle age comes round time and time again; in fact, every 10 years!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on January 11, 2019, 07:54:48 pm
On that reckoning, lou, middle age comes round time and time again; in fact, every 10 years!

Middle age is when you start counting in hexadecimal to try to reduce that...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on January 11, 2019, 08:16:17 pm
On that reckoning, lou, middle age comes round time and time again; in fact, every 10 years!

Middle age is when you start counting in hexadecimal to try to reduce that...

 :D Hey.  I'll be only 46 in March.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: lou boutin on January 11, 2019, 08:35:59 pm
True, but this first number change is definitely a big sign of middle age :(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mattc on January 12, 2019, 01:59:23 pm
Don't worry Lou - I'm finding 29 tough too  :-*
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: SteveC on January 12, 2019, 02:03:13 pm
I have a similar problem, Lou, except some people will think I'm leaving middle age this year...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: lou boutin on January 12, 2019, 05:01:05 pm
Don't worry Lou - I'm finding 29 tough too  :-*

He he! I wish.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: De Sisti on January 12, 2019, 06:55:03 pm
All you think about when in work is about retiring.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on January 12, 2019, 07:47:23 pm
One of my son's carer's said that both me and SWMBO look younger than our years. 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on January 13, 2019, 10:25:33 am
Don't worry Lou - I'm finding 29 tough too  :-*

The man's in his prime. Me too, but as of next week I won't be.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rafletcher on February 08, 2019, 10:14:18 am
When you check the LInkedIn page of the graduate who's leaving, to discover that she must at least be in her early 30's.  :-\
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 08, 2019, 10:22:34 am
When you check the LInkedIn page of the graduate who's leaving, to discover that she must at least be in her early 30's.  :-\
When you think that "early 30's" is young, because you have two children older than said graduate.

Next significant birthday of one child (well, step-child) is her 40th.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on February 08, 2019, 10:48:36 am
When you look at medium sized trees and think “If I planted trees like that now, I’d never see them that size.”
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Redlight on February 08, 2019, 11:47:57 am
You go to a gig and, at the interval, the queue for the tea, coffee and hot chocolate is twice as long as the one for the beer
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on February 08, 2019, 11:58:14 am
On that reckoning, lou, middle age comes round time and time again; in fact, every 10 years!

Middle age is when you start counting in hexadecimal to try to reduce that...
The Tom Lehrer approach (giving his age in Celcius) works well too.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on February 08, 2019, 12:21:46 pm
On that reckoning, lou, middle age comes round time and time again; in fact, every 10 years!

Middle age is when you start counting in hexadecimal to try to reduce that...
The Tom Lehrer approach (giving his age in Celcius) works well too.

Only for people old enough to have been counting in Fahrenheit from the outset.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Marco Stefano on February 08, 2019, 12:36:17 pm
All you think about when in work is about retiring.
^This.

Relatively good day = retire end of May 2019 after 59th birthday.
Dealing-with-numpties day = retire early Jan 2019 at 30 years service.

So far this year, it's a walk-over for the numpties.  ::-)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 26, 2019, 08:29:52 pm
You do the following when reading that someone has died:

- ascertain cause of death (always a disappointment when not provided)
- consider age of person relative to own age
- evaluate risk factors for cause of death; compare with own
- symptoms check



Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 26, 2019, 08:54:17 pm
You collect your first pair of varifocals.

Cue lots of wierdness and nausea.....
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andrewc on February 26, 2019, 09:12:56 pm
You walk through the buildings canteen area & don't recognise a single person you used to work with.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on February 26, 2019, 09:16:24 pm
You collect your first pair of varifocals.

Cue lots of wierdness and nausea.....

Don't! SWMBO keeps on at me to get my eyes checked for those.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andrewc on February 26, 2019, 09:26:24 pm
You collect your first pair of varifocals.

Cue lots of wierdness and nausea.....


Careful going down stairs !   Actually I've more or less abandoned contact lenses now & am a full time vari wearer.  A great improvement on my old single distance ones.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on February 27, 2019, 07:52:23 am
You collect your first pair of varifocals.

Cue lots of wierdness and nausea.....


Careful going down stairs !   Actually I've more or less abandoned contact lenses now & am a full time vari wearer.  A great improvement on my old single distance ones.

I've worn varifocals for years, without many problems.  But, although my prescription changed only slightly, I needed new ones recently.  I went for ones with a wider 'sweet' spot so I don't have to turn my head so much (I have 4 fused cervical vertebrae).

These have been a real learning curve.  Stairs are an issue I never had before and even after a couple of months I'm still not fully acclimated.  I also bought (with the free second pair offer) a pair with a fixed distance at about 4 feet - for reading music.  These are brilliant for this, but get up and walk to the kitchen to get a coffee and it's a near-death experience.  That and the nausea.

Getting older sucks.  I get my pension this year too.


Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Plug1n on February 27, 2019, 01:13:37 pm

I also bought (with the free second pair offer) a pair with a fixed distance at about 4 feet - for reading music. 


That's a failing of varifocals for me too.  Being a clarinet player, the tilt of the head and position of the throat just does not work with my varifocal prescription.

I have a pair of half glasses on an older prescription that helps, but must get something better.  It's a good excuse for the occasional wrong note :)

Varifocals also don't work for cycling with me as I lower me head and look upwards to compensate (not that I have pretensions of being aero....).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on February 27, 2019, 01:34:39 pm
I got a couple of sets of varifocals specifically for cycling so that I could see both the road and the handlebars in focus with a normal cycling head position. The transition between prescriptions is accordingly somewhat higher than is standard.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on February 27, 2019, 03:08:44 pm
@Fuzzy I may be around a decade ahead of you but you do get used to them. So much so that my latest pair of Fakeleys are useless for driving because distance is crystal clear but the dash is all blurry with single vision lenses and the lens carrier is too small...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Basil on February 27, 2019, 04:34:49 pm
You usually, depending on the supplier I suppose, get to discuss the shape of the varifocal areas of your lenses. For example, I requested that the long distance top area extended to the sides for over the shoulder glancing when cycling.

Agree about the going down stairs thing.  That still catches me out after 12 years of use.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on February 27, 2019, 05:39:43 pm

I also bought (with the free second pair offer) a pair with a fixed distance at about 4 feet - for reading music. 

That's a failing of varifocals for me too.  Being a clarinet player, the tilt of the head and position of the throat just does not work with my varifocal prescription.

Exactly.  Turn the head to see the music and you change the embouchure.  Got to keep sax and head together.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: nicknack on February 27, 2019, 05:48:48 pm

I also bought (with the free second pair offer) a pair with a fixed distance at about 4 feet - for reading music. 

That's a failing of varifocals for me too.  Being a clarinet player, the tilt of the head and position of the throat just does not work with my varifocal prescription.
Exactly.  Turn the head to see the music and you change the embouchure.  Got to keep sax and head together.
It's even worse playing baritone. Got this great big lump of curly brass in front of you - right where the relevant bit of your varifocals is. Definitely single vision is the way to go for reading music.

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: SteveC on February 27, 2019, 06:34:33 pm
You remember Fabs appearing for the first time

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=11510.msg2373393#msg2373393 (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=11510.msg2373393#msg2373393)

My sisters' favourites - the combination of the Lady Penelope branding and the hundreds and thousands seemed irresistible
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: IanDG on February 27, 2019, 06:58:27 pm
You decide the 'fast bike' no longer serves a purpose and you replace it with a 'tourer'.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Butterfly on February 27, 2019, 07:13:51 pm
I've had varifocals since I got prescription glasses 18 months ago. I've had no problems with stairs since the first day. I have avoided reading music whilst playing an instrument since I was about 12, so that hasn't been a problem (also helped with the back ache). I take them off to drive in the dark, unless I need to see the sat nav on my phone, but that is the only time I do.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on February 27, 2019, 07:17:23 pm
Would you believe it? Earlier this month I got an extra pair of glasses so that I can read music which sits just beyond an arm's length away, in my case on my iPad, which does not display quite as large as A4.

I am sure I have posted previously about David's single vision 'keyboard' specs on yacf...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: chrisbainbridge on February 28, 2019, 08:14:27 am
I now have varifocals for out and about and then separate varifocals for work.  The work ones are optimised with 2 vision settings.  the lower half is for keyboard and patient examination, the upper half is for looking at computer screens and patients faces.  They have completely removed my neck pain at the end of a days clinic.

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 28, 2019, 10:00:24 am
I have one pair at the moment and the second is on hold until I decide to stick with them.
I may just ask for the second set to be reading glasses as, away from home, the most use my glasses get is when acting as apprentice grease monkey in the workshop. The angle for the close work lens might be a bit crippling when working under a bb shell trying to thread a fubar'd internal cable routing.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: phil w on February 28, 2019, 10:08:27 am
You can no longer be fagged to drive to the Lake District, Wales (including Pembrokeshire) or some such to go climbing for the weekend. You just can't be fagged with how long it now takes due to traffic.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Greenbank on February 28, 2019, 10:18:12 am
Surely all this talk of varifocals signals reaching the end of 'middle aged'.

[EDIT] If there's denial about entering 'middle aged' then I'm sure there's even more denial about leaving it...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 28, 2019, 03:17:00 pm
The father of your (step)grandchildren turns 40.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on February 28, 2019, 05:42:55 pm
The father of your (step)grandchildren turns 40.

Likewise my primary schoolmates' kids are turning 40 or parents are celebrating their Ruby Weddings.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: phil w on February 28, 2019, 06:14:14 pm
The father of your (step)grandchildren turns 40.

That is a sign that he is turning middle aged.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on February 28, 2019, 06:31:47 pm
You have entire conversations about nothing but the family's medical conditions.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 01, 2019, 09:27:27 am
And they go a bit like Bridge bidding or a medical version of the Four Yorkshiremen. "I'll see your rotator cuff and raise you my diverticulosis".
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on March 01, 2019, 12:19:00 pm
And they go a bit like Bridge bidding or a medical version of the Four Yorkshiremen. "I'll see your rotator cuff and raise you my diverticulosis".

Barakta usually wins.

"5 cases in the literature, one associated with my syndrome.  The radiologist was quite upset."
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: CommuteTooFar on March 01, 2019, 12:38:33 pm
I gave up on varifocals. I used to work with multiple computer monitors at varying angles and distances.  The varifocals were a nuisance. I now use two pairs of glasses. Distance and computer distance (10cm beyond my finger tips). I usually read without glasses. (I have also given up work)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 01, 2019, 12:40:55 pm
And they go a bit like Bridge bidding or a medical version of the Four Yorkshiremen. "I'll see your rotator cuff and raise you my diverticulosis".

Barakta usually wins.

"5 cases in the literature, one associated with my syndrome.  The radiologist was quite upset."

I'm a loser...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 01, 2019, 12:51:58 pm
A former schoolmate just Facebooked a photo of André Previn shaking his hand.

hey BOTH seemed so young then...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Greenbank on March 01, 2019, 04:48:05 pm
And they go a bit like Bridge bidding or a medical version of the Four Yorkshiremen. "I'll see your rotator cuff and raise you my diverticulosis".

For my parents generation it's the numbers of hips, stents and bypasses.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 01, 2019, 06:36:11 pm
And they go a bit like Bridge bidding or a medical version of the Four Yorkshiremen. "I'll see your rotator cuff and raise you my diverticulosis".

For my parents generation it's the numbers of hips, stents and bypasses.

Thankfully, my parents (83, 88) have lost that one, with a grand total of 0 though maternal aunt has just had her 2nd knee replaced.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 02, 2019, 08:15:45 am
I gave up on varifocals. I used to work with multiple computer monitors at varying angles and distances.  The varifocals were a nuisance. I now use two pairs of glasses. Distance and computer distance (10cm beyond my finger tips). I usually read without glasses. (I have also given up work)

Same here.  Every time I turned my head wearing varifocals a wave traversed my desk-top. Made me quite ill.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 02, 2019, 07:53:49 pm
Varifocals are mainly fine for a mostly sessile, chairbound desk jockey like me.

Suspect they would annoy ifI were more mobile.

Anyway, I wear single vision distance specs for films and exhibitions.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hbunnet on March 02, 2019, 08:52:32 pm

Anyway, I wear single vision distance specs for films and exhibitions.

That's interesting Helly. I prefer Varifocals for these situations; Bifocal for outdoors though.
I think the story is that Varifocals are a good  compromise, but single vision is better for specific applications.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 03, 2019, 08:31:33 am
When 20 kph gusting 60 seems like a good reason to stay home.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Moleman76 on March 04, 2019, 05:05:18 am
When looking at the total on your restaurant bill, you notice that you've been given a "senior discount".

And you hadn't asked for it.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on March 04, 2019, 11:37:53 am
When 20 kph gusting 60 seems like a good reason to stay home.

Such discretion might mean you'll meet another stage...
Served me well so far.

Risk-averse of Edgware.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 04, 2019, 01:19:23 pm
Having packed halfway round a 600 after x hours of 35 gusting 75, the idea of doing it for fun seems a little bit unattractive.

We currently have 40 gusting 100: I'm staying in my nice warm office and drinking tea.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on March 04, 2019, 06:59:54 pm
I went for a swim instead
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ham on March 05, 2019, 01:29:46 pm
I gave up on varifocals. I used to work with multiple computer monitors at varying angles and distances.  The varifocals were a nuisance. I now use two pairs of glasses. Distance and computer distance (10cm beyond my finger tips). I usually read without glasses. (I have also given up work)

Same here.  Every time I turned my head wearing varifocals a wave traversed my desk-top. Made me quite ill.

Serves you right. That's what you get for surfing the web.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 05, 2019, 02:35:04 pm
I gave up on varifocals. I used to work with multiple computer monitors at varying angles and distances.  The varifocals were a nuisance. I now use two pairs of glasses. Distance and computer distance (10cm beyond my finger tips). I usually read without glasses. (I have also given up work)

Same here.  Every time I turned my head wearing varifocals a wave traversed my desk-top. Made me quite ill.

Serves you right. That's what you get for surfing the web.

What's really depressing is that that was before TBL released his first browser to the general public.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: De Sisti on March 05, 2019, 03:04:06 pm
All you think about when in work is about retiring.
^This.

Relatively good day = retire end of May 2019 after 59th birthday.
Dealing-with-numpties day = retire early Jan 2019 at 30 years service.

So far this year, it's a walk-over for the numpties.  ::-)


I could retire now take my pension and with my lump sum pay of the mortgage.
Alternatively, take a smaller pension, larger lump sum, pay off mortgage and have a small
nest-egg for a rainy day (not enough for me). Will probably wait another 12 months before
it's a definate option.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 05, 2019, 03:46:36 pm
If you live another 20 - 30 years a smaller pension will definitely not feel like the better choice.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hubner on March 05, 2019, 08:18:28 pm
Surely all this talk of varifocals signals reaching the end of 'middle aged'.

[EDIT] If there's denial about entering 'middle aged' then I'm sure there's even more denial about leaving it...

60 is the new 40!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 06, 2019, 08:21:08 am
Surely all this talk of varifocals signals reaching the end of 'middle aged'.

[EDIT] If there's denial about entering 'middle aged' then I'm sure there's even more denial about leaving it...

60 is the new 40!

Unfortunately, 70 is not the new 50.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 06, 2019, 08:47:07 am
As long as I can train against people 25years younger than me and reduce them to heaps of gasping jelly, I refuse to believe I'm passing middle age.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on March 06, 2019, 09:04:17 am
Certainly if you have a very good pension to look forward to then the larger lump sum could be attractive, but if you spread that lump sum over your remaining life expectancy does it more than cover the reduction in pension?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on March 06, 2019, 10:40:18 am
It depends a lot on how long you are going to live.

The sums are quite easy, the length of future life is the hard bit...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: CommuteTooFar on March 06, 2019, 04:14:22 pm
All pensions depend on if you are lucky enough to have saved enough. If you have a big enough fund you can choose a low yield and watch the money grow above inflation.

In my case my pension is invested in  investment trusts, open ended funds and a few shares.  This will provide an income of 4%. If I was richer I would have chosen a lower yield. Funds that yield 2% grow more and in time produce more income than the 4% funds that grow more slowly.

As for taking a lump sum. I never will. I will stay invested and take the cash free element with each withdrawal.

I am retired at 56.  [I look after my octogenarian mother]
I am currently living on less that 10,000 income generated by my ISA (tax free)
At 60 I will change my Pension funds from growth to income funds and take uncrystallised lump sums
At this point my retirement income will be higher than my modest finishing pay after tax.
At state retirement age the government will probably give me some more money.
 
If I stayed at work and carried on paying into my pension to state pension age I would probably have become a millionaire. That was a really impressive number when I left school but was not a big enough incentive now.

Just in case anyone thinks I am totally on top of my finances. In the last 12 months my wealth has dropped by £100,000. Eeek!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Adam on March 06, 2019, 09:48:22 pm
All pensions depend on if you are lucky enough to have saved enough. If you have a big enough fund you can choose a low yield and watch the money grow above inflation.

In my case my pension is invested in  investment trusts, open ended funds and a few shares.  This will provide an income of 4%. If I was richer I would have chosen a lower yield. Funds that yield 2% grow more and in time produce more income than the 4% funds that grow more slowly.

As for taking a lump sum. I never will. I will stay invested and take the cash free element with each withdrawal.

I am retired at 56.  [I look after my octogenarian mother]
I am currently living on less that 10,000 income generated by my ISA (tax free)
At 60 I will change my Pension funds from growth to income funds and take uncrystallised lump sums
At this point my retirement income will be higher than my modest finishing pay after tax.
At state retirement age the government will probably give me some more money.
 
If I stayed at work and carried on paying into my pension to state pension age I would probably have become a millionaire. That was a really impressive number when I left school but was not a big enough incentive now.

Just in case anyone thinks I am totally on top of my finances. In the last 12 months my wealth has dropped by £100,000. Eeek!

I've put on bold the bits about not taking the 25% tax free cash, and taking uncrystallised lump sums.


If the income you need each year is less than the personal allowance, then I can see the logic in doing it that way.  If not, then you end up paying more tax.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: CommuteTooFar on March 07, 2019, 12:04:05 pm
Not quite tax free.

I will 'earn' £28k, £10k from ISA, £18K from pension.
£4,500 is tax free lump sum and leaving 13,500 of taxable income.
Next year the personal allowance is £12,500 so I need to pay 20% of 1000.
Or £200 tax.

The 100k drop in wealth reduces my income to £24k so no tax will be payable then.

The real sign of middle age. You start doing pension calculations.

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on March 07, 2019, 12:27:15 pm
Think on the good side, anyone who isn't middle-aged by now won't have to worry about pension calculations.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on March 07, 2019, 03:16:49 pm
Yes, for several reasons...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 13, 2019, 12:09:58 pm
My reason for taking the maximum lump sum was weekly orders. Spending 26 and a bit years reading weekly orders and seeing reports of 'Death of Police Pensioner' where more than was coincidental, were getting less than 10 years as a pensioner..........

Full rotating shift work, unhealth working conditions and high levels of stress do not generally make for a long and happy retirement.

Learning of someone who had died after 20 or 30 years of retirement generally got a standing ovation in my office.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on April 02, 2019, 11:06:33 pm
OS 1 inch (1:63 360) maps were 6/6 back in the day...

I think the first 1:50 000 sheets were 80p.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: De Sisti on April 03, 2019, 08:15:19 am
Just in case anyone thinks I am totally on top of my finances. In the last 12 months my wealth has dropped by £100,000. Eeek!
If you're talking in terms of £x00,000 then you must be very well off.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 03, 2019, 11:58:27 am
It is really, really, really irritating. Almost as irritating as the new car not having a built in CD player!!!!
When a technology that was new and shiny when you were a teenager is now obsolete.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 03, 2019, 01:03:05 pm
It is really, really, really irritating. Almost as irritating as the new car not having a built in CD player!!!!
When a technology that was new and shiny when you were a teenager is now obsolete.

Oh aye. When I was a nipper stereophonic record players were new. Microgroove records too. Not to mention retractable ballpoints. And my dad was highly tickled the first time his packet of Players had a cellophane wrapper with a wee ribbon to pull.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 03, 2019, 01:14:55 pm
It is really, really, really irritating. Almost as irritating as the new car not having a built in CD player!!!!
When a technology that was new and shiny when you were a teenager is now obsolete.

I dunno, as someone who grew up with Moore's Law, I consider that sort of obsolescence to be normal and ordinary and just part of the way the world works.

Middle age is when you stop caring about the new stuff...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: essexian on April 03, 2019, 01:35:21 pm
It is really, really, really irritating. Almost as irritating as the new car not having a built in CD player!!!!
When a technology that was new and shiny when you were a teenager is now obsolete.

I dunno, as someone who grew up with Moore's Law, I consider that sort of obsolescence to be normal and ordinary and just part of the way the world works.

Middle age is when you stop caring about the new stuff...

Of course, Kim is right. I don't care about new stuff. I simply want to play the 800 odd CD's (and trust me, some of them are very odd) I own in the car.  And while I am at it.... I have a number of 78's I would like to play as well.....
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 03, 2019, 01:52:49 pm
I bought my first CD in 1994 (though I think my parents had a player in about 1990 or so?), when I was 15.  I bought my last one in 2018.  I lived through the transition from cassette copied from cassette or vinyl, to cassette copied from CD, to minidisc copied from CD[1], to MP3 file on hard disk ripped from CD, to CD copied from CD, to flash memory of various file formats ripped from CD.  Throw in occasional file-sharing and listening to original media on non-portable equipment, and lingering tapes for the car.

These days I listen to music by playing FLAC files from a local (or LAN-based) storage device - the CDs themselves live in a couple of large wallets on a shelf, as backup), and don't see the point in this newfangled Spotify rubbish.  Barakta seems to spend an alarming amount of time listening to music via Youtube.  I attribute this to network bandwidth and computing power being ludicrously cheap, and her hearing aid making more of a mess of the music than the codec does.

I reckon those 16bit/44kHz PCM recordings will be around for a while, even if the computing substrate changes...


[1] There was technically a point before minidisc went mainstream where portable CD players became a thing, but teenagers generally didn't use them, because they were bulky and required carrying precious original media around, rather than the option of copying music from your friends.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: essexian on April 03, 2019, 02:03:00 pm
Thanks Kim.

Sadly, I must be in late middle age as I failed to understand about 75% of what you wrote.  :(

Give me a bit of plastic any day of the week (I still have my 7 inch singles from back in the late 1960s!)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Si S on April 03, 2019, 02:36:50 pm
When you read this ...

... the half inch Snowdonia map that's next to me and is older than me, cost on the cover, 55p

... and your first thought is that someone who thinks a decimal price is old must be really young.

I used to have a Bartholomews 3s/6d map of Mull.

Unfortunately road-runner when you think someone in their early forties is really young you possibly don't qualify for this thread anymore

 ;) ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 03, 2019, 02:39:09 pm
Barakta seems to spend an alarming amount of time listening to music via Youtube.
Youtube has become probably my favourite music listening method, simply because it's available, has far more stuff on it than I would ever own, is free, etc. Oh and because the CD player is broken. Laptop speakers are pretty crap, I often use headphones, it's still not good sound quality but that's not hugely important.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 03, 2019, 02:41:48 pm
Yeah, Youtube's brilliant because you can go and find out what almost anything is.  But I'm still a luddite and if I want to make a habit of listening to a track I want a half-decent file on a disk or something.

I used to think I cared about sound quality out of technical snobbery, but I've come to realise that my hearing is so biased towards the higher frequency components of speech that any kind of singing quickly becomes a mush if bandwidth-limited or subject to excessively lossy codecs.  Same reason I can't think properly when trying to hear someone on the phone.

I expect I'm going to become immensely irritating when my age-related hearing loss (which is currently somewhere between the 8kHz where audiometrists stop caring and the 15.625kHz of whistly fly-back transformers in PAL CRTs) starts to impact on speech IRL.  At this point it only seems to affect teenager repellants and rubbing disc brakes[1].


[1] Standing order for cyclists younger than me:  If you get irritated by the inadequate lubrication of my chain on a ride then *say something*
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rafletcher on April 03, 2019, 02:49:35 pm
And here am I, with a good 20 years on Kim, listening on Spotify. Quality for me is fine, especially when listening to digitally remastered files over Sonos speaker. Probably because the quality of my original vinyl collection (disposed of 30 years ago at the local charity shop by me ex..) was mainly crap '70's pressings. And it gives me access to things I've never listed to before, plus it's portable at a time when actually sitting listening is a luxury - my musical tastes are not shared by my wife, and I find wearing headphones when she's around impolite. So having the ability to stream music in the gym via earpods, or in the shed over the Sonos is brilliant. Horses for courses.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on April 03, 2019, 03:04:07 pm
And here am I, with a good 20 years on Kim, listening on Spotify. Quality for me is fine, especially when listening to digitally remastered files over Sonos speaker. Probably because the quality of my original vinyl collection (disposed of 30 years ago at the local charity shop by me ex..) was mainly crap '70's pressings. And it gives me access to things I've never listed to before, plus it's portable at a time when actually sitting listening is a luxury - my musical tastes are not shared by my wife, and I find wearing headphones when she's around impolite. So having the ability to stream music in the gym via earpods, or in the shed over the Sonos is brilliant. Horses for courses.

Heh.

Having lived with a paritally deaf person for about 18 years, nearly all my listening is with headphones, as playing audio into the room is impolite (music's just a source of noise, and speech is distressingly indistinguishable from a random person in the house).  As such, I've got out of the habit of listening to music other than when sitting down to specifically listen to music (rare), to drown out the leakage of barata's beepy euro-pop[1], or when travelling.  So I do very little of it, and 20 odd gigabytes of FLACs on my phone is usually sufficient.  I'm so completely out of touch with music I don't already know that streaming would be wasted on me.


[1] Ironically, barakta spends more time listening to music than I do, as it helps her manage tinnitus.  Thanks to Newton's third law, her BAHA shares a tinny little version of what going into her skull with the rest of the room, in a manner similar to original Walkman headphones.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on April 03, 2019, 03:04:29 pm
When you read this ...

... the half inch Snowdonia map that's next to me and is older than me, cost on the cover, 55p

... and your first thought is that someone who thinks a decimal price is old must be really young.

I used to have a Bartholomews 3s/6d map of Mull.

Unfortunately road-runner when you think someone in their early forties is really young you possibly don't qualify for this thread anymore
 ;) ;D

I started a thread for oldies like r-r & me... (r-r's a couple of months my junior.)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 03, 2019, 05:51:20 pm
It is really, really, really irritating. Almost as irritating as the new car not having a built in CD player!!!!
When a technology that was new and shiny when you were a teenager is now obsolete.

I dunno, as someone who grew up with Moore's Law, I consider that sort of obsolescence to be normal and ordinary and just part of the way the world works.

Middle age is when you stop caring about the new stuff...

Of course, Kim is right. I don't care about new stuff. I simply want to play the 800 odd CD's (and trust me, some of them are very odd) I own in the car.  And while I am at it.... I have a number of 78's I would like to play as well.....

But now you can! All 800 of them! On a device the size of a shrew!
Might mean you need to buy a new shiny thing though....

(Yes I know you won't get 800 flac albums on but if you can tell the difference between flac and mp3 while driving around I'll eat my hat).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 03, 2019, 05:54:24 pm
Speaking of which, I was just moaning to Pingu that I need to remove my music off my work laptop to generate some space and I can't put it on my external hard drive now because we're banned from moving files to USB.
Pingu piped up, you've just bought a 256Gb SD card for that new phone, you could get our entire music collection on there.

Oh yes. Of course.
Truly, WTTF.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Canardly on April 03, 2019, 09:24:42 pm
You can get a hair cut for 2/3 the cost  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 04, 2019, 08:19:18 am
Yebbut the finder's fee is a killer.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 04, 2019, 11:19:19 am
Yeah, Youtube's brilliant because you can go and find out what almost anything is.
That neverendingness is also the problem with using it. That and the fact you're staring at a screen.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 13, 2019, 08:06:48 am
When people start lamenting the death of some "significant" pop musician you've never heard of.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on April 13, 2019, 11:15:49 am
And here am I, with a good 20 years on Kim, listening on Spotify. Quality for me is fine, especially when listening to digitally remastered files over Sonos speaker. Probably because the quality of my original vinyl collection (disposed of 30 years ago at the local charity shop by me ex..) was mainly crap '70's pressings. And it gives me access to things I've never listed to before, plus it's portable at a time when actually sitting listening is a luxury - my musical tastes are not shared by my wife, and I find wearing headphones when she's around impolite. So having the ability to stream music in the gym via earpods, or in the shed over the Sonos is brilliant. Horses for courses.

Heh.

Having lived with a paritally deaf person for about 18 years, nearly all my listening is with headphones, as playing audio into the room is impolite (music's just a source of noise, and speech is distressingly indistinguishable from a random person in the house).  As such, I've got out of the habit of listening to music other than when sitting down to specifically listen to music (rare), to drown out the leakage of barata's beepy euro-pop[1], or when travelling.  So I do very little of it, and 20 odd gigabytes of FLACs on my phone is usually sufficient.  I'm so completely out of touch with music I don't already know that streaming would be wasted on me.


[1] Ironically, barakta spends more time listening to music than I do, as it helps her manage tinnitus.  Thanks to Newton's third law, her BAHA shares a tinny little version of what going into her skull with the rest of the room, in a manner similar to original Walkman headphones.

As a tinnitus sufferer myself, I fully get that, its about enough other noise to drown out the constant drone/whine in my head. I always listen to something in the car, couple tinnitus with a land rove and you get LOUD. Wife does not get this, or my tendency to have the news on in the background for the same reason.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on April 13, 2019, 11:18:24 am
Speaking of which, I was just moaning to Pingu that I need to remove my music off my work laptop to generate some space and I can't put it on my external hard drive now because we're banned from moving files to USB.
Pingu piped up, you've just bought a 256Gb SD card for that new phone, you could get our entire music collection on there.

Oh yes. Of course.
Truly, WTTF.

Just about to go there myself, shiny new laptop due anytime soon, couldn't justify the 1tb hard drive, but a nice big SD card will work very well for a lot less.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 17, 2019, 09:28:42 am
When you start working up a mouthful of spit to seal an envelope with a self-adhesive flap.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: lou boutin on April 18, 2019, 11:58:23 am
You know you are old when you stand in a queue in Starbucks, admire the funky hair colours of the young lady in front you - jet black with a silver streak dyed into her fringe  - and realise that you dye your hair so that it doesn't look exactly like that!!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 18, 2019, 12:16:13 pm
When a story written a few years before you were born contains a description of someone's "navel peeping out above his belt, because he wore his white Levis so low on his hips"* and you think how it might be nice to be able to find trousers so high-waisted they were as high as those low-waisted ones.

*Or better written words to that effect. But they were white Levis.**
**But I don't want white Levis!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rafletcher on April 18, 2019, 12:25:23 pm
I though navel-covering trousers were a Simon Cowell thing!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on April 18, 2019, 12:38:49 pm
I though navel-covering trousers were a Simon Cowell thing!

Or Stan and Olie
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 21, 2019, 04:08:40 pm
When you find one of these in your toolbox:

(https://pbase.com/image/169087129.jpg)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Man in a tree on April 21, 2019, 04:10:26 pm
I'm sure I came in here for something, but I can't remember what it was now.


Oh, they're on my head.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Feanor on April 21, 2019, 04:22:40 pm
I'm sure I came in here for something, but I can't remember what it was now.


Oh, they're on my head.

Over 10 years ago, I got in a panic about losing a small child in Legoland.
He was on my shoulders...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Man in a tree on April 21, 2019, 04:51:53 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 22, 2019, 11:10:32 am
I'm sure I came in here for something, but I can't remember what it was now.


Oh, they're on my head.

Over 10 years ago, I got in a panic about losing a small child in Legoland.
He was on my shoulders...
"What the utter re!" as the young ones say.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: essexian on April 23, 2019, 09:54:59 am
You know you're middle aged when..... you get quite upset at being sold "seniors rate" at the football AGAIN!

That's four times this season.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 26, 2019, 05:13:10 pm
I'm sure I came in here for something, but I can't remember what it was now.


Oh, they're on my head.

Your underpants ?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 27, 2019, 08:14:23 am
You suspect you lost karma points somewhere by having to use Google to find out who Craig David is/was.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: nicknack on April 27, 2019, 10:22:38 am
 
You suspect you lost karma points somewhere by having to use Google to find out who Craig David is/was.
:thumbsup:
No idea.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 27, 2019, 11:18:43 am
I thought Dave Craigid was the product of middle aged people continuing to spend money on recorded music, pretending they were teenagers. But with matured bad taste.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 27, 2019, 06:02:42 pm
...you shop at Debenhams. Or when you don't shop at Debenhams.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/27/memo-to-debenhams-stop-reminding-customers-they-are-middle-aged

(I'm sure that in practice reading the Guardian online is far more middle aged than shopping at Debenhams... )
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on April 29, 2019, 09:38:45 am
I know who Craig David is, though I've never knowingly listened to a Craig David song. That said, I'm so familiar with the concept of Craig David, I fear I'd recognize it as originating from the man himself.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Man in a tree on April 29, 2019, 09:55:08 am
I'm sure I came in here for something, but I can't remember what it was now.


Oh, they're on my head.

Your underpants ?

Happens all the time.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on April 29, 2019, 04:44:39 pm
When you can remember what was referred to by the slogan "Grab yourself a fistful of big red power!"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: spesh on May 12, 2019, 12:22:36 pm
When you learn that Vyvyan/Eddie Hitler is moving to Albert Square.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48220537
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on May 12, 2019, 01:34:42 pm
A Facebook friend posts 60th birthday pics of her dad showing wonderful happy family group, including 8 grandchildren and you realise he's nearly  year your junior.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on May 12, 2019, 04:53:13 pm
Friends send you an invitation to their golden wedding celebrations and you got married in the same year.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 12, 2019, 05:09:57 pm
When you learn that Vyvyan/Eddie Hitler is moving to Albert Square.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48220537
Good grief.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: pcolbeck on May 24, 2019, 09:44:14 pm
One of your mates turns up at the pub with a broken foot in plaster caused by a bizarre bee keeping accident (dropped one of the frames on it and it landed on edge). Does anyone under 40 keep bees ?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on May 24, 2019, 10:44:07 pm


Does anyone under 40 keep bees ?

Not deliberately.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on May 24, 2019, 10:47:00 pm


Does anyone under 40 keep bees ?

Not deliberately.
We kept bees at school.Mr Edmondson, the head teacher, was bee wrangler in chief and over 40, but his willing assistants were 11.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rafletcher on June 21, 2019, 03:45:48 pm
In conversation with two colleagues (in their mod-thirties), neither has heard of Cream, or Jack Bruce or Ginger Baker...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on June 21, 2019, 06:33:55 pm
In conversation with two colleagues (in their mod-thirties), neither has heard of Cream, or Jack Bruce or Ginger Baker...
Aye and the reverse holds.  When they talk about musicans (that's not music, it's a bloody racket) you've never heard of.
 The last time I was even vaguely in touch with current trends was when Nirvana were a thing and I only knew about them because my younger colleagues keep blethering about them.  I couldn't name a single one of their tunes.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on June 21, 2019, 09:58:24 pm
In conversation with two colleagues (in their mod-thirties), neither has heard of Cream, or Jack Bruce or Ginger Baker...

Me neither, and I'm in my forties. You must have been born in the late Jurassic.

Currently listening to Zola Jesus, I have latent symptoms of late-teen gothery – reminds of the time my wife a photo of me in my Robert Smith phase – a stratosphere-scraping black-purple forest atop my head supported only by spray cans of industrial polymer, all I remember is being absolutely terrified of rain, even the slightest drizzle could have been catastrophic – anyway she laughed for two entire weeks.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 22, 2019, 09:14:41 am
Then my tenuous claim to fame of knowing the son of the former drummer of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers will cut no ice?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: caerau on June 22, 2019, 09:51:54 am
I've heard of Ken Bruce ;)


When you try and talk about comedy with your junior colleagues and are stonewalled by them never having heard of Pete and Dud.
I did at least manage to get them to work out who Pete was as they'd at least seen Blackadder, I failed with Dudley Moore.  Is it normal to feel sorry for them as a result?


Having watched Graham Norton last night I'm left wondering what middle-age is defined as these days as Tom Hanks admitted to 'middle age' at the age of 62.  Does that really count as middle aged these days?*




*This may be the wrong forum to say this.... forgive me, I am still a whippersnapper at 48 ;)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: caerau on June 22, 2019, 09:54:48 am
When you learn that Vyvyan/Eddie Hitler is moving to Albert Square.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48220537 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48220537)


He's a little lost without 'Wik'. he was in Holby City/Casualty (are these actually different these days?) for some time a while back.  besides Eastenders has never been the same since I realised the vicar in it is Vila from Blake's Seven
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 22, 2019, 03:41:56 pm
I've heard of Ken Bruce ;)


When you try and talk about comedy with your junior colleagues and are stonewalled by them never having heard of Pete and Dud.
I did at least manage to get them to work out who Pete was as they'd at least seen Blackadder, I failed with Dudley Moore.  Is it normal to feel sorry for them as a result?


Having watched Graham Norton last night I'm left wondering what middle-age is defined as these days as Tom Hanks admitted to 'middle age' at the age of 62.  Does that really count as middle aged these days?*




*This may be the wrong forum to say this.... forgive me, I am still a whippersnapper at 48 ;)
Well I've vaguely heard of Jack Bruce, also of Lenny Bruce but had to google Ken Bruce. Hmm, you may be a whippersnapper but if you're listening to Radio 2, that's the definition of middle aged!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: caerau on June 22, 2019, 06:51:04 pm
I said I'd heard of him, not that I listened to him  :P O:-)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on June 24, 2019, 10:13:10 am
When you learn that Vyvyan/Eddie Hitler is moving to Albert Square.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48220537 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48220537)


He's a little lost without 'Wik'. he was in Holby City/Casualty (are these actually different these days?) for some time a while back.  besides Eastenders has never been the same since I realised the vicar in it is Vila from Blake's Seven

I've never seen Eastenders, but I'm old enough to remember Blake's 7. (Ish – don't expect me to provide detail plot summaries, I only remember some splendid fashion, a round computer called Zen, and a lot of action in a gravel pit.)

I also remember Sapphire & Steel, which my wife doesn't and for a while believed was something I was making up to mess with her head. I did once have the opportunity (name drop alert! name drop alert!) to ask Joanna Lumley what it was all about and her response was a perfectly Lumleyesque none of us knew, my dear, not a clue.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: caerau on June 24, 2019, 10:41:11 am
when I was young, my sister's NOT TO BE MESSED WITH UPON PAIN OF DEATH - viewing habits were - weekdaily at least - Neighbours, then Eastenders, then Coronation Street, then Brookside, then Prisoner Cellblock H - she may even have included Home and Away and other worse Aussie soaps.  I forget the intimate details but it was 24-7 relentless  :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :hand: :hand: :hand:


Whilst I managed to studiously avoid coronation street and Brookside mostly, it was not possible to avoid it all unless I wanted to be outside permanently and not-socialise with the rest of my family.


I now thank the lord that my wife *only* insists on 'Enders and Corrie.


I did initially, when we first met, try to insist on not watching Corrie - as it was a matter of pride for me back in 2000 that I'd never knowingly watched it.  But to avoid being too much of a twat about it, I gave in.  She watches it, and therefore so must I.


I could however, give you good plot details on Blake's 7! That was awesome, until they got ride of Gan, Jemma and Blake at least.  My young childhood was almost defined by Dr Who, Star Wars and Blakes 7.


I'll rather bet my sister thinks that is as sad as I think her viewing habits were.




Now if this post doesn't define me as middle aged, then there is no middle age  :-D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on June 24, 2019, 10:58:13 am
Didn't everyone in Blake's 7 die horribly and en masse?

My parents watch soaps 24/7 and always have. Those and crap game shows. Honestly, I don't think the TV was ever turned off during the first 18 years of my life. I think they may have watched the sinister test pattern back when TV went to bed. The only time it went off was when we were short of a 50p for the TV or electricity meter (metered TV, from Radio Rentals, you had to feed it money periodically, now that must make me middle-aged). I only remember that because it was my childhood job to run around the neighbours to cadge a 50p piece. I once bought back a ferret. Mostly because it had clamped its teeth through my finger and wasn't letting go. I remember my dad looking up from the blank TV and uttering 'just strangle it, it'll let go, did you bring the 50p?' Anyway, it worked, ferrets let go if you strangle them a bit. We learn stuff from our parents, we do.

It was quite exciting to get to university and find out what life was like without the constant drone of a TV in the background.

I do remember Prisoner Cell Block H in some detail.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: essexian on June 24, 2019, 11:03:44 am
Most...if not all...of Blakes 7 is on Youtube.

I know as I rewatched most of it a few weeks back  :facepalm:

No.... I don't have a life anymore.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Gus on June 24, 2019, 12:13:08 pm
The undergraduatees, I've Been studying alting for three
Years have that are younger than me.👴👴
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on June 24, 2019, 07:44:31 pm
Didn't everyone in Blake's 7 die horribly and en masse?
They did.  I was doing some ironing while watching it. I was so shocked I nearly burnt my freshly pressed trousers.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: caerau on June 24, 2019, 08:15:01 pm
Didn't everyone in Blake's 7 die horribly and en masse?
They did.  I was doing some ironing while watching it. I was so shocked I nearly burnt my freshly pressed trousers.


Yes *and* no.  Everyone that was still in it by then certainly - probably even Servelan we all suspected - though I haven't rewatched it on Youtube.  I did once watch some reruns on Gold about 20 years ago and I decided it was best left to memory.  Though it was the dire last series I was watching. So that's the 'no' bit - because classic characters such as Gan and Jemma were long gone by then - and it was a bit of a joke even calling it Blake's 7 for a looong time since he wasn't actually in it until the very last episode.  Also The Liberator, Zen and Orac were long gone by then too.


[/nerd]
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on June 24, 2019, 08:28:32 pm
Yeah, I think the memories weather the passage of time better than the actual programmes. I think that's usually the case with nostalgia tv. Filmmakers should be aware of this – it'd spare us terrible remakes of 70s/80s TV. I've not sure who greenlit a Dukes of Hazzard remake, for instance, but really, oh really, it was awful back then (other than for a teenage boy's appreciation for Daisy Duke's short shorts), but beyond a giddy round of every sexist and racist trope going, it was astoundingly awful even then. Really, you thought time would make it better? That's against every rule of television.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: CommuteTooFar on June 24, 2019, 08:44:08 pm
I find when watching iconic TV from a short time ago I find the anachronisms quite jarring. When I watch something that is older I am happy to accept it for what it is.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: caerau on June 24, 2019, 08:51:25 pm
One thing that always gets my goat when you get 'rerun' tv compilations is that you always get someone talking about how TV shows are more 'nuanced' these days as the audience has got 'more sophisticated'


Really?  We are inundated with X_factor, Love Island, Big Brother and I'm a has-been- get me out of here.


(and *that* family in the USA  :sick:  )


Sophisticated my arse.


Give me Sapphire and Steel or The Goodies any day of the week
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on June 24, 2019, 11:19:00 pm
Mrs F has most of the 70's (and a lot of the 60's and 80's) on DVD. This includes Blakes 7, Star Trek TOS, Department S, Jason King, The Persuaders, Catweazle, Children of the Stones, Star Maidens, The Professionals, Man in a Suitcase,  ect ect.

Woe, Woe and thrice Woe!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Manotea on June 25, 2019, 12:57:47 am
And now for the weather forecast :)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on July 26, 2019, 01:10:40 pm
When your son finds out he needs false teeth.  Although to be fair, his teeth don't fix calcium properly.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on July 26, 2019, 01:25:14 pm
I was discussing fractures and radiological healing thereof with my brother. Pointed out healing on film lags WAY behind real mending, pointing out Baby Brother had been taken out of plaster when I could see almost NOTHING joining his forearm bones.
(click to show/hide)

He was 9
You are 52...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: nicknack on August 25, 2019, 12:24:28 am
You go a pub to see a band that you used to play in and you just want a quiet (ok - noisy) evening sitting having a few beers but about 4 numbers from the end this woman gets in your face and tries to drag you up to dance. Early 20's, quite attractive, tall, pissed. I'm 66 for fuck's sake. Just leave me alone. I presumed either she had some sort of fetish or left her glasses at home. She didn't stop pestering me until the band had finished (they were pissing themselves). Acutely embarrassing (and ever so slightly gratifying  ;D ). Had I been 40 years younger...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on August 25, 2019, 08:23:50 am
When you use a somewhat neglected word that only had one meaning for the first 50 years of your life and find that it has been commandeered by ignorant youth and now means something different and probably louche.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Beardy on August 25, 2019, 09:39:47 am
When the couch to 5k seems like an uphill struggle.  :-\
Feeling very sweety
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on September 13, 2019, 08:11:57 am
When you can't find the two packs of pencils you bought last week.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 13, 2019, 03:26:05 pm
The cheapest car insurance you can buy is from Saga (that one really annoyed my wife).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: phil w on September 13, 2019, 03:38:16 pm
When you talk of something like it was yesterday, but it was 30 years ago. Old age will be when that becomes 50 years ago.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Regulator on September 13, 2019, 03:39:47 pm
You get told off for perving at young policemen. 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on September 13, 2019, 03:57:41 pm
You get told off for perving at young policemen.

Rightly so, given that policemen are all about 12 these days...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on September 13, 2019, 05:43:16 pm
perving at young police officers, please
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: phil w on September 13, 2019, 06:08:43 pm
perving at young police officers, please

Is that a request for the weekend?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on September 13, 2019, 06:17:26 pm
If I'm allowed out on my own  :P
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: essexian on September 14, 2019, 08:17:44 am
..... you go on a train line (Worcester to Pershore) on the "new" (they have been out a year or so) 800 class remembering back to the fact that the last time you travelled on this line was in around 1977 on one of the then new Intercity 125's!  Frankly, I thought the 125 was far better than the new rolling stock!

And.... stay with me with this one.... Stoke Speedway track is closing later today. I've never been but used to go to see Hackney ride now and again when I lived in the far south. Anyway, that got me thinking about sports stadiums I have known and lost over the years including one near where my Great Aunty Queenie lived. I knew it was somewhere near Lea Bridge Road and knew that it wasn't the old Leyton Football Club ground as I had been there countless times. So, was it Lea Bridge Road Speedway Stadium or Clapton Dogs.

Well, as Lea Bridge speedway was in the wrong place (the north side of Lea Bridge Station), it must have been Clapton dogs and some online photo spotting confirmed this to me. As did a quick look at Google Maps which pinpointed the actual group of houses Great Aunty Queenie lived in. The last time I went to her house.... around 1970!

The houses....not sure which one but they have all been done up since I went there: https://goo.gl/maps/PMiXfKGFDg9K6Ah78

If you spin the photo around, the new houses across the green is where the stadium was.

Memories eh!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jurek on September 14, 2019, 08:34:06 am
I cross that park every day on my way into work.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on September 17, 2019, 05:53:32 pm
(https://i.imgur.com/X6eElNu.png)

When you see this photo and think 3d (thruppence, not three-dimensional).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: BrianI on September 17, 2019, 06:21:25 pm
The cheapest car insurance you can buy is from Saga (that one really annoyed my wife).

Wouldn't recommend SAGA car insurance though. Mother is having no ends of trouble getting them to update the Motor Insurance Database, so while the car is insured, it's not showing as such on the askmid site... So mum is currently worried about driving anywhere incase she gets picked up by ANPR traffic cameras...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on September 18, 2019, 12:53:09 pm
(https://i.imgur.com/X6eElNu.png)

When you see this photo and think 3d (thruppence, not three-dimensional).

And you remember being given a brand-new one just after the Coronation.

I spent mine a week later.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 19, 2019, 01:52:27 pm
https://twitter.com/realmandeville/status/1174610815288336384?s=21 (https://twitter.com/realmandeville/status/1174610815288336384?s=21)


The “B” Ark.
Wow! I'm officially old enough to take a Saga cruise. This can only mean I'm beyond middle-aged into the official senile age group. Or do you only get there when you actually want to take a Saga cruise?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on September 23, 2019, 06:17:43 pm
https://twitter.com/realmandeville/status/1174610815288336384?s=21 (https://twitter.com/realmandeville/status/1174610815288336384?s=21)


The “B” Ark.
Wow! I'm officially old enough to take a Saga cruise. This can only mean I'm beyond middle-aged into the official senile age group. Or do you only get there when you actually want to take a Saga cruise?

What has the Sand and Gravel Association got to do with cruises?  I'm confused....
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on September 23, 2019, 08:49:29 pm
Quote from: andytheflyer
I'm confused....
Aye, that's another sign of middle age.  :)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Wowbagger on October 04, 2019, 11:12:16 pm
OS 1 inch (1:63 360) maps were 6/6 back in the day...

I think the first 1:50 000 sheets were 80p.

I have 4 sheets of the whole of the Isle of Skye in 1:63360. I bought them in a second hand shop in Southend shortly after I started teaching, so that would probably have been 1975 or 1976. I think they cost me 5p each. After decimalisation and after the introduction of the 1:50000 "bodged" sheets, anyway. I remember thinking "One day I will go to the Isle of Skye and these maps will come in useful!" Three are marked 40p. One is marked 8/- (40p).

They did come in useful. Jan and I visited Skye in ... 2010 I think.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 05, 2019, 08:21:00 am
S'funny... 40p seems cheap but 8/- seems quite dear.  I don't think I ever paid more than 3/6d.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: robgul on October 05, 2019, 09:14:38 am
OS 1 inch (1:63 360) maps were 6/6 back in the day...

I think the first 1:50 000 sheets were 80p.

I have 4 sheets of the whole of the Isle of Skye in 1:63360. I bought them in a second hand shop in Southend shortly after I started teaching, so that would probably have been 1975 or 1976. I think they cost me 5p each. After decimalisation and after the introduction of the 1:50000 "bodged" sheets, anyway. I remember thinking "One day I will go to the Isle of Skye and these maps will come in useful!" Three are marked 40p. One is marked 8/- (40p).

They did come in useful. Jan and I visited Skye in ... 2010 I think.

I must be older than you - the 1" to the mile OS reddish-orange covered maps were 3/6d when I bought my first one (which I still have - No 161) ..... I remember when this was all fields ....... etc

Rob
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 05, 2019, 09:49:16 am
In Norn Iron I occasionally used my dad's, mostly for runs down the Ards - I think they might have cost 6d when he was cycling.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on October 05, 2019, 11:41:00 am
In Norn Iron I occasionally used my dad's, mostly for runs down the Ards - I think they might have cost 6d when he was cycling.
Could you get Ordnance Survey maps in Norn Iron? I thought they were a GB rather than a UK thing due to some historical reason or another.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Canardly on October 05, 2019, 11:55:52 am
I have a football league cup final ticket from 1974, Man City V Wolves at Wembley. Cost 80p.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: orienteer on October 05, 2019, 12:46:41 pm
Still have the English language guidebook for EXPO 70 in Osaka.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 05, 2019, 02:12:12 pm
In Norn Iron I occasionally used my dad's, mostly for runs down the Ards - I think they might have cost 6d when he was cycling.
Could you get Ordnance Survey maps in Norn Iron? I thought they were a GB rather than a UK thing due to some historical reason or another.

Might not have been OS. 'Twas long, long ago, when Paisley was just a flowery pattern.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Paul on October 05, 2019, 04:54:06 pm
I have a ticket for (I think) the Eiffel Tower for 10ff. If it is for la Tour it would have been 1990. Mid-day, midsummer's day, 1990, to be precise, because that was the arrangement I'd made with someone 5 years beforehand*.

(*No-show).
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on October 05, 2019, 07:32:37 pm
S'funny... 40p seems cheap but 8/- seems quite dear.  I don't think I ever paid more than 3/6d.

They were mostly 6/6 when I bought them just before decimalisation. They seemed quite pricey then.

The NEW 1:50,000 were 80p on launch but there was much inflation in the late '60s/early '70s.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on October 05, 2019, 08:03:28 pm
The first rugby match I saw at Twickenham was England V SA when they came back into internationals in 1992/93. Cost me the gramd total of £9.  That'll just about buy a pint there these days.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on October 05, 2019, 08:22:01 pm
You know you're middle aged when you're pretty sure the people talking about buying anything more expensive than pick-n-mix with pre-decimal currency are in the wrong thread...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on October 05, 2019, 09:03:31 pm
Some of my former classmates now have kids that are over 40 years old.

I must be more than middle-aged.

But I won't admit it...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Moleman76 on October 06, 2019, 08:14:38 am
when you learn that someone you've worked with for several years was born in the year you went off to college
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on October 06, 2019, 09:36:07 am
when you learn that someone you've worked with for several years was born in the year you went off to college
In my new job, my Teh Boss is a couple of years younger than my daughter. A colleague was at school with my son in law.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 06, 2019, 11:36:24 am
"Kid, I've got shoes older than you" ~ The Finn
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: spesh on October 06, 2019, 11:59:37 am
"Kid, I've got shoes older than you" ~ The Finn

I understood that reference.  :thumbsup:

ETA - realising how long ago "Count Zero" was published makes me feel middle-aged.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on October 06, 2019, 04:08:21 pm
when you learn that someone you've worked with for several years was born in the year you went off to college

A medical contemporary friend had major surgery performed by a consultant born after they qualified...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: chrisbainbridge on October 06, 2019, 04:37:44 pm
All of my trainees for about the last 5 years were born after I started training.   U suspect the newest consultant was born after I got my fellowship!

The problem is the respect they seem to have invested me with which I am sure I do not deserve.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on October 06, 2019, 10:56:47 pm
You discover a colleague in their early 20's was born on your 30th birthday.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Karla on October 06, 2019, 11:08:02 pm
"Kid, I've got shoes older than you" ~ The Finn

I'm really quite worried that I got that reference.

Tell me something, when does middle age start?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on October 06, 2019, 11:10:43 pm
Tell me something, when does middle age start?

Thursday.  I could never get the hang of Thursdays.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: spesh on October 06, 2019, 11:12:56 pm
I try to kid myself that age is just a state of mind...

<beat>

Which works as long as I don't mind the state I'm in...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 07, 2019, 09:14:54 am
Tell me something, when does middle age start?

Thursday.  I could never get the hang of Thursdays.
Thursday is when the weekend starts (unless it's a long weekend), ergo middle age is the weekend.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: spesh on October 07, 2019, 11:33:40 am
Tell me something, when does middle age start?

Thursday.  I could never get the hang of Thursdays.
Thursday is when the weekend starts (unless it's a long weekend), ergo middle age is the weekend.

Douglas Adams applies.

“In the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn't cope with, and that terrible listlessness which starts to set in at about 2:55, when you know that you've had all the baths you can usefully have that day, that however hard you stare at any given paragraph in the papers you will never actually read it, or use the revolutionary new pruning technique it describes, and that as you stare at the clock the hands will move relentlessly on to four o'clock, and you will enter the long dark teatime of the soul.”
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 10, 2019, 10:12:35 am
The beep emitted by the continuity tester in your multimeter is beyond your auditory range.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Bledlow on October 10, 2019, 10:13:48 pm
You discover a colleague in their early 20's was born on your 30th birthday.
In my case, I discovered that an ex-girlfriend recently bought a house with her partner. He was born when I was 27.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on October 10, 2019, 10:17:08 pm
The beep emitted by the continuity tester in your multimeter is beyond your auditory range.

That's a bit worrying.

And another reason[1] why they should have the option to flash the backlight like those nice Brymen ones.


[1] See also: Continuity testing in loud or noise-sensitive environments.  Both if you're a soundie.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mllePB on October 11, 2019, 07:26:43 pm
In the 80's I did a Computer sci degree. 

Last month I had a work laptop 'upgraded' to windows 10 and I had to ask PB for help finding the shutdown command. How was I to know it was no longer an English  word :-[
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 11, 2019, 07:34:18 pm
In the 80's I did a Computer sci degree. 

Last month I had a work laptop 'upgraded' to windows 10 and I had to ask PB for help finding the shutdown command. How was I to know it was no longer an English  word :-[
So what on earth does it say? It still says "Shut down" on mine, which is Windows 8. Have Microsoft invented a new word???!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on October 11, 2019, 07:56:50 pm
Windows 10 does not shut down when you choose shut down; instead it hibernates.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 11, 2019, 08:58:05 pm
So how do you get it to shut down completely?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 11, 2019, 09:03:00 pm
Weight it down and drop it in the Mariana Trench.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 12, 2019, 01:26:44 pm
The beep emitted by the continuity tester in your multimeter is beyond your auditory range.

That's a bit worrying.

And another reason[1] why they should have the option to flash the backlight like those nice Brymen ones.


[1] See also: Continuity testing in loud or noise-sensitive environments.  Both if you're a soundie.

Yeah.  I can still just hear it.  It's about 15 years since I stopped being able to hear the out-of-bpm-range beep from my HRM. No loss.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 12, 2019, 03:10:53 pm
This Unit uses and endorses Classic Shell, which makes current versions of Windows look like the versions us wrinkly oldsters grew up with as opposed to a Fisher-Price toy with a touch screen.  See rants passim re touch screens.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: phantasmagoriana on October 13, 2019, 08:24:13 am
Tell me something, when does middle age start?

35, apparently. :'( 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/7458147/Middle-age-begins-at-35-and-ends-at-58.html (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/7458147/Middle-age-begins-at-35-and-ends-at-58.html)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 15, 2019, 09:16:58 am
When an hour and a half in the workshop feels like a whole morning.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Duckfoot1606 on October 15, 2019, 11:14:21 am
Tell me something, when does middle age start?

35, apparently. :'( 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/7458147/Middle-age-begins-at-35-and-ends-at-58.html (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/7458147/Middle-age-begins-at-35-and-ends-at-58.html)

Crap, I’m about to turn old 😢
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 15, 2019, 12:25:01 pm
Ctrl-Alt-Del is thataway==============> (region of your numeric keypad). This topic is about decrepitude.  Oh, wait... OK, go on talking about Windows 10.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: The Movers on October 15, 2019, 02:33:27 pm
Win 10 matters have been split off and moved to Ctrl-Alt-Del.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 15, 2019, 02:47:06 pm
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 15, 2019, 02:49:31 pm
Surely you're middle-aged if you remember Windows 3.1.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 15, 2019, 02:55:14 pm
Surely you're middle-aged if you remember Windows 3.1.
I remember when people got excited about Windows 3.0
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 15, 2019, 03:05:33 pm
I wrote my PhD thesis on a Windows 3.1 machine (I think, whatever Windows for Workgroups was). I found an entire IBM PS 3/2 in a skip and set it up in the basement of our building, making myself a nice space to play solitaire contemplate molecules.

Everyone was really impressed that I had my own computer and an office space that didn't smell like radioactivity. I never did tell anyone that I put the computer in the skip in the first place so I could 'find' it, and I never actually asked about the basement space, I just annexed it. Anything done with enough confidence is indistinguishable from being officially authorized.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Guy on October 15, 2019, 03:53:18 pm
I don't know what the OS was, but when I started using computers at work I was writing documents in WordPerfect 3.1.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on October 15, 2019, 04:04:29 pm
Surely you're middle-aged if you remember Windows 3.1.

I remember being underwhelmed by Windows 2.0, having had previous experience of Amiga Workbench and GEM.  That machine had the first colour inkjet printer I ever saw attached to it, which was somewhat more impressive.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on October 15, 2019, 04:20:11 pm
I don't know what the OS was, but when I started using computers at work I was writing documents in WordPerfect 3.1.
I'll see your WordPerfect 3.1 and raise you WordStar on a CP/M terminal connected to the Magic Box using RS232 electric string.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Regulator on October 15, 2019, 04:22:21 pm
Pah!  Amateurs...  @Wowbagger wrote his dissertation in cuneiform on a clay tablet.    ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: robgul on October 15, 2019, 04:26:06 pm
Does Wordwise on BBC micro score any points?? - that's where I started writing stuff.    IIRC the prog was on a plug-in chip.

Rob
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on October 15, 2019, 04:41:19 pm
You know you're middle aged when you reminisce about old computer programs you used to use.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on October 15, 2019, 04:42:12 pm
You know you're middle aged when you reminisce about old computer programs you used to use.

Nahh, I've been doing that since I was about 17.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 15, 2019, 09:07:53 pm
You know you're middle aged when you reminisce about old computer programs you used to use.

Nahh, I've been doing that since I was about 17.
I think you've just proved roadrunner's point.  :D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: chrisbainbridge on October 15, 2019, 10:17:04 pm
I remember agonising with my wife whether we bought a spectrum or BBC Micro. We bought the BBC and colleagues gave me blown EPROMs of view as the worprocessor and a couple of games.

We made 35mm slides for lectures on the computer and photographed the screen before we bought for the department  a special projector thing to which we attached a camera. Then the film was sent for processing score we got it back and mounted the slides. Fastest we could do a lecture in was 48 hours with overnight delivery.

Now I write the lecture whilst the previous speaker is talking.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on October 15, 2019, 10:29:55 pm
We made 35mm slides for lectures on the computer and photographed the screen before we bought for the department  a special projector thing to which we attached a camera. Then the film was sent for processing score we got it back and mounted the slides. Fastest we could do a lecture in was 48 hours with overnight delivery.

In the early 90s, I used to make 35mm lecture slides for my father using a variation on this process[1], on account of my naturally superior Young Person computer skills[2].  One of the computer programs I would have been reminiscing about when I was 17 was Harvard Graphics 3.0 for DOS.  A package which - although limited in countless respects - Microsoft Office has yet to beat in terms of actual graph-drawing ability.  Imagine a user-friendly version of gnuplot, with rudimentary PowerPoint-style presentation features.

I still get nostalgic for the colours that worked well on 35mm slides.  Medium yellow text on dark blue backgrounds was much easier on the eye than the harsh contrast that you need on the underpowered video projectors of the early 2000s (and today's low-end projectors of equivalent spec).


[1] I *think* the hospital or the MRC or someone had a machine that would expose film directly with EPS-style vector graphics, possibly using lasers or an oscilloscope-style vector CRT or something.  The image quality (in the early days of XGA displays) was phenomenal.
[2] Gen-Z-ers: Ask your parents.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on October 15, 2019, 10:36:03 pm
OMG. I thought I was odd creating graphs and stuff on a QL, then photographing the screen for use in a presentation.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 15, 2019, 10:51:20 pm
Blimey Harvard Graphics, that’s a blast from the past. I recall Word 2 on the diddy Mac being awesomely WYSIWYG after years of colour-coded, function key-hammering WordPerfect.

Cantankerous lab equipment (hplc, capillary electrophoresis, and the giant first generation DNA sequencers that graced the age) always seemed to run on OS/2 Warp.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on October 16, 2019, 01:36:57 am
People you work with were born after you got your first mobile phone.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: chrisbainbridge on October 16, 2019, 09:42:16 am
Does reaching for the smallest adjustable spanner in your tool kit which you inherited from your father on his death who got it from his father count.

Even if it doesn't, it was a really strange feeling taking up a tool which is quite possibly 100years old.  Almost a Star Wars moment.  "I am a self taught tinkerer and mechanic like my father (and my grandfather)".

I have two sons, one of whom is also a tinkerer/mechanic and all being well he will inherit the spanner as well  which will make the tool an heirloom through 4 generations.  I just have to make sure one of my granddaughters has a STEM interest :D

My other son will inherit the walking stick made from the propeller of the Sopwith my grandfather flew in WW1.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 16, 2019, 10:01:39 am
My other son will inherit the walking stick made from the propeller of the Sopwith my grandfather flew in WW1.
Wow. Quite an heirloom.  :thumbsup:

Only two objects survive from my grandfather's WWI experiences: a photo of him, looking ridiculously young and impish, in his brand new 1915 uniform (complete with SWORD) and his partially forged Red Cross release papers six years later. I expect he'd be prouder of the latter.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 16, 2019, 10:47:09 am
My other son will inherit the walking stick made from the propeller of the Sopwith my grandfather flew in WW1.
One heck of an heirloom.

I have a sweater I treasure. It is a hairy brown thing.

My mother knitted it for my father when he was about the age my son is now.

I think that definitely qualifies me as middle aged.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 16, 2019, 12:57:39 pm
Does reaching for the smallest adjustable spanner in your tool kit which you inherited from your father on his death who got it from his father count.

Even if it doesn't, it was a really strange feeling taking up a tool which is quite possibly 100years old.  Almost a Star Wars moment.  "I am a self taught tinkerer and mechanic like my father (and my grandfather)".


I have tools that go back that far, a mix from both sides of the family.  I don't know where they'll go after me, though, since neither of my kids are makers: one's a musician, the other's a consumer.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on October 16, 2019, 09:20:37 pm
I have a bunch of woodworking tools that came from my father through my granddad. Sadly I'm not much of a woodworker myself, more mechanically biased.  On that front I have a beautiful micrometer in it's original case, probabaly 50's/60's when my dad was starting out as an engineering apprentice.  I did have a lovely steel rule that had metric and imperial, including down to 1/16th inch, though how you could use it accurately I don't know.

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on October 16, 2019, 09:22:38 pm
Musing on my flight this afternoon with a quick trip to the loo and the various No Smoking  and no Cigarrette Disposal signs, I can still remember when aircraft armrests had ashtrays, and when trains had smoking carriages.  Does that qualify?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: rafletcher on October 17, 2019, 08:45:43 am
I can remember being on a plane where people smoked. I was at the front of the no-smoking area, but the curtain didn't do much to stop smoke intrusion from the smoking area in front.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 17, 2019, 09:01:29 am
And why was smoking at the front of the plane but the back of the bus? I remember the theory for the bus was that air currents would carry smoke back anyway, also that it would rise and that's why it was allowed on the top deck of double-deckers. None of which had any practical effect, of course, any more than did the absence of theory in restaurants.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Panoramix on October 17, 2019, 10:54:30 am
You know you are middle aged when ... you realise the London AZ in your hands was published in 2003 (15 years ago!) whereas you were under the impression that "it wasn't that old".

At least the millenium dome is on it!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 17, 2019, 11:08:19 am
And why was smoking at the front of the plane but the back of the bus? I remember the theory for the bus was that air currents would carry smoke back anyway, also that it would rise and that's why it was allowed on the top deck of double-deckers. None of which had any practical effect, of course, any more than did the absence of theory in restaurants.

Lufthansa short-haul flights had smokers up one side and non-smokers up the other, with the air circulation arranged to contain the smoke. It worked, if you could manage to get a non-smoker window seat.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on October 17, 2019, 12:03:28 pm
I can remember being on a plane where people smoked. I was at the front of the no-smoking area, but the curtain didn't do much to stop smoke intrusion from the smoking area in front.

I've never been on a plane where people didn't smoke.   :sick:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on October 17, 2019, 12:19:19 pm
You know you are middle aged when ... you realise the London AZ in your hands was published in 2003 (15 years ago!) whereas you were under the impression that "it wasn't that old".

At least the millenium dome is on it!

I hate to inform you that we're now at the tail end of 2019 and 2003 was at least 16 years ago...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Giraffe on October 17, 2019, 03:47:16 pm
You know you are middle aged when ... you realise the London AZ in your hands was published in 2003 (15 years ago!) whereas you were under the impression that "it wasn't that old".

At least the millenium dome is on it!
About 15 years ago I dumped a road atlas that I remember my father buying. Decided it was not current as the M1 wasn't on even as a proposed road.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 17, 2019, 03:50:11 pm
That wasn't something to dump, that was an antique!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 17, 2019, 04:01:19 pm
Not a metre from my elbow I have a 1999 Michelin road atlas of France, complete but for the pages I ripped out to mark cycling routes on.

Oh, important tip: when marking a route on a map, do not use an orange highlighter if you're going to be going through sodium-lit towns at night. DAHIKT.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on October 17, 2019, 07:30:47 pm
Oh, important tip: when marking a route on a map, do not use an orange highlighter if you're going to be going through sodium-lit towns at night. DAHIKT.

Reminds me of the time I labelled all the channels on a lighting desk in blue biro...  :facepalm:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on October 17, 2019, 08:37:21 pm
You know you are middle aged when ... you realise the London AZ in your hands was published in 2003 (15 years ago!) whereas you were under the impression that "it wasn't that old".

At least the millenium dome is on it!

I hate to inform you that we're now at the tail end of 2019 and 2003 was at least 16 years ago...
Another indicator of middle age.  You round the number of years between a past event and now down to try and soften the mental blow.  :)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 18, 2019, 09:34:03 am
You know you are middle aged when ... you realise the London AZ in your hands was published in 2003 (15 years ago!) whereas you were under the impression that "it wasn't that old".

At least the millenium dome is on it!

I hate to inform you that we're now at the tail end of 2019 and 2003 was at least 16 years ago...
Another indicator of middle age.  You round the number of years between a past event and now down to try and soften the mental blow.  :)

Older yet, you've stopped caring.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Panoramix on October 19, 2019, 07:20:38 am
You know you are middle aged when ... you realise the London AZ in your hands was published in 2003 (15 years ago!) whereas you were under the impression that "it wasn't that old".

At least the millenium dome is on it!

I hate to inform you that we're now at the tail end of 2019 and 2003 was at least 16 years ago...
Another indicator of middle age.  You round the number of years between a past event and now down to try and soften the mental blow.  :)

Older yet, you've stopped caring.



Envoyé de mon Action-X3 en utilisant Tapatalk

Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 21, 2019, 03:08:11 pm
On the topic of long-lived items, when we moved in here in 1989 I installed a fluorescent light from our old kitchen in my workshop.  The tube has just begun to die: it must be around 36 years old.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 21, 2019, 05:30:25 pm
When you're riding along and start whistling/humming a childhood tune to yourself but suddenly stop because you remember it's now musica non grata, to coin a phrase.
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Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on October 21, 2019, 07:37:03 pm
On a trip back to Bath with MrsED, where i studied, we wandered into an art gallery where the bus station used to be and almost bought a Rolf. 

Lucky escape there
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on October 21, 2019, 09:06:33 pm
... it's now musica non grata ...

That Americal civil war song, written in 1902 by Morse and Madden and sung by many artists must surely have what it takes to outlive its association with Rolf Harris. I sure hope so as it is a great song.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on October 21, 2019, 10:09:44 pm
I pointed out the lyrics to 'The Sun Has Got Its Hat On' to a guest, as a passing ice cream van chimed the tune.
Very incorrect.
Shame!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 22, 2019, 08:55:24 am
As I climbed the steps to our front door behind our Labs the other evening I found myself singing "Two little chums had two little bums/Both had a woolly arse", which I suppose would be even more non grata these days, as well as being grammatically dubious.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 22, 2019, 08:59:54 am
... it's now musica non grata ...

That Americal civil war song, written in 1902 by Morse and Madden and sung by many artists must surely have what it takes to outlive its association with Rolf Harris. I sure hope so as it is a great song.
I hope it does, but at the moment it still feels a bit like songcrime to sing it.

I pointed out the lyrics to 'The Sun Has Got Its Hat On' to a guest, as a passing ice cream van chimed the tune.
Very incorrect.
Shame!
The sun has got his hat on
Hip hip hip hooray
The sun has got his hat on
And he's coming out to play

is all I've ever known of that song.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on October 22, 2019, 09:22:02 am
It's the second verse...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Efrogwr on October 22, 2019, 09:34:20 am
As I climbed the steps to our front door behind our Labs the other evening I found myself singing "Two little chums had two little bums/Both had a woolly arse", which I suppose would be even more non grata these days, as well as being grammatically dubious.

"Each had a woolly arse" would be OK.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Efrogwr on October 22, 2019, 09:35:55 am
I pointed out the lyrics to 'The Sun Has Got Its Hat On' to a guest, as a passing ice cream van chimed the tune.
Very incorrect.
Shame!

I attended the same school as the perpetrator of that song.

But not at the same time...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ham on October 23, 2019, 12:49:38 pm
...your wife goes off to a Quilting Retreat for four days (bet you didn't know that existed) and not only do you not make any plans, but you also take no advantage of the holiday. She's back tomorrow.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Clare on October 23, 2019, 01:28:33 pm
...your wife goes off to a Quilting Retreat ... (bet you didn't know that existed)

You should have learned by now not to assume, of course I know these things exist.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 23, 2019, 02:38:39 pm
As I climbed the steps to our front door behind our Labs the other evening I found myself singing "Two little chums had two little bums/Both had a woolly arse", which I suppose would be even more non grata these days, as well as being grammatically dubious.

"Each had a woolly arse" would be OK.

I was going to put that but it would have added another mod to the original.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on October 23, 2019, 03:14:23 pm
...your wife goes off to a Quilting Retreat for four days (bet you didn't know that existed) and not only do you not make any plans, but you also take no advantage of the holiday. She's back tomorrow.

Wonder if she'll meet the wife of my First Love, who is a quilter in Cardiff...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on October 24, 2019, 09:38:23 am
...your wife goes off to a Quilting Retreat for four days (bet you didn't know that existed) and not only do you not make any plans, but you also take no advantage ...............
I must be middle aged, at 65.  Yebbut sometimes the aches and wobbles make me feel what I think old-age must feel like.  Dunno.  Mine buggers off at short notice for a Bridge weekend, and I get the dog to supervise so I can't go far away from home, and the dog hates going in the car so away-from-base walkies are out.  Yes, yes, I know it was on the calendar months ago, but how am I supposed to notice that?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 24, 2019, 02:06:09 pm
My sister's in that lark. Currently trying to get Downpatrick renamed Downpatchwork. OK for her, she lives near Lisburn.

Being shown the 748 photos she took at the European Quilting shindig in Ste-Marie-des-Mines would make anyone feel middle-aged. Or if they're already past that mark, suicidal.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ham on October 24, 2019, 03:12:09 pm
Imagine having to find different ways of saying "oh that's nice dear"


With what has to pass for enthusiasm.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 24, 2019, 03:34:14 pm
Unfortunately I don't have to imagine it. To be fair, though, 748 was hyperbole. It wasn't more than 200.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 24, 2019, 03:38:25 pm
I first heard of quilting in the US, where it's a big thing (families have quilts). Of course, I initially assumed it was some kind of sex thing, like pegging or some such.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 24, 2019, 04:26:55 pm
I thought knights used to tilt at it.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on October 24, 2019, 09:03:18 pm
Quote from: Ham
Imagine having to find different ways of saying "oh that's nice dear"
With what has to pass for enthusiasm.
MrsLurker is available for tutoring.  Reasonable rates.  Extra training in,  "Looking REALLY pleased at being shown some product of a niche and slightly odd activity." available.  Apply BOX 405....

MrsLurker's qualifications include many, ohh many and many, years of not sighing deeply and trying to brain me when being shown bits of model aeroplanes in various stages of construction as well as interesting fragments of code presented for her inspection. 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on October 24, 2019, 09:35:52 pm
I first heard of quilting in the US, where it's a big thing (families have quilts). Of course, I initially assumed it was some kind of sex thing, like pegging or some such.

I believe that is quiltbagging.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: matthew on October 24, 2019, 09:42:43 pm
Imagine having to find different ways of saying "oh that's nice dear"


With what has to pass for enthusiasm.

You mean you aren't being asked your opinion on the colour combinations or how to arrange the blocks into the quilt or which of the fabric to use as the binding.

Sometimes I am so glad to have moved out of my mothers house, dad is known not to have an artistic or athstetic bone in his body.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ham on October 25, 2019, 07:24:41 am
Imagine having to find different ways of saying "oh that's nice dear"


With what has to pass for enthusiasm.

You mean you aren't being asked your opinion on the colour combinations or how to arrange the blocks into the quilt or which of the fabric to use as the binding.

Sometimes I am so glad to have moved out of my mothers house, dad is known not to have an artistic or athstetic bone in his body.

No. I don't mean that AT ALL.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on October 25, 2019, 10:17:18 am
I'm sitting in the office. The radio is on, playing Anarchy in The UK, by that popular beat combo The Sex Pistols.

All of my colleagues were born after it came out.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 25, 2019, 10:19:47 am
Yes, but they have Justin Bieber.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: chrisbainbridge on October 25, 2019, 10:21:42 am
My research trainee has been alive for less time than I have been in this job
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Greenbank on October 25, 2019, 10:24:24 am
Same here, one of the grads was born after I started here.

I'm only 43.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 25, 2019, 10:27:11 am
A few years ago, I realised that the engineer sitting in the next desk over was young enough to be my daughter. She then went on maternity leave. I felt quite old after that...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: jsabine on October 25, 2019, 12:30:17 pm
Some of my colleagues are younger than my beard.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on October 25, 2019, 12:38:24 pm
you can have a discussion about tickets for Elton John and talk about the "original band", or debate the merits of Fleetwood Mac with or without Lindsay
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hatler on October 25, 2019, 12:51:47 pm
Lindsey, surely ?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on October 25, 2019, 12:54:26 pm
... or debate the merits of Fleetwood Mac with or without Lindsay

I think mean Peter, not Lindsey.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 25, 2019, 01:03:49 pm
Bloke on Farcebok.  Talking about Fleetwood Mac.  Had to have "Dog And Dustbin" explained to him :facepalm:
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Hot Flatus on October 25, 2019, 01:08:47 pm
in answer to thread title.

...its midday, on a friday, and you are tucking into a healthy and nutritious pint, whilst slightly grumpily perusing one's online world, which is only possible with reading glasses.

My ass used to be beautiful. That it should come to this...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on October 25, 2019, 01:18:54 pm
Lindsey, surely ?

Tryping is not my forty
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 25, 2019, 01:43:37 pm
I know nothing of Fleetwood Mac (other than one song) but I am now forced to acknowledge that I need those varifocal contacts or, alternatively, that I can operate my computer by squinting at it from the other side of the office, using a stick to bash letters out of the keyboard. Admittedly the latter might improve my spelling.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 25, 2019, 02:46:02 pm
...When a bloke demonstrating a gadget on YouTube says "this is an amazingly flexible tool" and you think "aye, so's mine these days".
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on October 25, 2019, 02:47:39 pm
I know nothing of Fleetwood Mac (other than one song) ...

You are Wowbagger AICMFP!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 25, 2019, 04:09:22 pm
I don't even know one song.  I thought they were a cross between Fisherman's Friends and a dodgy mortgage set-up.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on October 25, 2019, 04:21:08 pm
I discovered them relatively recently.  They seem quite good, and come from the heady days of music that was recorded with dynamic range.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 25, 2019, 04:22:49 pm
They sound more than a bit Dad Rock. For those who find Dire Straits a bit racy.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andytheflyer on October 25, 2019, 05:27:02 pm
...When a bloke demonstrating a gadget on YouTube says "this is an amazingly flexible tool" and you think "aye, so's mine these days".
;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Greenbank on October 25, 2019, 05:34:24 pm
I remember taking a Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits album on a school ski-trip in 1988.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 25, 2019, 05:40:02 pm
I only read this thread to make me feel young(er).

The only thing floppy about me is my disk.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ham on October 25, 2019, 06:12:07 pm
All 3 1/2"
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 25, 2019, 06:49:00 pm
It's not the size, it's the capacity.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on October 25, 2019, 07:52:06 pm
All 720kb?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 25, 2019, 08:40:42 pm
Pah, I'm high density.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on October 25, 2019, 09:53:07 pm
You know you're middle aged when you get out your camera to take a photo and notice everyone else is using their smartphone.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on October 26, 2019, 12:49:46 am
... and realise refocusing eyes twixt screen and scene requires effort/head movement/other specs etc.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 26, 2019, 07:42:27 am
... and realise refocusing eyes twixt screen and scene requires effort/head movement/other specs etc.
You just reached the stage I was at 30 years ago.  I recall feeing slightly insulted when the optician had a chuckle and said "happens to us all".


The only thing floppy about me is my disk.

Lumbar, presumably?  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on October 26, 2019, 08:00:49 am
... and realise refocusing eyes twixt screen and scene requires effort/head movement/other specs etc.

In my case, I need an automatic glasses-flipper-upper
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on October 26, 2019, 03:55:18 pm
... and realise refocusing eyes twixt screen and scene requires effort/head movement/other specs etc.
You just reached the stage I was at 30 years ago.  I recall feeing slightly insulted when the optician had a chuckle and said "happens to us all".

I probably reached that stage 15 years ago and really valued the optical viewfinder in my Canon IXUS 70 and the film cameras before.

I don't take photos now much as my left eye and right hand don't work well..
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 27, 2019, 01:05:32 pm
You know you're middle aged when you get out your camera to take a photo and notice everyone else is using their smartphone.

...and you're the only one photographing the landscape with the long axis of the sensor horizontal.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: orraloon on October 27, 2019, 03:05:29 pm
....you do a scan as you shop in a branch of that well known supermarket chain, spot their 25% off 6 or more bottles of wine offer, dutifully scan in 6 to see the discount appear, get home to find you only bagged 5.  Rats.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on October 27, 2019, 03:54:45 pm
Someone recently did similar with tinned soup elsewhere in this forum...
... we are all middle-aged...
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on October 27, 2019, 04:33:20 pm
I'm glad someone else did that with tinned soup.

There I was getting ready for Brexit on Tuesday and when I got home I discovered I was missing the tenth tin of soup and the discount  >:(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ElyDave on October 27, 2019, 05:32:03 pm
I'm glad someone else did that Wirth tinned soup.

There I was getting ready for Brexit on Tuesday and when I got home I discovered I was missing the tenth tin of soup and the discount  >:(

yes, I think that was you, upthread
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: road-runner on October 27, 2019, 06:07:41 pm
Continuing my camera theme, perhaps to confirm middle-age: at an extended family get-together today my mother-in-law takes a photo, sighs loudly and says, "What a pity, that's the last one; we'll have to buy a new film."
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: TheLurker on October 27, 2019, 08:44:14 pm
...you remember being asked in a job interview if working in a non-smoking office would be a problem.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 28, 2019, 08:42:07 am
Continuing my camera theme, perhaps to confirm middle-age: at an extended family get-together today my mother-in-law takes a photo, sighs loudly and says, "What a pity, that's the last one; we'll have to buy a new film."

Four-seasons films, our old village photographer used to call them.  Back when we collected cameras we'd often get one with a film in it - the last the previous owner had taken before dying.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 28, 2019, 09:30:25 am
I remember that my first digital camera was a Kodak. Took, I think, 600x400 protographs.

I can't say I've used a non-phone digital camera in a decade, there's a Panasonic Lumix and a Canon Powershot in the cupboard.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on October 29, 2019, 11:31:59 pm
You discover that Young People have adopted one of your family neologisms[1], and given it a completely different meaning[2].


[1] Dench v. To damage through careless bashing or scraping.
[2] https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Dench
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on October 30, 2019, 08:34:28 am
I'm glad someone else did that Wirth tinned soup.

There I was getting ready for Brexit on Tuesday and when I got home I discovered I was missing the tenth tin of soup and the discount  >:(

yes, I think that was you, upthread

Ah yes! I wondered why I had 18 tins of soup...  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: T42 on October 30, 2019, 08:45:18 am
You discover that Young People have adopted one of your family neologisms[1], and given it a completely different meaning[2].


[1] Dench v. To damage through careless bashing or scraping.
[2] https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Dench


Even worse when you find that an everyday expression of your youth has taken on utterly filthy connotations.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 30, 2019, 08:59:28 am
Urban Dictionary implies dench came from Judi, whereas the young persons say it came from hench, a contraction of henchman, used by muscled bodybuilders.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Ruthie on October 30, 2019, 09:24:31 pm
 ... you can finally stop pretending you enjoy clubbing.

Nightclubbing.  Not seal clubbing.  Never done that.

Don't like golf clubbing either.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Kim on October 30, 2019, 10:09:37 pm
I've been not enjoying clubbing since I was about 16, never saw the need to pretend.  I was already deeply uncool for eschewing drinkohol, so didn't really have anything to prove.

Straight clubs: Terrible music, smoking, too loud to hear - let alone think, obnoxious drunk men, people who are on drugs, homophobic bouncers.
Gay clubs: Cheesy music, even more smoking, too loud to hear - let alone think, scary gropy women, people who think you're on drugs, slightly less homophobic[1] bouncers.
Golf clubs: Ballsport for Scots and rich people.  What's the point when they don't even have a windmill?
Seal clubbing I leave to the mathematicians[2].

 :hand:

If I'm going to damage my lungs/cochlea, I'd rather go to a gig, where at least the music stands a chance of being decent.


ETA: I've just realised all my nightclub (and indeed golf club) experience predates the smoking ban.  I think the last time was when Hanananananah The Astronononononomer was DJing, which was a fantastic night out with above-average music, that culminated in a large dose of prednisolone.   :facepalm:


[1] IIRC when I was a PSO the Stupid Union famously had to pass a motion threatening not to renew Right Wing Security's contract if they kept refusing people access to the gay night for looking a bit quiltbaggy, and then renewed it anyway.  Because Canterbury really is that shit.
[2] In-joke too obscure to be worth explaining.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: hellymedic on October 30, 2019, 10:29:14 pm
[Not really middle-aged any more]

Sister (younger than me) sadly announced death of a former classmate on Facebook.

I think she would have turned 60 today.  :'(
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: ian on October 31, 2019, 09:52:11 am
Clubs mostly existed to clobber your inhibitions senseless so you could attempt to meet the sort of sexual partners you'd probably regret meeting the following morning. Sometimes you'd even go out a couple of times, slowly realising that really all you had in common was mutual incomprehension and a biological urge. That was a good outcome*. Mostly you'd go home and eat chips with your similarly unsuccessful flatmates.

Actually, it was good fun. I used to love it. I remember we used to go to a place called Macmillans in Liverpool. Sweat would drip from the ceilings and you had to dance to prevent your feet becoming permanent bonded to the floor. It was £5, if I recall, and they'd serve vodka and tizer. There were nights at the student union, of course, though we used to go downmarket to the poly on account we thought the women were more attractive there (I'm not sure they were, but for the same reason we'd always go the humanities library**, better scenery***) and also that they'd be more liberal with their attentions (in my experience, no).

I think my most recent clubbing experience landed us in a former-bank basement in Philadelphia (the place we were supposed to go was closing, so this was Uber-driver roulette) a few years back. We only got in because my colleague loudly and poshly declared 'but we're British!' (you have to have ID, it's the US of course). I think we were twenty years older than every other customer. We were drunk enough for it to be fun. It was mostly an interesting anthropological experience that I'm not keen to repeat.


*well, many people seem to get married with less in common.
**children, ask your parents. A large building with books in it. Actual books.
***sorry, but this is how men of a certain age (anywhere between 11 and 85) think. Women, I suspect, too.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 31, 2019, 10:00:16 am
This has prompted me to dig out the T-shirt I "won" in Crystal nightclub, Apia, in 1996. Says nightclub on the T-shirt but more of a disco in a village hall really. Lots of cheesy polynesian pop and a "raffle" in which, by some amazing coincidence, all the tourists won T-shirts and all the other prizes (cigarettes and alcohol, and no they didn't, in fact they probably didn't even know it) went to locals. Music and dancing are fun if you can escape the pressure to be cool stuff.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 31, 2019, 10:05:35 am
For my 60th birthday I'm going to grow a long blond ponytail, squeeze myself into a leopard skin suit, or failing that a YACF jersey, and go out on the town. For extra points I'll insist that the DJ (do they still have human DJs? Will they then? Won't it all be robots?) play something by Rod Stewart.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Torslanda on October 31, 2019, 05:57:52 pm
You wouldn't suggest that if you had SEEN THIS (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqOh4z2ASdk)
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 31, 2019, 06:02:09 pm
That's exactly what I have seen!
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: spesh on October 31, 2019, 06:03:40 pm
You wouldn't suggest that if you had SEEN THIS (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqOh4z2ASdk)

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: andrewc on October 31, 2019, 06:12:43 pm
I remember we used to go to a place called Macmillans in Liverpool. Sweat would drip from the ceilings and you had to dance to prevent your feet becoming permanent bonded to the floor. It was £5, if I recall, and they'd serve vodka and tizer.



Sounds like most of the better Liverpool clubs.  I was a regular at The Cabin, which was basically a private club for nurses from every hospital in Liverpool, somehow I blagged a membership from Brian, the grumpy bloke who owned it & used to give lollipops to everyone as they left.  The Casa on Hope St & Razz on Fleet St were good as well. 
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Tim Hall on November 01, 2019, 11:43:13 am
As noted upthread, my colleagues are mostly Young People.  I made a passing reference to Minder and Arthur Daley, which was met with blank looks.

They only understood it when I linked Terry McCann to Denis Waterman to Little Britain.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jurek on November 01, 2019, 11:57:02 am
As noted upthread, my colleagues are mostly Young People.  I made a passing reference to Minder and Arthur Daley, which was met with blank looks.

They only understood it when I linked Terry McCann to Denis Waterman to Little Britain.
Apropos of nothing in particular, when I worked at the Science Museum, our workshop was located in what was known as Hut K.
In a previous life, when Thames Television occupied Blythe House in West London, Hut K was Arthur Daley's lock up.
We had a photo of him hanging on the wall.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 02, 2019, 10:15:05 am
You know you're middle aged when you're a swing voter, according to the La Guardian.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: perpetual dan on November 02, 2019, 05:49:38 pm
I used to enjoy clubs, but carefully vetted for music and decent people. So maybe a bit like gigs. The Banshee in Manchester put its entrance up to 1p while I lived there. I met my wife in a nightclub too. Though the incomprehension Ian mentions creeps in occasionally.

I went to a club in London a year or two back, to see Kieran Hebden DJ. It was good fun, though I did feel a bit old and needed my bed by 2am, though the rest were still going strong. So maybe middle age is creeping up on me.
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Jaded on November 02, 2019, 06:32:01 pm
You know you're middle aged when you're a swing voter, according to the La Guardian.

Does that mean more involvement than car keys in the bowl?
Title: Re: You know you're middle aged when
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 09, 2019, 03:35:29 pm
When you're riding along and start whistling/humming a childhood tune to yourself but suddenly stop because you remember it's now musica non grata, to coin a phrase.
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And this ties in with the current OK Boomer meme. There was a Rolf Harris Christmas album, made sometime in the 70s, which included this song, surprisingly still found on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/hlSsffF2xhA

Apparently a boomer is a type of kangaroo.

Edit: But if you are a boomer of the non-kangaroo sort, you probably aren't really middle aged...