Author Topic: You know you're middle aged when  (Read 84219 times)

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #350 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

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #351 on: May 16, 2017, 01:01:31 pm »
...and 5mm hex keys!
Phew, that's a relief.  Not just me then......

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #352 on: June 15, 2017, 09:54:46 pm »
...when offered super sex, you say "I'll have the soup, please."

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #353 on: June 15, 2017, 10:02:14 pm »
You speak for yourself............Coffee for me.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #354 on: June 16, 2017, 12:48:27 am »
What's 'soup' . . . ?
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #355 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".
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #356 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.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #357 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.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #358 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
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #359 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!
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #360 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.
 
Sic transit and all that..

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #361 on: July 17, 2017, 08:53:46 pm »
...you're about to go on a narrowboat holiday.
Never tell me the odds.

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #362 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?

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #363 on: July 17, 2017, 09:19:20 pm »
When you realise kids conceived to Don't Look Back in Anger are now teenagers.

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #364 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.

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #365 on: July 18, 2017, 08:52:10 am »
When your daughter turns 40.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #366 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!
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #367 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
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #368 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.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #369 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.

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #370 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.
Never tell me the odds.

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #371 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!

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #372 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.

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #373 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.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #374 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.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.