Author Topic: You know you're middle aged when  (Read 84691 times)

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #625 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
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #626 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.
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TheLurker

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #627 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.



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Kim

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #628 on: April 02, 2018, 04:37:28 pm »
Canonically, it's turning the radio on, getting Radio 2 and thinking it's Radio 1.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

ian

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #629 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.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #630 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.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

ian

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #631 on: April 02, 2018, 05:59:44 pm »
Adjusting the tracking on a VHS. Ah, happy evenings.
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Kim

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #632 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.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

ian

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #633 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.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #634 on: April 02, 2018, 06:20:29 pm »
Blimey:
Tracking.

Blimey II:
VHS

Azimuth:
Bless me.

ian

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #635 on: April 02, 2018, 06:54:51 pm »
For added awesomes, top loading.
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ElyDave

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #636 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.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Kim

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #637 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.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #638 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)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #639 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.
The unwilling rider and the one who leaves each control in turn without reluctance, with no desire to come back, obviously cannot be making the same journey, even though their brevets are identical.

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #640 on: April 02, 2018, 07:37:35 pm »
What's this with numbered programmes? The Light Programme, Third Programme, and Home Service surely.  ???
 

Tim Hall

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #641 on: April 02, 2018, 08:23:27 pm »
What's this with numbered programmes? The Light Programme, Third Programme, and Home Service surely.  ???
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #642 on: April 02, 2018, 08:30:59 pm »
...you saw Logan's Run on a LaserDisk player.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #643 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!
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #644 on: April 02, 2018, 08:35:20 pm »
...you saw Logan's Run on a LaserDisk player.
Ah, JA. Sigh.
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hellymedic

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #645 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!

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #646 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.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

T42

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #647 on: April 03, 2018, 08:29:00 am »
You remember hearing that Simon Dee was down to his last £1000.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

ian

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #648 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.
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Guy

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #649 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?
What duck?