Author Topic: You know you're middle aged when  (Read 84593 times)

ElyDave

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1000 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?
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1001 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.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1002 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.
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.

Panoramix

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1003 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!

T42

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1004 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.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1005 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:
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

hellymedic

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1006 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...

Giraffe

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1007 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.
2x4: thick plank; 4x4: 2 of 'em.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1008 on: October 17, 2019, 03:50:11 pm »
That wasn't something to dump, that was an antique!
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.

T42

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1009 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.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Kim

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1010 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:
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

TheLurker

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1011 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.  :)
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T42

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1012 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.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Panoramix

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1013 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.



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T42

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1014 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.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Cudzoziemiec

  • Dormant but requires tea
Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1015 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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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.

ElyDave

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1016 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
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

road-runner

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1017 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.

hellymedic

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1018 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!

T42

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1019 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.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Cudzoziemiec

  • Dormant but requires tea
Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1020 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.
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.

Jaded

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1021 on: October 22, 2019, 09:22:02 am »
It's the second verse...
If you don't like your democracy, vote against it.

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1022 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.

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1023 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...

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #1024 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.