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I scored a relatively low 9 but sometimes I see things that make me feel very old despite only being 41!

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Telegraph article

 

I scored a relatively low 9 but sometimes I see things that make me feel very old despite only being 41!

 

Only 41?

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I scored a relatively low 9 but sometimes I see things that make me feel very old despite only being 41!

 

To a 16 year old, 41 isn't old, it's ancient!

 

Sadly for me, I'm not 16, but 60. It sounds similar if you say it quickly. :sarcastic:

 

PS. I scored 15, but I counted a few that I wasn't sure about, for instance, I can't remember whether I groan when I sit down. Does that score double? :haha:

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Only 41?

It's a hard life working quadruple shifts down t'pit before I was 8 years old.

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What is wrong with the joining the National Trust?! 32 and proud to a member of that wonderful organisation! :D

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Come on GeordieSaint, even you're better than that!

 

I remember being better at golf than you... plus being better looking! ;)

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1. Feeling stiff
 
Often, but that is usually down to exercise or the job I do - I cycle, run (often into tree branches) and I'm a postman.
 
2. Groaning when you bend down
 
Only during sex.
 
3. Saying “it wasn’t like that when I was young”
4. Saying “in my day”
 
On becoming a father, a couple or so decades ago, I promised that I would never utter those words to a younger person.
 
5. Losing hair
 
Not really, although my forehead is pretty dominant these days.
 
6. You don’t know any songs in the top ten
 
I have probably heard some - I just don't know what is in the top ten!
 
7. Getting more hairy – ears, eyebrows, nose, face etc
 
Yes, absolutely!
 
8. Hating noisy pubs
 
I've always hated them, I prefer to talk to the people I'm socialising with.
 
9. Talking a lot about joints / ailments
 
Yes, but that is usually down to exercise/physical activity and I've always done it (when you're a member of an athletics club it's ALL you talk about!)
 
10. Forgetting people’s names
 
I've always done this!
 
11. Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort rather than style
 
Again, I've always done this
 
12. Thinking policemen / teachers / doctors look really young
 
Yes
 
13. Falling asleep in front of the TV
 
Yes, but is usually because of the time I get up in the morning (4:45-ish).
 
14. Needing an afternoon nap
 
Yes, but is usually because of the time I get up in the morning (4:45-ish).
 
15. Finding you have no idea what young people are talking about
 
Yes
 
16. Struggling to use technology
 
Yes
 
17. Losing touch with everyday technology such as tablets and televisions
 
Televisions - yes. Tablets - apart from occasionally forgetting to take them I think I've mastered tablets. I can even swallow them without water!
 
18. When you start complaining about more things
 
No.
 
19. Wearing your glasses around your neck
 
No
 
20. Not remembering the name of any modern bands
 
Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Oasis - nah, I think I'm okay
 
21. You avoid lifting heavy things due to back concerns
 
Part of my job - and I've been trained in 'safe-lifting'!
 
22. Complaining about the rubbish on television these days
 
Yes
 
23. Misplacing your glasses / bag / keys etc
 
Yes
 
24. You move from Radio one to Radio Two
 
Yes, but only because the music I like has moved!
 
25. You start driving very slowly
 
No, I'm a postie! (joke!)
 
26. Preferring a night in with a board game than a night on the town
 
Mmmmmmmmmmmaybe!
 
27. Taking a keen interest in The Antiques Road Show
 
No, never have done. And besides, I thought taking antiques was a sign of being gay rather than being old - Jill Knight on gays: “They’re very good at things like antiques”
 
28. You talk to colleagues who are so young they don’t know what an Opal Fruit is
 
Yes, or pounds, shillings and pence.
 
29. Taking slippers to friends’ houses
 
No slippers, I'm a bare foot kind of guy.
 
30. Listening to the Archers
 
Occasionally, but only when I'm waiting for the afternoon drama
 
31. Falling asleep after one glass of wine
 
(see previous answers re waking up at stupid o'clock)
 
32. Never going out without your coat
 
No, I tend to underdress if anything. At the first hint of spring I put on my Royal Mail shorts (and they don't come off till late September!) and discard the coat when on delivery.
 
33. Getting bed socks for Christmas and being very grateful
 
No - I'm pretty hot in bed!
 
34. When you can’t lose six pounds in two days any more
 
Yes.
 
35. Gasping for a cup of tea
 
Yes
 
36. Taking a flask of tea or coffee on a day out
 
I'm not that organised.
 
37. Joining the WI
 
No, but I almost joined the WRVS as a volunteer when I was unemployed a few years ago.
 
38. Taking a keen interest in the garden
 
Nope, never!
 
39. Spending more money on face creams / anti-ageing products
 
No, which royally pees off my wife, daughter and women friends. I use just soap and water - and exercise - and I'm always being told how young I look. 
 
40. Spending money on the home / furniture rather than a night on the town
 
Yes
 
41. Taking a keen interest in dressing for the weather
42. Putting everyday items in the wrong place
 
Yes, but I always have done.
 
43. Obsessive gardening or bird feeding
 
Nope.
 
44. Really enjoying puzzles and crosswords
 
Yes, but that is a life-long thing. If anything I have less time to do them these days
 
45. Always driving in the slow lane, or below 70 in the middle lane
 
No, and living in Perthshire I very rarely drive on a road that has a middle lane!
 
46. Consider going on a ‘no children’ cruise for a holiday
 
The thought horifies me - children raise the prospect of 'eye candy' young mums being there!
 
47. Your ears are getting bigger
 
Eh?
 
48. Joining the National Trust
 
No, exactly the opposite. We were members of NTS years ago when the kids were young. Now they're 'off our hands', so to speak, I wouldn't dream of visiting a stately home or castle.
 
49. Drinking sherry
 
I associate drinking sherry with my younger, pre-legal drinking (as in being given sheery at Christmas/Hogmanay).
 
50. Feeling you have the right to tell people exactly what you are thinking even if it isn’t polite
 
I've never had too much of a problem telling people my thoughts. I'm (almost) always polite :)
 
 
I make that 16 - "You're young at heart but secretly love crosswords and use anti-ageing products just in case."

I'm 54 but honestly feeling as young as I've ever done.

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20. Not remembering the name of any modern bands

 
Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Oasis - nah, I think I'm okay

51.  Thinking bands from a decade plus ago are "modern". :P

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Working with students makes me feel old. This years intake will be born in 1995.

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51.  Thinking bands from a decade plus ago are "modern". :P

 

Exactly! I did count that in my 16, though!

 

As for feeling old at 41, so did I. Your 50s are great if you get it right!!!

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52 Liking Steely Dan

 

I'll tell you what makes me feel younger is going to a Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson concert and seeing the state of some in the audience.  :O

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I'll tell you what makes me feel younger is going to a Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson concert and seeing the state of some in the audience. :O

Don't they all have to be in bed by 10

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Don't they all have to be in bed by 10

 

Not long after by the looks of things - seeing some of them hobble to the car park/bus stop afterwards...

Ian's still going strong, and he does tend to recruit younger band members these days!

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I scored 16, but borderline on about 7 others, I had my 51st birthday last Sunday, if that means anything

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I scored 9. One that I didn't quite get was

 

 

46. Consider going on a ‘no children’ cruise for a holiday

 

Surely anyone without children seek to go places where it is less likely to be spoilt by the little bleeders. It's not an age issue. 

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I don't know how many of my answers constitute a 'yes' and even then, whether it really is a sign of age.

1. Feeling stiff
Yep.

2. Groaning when you bend down
Occasionally.

3. Saying "it wasn't like that when I was young"
Is that when making a positive or negative comparison? Or either? Yes, occasionally, but not using that particular wording.

4. Saying "in my day"
My name is not Garry Schofield, thank you very much.

5. Losing hair
Yep, 'fraid so. But that started in my early twenties.

6. You don't know any songs in the top ten
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

7. Getting more hairy - ears, eyebrows, nose, face etc
Yep.

8. Hating noisy pubs
Always hated noisy pubs. Not an age thing, just a preference.

9. Talking a lot about joints / ailments
No.

10. Forgetting people's names
Occasionally, but then I did that when I was young too.

11. Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort rather than style
Always gone for a mixture of both.

12. Thinking policemen / teachers / doctors look really young
Not yet!

13. Falling asleep in front of the TV
Yes. Let's have a big round of applause for the inventors of whisky!

14. Needing an afternoon nap
No.

15. Finding you have no idea what young people are talking about
Sometimes.

16. Struggling to use technology
No.

17. Losing touch with everyday technology such as tablets and televisions
No.

18. When you start complaining about more things
No.

19. Wearing your glasses around your neck
Never!

20. Not remembering the name of any modern bands
No.

21. You avoid lifting heavy things due to back concerns
No.

22. Complaining about the rubbish on television these days
No.

23. Misplacing your glasses / bag / keys etc
No.

24. You move from Radio one to Radio Two
I don't listen to either much, and didn't when I was younger either.

25. You start driving very slowly
Don't drive.

26. Preferring a night in with a board game than a night on the town
Night in, yes. Board game, not so much.

27. Taking a keen interest in The Antiques Road Show
No.

28. You talk to colleagues who are so young they don't know what an Opal Fruit is
The subject's never come up.

29. Taking slippers to friends' houses
No.

30. Listening to the Archers
Used to, years ago, now I don't.

31. Falling asleep after one glass of wine
You can get wine in non-plural amounts?

32. Never going out without your coat
Yes, much as I have done for most of my life.

33. Getting bed socks for Christmas and being very grateful
No.

34. When you can't lose six pounds in two days any more
Never tried.

35. Gasping for a cup of tea
No.

36. Taking a flask of tea or coffee on a day out
No.

37. Joining the WI
No.

38. Taking a keen interest in the garden
No.

39. Spending more money on face creams / anti-ageing products
No.

40. Spending money on the home / furniture rather than a night on the town
Yes.

41. Taking a keen interest in dressing for the weather
Not a "keen interest", but not dressing inappropriately, yes.

42. Putting everyday items in the wrong place
No.

43. Obsessive gardening or bird feeding
No.

44. Really enjoying puzzles and crosswords
Not as much as I used to.

45. Always driving in the slow lane, or below 70 in the middle lane
Don't drive.

46. Consider going on a 'no children' cruise for a holiday
No, I wouldn't consider any kind of cruise.

47. Your ears are getting bigger
No.

48. Joining the National Trust
Been a member since a youngster.

49. Drinking sherry
No.

50. Feeling you have the right to tell people exactly what you are thinking even if it isn't polite
That's not a sign of age, just a sign of an inflated sense of the importance of your own opinions.

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Add to the list:

Thinking Saga Holidays might be a god idea this year

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54. Stopping wearing jeans

55. Shouting at people who are on the telly or radio.

56. Telling your grandson to get his hair cut (says man with former shoulder-length hair)

57. Finally, after thirty years, remembering the service number of the bus to your neighbourhood.

58. Knowing the price of milk and bread.

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56. Selling your grandson to get his hair cut (says man with former shoulder-length hair)

Paging Dr Freud! Paging Dr Freud! I believe Wolford6 has a terrible confession to make...

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