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October 10th, 2000

Ages of Importance

For some reason, getting older’s on my mind today. Here are some thoughts on the "big ages" in one’s life.

age 0-3: you’re a toddler. Just learning the ropes. Getting out there. Learning to talk, walk, and all that good stuff.
age 3-7: you’re not that cute anymore. Unless you’re cute by nature; then you’re good for life.
age 7-10: you find that the world is bigger than your neighborhood. by far.
age 10-12: the tweens. You really really really want to have "teen" as a suffix on your age.
age 13-16: early teens! Social life. Good stuff happens. And of course, driving kicks in at 16.
age 17: nothing.
age 18: first step of legality! You get to vote.
age 19-20: nothing, again.
age 21: second step of legality: lots of good stuff happens. You can drink legally, for one.
age 22: nothing.
age 23: your car insurance probably goes down, and you can get into more nightclubs.
age 24: nothing.
age 25: your car insurance goes down, again, and you’re a quarter of the way done, if all goes well.
age 26-29: worry about turning 30.
age 30-39: worry aobut turning 40.
age 40-49: worry about turning 50.
age 50-54: worry about being able to join AARP.
age 55: join AARP.
age 56-60: say "screw it" and start enjoying things instead of worrying about getting older
age 61-70: young senior citizen. Discounts really kick in. Coffee becomes a friend at Denny’s.
age 71-73: if you’re a very typical male, you’re getting close to the average life expectancy. Females have a few more years to go, at least.
age 90: you’re full of wisdom, and truly priceless.
age 100: you’re an elite.

There’s a lot ahead, isn’t there? -pm

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday October 9, 2000 -- 10:22:19PM
You forgot that at 17 you can finally get into R-rated moview without using your older brother or a nearby wino. Thanks, MPAA!

FROM: pistol jack
DATE: Monday October 9, 2000 -- 11:37:06PM
wow, when it's all put like that, i suddenly feel very mortal. shit.
oh yeah, once i hit around 50, i'm gonna just say fuck it and start smoking some pot!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday October 9, 2000 -- 11:47:38PM
Paul -- Happy b-day, buckaroo. :)

Jeff -- Why wait until you're 50? ;)

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday October 9, 2000 -- 11:48:12PM
Also -- age 17 in New Jersey is driving age (only state in the country).

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday October 10, 2000 -- 10:41:55AM
Another aspect of my loserdom--I didn't have a social life til I was maybe 19. By then I already had voted.

FROM: Tony
DATE: Tuesday October 10, 2000 -- 12:23:27AM
wow. 23... fun huh. happy b-day.

FROM: pistol jack
DATE: Tuesday October 10, 2000 -- 1:50:13PM
i run track for a divison I college, and unfortunatley, get tested for that. but during the off season, i do it like i'm willie nelson. shit.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday October 10, 2000 -- 2:51:42PM
Jack--So you're a country singer? That's impressive!

FROM: liz
DATE: Tuesday October 10, 2000 -- 4:53:10PM
you can drive at fifteen in new mexico. also, happy birthday paul :)

FROM: pistol jack
DATE: Tuesday October 10, 2000 -- 7:35:41PM
schucks, i ain't no country singer, but i am a red-headed stranger!
oh yeah, while your at it, take this job and shove it!

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday October 10, 2000 -- 11:02:44PM
Wasn't that David Allan Coe?

FROM: pistol jack
DATE: Wednesday October 11, 2000 -- 12:04:17AM
i don't know. i could be wrong, but i always thought it was johnny paycheck

FROM: smiling Marshall
DATE: Friday March 28, 2003 -- 12:31:59 pm
Just ran across this! I turn 50 April 3rd. Ain't so bad as long as you can still get it up, and get it off. And have a few bucks for what you need. Pick you vise carefully, you live for it. And if you,re from South Texas, as I am, don't move to Minnesota like I fuckin cold! Later.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:51:05 pm

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