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Posted 6/17/15
Ahh to be young again. Back in 79' I was a young lad just like many of you not a care in the world thinking old people did nothing but fart and watch Facts of Life on the TV. Those days have long since passed, now kids only want to tweet to the world, and take photo of their dinner to share on the Instagrams. Why do people care what you are having for lunch?! Today, I had a grilled cheese sandwich and some tomato soup. Playing their Nintendo's instead of spending time with ol' Grandpappy fishing.
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Posted 6/18/15 , edited 6/18/15
Kids these days....

Kids now are old spoilt little shits. No respect. bring back disipline!
Back in my day (lol)...

But holly fuck kids these days have some gay arse hair styles and fashion and the music is fucking terrible!

Oh and they dumbed all the video games for you fuckers! (:P i feel old but iam technically not even middle aged yet).

Old people can be annoying but they can be funny. My grandparents are a bit racist, its funny sometimes. My dad is the most computer illiterate person EVER!
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Posted 6/18/15

AiYumega wrote:

I feel old af

Preach..
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Posted 6/18/15
Old people = anyone born before the internet. Almost everyone in this thread is old.
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If I get the chance to be old I'm gonna start dressing like my grandpa did. Was the coolest mfer I knew.
Posted 6/18/15
Old people are just people with more time on this shithole. They gotta know some good junk.
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Posted 6/18/15
I've met 60+ ppl who's more open minded than ppl my age
Depends on the person.

speaking of "old ppl," this thread reminded me to listen to Cut the Smoke by Sherwin Sleeves (might know him from O&A.)
http://radioghost.com/?s=cut+the+smoke

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Posted 6/18/15
Some are annoying and stubborn as hell, others are fun to talk/listen to. You really shouldn't judge people solely based on their age.
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anzn wrote:

Edit:
This post was meant to be sorta sarcastic and funny by making it sound ironic but I failed to indicate it was so. (I really need to work on that, both online & irl lmao)


Well, in addition to this new "smiley" thing they've invented--

It was a bit lacking in wit, and as you can see from the reaction, DID rather sound like an ADD teen who wonders why he can't just smash anyone who "keeps talking at him" over the head with a shovel. (Which made it sound like you wanted to get back at them all for some relative or crabby lady on the bus who made some conservative homophobic comment.)
Coupled with the "Eating dinner at 4:30" jokers (descended from the "I've fallen and I can't get up" crowd in the 80's), who want to "punish" old people for not being young and healthy like the people who currently rule the world, and being so ridiculably, quote, "whiny" about it.

With a little more comic overstatement, it could have been identified as funny, but for now, is sort of in that creepy gray area where "I'm sure you thought it was funny... ".
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Im 35 and I feel old at times, but when I randomly meet the older gen at conventions its always fun to hear how they got into anime and are still watching it. And one day ill be like that.. older and still enjoying anime and other things.

Also my moms 60+ she knows my fav anime, and can recognize some things. How cool is that right?
Posted 6/18/15
I just wanna skip adulthood and be old already.
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I can understand some of the frustration people under the age of 25 feel when they deal with the elderly. All of those outdated world views... all of those prejudices and all of that unwanted, stodgy advice...

Of course, from where I sit now, the elderly have an equally aggrieved view of today's youth. So obsessed with themselves... so selfish and reckless and irresponsible, disrespectful... and distracted. Very, very distracted, with their faces in some sort of screen at all times.

The thing is, elderly people (over 65) were raised in a completely different world than the current crop of youngsters. They had different values, different standards of behavior and dress. They expected different things from life and from their perspective, young people are squandering the one thing that most older folks wish they had: time. People in their teens and twenties still have plenty of time ahead of them. Meanwhile, the young are hungry for what seem to be scant resources: money, housing, work opportunities, power, prestige. The media does a great job of implying that senior citizens are all independently wealthy (all of those pharmaceutical commercials on television portraying upper-middle class, white, preppy 'mature' people aren't wrong, are they? *sarcasm*) They want those things, but to the elderly, they seem to want to have them without an equivalent sacrifice and hard work.

Meanwhile, those of us who are middle aged, with a foot in both camps, drink our coffee and worry. We worry about taking care of our elderly parents and the cost of their care. We worry about family politics and national politics and whether or not either of these things will come back to bite us when our formerly strong caregivers are the ones who will need care. We worry about having a job/getting fired/downsized/outsourced in favor of younger, cheaper workers. We worry about our kids and whether or not we did the right things with them, whether we gave them the best tools and a good education, in order to cope with life. We worry that we'll send them out on their own, only to find them huddled on our doorsteps after their first big setback. I wish I could say that we're irked at both groups, but that would be a lie. We're mostly just tired.


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I had good thought. In case you want a reality check, look at current pictures of Go Nagai (age 69) , Hayao Miyazaki (age 74), and Makoto Shinkai (age 42). These are the people creating the most popular anime
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Abyssinian1 wrote:
Of course, from where I sit now, the elderly have an equally aggrieved view of today's youth. So obsessed with themselves... so selfish and reckless and irresponsible, disrespectful... and distracted. Very, very distracted, with their faces in some sort of screen at all times.


It's not the screens--I've got my face at a desktop or iPad most of the day--it's the childhood self-center-of-the-world idea that whatever THEY found, they were the first people in the world to ever find, so it must be the bold revolution of a new generation.
Sort of like the way Classic Doctor Who fans feel about all the gushy fangirls who live their lives in conversations about New Doctor Who, and if you ever showed them an old fashioned homemade Patrick Troughton episode, they'd say "Eww, what is that, kill it!"
Or who believed that Moulin Rouge was the greatest musical since High School Musical, and yet if you showed them An American in Paris or SIngin' in the Rain would say "Why would they sing in public, that's like one of those weird things old people believe!"


The media does a great job of implying that senior citizens are all independently wealthy (all of those pharmaceutical commercials on television portraying upper-middle class, white, preppy 'mature' people aren't wrong, are they? *sarcasm*) They want those things, but to the elderly, they seem to want to have them without an equivalent sacrifice and hard work.


It's really the opposite--We didn't laugh ourselves silly at the "I've fallen and I CAN'T GET UP!" medic-alert ad in the 80's (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=774DYDMRltE) because of the overacting in the commercial ("I'm having chest pains!") or because the ad constantly drove us nuts, or because it was the All Your Bases cult-phrase of its day.
We laughed because we thought it camp-satirized all the frailty frustrations we had having to take care of our grandma who couldn't get to the bathroom in time, or having to wait for that old lady with the walker to finally hobble onto the bus when we're five minutes late, or being stuck behind the old-lady driver who had her left turn signal on for six blocks, and yes, we know, all those retirees enjoying the Early Bird Special at Denny's. Even Pixar's comparatively sentimental "Up" had its hero and villain duking it out at the end with tennis-ball canes and dentures.
Would the ad have been "funnier" if the whiny grandma had had chest pains and the male retiree couldn't get up? (Which, btw, I can't if I fall without a chair nearby, just so you know.)

AARP is trying to make themselves a political-lobby powerhouse by showing us happy, alert, mobile, independently-secure elderly enjoying their retirements without financial problems so they won't seem "ungrateful" or like they have to be "taken care of" by a generation who doesn't want to, but that's more of a politically-correct image cleanup that's frankly an improvement from what most people see or believe. It's rare that I ever do run into one of those nice conversationally gardening silver-foxes, but they're interesting to talk to when I do.
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Abyssinian1 wrote:

I can understand some of the frustration people under the age of 25 feel when they deal with the elderly. All of those outdated world views... all of those prejudices and all of that unwanted, stodgy advice...

Of course, from where I sit now, the elderly have an equally aggrieved view of today's youth. So obsessed with themselves... so selfish and reckless and irresponsible, disrespectful... and distracted. Very, very distracted, with their faces in some sort of screen at all times.

The thing is, elderly people (over 65) were raised in a completely different world than the current crop of youngsters. They had different values, different standards of behavior and dress. They expected different things from life and from their perspective, young people are squandering the one thing that most older folks wish they had: time. People in their teens and twenties still have plenty of time ahead of them. Meanwhile, the young are hungry for what seem to be scant resources: money, housing, work opportunities, power, prestige. The media does a great job of implying that senior citizens are all independently wealthy (all of those pharmaceutical commercials on television portraying upper-middle class, white, preppy 'mature' people aren't wrong, are they? *sarcasm*) They want those things, but to the elderly, they seem to want to have them without an equivalent sacrifice and hard work.

Meanwhile, those of us who are middle aged, with a foot in both camps, drink our coffee and worry. We worry about taking care of our elderly parents and the cost of their care. We worry about family politics and national politics and whether or not either of these things will come back to bite us when our formerly strong caregivers are the ones who will need care. We worry about having a job/getting fired/downsized/outsourced in favor of younger, cheaper workers. We worry about our kids and whether or not we did the right things with them, whether we gave them the best tools and a good education, in order to cope with life. We worry that we'll send them out on their own, only to find them huddled on our doorsteps after their first big setback. I wish I could say that we're irked at both groups, but that would be a lie. We're mostly just tired.




Wow, couldn't have said it any better if I'd had a year to think of what to say. Very nicely articulated.
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