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Old 07-29-2019, 06:51 PM
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William Clark was born in 1839. He was famous for his ownership of Copper mines among other things. When he was 65, he had a daughter, Huguette Clark. She lived until 2011.

From his birth to her death was 172 years.
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Old 07-29-2019, 08:25 PM
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If my parents were still alive, they'd be 106 years old this year.
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Old 07-29-2019, 09:05 PM
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A relative of mine is 96 years old. He lives on a farm. He was born on the same farm. He routinely eats in the exact same room in which his mother gave birth to him. One of the doors of the wood crib has the words "Keep Closed" written on it in chalk. It was written nearly 90 years ago, to remind him, as a child, to keep the door closed. He says that the farm is the center of the universe. Anything that happens anywhere else is of no value.

I think history museums are meant to give a person that same sort of perspective - the enormity of time - come have a look at Lincoln's hat or some Egyptian vase. For me, nothing conveys the years like that "Keep Closed" sign.


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Old 07-31-2019, 07:30 PM
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I once saw a young guy wear a cap with Oklahoma City on it. I told him I liked the tribute. considering what happened there. He asked, in all seriousness "What happened there?"

What do they teach in history class these days?
I know you meant the question as a joke, but when I took US History in high school in the early 90s we only got as far the Korean War in the textbook by the end of the year.
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Old 08-01-2019, 06:27 AM
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I know you meant the question as a joke, but when I took US History in high school in the early 90s we only got as far the Korean War in the textbook by the end of the year.
My 10th grade US history class (1983-84) never made it to the 20th century.
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Old 08-01-2019, 11:04 AM
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Hmmm. My early 1980s history classes stopped at the beginning of the Korean War too. When I went to college I told myself that I was going to take a history class that went over Vietnam. They were all full.. Go figure.
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Old 08-08-2019, 12:18 PM
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Arguing over the another thread about McDonald's starting the fast food breakfast craze. Yes, there was a time when all your could get at McD's was lunch or dinner. But if you know that, you are old.
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:42 PM
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I was just in the bank and the teller counter there's a machine where you "log in" to your account with your bank card. The digital print says "please swipe card". I told the early 20ish teller that I remembered back in the day if you swiped something at the bank they'd call the cops and today you're asked to do it. She gave me a blank stare as she obviously had no clue what I was talking about. The mid-late 50s teller next to her thought it was quite funny!
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Old 08-08-2019, 03:16 PM
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Arguing over the another thread about McDonald's starting the fast food breakfast craze. Yes, there was a time when all your could get at McD's was lunch or dinner. But if you know that, you are old.
I remember when McDonald's didn't exist.
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:04 PM
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OR when McD's signs had the number of how many hamburgers it sold. In the double digits is as far back as I can recall. Took a while to get to triple digits. But not that long to get to "Billions served".
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Today, my technically challenged spouse asked me to write down "how-to" instructions for the various things that she finds challenging, like the TV/DVR/ROKU, the coffee maker, and the RV systems. Makes me feel like either I'm on death's door, or she's planning to off me.
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Old 08-08-2019, 10:18 PM
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OR when McD's signs had the number of how many hamburgers it sold. In the double digits is as far back as I can recall. Took a while to get to triple digits. But not that long to get to "Billions served".
Heh. I remember "1 million".
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:17 AM
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I'm not that old* but I remember 2 million.

*Or maybe I'm so old I saw 1 but have forgotten it.
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Old 08-11-2019, 04:40 PM
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Has anyone mentions cigarette commercials on TV? I remember those.
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:12 PM
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Has anyone mentions cigarette commercials on TV? I remember those.
With recommendations from DOCTORS!
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:25 PM
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With recommendations from DOCTORS!
Or more likely, actors dressed as doctors (pro tip: Marcus Welby M.D. may not actually have gone to medical school).

I had an experience today that indicates either that I'm ancient or that my colleagues are not film buffs.

I had occasion* to bring up Dolores Del Rio, who was a famous Mexican actress back in the day (well before my time, though she did appear in a Marcus Welby** episode circa 1970). I got blank looks from both people to whom I mentioned her name.

*you may wonder what kind of occasion, but I cannot tell you.
**I am totally not explaining who Marcus Welby was.

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Old 08-14-2019, 02:01 PM
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Today, my technically challenged spouse asked me to write down "how-to" instructions for the various things that she finds challenging, like the TV/DVR/ROKU, the coffee maker, and the RV systems. Makes me feel like either I'm on death's door, or she's planning to off me
I don't know your current situation, but maybe leave off a couple of steps to make sure she keeps you around...
On an old tech note, I remember helping my parents to reset the time on the VCR when the power went out.
I also remember when I would type my own papers back in college despite the fact that we had an ancient computer lab with terminals you could use. I was always afraid the mainframe would eat my homework.
I ended up using a suitemate's manual typewriter.
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:22 PM
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I got the latest issue of AARP's magazine yesterday.

Carlos Santana is on the cover.
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:54 PM
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I play an MMORPG, in which I'm a member of several in-game guilds (groups of players). Many times, the conversations in the "guild chat" channel have nothing to do with the game, and are about things like music and movies.

Also, I am pretty certain that I'm one of the oldest, if not *the* oldest, members of these guilds.

Anyway, the other day, we were talking about going to concerts. I mentioned that I'd suffered some serious hearing loss due to a concert I'd once attended, where I was only about 20 feet away from the amps.

One of my guild-mates asked, "What concert?" I replied, "It was a Motorhead concert, when I was in college. Back in the '80s, we didn't know any better, and no one wore earplugs."

She said: "You were in college in the '80s???? My mom was still in high school in the '80s!"
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Old 08-14-2019, 03:07 PM
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I got the latest issue of AARP's magazine yesterday.

Carlos Santana is on the cover.
Try Bruce Springsteen on the cover.

Ten years ago.
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:53 PM
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Other reminders I am old:

Woodstock turned 50 today.

I remember when Texas was a solidly Democratic state.
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I'm 70. I now look back on being 64 with nostalgia. My body hurt much less than it does now.
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:48 AM
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I'm 70. I now look back on being 64 with nostalgia. My body hurt much less than it does now.
I'm 73. My body hurt much less at 70.
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If anyone had told me when I was 14 that I'd be around to see he 50th anniversary of Woodstock, I'f have screamed "ARE YOU FUCKING CRAZY?"
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I had been contemplating how I knew I was old when I finally looked at this thread.

Here's my offering:

When I interviewed at the school I now work for, I was asked if I could teach coding.
My dad taught me BASIC in 1981 so I would always be able to use a computer.

For the ladies: when you go to the doctor and no one asks if you could possibly be pregnant.

Mr. CelticKnot says that when he was a teenager, rock stars were guys with a guitar and facial hair. Now he's a guy with facial hair and a guitar, and the rock stars are all teenagers.
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