Old Man Harris

Dodd Harris has reached a milestone:

I’ve given up on the whole “anniversary of my 29th birthday” thing. No-one bought it anyway. So I’m 35? Big deal.

I’ll be 38-1/4 tomorrow and, while, I occasionally note the various signs that I’m getting older, it has never occured to me to pretend that I’m not.

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  1. Tom Royce says:

    me too, I have always been around people older than me , and it is kind of fun not to be the kid anymore.

  2. jen says:

    It’s funny, I see the signs of my increasing age (new lines and wrinkles, gray hair, etc.) but others’ don’t as much. And I do not feel as old as I once thought my age to be. I’ll be 37 in a couple of weeks.

  3. Rodney Dill says:

    I hit 47 next month. I tend to think of others on the blogs as closer to my age, though I have picked up that their is a pretty wide range. All part of the Internet being a great equalizer.

  4. Paul says:

    That’s funny Rodney, I’m 37 and I thought there were a whole lot of people my age. (James, Steven and a few others I forget)

    Maybe we are unconsciously self selecting? It would make sense that you gravitate to a blog where the author is generationally close to you.

  5. Cam says:

    So this probably wouldn’t be the thread for me to bitch about turning 30 this year, eh? 🙂

  6. Dodd says:

    I do plan on trying it again at 39. It worked for Reagan after all….

  7. Rodney Dill says:

    For lack of visual clues you probably gravitate to those that are generationally (and educationally) close to you, as you determine, by written content, subject matter, and grammitical skills. Not to mention social or political beliefs.

    You lose some of the clues that might cause you to discriminate (in the broader definition of the word), which is probably generally a good thing.

    My oldest daughter turned 20 yesterday, and I still have two teenagers left, so commenting on 30 won’t get much sympathy here.

  8. I think at 41 I must be pretty close to the median: people seem to be either ten years older or ten years younger. Which is fine.

    Turning 30 is terrific: you’re nearing your prime. I must admit my feelings about my 40s are a bit mixed, but I’m holding up so well it doesn’t seem to matter. I suspect most of us accomplish the most in our 40s/50s, though. So bring it on.