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02 December 2008 @ 06:06 am
It's all how you look at it  

At work yesterday, one of my fellow employees noticed the Grateful Dead T-shirt I was wearing (not the first one nor for the first time but, you know, I’ve only been working first shift for a little over a year now) and said, “Oh, that’s a Grateful Dead shirt. Do you like the Grateful Dead?” I said I did, yes. She went on, “Oh, my kids like that Grateful Dead stuff. They like all that rock stuff, you know, rock music. Me, I’m too old for that. I like the 60’s stuff—you know, 1960’s—that’s when I … you know, that’s what I listen to … Why, I’m going to turn 60 next year—can you imagine that?” I smiled my acknowledgement and she wandered off. Since I don’t always remember to think about what I’m saying to assess the social context first, I was very proud of myself for not responding with, “Isn’t that interesting? I too will be turning 60 next year.”

Marissa Lingenmrissa on December 2nd, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yep, this is the difference between old farts who are going to turn 60 next year and young whippersnappers who are also going to turn 60 next year.

It's the flip side of what matociquala and I were talking about yesterday, that when we were 14 and 7 we were not "about the same age," and now that we're 37 and 30 we really are "about the same age." There's room for things to stretch and bend....