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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.”

(Anonymous) on December 2nd, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I get that, too. I don't know where it comes from. I work in a pretty conservative environment, thay are always amazed that I am about to turn 60. I started playing guitar with a few guys I met on Craigslist. They're all "middle-aged", successful businessmen. We were talking after practice last night and one said "Boy, we're old!", then asked how old we all were. They were all in their early fifties, they were shocked when I said I was 59.

At least they knew the difference between being 60 and growing up in the sixties.

I suppose you should be flattered that your coworker took you for someone much younger.

As someone else already said, we all seemed to grow up in a different '60s. Rock on...