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Your Most Disturbing Realizations

Discussion in 'The Observation Bar' started by LizzieMaine, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    * Veterans of the Second World War are to people living in the mid-2010s what Civil War veterans were to Americans living in the 1930s.

    *This year's World Series is the first ever to be played between two expansion clubs.

    *There are children in school today whose grandparents don't remember the Nixon Administration.

    *For the overwhelming majority of people alive on Earth today, there has never been a time when television didn't exist.
     
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  2. Feraud

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    All the children being born whose lives will be dominated by electronic gadgets and the internet.
     
  3. Inkstainedwretch

    Inkstainedwretch Practically Family

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    I have way more past than future.

    Babies born today will have a life expectancy of around 200 years, making them effectively immortal, because the state of medicine 200 years from now is unimaginable. 200 years ago medicine was little better than medieval. We'd better raise the new generation better than the last few, because they'll be around forever.
     
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  4. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Yeah, this one bothers me too. I'm the same age now that my grandmother was when I was born. Ouch.
     
  5. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

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    If I subtract my age from my birth year, it's 1911, which seems like an unimaginably long time ago.
     
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  6. Inkstainedwretch

    Inkstainedwretch Practically Family

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    Two weeks ago I was at my high school class's 50th reunion. For us, that would have been the class of 1915 coming to town to celebrate.
     
  7. Fading Fast

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    I am in the same position, but it doesn't matter - enjoy everyday - who knows how many days anyone has left. Makes no sense to worry about what was. As my very pragmatic neighbor when I was growing up used to say: "look wheres yooz going, not where yooz been."
     
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  8. Speakeasy

    Speakeasy Familiar Face

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    * I am the only person I know who doesn't own a portable phone.
     
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  9. LizzieMaine

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    Shake hands with another. Never had one, don't want one, won't get one.
     
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  10. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Or as the learned Dr. C. D. Stengel once noted, "Many people my age are dead at the present time."
     
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  11. Stanley Doble

    Stanley Doble Call Me a Cab

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    Hell, there are people in college whose grandparents can't remember the Beatles having a song on the charts.

    Try this one for size. Cher has had records on the charts in every one of the last 6 decades. When she was born WW2 had been over for less than a year.

    Feel old yet?
     
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  12. Haversack

    Haversack Practically Family

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    I was born during Eisenhower's second term and one of my grandfathers when young knew someone born in the 18th Century.
     
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  13. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

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    When I was a kid, there were so many milestone birthdays, 6, 12, 13,15, 18, and of course 21! Then they start getting fewer, 30 and 50 I guise. Now, there are only two left that I can think of, 65, which I will most likely make with ease and 100, which I most likely wont make!
     
  14. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

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    That reminds me, when I was young, I knew lots of people born in the 19th century! My Grandparents, lots of neighbors, they were every where. Now there are only two people in the entire world that are verified to have been born before 1900!
     
  15. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    I was delivered by a doctor born in the 19th Century, and my childhood optometrist had a big panoramic photo of his World War 1 Army unit on the wall of his examination room.

    An even more disturbing realization that I only recently realized is that my great-great-great-great-great grandmother was executed for witchcraft in Salem in 1692. Happy Halloween.
     
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  16. tonyb

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    What youngsters call "old school" was current when I might have been fairly described as middle-aged.

    I shared a roof, for part of 1968, with a relative by marriage who was born in 1870.

    My siblings and many of my friends going back to childhood are now grandparents.

    My dear old mom, who was recently widowed for the second time, is a great-grandmother -- seven boys and one girl.

    Every trip up the step ladder, every bag of garbage taken out, reminds me of how much easier these little tasks used to be. My physical movements are usually accompanied by sound effects.
     
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  17. tonyb

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    Quite the distinction. Do you ever wonder if she might have been guilty?
     
  18. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Nah, she was just a loudmouthed, opinionated woman with no use for the appointed authorities. Runs in the family.
     
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  19. AtomicEraTom

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    My thought of grandparents is people who listened to Big Band music and fought in WWII. Now, my parents, born in 1959 and 65, respectively, are grandparents.

    Many times, when I tell kids, "ask your parents, about _____, they'll know what I'm talking about." They won't because the stuff I'm talking about was probably already stodgy and outdated by the time their parents' parents were kids.
     
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  20. Stanley Doble

    Stanley Doble Call Me a Cab

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    "Your parents heard Kurt Cobain play live, wow they must be old"
     
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