"Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are."

Sunday, January 12, 2014


So I'm cruising the Internet this morning and I stop by HuffPost50 which offers fluffy articles meant to amuse the over fifty crowd and I saw an article entitled 10 Things You Do That Make You Look 10 Years Older

So as I'm reading the article (boring) and scroll down to the over 400+ comments and start reading those.  I don't know about you but I usually learn more from the comments than I do from the article.

I think we're all pretty much in agreement here.  Some folks are all about the style, some folks are about the substance.

But I'll play along, so as I'm reading I think about what I do that's making me 10 years older than I really am. 

Elastic pants?  Got them on right now.  Yoga pants, they call them.  I love em and when it gets warmer I'll switch to sweat pant shorts.  SM wears the guy version of those too.  The only pants we wear that has a button and zipper are our jeans.

Drug store glasses?  Oh yeah, I got those scattered everywhere.  In fact, I signed up for vision coverage this year so SM and I can each get a pair of prescription glasses made.  SM and I both have "OK" vision, but we'd both like something to help with driving that has a bifocal in it. 

Wire-rimmed Sunglasses?  What the freak?  I bought SM a replacement pair for his birthday this past year.  Serengeti Titanium.  


He's worn them for years.  Yes, they're expensive but they last forever.  Plus they make him look HOT.  

As in "Yes, Mr Police Officer, I'm sorry I was speeding." HOT.

Don Animal Prints.  Sister, I got animals all over me.  Granted, I'm not wearing their skin but I got fur all over me.  Does that count?

Own Travel Clothing.  I have no idea what she means by this one.  Is it the lack of wrinkly clothing that offends?  Can't imagine what she would think of me at the store with my scrubs on.

Travel with Hard Cover Books.  Well, I am guilty of this but if I'm hanging out in a lounge chair near a pool you can bet I'm going to have a regular old hard or soft cover book.  Really?  Do I want a reader laying there when I jump in the pool?  And on an airplane.  Hey, I'm the one lugging it around, not you.

Wear A Speedo.  Amen Sister.  That one's a no brainer.

Wear Comfort Shoes.  Clearly the author of this article doesn't work for a living.  Even if you're young, proper shoes for the job keep you functioning.  And comfortable shoes are so fun looking these days.  Who needs heels?  Who wants heels?

Act Like a Luddite.  I don't know even know what a "Luddite" is.  Let's look it up together shall we?  

From The Urban Dictionary - 

1. One who fears technology (or new technology, as they seem pleased with how things currently are...why can't everything just be the same?)

2. A group led by Mr. Luddite during the industrial revolution who believed machines would cause workers wages to be decreased and ended up burning a number of factories in protest
A Luddite generally claims things were "just fine" back in the day, and refuses to replace/update failing equipment/software/computers on the basis that they were just fine 10 years ago.

Well, I can't fault your observations.  Although I must say I'm trying to get with the program.

I have an iPad now. 
I joined FaceBook last month.
I have a 2007 Camry with push button ignition sitting in my driveway as of yesterday.  (Where's my keys?!?)

But I still don't have a cellphone.  Still not sure I even want one.

Does that make me a "Luddite"?  
Can't you just call me a Geezer instead? 

Now that I understand.


  1. The Facebook thing: teenagers are dumping Facebook for other options so they say. Not sure what that means other than they are tired of all the ads etc.

  2. I snorted all the way through this post - flying the Geezer Flag proudly.

  3. You quack me up. I checked off many of these myself. I'm in good company.
    Congrats on the new car.

  4. Geezer category fits me and I do wear travel clothes, to travel. Who wants to arrive looking like the dryer broke? (As if I used a dryer! I'm sitting here, looking out the window at my clothes on the line, awash with the latest snow.) I'm to the age where God is laughing because I'm being paid back for being such a young smart aleck.