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Mar 19 2017

Getting old

Many of the people I work with in the office are of a younger generation.

Whilst I’m not yet in my dotage, I have, several times, noticed that I am the eldest in the room, in whatever meeting it is I am attending.

Over the past year, the fact that I am older than most of those around me, has become more apparent to me.

Not because I am hobbling about or because I can’t get up the stairs – I’m still quite sprightly in that regard – but usually something that I’ll say in conversation, will draw blank looks.

This happened yesterday whilst I was in a meeting. Presenting a spreadsheet up on the large screen, I said “… now if we scroll down… down, down a bit further… down down, deeper on down…. then we get to this section…”

“Never had you down as a Quo fan”, said my boss, who, whilst being younger than me, is at least of the same generation.

The young girl – and when I say ‘young’, I mean twenty-something – seated next to him looked confused.

“Status Quo”, I said to her, “You must have heard of Status Quo”.  She shook her head.

Every time this happens, I feel a little older and a step nearer to the Wurther’s Originals.

Tony Hancock; Anne Diamond; Alma Cogan; floppy disks; CHiPs; Catweazel; and more, are all things or people that I have mentioned in conversation, that have drawn looks of non-comprehension and I can kind of understand that.

But not knowing the Quo?

Now I feel really old.

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  1. Martin

    Tony Hancock; Anne Diamond; Alma Cogan; floppy disks; CHiPs; Catweazel; and more, are all things or people that I have mentioned in conversation, that have drawn looks of non-comprehension and I can kind of understand that.

    I know all of these Mark, so I must be of a certain age.

    Martin

    1. Masher

      And proud of it, Martin!

  2. Alan

    I am not saying a word.

    1. Masher

      You got laryngitis again, then?

      1. Alan

        I need help with some comments at the moment so……Mayday Mayday Mayday. The really scary thing is that the list
        of names in my head seems to go on and on and now I feel Really Down.
        Well you asked for it.

  3. Frances

    I am surprised that you remember Alma Cogan……she was a very long time ago!! Your Mum must have told you about her.
    I take Werthers Originals in my pocket on afternoon dog walks, as I occasionally have a low blood sugar attack. Easy to carry for a quick sugar fix! ( and I like them)

    1. Masher

      C’mon, who could forget Never Tango With An Eskimo?

  4. Dave

    My mate was playing Bohemian Rhapsody in the car when his late teen daughters were in the car. They wanted to know who was singing this song that G4 sang.

    Anyway, you can tell all these youngsters off for their lack of knowledge, you are old enough to be their father remember!

    1. Masher

      I’m old enough to be their big brother, certainly.

  5. Juliette

    Bet her name wasn’t Caroline.

    Talk about Burning Bridges, Masher. I suggest you Roll Over, Lay Down (Down deeper and down) and recognise that it’s Marguerita time. Whatever You Want, if that’s not your tipple…

    1. Masher

      I couldn’t name that many Quo songs, really Jules.
      But like EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD I certainly know the band.
      No, it wasn’t Caroline.

  6. Toffeeapple

    I suspect that I am older than all of you…

    1. Masher

      Yeah, but you are only as old as you feel, TA.

      Which makes me about 85.

  7. Brennig

    I said to someone in a meeting a couple of days ago…

    “You’ll have to give me more detail. I failed my ESP O’Level’
    “O’Level? What’s that?”
    “How old are you?”
    “34”
    “Do you want to see 35?”

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