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The really frightening thing about middle age is knowing you'll grow out of it. —Doris Day
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At twenty we worry about what others think of us. At forty we don't care what others think of us. At sixty we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all.

Watch Out

Aug. 29th, 2009 03:35 am
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Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.  —Dorothy Sayers.
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I refuse to admit I'm more than fifty, even if that does make my sons illegitimate.  —Lady Nancy Astor
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Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.  —Coco Chanel
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If you rest, you rust.  —Helen Hayes

Growing up

May. 4th, 2009 02:07 pm
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"One day you wake up and realize you ARE the establishment."
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Apologies to those who saw this as my comment to Mara's poll on Music Technology, but as I wrote it, I realized I should put it here, to remind myself of what I've seen change.

God I'm old.

I owned a first version, brand new on the scene, big, clunky, cassette playing Walkman (I think a lot of people who answered that they owned one are thinking of version 2, that was much smaller.  Mine was big, like about 7in x 4in, and blue). I remember the first time I put a tape in, and put the headphones on, and the Walkman in my backpack, and actually tried to walk across campus with music playing in my ears.  It was truly surreal.  I felt caught up in some strange ballet. I couldn't help but impose the rhythm and feel of the music on the world around me.  It took a long time before I was able to just casually walk around wearing the Walkman.  And to do that, I had to at first turn it way down, so it sounded more like something coming to me from 'outside.'  That feeling of music coming from the middle of my brain, combined with trying to move around in a moving environment was, well, surreal is the best word.  Or dream-like.  Or borderline like tripping.  And yes, I'd listened to music through good headphones before. I knew the sound was going to seem to be in the middle of my head.  But before, when I'd used good headphones, it would be specifically to listen to the music.  Sitting still, tethered to a good sound system.   This business of adding a soundtrack to my walking around life -- that was new.

Yes, I owned an 8Track, and yes, I used my dad's reel to reel plenty (my favorite tape was Kenny Rogers and the First Edition).

And yes, we owned a Victrola, and maybe fifty of the super thick 78's.  But it was a collector's piece, and we only played the records for the novelty of it.

Ancient, yes, I am.

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Age comes in on little crow's feet.

As we age

Oct. 14th, 2008 10:41 pm
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After thirty, a body has a mind of its own.  —Bette Midler
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Old age is an excellent time for outrage.  My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.  —Maggie Kuhn
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As we grow old...the beauty steals inward
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It is not how old you are, but how you are old. --Marie Dressler
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Old age and treachery will overcome youth and ambition every time.
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Youth
would be an ideal state
if it came a little later in life.
 - Herbert Henry Asquith
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The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

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