Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Benchmarks of Age


Jaggy recently did a piece on age discrimination. She, being a young woman finds she has been the victim of age discriminationm on an on-going basis. It got me thinking about certain events that made me realize that I had come to a benchmark which made me of a certain age. There were two events that come to mind. One was when I was in my early 30s when I met this woman who was at the time, 65 years of age. One of the first things I thought of when I met her was, “I’d date her!”

The other was last year when I was attending a function where there were quite a few young women, probably in their 20s. They were in tight jeans and were wearing their tops that exposed their bellies, and the thought that came to mind was, “Wouldn’t they make lovely grand daughters?”

17 Comments:

Blogger Jaggy said...

I guess age is what you make of it.

Unless you're a guy, then you're eternally juvenile at whatever age.

This I do know. :)

Thanks so much for the link!

7:03 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

From the sublime to the ridiculous - or some version thereof.
You are aging gracefully.
I was recently walking around my old campus and wondering, "Where were all these good-looking guys when I attended university?"
Light bulb went off. It was the heartbreaking youthfulness of these young men I found so appealing/attractive.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Bayou said...

This reminds me of a friend of mine who went to the Gorge last summer for a show. She said she knew she had hit a benchmark when all these hot guys were walking around with their shirts off and all she could think was, "Well, I sure hope they brought a jacket."

9:56 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

So right, Jaggy. I may be a little less foolish these days, but I'm still foolish.

Beth, I hear you, vicarious living through youth.

Bayou, we should make buttons to hand out to people who have these revelations that say, "Welcome to Middle Age."

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

Sheeze Guy - get a grip of your pennies! Surrounded by twenty some year old navels and you're thinking they would make great grandaughters? Tell me it aint so. Now before I get accused of being a dirty old man, it is the beauty of a woman that sometimes never fades with the years that is attractive.
You can appreciate the curves without being the salivating Aqualung type or reverting to listening to Dr Phil or Oprah who cater to the women that want your balls safely stored in a jar on the night table. Growing old gracefully? Fuck that. Old bull/young bull on the hill with many cows below in the valley. Young bull says let's run down there a fuck a few cows. Old bull replies, let's walk down and fuck them all. Back bacon and blubber on the way to ya Guy. Put some lead in your pencil...

12:03 PM  
Anonymous THartill said...

Well Said Moose.

I wise man once said, "you know you are old when all of your daughters friends are hot and legal".

So guess you know you're REALLY old when you see 20 yr old girls as "lovely granddaughters"

12:37 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Moosehead, you can't help being a dirty old man, it's your French lower half. I have a German lower half so I'm repressed.

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Now Tryan pipes in, too. I hope the both of you realize that the women reading this are on my side and want you two to grow up and get over it. Ladies, am I right?

12:43 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

Oh gosh...I hate going in to parent teacher interviews because the teachers look so young.

I probably babysat them when I was a teenager...

Growing old is so weird.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous THartill said...

Well Jaggy said that "age is what you make of it" and "Guy's are juvenile at any age".

Can't argue with those facts. So methinks she would say we are both right (or wrong...whichever)

My golden rule when it comes to dating younger women is half your age + 7.

If you are 16...half your age is 8 + 7 = 15, the youngest you should date.

If you are 18...half your age is 9 + 7 = 16.

If you are 50...half your age is 25 + 7 = 32.

And figuring out the youngest woman that guy should date is out of my realm of math skills.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Trop said...

According to that math... let's see, I was 43 at the time I met my wife. Youngest for me would be 21 + 7 = 28.

Oops, she was just 22.

Hey, you only live once.

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Trish the interesting thing is that in spite of their young age, they have earned our respect.

Tryan Hawkings is here discussing the physics of romantic string theory. I'm into quantum physics. Besides I don't date. My wife is one year and 25 days my senior.

Trop, I've seen some of your retention stats that you posted for your consulting work. I know you know math. As for the age difference...you are just a lucky duck, plain and simple ; )

4:01 PM  
Anonymous THartill said...

Quantum physics is a crock, almost like a cult. The only way to find the answer to anything is Deep Thought and of course the answer is always 42.

7:03 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I plan to come up with a question for that answer as soon as I see the first LNG tanker passing by Astoria.

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

"Ladies, am I right?"

The silence seems to be deafening.

You see Guy, most ladies, despite their protests, like the bad boys. It gives them a project and a mission in life. Once they think the bucking bronco has been broken, they lose interest fast.

I like your math thartill - we need the advantage of age to match wits in the battle of the sexes.

4:32 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

None of the women commented on what you had to say either, these women read early and move on.

I do think you and Tryan would make good drinking buddies, Moosehead.

10:01 AM  
Blogger lori hahn said...

I frequently am asked how I feel about being so lucky as to work in an office with 10, count them, 10, attractive, smart, educated young women ranging in age from 23 to 28. I can only say that I'm too old to notice much other than all the things I told them to do that they haven't done. I have become my mother.

9:04 PM  

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