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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:27 PM

How I learned about ageism

Not exactly a call-out, but inspired by the thread about an "old white"...

I think I was about 20, getting my carburetor fixed. I told the mechanic (probably 50+ yo) that the car probably had been well-maintained since it was previously owned by "some old guy".

The mechanic tinkered with it for a minute, then said, "You say the car was owned by an elderly gentleman?"

A nice, subtle way to teach a lesson to a young whippersnapper.

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Response to Flying Squirrel (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:08 AM

1. You kids today

with that noise you call music and your electronic gadgets and social networks and I don't know what else.

Why, when I was a boy, we knew the proper way to refer to elderly gentlemen. We called them old farts.

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Response to Flying Squirrel (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:53 AM

2. You kids!

With your 8-track tapes and your sody pop! When I was a kid we sang church hymns on the way to our one room school house where we each had to bring a bucket of coal to keep it warm in the winter, and we liked it!

Actually, one of my favorite things about getting older is when I talk to someone in their 20's and I say, "I'm old (52) so take my advice!" LOL!

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