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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2011, 12:28:05 AM »

I know EXACTLY how you feel, Burgo!  I'm 47,  yet some days I feel like I am right out of high school.
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2011, 04:35:20 AM »

Everything was fine in the Horror Movies Universe before the internet. People respected and loved the classics, at least in my large circle of friends and people I knew.
I was welcomed to "reality" once I went online. I wasn't aware that

Halloween (1978) ... sucks.
The Shining (1980) ... is a joke.
The Exorcist (1973) ... is boring.
Dawn of the Dead (1978) ... is cheesy.
Jaws (1975) ... isn't a horror movie.

Talk about sobering observations ...
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2011, 07:56:04 AM »

Over the past few years, I have really noticed how quickly the years have passed (and are passing) by.  I have vivid memories of mundane things (like nights out with my friends) that seem like they occured 5 or 6 years ago.  But when I really think about them I realize they occurred 20 or more years ago.  I have a group of friends that I consider to be my "new" friends . . . yet I met them around 1990 when I was in my late 20s.  Even my teenage years don't feel like they were very long ago . . . but 3 decades has passed since then.  I'll be 50 years old in 2014, but I don't feel anywhere near 50.  I still enjoy playing games, reading comic books, and generally acting like a kid.  The years have really been whipping past me . . . a decade goes by like the snap of a finger.  Very sobering stuff.

Well, if you would like a silver lining, at least they are vivid memories, because the converse would be that you don't remember them.

What I find interested, not sobering, is that there is an entirely different kind of senior citizen coming in the next 10-20 years. I myself am 43, not too far behind you Burgo, and when I think of people in our general age range, I just don't see the typical senior citizen in the making. I wouldn't call it immaturity per se, but look at our interests compared to what the interests of our current seniors must have been at our age. I'm not really into comic books, but I am into bad movies and most my friends are younger than me. Odd, because when I was young I hung out with older people. It seems I've never really related to people my own age, but that's another matter. It's going to be a challenge for marketing people when people like us start entering retirement. That is, if retirement is even an option, and there's a sobering thought for you.
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2011, 12:21:28 PM »

Let's just hope the world doesn't go the way of Logan's Run when we get older although there are elements now that suggests it's heading that way...
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« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2011, 07:49:22 AM »

Let's just hope the world doesn't go the way of Logan's Run when we get older although there are elements now that suggests it's heading that way...

I'd prefer that to "The Dark Crystal" with the Baby Boomers playing the part of Skeksis and us younger types being the Gelflings.  I need my preciously bodily fluids.

My sobering thought is that I will be 52 years old when Garrett turns 18.  That is not going to be good for my blood pressure.
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« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2011, 08:20:29 AM »

Let's just hope the world doesn't go the way of Logan's Run when we get older although there are elements now that suggests it's heading that way...

I'd prefer that to "The Dark Crystal" with the Baby Boomers playing the part of Skeksis and us younger types being the Gelflings.  I need my preciously bodily fluids.

My sobering thought is that I will be 52 years old when Garrett turns 18.  That is not going to be good for my blood pressure.

Oh I hear that. Not to one-up you, but I will be 58 when my oldest son turns 18. Yes, I started quite late. I think about that because he is quite strong already and might be able to overpower me in just a few years. Shudder. Then I think about those people who have kids even later than that, like Elvis Costello, whose wife gave birth to twin boys with him in his 50's. Yikes. I think I heard somewhere that Sylvester Stallone's dad had a kid in his 60's or 70's. That's just crazy.
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« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2011, 09:52:42 AM »

Halloween (1978) ... sucks.
Eh, it doesn't "suck" but it's not all that great.

The Shining (1980) ... is a joke.
I'll agree with that.  And it's not even a very good joke.

The Exorcist (1973) ... is boring.
No, it's funny!

Dawn of the Dead (1978) ... is cheesy.
The gray grease paint used for most of the zombies is pretty cheesey, but the movie overall is excellent.

Jaws (1975) ... isn't a horror movie.
It damn well is.  On one hand, you've got the visceral horror of a huge shark eating people.  On the other hand, you've got the more mundane horror of an entire town facing financial ruin and poverty.
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« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2011, 12:05:53 PM »

Hmm maybe things go the way of Zardoz and red diapers will become all the fashion.... Buggedout BounceGiggle
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« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2011, 06:19:44 PM »

Let's just hope the world doesn't go the way of Logan's Run when we get older although there are elements now that suggests it's heading that way...

I'd prefer that to "The Dark Crystal" with the Baby Boomers playing the part of Skeksis and us younger types being the Gelflings.  I need my preciously bodily fluids.

My sobering thought is that I will be 52 years old when Garrett turns 18.  That is not going to be good for my blood pressure.

Oh I hear that. Not to one-up you, but I will be 58 when my oldest son turns 18. Yes, I started quite late. I think about that because he is quite strong already and might be able to overpower me in just a few years. Shudder. Then I think about those people who have kids even later than that, like Elvis Costello, whose wife gave birth to twin boys with him in his 50's. Yikes. I think I heard somewhere that Sylvester Stallone's dad had a kid in his 60's or 70's. That's just crazy.

Fred Olen Ray mentioned during our interview that his youngest son is just one year older than his granddaughter.  He was 52 or 53 when we did the interview, so I'm guessing he will be dealing with a teenager in his 60s.
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« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2011, 09:58:56 PM »

I recently realized that I am now 9 years out of high school.  I remember a conversation I had with an uncle of mine.  It happened in June of '02, when I graduated high school.  He basically said "Enjoy your summer now, and enjoy the next three years or so.  Once you're 21 and you're done with college and/or have a real job, time flies by at an incredible rate.  Next thing you know, you're pushing 40, have a wife, kids, a home, overweight, losing your hair, and you wish you could come back to this moment now."  He was right.  Granted, I'm gonna be 28 soon, not 40.  But the past ten years have flown by so much.  It seemed like I was just graduating.  I woke up today, realized that half my friends have kids, they've graduated college, have great jobs, wives, houses, are in the armed forces, and I'm a perpetual 18 year old, living at home, playing PlayStation and watching old MST34 episodes. Buggedout

Another thing: I have a horrible relationship with my father.  To the point that I don't even acknowledge him and went from about 5 to 18 without talking to him, then went from 18 to 25 without talking to him.  I talked to him once two years ago and not since.  In fact, I barely talked to him after he had a heart attack.  Mostly cause he is an alcoholic and I never know if I'm getting "him" or if I'm getting the drunk him.  Yet, seeing how he's turned out and growing up vowing to not be like that, I've slowly turned to alcohol and drugs.  Apparently, I can put em down just as well as him.  And that p**ses me off. Hatred



As another sobering observation, I work with the public in customer service as my job as a library employee. I was talking with an elderly lady who was telling me that she just gets so frustrated at not being able to do things anymore. I went with my go-to punchline, "Say what will you about growing old, it's better than the alternative." The alternative, of course, is death. She immediately countered with, "I'm not so sure about that."


What scares me/something I kind of observed, is that people of my generation seem more afraid of living than we are afraid of dying.  I was born in '84, which, depending on whom you ask, is the very very end of that Gen-X thing, or the very beginning of Gen-Y. 

All I know is, I've done a lot of stuff that should've killed me, and none of that scared me.  But, looking ahead, and seeing where we've been going as a country and knowing that I have another good 50-70 years ahead of me, I'm scared out of my mind. 
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« Reply #25 on: July 13, 2011, 10:46:27 PM »

I think some of us try and cling on to our youth for as long as we can. I'm not so sure that's entirely a bad thing as long as one does it mostly in private. In public, I wonder whether such behaviour might not limit job opportunities and the like (not that it should) just because well after all most places are going to be looking for no-nonsense grown-ups who know what they're doing and been around and will get to work and not be distracted by whatever...anyways here I am ramblin' on. I too frequently play Playstation. I've been watching wrestling and monster and superhero movies/TV shows/Cartoons since I was a kid. Read comic books up until my adult years and probably still would if they weren't so expensive and I actually had any room left given my DVD addiction. Ramblin' on some more here. Sorry about that.

Anyways what surprises me most I think is how far away things have moved from what we thought was cool as kids and even sadder and more surprising is how far away from ethics and respect things have moved. Morals and ethics and having respect for those older and wiser was instilled in me from a young age but now so many seem to let their kids run wild, do and say whatever they want/please.  Yeah I'm ramblin' some more. And then we have this system that wants workers but mostly doesn't want to take a chance on training newcomers so most kids have to move away and get work experience and then come back home. And it seems the more dreamer you are, the more youth oriented you are in your mindset, the less success you have. And there's this startling lack of creativity in so much we see nowadays, such a blaissez (not sure I spelled that right) blandness. So many talented writers and creative people I've met in real life and online struggle daily just to get by while others have things handed to them because of whatever - inheritance, knowhow, kissing up, whatever. More ramblin' now.

With regards to alcoholism, there are theories out there that it may be hereditary. Not sure that's true but just throwing that out there. I think I read somewhere that's why C.M. Punk choose the straight edge lifestyle so as to not end up like his father.
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« Reply #26 on: July 13, 2011, 11:03:11 PM »

I certainly respect anyone who does and says what they want. I say a lot of stuff with no regard to whom it upsets. Yet, I am mindful of elders and show a bit of respect. I worked in a nursing home, and had a lot of fun with them.

I did read that alcoholism is hereditary. Don't know how true it is. But, seeing that both my grandfathers, my father, a couple aunts, and some uncles went through it, seems to be an inherited trait. Or just a learned trait. Hmmm...
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« Reply #27 on: July 13, 2011, 11:11:39 PM »

I've noticed several times in my life when persons caved and became hypocrites.  

I realize still that I'm naive.  

I'm a baby. 
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« Reply #28 on: July 14, 2011, 08:55:51 AM »

I realize still that I'm naive.  

I'm a baby. 


Which is good to be aware of about one's self but never, ever, to count as a negative quality.
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« Reply #29 on: July 14, 2011, 12:58:40 PM »

I have little faith in humanity. People, human beings, are horrible. Many of the 'greats' were horrible people, many of them leading or even coercing less horrible people to become more and more horrible, and for horrible reasons. People try and justify the actions of horrible people by pointing out the good that they've done, but isn't that what we all should be doing anyways? Many of those horrible people only do good in order to try and offset some of the horrible things they've done, sometimes the good they've done is not very big or very good, just vigorously PR'd. Why are so few actually doing anything good, and even fewer of them doing it simply because it's the right thing to do?
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