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    This may not fit everyone on the forum, but lots of us are over 30, which is when the signs you are getting old(er) start hitting.

    One of my most recent, my dad gave me a FoodSaver (vacuum packer, for packaging food to freeze) for xmas and I thought, "That's a really awesome gift." Had I been ~20, my reaction would have been more like, "Is there a gift receipt in the box? I hope wherever he bought it sells booze."

    So what say you? Any signs you are getting older that you wish to share?



  • I regularly get into arguments with some of my younger gaming friends who insist that the latest Call of Dudebros is the best FPS ever, and while it's easy to come up with many counterexamples, they complain that all of my suggestions are too old (i.e. pre-2005).


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    I have never really been a gamer, but I imagine the looks you get are similar to when I say, "Yeah, I always liked Halo(1)". FTW, I paid good money to upgrade to a Radeon 9200 in order to play it.


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    I also never thought I would see the day when a high-end graphics card could cost more than I spent on the first car I bought with my own money.


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    @Polygeekery said:

    I also never thought I would see the day when a high-end graphics card could cost more than I spent on the first car I bought with my own money.

    Just figure out the what the cost for the car was in constant dollars.



  • I feel old when:

    • I realize kids born in the 90's are now graduating college and having children
    • I run into people who have literally had cell phones for their entire lives
    • I know people who were born after the 9/11 attacks
    • I realize how quickly time passes now. Weeks and months no longer feel like large units of time.

    And I'm not even 30 yet!


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    @FrostCat said:

    Just figure out the what the cost for the car was in constant dollars.

    Don't bring math in to my nostalgia!! You cheeky bastard.

    If you want to do the math and depress me, the first car I ever bought with my own money was $1600 in 1996. Current top of the line graphics cards are roughly the same money.


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    @mott555 said:

    I realize kids born in the 90's are now graduating college and having children

    I graduated in 1997. This year I can legally have sex with someone who was born that same year. Depressing.



  • That reminds me of another, there are people I went to high school with who have 10-year-old kids now.



  • @mott555 said:

    I realize kids born in the 90's are now graduating college and having children

    Both of my kids are in college, and I was >30 when the first one was born. No grandkids for a while, I hope.


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    @mott555 said:

    That reminds me of another, there are people I went to high school with who have 10-year-old kids now.

    Pffffbt, see above, I went to school with people who have kids who can drink now...

    I swear there was something in the water in my hometown that counteracted either birth control or common sense.


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    @Polygeekery said:

    If you want to do the math and depress me, the first car I ever bought with my own money was $1600 in 1996. Current top of the line graphics cards are roughly the same money.

    The first currency converter I found says $1600 in 1996 dollars is $2346 in 2013 dollars (it wouldn't do a more recent year.)



  • @Polygeekery said:

    I went to school with people who have kids who can drink now.

    My daughter will be able to drink legally in < 6 months.


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    @Polygeekery said:

    Current top of the line graphics cards are roughly the same money.

    try almost twice that.

    that's one of the cheaper titans...

    here's one at almost 7k


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    @mott555 said:

    That reminds me of another, there are people I went to high school with who have 10-year-old kids now.

    Youngster. I have a 16 year old, and I didn't have kids until I was 27.


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    I checked Newegg and discarded the highest result because I assumed it was for a workstation card. It was ~$7K.



  • @Polygeekery said:

    Pffffbt

    Sometimes I can make myself feel young again by making someone else feel old!

    Ever since my teen years, I've pretty much looked 5 - 10 years older than I actually am. I used to use and abuse this fact at my previous job, when my coworkers who looked about my age would be discussing what things were like when the company had just started and I'd tell them I was in junior high school in those days.


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    @Polygeekery said:

    I checked Newegg and discarded the highest result because I assumed it was for a workstation card.

    something like that. you'll notice it has no video out ports?

    the 7k one is for raw CUDA processing power.

    the other one i linked is an actual graphics card. i've seen various configurations of that one go for up to 3.5k new



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    This year I can legally have sex with someone who was born that same year.

    Over two years ago, I could have legally had sex with someone my daughter's age.
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    Depressing.
    And creepy.


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    @accalia said:

    the other one i linked is an actual graphics card. i've seen various configurations of that one go for up to 3.5k new

    like this one for 4k



  • @FrostCat said:

    Youngster. I have a 16 year old, and I didn't have kids until I was 27.

    For some reason I always figured you for much younger than that.

    My mother has the grandma-bug bad now. I'm about to turn 27 and I'm still single, and she keeps telling me about how I was born when she was 27. Kind of depressing and annoying at the same time.


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    @HardwareGeek said:

    Over two years ago, I could have legally had sex with someone my daughter's age.

    And you are a pervert for even doing the math... Or, even longer ago in Kentucky, if you want a punchline. :)



  • @mott555 said:

    she keeps telling me about how I was born when she was 27.

    Not related to my age, but I overheard a conversation between two women once (I didn't know either of them) in which one was telling the other that she became a grandmother at 32.


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    @mott555 said:

    I'm about to turn 27 and I'm still single, and she keeps telling me about how I was born when she was 27. Kind of depressing and annoying at the same time.

    Not to be a "one-upper", but I am the only male in my family that has the family name. I have been getting that shit from since before I could drive, from everyone in the family.

    When we had our son they kept pointing out how the family name would live on, etc. After years of torment I pointed out that it might yet, our son could be gay or decide to not have kids. Fuckers.



  • I started feeling old when it was no longer necessary to check anything more than the decade i was born in to verify that i can legally drink in the US. That's been 4 years ago. And i was born in the early end of that decade.



  • Same deal here, but delayed I suppose. I only have one sibling, and she says she will never have children.


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    @mott555 said:

    Same deal here, but delayed I suppose.

    Mine goes way back. All my cousins are either female or their blood relation parent is female (with their husbands surname). I am the only male in the family with my last name. Unless my female cousins name their children with their maiden name, the family name could have died with me.

    Edit: Pseudo-related: I have two female cousins, who are sister, who each have four kids of the same gender. One has four boys, one has four girls. I love statistical anomalies like that. The chance of any one person having four kids of the same gender are fairly high. The odds of two sisters doing so (considering that the sperm determines the gender) have to be astronomical.



  • @Polygeekery said:

    I am the only male in my family that has the family name. ... the family name would live on, etc.
    I can definitely relate to that. My family has been in North America since the 1600s, so there are people with our family name scattered across the country, and most of them are very distant relatives, but among the few close enough to have any actual contact, I was the only male with a significant likelihood of having any further offspring. Now my son is in that position, although I've never put any pressure on him about it. I sure would like it if it happened, though — eventually; he's only 18, just starting college, and in no way financially or emotionally able to take on that responsibility, yet.



  • Still about the same deal. My mother's siblings never had children so I'm the only hope for that side, though obviously different last name. And my father only has sisters. I do have a few cousins on that side but haven't seen any of them in 15 years, and again, different last name.

    However, my father is estranged from 100% of all his blood relatives as far as I know, so it's technically possible that I have half-siblings I don't know about. If so I feel very sorry for them.


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    @mott555 said:

    my father only has sisters. I do have a few cousins on that side but haven't seen any of them in 15 years, and again, different last name.

    You have to go back ~5 generations and back up the family tree to find another male with my last name. The name would not truly die, but just in this branch.

    I feel ya though.


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    @Polygeekery said:

    You have to go back ~5 generations and back up the family tree to find another male with my last name.

    How did you get the name, then, since your dad didn't have it?



  • @Polygeekery said:

    You have to go back ~5 generations and back up the family tree to find another male with my last name. The name would not truly die, but just in this branch.

    I'm not sure how far back I'd have to go. I could try to look it up when I get home, but I'd likely not find any useful info. I can trace my direct paternal line back to the 1600s (even farther for some female branches, not so far for others), but my information on recent generations is very incomplete — almost nonexistent, except for my immediate family.



  • When your hair is still (mostly) dark, but your beard comes in grey...


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    @FrostCat said:

    How did you get the name, then, since your dad didn't have it?

    To clarify, I meant of my generation or younger.


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    @nightware said:

    When your hair is still (mostly) dark, but your beard comes in grey...

    Beard is salt and pepper, but I am sporting a definite Mitt Romney when my hair gets long.



  • I shaved off my wizard beard this morning, now I don't know what to do with my hands during "hmmmm" moments.



  • @Polygeekery said:

    Beard is salt and pepper, but I am sporting a definite Mitt Romney when my hair gets long.

    I'm assuming you're talking about the gray at the sideburns. I have some streaks front-and-center. My hair is blond to start with, so they're not as obvious as they would be if my hair were darker. The gray shows up more in my beard, but I don't usually let it grow out. It seems like I may have a little thinning in back, but nowhere near balding. My dad's brother had male pattern baldness, but my dad didn't, and I'm old enough that it would be obvious by now if it were going to afflict me.



  • The sign for me was getting hangovers the day after drinking 4+ beers (commence questioning on what constitutes "a beer")


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    @HardwareGeek said:

    I'm assuming you're talking about the gray at the sideburns.

    Yep, and I have dark brown hair so it shows.


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    @monkeyArms said:

    The sign for me was getting hangovers the day after drinking 4+ beers

    I still remember the first hangover from Friday night that took until Monday morning to be over. I remember promising myself I would never do that again.

    I lied.



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    grandmother at 32.

    Bad judgement is hereditary?



  • When you discover that the funny song you've been hearing on Dr Demento for two years is actually a parody of a hit (because you finally heard the original today at SuperCuts).

    Tech sign of getting older: when someone proposes some incredible groundbreaking new idea and your only reaction is "didn't we already do this? Years before you were born?"


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    @da_Doctah said:

    heard the original today at SuperCuts

    No respectable man would be seen in a SuperCuts. Find yourself a proper barber. Also, those damned kids better get off my lawn.



  • @another_sam said:

    Bad judgement is hereditary?

    Yes, although there are times and places in history in which marriage in the mid-teens would have been the norm. In late 20th-century USA, bad judgement.



  • @Polygeekery said:

    Find yourself a proper barber.

    I prefer to wield the clippers myself.

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    Also, those damned kids better get off my lawn.

    The only reason I have a lawn is for my kids (and chickens) to run around on it.


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    @another_sam said:

    I prefer to wield the clippers myself.

    There's a saying about men who cut their own hair...



  • @Polygeekery said:

    There's a saying about men who cut their own hair...

    ... They have short hair?


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    @another_sam said:

    The only reason I have a lawn is for my kids (and chickens) to run around on it.

    I would mulch my entire lawn if it were up to me. I hate lawn care. But I have one, for much the same reasons. (Getting chickens when the weather breaks)



  • @Polygeekery said:

    No respectable man would be seen in a SuperCuts.

    When I was married, for a while my wife insisted on my going to the same hairdresser that did her hair, and I was pretty respectable at the time.



  • @Polygeekery said:

    I hate lawn care.

    Yeah, I'm not keen on it either. Luckily for me my wife mows it. I pull weeds occasionally but overall it's pretty low care because we chose a soft-leaf buffalo.


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