How to Keep from Acting Like a Tiresome Old Coot

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Last night I heard somebody say "Who is number one?" while playing cards and deciding who went first. It was a struggle to keep myself from saying "You are number six."

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterConley

I'm 21, just this past sunday I decided to start watching the prisoner so.......

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTrollish

Half of the fun of being old is acting like a tiresome coot. Heck, it might be all of the fun.

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Did he say, "Be seeing you" when he left the optometrist ? That would have been fitting.

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternotanumber

But surely everyone knows the Iron Maiden song? Oh, wait. That album came out in 1982...

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Panel 4 has it all wrong. Outdated pop culture references follow a predictable 3 phase cycle: Phase 1. Painfully outdated -> Uncool -> Do not use under any circumstances regardless of one's own age. Phase 2. Hilariously outdated -> Ironically Cool -> Use sarcastically. 3. Charmingly outdated -> Conventionally Cool -> Use straightforwardly. The cycle repeats itself forever. No pop culture reference ever falls from use permanently. Also, I am not a number! I am a free man! I memorized that quote from the Iron Maiden song from the album that came out 8 years before I was born.

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

I certainly know the Iron Maiden song!........and the show.

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

Panel 1 is silly. All Rick has to do is say, "I went to visit the optometrist," and Scott can't use that stupid joke anymore. Or, "I had my eyes examined."

Also, I recently attempted to watch The Prisoner because I had heard about it in this comic. Is it one of those things that you're meant to be watching whilst taking psychedelic drugs? I tried it without such drugs, and it seemed so completely incomprehensible that I feel like I must have made a mistake somewhere.

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteruncollated

I hate that new test. Maybe it is more accurate, but it takes about 10 times as long to do, at least for me, due to the involuntary flinching when I feel something about to press against my eyeball, much to the undisguised irritation of the optometrist.

I feel I can still get away with being distrustful of new advances without seeming too old as long as I'm still in my 20s, but time is running out.

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKieran E

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