How to Accept the Fact That You Are Getting Old

Yes, I'm aware that the first line of dialog in this strip proclaims it to be last year. I look forward to your corrections.

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Reader Comments (55)

Not a big grunge fan, but I know a cool idea when I read one!

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterByron Black

Me talking to the younger generation:
"Of course I still listen to the radio! Where else can I hear the dulcet tones of Carl Kasell?"
"YouTube? Oh, that internet web site with all the Victor Borge vidoes!"
"Just a moment and I'll write that down in my address book."
"Let me know when you get the film developed."

I'm not that out of date; I just like messing with their young minds.

And Victor Borge rocks. 'Nuff said.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessiEeee!

This is my life working with other software developers half my age. I find the easiest way to bore them is give them a DVD full of songs demonstrating how much better your taste in music is than theirs. You saved your street cred with the Mudhoney mention but Soundgarden and Pearl Jam were never grunge or cool. When you rerun this in a month change them to Tad and the Melvins. Oh, and love the strip.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFagabeefe

Come on, Scott, fess up: you stole this from me, didn't you? I thought I'd posted it on G+, but I guess it only ever made it to my FB page, "Crawled into bed and flipped on the TV. Hey, Pearl Jam is on, cool! Wait, this is 'American Masters' on PBS? Crap, I'm getting old."

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKozz

Dude its not 2011, it should be 2012..... AND THE COPY RIGHT DATE IS WRONG!!!!!!!!!!111111!!!!!!111!!! THE WORLD is ENDING

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterobvioustroll

I had the same realization recently, when it dawned on me that when I was in school, we were taught how to write letters because there wasn't any email to send instead.

I may not be middle-aged, but I remember a time before the internet was widespread and a part of everyday life. Most of the kids in school these days literally can't remember a time when it wasn't.

Even worse, it dawned on me that my friend's 2 year old son will grow up in a world where you can just tell a small box to do something, like play a movie or music (via their Xbox Kinect) and it will. To me, it's still something out of Star Trek that makes me a little bit giddy to use because it's so damned sci-fi and cool. To him, it will be as normal as a light switch, and just as mundane and boring.

Jesus, I'm not even 30 and already I see similarities between myself and the old guy at work who grew up on a farm without electricity. It's only getting worse from here, eh?

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKempnerius

The true masters of age fu also wear white belts.
Trust me on this one.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWaladil

Give it another 10 years, Scott. You won't be able to bore the younger generation anymore because you will have become a Fount of Retro Knowledge just like us really old hippies and will be able to collect Geezer Points. Quick- what was Stevie's favorite song from when Fleetwood Mac was still them? Who was George Harrison dating during the first American tour? What was the immediate precursor to Grunge in Seattle? See? Messing with the minds of the middle-aged is even better LOL.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

Wow, regarding the acceptance of 'getting old,' the dialogue in the first panel was so chillingly accurate, I almost got depressed and feared reading the rest of the strip. But of course, I moved on...
Panel two, specifically with Rick's realization, was no less accurate to illustrate aging, but it was also freakinh' hilarious!
Yikes, it's almost scary to think that I'm not young anymore, and am likely viewed by really young people as 'really old,' in spite of actually being somewhere in between. (Oh, jeez, I just defined 'middle aged' didn't I? Ngaah!)

Ultimately, I have to agree with you (both you and Rick): can't fight it, might as well embrace it and have fun!

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCR

I love the bonus humour of post-comic text - I was on the fence as to whether you find the annual date transition furore entertaining or frustrating, but this one settles it: at the very least, you must be a glutton for punishment scheduling this one to run in early January!

Looking forward to the new book "Copyright Comments and other trolling"... PS I'm with Ric(k) on this one: IT'S NOT TRUE, LOOK - HERE'S MY GIG STUBS I STILL HAVE FROM ohshit...

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJay

Wait!!!! PBS ISN'T cool?? Time to go fetal under my desk...

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

My copy of "The Curse of the Masking tape Mummy" has just turned up here in the UK (and with a very amusing RJ-17 form. Instead of working I read it instead (because I knew you would want me to) and just wanted to say it was great as usual, loved the notes under each strip and then....colour. Maybe it really is 2012!

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNick in the UK

Scott: I really appreciate your attempt to save the planet from the Mayan Calendar Apocalypse. 2011 Forever!!!!

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohn walters

It's about time for me to sing Caravan and Hawkwind lyrics at you.....

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFlares

Your mathematics are way off! There's 23 years between 1992 and 1969. You have to wait until 2015 for 23 years to elapse from 1992. There. :p

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfanfrom2015

Haha, I saw that documentary, too. Also picturing Rick trying to be cool in a flannel shirt made me laugh out loud. Great one as always

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJuli

A better comparison would be between grunge going big in 1992 and the Summer of Love in 1967. That's 25 years difference, and 25 years post-grunge would be 2017. So, I have five years before I feel old! Which is something old people never say.

Actually, this was an issue for me back in '02, when VH1 did a "Ten Years of Grunge" retrospective. I remember how my friends got to discussing how much the music the kids liked sucked and how there hadn't been any good bands since, oh, the mid-90s.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNed


January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy

You know, there's this new thing called "The GIMP" that allows you to change details in images -- like changing the "2011" to "2012" for example. Maybe you've heard of it? There's also some similar program called "Photoshop", I hear, probably can do the same thing.


January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue D. Nymme

It is only the second comic into the new year and already the copyright date jokes have gotten old. I guess this is the right comic for old jokes, right?

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

But... But... It ISN'T 2011!
The horror!

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Wow. I must be pretty close in age to Scott and Rick, but I hated Grunge.

The alternative station was playing grunge, and so were the rock stations and pop stations. Alternative, my ass. I found myself listening to once-hated country music one night because I had the choice of grunge, grunge, grunge, grunge, hip hop, or country... and I realized that my music tastes were now defined by a lack of choice and I was stuck with the least of three evils. And on that epic day, I turned off the radio. Now I'm so used to MP3 (where I'm stuck in an era of pre-grunge alternative / new wave) that it pains me on rare occassion to even hear a radio with its retarded DJs and endless commercials.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

As someone from the Woodstock generation, you aren't nearly as old as you are gonna be.

Trust me on this.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjdh

Sure. Post this on my 30th birthday. Thanks a lot. (yes I realize it's not that bad, but the timing is impeccable)

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave Pagel

The past is always an intruder. Sometimes it's a melancholy wraith and often it's a messenger, a herald of the future or an announcement that the replacements are on their way and they are traveling without diplomats, young and bold as they are. It is in that tidal pool of time, caught between ebb and full tide that we can linger and enjoy the melange.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColman Rutkin

I've been messing with people's minds lately by pointing out that in the coming presidential election, there will be people voting who weren't even born when Kurt Cobain killed himself. Why mess with the young when you can mess with people your own age?

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRich

...furthermore, cultural icons who crashed and burned when you were young will ALWAYS be younger than you because there are only two choices, along with --- try this and see how it fits - "Cobain/Lennon/MM/ would be ____YEARS OLD if still alive!!! Ngaaaaah! Bring on the Mayan Apocalypse before we start whistling moldy oldies through our dentures in the grocery store checkout line!

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergobbler


I'm Wim Boeree, a 17 year old dude from the Netherlands and I listen to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen and many more bands that no kid listens to nowadays, besides that I have a collection of vinyl records and old cd's.

For how much I am ashamed of my own generation, and I apologize for being part of it, I thought it was awesome knowing that none of the things in this comic applies to me!

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWim Boeree

Growing old wouldn't be quite so bad if most current music didn't suck so horribly.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteruwg

OMG, the copyright date is starting to infiltrate the strip itself! Someone call Steve McQueen to save us!

Someone once asked me about Robert Plant, if he was ever in a band. I just said "Yeah. 'The Honeydrippers'"

What if you did a strip on "How to Preserve Precious Memories from the Past?" The Alliterative Appeal Aside (See what I did there?!?), we could all use advice on how to keep our fondest memories pure, and to stop more recent years from seeping into them and changing them forever...

Like the copyright date did to today's strip...

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKierkegaard

Musical tastes are such a bad measure of age. For people like Wim Boeree, yeah, you can tell he hasn't listened to enough from the Golden Age of Wir- er, Sound (hehe, see what I did there? Sorry, couldn't resist) (No offense intended, Wim Boeree). However, he listens to some old stuff, and that doesn't make him old. I personally can't get enough of the new wave scene, and I'm 14. People listen to different things, what you listen to doesn't make you old though. Unless, of course, all you listen to is Frank Sinatra like my Grandfather. He's old.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter0RedPenguin0

Did you realize that it's 2012?

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCody

Confession: I don't even read the introductory text in each panel. If you can't get the joke from the dialogue balloons, this probably isn't the comic for you anyway.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWes Comer

Wow, the great music is just gravy on top of everything else great about this comic. Another classic!

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChazz

They say literacy in the USA is somewhere around 99%, and probably in most European countries, too.
Being able to read doesn't mean people do read, nor that people notice what they see. Literacy is nothing to write about.

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThom

Oh this is nothing. Try being a bleeding-edge X-er (1966). As of this past fall, I'm hiring college graduates who generally weren't born when I graduated from college...yeesh.

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergrubbery

Ha, ha, ha! The Honeydrippers... that answer was pure gold, Kierkegaard! And it wasn't entirely false.

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Dude, +1 on Soundgarden. I just listened to "Full On Kevin's Mom - Reprise" yesterday at work and it reminded me of days of yore when gas was under a buck and I drove my Mom's old Oldsmobile.

And it sucks to think that mentioning "Oldsmobile" is now like old-old people talking about Packards or the cart they used to hitch up to their woolly mammoth before that.

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaco Lyptic

I was ten minutes into watching Pearl Jam Twenty before the horrific truth behind the title sank in.

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

Thanks for posting this on my 47th birthday. You missed the only music that matters - 80's!!!!

And true to the strips's premise in the later squares, 80's is now officially retro and everybody is playing it... truly a golden age of music! I'll just enjoy it while it lasts, before grunge makes its repeat appearance as the new retro and I retreat to my mp3 universe.

BTW Scott, I got your day by day desk calendar for my birthday - way cool! Hopefully I will now spread your worship to two, maybe even three co-workers. Every little bit eh buddy?

Happy new year every 1,.

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSolak
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