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)

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

as a member of the boomer generation, who has believed that younger people (kids) or (kids) of friends had a responsibility to assist (do) set up any new technical devise. A very eye opening response to a recent request for cell phone help was, What? no motivation?........trouble was...he was right

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpapachips

This aging thing is weird.

When John Lennon was murdered, the media started going on about him and some popular beat combo called "The Beatles". My girlfriend and I had never heard of them. We were 5 when they split up and 15 when John Lennon was killed. It was only then that they got loads of airplay and "Wow! Weren't they great?" How would we know? Nobody had played their stuff during the 1970s.

This is still continuing now - we're in our mid 40s and neither know nor care for some pre-historic bunch of creepy withered old men like Paul McCartney that get so much media coverage.

Ditto with this "Where were you when JFK was killed?" which won't go away. I was in the same place as I was when Julius Caesar was killed, and I care about it just as much.

Come the 1990s and I was working long hours and trends passed me by ... I didn't even know grunge was a music scene, I thought it was just a clothes fashion!

@Solak: the 80s ain't just retro; they're history. According the local radio station networks, the 1990s are retro.

What does make me larf are kids dressed as punks and thinking they're cool. I used to cross the road to avoid punks in the 70s, back when they were proper scary and dangerous. Seeing pretty teenage girls in red hair and big boots and tartan bondage trousers now just looks cute - aah, bless.

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

You know you're old when you can use the phrase "fifteen years ago" and not be referring to the time of your life when riding a bike with no training-wheels and coloring inside the lines were considered "admirable future goals".

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

I had that experience when I heard Eddie VanHalen & Valerie Bertinelli were getting divorced...after 20 YEARS of marriage! Of course, that was a decade ago... *sigh*

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArtor

I grew up in the 90s and that was a terrible decade. How could you people do that to me? HOW COULD YOU?!!

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRudi

I always love when a co-worker half my age realizes that the best music was released in the '60s and '70s. Then they are amazed that my musical taste didn't die back then. The people that I can't understand are the ones who only like music from their youth. They still make great music--and modern technology makes it that much easier to find. Spotify, Pandora, internet radio, satellite radio, podcasts... the resources are endless.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

You young 'uns are funny.

When I was a kid, we had manned moon missions, supersonic passenger air transport and a regular hovercraft service across the English Channel.

The 70s were so much more modern than now. Mind, the music was pretty much crap, at least until Punk happened.

Somewhere I still have the punched cards from the first computer program I ever had compiled (in Algol-60, with the stropped punctuation). Never mind an age before the internet -- when I saw my first computer (at the Met Office in Bracknell in 1966) it filled a whole air-conditioned room, and the idea of having a personal computer was still years in the future. I can still remember when computers were about computer science, rather than consumer electronics.

I think technological progress pretty much stopped in about 1984, some time around the Great Competence Evaporation.

But you tell that to kids these days, they won't believe you.

Now get offa my lawn.


January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn D Salt

Two weeks later and this would have been perfectly timed for My ninth annual 29th birthday.

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

Scott, I've never seen you take requests, but "How to Find Young People and Explain to Them Why Grunge Was Awesome" would be awesome.

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Hamburger

I was serious about the Grunge thing. I wore flannel shirts over a shirt, torn jeans and workman's boots and i live in the tropics (Philippines)! I didn't mind that I was all sweaty, i was Grunge!

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermae

"There is nothing quite so surprising to a man as growing old." - Leon Trotsky

Not convinced by his politics, but he had a point there.

May 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStevie Hair

I turned 28 sixteen minutes ago, and I already feel old. I came to the realisation a little while ago that if 'That 70s Show' was remade now with the same difference in time between when it was made and when it was set, it'd be called 'That 90s Show'. That's just terrifying.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeka

I turned 28 sixteen minutes ago, and I already feel old. I came to the realisation a little while ago that if 'That 70s Show' was remade now with the same difference in time between when it was made and when it was set, it'd be called 'That 90s Show'. That's just terrifying.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeka


and as you get older you may find yourself becoming forgetful, and doing things twice as a consequence. ;-)

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimes
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