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Old 06-30-19, 12:23 AM
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Guess My Age?

Has anyone used this site? I posted a couple of pictures about a month ago. About 3 dozen guesses in, people are guessing about 15 years younger than my actual age. The two photos are close-ups, but with indoor lighting.

What's odd is the RANGE of guesses. The lowest is 17, all the way up to 49! I am early 40's for reference. A three decade range in guesses seems odd to me. From what I've read, the majority of guesses are within 5 years of the actual age of a person.

In person, people tend to guess significantly lower than my actual age but of course no one has mistaken me for a teenager. I do have people who occasionally ask me if I'm in school, although that could mean graduate school as well obviously.
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Old 06-30-19, 08:30 AM
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I’m flattered when I get carded for buying beer. Then they apologize saying management said they have to card everybody because the beer police are watching everybody in town They will get some girl that is 20 dress her to look older just to bust vendors. Those clowns need to ride some bikes.
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Old 06-30-19, 03:04 PM
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I have to take that back; when I was in my mid to late 30's, I had many people assume I was still in college. So conceivably, some of them may have thought I was in my late teens,

I still find the question about my student status a bit odd. There are of course students in their 30's, 40's and beyond, but even most graduate students are in their 20's.
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Old 06-30-19, 03:56 PM
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I went back to night school to learn some basic web design for my employer when I was 41, which was 13 years ago. One of my first classes put me in with a class full of fresh high school grads.

I happened to sit next to a smart 18 year old in one class throughout one semester, so the students in that class nicknamed me "smart kid's dad".

Awesome.
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Old 06-30-19, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
I went back to night school to learn some basic web design for my employer when I was 41, which was 13 years ago. One of my first classes put me in with a class full of fresh high school grads.

I happened to sit next to a smart 18 year old in one class throughout one semester, so the students in that class nicknamed me "smart kid's dad".

Awesome.
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Old 06-30-19, 04:23 PM
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Most folks who know me, but not my age, think I'm much younger than I am (61). Personally, I don't see it. I think I look like early 60s should look.

I never get carded when buying booze, unless I make a joke about being the only person in line not being carded. Then the door staff or checkout folks will indulge me since I'm on my weekly outing from the old folks home.

A few weeks ago I got into a minor spat with a fellow on the bus, a guy who looked to be late 30s-early 40s. There were three of us on the bus but he was loudly offended that I was stretched out taking up both seats on my bench. He had some mental health issues and was yelling sort of in my direction, but not actually at me personally. Hard to explain, but I quickly grokked that he was venting about something else and I was just a proxy for that something else.

So I didn't overreact, and just told him I was going to switch seats. He carried on raising a fuss until the bus driver stopped and called security. The passenger protested, saying he was a veteran. Lots of people claim to be veterans who aren't, or they all claim to have been in some form of special forces. So I was a little skeptical.

I told him I'm also a veteran and offered to accompany him to the walk-in clinic if he felt like he needed to see the doctor today. I was going to the clinic for lab work that day anyway.

While we waited, the upset fellow moved closer to me again and sat on one of those inward-facing benches, just behind the driver and right in front of me. He seemed to be calming down a little. I was hoping he wouldn't be arrested, since I didn't feel threatened. I just wanted to see him get the help he needed.

I leaned forward and said "Are we okay? If you're angry about something we can talk about it."

He said quietly but firmly, with the calm and authoritative voice of an NCO, "Fall back, man."

He was definitely a veteran. Something went wrong in his life, but I suspect at one time he was a good NCO.

As the bus security escorted him off I heard him grumbling about "that old man," meaning me.

I had to laugh about that.
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Old 07-01-19, 11:55 AM
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4 of us went to the movies during the middle of the day a couple of weeks ago. My GF is the youngest of the bunch, and asked for the senior discount for the group (she was first). She looks the oldest though, and they never asked any of us for id. I guess they figured we qualified, even if she didn't.
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Old 07-01-19, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Most folks who know me, but not my age, think I'm much younger than I am (61). Personally, I don't see it. I think I look like early 60s should look.
Same here, except I'm 60. I haven't been to any of my high school reunions, but some friends have and sent me some pictures to see if I could identify anyone from one of the later ones (it seems like they have them every 5 years) and my first thought was why are these pictures of the parents. Some quick mental arithmetic revealed that we were probably older by then than our parents were when we were during high school, and made me realize I hadn't missed anything.
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I got my first ever senior discount, and carded for beer, on the same day (not the same place).

My 40th HS Reunion was a couple years ago, I didn't go but the photos had a lot of fat people and folks in wheelchairs.
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Old 07-01-19, 02:24 PM
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I was the wristband/ID guy one year for a fundraiser and was surprised at how eager people my age were to get carded. They had a sign up saying that everyone needed to show ID to get the wristband needed to buy booze, and people would come up to me with their ID ready for inspection. It was pretty fun for me to kid people with grey hair and bald spots about their great fake IDs, and the customers got a kick out of being carded.
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Old 07-01-19, 06:13 PM
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So I found photos from a couple of reunions from my high school: not from my graduation year, but from cohorts a few years younger. When looking at photos from a class 3 years younger, I recognized exactly one person. The others had (apparently) changed so much in appearance that they were unrecognizable.

I've seen several other photos from people who went to my high school and I didn't recognize them. I've seen a few former classmates in person, and similarly, had a tough time recognizing them. I saw an old friend a few years ago who had opened a pro golf shop. I honestly didn't recognize him at all. I just knew he had the same name as my friend from high school and when he saw me, it looked like he had seen a ghost!
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Old 07-01-19, 07:28 PM
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Most apparently premature aging is due to benign self-neglect. Getting older hurts. We tire easily. It's easier to "rest," thinking it will help and we'll always feel better, well enough to exercise... tomorrow. It doesn't make sense that exercising when we're hurting will ease the pain. Exercise helps later. Resting feels good now.

Even without smoking and drinking too much, most older folks I know self-medicate with comfort food. That's what gets 'em eventually. Carrying around 100+ lbs of lard on an already aching, tired body with deteriorating joints. But, dammit, that Dr. Pepper and chocolate candy feels good *now*.

But there are always those folks who don't age commensurate with their efforts and apparent health. I've known people who lived very healthy lifestyles who appeared to age prematurely. Some died much too young. Others lived to their 80s, 90s, even to 100+, always appearing to have been 65 years old since they were 40. In that sense they never aged a day after 40. They always looked old. Remember the Abe Vigoda jokes?

My mom always looked youthful, even after her health deteriorated badly. By the time she died last year at 79, some folks thought we were siblings rather than parent/child. To me, that was a pretty good indicator that I really do look my age, while mom appeared much younger.

I took over as her caregiver in 2007, when her physical disabilities gave way to the onset of dementia. At the time she was badly overweight, for her petite frame, close to 185 lbs. I noticed she ignored the food from Meals on Wheels and mostly ate junk food from the snack machines, and maybe a hamburger a week when a neighbor went to Sonic for their weekly two-fer hamburger special. I enjoy cooking so I changed her diet. We both lost weight gradually over 10 years, hers from 185 to 135, mine from 205 to 150.

Unfortunately her good cosmetic genes didn't extend to her body. She'd been a sickly child, with premature arthritis, mild scoliosis and lordosis with a deformed spine that physically hindered her and discouraged her from ever being active. I believe she'd have outlived me, if she'd developed the habit of getting moderate regular exercise. But for her it seemed like a huge chore just to walk to the mailbox.

With all her physical limitations and dementia, what finally killed her was pneumonia. That's a common side effect from long-term nursing home and hospice care. Mom spent her last year in a nursing home, after her osteoporosis had gotten so bad she couldn't walk at all without risking a spontaneous fracture. But the nursing home did minimal physical therapy. Lying and sitting too much causes fluid accumulation in the lungs. It helps if the person was already accustomed to a lifetime of physical activity. But it's almost impossible to change that habit in adults who've never really exercised or even walked much.

Fortunately my mom encouraged my brother and me to be physically active, and the habit took. It's harder than it used to be, and I'm the slowest and weakest of the old dude cycling group I ride with, although I'm getting a little faster and my stamina is improving a bit. After 80 or 90 miles Sunday I was so exhausted I slept all Monday. When I got up I was hacking and cough phlegm for an hour. No infections, just allergies and asthma. But I can see how quickly it could become dangerous if I spent all day, every day, lying down.
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Old 07-02-19, 08:16 AM
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I'm so happy that I still look young enough that most cashiers do not automatically give me a senior discount, and I can still pass for a regular adult at ticket venues.
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