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2013-01-18 05:44:15 PM  
This stupid article has elicited a wave of nostalgia involving liquor and 80's music videos on the YouTube ..and now I am going to spiral into a nostalgia hole thanks that you subby.
 
2013-01-18 05:46:48 PM  
us.123rf.com

Oh they go so fast
 
2013-01-18 05:50:05 PM  
No wonder I'm so cool.

//shades down.
 
2013-01-18 05:50:21 PM  
Yes, I remember this just about every day when I wake up and something hurts. 32 and feel like 60...
 
2013-01-18 05:52:05 PM  
If you can remember your twenties... you weren't there.
 
2013-01-18 05:55:07 PM  
oh no!! I'm still alive!

/gettin' a hint of gray in my beard
//diggin' it
 
2013-01-18 05:55:44 PM  
Depends on how you spent your 20s.
 
2013-01-18 05:55:58 PM  
I used to think it would be great go back into my 20's. Then I paid attention to a group of 20somethings and thought "Nope, 36 is good".

/most of my 20's were a continuation of my stupid teen years
 
2013-01-18 05:56:18 PM  

ladyfortuna: Yes, I remember this just about every day when I wake up and something hurts. 32 and feel like 60...


now, see that sucks. I am super blessed or lucky or something.

36. Feel about 27.
 
2013-01-18 05:56:25 PM  
Wait, I never again get to be a self-centered asshole who takes everything way too seriously?

Oh, and FTA: "Such findings lend credence to an alternate theory about the bump, one soaked in what's become known as the "narrative perspective." This approach focuses not on the mechanics of memory but on its underlying motivational factors. It suggests that we organize remembered events in ways that help us understand who we are."

/good to see they've read Freud's paper on screen memories
//that's some up-to-date research
 
2013-01-18 05:56:52 PM  
I used to think Cheech and Chong was funny.
 
2013-01-18 05:58:23 PM  

busy chillin': ladyfortuna: Yes, I remember this just about every day when I wake up and something hurts. 32 and feel like 60...

now, see that sucks. I am super blessed or lucky or something.

36. Feel about 27.


About 7 months into 30 and my body is finally starting to catch up to me. I might actually have to start working out now.
 
2013-01-18 05:59:52 PM  
Actually, if your whole life has been recorded online, through pictures and whatnot, you will have records of your whole life. Lucky you. Really. I forgot a lot of stuff I wish I had pictures for. It's so common nowadays, but that's great.
 
2013-01-18 06:00:28 PM  
I see there's a whole bunch of people that need to get the hell off my lawn in this thread.
 
2013-01-18 06:01:09 PM  
Maybe for people with an IQ similar to this guy:

www.donateacar.com

...otherwise, not so much.
 
2013-01-18 06:01:37 PM  
I miss my 20s.
 
2013-01-18 06:01:44 PM  
Fine with me. My 20s were filled with hope, aspirations, lust, sex, passion, potential... then I got married and am now just fighting the urge to swig rat poison laced razor blades.
 
2013-01-18 06:02:01 PM  
As an old guy with a bunch of 20 somethings in my life lately .... yeah I wish I could do that again.

Course I have a house now, some money, car. etc...
 
2013-01-18 06:02:12 PM  

busy chillin': ladyfortuna: Yes, I remember this just about every day when I wake up and something hurts. 32 and feel like 60...

now, see that sucks. I am super blessed or lucky or something.

36. Feel about 27.


I'm 48 and feel about 27. Still barely have any gray hair. I avoid stress, and consequently avoid success.
 
2013-01-18 06:02:17 PM  
Having wasted and been miserable for the first 80% of them thus far (as of next Tuesday), all I can say is "fark."
 
2013-01-18 06:03:17 PM  

NutWrench: I used to think Cheech and Chong was funny.


You clearly used to smoke more weed
 
2013-01-18 06:05:27 PM  
In before all the Farkers too stoned to remember their 20s.
 
2013-01-18 06:05:33 PM  
My twenties were filled with, do you have any idea what you did last night?
 
2013-01-18 06:09:54 PM  

The Southern Dandy: busy chillin': ladyfortuna: Yes, I remember this just about every day when I wake up and something hurts. 32 and feel like 60...

now, see that sucks. I am super blessed or lucky or something.

36. Feel about 27.

I'm 48 and feel about 27. Still barely have any gray hair. I avoid stress, and consequently avoid success.


As someone in my 20s (even if it's the high end) with a permanent small limp, a back that hurts when I sleep wrong (including holding my fiancee!), a bad shoulder (it hurts to move my right arm about horizontal) and rapidly thinning hair, I'm jealous of y'all. Wish I had taken better care of myself when I was a stupid teenager and college kid.

The good news is that I make my living with my brain, and that seems to still work just fine.
 
2013-01-18 06:10:11 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Having wasted and been miserable for the first 80% of them thus far (as of next Tuesday), all I can say is "fark."


But 20 years from now you'll look back on it all nostalgic, like those were the good old days.

In college, I thought I was miserable, but looking back on it, it was the best time I've ever had, which is depressing.
 
2013-01-18 06:10:39 PM  
These stupid ass scientists do realize that most of us weren't even alive the 20's -- how in heck are we supposed to remember them?
 
2013-01-18 06:12:02 PM  
When I was 20 I wished I had large stacks of cash to spend. Now that I'm well past 20 I have large stacks of cash, but I don't want to spend them cuz I'm gonna need them to get by when I'm older. Farked up life.
 
2013-01-18 06:13:20 PM  

VegasVinnie: When I was 20 I wished I had large stacks of cash to spend. Now that I'm well past 20 I have large stacks of cash, but I don't want to spend them cuz I'm gonna need them to get by when I'm older. Farked up life.


Link
 
2013-01-18 06:14:24 PM  
How I remember my 20's:
collider.com
 
2013-01-18 06:14:24 PM  
Ugh...that 5 mile run I took each day and barely broke a sweat when I was in my 20's is now a major ordeal involving wheezing and sucking of major air. And the brain asks "so what's the problem?"

Damn you 20's!!
 
2013-01-18 06:15:56 PM  

VegasVinnie: When I was 20 I wished I had large stacks of cash to spend. Now that I'm well past 20 I have large stacks of cash, but I don't want to spend them cuz I'm gonna need them to get by when I'm older. Farked up life.


Youth is wasted on the young.

/26
//only tiny stacks of cash, but at least no debt
///still getting dragged into bad decisions by my penis
 
2013-01-18 06:20:50 PM  
fark my 20s. I would much rather relive my 30s.

My lawn, get off it.
 
2013-01-18 06:22:39 PM  

I May Be Crazy But...: The Southern Dandy: busy chillin': ladyfortuna: Yes, I remember this just about every day when I wake up and something hurts. 32 and feel like 60...

now, see that sucks. I am super blessed or lucky or something.

36. Feel about 27.

I'm 48 and feel about 27. Still barely have any gray hair. I avoid stress, and consequently avoid success.

As someone in my 20s (even if it's the high end) with a permanent small limp, a back that hurts when I sleep wrong (including holding my fiancee!), a bad shoulder (it hurts to move my right arm about horizontal) and rapidly thinning hair, I'm jealous of y'all. Wish I had taken better care of myself when I was a stupid teenager and college kid.

The good news is that I make my living with my brain, and that seems to still work just fine.


So do I, but listen to me now and believe me later...if you don't take care of your body, your brain will also get flabby.

Belee dat!
 
2013-01-18 06:23:46 PM  
We remember our 20s because they are the peak of human potential.
 
2013-01-18 06:23:50 PM  
my 20s? bit of a lost decade for me

guess i took my pension early in loneliness and alcohol
 
2013-01-18 06:25:46 PM  
That's odd. I can barely remember bell bottoms
 
2013-01-18 06:27:57 PM  

jigger: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Having wasted and been miserable for the first 80% of them thus far (as of next Tuesday), all I can say is "fark."

But 20 years from now you'll look back on it all nostalgic, like those were the good old days.

In college, I thought I was miserable, but looking back on it, it was the best time I've ever had, which is depressing.


Trust me, you don't know my story.
 
2013-01-18 06:29:43 PM  
Um yeah, those are the years I remember least.
 
2013-01-18 06:30:31 PM  

busy chillin': oh no!! I'm still alive!

/gettin' a hint of gray in my beard
//diggin' it


www.vh1.com
It kinda suits you anyway
 
2013-01-18 06:32:06 PM  
So, what you're saying is that arguing with you guys isn't a judicious use of my time :(
 
2013-01-18 06:33:45 PM  
The good news is, your brain is hardwired to remember your twenties...

I was wondering why my Spank Bank only had memories from that time in my life
 
2013-01-18 06:37:04 PM  
I remember my twenties...I just don't think about them much.
 
2013-01-18 06:37:36 PM  
I leave my 20's behind on Monday. I'm pretty sure the last 6 years of my life so far have been the most formative for me as a person so, yeah guess I'll likely remember more of them than anything. My very early 20's on the other hand really just seemed like a continuation of being a teenager.

/Grad school was infinitely better than undergrad
 
2013-01-18 06:38:41 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: I used to think it would be great go back into my 20's. Then I paid attention to a group of 20somethings and thought "Nope, 36 is good".

/most of my 20's were a continuation of my stupid teen years


Same here. I didn't really wise up until I was 28...

Oh, and what medius said.
 
2013-01-18 06:43:16 PM  

Aipaloovik: fark my 20s. I would much rather relive my 30s.

My lawn, get off it.


For me, the 30s were the Dark Years.  Had rollicking 20s, with college and young single professional lifestyles.  30s became father of twins, incredible stress, and working hard at work and at home.  Other than kids' milestones, I barely remember my 30s.  My love of current music dried up as I listened to Barney and Raffi.  No idea about film or who the movie stars were.  Didn't go out, didn't travel.  Comparing them, 20s were the time of my life.

40s were okay, my marriage got good.  50s hit when the recession hit.  Empty nest, no grandkids, marriage good, it's okay, but I'm not having fun like I did in my 20s, that's for sure.
 
2013-01-18 06:47:00 PM  

Abox: I remember my twenties...I just don't think about them much.


I used to think about my twenties. Then I got a job and they became hundreds.
 
2013-01-18 06:54:22 PM  
There's a lot I don't remember from my 20s, but I know I was having a great time! I'm not sad about it because now I have money.
 
2013-01-18 06:59:04 PM  
i would need to run for political office to find out what I did in my 20's. The few snap shots I have say I was having fun.
 
2013-01-18 07:01:46 PM  

Onkel Buck: The good news is, your brain is hardwired to remember your twenties...

I was wondering why my Spank Bank only had memories from that time in my life


Fark! Is that why? Damn, them broads were hot back then.

/gonna be 50 this year.
 
2013-01-18 07:08:33 PM  
Its not hard to figure out why.... Its the oldest age we reach prior to realizing that all our hopes and dreams will not be fully realized.
 
2013-01-18 07:09:50 PM  

The Southern Dandy: So do I, but listen to me now and believe me later...if you don't take care of your body, your brain will also get flabby.

Belee dat!


Oh, NOW I'm careful. Eating right, exercising, lifting with my knees instead of my back, all that stuff. It just took being injured. Then injured again, and again, and again, and again... before I started.
 
2013-01-18 07:16:18 PM  

Earguy: Aipaloovik: fark my 20s. I would much rather relive my 30s.

My lawn, get off it.

For me, the 30s were the Dark Years.  Had rollicking 20s, with college and young single professional lifestyles.  30s became father of twins, incredible stress, and working hard at work and at home.  Other than kids' milestones, I barely remember my 30s.  My love of current music dried up as I listened to Barney and Raffi.  No idea about film or who the movie stars were.  Didn't go out, didn't travel.  Comparing them, 20s were the time of my life.

40s were okay, my marriage got good.  50s hit when the recession hit.  Empty nest, no grandkids, marriage good, it's okay, but I'm not having fun like I did in my 20s, that's for sure.


I got married right out of college, had kids in my mid 20s and busted my ass trying to get ahead. By my early 30s I was making good money and the kids were old enough to enjoy real vacations. Granted my marriage fell apart but it was actually pretty awesome right up to the end. Then my late 30s I was single again and that just got crazy fun. Then to finish off my late 30s I got remarried.
Definitely my best decade...even with the divorce.

YMMV
 
2013-01-18 07:17:09 PM  
In my 20's I was an indestructible superhero porn star. And broke.

Today I have money. Hooray!

/I think.
 
2013-01-18 07:19:03 PM  
Dear God I hope not. My 20s sucked ass. Do you know why I've gone back to college?
BECAUSE MY 20S SUCKED ASS
 
2013-01-18 07:30:07 PM  

busy chillin': ladyfortuna: Yes, I remember this just about every day when I wake up and something hurts. 32 and feel like 60...

now, see that sucks. I am super blessed or lucky or something.

36. Feel about 27.


Really depends. I've found that people who were not athletic growing up tend to be significantly more mobile in their 30's. Nearly all of the guys in my companies men's teams are either people who did not play sports in HS or are wearing a half dozen braces because the did. My knee's and back are pretty shot due to playing BBall 1000+ hours a year from about age 10 to 18 (Then about 200-300 a year until early 20's). Now I cannot even play BBall because my body tries to do something in muscle memory and I hurt myself.
 
2013-01-18 07:35:13 PM  

ladyfortuna: Yes, I remember this just about every day when I wake up and something hurts. 32 and feel like 60...


Ha! You just wait until you hit 40. Everything breaks down all at once.
 
2013-01-18 07:39:57 PM  
I was drunk most of my 20s. And I don't remember a lot of it. On purpose.

Actually, my 50s are going to have to be the best years of my life, because all the other ones sucked.
 
2013-01-18 07:44:09 PM  
Shiat yes, my 20's were great. Concert tickets were $12 instead of $120.

My 30's were even better. Had a succession of "what on earth is HE doing with HER"-type girlfriends, culminating in Mrs. Eel and the first elver when I was 39.

40's? Incomplete grade thus far.
 
2013-01-18 07:47:04 PM  
well that was a lot of brain cells killed

the 1990s were fun

have you ever really looked at your hand? really looked at it? It's weird, man


/should have gotten laid more
 
2013-01-18 07:59:06 PM  

INeedAName: busy chillin': ladyfortuna: Yes, I remember this just about every day when I wake up and something hurts. 32 and feel like 60...

now, see that sucks. I am super blessed or lucky or something.

36. Feel about 27.

About 7 months into 30 and my body is finally starting to catch up to me. I might actually have to start working out now.


At least you didnt leave your mind behind.
 
2013-01-18 08:06:45 PM  
I recently realized that I have a self image that mistakeningly believes that I am still in my mid-20's. Then something will happen and bring my delusion crashing down. Something like noticing my graying hair. My taste for women in the 30's. The fact that I own a fully paid nice car and nice motorcycle. That I have a nice stock portfolio.

But, I would trade in my financial secuirty to be 21 again, back in college and barely able to afford a six-pack of permium beer. Yeah, even when I was poor college student I was still a beer snob. Well at least that hasn't changed.
 
2013-01-18 08:41:39 PM  
So I'm going to remember all of this? Even that night I spent in the bus station covered in two different friends' vomit?

Great.
 
2013-01-18 08:42:47 PM  
The stuff I do remember, I don't like to think about. That extends up to earlier this week.
 
2013-01-18 08:49:58 PM  
www.adegacuritibana.com.br

NOPE.

/Won't remember any of this BS.
 
2013-01-18 08:52:04 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: I see there's a whole bunch of people that need to get the hell off my lawn in this thread.


Preach on brotha!!!!!

40 goin on 139
 
2013-01-18 08:53:01 PM  

Jument: ladyfortuna: Yes, I remember this just about every day when I wake up and something hurts. 32 and feel like 60...

Ha! You just wait until you hit 40. Everything breaks down all at once.


I'm pretty sure I'm on an accelerated timetable. Lot of joint pain and repeat tendonitis, which makes it incredibly difficult to get motivated to do the physical activity that would make me feel at least somewhat better.
 
2013-01-18 09:18:38 PM  
Who wants to remember a time when you were poor and mostly in school?

30 to 35 was the best. Got out of an LT relationship that almost ended up in marriage and probably an inevitable divorce. Was single. Earning very well. Plenty of travel for work. And a troll like me got laid quite a bit during this time. Lol.

Physically, my liver could take tons of booze and I could show up at work the next day just slightly haggard. And I had the patience to do long hours at work.

Now, I'm married. About to have a family. Have to watch the budget and frankly my body cant tolerate more than a couple drinks in an evening without getting heartburn. Oh man, I want to cry.
 
2013-01-18 09:42:57 PM  

Indubitably: miss diminutive: So I'm going to remember all of this? Even that night I spent in the bus station covered in two different friends' vomit?

Great.

Hiya, Gorgeous.

Great to smell you.

;)


You enjoy the smell of vomit? To each their own, I suppose.
 
2013-01-18 09:52:39 PM  
I miss my 20s. I was told I had fun.
 
2013-01-18 09:56:16 PM  
Well then im in trouble, because I consumed far too much drugs/alcohol to remember much of my 20s at all
 
2013-01-18 10:07:09 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: I used to think it would be great go back into my 20's. Then I paid attention to a group of 20somethings and thought "Nope, 36 is good".

/most of my 20's were a continuation of my stupid teen years


you are a rare slice of wisdom on a website populated by morans. life gets so much better with age. sadly, those years fly by and physical deterioration begins. live it to the fullest my friend. don't hold back, don't be afraid to reach for that brass ring. all too soon your most wonderful years will be behind you; i hope yours are filled with memories worth having.
 
2013-01-18 10:08:52 PM  

KrispyKritter: Smeggy Smurf: I used to think it would be great go back into my 20's. Then I paid attention to a group of 20somethings and thought "Nope, 36 is good".

/most of my 20's were a continuation of my stupid teen years

you are a rare slice of wisdom on a website populated by morans. life gets so much better with age. sadly, those years fly by and physical deterioration begins. live it to the fullest my friend. don't hold back, don't be afraid to reach for that brass ring. all too soon your most wonderful years will be behind you; i hope yours are filled with memories worth having.


Um...
 
2013-01-18 10:11:02 PM  
Ever since I was 14, almost every evening before I go to sleep I review the day and study on how it went and how I could have done better. So I've kept journals and took a lot of pictures of what I was going through at all my ages in my life. I read through the years from 14 to 36 recently after my daughter dragged it out of the chest in the attic and all I've got to say is that I the way I remembered it is a whole lot different than the way it really was. But what the hell, either way I had a lot of fun. Sure do know a lot of dead people though.
 
2013-01-18 10:18:04 PM  
My 20's was full of insecurity and emotional pain. I just could not figure out how to deal with the woman I was dating for almost my entire 20's. I did not get another GF or 8 until I was in my 30's and that sucked on a completely different level.

Remembering it is like when I broke my pinky toe or when I hit my funny bone. Like the time I was so drunk and vomiting blood vessels broke in my face. Remembering my 20's is kind of like that, I avoid it until someone reminds me.
 
2013-01-18 11:02:20 PM  
Banged a lot of dancers knowing the memories would keep me hard in the old folk's home.
can't look back.
 
2013-01-18 11:02:34 PM  

varmitydog: Ever since I was 14, almost every evening before I go to sleep I review the day and study on how it went and how I could have done better. So I've kept journals and took a lot of pictures of what I was going through at all my ages in my life


When I was young I kept journals every day as well, thinking when I was in my 40s or something I might want to read what was going on in my teenage mind.

I picked one up a couple years ago and started to leaf through it and was like, ugh, who the hell wants to read what a stupid teenage kid thinks about anything. So I threw them all away.
 
2013-01-18 11:29:17 PM  
Not if you did as much drugs as I did in my 20's.

/big blank blurry spot between about 16 and 32... hardly any solid evidence at all.
 
2013-01-19 02:30:46 AM  
My brain seems to be hardwired to remember six thru ten.

/And I'm good with that.
 
2013-01-19 07:23:15 AM  

The Southern Dandy: busy chillin': ladyfortuna: Yes, I remember this just about every day when I wake up and something hurts. 32 and feel like 60...

now, see that sucks. I am super blessed or lucky or something.

36. Feel about 27.

I'm 48 and feel about 27. Still barely have any gray hair. I avoid stress, and consequently avoid success.


Sounds successful to me
 
2013-01-19 07:37:37 AM  
Don't smoke, eat right, don't drink too much, and keep your ass moving.

do all those things, and when you're 50 you'll still be able to remember some of your 20's
 
2013-01-19 10:59:59 AM  
I was married at 22, graduated college at 24, first kid at 27, PhD at 30. My twenties was a decade of a lot of work and a lot of poverty, but I'd go back and do it all again.
 
2013-01-19 03:26:12 PM  
I wish to relive my 20's by having sexual relations with the nubile 20 something women in the article picture.
 
2013-01-19 04:47:55 PM  
Farking lovely. That was the worst farking decade of my farking life. This possibly means that on my death bed, I'm only going to remember that piece of shiat Hell hole of my life instead of the years I spent immediately afterwards trying to make up for it. Fark you fate, you piece of shiat.
 
2013-01-19 08:58:37 PM  

Hawnkee: Farking lovely. That was the worst farking decade of my farking life. This possibly means that on my death bed, I'm only going to remember that piece of shiat Hell hole of my life instead of the years I spent immediately afterwards trying to make up for it. Fark you fate, you piece of shiat.


the unexamined life is not worth leaving

/...i think i got that right
 
2013-01-20 08:44:29 AM  

medius: /...i think i got that right


On the proverbial nail.
 
2013-01-20 08:15:20 PM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: busy chillin': oh no!! I'm still alive!

/gettin' a hint of gray in my beard
//diggin' it

[www.vh1.com image 320x240]
It kinda suits you anyway


Nice

Fark Rye For Many Whores: busy chillin': oh no!! I'm still alive!

/gettin' a hint of gray in my beard
//diggin' it

[www.vh1.com image 320x240]
It kinda suits you anyway


Nice agreed
 
2013-01-20 08:17:16 PM  

Kazrath: busy chillin': ladyfortuna: Yes, I remember this just about every day when I wake up and something hurts. 32 and feel like 60...

now, see that sucks. I am super blessed or lucky or something.

36. Feel about 27.

Really depends. I've found that people who were not athletic growing up tend to be significantly more mobile in their 30's. Nearly all of the guys in my companies men's teams are either people who did not play sports in HS or are wearing a half dozen braces because the did. My knee's and back are pretty shot due to playing BBall 1000+ hours a year from about age 10 to 18 (Then about 200-300 a year until early 20's). Now I cannot even play BBall because my body tries to do something in muscle memory and I hurt myself.


I was active but not good enough to make teams still hike and ride
 
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