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(Today)   From the generation that brought you Rogaine, Viagra, and "Forty is the new twenty" comes America's favorite age: 50   (today.com) divider line 98
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2013-09-15 08:26:28 PM
Problem?
 
2013-09-15 09:54:05 PM
YAY!

/50
 
2013-09-15 10:24:16 PM
When I was 16, I could never imagine reaching 21 (USSR vs USA nuclear war was going to kill us all, don't ya know?). Turning 30 sucked in that  frivolous "OMG, I'm not young anymore!" way. Turning 40 was much better, ala "Hey, this being an adult thing is kinda sweet!"

I'll be 50 in two years and... I finally feel like I'm growing into my power as a full-grown adult. I might be fatter and have some of the "old age" aches and pains," but my priorities are where they should have been years ago. And I just feel a helluva lot smarter in general.
 
2013-09-15 10:26:04 PM
The brain I have at 50 and the joints and ligaments I had at 30.
 
2013-09-15 11:53:04 PM
FARK YOU, I wanna be 25 again.
 
2013-09-16 12:09:48 AM

Kittypie070: FARK YOU, I wanna be 25 again.


As a 25 year old, I must say that being 25 is awesome...except for the debt and the job prospects
 
2013-09-16 01:58:44 AM

WordyGrrl: When I was 16, I could never imagine reaching 21 (USSR vs USA nuclear war was going to kill us all, don't ya know?). Turning 30 sucked in that  frivolous "OMG, I'm not young anymore!" way. Turning 40 was much better, ala "Hey, this being an adult thing is kinda sweet!"

I'll be 50 in two years and... I finally feel like I'm growing into my power as a full-grown adult. I might be fatter and have some of the "old age" aches and pains," but my priorities are where they should have been years ago. And I just feel a helluva lot smarter in general.


It's all delusions. This "power" you have is just realizing you have no time left to make other choices.
 
2013-09-16 01:59:27 AM

Lorelle: YAY!

/50


THIS!

/Also 50.
 
2013-09-16 01:59:59 AM
The money of a 50 year old and the energy/metabolism of a 20 year old.
 
2013-09-16 02:01:57 AM

Aar1012: Kittypie070: FARK YOU, I wanna be 25 again.

As a 25 year old, I must say that being 25 is awesome...except for the debt and the job prospects


This.

I would love to have the job a 50 year old is able to hold on to (along with the prospect of work you got at age 22 to the people who are now the age of 50 and beyond). Right now job prospects suck and student debt is way beyond levels in the past (mainly because schools just raise the price because they can, not because of any new expenses (cept for maybe the new "Vice Presidents" that always pop up) that are part of the cost of admission.
 
2013-09-16 02:06:06 AM

quatchi: Lorelle: YAY!

/50

THIS!

/Also 50.


Fifty in six months, so YAY too!
 
2013-09-16 02:06:49 AM
I've still got the body of a 19-year-old. In the trunk of my car.
 
2013-09-16 02:09:07 AM
When they start dying, they'll declare dead is the new alive.
 
2013-09-16 02:11:55 AM

quatchi: Lorelle: YAY!

/50

THIS!

/Also 50.


I'll be there in April. Best time of my life.
 
2013-09-16 02:13:50 AM

FunkOut: When they start dying, they'll declare dead is the new alive.


Only one way to find out..
 
2013-09-16 02:16:30 AM

Danger Avoid Death: I've still got the body of a 19-year-old. In the trunk of my car.


I love that line, and variations thereof.

"My friends say I have the body of a swimmer. I told my friends to stay the hell out of my basement."

"My friends say I have the body of a swimmer. Great, now I've got to take it back to the cemetery."
 
2013-09-16 02:19:31 AM
A bunch of you are missing the point. You will be whatever age you pick, *forever*. Don't worry about your wisdom, intelligence, experience, etc, as you will have eternity to learn and expand your mind. In other words, stay physically at 20, and in 30 years, you will have the "brains of 50" that someone mentioned earlier.

For those reasons, you should only pick what age you *physically* want to be forever; the mental stuff, wages, etc will all come to you in time. I myself would pick around 25-30.You are no longer a "kid", but your physical fitness is still top notch.
 
2013-09-16 02:21:44 AM

Zebulon: A bunch of you are missing the point. You will be whatever age you pick, *forever*. Don't worry about your wisdom, intelligence, experience, etc, as you will have eternity to learn and expand your mind. In other words, stay physically at 20, and in 30 years, you will have the "brains of 50" that someone mentioned earlier.

For those reasons, you should only pick what age you *physically* want to be forever; the mental stuff, wages, etc will all come to you in time. I myself would pick around 25-30.You are no longer a "kid", but your physical fitness is still top notch.


Exactly.  I would pick 27, I think.
 
2013-09-16 02:23:34 AM

Aar1012: Kittypie070: FARK YOU, I wanna be 25 again.

As a 25 year old, I must say that being 25 is awesome...except for the debt and the job prospects


Being 25 trumps everything. Enjoy. It doesn't look like we're taking life extension and anti-aging seriously at all so there's no second chances.
 
2013-09-16 02:23:49 AM
I keep wondering why my 40s went.

They were in the refrigerator at the start of the weekend, and I didn't think I invited THAT many friends over.
 
2013-09-16 02:26:14 AM
Gen Xers, ages 37 to 48

Since when is a "generation" only 11 years long? The other two generations are 18 years.

AFAIk 20 years is the accepted definition of a generation. But whatever number they pick they must be consistent.
 
2013-09-16 02:26:25 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Aar1012: Kittypie070: FARK YOU, I wanna be 25 again.

As a 25 year old, I must say that being 25 is awesome...except for the debt and the job prospects

Being 25 trumps everything. Enjoy. It doesn't look like we're taking life extension and anti-aging seriously at all so there's no second chances.


Enjoy being 25. It's fun. But you're going to love being 45. It's so much better.
 
2013-09-16 02:26:29 AM
Loved this little jab:

"Of course, given how slowly young people mature now, you may still be dealing with someone in their 20s who loves living at home."
 
2013-09-16 02:32:14 AM

evil saltine: Loved this little jab:

"Of course, given how slowly young people mature now, you may still be dealing with someone in their 20s who loves living at home."


Actually, I know someone in their 20s who lives at home. It's because his Mom can't take care of herself due to a medical issue. He gets a lot of grief from people who don't understand the true nature of what is going on.

Again, I would say 25-30 is a good age. You usually don't have any debilitating medical conditions then.
 
2013-09-16 02:34:15 AM

evil saltine: Loved this little jab:

"Of course, given how slowly young people mature now, you may still be dealing with someone in their 20s who loves living at home."


As an (almost) 58 year old guy with a 22 year old son sitting on my couch playing video games, I can relate.
 
2013-09-16 02:34:52 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: WordyGrrl: When I was 16, I could never imagine reaching 21 (USSR vs USA nuclear war was going to kill us all, don't ya know?). Turning 30 sucked in that  frivolous "OMG, I'm not young anymore!" way. Turning 40 was much better, ala "Hey, this being an adult thing is kinda sweet!"

I'll be 50 in two years and... I finally feel like I'm growing into my power as a full-grown adult. I might be fatter and have some of the "old age" aches and pains," but my priorities are where they should have been years ago. And I just feel a helluva lot smarter in general.

It's all delusions. This "power" you have is just realizing you have no time left to make other choices.


Well put...

/35
 
2013-09-16 02:35:50 AM
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2013-09-16 02:38:20 AM
"No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always biatchy. No Fun - for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax - This won't hurt."

/take my word for it. HST had a point.
 
2013-09-16 02:38:27 AM

frostus: evil saltine: Loved this little jab:

"Of course, given how slowly young people mature now, you may still be dealing with someone in their 20s who loves living at home."

As an (almost) 58 year old guy with a 22 year old son sitting on my couch playing video games, I can relate.


DAaaaaaad! You're embarrassing me!!!

/sorry, last name is Frost, couldn't resist.
 
2013-09-16 02:39:16 AM

Notabunny: Quantum Apostrophe: Aar1012: Kittypie070: FARK YOU, I wanna be 25 again.

As a 25 year old, I must say that being 25 is awesome...except for the debt and the job prospects

Being 25 trumps everything. Enjoy. It doesn't look like we're taking life extension and anti-aging seriously at all so there's no second chances.

Enjoy being 25. It's fun. But you're going to love being 45. It's so much better.


No, it really isn't. That's just Middle Aged Delusional Syndrome.
 
2013-09-16 02:45:42 AM
I'm 53 now.  I completely wasted my 20's.  If I knew then everything then that I know now, I would have done pretty much everything differently ;)
 
2013-09-16 02:47:11 AM
Quantum Apostrophe:

Enjoy being 25. It's fun. But you're going to love being 45. It's so much better.

No, it really isn't. That's just Middle Aged Delusional Syndrome.


Here's is an offer. I offer you the opportunity to go back and live your life all over again starting at 25. The one caveat is that I wipe your memory. You have no knowledge that you are starting your life all over again, no memory of the years you have already lived. A true fresh start. There are no other catches. I time travel you back to 25 and its as if everything since never happened.

Will you take the offer?
 
2013-09-16 02:48:14 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Notabunny: Quantum Apostrophe: Aar1012: Kittypie070: FARK YOU, I wanna be 25 again.

As a 25 year old, I must say that being 25 is awesome...except for the debt and the job prospects

Being 25 trumps everything. Enjoy. It doesn't look like we're taking life extension and anti-aging seriously at all so there's no second chances.

Enjoy being 25. It's fun. But you're going to love being 45. It's so much better.

No, it really isn't. That's just Middle Aged Delusional Syndrome.


I'm 44, and wouldn't trade being 25 for it - EVER. I have more money, am in better shape, lots more life experience, don't have to deal with catty 20 something women, and can basically do what I want, and really enjoy life - physically and otherwise.
 
2013-09-16 02:53:34 AM
You'd be surprised how many people die in their 50'sqwww2
 
2013-09-16 02:53:48 AM
I"ll be 50 in a few months, but I started telling people that I turned 50 this year....

So I can just be done with the whole turning 50 thing and live with it.

People tell me I look like someone in his 30s, which is somewhat true, but I still can't read without reading glasses, I can't hear half of what people say because I need to get a hearing aid, and on the other hand, YOU can hear my knees squeaking from across the room because the joints are pretty much gone and it's just bone rubbing on bone.

Where's my android replacement body that the movies promised me?  I'm ready for it now!!!
 
2013-09-16 02:59:02 AM
My best age was 32, probably because then I started in a new career, which entailed working overseas, and was as healthy as I could be. Now I'm a bit older (knocking on the door of the 40 club) and enjoying life because my focus is on developing my career and not chasing tail or the next wonder drug. Actually I do still research the latest 'Wonder Drugs' and chase tail, and I like moving about with no debt, no childcare issues, no wife (just the occasional girlfriends), laughing at the Gold bugs, making good money and not paying taxes, taking good supplements to reinforce my exercise, talking on websites about life, watching free movies and listening to free classical music online.

F$ck McD's et al. I know better.
 
2013-09-16 03:01:15 AM
Fark you all.

/57
 
2013-09-16 03:02:37 AM

worlddan: Quantum Apostrophe:

Enjoy being 25. It's fun. But you're going to love being 45. It's so much better.

No, it really isn't. That's just Middle Aged Delusional Syndrome.

Here's is an offer. I offer you the opportunity to go back and live your life all over again starting at 25. The one caveat is that I wipe your memory. You have no knowledge that you are starting your life all over again, no memory of the years you have already lived. A true fresh start. There are no other catches. I time travel you back to 25 and its as if everything since never happened.

Will you take the offer?


Since there is no such thing, I don't know what you're getting at.

Here's my offer. Medical science finally takes anti-aging seriously. Turns out most of the damage of aging is molecular garbage that the human body is inefficient at removing. Your tissues just slowly become infested with inert garbage, sort of like a teenager's room covered in dirty clothes. It's still a room, the electrical outlets are still there, the computer is still on the desk, but everything is just slower and more difficult to get at than if the clothes were gone.

Now imagine your body's cells are each like that room.

There's a pill you take every day that contains an enzyme that slowly dissolves these sugar-bound proteins which are called advanced glycation endproducts. This enzyme is called Alagebrium.

It's cheap and easy to make. The side effects are nausea and drowsiness which goes away after a few weeks. You start eating more. You noticed you need to urinate more but nothing dramatic.

After a year your body's main functions are as efficient as a healthy 20 something's. Your skin starts to tighten, your muscles, tendons and ligaments (including your iris) are strong and limber again, your brain is cleared of garbage and for the first time in decades you remember what you ate for breakfast that day....

Your weight goes down as 15% of your middle-aged body weight was inert crap and fat that you are now burning off with your new, younger metabolism.

Some things not helped are your teeth and hair. If you were bald before, those hair follicles are dead now. Teeth don't grow back. Hearing doesn't get better as those cells don't repair either.

But you look healthier and ARE healthier. The money saved by society as a whole on old medical treatments for aging is in the trillions.

This money is now being invested in growing back teeth and hair ....

I'd take that offer.
 
2013-09-16 03:06:49 AM
Forty is Forty.  Fark you!
 
2013-09-16 03:07:44 AM
DIE YOU farkERS!
 
2013-09-16 03:08:25 AM
When I was thirty-five
It was a very good year
It was a very good year for blue-blooded girls
Of independent means
We'd ride in limousines
Their chauffeurs would drive
When I was thirty-five

But now the days grow short
I'm in the autumn of the year
And now I think of my life as vintage wine
from fine old kegs
from the brim to the dregs
It poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year
 
2013-09-16 03:09:07 AM
Woke up to take a piss; probably can't get back to sleep for a couple of hours, so I'm really getting a kick...

/Would rather be 30
/52
 
2013-09-16 03:11:46 AM
I'm over 40, having the best year of my life. In debt, worried about my job, and a million other anxieties, but I have a great wife and kids who I love and who love me. I have a happy life, everything else is just details.
 
2013-09-16 03:13:54 AM
I don't get why someone would choose to be 50. I figured that your 30s would be the best mix of youth and wisdom.
 
2013-09-16 03:16:04 AM

SpinStopper: I'm 53 now.  I completely wasted my 20's.  If I knew then everything then that I know now, I would have done pretty much everything differently ;)


Ditto.  ...Ditto; [pause], Ditto.
 
2013-09-16 03:25:27 AM

Notabunny: Quantum Apostrophe: Aar1012: Kittypie070: FARK YOU, I wanna be 25 again.

As a 25 year old, I must say that being 25 is awesome...except for the debt and the job prospects

Being 25 trumps everything. Enjoy. It doesn't look like we're taking life extension and anti-aging seriously at all so there's no second chances.

Enjoy being 25. It's fun. But you're going to love being 45. It's so much better.


45 sucked. Hell, 40 sucked. 35 wasn't bad. 30 was okay. 25 was fantastic. No, getting past your physical prime is not great. It farking sucks.
 
2013-09-16 03:28:40 AM
Approaching 50--- the best year is the year I am at the moment.... just saying.  Money and family are definitely NOT overrated.  When I graduated from college in 1990, I never dreamed I would live the life I have lived.  Don't miss those roach-filled apartments one bit.  I still have the body of my 25 year old self (at least I keep telling myself that).... either that, or 32" Levis are bigger than they once were (obscure Seinfeld reference).
 
2013-09-16 03:32:04 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Turns out most of the damage of aging is molecular garbage that the human body is inefficient at removing. Your tissues just slowly become infested with inert garbage, sort of like a teenager's room covered in dirty clothes. It's still a room, the electrical outlets are still there, the computer is still on the desk, but everything is just slower and more difficult to get at than if the clothes were gone.


Larry Niven is a good writer, but he doesn't know shiat about the aging process.
 
2013-09-16 03:36:25 AM
How are you supposed to know an age is good if you haven't lived it? Regarding younger people voting older ages.
 
2013-09-16 03:43:35 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: urns out most of the damage of aging is molecular garbage that the human body is inefficient at removing. Your tissues just slowly become infested with inert garbage, sort of like a teenager's room covered in dirty clothes. It's still a room, the electrical outlets are still there, the computer is still on the desk, but everything is just slower and more difficult to get at than if the clothes were gone.

I thought it was shortening telomeres.  More telomerase later in life would counteract the shortening, except telomerase is also what makes cancer cells indestructible.  Or something like that.

FunkOut: When they start dying, they'll declare dead is the new alive.

+1

 
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