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2013-11-04 11:24:20 AM
I think I'm 23 until I walk past a mirror and say 'Who the fark is that old man?!?"
 
2013-11-04 11:25:43 AM
MAKE MORE MOVIES YOU SONS OF BINCHES

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2013-11-04 11:28:14 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-04 11:29:25 AM
His latest novel, Raising Steam, comes out on Nov 7th, so there will be at least one more disc world novel to read.

One nice thing about getting old and having a bad memory is I've forgotten the plots of the earliest novels and can re-read them again!
 
2013-11-04 11:35:30 AM
In before QA.

I'm old too. Same as it ever was.
 
2013-11-04 11:36:26 AM
I heard this again just two days ago...seems appropriate. Kills me every time.
 
2013-11-04 11:39:22 AM
We're talking about life, aren't we?
 
2013-11-04 11:43:00 AM

Crewmannumber6: I think I'm 23 until I walk past a mirror and say 'Who the fark is that old man?!?"


Ticking away the moments
That make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours
In an off-hand way

Kicking around on a piece of ground
In your home town
Waiting for someone or something
To show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine
Staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long
And there is time to kill today

And then the one day you find
Ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run
You missed the starting gun
 
2013-11-04 11:54:57 AM
That's what my grandfather tells me- he doesn't feel like he's in his 80s, but he sure does have to be more careful than he used to be.

Aging sucks- there's a lot of really awesome people trapped in bodies that don't work so well anymore.
 
2013-11-04 11:58:39 AM
-_-
 
2013-11-04 12:06:39 PM
And here in the states, being over 50 makes you invisible, so yay.
Social Security = a shotgun and a bottle of whiskey.
 
2013-11-04 12:17:18 PM
And the sign said "Bald headed creaky people need not apply"
So I hid my pate up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said "You look like a fine upstanding old gent, I think you'll do"
So I tugged of the brim and bounced the sun on him, thus leaving him staggered and blind
oh
Signs signs, have you seen the signs?
Have you seen my car keys, am I losing my mind?
The Doc says you're too darn fat, have you seen the signs?

And the sign said anybody caught trespassing will be shot on sight
So I jumped the fence and threw out my back, I hope the chiropractor can set it right
Ya know it took me a long thim to realize, mother nature's a fickle friend
If God stood here He'd laugh in your face, "Man, you think you'd be young forever?"

Signs signs, have you seen the signs?
Have you seen my car keys, am I loving my mind?
Doc says you're too darned fat, have you seen the signs?

Now hey there mister, can't you read?  Your optomitrist appointment's at three
Don't try jogging, it'll kill your knees!
Did you think you would be here, here?
And the sign says your AARP card will get you your lunch half-price!  EEEH!

And the sign said Everybody's welcome to come in, kneel down and pray.
Well you wicked boomer, don't you realize, you're gettin' real close to your judgement day
You better think about what's really important, and pass it on to the ones that you love
You know The Son loves you, and he's cleared a way for you to totter Home above

Signs signs have you seen the signs.............
 
2013-11-04 12:24:53 PM
I never met anyone on my dad's side of the family because apparently, they all get to around 55-58 and suddenly drop dead of heart attacks... so basically, my retirement plan is to just go full steam ahead until i collapse one morning in street, with the last thing i hear on Earth being "hey, that guy needs help!  YOU OKAY BUDDY..."

And i'm cool with that.
 
2013-11-04 12:50:24 PM
What happened? You sat around smoking weed and playing video games. Now it's time to reflect on your life and admire all that you accomplished.
 
2013-11-04 12:58:24 PM

Marc L'Hommedieu: I never met anyone on my dad's side of the family because apparently, they all get to around 55-58 and suddenly drop dead of heart attacks... so basically, my retirement plan is to just go full steam ahead until i collapse one morning in street, with the last thing i hear on Earth being "hey, that guy needs help!  YOU OKAY BUDDY..."

And i'm cool with that.


Cancer ran in Mickey Mantle's family, and most of his male relatives were dead by the time they were 45.
It might have been his 50th birthday, but at some point before his drinking really caught up to him, he said, "If I knew I'd live this long, I would have taken better care of myself."

/death stalks us all
 
2013-11-04 12:59:12 PM

devilEther: What happened? You sat around smoking weed and playing video games. Now it's time to reflect on your life and admire all that you accomplished.


Pff... I don't play them vidya games and the marihuana is for my glaucoma.
 
2013-11-04 01:03:50 PM

czei: His latest novel, Raising Steam, comes out on Nov 7th, so there will be at least one more disc world novel to read.

One nice thing about getting old and having a bad memory is I've forgotten the plots of the earliest novels and can re-read them again!


A new Von Lipwig, you say? Any idea of a US release date - and will Stephen Briggs be reading it?
 
2013-11-04 01:04:41 PM

willfullyobscure: MAKE MORE MOVIES YOU SONS OF BINCHES

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2013-11-04 01:06:45 PM
Bong Hits For Mohammed 2013-11-04 12:17:18 PM

u bin funny'd
 
2013-11-04 01:07:33 PM

NotoriousW.O.P: Marc L'Hommedieu: I never met anyone on my dad's side of the family because apparently, they all get to around 55-58 and suddenly drop dead of heart attacks... so basically, my retirement plan is to just go full steam ahead until i collapse one morning in street, with the last thing i hear on Earth being "hey, that guy needs help!  YOU OKAY BUDDY..."

And i'm cool with that.

Cancer ran in Mickey Mantle's family, and most of his male relatives were dead by the time they were 45.
It might have been his 50th birthday, but at some point before his drinking really caught up to him, he said, "If I knew I'd live this long, I would have taken better care of myself."

<b>/death stalks us all

</b>

APPROPRIATE TO A PRATCHETT THREAD...

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2013-11-04 01:16:31 PM
CptnSpldng:

A new Von Lipwig, you say? Any idea of a US release date - and will Stephen Briggs be reading it?

I pre-ordered the US release on the Apple iBooks store and the release date says March 14, 2014.  Von Lipwig is one of my favorite characters, right up there with Sam Vimes.
 
2013-11-04 01:18:54 PM
But you know what absolutely sucks donkeys?

60-something-year-olds behaving like teenagers.
It's unseemly and disgusting.
 
2013-11-04 01:32:34 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: But you know what absolutely sucks donkeys?

60-something-year-olds behaving like teenagers.
It's unseemly and disgusting.


Nah man you should take that as a sign of hope.
life does not have to suck at 60.

but it probably will
 
2013-11-04 01:35:39 PM

devilEther: What happened? You sat around smoking weed and playing video games. Now it's time to reflect on your life and admire all that you accomplished.


Yeah, because those people who didn't sit around all day playing video games and/or smoking weed accomplished so much with their lives.

/99% of everybody is forgotten, with no legacy worth mentioning
//live your life however you choose - you die and are forgotten anyway
 
2013-11-04 01:41:04 PM

Kuroshin: /99% of everybody is forgotten, with no legacy worth mentioning
//live your life however you choose - you die and are forgotten anyway


"Dude, they're nihilists!"
 
2013-11-04 01:43:21 PM

Kuroshin: devilEther: What happened? You sat around smoking weed and playing video games. Now it's time to reflect on your life and admire all that you accomplished.

Yeah, because those people who didn't sit around all day playing video games and/or smoking weed accomplished so much with their lives.

/99% of everybody is forgotten, with no legacy worth mentioning
//live your life however you choose - you die and are forgotten anyway


at least it's an ethos
 
2013-11-04 01:45:12 PM

devilEther: What happened? You sat around smoking weed and playing video games. Now it's time to reflect on your life and admire all that you accomplished.


I dunno, I don't really have any particular urge to accomplish anything. I have all sorts of things I want to do, but none of them are what I'd call an "accomplishment". I just want to do things that interest me and see what happens.
 
2013-11-04 01:55:43 PM
I actually like Fark because it has a wide swath of ages and experiences. It actually keeps me in touch with culture. You lose touch with culture, you get old.

HotIgneous Intruder: But you know what absolutely sucks donkeys?

60-something-year-olds behaving like teenagers.
It's unseemly and disgusting.


Why? I agree it looks dumb, but only because we have been conditioned to believe that old people should dress like old people and act like old people. There is no reason why 60-something year olds should not act like teenagers. Now if they are really bad at it, then yeah, they should stop. I'll put it this way: Link Wray's last decade (in his 70's and 80's) was spent playing in bands populated by people in their very early 20's. One of the band members said something like "the guy is 19 years old. Period.". That's how you do it.
 
2013-11-04 01:59:10 PM

devilEther: What happened? You sat around smoking weed and playing video games. Now it's time to reflect on your life and admire all that you accomplished.


I just want to say, this made my day. Thanks! :)
 
2013-11-04 02:00:06 PM

Kuroshin: live your life however you choose - you die and are forgotten anyway


t3knomanser: I dunno, I don't really have any particular urge to accomplish anything. I have all sorts of things I want to do, but none of them are what I'd call an "accomplishment". I just want to do things that interest me and see what happens.


If someone spent their life smoking weed and playing video games and wanted nothing more from life and had no other goals than smoking weed and playing video games, I suppose they will feel they led a fulfilling life and have no regrets when they get older. But if you smoke weed and play video games to escape and procrastinate from going after what you really want to do with your life, than you will experience regret and unhappiness when you get older.
 
2013-11-04 02:30:03 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: "Dude, they're nihilists!"


Ninepoundhammer: at least it's an ethos


Oh man, if only these were two minutes closer...
 
2013-11-04 02:35:18 PM

devilEther: But if you smoke weed and play video games to escape and procrastinate from going after what you really want to do with your life, than you will experience regret and unhappiness when you get older.


True, but I think part of the problem is that our society isn't built around creating fulfilling lives. American society in specific, and Western society in general, has created a rather nasty sort of work. The typical office environment isn't a healthy workplace, it's not a place that allows people to  achieve things. Worse still are blue collar jobs, built around mind-numbing, repetitive labor that only exist because humans are cheaper than robots- for now.

There's no panacea for this particular problem, and even if there were, I think there are enough people who wouldn't consider this a  problem,and thus would oppose changes to the status quo. We're a society which wants you to follow your dreams, so long as you can put a pricetag on them.
 
2013-11-04 02:47:13 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: But you know what absolutely sucks donkeys?

60-something-year-olds behaving like teenagers.
It's unseemly and disgusting.


Good thing you will never get old. Or if you get old are you just going to give up on having fun??

Now get offa my lawn.
 
2013-11-04 04:09:49 PM
Yeah, I know - when I turned the lights on I thought "damn, she looked a lot younger in the bar!  Oh well......"
 
2013-11-04 04:26:36 PM

t3knomanser: devilEther: But if you smoke weed and play video games to escape and procrastinate from going after what you really want to do with your life, than you will experience regret and unhappiness when you get older.

True, but I think part of the problem is that our society isn't built around creating fulfilling lives. American society in specific, and Western society in general, has created a rather nasty sort of work. The typical office environment isn't a healthy workplace, it's not a place that allows people to  achieve things. Worse still are blue collar jobs, built around mind-numbing, repetitive labor that only exist because humans are cheaper than robots- for now.

There's no panacea for this particular problem, and even if there were, I think there are enough people who wouldn't consider this a  problem,and thus would oppose changes to the status quo. We're a society which wants you to follow your dreams, so long as you can put a pricetag on them.


So what part of the world does allow people to live fulfilling lives? We've got it pretty damn good compared to the way things were in this country 100+ years ago.   Granted we are headed backwards but hopefully that is our kids' problem and we'll be dead by then,
 
2013-11-04 04:32:50 PM
Inside every young person is a sperm wishing it had been swallowed.
 
2013-11-04 06:16:14 PM

neversubmit: Inside every young person is a sperm wishing it had been swallowed.


Don't know about you but I have millions that feel this way in me.
 
2013-11-04 06:18:57 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: There is no reason why 60-something year olds should not act like teenagers.


Because entitled selfish brats are FUNNY!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
They really are teenagers with more money.

/Uh no.
 
2013-11-04 06:44:22 PM

The Googles Do Nothing: t3knomanser: devilEther: But if you smoke weed and play video games to escape and procrastinate from going after what you really want to do with your life, than you will experience regret and unhappiness when you get older.

True, but I think part of the problem is that our society isn't built around creating fulfilling lives. American society in specific, and Western society in general, has created a rather nasty sort of work. The typical office environment isn't a healthy workplace, it's not a place that allows people to  achieve things. Worse still are blue collar jobs, built around mind-numbing, repetitive labor that only exist because humans are cheaper than robots- for now.

There's no panacea for this particular problem, and even if there were, I think there are enough people who wouldn't consider this a  problem,and thus would oppose changes to the status quo. We're a society which wants you to follow your dreams, so long as you can put a pricetag on them.

So what part of the world does allow people to live fulfilling lives? We've got it pretty damn good compared to the way things were in this country 100+ years ago.   Granted we are headed backwards but hopefully that is our kids' problem and we'll be dead by then,


I believe the Scandinavian countries have taken a much better approach to living fulfilling lives.
 
2013-11-04 07:11:53 PM

Bong Hits For Mohammed: And the sign said "Bald headed creaky people need not apply"
So I hid my pate up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said "You look like a fine upstanding old gent, I think you'll do"
So I tugged of the brim and bounced the sun on him, thus leaving him staggered and blind
oh
Signs signs, have you seen the signs?
Have you seen my car keys, am I losing my mind?
The Doc says you're too darn fat, have you seen the signs?

And the sign said anybody caught trespassing will be shot on sight
So I jumped the fence and threw out my back, I hope the chiropractor can set it right
Ya know it took me a long thim to realize, mother nature's a fickle friend
If God stood here He'd laugh in your face, "Man, you think you'd be young forever?"

Signs signs, have you seen the signs?
Have you seen my car keys, am I loving my mind?
Doc says you're too darned fat, have you seen the signs?

Now hey there mister, can't you read?  Your optomitrist appointment's at three
Don't try jogging, it'll kill your knees!
Did you think you would be here, here?
And the sign says your AARP card will get you your lunch half-price!  EEEH!

And the sign said Everybody's welcome to come in, kneel down and pray.
Well you wicked boomer, don't you realize, you're gettin' real close to your judgement day
You better think about what's really important, and pass it on to the ones that you love
You know The Son loves you, and he's cleared a way for you to totter Home above

Signs signs have you seen the signs.............


+1 for your effort. Sad but true. I have the big half century peeking out from a page in next year's calendar. Spend too much time now wondering just where that time went. Retirement is just over the horizon - aint looking forward to that, and then its nursing homes, pureed food and adult diapers. When you are young, the "olds" say that life is too short - you had better believe it.

/now it is time for my midlife crisis - Harley Davidson here I come - maybe I can circumvent  the nursing home future
 
2013-11-04 10:45:23 PM

Nuclear Monk: I believe the Scandinavian countries have taken a much better approach to living fulfilling lives.


They're my candidates for cultures which have their shiat together.

The Googles Do Nothing: We've got it pretty damn good compared to the way things were in this country 100+ years ago


When you set a low bar, it's easy to clear.
 
2013-11-05 12:42:22 AM

HotIgneous Intruder: But you know what absolutely sucks donkeys?

60-something-year-olds behaving like teenagers.
It's unseemly and disgusting.


You're right. Why would someone who's in his sixties want to act like a retard? When teenagers act retarded, they're being cool.
 
2013-11-05 05:01:59 AM

Fark Me To Tears: HotIgneous Intruder: But you know what absolutely sucks donkeys?

60-something-year-olds behaving like teenagers.
It's unseemly and disgusting.

You're right. Why would someone who's in his sixties want to act like a retard? When teenagers act retarded, they're being cool.


What? When teenagers act retarded, they only think they are being cool, but they are really just being retarded. If you haven't moved on from that by the time you are 60 something, you may well be truly retarded.
 
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