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2022-11-29 8:16:32 PM  
I started jerking off when I was like 7 or so, I figured out sex without having to ask my parents the awkward questions.
 
2022-11-29 8:17:37 PM  
Went to graduate school 20 years after effectively retiring with a B.A.M.  it turned out well and still happy about going back as an older graduate student.
 
2022-11-29 8:50:12 PM  
I'm a late blooming asshole.  When I was young I was so carefree and fun, but as I aged I became A bitter and cynical jerk.  Where's my mention in that story?
 
2022-11-29 8:53:53 PM  

aleister_greynight: I started jerking off when I was like 7 or so, I figured out sex without having to ask my parents the awkward questions.


How it goes.  Early bloomers in some cases.  Also good to have a shower-masser as a kid.
 
2022-11-29 8:57:33 PM  

labman: I'm a late blooming asshole.  When I was young I was so carefree and fun, but as I aged I became A bitter and cynical jerk.  Where's my mention in that story?


You failed to find the correct "stimulation."  I shouldn't say this but when I was a kid, I found excellent stimulation from pools, anything that had a solid stream of water.
 
2022-11-29 8:58:54 PM  
When I turn 62, I can go to state colleges and universities tuition - free. I've threatened my daughter with saying I'll sign up for a class she is taking.
"[Unobtanium's Daughter] who's that wierd old guy that keeps talking to you after class?"
*Sigh* "That's my dad."

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I'd whisk her, IYKWIMAITYD.
 
2022-11-29 10:07:56 PM  
Last month, we asked NPR's readers and listeners to share what makes them a late bloomer. We received more than 50 messages about resilience and reinvention.

That says a bunch about NPR's audience engagement that i would have thought they wouldn't have admitted to.

I mean, please support your local NPR stations.

NPR, please, shut the hell up about your audience.
 
2022-11-29 10:10:00 PM  
Sorry.  I was dead inside along about the time these people were having "dreams".
 
2022-11-29 10:12:36 PM  
My dream of hooking up with Gisele has always been there since she became famous. My odds have just improved with her dumping Brady.

Gisele, call me. Let me know that the restraining order is gone.
 
2022-11-29 10:13:33 PM  
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2022-11-29 10:13:56 PM  
Good for them!! It's never too late until it's suddenly too late.
 
2022-11-29 10:19:46 PM  
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2022-11-29 10:21:51 PM  
so what's the difference between being a late-bloomer and having a mid-life crisis that results in pivoting how one lives once one has some of the financial resources to be able to do so?
 
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2022-11-29 10:22:07 PM  

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Pantaloons?
 
2022-11-29 10:22:08 PM  

LineNoise: Last month, we asked NPR's readers and listeners to share what makes them a late bloomer. We received more than 50 messages about resilience and reinvention.

That says a bunch about NPR's audience engagement that i would have thought they wouldn't have admitted to.

I mean, please support your local NPR stations.

NPR, please, shut the hell up about your audience.


I think it says less about NPR's engagement and the degree to which starting over in late mid-life is incredibly difficult if not impossible (financially, physically...) for most people.
 
2022-11-29 10:24:06 PM  
I did it.  HaHa.
 
2022-11-29 10:30:00 PM  

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Pantaloons?


No, you're thinking of the Spanish coin. Those are bloomers.
 
2022-11-29 10:34:43 PM  
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2022-11-29 10:40:21 PM  
I took the long way 'round.

Went back to school last year to turn my two associates degrees into a bachelor's degree. I graduate in May. I'll be about 15 years older than your typical graduate.

But hey, I have a house, a car, savings, 401k, career. And no college debt thanks to the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
 
2022-11-29 10:40:37 PM  
"Better late than never!" always seemed like kind of a backhanded compliment to me.

The unspoken implication always being "...but still not as good as normal/early."
 
2022-11-29 10:56:22 PM  
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2022-11-29 10:58:32 PM  

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A newly divorced acquaintance once got a little excited about the racy underwear his dates were wearing, claiming that the girls he knew back in the day wore no such attire. I couldn't help but ask if he was expecting them to be wearing bloomers. It goes without saying that we didn't really hang out much after that.
 
2022-11-29 11:16:28 PM  
Personally I've never understood the "I'm in my 40s, time to give up" mentality. To me, when you stop exploring is when you are dead inside.
 
2022-11-29 11:20:34 PM  
Boomers Bloopers Blessers Bosoms!
 
2022-11-29 11:26:53 PM  
When I as young (like under 1 year), I really liked laying around doing pretty much nothing, but as I grew older, I let that fall to the wayside and spent the next several decades doing stuff.

Now that I've reached most of my goals in my professional life, I'm ready to step back and finally pursue that early passion for laying around doing nothing full time.

An interest in boobies was part of that early passion, too, but I carried that along all through my life.
 
2022-11-29 11:42:57 PM  
I flopped at everything the first time around, so I dunno....
 
2022-11-30 12:07:47 AM  

LineNoise: Last month, we asked NPR's readers and listeners to share what makes them a late bloomer. We received more than 50 messages about resilience and reinvention.

That says a bunch about NPR's audience engagement that i would have thought they wouldn't have admitted to.

I mean, please support your local NPR stations.

NPR, please, shut the hell up about your audience.


It's basically asking your typical Fark discussion thread questions. 50 comments, tops. It's banal facebook humble bragging, and only a few people need to share that to validate themselves.

Now ask why you think Dump or Biden anything, and you'll get 500 callers, 5250 emails and 800 tweet replys and 2 bomb threats.
 
2022-11-30 12:10:05 AM  

MrBallou: When I as young (like under 1 year), I really liked laying around doing pretty much nothing, but as I grew older, I let that fall to the wayside and spent the next several decades doing stuff.

Now that I've reached most of my goals in my professional life, I'm ready to step back and finally pursue that early passion for laying around doing nothing full time.

An interest in boobies was part of that early passion, too, but I carried that along all through my life.


i did absolutely nothing and it was everything i thought it could be.
Yeah and boobies and two women at the same time.
 
2022-11-30 12:21:09 AM  
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2022-11-30 1:42:35 AM  
I published a book on Amazon with math tricks to help people who have problems with math 3 weeks before I turned 59. Now working on one for fractions.

Shameless plug: https://smile.amazon.com/Dr-Karens-Math-Hacks-Arithmetic/dp/B0BHN5BZSY
 
2022-11-30 2:06:21 AM  
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2022-11-30 7:41:30 AM  
At 68 I went to Asia for a year to teach English to young Thai students.  Now approaching 75 I am scheduled to go to Portugal for a month just because.   You don't  need to do anything to get old.  But, getting old is boring if you don't do something.
 
2022-11-30 7:49:34 AM  

BafflerMeal: Personally I've never understood the "I'm in my 40s, time to give up" mentality. To me, when you stop exploring is when you are dead inside.


It's less about giving up, and more about the logistical reality of life.

For any nontrivial thing, there is some cost associated with it, and some benefit. Spending $150k in college to land a job that pays $120k per year is a great investment at 22, but an awful one at 66. Anything financial, like career changes or starting a successful business become worse propositions with age.

Sure, life isn't just about money....but those things suck too, as you age.

Anything skill based, things that take effort for some payoff...get worse and worse as you age. Spending N hours to learn to drive at 16 is great, and will let you drive for decades. But at 66, it's just as much effort (or more) but you only get a few years of benefit.

Most people don't enjoy the hard work part of stuff, they just put up with it for the reward. And as we age, the expected reward dwindles.

Even fun stuff, the things we do because they are fun, like sex and drugs, well....those get less rewarding and more dangerous with age. At 21 I could get blackout drunk and high and maybe get very very lucky and hook up with a 21 year old woman at a party. Rare, but such things have happened. At 61, those same drugs represent a far greater risk to my health and in not going to get wasted and bang some attractive 21 year old woman. Outside of a few fetishists, it's pretty universally accepted that 21 year olds are more attractive than 61 year olds *and* few 61 year old men can perform as well as they could at 21.

More risk for a lot less benefit.
 
2022-11-30 9:21:43 AM  
There's no such thing as a "late bloomer". Everything has it's time and place, and those are different for every person. That's what these youngins have to understand... not everything has to be done by the time you are 20 years old. I didn't get my associate of science degree in Graphic Design until I was 48, my Bachelors in Applied Design at 50 years and two months, and am working on my Masters now. When I'm done I will probably teach.

Things happen when and where they were meant to.
 
2022-11-30 11:01:38 AM  
I read the headline as 'OK late boomers' and came to post a snarky and indignant 'It's Gen X, kthxbye'

/looks like I did anyway
//blame it on the wake and bake
 
2022-11-30 3:27:43 PM  

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Pretty much
No idea what to do, no money to learn it, and at 52 no one wants to hire
 
2022-11-30 4:14:18 PM  
I'm a late bloomer, Alex, and in Double Jeopardy I'm gonna bloom!

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