Thursday, July 27, 2006

That was then, this is now

I found it ironic that yesterday I whined about those damn kids standing up in front of me while I'm sitting on my middle-aged butt trying to watch the concert!

Ok, I didn't write that specifically, but that's how it feels like it came off now that I read it again. The fact is, I haven't been to a head-banging rock-n-roll concert since the Def Leppard concert in '99 I wrote about last week. And for that one I stood up all night, rockin out right along with everyone else - no problem!

But for the last 5 years or so, I've only been attending the nice quiet "middle-aged sit down and enjoy yourself" kind of concerts - James Taylor being a recent example. And the reason I find yesterday's post ironic is because I published it the day before today... my 45th birthday!

This made me think about how I used to react to things when I was, say 25 - versus how I react to things today at 45. And so with that in mind I bring you...

10 Differences Between Being 25 and 45

25: Routinely went to bed at 3:00 a.m.
Routinely wake up at 3:00 a.m. to go to the bathroom.

Screamed at my buddies to "crank up the music - I love this song!"
Scream at my kids to "turn down the damn music!"

Spent hours on the beach trying to get a tan.
45: Spend hours on the beach trying to take a nap.

Was happy with the bass response from my car stereo when I listened to head-banging rock.
Am happy because my car stereo can pick up MPR anywhere in the state.

Thought loud screaming unbehaved kids were annoying.
Think parents of loud screaming unbehaved kids are annoying.

Enjoyed how sexy the college girls dressed.
Worry that my daughter will someday want to dress like those sleazy college girls.

Could easily drink a 6-pack of beer and then be ready to party.
Can easily drink 2 martinis and then be ready for bed.

Ate greasy foods on a regular basis.
Eat TUMS on a regular basis.

Thought my car was "the shit."
45: Think my car is shit.

Had thick long hair down past my shoulders when I was on the road in a band.
Am in a band called The Receders.

Now, you'll have to excuse me. My wife is getting ready to take me out for a martini.

I'll need something to help me sleep you know - 3:00 a.m. comes early!


Anonymous said...

25: complain that I don't have enough boob to bra.

45: complain about having to wear a bra to keep my boobs off of my knees.

Great Post! Welcome to the 45 club. We are older but so much wiser...

(I opened my big mouth on IT2M today. I am mentioning it to you because I had never heard of it until you were reviewed. I was eviscerated. Called more and varied names then I care to remember. And am kicking myself for being a fool for ever having opened my big mouth. I should have known better. In my case, older does not equal wiser.)

yellojkt said...

Pretty much my life as well. Except for the being in a band.

Jenn said...

those are FUNNY!!

Wendy Boucher said...

I'm 43 and I seem to be looping back around. When I was 23, I had just finished my art degree and I bought an electric typewriter to tap out the next great American novel. Then I went to grad school and law school and got married and all that good stuff. What am I doing now? Art and writing. But that staying up until the wee hours is firmly locked in the past.

Anonymous said...

I mailed your present on Tuesday. Happy birthday lil' bro.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...


Can't wait to watch it. Thanks dude.

Anonymous said...

Those are great comparisons! The scary thing is that I'm only thirty, and I'm already closer to the 45 part of the list than 25. Uh-oh.

Waya said...

WHOA! Happy happy b-day to you Jeff! That list is so creative! I might have to think of my list when my time comes, not for another...I'm not telling.

yoo hoo said...

WOW... I'd kill somebody to be 45...wait there's not enough money. mmmm martini's!

but Momma said...

Good One! Love the one about the shitty car. True that!

Happy Birthday to You!

Bugwit said...

Good post! Very funny.

On your 45th, thought I'd share something good about getting older.

25: Could play a fast guitar solo
45: Can play good guitar solo

25: Needed to play guitar to attract chicks
45: Need to put away that stupid guitar if I expect to have sex tonight

25: Listened to Ozzie Osborne and thought Tom Hanks was funny
45: Think Tom Hanks is a great actor and think Ozzy Osborne is funny

Mooselet said...

Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday Dear Harmonica Maaa-aaaan
Happy Birthday to You!

Be thankful you don't have to hear me sing it as I can't carry a tune in a bucket. ;-) Love your list - it is very true indeed.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

Hey - thanks all for the nice b-day wishes!

Bugwit - love the guitar stuff - and as But Momma says, "true that!"

arcadia said...

great post.

i'm 21, and i sometimes feel 45. working my ass off, not staying out late because i can't afford to lose sleeping time, consider spending time at home as the ultimate luxury. how sad it all sounds.

Bugwit said...

Been listening to your Livinston Fury tracks. They're very well made. I st can't quite put my finger on what decade they come from...hmmm ;-)

They sound great!

Bugwit said...

DUde! That music is VERY Good! The quality of those songs would have fit just fine on any Patty Smyth, Motels, Nena or Bonny Tyler album.

Did you guys get a recording contract?

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

bugwit - DUDE, thanks! I knew I'd eventually snag someone who appreciated some good quality 80's era pop music. Alas, we never scored the big "contract" and thus was the eventual demise of the Fury.

So sad, considering some of the crap that DID become big in those days.