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...
45: Routinely wake up at 3:00 a.m. to go to the bathroom.
25: Screamed at my buddies to "crank up the music - I love this song!"
45: Scream at my kids to "turn down the damn music!"
25: Spent hours on the beach trying to get a tan.
45: Spend hours on the beach trying to take a nap.
25: Was happy with the bass response from my car stereo when I listened to head-banging rock.
45: Am happy because my car stereo can pick up MPR anywhere in the state.
25: Thought loud screaming unbehaved kids were annoying.
45: Think parents of loud screaming unbehaved kids are annoying.
25: Enjoyed how sexy the college girls dressed.
45: Worry that my daughter will someday want to dress like those sleazy college girls.
25: Could easily drink a 6-pack of beer and then be ready to party.
45: Can easily drink 2 martinis and then be ready for bed.
25: Ate greasy foods on a regular basis.
45: Eat TUMS on a regular basis.
25: Thought my car was "the shit."
45: Think my car is shit.
25: Had thick long hair down past my shoulders when I was on the road in a band.
45: 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!