Tuesday, February 16, 2010

10 Differences Between Being 25 and 45

I am currently on a mission to backup every post I've ever written to CD so when my PC crashes (again) or when Google decides to suddenly make us start paying for Blogger and holds our old posts hostage, I won't lose all my archives.

One of the benefits of doing this is that I get to take a peek at things I wrote 3+ years ago... things I had completely forgotten I had written. Here's one of them that gave me a chuckle. Perhaps you can identify with some of these yourselves.

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, misbehaved kids were annoying.
Think parents of loud, screaming, misbehaved 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!


Jaffer said...

So 11 hours and 50 minutes from now, we shall expect you to get up from bed and take a wee...

Setting my clock - even though I'll be awake.

Unfinished Rambler said...

At 40, I wish I could say that I can't relate, but alas, I can...

...to too many of them.

rick said...

Here's one,
25: Could shovel the snow off my garage without stopping in one afternoon.

53: Shovel for fifteen minutes, get so winded I worry about a heart attack, then go take a nap.

This last time took me four days.

Elizabeth said...

I was just thinking the other day how when I was in my twenties I wouldn't even consider going out before 11:00 pm, now I couldn't stay up past 10:30 if you paid me!

deborah said...

well, Jeff you have Frank and I reminiscing in our days. I was killed on Saturday from may girls' full day of drumline.

Maureen said...

Ha! Just the other day hubby and I were talking about getting older and his crack to me was "at least you still have all your hair".

I never really noticed, until I look back on our old photos....

Michelle said...

Ahhh, so this is what I have to look forward to in another decade plus ;)

And ummm the name Receders never quite ummm got to the thinking part of my brain apparently. Now I'm cracking up. I love it!

Babs-beetle said...

Well, I can honestly say that at forty I was hitting the disco's and turning my music up full blast. At 45 I stopped dancing the night away and turned my music down. It was that sudden.

At 60 I was playing in a rock band with thirty year olds. I'm not 65 yet, so who knows where I will be.

The moral of this comment? Wait until you hit 60 :)

Unknown said...

I'm currently printing my blogs and formulating a random biography sort of thing - 70 pages in to this little project and I've run out of ink and paper and I've only gone back three months with another four years to go :)

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

jaffer - Unfortunately for me, you were right. I'm thinking about trying Depends... it would be a whole lot easier.

unfinished rambler - Welcome to middle age my friend.

rick - Maybe you should buy one of those long-handled roof rakes like I have. They are great for people who don't like to risk their lives on slippery roof surfaces. Just saying.

elizabeth - Ha ha, neener neener neener... I can stay up till 11... I can stay up till 11.

deborah - Hey... OUR daughter is in drumline too! Aren't their hours insane?!!!

maureen - Well then, aren't you the good wife... pretending you didn't notice his hair loss. EVERYBODY notices mine. ;b

michelle - Oh you kids today. Your day will come, you'll see.

babs - Hey, I play in a rock band every weekend. Who knows what I'll be doing at 60! Although please shoot me if I sound like The Who when I'm doing it.

gary - I am writing each post (including comments) to separate PDF files and storing them in folders by YR/MO. Then I'm going to copy all the folders to CD so I have them officially archived. It's a lot of work but I think it's a good idea.

Susan said...

Backup...thanks for the reminder. Does Blogger make it easy to do? Can you just put it all on a hard drive instead of a CD?

Susan said...

Backup...thanks for the reminder. Does Blogger make it easy to do? Can you just put it all on a hard drive instead of a CD?

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

susan susan - Blogger gives you an excellent export tool, but it assumes you are going to import back into Blogger later on. I wanted to back it up as straight PDF files so I didn't have to rely on Blogger in the future to view my posts. And yes, I could have put it straight onto my hard drive, but I've crashed too many hard drives in the past so I like the idea of having my blog backed up to CD where it shouldn't get ruined.

Ed said...

It's like my parent said...nothing good happens at 3am...

Janna said...

I can identify with most of this even though I'm "only" 40.

(*hangs head in shame*)

Watson410 said...

I'm totally with you on this one.

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