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The Saddest thing that reminds you that you're old...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Drtooth, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Okay... there's a LOT of things that make me feel old and get me kinda depressed and angry. 30th and 20th anniversaries of cartoons I used to watch, 90's nostalgia being a thing... but the worst thing that reminds me how old I am is this...

    Does anyone remember when the word "donut" used to have the word "dough" in it, instead of the recently considered correct abbreviation used by certain donut chains? That classically klunky, cumbersome spelling that makes the word look like "Duh-guho-nut" with that annoying silent G. Just the fact that I remember that archaic spelling and haven't seen it in years just makes me feel like one of those old British guys who remembers when "cookie" was spelled with a "y." And it was totally spelled with a y at one point.
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  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Sometimes I get the urge to start playing a violin whenever Drtooth gets into one of this little moods. Just sayin'...

    "Donut" has kind of always been around, I think it's supposed to be the "American spelling" of the word rather than an abbreviation ('cause, y'know, we always have to do things differently than England and Canada and Australia). I was taught "doughnut" though, and that's the way I spell it.
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  3. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old. I'm 45, but I don't feel a day over 18. I've been waiting for this middle-age crisis to hit, but if it hasn't come yet, it probably never will.

    I was around when Sesame Street was brand-spankin'new, when Oscar was orange and Grover was green (or brown, it was hard to tell on a black-and-white set) but instead of feeling old, I wear it like a badge of pride, knowing I got to see things firsthand most of you only read/googled/wikied about.

    I hope all of you get to enjoy life when you're my age- even if I get my "Dunkin' DOUGHNUTS" senior discount before the rest of you. :)
  4. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    What makes me feel old is seeing that athletes who I remember as rookies announcing their retirements or entering the final stage of their careers. The people who were the stars when I was ten or eleven are moving on, and that makes me feel old.
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  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Oh, is this the midlife crisis thread? Well then...

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  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually it's more of a "Newspeak is actually happening" type deal. And strangely, this is something that started well before the LOL's, OMG's, and spelling The with the e before the h.

    I honestly remember everyone used the "preferred" spelling of Dughonughnught except for the abbreviated signs used by local and national donut chains. Actually, I'm quite pleased we threw those freaking silent gh's out the window for a streamlined spelling. I almost wish we'd take that cue from Baseball as well and call them "Sox" instead of "Socks."

    Gah... now that I think about it, I think I kept getting doughnut spelled wrong on spelling tests. Dunno why... "dough" is right in there. Then of course there's the whole matter of only traditional doughnuts are even made of dough while for the most part, we only really know batter based donuts. Then the bad Kenny Bania jokes come up about "Why do they call them donuts when they're made out of batter? They should be called 'batternuts.'" I swear that jelly filled ones still use dough.
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  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Okay, here's a couple, for me and my generation anyway...

    You know you're old when you remember when Cartoon Network, like Cookie Monster, used to be called "THE Cartoon Network" (like pre-Cartoon Cartoon era).

    Also, you know you're old when you remember that whenever CN would play a showcase of Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies, old Hanna-Barbera shorts, or anything like that, each individual entry would include music video style subtitles plastered onto the beginning of the cartoon telling you what cartoon you were watching, and the specific entry from that series was, even though you just sat through the opening title sequence for the cartoon.
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  8. beatnikchick300

    beatnikchick300 Well-Known Member

    When I realize that my baby brother, the one I held in the hospital the day we brought him home....is going to be 12 years old tomorrow.

    Also, when I realize that my age (26) means I'm closer to 30 than I am to 20.

    ...Where does the time go?
  9. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I guess seeing my nieces growing older. That makes me feel old. But seeing that i'm 32 i also don't feel a day over 18 as well. But i think it's cool getting to see them get older. I hope that i'm around when they have kids.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I was watching a cooking show yesterday, and apparently there's an alternate pronunciation of the word "Ate" that sounds like "ett."

    Either that's completely archaic or a regional thing since I've never heard that one.
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    You know you're old when you can actually remember that Kerry Washington used to be an obscure, unknown actress, as opposed to a big A-list celebrity... like, I remember back in the early 2000s, she was one of the leads in a godawful Spike Lee movie about an out-of-work executive who goes around impregnating lesbians for money (Kerry was the executive's ex-girlfriend).
  12. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I spell it "doughnut." And I also use the spelling "moustache."

    That doesn't make me feel old, though. What makes me feel old? Arthritis. Oww. Not good for an artist/puppeteer.
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  13. snichols1973

    snichols1973 Well-Known Member

    Back when I went to high school (1987-1991), I took BASIC computer programming in my freshman year, and then when Windows '95 came out several years after I had graduated, BASIC would eventually become obsolete and a "technological fossil", so to speak, as computer techonology became more advanced.....:confused:
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  14. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    In high school I took computer classes to get away from trig, calculus, and other such unfathomable-to-me weirdness. Instead, I learned BASIC on pre-Macintosh, green-screen Apple computers such as Doc had in his workshop. Back then, it was practically a joke that I went into computer study to get away from math. These days it wouldn't be a joke at all.

    When I installed DOSBox on my computer so I could play old faves like DOOM and Heretic, the first thing I did was write .BAT files for each program so they'd start with the right parameters. Oldschool skills FTW.
  15. snichols1973

    snichols1973 Well-Known Member

    To the best of my knowledge, they no longer manufacture 3 1/2" or 5 1/4" floppy disks, and many computers nowadays use CD-Rom drives and/or USB peripheral ports.

    They still make disposable 35mm film cameras, but that's apparently being phased out little by little as the camera industry is making the transition to digital film.

    It seems like the only place you can find music cassette albums is at a garage/yard sale, thrift store, flea markets, etc., yet they still manufacture blank cassettes for recording on a small scale. Meanwhile, CD music is still readily available, and even nowadays, many teenagers apparently have some sort of portable MP3 player close at hand.

    Even cell phones have changed over the years. At first, it looked like a big bulky handset, and even then, you could only make local calls. Nowadays, they have all sorts of newfangled "smartphones", such as Android, Blackberry, iPhone, etc.

    Back when I went to school mostly during the '80s until I graduated in 1991, I had to use pencil and paper to write my lessons down. The "modern" computer era was still a few years ahead, with Windows 95 the first practical OS (of course, some people use Apple Mac computers), and none of the computers that I used back then had internet browsers.

    Back in the 1970's, most people watched TV with an aerial rooftop antenna, and/or the old-fashioned inside antennas, such as the "rabbit ears" or "bowtie" variety. Nowadays, cable and satellite TV services are almost everywhere, yet some local cable providers might offer a limited range of channels in smaller areas.
  16. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Sony recently came out with a cassette that allows you to store hundreds or thousands of songs on it, apparently.
  17. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    My neices. That's what makes me feel old. I still remember when they were little and cute and would always wanted to hang out with their uncle.
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Ah, Sony. Still not getting the point of current media. At least, that's not PlayStation related.

    Anyone else thinking child stars they sort of grew up with being all adult and married and having weightloss commercials surreal? And not even funny surreal. Depressing surreal.
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  19. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    Hmmmm…how about the fact that Sara Bareilles's "Love Song" came out in 2007, and it's STILL heard everywhere. I remember when it first came out in middle school, and seven years later, I still can't get it out of my head.
    Oh, and Now That's What I Call Music released their 50th installment. I remember when they only had like seventeen of those.
  20. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    You think you're old? I had Now 4! Now excuse while I find my walker. :sleep:
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