Towards the end of my time at U of M I would mention the name "Mike Hart" in casual conversation and get blank faces from underclassmen. Friggin noobs. At least the seniors remembered / heard about him.
OT: Feeling Older?
Having memories of my parents at my current age makes me feel old. It doesn't seem so long ago that they were my age, and NOW look at them!
"Having memories of my parents at my current age makes me feel old."
Having memories of my parents at YOUNGER than my current age is even worse.
The fact that we are recruiting players born after the 1997 season is kind of mind-blowing.
The idea that we are now into recruiting cycles where the prospective players were born when I was actually AT Michigan is one thing that is beginning to make me feel a little old sometimes.
There is also the fact that I can remember when the idea of having a tablet in your hand that could access great knowledge was reserved for Star Trek. Now, the very thing is charging about two feet from where I sit. My kids will never remember I time when having a computer in the house was quite the thing (and of course the older crowd will remember when there was no such thing) rather than a given. I am also just old enough to have taken typing classes.
I am only 35, but a lot of little things are starting to make me feel old - I suppose that's what I am saying. Exercising every day and little things like walking to places I can walk to rather than driving help keep me feeling younger though.
I play basketball, lift weights, hike, or run on a treadmill 5-6 days a week. Exercise helps a lot.
and I use the same approach. Except outside...must run outside as much as possible, weather permitting.
I also watch cartoons. Those help me feel younger...
I like running on treadmills more, believe it or not. I like hiking outdoors and stuff, but I can only stay interested in running by playing with the incline, cranking the speed up and down, watching the calorie display, watching TV, etc.
especially during the winter, but I think I hate monotony even more when it comes to my workout routine. This why I think I enjoy triathlon so much...three sports all wrapped up into one.
I enjoy the solitude of a morning run outside. The treadmill messes with my mind and makes it seem like more effort since I'm not going anywhere. I don't really practice any kind of meditation but a morning run clears my head better than anything. Only time I really get to be alone.
Also, no headphones allowed!
But I tried it a few weeks ago for a couple of days. I now have RIPPING tendonitis on the outside of my right foot and up my ankle.
I recommend it - it has a muscle relaxer in addition to a pain reliever.
Aleve can screw up your liver, so be careful with it.
When first attempting to run the treadmill, for the first couple weeks...leave your ego at the door. Run at a pace that gives you a heart rate of 180 minus your age. This is for two reasons. 1) To build the aerobic base that helps build the capillary network in your muscles that distributes oxygen and 2) Your lungs and muscles aren't the only think that need conditioning, but also your joints and tendons and such. You may aerobically be in good shape, but the other parts of your body need to be built up as well.
Arthritic knees prevent me from running any more, but I can run stairs outside the stadium for an hour with no pain—no heel landing.
My indoor workout is now on the rowing machine. 3400 meters in 15 minutes and I'm good for a couple of days.
I'm on the best shape of my life at 46. Watch what you eat. Exercise regularly. Pretty simple actually
What makes me feel old? The fact that people with whom I graduated U of M have kids there or will this fall.
in high school and college. But I love golf too much, I don't want to risk a knee injury.
I find that the best ways to avoid a knee injury are a) not jumping and b) barreling straight into people instead of going around them.
In all seriousness, though, I've just become more judicious about being competitive. And I also do "prehab" type exercises to keep the muscles around my joints strong. I work a lot on balance type things with single-leg exercises, Bosu balls, etc.
I've also found that bicycling has developed muscles that help stabilize the knees, and has given my joints no-stress days to fit into the routine.
I playe(ed) with a bunch of fellow teachers twice a week, but it seems like one of us 40 somethings are blowing an ankle or knee at least monthly. I run, and I'm thinking of quitting bball so I don't lose both...
I ran my first marathon at 46.
I hope to do my 1st in the fall.
I'm 25, but work in a building where the average age is over 50 and we even have a few employees from the Greatest Generation.
The biggest difference between the youthful senior staff and the ones who look a decade older than they are is health. Staying fit and eating properly does more than maintain your waistline.
Take it from me. I'm 32 and the mid-twenties was the best time of my life thus far. Cherish them if you're having fun.
I'm in the middle of Butt Fuck Egypt in Connecticut in a job I only half-like and several hundred miles from friends and family. I'm not without obstacles, but I'm doing my level best to make the most of it.
I have plenty of motivation...there are literally hundreds of coworkers whose fate I'm determined to avoid.
The obvious advice would be not to think about it or make a thread about it.
Was that totally necessary???
Just a suggestion.
I feel like starting a thread about it just makes you dwell on the subject.
I was mostly kidding back, FWIW.
BUT, I will agree with your sentiment, but ignoring it isn't the answer either. If you refuse to let it define you, the calendar is just a number. My intent was to help others find ways to turn back the clock. Exercise seems to be the #1 method reported and at 45, I'm living proof.
I have respect for those people who refuse to let it define them.
I just don't get those people who are going through a "mid-life crisis" and try to cling onto their youth by going out and getting sloppy at younger clubs. I guess if it makes them happy that is all that matters.
Exercise is probably number one, but I think you need to also keep learning new things and not settling on being comfortable in anything. People who seem "old" are often stuck in the past and stubborn about changing. Probably getting new hobbies or changing jobs keeps your mind in good shape.
/I'm a man. I'm 40.
Lots of people get stuck in the music/culture/personal style they had in high school and college...and never evolve in these areas.
My wife's sister is constantly posting news and updates re: Bon Jovi and GNR on Facebook. Her whole life is rooted in the past which I believe has contributed to the myriad of problems she's had as an adult.
One can have positive thoughts about the past but those who embrace the present and the future tend to maintain a youthful aura even as they age.
How else to explain how we have embraced 2014!
Or post in that thread...
1. Realizing my younger daughter graduated from U-M in 2012.
2. Go to the health club, have my personal trainer kick my ass, and be able to survive it!
Crossing my fingers for a UM grad in 2023 and one in 2026.
Michigan hockey already has close to a full class in 2015, and they're starting to build the 2016 class with 98 birth years and already have two commits. Maine has a commit from a 2000 birth year, set to arrive on campus in 2019.
5th Grade teacher had just passed away and realizing I would be three years older than the time he ad taught me.
to you and the teacher's family.
The fact that I can remember watching the Detroit Lions when they were actually one of the best teams in the NFL.
Something you young punks will never, ever get to see. Now get off my lawn.
Since I can't imagine such a thing... when the hell was that?
Super Bowls were non-existent.
1953: Lions 17, Browns 16
Cleveland repaid the Lions' favor 56-10 in 1954.
The Cleveland Browns also won the league in 1955, defeating the L.A. Rams(!) 38-14.
You're not old. You're high.
I might be high, but I'm old enough to be your father, if not grandfather.
1962 Lions. 11-3, second in the NFL Western Division, behind only the eventual NFL Champions Green Bay, whose only loss during their season was to the Lions in the "Thanksgiving Day Massacre" at Briggs Stadium. I was nine years old, and that was my favorite Lions team that I can honestly say I remember. It was just five years removed from their last NFL championship in '57.
I envy you.
Seems like it would be a sad environment.
30 yesterday... Feeling really old, I didn't even drink to celebrate!!
and Happy Belated Welcome-to-the-Blog.
Can't help you with the "didn't drink and not feeling old" part. At least if you drank, you'd have an excuse.
What makes me feel old?
-Whenever I see my students DOB on their records and think the things that they weren't even born for (9/11 for example).
-I also play flag football behind Ohio Stadium every Friday evening in the fall...and for 4 consecutive years, I have gotten injured (knee sprains, hanstrings, and this year was a Type II ankle sprain).
- I notice whenever I drink, it takes a tad longer to recover
How do I stay young?
I try to exercise as often as possible (cardio and lifting)...typically 5 days a week. I've been teaching for 6 years now...and every year I get asked if it is my first year. I was also asked by a bartender if I was old enough to drink. So apparently I'm like 20.
I feel old whenever somebody references a early 90s player as if he were from ancient history. (I was at Michigan in the early 90s.)
I guess I don't do much to try to feel young. I am coming to realize that each age has its benefits and challenges. It's a trade off. IMHO, feeling young or old is a red herring. It's all about enjoying the positives of wherever it is that you are at in life.
If I can be pardoned for giving unsolicited words of "wisdom" - My advice (especially to young moms and dads) is to enjoy whatever phase you are in and don't wish time away. My wife and I were blessed with three daughters within 4.5 years. When they were little, there was so much work to do that I couldn't wait for them to be older. That was a mistake. Don't get me wrong - I don't want to go back to changing diapers at 3:00 a.m. I just wish I had enjoyed the ride a bit more.
when your butt isn't the first thing to hit the chair...
feel old is that at the age of 35 i'm now older than the majortiy of the athletes in professional sports... its been 16 years since i graduated from HS...
what would make me feel young again? if i could once again dunk a basketball... its been about 8 years since i've been able to do that...
The fact that I graduated the same year as Jim Harbaugh and he's now wearing old man pants.
but VERY expensive ones !
Being old isn't bad ... acting old is pathetic!
-Birthday coming up in a few months. Generally I despise birthdays but I will make an exception for my MGoBirthday, November 14th.
-Having firsthand experience with technology that was already outdated by the time I got my hands on it, e.g. handheld cassette players. An old car of mine had a cassette deck (mfg. in 2000). My first Windows was 3.1. All-time favorite was Windows 95. Among the modern windows I like XP the best; unfortunately Microsoft will stop giving it security updates soon. I also used a 56K dial-up modem for almost eight years.
-Not recovering as quickly from injury. Classic aging!
-Talking about Chris Perry attacking the sidelines and getting blank stares from my friends.
"I also used a 56K dial-up modem for almost eight years."
My first modem was 1200 baud. In a computer with a 16MB hard drive.
I remember when Mosaic replaced Gopher.
I know the guy that invented the term "spam" for junk email.
It was a big deal when we bought a computer with a 10gb hard drive in the mid '90s. That was like, three top-of-the-line games worth of memory space.
I remember when COBOL outlived its usefulness and was replaced..."NOT!".
I bought a grey screen laptop in 1992 for $1000. The entire hard drive was 10mb.
My flash drive stores 8gb and it's not even a top-of-the-line model! I have word documents on my hard drive larger than 10mb!
"um...too many spaces here, file is too large...yeah, just string all the words together without spaces, then we can save...got it."
Going to UM as a grad student and dating an ungrad will do it. worth it though.
is NOT old.
Totally agree my man. I'm over 30. I still consider myself young, but anyone in college or who is college age thinks that is ancient. I know I did at that age.
*Unless you are a 30-year-old skeezeball stealing the virginity of 18-year-old undergrads...then I have a problem with that. And yes, this actually happened.
What makes me feel old is listening to a modern day rap song and realizing I don't know what 90% of the lyrics mean.
I wasn't able to understand 90% of the lyrics in some rap songs when I was in college let alone now.
is old! I remember watching the Partridge Family.
Or knowing who you are, and the show you were on.
The time I was in for game and some drunken undergrad started threatening me, and his buddies were like "Dude, that guy's a professor! Chill!"
That was 12 years ago.
Reading glasses: The fact that I have to put on a pair to see anything clearly less than 2-3 feet in front of my face, including my iPhone.
Physically, I otherwise feel fine: ran my fastest marathon at age 40, completed a 70-mile cycling event a few months ago averaging over 20 mph, keeping my weight down, strength up, etc.
Other thing that makes me feel old: I fall asleep (not pass out) before I can get drunk.
Other thing that makes me feel young: MGoBlog and the internet in general. Participating and reading discussions here keeps you in the loop on many things, and it is getting harder for the younger generation to age-gap us because there is now interaction among everyone. I have clients over the age of 70 who know who Taco Pants is.
I think you and I are twins separated at birth. All that. Except I'm a bit older, I think. So...if twins then it was a long labor.
I returned to college (Michigan) at 30 years old. Being 8 years older than my peers isn't a lot of years but felt like an entire generation. But it was rejuvinating actually.
I would go back to Ann Arbor and take some of the classes I really wanted to take but didn't when I had the chance....damn prerequisites!
I spent a long, long time in the Army - the troops keep you young.
I suspect many coaches feel that way.
The fact that high school kids have no idea what the save icon is on Microsoft word.
The fact that I say the phrase 20 years ago ... And I was not a kid.
All make me feel old.
1. Attending a hockey game at Yost and remembering watching Cazzie and company play basketball under that same roof.
2. Attending a hockey game at Yost and joining in the chants.
I was there too. And now I tailgate where the hockey arena was back in the 60's (1960's ... not the 1860's /s)
You must be old! I've had season football tickets since my freshman year in 1964 and have only missed a handfull of games in that span.
"Holy shit, this is MY human?"
Bieber and Twitter make me feel old.
Turning 30 this year. Its going to feel....weird.
for helping with the passage of years is by doing something extremely fun and momentus on a landmark birthday, such as 30 or 40...
For my 30th birthday, I attended a Buffett concert. It was a lot of fun!
I think just by attending a Buffet concert you admitted you were considered "old" at 30!!
I like that idea. A vacation or weekend getaway sounds like a fun way to celebrate.
I'm 32 and one thing that tells me I'm getting older is that I can't stay awake late night like I used to be able to. Three+ years ago I was able to stay awake until 3:00 AM on the weekends with no problem. There are times when I still do that, but only when I'm active, like when I am playing Xbox, but other than that, I'm usually sleeping by midnight, especially on Friday nights. I don't even like to do out on Friday nights anymore. Occassionally I do, but I'm always tired some 9:00 or 10:00. That's what happens when you get used to the M-F work schedule. Saturday is usually my day to go out and/or drink alcohol, which is one of countless reasons that college football is better than the NFL.
That and pants or shorts 2 sizes to big so we can see their boxers...how the hell did holding your pants up with one hand while you walk around EVER become a "cool" thing to do?
that will keep you active. Unless you just sit there and watch them play Xbox
I never want kids but if I don't have one, it's divorce or unhappy wife time, so it will happen this year sometime. The limit is one though and she better understand that.
Paleo diet. Lots of leafy greens, fruits, and lean meat. No grains or dairy (or if you're not hardcore, just keeping it to a couple slices of pizza on the weekend).
Paleo diet. But I haven't found a good Paleo beer. suggestions?
I don't know of any.
To be frank when it comes to alcohol, I usually stay away from beer. Also, all of it is terrible for you, so there really isn't any point in being too concerned whether it's paleo or not IMO..
Um - the increasingly rapid passage of time makes me feel old I guess. When I was younger it seemed like time lingered and passed ever so slowly but now, at 54, I blink my eyes and a football season has come and gone. I turn my head and I've got a son running his own company and a daughter in NYC trying to be an actress and when I look in the mirrror I see more and more of my father every day as my hair turns gray and wrinkles start to become more pronounced. Like everyone I try and fight the inevitable through excercise and a better (somewhat) diet but each day comes and goes faster than the day before and I realize I'm closer to the end of this adventure than I am the beginning.
What would make me fee less old? Well a new Goddamn screen name for starters.......
You want to feel young? My granddaughter is a freshman in college this year. Yikes!
Agreed that the passage of time is slow when you're young, then it goes by all too fast. I don't know what the answer to that is, but I'm searching for it.
On the plus side, MGrowOId, your wife looks great and I just got the ABSOLUTE BEST recipe for spinach-kale soup from her website. Kale is one of those super-healthy foods I'm always looking for ways to make it taste good. :) Also I so admire how she stays in shape, but must confess it's more likely for me to play QB against OSU with a broken foot than to be able to do the incredible level of exercise she does to stay in shape.
Thank you very, very much. I'll pass this along to her. That'll make her day.
I think it's cool that they like my old music and I like some of theirs. Makes me feel young!
Didn't have that benefit with my dad.
She liked Neil Young via Jake's cover. I liked Jake's original stuff so it was very cool. Jake also has a lot of Dylan and Johnny Cash. Crowd was half old farts, half teenagers and everyone felt good music is good music and can be appreciated by all.
Seeing guys play whose dads I watched as a kid makes me feel old. Glenn Robinson, Jr. for example - that can't be a real person, right?
tyrone wheatley Russell athletics jersey. The day we offered his son I felt old. His son didn't exist when I got that jersey.
About as much politicking as Michigan did for players back then.
that I'm still around to see the amazing additions to the educational resources on the campuses (I still marvel at what a great facility North Quad is) and to the athletic campus. I was at Michigan Stadium as a Boy Scout usher when the original, brick press box still haunted the stadium's west side. And yes, back then the announcer in condescending tones always gave the Slippery Rock score. I saw Maentz and Kramer play, saw the '69 Ohio v M game, and saw the infamous '73 tie game, among many, many others.
And I'm very happy to see how well the stadium additions have complimented and really completed the old bowl. The architects got the proportions and the exterior exactly right. I was up for the ND and IU games last fall and continue to marvel at what a fantastic venue Michigan Stadium is, and the memories it always evokes for me. Go Blue.
although I wish the students today could enjoy the stadium the way I did. As a Bo-era undergrad I was able to walk onto the stadium floor with friends. We'd go a few hours before basketball games and play flag football and have punting and place kicking contests. The astroturf was like fuzz-covered concrete.
Good times, good times.
I just don't think about it. Lots of things make me feel old when I let myself think about them. Like my daughter who is in her second year of university or seeing people my age in my office for various forms of illnesses that usually prey on those in advancing years.
Honestly, I don't feel old so I just don't think about. Not more than a few months ago I was at a medical conference in Florida and played some golf with some other delegates, all of them at least a decade younger than me. After a few holes the conversation turned to hockey and I mentioned that I remembered the Oilers dynasty of the 80'2 like it was yesterday. One asked me how old I was and without thinking I said 29, then paused and actually thought about it and laughed. When they asked what I was laughing at I informed them that I was actually 39 and had no idea where that number came from.
Anyway, I guess my point is I don't feel nearly my age because I keep fit, play sports and simply just enjoy life. I have grown to understand what my Dad used to mean when he'd say age is just a number and you're only as old as you feel. 39 be damned, I 'm not getting old at all.
you're 39 and you have a child in her second year of university (I take that to mean college, right)? Crap, I'm 41 and have no kids yet.
at 39, you are definitely not getting old.
Not a medical opinion, just experience: all else being equal, stuff really doesn't change all that much until 45 and after.
at 39, you are definitely not getting old.
Not a medical opinion, just experience: all else being equal, stuff really doesn't change all that much until 45 and after.
Charles Woodson is the oldest defensive player in the league.
But having to use Wheatley Jr. and Not-John-Wangler definitely makes me feel old.
Most of the time I don't mind - life is pretty good for me - but I need to restart my exercise routine. Walking and playing with the boy is too much fun to let other things get in the way.
#1 my 50th birthday is next month.
Being 33 I'm on the fence. Half my friends aren't even married yet, but the other half got married right away, had kids right away, and those kids are now in high school. Part of me feels completely normal because I'm like half of my friends, but the other part is completely mindfucked and feels very late to the game because my friends have kids who're picking out colleges while I'm over here still picking out a wife, lmao.
"you guys know how to upload videos to facebook?"
The pace at which internet culture evolves is crazy and I don't even try to keep up...
What makes me feel old? The kids and their rap music. Who is the MC Hammer person and what makes him so legit?
How to feel less old? Exercise a lot and minimize alcohol and junk food consumption. I never feel worse than when I go to a party with boos and sweets.
Sometimes I call my IPod a Walkman.
oh, and I still use an iPod.
Wait, using an iPod makes you feel old?
and it is a first generation mini, yes, a little.
I don't think using an iPod is for old people at all. If you're using a flip phone, that would probably make you feel old.
I am old, and I don't need to feel younger.
But here's several things that have made me feel "old."
- Going to a Michigan game and realizing that all the current students could be my kids.
- Having a stroke at age 53 (thankfully, 100% reversed.)
- The death of Paul Walker, Cory Monteith (younger than me) along with actors and others who were part of my memories.B
- Being old enough to be "grandpa" to my 12 year old twins.
- I guess, though, what really made me feel old was when my 20 year old daughter, who joined the Navy last year, got married in December. I could be a grandfather any time. (hopefully not for at least 5 years.)
Regarding feeling young, it helps to exercise, stay fit, reasonably learn how to use technology.
The worst thing older people can do is hang around older people especially if they are inactive, sick or negative. I ref teen aged soccer games and play pick up with younger guys to keep fit and feed off their vitality. I also enjoy concerts and much of the alternative popular music. Was one of the few over 50 guys at Lollapalooza and had a blast enjoying the acts. I felt about 20 years younger after that experience. ... I am reminded of my age when kids tell me they have no idea who guys such as Rumeal Robinson are or that Jim Harbaugh really played QB at UM....something else others hinted at is try something new or learn something different weekly. As stated in Harold and MAude, " Try something new each day. After all, we're given a life to find it out. It doesn't last forever".
100% right. "Retirement homes" are a slow death sentence. Better to die at 73 shoveling snow.
You get a point just for the Harold and Maude reference. LOVED that movie.
The fact that this appeared out of thin air on my b-day makes me feel old. Having a child who is a Sr at UM also is a bit wired. Exercise and keeping the mind challenged are key to avoiding the fact that you know that the ending is not going to be good.
1. Realizing I was old: I was walking on the sidewalk in downtown and a couple of college-aged young ladies came up to me. "Excuse me, Sir, do you know how to get to such and such?"
WTF? Are they talking to me? Sir? That was devastating.
Also, the fact that this story took place 10 years ago also makes it worse in a meta-way.
EDIT: 2. Feeling less old: laying down some pipe with cute 20somethings. Its toolish and douchey, but I'm telling you, it works. My sister insists this is a path to spiritual emptiness, but I have to tell you my spirits are pretty damned good. My hair stayed dark, I haven't gained weight, my blood pressure is low, and all these things will be even better if Nuss works out.
After attending the MSU game in 2012, I heard on the radio that the last time Michigan won a game without scoring a TD was 1995. I remembered I was at that game in 1995. That made me feel old.
Was my first. Lost my "big house" virginity at the age of 14.
When I get "ma'am"ed instead of "miss"ed. Also I bought some wine this week and didn't get carded. Just a pity carding would be nice.
1. Knowing that I graduated from Michigan nearly 20 years (!) ago.
2. Run at least 10 miles per week. Try to keep a positive, youthful spirit. Know that I still have ~35 years before I reach the average human male life span.
EDIT -- kudos to the OP. Great topic. I enjoyed reading the responses.
As I left work today, a work contact tried to guess my age. Unsolicited. And guessed I was TEN years older than I actually am.
What I do to feel young - take ibuprofen.
Less Goldie Hawn.
More Kate Upton.
Do you want to feel young? Why dont you call Juan Howard and ask him how he did it!?!
I started feeling old when my oldest child started college. Now I realize I'm almost the same age of some college students' grandparents.
These new offers are making me feel older.
I started season tickets in 94 and started going to games in 92 so I have seen Thompson and Wheatley play and now their kids are going to be that age.
Also shows like the 89 National Championship last night and reading posts that some were not born or young enough not to remember that. I graduated HS in 89
Alzheimer's runs in my family. If I am ever diagnosed, I plan to fly to Australia and go on a walkabout into the bush. I will either die of exposure, or begin a tribe of forgetful, old white aborigines.
Actually, I'm 45 and run 25 miles a week. Feel great and I can keep up with my kiddos (5 and 8).
Im a 80's baby but when someone tells me they were born in 1994 or something like I feel old.