how to feel very, very old

1. Go to Woodruff Library at Emory.
2. Sign yourself in. (They allow visitor access with ID until the evenings.)
3. Pick a table.
4. Listen to the two fresh-faced Emoryites at the next table (“And I have, like, two midterms the day after fall break!”).
5. Remember when you were a fresh-faced undergraduate having such conversations.
6. Realize that when you were a fresh-faced undergraduate having such conversations, the unhappy midterm-burdened pair had not yet hit puberty.

(7. Continue listening:
Emoryite #1: “So we were in Paris, trying to find a margarita . . . ”
Emoryite #2: “You should’ve just bought a blender.”
Emoryite #1: “I know. So we finally found this one Tex-Mex place, and they had margaritas but they wouldn’t serve us one unless we ordered food.” [with rising indignation] “There was a bar, and everything.”)

2 Comments so far

  1. Dave (unregistered) on September 15th, 2004 @ 5:04 pm

    Another good way is just go to the grocery store and let some baby buy beer in front of you.

    “Can I see your ID please? … March … 13 … 1982 … Thanks!”

    What? People born in the eighties can by alcohol now?! What in the hell is going on around here!

  2. chcuk (unregistered) on September 16th, 2004 @ 12:22 pm

    Or when you’re talking with your *college* students about past elections, you start to say something about Reagan, pause, think, and then realize your students barely remember when *Bush, Sr* was in office and don’t remember Reagan as president at all.

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