How you know you are getting old
A few days ago, I was tooling around in my uber-cool mini-van, running errands with the kid. I flipped through the radio stations in search of a decent song. I hit the "seek" button and watched the radio's display fly through a few digits and then stop at the oldies station. Just then, "Private Eyes" by Hall and Oates came on. This, my friends, is how you know you are getting old.
Giddy and Gretchen and their geriatric owner
See, when I was a kid, the music that played on the local oldies station was recorded in the 50s. We're talkin' Frankie Valli, Dion, and The Chiffons. Indeed, it was OLD. Made perfect sense. Then, as I grew into adulthood, I noticed that songs from the 60s and sometimes 70s made their way into the wayback machine. Still, I thought, those songs are pretty damn old, too.
Now, it seems, songs from the 80s are officially moldy-oldies. When I was in sixth grade, my friends Rachel and Sharon and I sat in Sharon's bedroom and sang "Private Eyes" at the top of our lungs. We timed the claps just right. "PRIVATE EYES! [clap clap] THEY'RE WATCHING YOU!" [clap clap] It was right up there with "I Love Rock-n-Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, a ditty that we also knew by heart.
I'm turning 39 on Saturday, so maybe I was just ripe for a mini-crisis when the oldies station decided to mock me this way.
I'm off to complain about the government, drive dangerously slow in the left lane, and fret about my fiber intake. :::sigh:::
I did the classic old person maneuver in the car on the way to NYC last weekend- that turn signal must have been blinking for miles. But I have a legitimate excuse- three teenagers in my hip old mini-van and Martin Sexton's HAPPY blasting on the radio.
And we aren't getting old- hell we aren't even middle age yet- I plan on living till I am 100.
Can you believe we have known each other for almost 30 YEARS!!??!! Ah the secrets we share- I love ya- Happy almost birthday!
Oh, and my husband (8 years older than I) just sent his AARP application in THIS WEEK! And next year, we'll do kindergarten.
I hope that you have an amazing day!