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You're How Old?
« on: October 16, 2010, 09:46:59 AM »
I realized that one of my favorite things about the introduction threads was the proof people offer to verify their age.  I like how people bring up seemingly random world events or pop culture references and set themselves by those standards.

So, here's a thread for sharing just how old you are.

For example, I'm old enough to:

~Have enjoyed New Kids on the Block at an appropriate age.
~Have seen three months of the 70s.
~Have my Women in Literature course canceled on 9/11.
~Remember the night we tried to watch Halley's comet flyby but the weather sucked too bad for us to see it.

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2010, 10:07:54 AM »
Ah, what the hell - At this point, I don't think anyone will freak.

The one I used in my intro thread:

The year I was born, my favorite band recorded their first album, although the release date was the following year.  They came out with their most well-known song (to their chagrin) when I was just entering high-school.

I also -

Did a report on Ronald Reagan because I liked jelly beans better than peanuts.
Remember my history class in a stunned silence when Challenger exploded.
Have a T-shirt from one of the previous Challenger missions.
Watched the phones at a call center go completely dead while people waited for the O.J. verdict (and jump back to red about a minute after it came down).
Got to watch the news about the Twin Towers while home with my infant daughter.

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010, 02:52:45 AM »
I could probably go on and on with this one but I'll try to keep it somewhat short. Some of you might read some of these and go "Huh?" BUT

I'm old enough for...
"All skaters, change directions" to mean something to me.
 "Who shot J.R.?" would have been a question I could answer.

I remember
  ~Rotary phones.
  ~Having to get off the couch to change the TV channel.
  ~Wanting to stay up to see Mr. Bill on Saturday Night Live.
  ~ When there was only G, PG, and R ratings.

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2010, 07:45:51 AM »
Here I go....

Neil Armstrong walked on the moon when I was one.

Elvis Presley died when I was 9 years old and I remember every female member of my family cried.

The year I turned 18 was designated the International Year of Peace by the United Nations.

one more and that will be enough from me.

Thriller by Michael Jackson was released when I was a teen.

Yes I am that old.........

Huggles it was fun remembering all these things.

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2010, 09:57:59 AM »
Reading the four posts above me made me think of how different and similar some memories can be, specially when I read what Onya and Kyros posted - I confess I did not understand most of their references, because I am not American. Even so, I think I could not resist posting here, even though some of my references may sound odd for you guys.

Here I go!

I was born in the year when Star Wars was released.

I could not sleep because I was afraid of Michal Jackson's thriller. Ah! I was also frightened by E.T.!

I was a teenager living in Iraq when the war against Iran was over. I remember having watched Towering Inferno dozens of time there - it seemed to be the only movie there.

I hated New Kids on the Block. I remember having written an alternative version of "Step by Step" and repeated it for some teenager girls who were crazy about them. I did not know that the president of the fan club suffered from epilepsy and she had an attack during the Geography class, when I was singing the song for her. From that day on, I promised I would always be a good guy! LOL

I started to learn English seriously when the Brazilian economy began to open up - actually, I felt like a stupid because I could not understand half of the musics playing in the radio. A friend of mine was always mocking at me: she said I would not sing half of the songs in English if I knew the lyrics ... and I am afraid she was right!

I bought my first mobile one week before 9/11, because my boss got angry with me: he could not find me out to ask for something which could perfectly have waited a couple of hours.

I was finishing my MsC in London when the city was target of terrorists. I was shopping at Forbidden Planet lots of Japanese mangas for my holidays.

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2010, 08:18:25 AM »
This thread sounded to fun to pass up  ;D

-The day I was born, was the first release in the "Pure Jerry" series of live recordings by Jerry Garcia and his various solo bands.
-"All skaters, change directions" to mean something to me-Kyros, I remember this as well :-[
-Dallas, Dynasty, and Falcon Crest were all watched on a regular basis.
-George W. Bush and Laura Welch were married on the day I was born.
-I was 3 years old when Genuine Risk won the Kentucky Derby.
-Andy Warhol died when I was 10.

Offline Viriato70

Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2010, 03:51:45 PM »

Watching black & White TV
Fall in love for the sister of the Dukes of Hazzard
Driving a FIAT 127
Mobile phones weighting 3 kg
Computer ZX Spectrum with 16 kb RAM
Music of the Boney M

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2010, 06:40:45 PM »
Hnm..Let's see if I do get this right. >.>

~ I've been scared of Jurassic Park at some point..
~plus..had nightmares for a while from Jaws and Anaconda. >.<
*Old enough to have seen the TV Show Friends..
~*I've also saw a part of Stargate.
*I saw Titanic[with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio when I was like 10-11 years old.
~old enough for not tasting peanut butter..yet. >.>

Offline Scribe08

Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2010, 09:06:59 PM »
Sledge Hammer was my generations version of "Dirty Harry"...
CD's was cutting edge technology and my family thought it a huge deal when we bought out first CD Player...
Red Shoe Diaries was considered 'risque' and pushing boundaries when it came to sex on television, but, that show is mild compared to what's aired nowadays...
Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor were the king duo of comedy...
I was born on the year when both Elvis passed away and Star Wars debuted...
I wanted to be a Ghostbuster growing up...
Staci Keanan (actress) & Tiffany (pop-star) was my boyhood crushes...

Offline yasarra

Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2010, 09:52:05 PM »
In the year I was born:
Kiss released their self titled debut album

When I entered kindergarten:
For Better or for Worse (a comic strip) began

When I was 10:
Amadeus (my favorite movie) came out

When I graduated high school:
I'm Too Sexy (song by Right Said Fred) was on the charts

Offline coastalgirl79

Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2012, 11:46:27 AM »
I remember when cassette players came standard in cars.
I remember when cell phones were bulky and had to be carried around in large black leather bags.
I was in my fifth year of college during 9/11.
I was thirteen when I bought my first CD. 
I loved watching the Cosby show.
I remember when Thursday nights ruled television for drama.
I remember when Fridays nights rule television for sitcoms.
I remember when George Clooney played Joe's boyfriend on "Gimme a Break."
I remember when our idea of fun was "going uptown" to cruise.

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2012, 12:28:12 PM »
As I said in my intro, I remember Nastia Liukin's parents in their competing days. To expand, I'm a very big gymnastics fan, and it was Olga Bicherova who started it all for me.

I used to watch You Again? and The Cosby Show with my parents, and McGyver by myself, hardly missing an episode.

I was old enough to be interested in the way the world was changing when the Berlin Wall fell.

The first celebrity death that affected me was Freddy Mercury.

I enjoyed the hair metal explosion years to the hilt.

When I graduated university, it was still the 20th century.

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2012, 02:11:06 PM »
I was saw Star Wars when it was first released. We had the soundtrack on 8-track.

We had to wait for our TV to warm up before you could see a picture. Some of the shows still said "In Color!" in the opening credits.

We lived in a telephone exchange so small you only had to dial the last four numbers.

One of my grade school pictures has me in a corduroy jacket with collar points that go all the way out to my shoulders.

The first computer I worked on was a 50-pound green-on-black screen Commodore PET. It saved to a cassette tape. If you popped the tape into your boom box you could hear what your program sounded like.

The only Prime Minister I knew for the first third of my life, apart from a brief interval, was Trudeau.

Offline Mordred

Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2012, 10:12:17 PM »
I do remember having a 'Six Million Dollar Man' board game. And the day Elvis died.. my mom cried. I was a bit surprised. She didn't know him. Although years later, I almost cried when Isaac Asimov died. Almost. But I did carry his picture (newspaper clipping) in my wallet for a year or so.. (along with Pee Wee Herman.. but that requires more explaining).

When I was a kid, I was head over heels in love with Olivia. Only one real name required there, eh? (Newton John).. was determined that some day I'd find her and she'd be sooooo enamored with me, we'd instantly get married... and my favorite Beatle was Ringo.. thought his name was cool. And.. I got teased at school in 2nd grade (or 3rd.. can't recall.. although maybe 1st.. really have no idea) because my JAWS t-shirt had that lady swimming along the water surface.. and if you looked really carefully.. yep.. I think.. I see a nipple! Ahhh, but that teasing did bother me. Heh.. I was a goofy kid. Okayyyyyy.. I'm still.. at times.. a bit out there. :P But now.. I don't mind being teased. Not at all. Tease away. Please.  >:)

Last but not least.. my mom took me to see 'Friday the 13th'.. when it came to cinemas. Scared the SHIT out of me. I was about 8 or 9. Heh.. she was a good mother, overall.. but some of her choices.. phew.. although I got quickly desensitized to horror. Kinda burned out on it now. My last stint was Japanese horror.. for the true 'holy crap' moments. But I did like Audition. Sick shit, really.. but it made me cringe a bit.

Ohhhh, one more thing. Friday nights.. was 'scary theater' night on one of the local channels. Seemed to play Dracula quite a bit. The one with old Bela. I didn't really dig that version. Thought he was lame. But.. ohhhh those crazy little seeds wormed their way into my pores. Carried a set of plastic vampire teeth in a little Band-Aid tin to school.. and had lots of fun scaring the girls at recess. Not that they were scared. Ahhhh.. now.. I'd prefer to lure them closer. Honestly.. a little bite.. nothing too scary in that, is there? :P Although.. it does at times lead to more.

Actually.. one last, last thing. I faithfully watched every Peanuts special. Halloween, Christmas.. Thanksgiving.. Easter. And as I did.. my two Snoopy's would sit on my lap. In the living room. I somehow convinced my mom to watch tv on my 'black and white'.. in my room. Ah but on the commercials, I ran in there. It was cute seeing her with a cup of coffee.. laying on my bed.. watching tv. (she drank coffee 24/7.. addicted, she was.. can you imagine?)

Ok.. too much information.. but.. I'm drinking espresso. :P

*the above is all thoughts lingering in the mind of this creature that came to be back in 311 AD.. make of it what you will.. but it sounds to the other portion of his mind like a wild fantasy.. to keep him sane when living for what seems forever always eventually takes it's inevitable toll*
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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2012, 08:28:02 PM »
Ok, so, the year I was born..and this is so very appropriate, the International Labor Organization received the Nobel Peace Prize as a group. (soooo apropriate!) There were two other events that happened that yr but, one has already been named.  ;)

Ok, Kyros, I also remember "change direction" and I remember taking my super duper red, sparkly rollerskates with me to the rink...and, when I got old enough for "couples skate," and got nervous hoping I'd be asked because boys were losing their cooties. Oh, yeah, that was also a game that we had as kids.

I remember when the MiniVan was called a Station Wagon..and, we had several.

When I got old enough some schools still had Jr Highs and that's what I attended.

In High School I lived in Turkey right after the student uprisings and the military coup was in place....and, was perfectly ok and thrived in spite of it..and, no internet, or even television...pre has McDonald's now..none when I was there..we were there for Pizza Hut to arrive..loved Izmir. Oh, and we were there when Beruit fell..still felt fine.

Serrrrrriously, was into the hair bands in HS...Slippery When Wet came out the yr I was a Jr, I think..still lovvve the man.

One more....oh, was slaving away in a cheap but fun summer job when Tianamen Square happened...ok..that should be more than enough.
« Last Edit: June 08, 2012, 11:16:59 PM by Eithne »

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2012, 11:30:11 PM »
I'm old enough to own a TMNT "Coming out of Their Shell's Tour" VHS. Proof

I also still (because I'm basically a 9 year old on the inside) own a My Pet Monster. (If you remember that,  you're both in your late 20's/early 30's and awesome.)

My very first two cassettes were MC Hammer's "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" and Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation." I was kickin' the jams on my Fisher Price cassette player.

Offline TaintedAndDelish

Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2012, 02:29:59 AM »
Oh jeez....

I'm old enough to have gotten wood while watching Tina Louise on Gilligan"s island.

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2012, 03:44:04 AM »
Oh, God... this will be fun. XD

- I remember... when cars had no in-built radio. Me, my bro and my mum used to sing the entire two-hour ride to our cottage on the North of my homeland.
- I too remember when you had to get up to change a channel on TV. It also had only 6, the most luxurious ones had 8 channels and a very moody antennae that had to be moved around whenever the rain started to fall.
- I remember VHS, but I remember Beta even before that. I remember watching numerous foreign movies dubbed with only one voice that our dad got I-don't-know-how. I remember watching and re-watching Winnetou on them to the death.
- I remember phone booths on just about every corner, I remember telephones with circular (rotary?) dialing. I remember that we had no telephone in our cottage and I remember my dad sitting long and long minutes in the hall by the one we kept at home when on the phone with someone.
- I remember that we had no piping or canalization on that cottage either, we used to burn wood in a fireplace to keep us warm and my mum cooked on a stove. Fun times! We would put potatoes into the ashes when the fire died and by the morning they would be all cooked up, ready to eat with butter and salt. Yum.
- I remember communism/socialism. Hate it. >:(
- I remember that grocery stores were closed on Sunday and only some were open on Saturday morning.
- I remember the walkman, casette tapes and headphones over the hair. We used to rewind the casette tapes on a pencil, because the walkmans ate batteries as if they were cheap. They weren't. >.<
- I remember sending and receiving letters in nice and perfumed envelopes to and from my other girl-friends. Miss it. :'(
- I remember the excitement when we picked up photographs from our holiday in the atelier and re-living the memories when we went through them.
- I was at the appropriate age to have a big crush on Kelly Family and made a mortal enemy of anyone who mentioned Backstreet Boys in my presence.
- I remember the excitement of my country for our hockey players during the Nagano olympics. I started playing after that.
- I remember watching Sept. 11 all afternoon after I got from school. I was in my final year of college.
- E.T, Blade Runner and Conan the Barbarian were released the year I was born. Good year!

But boy, do I feel old. XD

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2012, 05:36:26 AM »
Well I'm not old...I am ancient  compared to the above

I was in grade 4 When Armstrong walked on the moon.
I was born the year Melbourne first had the Olympics and it was broadcast in black and white.
I was 8 when my dad bought me my first stereo gram it was polished wood and had knobs for the radio stations and volume and had a stylus to play vinyl
The was no such thing as FM radio
I remember when we got our first colour television
I was in high school when Gough Whitlam the Australian Prime Minister was sacked by the Governor General
My brother and I played vinyl records every Saturday morning CDs were not invented
I lived through the glam rock days of music

There is so much more but I will stop now

Offline Moraline

Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2012, 12:22:27 PM »
Unique facts from the year I was born:
  • January 1 The migration of the ARPANET to TCP/IP is officially completed. ((The true World Wide Web was born and a couple months after so was I!  Yes, I'm a computer geek.))
  • Ronald Reagan announces that the Global Positioning System (GPS) would be made available for civilian use.
  • Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averts a worldwide nuclear war by correctly identifying a missile attack warning as a false alarm.

What happened when I was roughly 10 or so:
  • Combat roles for women in the US military were announced.
  • Explosion at the World Trade Center in New York.  ((Failed first attempt by terrorists ))
  • The Lorena Bobbatt Trial!! ((Even I remember the details of that!  "Daddy, why did that woman cut off that man's pee pee?"))
  • Power Rangers!  (( I was always the pink Power Ranger ))
  • I also got to play Clara in the Nutcracker ballet in front of 100's of people. I discovered two things after that performance. 1) I loved being watched and 2) I was never going to be a prima ballerina... haha  Hey, I was 10, it was fun and that's what counts!


-  I remember dial up baud rate modems and I remember when high speed DSL and Broadband internet was introduced. ((My father paid thousands of dollars to have a dedicated high speed T1 line brought to our house, only to have it replaced a few years later with a much cheaper cable broadband that was 10x faster.))

-  I remember Y2K.  We had a huge end of the world party.  I was 16.  I made out with as many people as I could and got laid.

« Last Edit: June 16, 2012, 12:24:03 PM by Moraline »

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2012, 11:09:42 PM »
 - I was born in the year the Beatles came to America.
 - I watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon on television - in black and white.
 - There was no internet when I was in grad school, nor for several years afterwards.
 - There were no computers on college campuses until I was in grad school.
 - The library card catalog in my grad school really was a card catalog.
 - Libray books had individual cards you filled out rather than a bar code when I was a teenager.
 - I wrote all my undergrad papers on a typewriter.
 - The Joy Of Sex was published when I was 8.
 - Rotary phones were the norm.
 - I remember Elvis Presley dying when I was 13.
 - I saw Heart on their Bebe Le Strange tour when I was 14. 
 - I also lived through glam rock -  and disco.
 - When I was a kid, seatbelts were not mandatory, and there were no such things as bike helmets.
 - When I was a teenager, records cost $4.99 each.
 - I saw Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Revenge of the Jedi, Alien and Aliens in the movie theatre.
 - Everything was closed on the major holidays. 
 - When I was a kid, gas was .38 cents a gallon.
 - Madonna released her first album when I was in undergrad school.
 - Fizzies were the ultimate kid drink when I was a child.
 - Nestle's 100,000$ bar was a braided rope of caramel covered in chocolate when I was a kid.

I'm sure there's more, but that's enough to make me feel old, lol. 

Offline Dovel

Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2012, 02:45:13 PM »
Oh boy. Am I really that old?

~I remember watching Dr. Who (Tom Baker) after school.
~Saturday mornings were for cartoons. Kids got up early and parents slept late.
~My parents took me to see Star Wars in the movies.
~Our TV had 13 channels.
~Cable companies used to check how many TVs you had in your home and charge extra for more than one.
~For X-Mas one year Santa brought us a Pong Console.
~When I was a little bit older Santa brought us a Atari 2600.
~My first computer was a Tandy Color Computer from Radio Shack.
~Kids didn't wear bicycle helmets.

Offline Reia

Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2012, 02:15:19 AM »
  • I was in 4th grade when Clinton was elected president the first time.
  • New Kids on the Block was my first boy band.
  • Awesome TV shows!!
    • I remember running home after school so as to not miss new episodes of TMNT, Spiderman, and Batman.
    • Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?
    • Step by Step, The Cosby Show, Boy Meets World, Family Matters, Full House, The Wonder Years, Dinosaurs, Doogie Howser, M.D.
    • Ghost Writer
    • Reboot
  • I wanted to be McGyver when I grew up. (Still do!!)
  • Summers were spent running about all day without a care and the world and in the evening, firefly hunting.
  • I was in my senior year of high school on 9/11.
  • To be able to listen to my favorite songs I recorded them onto a cassette from the radio.
  • I learned how to use Photoshop 1.0 at a very young age.
  • My first computer was a clunky, beige, Apple that my dad had when I was 4.
  • I always wanted either a Giga Pet or a Tamagotchi.
  • The O.J. Simpson trial was when I was in middle school.
  • Mmmbop, ba duba dop
    Ba du bop, ba duba dop
    Ba du bop, ba duba dop
    Ba du

And I think that's enough. I just really wish TV shows now were something like the ones I used to watch. Which was a lot, now that I think about it.

Offline Mordred

Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2012, 06:48:07 PM »
I remember walking down a road the Romans had recently built.. whistling without a care in the world as I made my way to the house of my love one star-filled night soooooo long ago I forgot her name. And then, there was this soft whispering sound from what seemed behind me. I reached for my sword.. but ohhh, suddenly there was this sexy creature that appeared.. who slid her hand over mine and convinced me with a kiss that my blade was not necessary. And in that kiss, I vaguely remember wondering why it seemed she had these two sharp things.. seeming almost like fangs.. that pressed into my bottom lip. But.. surely.. they couldn't be fangs.. could they? Honestly, I didn't care. She had me with 'hello'.

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Re: You're How Old?
« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2012, 06:55:21 PM »
I was born a few months after Sonic the Hedgehog!

I was five when Princess Diana died. (If my maths is right).

The twin towers disaster happened when I was in my first year of English secondary school.

England won the rugby world cup in 2003, when I first started playing rugby at twelve or eleven years old (it was around those ages).