Sunday, January 3, 2010

First Clue That You Are Getting Old

Every week our newspaper lists the new movies that will begin showing in our area. Going to a theater to see a movie was eliminated from our budget a long time ago. Usually I buy the DVD when it comes out. Lately, I haven't seen many that I wanted to spend even $15 on. Renting them is a pain. I hate to have to remember to take them back.
Anyway, I was looking through that list in the paper and realized I didn't recognize the name of any movie star listed. Maybe I would recognize their face if it were shown too. Then I read another article that contemplated what current star should play Clark Gable in his life story. George Clooney was mentioned, then Leonardo DiCaprio. Wow! Two living stars I know mentioned in the same sentence.
I am going to mention here that my all time favorite actor until I die will be Paul Newman. I loved him in every single movie he was in. I believe that he was pretty selective in the parts he played. I loved him even when the sign of his age etched his face. You never know about someones personal life, but he was married forever and appeared to be a faithful loving husband. The fact that he used his celebrity to raise money philanthropically is another factor contributing to my love and respect for him.
So, my point is that I may look in the mirror and realize that the face reflected back doesn't quite look as good as the image I carry in my mind of myself. But it didn't really hit me that I am getting old until I realized that I don't know who the stars are in the movies that are playing at the local theaters.
What was your clue?


a2susan said...

My clue was when I couldn't do the crossword puzzle in People Magazine anymore. I have a friend who gives me all her past issues...but really, when did I realize I was aging? Now that would be a good theme for a bead journal page or two!!!

Happy New Year dear friend.


flyingbeader said...

My clue was looking at TV Guide & not knowing who 90% of those people are. I only watch a few shows & no reality so I'm behind. But I don't care. As long as there is Turner Classic Movies, I'll be happy. As for me...I think I'll always love the movies of Cary Grant & Gene Kelly. I don't care what they did, I love them all. Can't think of anyone alive that is MUST GO SEE.

BTW...we do NetFlick for $9.99 a month & that keeps us with movies enough.

Jacquie said...

I guess I realized I was getting older when I couldn't identify music by artist names...I usually am up on current things...but lateley it seems I have no idea who these people are..and yes I have looked in the mirror many a times and thought...who is that person...I don't feel that old..what happened to the time??? I can relate Carol...but it was inevitable wasn't it...

beadbabe49 said...

I am totally with you on paul other actor has even come close...and I bet they never will.
I still don't have a clue about being older...somehow I look in the mirror and still see me (but I sure hate photos of me, so maybe that's my clue!)

Crystal said...

You are NOT getting old... cause if you are - then I am too - we're the same age!

OK, I thought I'd try denial, first. ;-)

I know what you mean, Sis. The mirror is not a friend! Funny thing is, I now need a magnifying mirror to do my makeup and I have no idea if all these imperfections were always there and I can just see them better now - or is it that they are a part of aging?

Anyway, to answer your question - my first clue was when - in my late 30's - I started to turn the music volume down a bit! lol

Hey wait! Maybe I'm not old after all! Old will be when I need to turn the music up LOUD again!

Yep, that's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Crystal :-) xoxo

Plays with Needles said...

I'm with Bobbi. Seeing pictures of myself is what really clues me in. Inside I see something completely different from what the camera shows...and I often surprise myself when I come upon a window reflection and think..."who is that?"

George Clooney is no Clark Gable...GC is cute, he just isn't a great actor...I think he relies too much on the dimple factor...I'd pick Johnny Depp to play Clark Gable...he would do a fabulous job.

So glad to get caught up on all your posts...I just got back from being away for the New Year's holiday. xo Susan

freebird said...

I like all the comments here to your question! I agree Johnny Depp would carry of Clark Gable best. When I hear the names of the people dying on the news I realize wow, we're next and I don't like it one bit so I sign up for another art class. I am determined to live as fully as I can within my parameters I've been given.

Netflix doesn't have time limits either.

Pursuing Art... said...

I loved Paul Newman..he and his wife were married forever and they did so many wonderful things! Reminds me of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid...oh, I loved that movie..and Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head...

~smiling!...well, one of the first clues was when my sister asked if I ever had tried one of those 10X mirrors when we were at the store and I looked into it and about DIED when I saw what I was looking at!!! ;-) And, of course, my boys are reminders that I'm getting old because a lot of times I have no clue what/who they are talking about.

Stay young in your heart and mind...~Lisa

We do Netflix's great!

beedeebabee♥ said...

Oh I loved him too! He was such a wonderful actor, stand up guy and gorgeous too. So sad that he's gone now...I'm recognizing less and less of them too! Hugs, ;)

Scarf It Up! said...

I realized I was getting old already years ago when I was teaching middle schoolers (French and Spanish!) and I couldn't identify with ANY of their idols, TV programs, musical stars, etc. The only thing I could keep up with was their computer skills - but now the technology has eluded me - probably for good this time!

~Tracy~ said...

Well although I know I'm getting older I don't let it rule me lol ! I guess my realisation happened when I suddenly saw lots of crinkles around my eyes & my exercise energy isn't quite as strong :P That's okay, though I do miss being able to wear dark eyeshadow -- now it just makes me look really weird. But you won't stop me from wearing army boots lol !

Valerie said...

I found one of my good highschool friends a while ago thanks to a website, and I got to talk to her for the first time in 25 years last week. When her (16 year old) son answered the phone with his grown up male voice, I was thinking : no this can't be. she & I can't be THAT old !