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Decaying slowly from the brain down.

tynictynic PICNIC BADASSRegistered User, ClubPA regular
edited October 2013 in Singularity Engine++
So my mother came to visit me. And apart from moving everything in my house and backing my car into something, one of her favourite tricks is just to sit and talk. And talk. It doesn't really matter if you respond, although replying does at least help keep the conversation from veering wildly from non sequitur to non sequitur. It's either amusing or vastly irritating.

I was complaining about this to a friend via FB chat, and they were reading my posts but not responding. This didn't phase me, I just kept talking. And talking. It took me longer than I'd like to admit to realise the irony. So yeah, fuck, I'm turning into my mother, goddamit. I even have a gammy knee.

We're getting older, SE. We're getting older, and grumpier, and probably either more or less hairy depending on chromosomes and genetics. And at least many of us are watching in horror as things come out of our mouth that we swore we'd never, ever say. Usually directed at children.

Maybe we could post about it all here. About your bad backs and rheumatoidal hips. About how your vision is going and your hair is greying and your pee sometimes comes out in a weird direction (although probably not too much about that because excretion threads are gross). And about that ding dang diddly rap music the kids are listening to nowadays. I guess also there's some good stuff about getting old? Like being more comfortable with who you are, or finding out who you weren't. Like knowing how to pick your battles. Like finding a hairdresser that really gets you. Like being smug and self-satisfied and middle-aged and not giving a damn shit. That's cool too.

But mostly I guess I wanted to talk about this becoming your parents thing. About the good bits and the bad bits. And about how sometimes the bad bits - the things you found most irritating growing up - maybe aren't that bad. In fact I guess sometimes it's the things you don't even notice that are worse - internalised attitudes, unthinking prejudice or just plain ol' misinformation. For example, my boss thought until four weeks ago that men had less ribs than women, because his mother told him so and he never thought to check.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    You are working on those robo husks for us, right Tynic?

    yeah i'm gonna be perfectly frank. You probably won't be able to pee straight with them, either.

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    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    You are working on those robo husks for us, right Tynic?

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  • Theodore FlooseveltTheodore Floosevelt DON'T call me annie... unless you're my friendRegistered User regular
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    if i turn out like my dad

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  • TubeTube Administrator, ClubPA admin
    Usagi wrote: »
    Oh yes also I get hangovers now, so that sucks too

    Pfft. I get hangovers and I don't even drink. I just wake up every morning and go "Jesus, not again..."

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    Good job brain...way to function.

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  • UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    Tube wrote: »
    Usagi wrote: »
    Oh yes also I get hangovers now, so that sucks too

    Pfft. I get hangovers and I don't even drink. I just wake up every morning and go "Jesus, not again..."

    That's what you get for being a PA admin

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  • NogsNogs Crap, crap, mega crap. Registered User regular
    my dad has a full beard

    and all growing up i thought

    i cant wait to get a beard


    and now im 27

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    Usagi wrote: »
    Tube wrote: »
    Usagi wrote: »
    Oh yes also I get hangovers now, so that sucks too

    Pfft. I get hangovers and I don't even drink. I just wake up every morning and go "Jesus, not again..."

    That's what you get for being a PA admin

    I thought that was Herpes

  • CorehealerCorehealer The Apothecary The softer edge of the universe.Registered User regular
    I guess I can start with the bad. I find myself saying and doing things sometimes in ways similar to my father, but with less venom and more of a personal twist, that I promise myself every time I realize it that I will not do, and it happens anyway. He's the kind of person who needs to bring other people around him down to make himself and his negative impression of himself go up, and he feeds off other people's energy. He also frets and fusses about things that are trivial and even pointless to worry about for other people. I find myself doing those things and feeling that way from time to time if not to the same, parasitic degree that he does, and even the amount that I do bugs the hell out of me when I realize it. Shit is subtle.

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    there are some ideas that people seem to have about male pattern baldness that I'm tired of hearing:

    1) It's inherited from the mother's side.

    2) It skips a generation.

    both of these things are demonstrably untrue and chances are, if you've met a bald dude, he is living proof

    the best thing is when someone tells me I'm not actually balding and points to those facts as evidence

    this irritates me roughly the same amount as some blowjob cutting you off in his giant-ass pickup while honking and giving you the finger, like it's your fault he's an asshole

    which is to say, a whole lot

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  • Blake TBlake T Registered User regular
    Yeah. I did my back before I was twenty five probably. It was that long ago I have trouble remembering.

    Ironically I am in probably better shape now than I was at twenty.

  • Blake TBlake T Registered User regular
    That's not 100% true. I was probably better at running back then.

  • LiiyaLiiya Registered User regular
    I am 6 years older than my uni classmates and they just don't get how I don't want to go out and get wrecked each night like they do. There's a big difference between 18 and 24 sometimes.

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  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    I'm twenty five and suffering severe mental illness while my life falls apart, jobless and now without HRT meds. I try to improve, reading the bible, having gay sex and quitting smoking and doing less drugs. I don't really sleep anymore, and cry for hours alone as friendships recede and people distance themselves from me. I'm my parents daughter, and do not concede as this happens. I've cut family out of my life as this worsens and actively make a point to never present as male, as placating peoples ignorance has actively been killing me not in a metaphorical but very real sense. I take ma and dads traits subconsciously, too. I talk for hours on the phone and Skype as ma does. I often take photos of myself, as dad does. I've looked at most of his, and most of my family on both ma and dads side involve flipping off the camera, a habit I developed out of nowhere.

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  • TubeTube Administrator, ClubPA admin
    Liiya wrote: »
    I am 6 years older than my uni classmates and they just don't get how I don't want to go out and get wrecked each night like they do. There's a big difference between 18 and 24 sometimes.

    I know right? Adults stay in and get wrecked.

    Hobnail wrote: »
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  • GatsbyGatsby Registered User regular
    I have literally heard my mother call it "hipping and hopping music"

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  • Blake TBlake T Registered User regular
    Tube wrote: »
    Liiya wrote: »
    I am 6 years older than my uni classmates and they just don't get how I don't want to go out and get wrecked each night like they do. There's a big difference between 18 and 24 sometimes.

    I know right? Adults stay in and get wrecked.
    You save so much more money.

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    on the plus side, if my dad is any indication, I'm going to age gracefully

  • alternatingAberrationalternatingAberration I am the milk man My milk is deliciousRegistered User regular
    I notice that my butt has become more heinous and outspoken.

    Got farts a-plenty these days that scare off dogs.

    Those intestines slowly giving out. I'm becoming my Dad.

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  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    My life is shit, and always was. The stressors will shorten my life span. When I do sleep, I sleep soundly.

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  • NaphtaliNaphtali Null Registered User regular
    Shorty wrote: »
    on the plus side, if my dad is any indication, I'm going to age gracefully

    you and me both shorty on the dad barometer

    my face still looks like it did in high school for the most part. I actually shaved my beard off for the first time in half a decade last month and was shocked when I looked in the mirror. only thing off really is the major balding (I had a full head of hair back then. my dad went gray at 25 and starting balding at 35, I instead starting balding at 20~. bad trade). I don't even remember when it started except I kept pretending it wasn't happening until I just started getting buzz cuts all the time because it looked horrible otherwise

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  • WheatBun01WheatBun01 Face It, Tiger Registered User regular
    I'm 22 and could walk into a High School and pass as a student without anybody batting an eye, most likely. It's slightly frustrating right now, but I think in the long run I'll enjoy looking so much younger than I actually am.

    My hairline is kinda receding and my joints snap crackle and pop a ton though.

  • Theodore FlooseveltTheodore Floosevelt DON'T call me annie... unless you're my friendRegistered User regular
    me bones pop and ache like 24/7 nowadays

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  • HermanoHermano Registered User regular
    Oh the best thing about getting older is that massive pile of mistakes, bad decisions and missed opportunities you can look back on and feel shitty about whenever your mind isn't occupied.


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