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I shoulda beat her with my walker...

Last night, I went out to a nearby fast-food restaurant for dinner. When my order was being totaled up, the young lady at the register told me my total:

"That'll be $6.99, minus the senior discount..."

"I'm not even 40!" I blurted out.

She was mortified.

In her defense, she was a 17-year-old black girl. So she was judging the age of someone of a different race, sex, and more than double her age.

And I do admit I do look a bit older than I am. It's the hairline, dammit. Also, since I'm on vacation, I hadn't shaved yesterday.

Also, my New England accent might have thrown her off. Rather, my utter lack of an accent, as she had a bit of a southern drawl.

But still... it was a huge, crushing blow to my self-esteem.

I'd consider suing the Colonel, but I think my case might be hurt by the fact that I took the discount anyway. If she had offered me a medium Geritol, though, all bets would have been off.

Us flint-fisted New Englanders, always penny-wise and pound-foolish.


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The only thing that ages a ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The only thing that ages a person faster than being President is blogging a lot. Consider it an occupational hazard; well you could if you got paid. Maybe blogging is a dangerous hobby similarly to skydiving or mountain climbing.

My tonsorial expert says an... (Below threshold)

My tonsorial expert says an older man with younger hair is kind of embarassing; so, be glad.

haha! Same thing happened ... (Below threshold)

haha! Same thing happened to me not too long ago. The kid was about 17 and asked me for my senior citizen card. I looked up and said, "What?" He got this terrified look on his face and said, "Ummm, nevermind, ma'am."

When I was in my mid-40s, I... (Below threshold)

When I was in my mid-40s, I picked up some photos of my daughter at the local J.C. Penney store. The clerk commented on the nice pictures of my "granddaughter." I know how you feel.

The only thing that age... (Below threshold)

The only thing that ages a person faster than being President is blogging a lot.

I've been blogging for almost three years but people still say I look 16 (I'm 23). Plus I'm active duty military and folks say that ages you even faster. Yet, I still look 16. I don't know if I should scream because I've been ripped off or knock on wood. Oh well.

JT, what a hit to the old s... (Below threshold)

JT, what a hit to the old self esteem. I thought you were on vacation but this morning I find you posting already. I kind of knew it. PUT THE KEYBOARD DOWN MAN. ww

Hell, I'd just take the sen... (Below threshold)

Hell, I'd just take the senior discount and be proud I got a bargain. I'm over 50, but I don't worry about a receding hairline, I just haven't got a haircut in over 23 years and look like the rebel I am. And growing a big biker beard looks right for a motorbiker guy like me. My only regret is that the young ladies in their 20's and 30's don't like too much grey hair. But they like my bike which attracts them like a magnet.

Don't worry if you age a little, Jay.

By the way the cute babes on your Snorgtees ads run on your website's ad column are a great draw, and sometimes the best thing I see here. Nothing dresses up a website like cute babes. Makes me wish I was a little younger again.

Paul has it right, take the... (Below threshold)
Robert the Original:

Paul has it right, take the money and run.

I've been getting the senior citizen discount, off and on, since...well for a long time.

If you get a young one - of any race - they will always give it to you, they have no clue.

I am such a crook.

Jeez, you do look older tha... (Below threshold)

Jeez, you do look older than your age, but not that old!

The only good thing about g... (Below threshold)

The only good thing about getting old is that it beats the alternative.

I've been using that line f... (Below threshold)

I've been using that line for years and I can tell you that responses break 9:1 like clockwork.

Report at 11:00. Meantime, why is Heisenberg haunting the inbox?

Alright, I can't wait. One... (Below threshold)

Alright, I can't wait. One in ten persons will look quizzical, and say "What? Staying young?"

When my husband turned 35, ... (Below threshold)

When my husband turned 35, he was erroneously added to the AARP mailing list. You have NEVER seen a more horrified look in your life.

Jay, as you know, I don't look old for my age - but my young students think I'm ancient. Remember being 17 and anyone over 25 was basically dead?

Incidentally, this is compl... (Below threshold)

Incidentally, this is completely off topic - but I'm in Day 4 of Trying to Pass a Kidney Stone 101, and I'm flunking. I HURT. Five c-sections was a breeze compared to this.

Any pearls of wisdom? Prayer? Maybe just put me out of my misery?

Cpl M,Yet... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Cpl M,

Yet, I still look 16. I don't know if I should scream because I've been ripped off or knock on wood. Oh well.

It's a rare gift. Embrace it, you'll look old enough soon enough. Nice blog by the way.

Candy,Lots of lemo... (Below threshold)


Lots of lemonade (citrate will raise your urinary pH, if it is uric acid it may dissolve).

If you run a fever (greater than 101)or can't hold down fluids from pain/nausea, then go to the ER immediately.

You need an X-ray (probably CT without contrast).

Also, take some ibuprofen.

Most importantly, go to a Urologist on Monday. If the stone hasn't passed in 7 days, you should have it treated.

It's only a matter of time ... (Below threshold)

It's only a matter of time until you are also offered the retard discount, which is long overdue.

Welcome to the Old Fart Clu... (Below threshold)

Welcome to the Old Fart Club.

How cheezy to accept the di... (Below threshold)

How cheezy to accept the discount and then complain....

but a fun post anyway...

Candy.... Great advice from taz......I would want some pain medication as well as prayer....

Taz,THANK YOU!!... (Below threshold)


Candy, in Seattle a medical... (Below threshold)

Candy, in Seattle a medical clinic offers a unique machine in which you sit in a water tank, and some sort of sound waves easily break up the kidney stone and you pass the fragments. You avoid getting them in the first place by drinking enough water and maintaining healthy kidney function by having enough fluid pass through the kidneys, constantly washing them out.

Medical attention is definately needed once you get a kidney stone. That is why medical insurance is so important. The tank works the best of any method I know of, but is not a cheap alternative. My father traveled to Seattle for this treatment, but it worked great and solved his problem.

Plenty of women (including ... (Below threshold)

Plenty of women (including your wife, I'm sure) find bald(ing) men sexy. Plus, if you can get a freebie or a discount out of it, all the better! KFC, huh? Them's good eats! :D

Candy, a case of weak beer.... (Below threshold)

Candy, a case of weak beer. Are you sure it is not infection?

JT, I got a full stock of w... (Below threshold)

JT, I got a full stock of white hair I attribute to my first wife. I take the discount AT THE COLONEL's as much as possible. Its a form of Southern Courtesy. It helps pay for the Lipitor to bring down my cholesterol after dining there.

Candy: besides lots of fluids, two prescription drugs may help decrease the spasm and increase the chance of passing the stone: Toradol and Flomax. Ask your doc. As mentioned above, different dietary measures can help, but the best way to determine what the right thing to do is to analyze both a stone and a 24 hour collection of the urine for the chemicals involved in stone formation.

Good luck! Kidney stones are the most painful benign condition known to man or women.

Ouch! LOL.O... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Ouch! LOL.

On the opposite note: I went to Vegas for my 40th last year, and I had always vowed that if I got carded on my 40th that I would kiss that person.

On the afternoon of my b-day, I went to the bar to get a shot of tequila and a beer. The bartender looked at me and asked for my ID. I laughed and told my story. The bartender laughed and said that wouldn't be happening. I agreed.

He was a guy.


(He did, however, comp my shots the rest of the day. :-)

A balding gamer? Watch out ... (Below threshold)

A balding gamer? Watch out ladies.

Here is an even worse faux ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Here is an even worse faux pas. My wife used to work at Kroger. When a woman with a rather large belly came through her line she asked, "When is your baby due?" Turned out the woman was not pregnant.

Vacation's supposed to be a... (Below threshold)

Vacation's supposed to be about reducing stress and aggravation in one's life. In that spirit, jp2, I'm banning you from commenting. You're not much of an annoyance, but banning your IP isn't too much work.

If you want back in, e-mail me when I'm back from vacation. I'll think about it then.

Until then, enjoy your own little vacation from the comments section.







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