ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Things I Can No Longer Get Away With

Updated on March 12, 2012

Now in my mid thirties, I feel I'm at a strange place in life. I'm not really old, but I'm not really young either. I don't feel old and hopefully I don't act old. My goal is to be like this guy. Although I don't consider myself mature for my age, sometimes I think of things I did in my twenties and cringe. I started thinking of things I am "too old" to get away with now. Some of them I still do, some of them I've never done, and some I hope I never try.

Here's my list of things I'm too old to get away with:

Pouting- As a middle child, I used to be great at this. Pouting is a little harder to get away with nowdays. Every once in a while, I will break this out after a fight with my wife, it doesn't help my cause.

Sagging - This fad was hard to kick. Yep, I was guilty of this one for way too long. I'm not sure if it's ever acceptable. Seeing a teenager with sagging pants is bad enough, but have you ever seen a teenager's parent sagging? Sad.

Going out on a weeknight- In my twenties I would head up to the bar on a Wednesday night and have a good time on hump day. This is no longer a weekly thing. Somebody better have a really good excuse to get me out past 8pm on a weeknight.

White Sunglasses - I've never been big on these. I will say they look better on girls. I'm sorry to offend anyone but if you're over 25 and male, these are not for you.

Buying Video Games- The last video game I bought was EA Sports NCAA Football '06. I was probably too old to buy video games then. I play video games from time to time, but I'm paying a 14 year old to go in and buy it for me.

Hip Hop- I'm torn on this one. I will always love the classics. I just don't see myself buying the newest 'Lil Wayne album at my age. I don't get the newer stuff anyway. I guess we could add bassing to the list. You know, when someone has speakers in there car loud enough to shatter glass.

Wearing a football Jersey- I may be in the minority on this one, I'm just not going to spend a few hundred dollars to wear someone else's football jersey. Like I said, maybe it's just me, but if I'm spending that much money it's not going to be on clothes with numbers on them.

Texting - I've been getting better at this one but sometimes it's a lot easier to send a simple message than go through the small talk of a phone call. Even if my wife does call me a 13 year old girl. LOL ;)

Going to the Mall - Okay, maybe just the food court, but I feel like i've been frozen in time whenever I go to the mall. I usually just stare in awe at the hairstyles and trends that I don't understand. There are stores with loud, weird music blaring out of them. Pictures that are too abstract to comprehend. Somehow offensive yet politically correct at the same time. I just don't belong there.

Watching American Idol - I proudly do not watch AI. I know millions tune in, but whenever this is on with all the screaming fans, I cringe. What if these people actually cared about something that mattered? Or maybe I'm just mad I'm too old to be on the show..

Having my Dad help around the house- My Dad was in town and helped me install a new ceiling fan in my kitchen. Everyone knows I only let him help for the bonding experience. never outgrow your dad. Thanks Dad.

I feel like this has been my Walt Kowalski moment. Writing my list has made me feel older than ever, but I'm still guilty of some of these so I guess I'm not to far gone just yet. Until then, I will keep my lawn manicured, my werthers handy and my blue socks pulled high. In the meantime, please stay off my lawn.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • INFJay profile image

      Jay Manriquez 6 years ago from Santa Rosa, California

      This would be a great hub for you to update every 10 years!

    • weestro profile image

      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      Do what ya gotta do jenu! Thanks for reading Jim, somedays I feel old, some I don't. Thanks for readin akune, my clock IS ticking...

    • akune profile image

      akune 6 years ago from Surrey, England, United Kingdom

      I love your article. It is empathetic. Tick tock goes the uncaring clock.

    • jimagain profile image

      jimagain 6 years ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

      Great stuff! enjoyed this hub but now am more painfully aware that I am old. Here are a couple of my favorites;

      1. (texting) Even if my wife does call me a 13 year old girl. LOL ;)

      2. (AI) What if these people actually cared about something that mattered?

    • profile image

      jenubouka 6 years ago

      Hey! I am a busy girl, and hate laundry.

    • weestro profile image

      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for the comments guys, jenu, as long as you're not clipping coupons for depends!! Akune -good luck with the teens, I can't imagine!!

    • akune profile image

      akune 6 years ago from Surrey, England, United Kingdom

      You are funny Weestro.

      I am just pleased that this edging out by aging on will happen to my teenagers!

    • profile image

      jenubouka 6 years ago

      I feel the same way in the female sense. my shorts are a respectable 3 inches above the knee, I clip coupons and file them away, I should know better than to watch Big Brother, and cringe at myself when I actually root for some one on the show. The worst, the very worst is no longer being a WHA-HOOO! girl anymore.

      This is okay, I still can live through my two year son.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)