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Friday poll: feeling my age this morning

My brain keeps waking me up earlier and earlier. I can't really blame the cat. I happily sleep through her shenanigans when they happen at 3am, but BOOM 6am and I am awake. 5am yesterday, which is just shocking, no excuse for that, aging brain! Also, what about about my knees, which have recently begun twingeing when I am going downstairs. What's that about knees? Is is (gasp) age? It could be!

Well, Christmas is the perfect time to look back in envy at your past self. Admire the hair and the simpler life of your earlier self. Dream of a world where the Apprentice Christmas Special not only didn't exist, but no-one would have believed that such a thing could exist, ever. Sure, the food choices were more limited and clothes were less comfortable, and there was no Minecraft. But it had its good moments! Like that year we lopped branches off the Lelandii in the back garden to use as Christmas decorations and discovered they were full of hibernating Shield Bugs - wasn't that fun?

Poll #1991933 Nostalgie de la boue

I feel my age

Going upstairs
6(13.0%)
Going downstairs
6(13.0%)
Going to work
0(0.0%)
At work
2(4.3%)
In my lady's chamber
5(10.9%)
Contemplating the length of American series box sets
4(8.7%)
Trying to read in dim light
9(19.6%)
Doing DIY
3(6.5%)
Doing housework
4(8.7%)
At another time which I will say below
7(15.2%)

The time I feel my age most of all is:

The thing I miss most from last century is:

People not being able to get me on the phone
3(11.5%)
Top of the Pops
4(15.4%)
Cheaper cinema tickets, shorter films, no 3D
3(11.5%)
Having time to do stuff/working shorter hours
1(3.8%)
Palm pilots
0(0.0%)
A life free of reality TV
4(15.4%)
Not needing a social media strategy
5(19.2%)
Loneliness
0(0.0%)
Another thing which I will say below
6(23.1%)

It's just not the same, since they go rid of....

What were you doing for Christmas 15 years ago?

The same thing I do every Christmas, Pinky
3(6.8%)
No idea
2(4.5%)
I guess ... not watching Dr Who? Probably?
2(4.5%)
Shopping for millenium pants
3(6.8%)
Visiting family, as always
13(29.5%)
Avoiding family, as always
2(4.5%)
Bad things happened
3(6.8%)
Good things happened
4(9.1%)
Things happened
6(13.6%)
There was probably turkey
6(13.6%)

Last Christmas....



As ever, if you want to share memories of other Christmases past, explain in detail why I should not have used radio buttons in question 3, have a hilarious story about getting old, or want to take issue with the subject matter, Christmas or age in general, go to the comments.

Happy Friday all!

Comments

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motodraconis
12th Dec, 2014 09:51 (UTC)
I used to have a dread bordering on phobia about Xmas. It was a miserable, shitty time that had to be endured.
Things have improved vastly now that I utterly refuse to spend Xmas with family belonging to partners* and flee the country on my own instead.

* Very occasionally I'll spend Xmas with my own family, but it's considerably less aggro to spend time with them before or after Xmas.
cleanskies
12th Dec, 2014 19:02 (UTC)
Christougenniatikophobia
Your Christmases always make for good reading, long may they continue to be insanely adventurous and featuring any interesting Christmas dinner variations
pollitesss
12th Dec, 2014 10:08 (UTC)
15 years ago - the Christmas before the Millenium - I was just starting to go down with the Flu i had on NYE 1999.
cleanskies
12th Dec, 2014 19:02 (UTC)
Time is confusing.
jinty
12th Dec, 2014 10:18 (UTC)
Having time to write more on LJ is what I miss, along with doing more comics stuff.
cleanskies
12th Dec, 2014 19:03 (UTC)
I'm putting it in as a scheduled task. Is that a bit nuts? It means I do keep some sort of diary, anyway.
jinty
16th Dec, 2014 07:59 (UTC)
Right now I feel I have the energy either just do the stuff that really needs doing (washing up, laundry, the odd bit of ironing, putting the kids to bed) or consuming (LJ on phone, tv, the odd book).
retsamkrad
12th Dec, 2014 10:52 (UTC)
Spending time with family isn't like it used to.
sparkymark
12th Dec, 2014 10:59 (UTC)
The one thing I remember from Christmas fifteen years ago was the episode of Xena where Xena killed Gabrielle's demon child on Channel 5, leading into to The Bitter Suite on new year's day 2000.
cleanskies
12th Dec, 2014 19:04 (UTC)
Gosh, I can see how that would stick in the mind.
livejournal
12th Dec, 2014 11:29 (UTC)
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cleanskies
12th Dec, 2014 19:05 (UTC)
Good Lord, Livejournal, are you sure? It must have been a quiet day.

Edited at 2014-12-12 19:06 (UTC)
jackfirecat
12th Dec, 2014 21:28 (UTC)
Hoorah! (It is always a quiet day on LJ)
mondoagogo.wordpress.com
12th Dec, 2014 12:55 (UTC)
Thing about CFS is you feel old all the damn time because everything aches and even when it doesn't your brain is really slow. (btw, have you checked your calcium/vit D levels? When they get too low your joints will start to ache)

I remember the shield bugs, one got stuck in a candle and burned shield bug makes a v nasty smell.

(the captcha says "do more sit-ups" which is ironic given the subject of this post)
cleanskies
12th Dec, 2014 19:07 (UTC)
Hahaha themed captchas. Wouldn't put it past LJ
monkeyhands
18th Dec, 2014 17:44 (UTC)
I'm amazed by how clearly I can remember both Christmas and New Year from 15 years ago. More New Year than Christmas, though, for obvious reasons.
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