Sex Ed in Higher Ed

College instructor teaching human sexuality rants about the dumbing down of America, the lost art of manners, grammar and (the perfect combination of both) the thank you note. Also includes random rants about life, pet peeves, and sometimes raves about favorite things.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

How Did This Happen?

A friend of mine sent me this e-mail the other day. I read it, and much to my horror, agreed with almost all of it. Then, I started thinking: I have become old although I feel exactly the same as I did when I was 21 (but hopefully a version of me with smaller hair and not quite so stupid.) When did I realize I was not a "young" person anymore? Well, the aforementioned e-mail and my additions may offer you some insight. Feel free to include your own experiences. It's sort of like a party game (for old, boring people): "I first realized I was old when . . . "

25 Signs You're Not a Sly Young Fox Anymore
  1. Your houseplants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.
  2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.
  3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.
  4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
  5. You hear your favorite song in an elevator.
  6. You watch the Weather Channel.
  7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of "hook up" and "break
  8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.
  9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up."
  10. You're the one calling the police because those %&@# kids
    next door won't turn down the stereo.
  11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around
  12. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
  13. Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.
  14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's
  15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.
  16. You take naps.
  17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning
    of one.
  18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely
    upset, rather than settle, your stomach.
  19. You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not
    condoms and pregnancy tests.
  20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good stuff."
  21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.
  22. "I just can't drink the way I used to" replaces "I'm never
    going to drink that much again."
  23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real
  24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.
  25. When you find out your friend is pregnant you congratulate
    her instead of asking "Oh S*$# what the hell happened?"

A few I’d like to add:

  • You ponder the wisdom of eating certain foods because they might negatively affect your “dental work.” (The first time I was told I needed a crown (at age 30) I cried in the dentist’s office. Crowns are for grandparents!)
  • “Going to a bar” no longer entails waiting in line for 30 minutes.
  • Bran cereal, not Pop-Tarts, is your breakfast of choice.
  • Going to a bar now means you wear a jacket (and carry a purse) if the weather is below 55 degrees. Back in the day, we’d wait in line in 30 degree weather without coats to get in some stupid bar because once you got in the bar coats were just a huge pain in the ass!
  • You’d park 10 miles away and pay 2 bucks for parking. Now you don’t care how much it costs and you valet park, because really. Who wants to walk that far when you’re wearing expensive suede boots?
  • You can make yourself extremely nauseous within seconds by thinking about all the times you drank beer out of a bucket (or ate “Hairy Buffalo” out of a giant trash can. Or called Boone's Farm "Boon-ay" and thought you were actually drinking wine. Strawberry Hill? What were we thinking?!!?)
  • You no longer understand the appeal or the purpose of “shots.” That goes double for Jell-O Shots.
  • A man is no longer a “great guy” simply because he called when he said he would and doesn't hit on your best friend.
  • 15 years ago, “He has a lot of baggage” meant he sold drugs out of his dorm room. Now it means, “He has a crazy ex-wife and 4 kids under the age of 10.”
  • You actually rather would be warm than fashionable (again, the wearing coats to bars thing).
  • You once yelled out your car window at teenage girls, “Zip up your coats! It’s freezing outside! Are you girls crazy!?” And no, I wasn’t drunk when I did this. I think that was the only maternal instinct I ever had.
  • You realize that many of today’s college students weren’t even born the year you graduated from high school.
  • One of your students, reading from Gloria Steinem’s essay “If Men Could Menstruate” pronounces “Potsie Webber” as Poats-EYE and you realize he has never seen "Happy Days".
  • You can no longer rattle off the top 10 videos on MTV – do they even play videos on MTV anymore? Who knows?
  • Cosmopolitan magazine is no longer the source of all your reproductive health information and you don't actually keep the "Bedside Astrologer" at your bedside.
  • Your haircut and color is not accomplished in your bathroom, with your roommate and a bottle of “Sun-In.”
  • You actually have a conversation with a friend that does not involve guys or clothes but does involve property taxes!!
  • You no longer have all pizza places' phone numbers memorized or on speed dial.
  • "Take out" is sushi or Indian food, not Burger King or McDonald's.
  • You have not set foot in a Denny's in years
  • "Going out drinking" is no longer considered an activity on its own. I remember college dates that started like this: "What would you like to do? We could go see a movie? Or we could go out drinking?"
  • You do not know the "nights" of the local bars. ".85 Bud Light Night," and "Drink & Drown" (tell me that wasn't a lawsuit waiting to happen) and "Dollar Import Night" no longer sound like the fun they once did.
  • You no longer hang out with people you hate just because they're a part of your "group." (This is a positive thing, I think.)
  • You no longer go out and do something you have absolutely no interest in, simply because doing something, anything, is better than being at home on a Friday night.
  • You don't understand how (or why) you used to go out at midnight.
  • You think your parents might actually know what the hell they're talking about.
  • Friends ask you what you think of their annuals and perrenials, not what you think of their new body piercings.
  • Getting together with your best friends requires 3 weeks of e-mails, phone calls and negotiating, while (this is sad) it used to entail a phone call and "Wanna go out in 10 minutes? C'mon - don't wash your hair, who cares!? I'm not even wearing makeup."


Blogger Art Nerd Lauren said...

See, I think I took a lot more naps in college. Something about living in a bedroom made me very sleepy in college. Or maybe it was the staying in the studios till about 3 am.

February 13, 2006 8:32 PM  
Blogger Teacher lady said...

You know, I have to agree with that one. I was a napping machine in college. Of course, that's counting naps I took from 9:30 - 11:00 p.m., so I could get up, shower and get all dolled up to go out at midnight.

February 13, 2006 9:23 PM  
Blogger leahchick said...

Dear Funny Sex Ed Lady -

I, at the tender age of 22, already sometimes feel like an old person. I've never really seen the appeal of going out and drinking till I pass out/throw up/get groped by 40-year-old men (whom I seem to attract at a disproportionately high rate as compared to, for example, Hot Young Things). Is it so wrong to want to sit on the couch knitting while watching the Gilmore Girls season premiere? While I'm not quite feeling the babbies/marriage/taxes angle of being older, and while I'm still a nightowl, I've got to admit that I'm looking forward to a time when nerdy is the new cool.

- Leah

ps. Based on your profile alone, I think I have a friend crush on you. I believe these things are best admitted right up front.

September 27, 2006 2:37 AM  

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