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Wed Jun 19, 2013, 12:34 PM

I'm getting older. I'm starting to use the phrase "young man" without irony.

Telling a friend his son seems like "a fine young man."

"That's the young man who helped me get my car out of the ditch."

I can't tell whether using this phrase makes me feel paternal, or just a fuddy-duddy. Or maybe both.

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Reply I'm getting older. I'm starting to use the phrase "young man" without irony. (Original post)
Aristus Jun 2013 OP
datasuspect Jun 2013 #1
SwissTony Jun 2013 #2
pinboy3niner Jun 2013 #3
Aristus Jun 2013 #5
NYC_SKP Jun 2013 #4

Response to Aristus (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2013, 12:35 PM

1. i call the ones who are worth a damn

 

that.

the ones that need learnin or fixin, i call em "son" or "boy."

sometimes "junior."

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2013, 03:47 PM

2. I look at young women and then think...

they look at me as an old man.

Well, I am 62.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2013, 04:02 PM

3. What do you mean by that, young man? :)

Just you wait, Aristus, just you wait. One day you'll walk into a McDonald's and they'll give you the senior coffee price--without your even asking for it.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 19, 2013, 05:37 PM

5. Never happen, pinboy. I don't get my coffee from McDonald's.



Now, if the locally-owned small business where I do buy my coffee offers an old-folks discount, I'll take it...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2013, 05:13 PM

4. Two youngsters called me "sir" last week in Hawaii.

 

Young urban professionals from New York, where I was once young and professional.

Upon ending our exciting mule ride down the 1,700 foot north face of Molokai, saying goodbye, one of them called me "Sir".

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