An Uncapped Pen

January 13, 2009

I Am Officially…OLD

Filed under: About Me — cindylv @ 10:45 pm
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Let me start by wishing my adorable grandson a very happy third birthday (and his lovely mama another boatload of patience).  Happy birthday, Tough Guy!


I stood in line at the grocery store a while ago and happened to notice that the entire free world is inflamed about someone named Heidi who has apparently run off and married some dude named Spencer. Who are these people and why does anyone care?

On a good day, I can recognize Britney or Christina or Paris or Lindsey on two out of three magazine covers. I know who the rags are referring to when they truncate couples’ names (TomKat, Bennifer, Brangelina, and Vanniston).  I even recognized about a dozen people at the Golden Globe awards.

I can usually understand the gibberish symbols that kids use for text messaging.  It’s pretty closely related to spdwrtng, the unofficial shorthand of college students of the 1980s (and nowhere near as complicated as the Gregg method I learned in high school). I can, on occasion, figure out what the personalized license plate in front of me means.  I love LOLCats (although, why LOLspeak, I don’t know.)

I have a laptop. And a cellphone, a digital camera, a DVD player, and a cordless phone.  I have a digital photo keychain that plays a slide show of my Grandson’s photos.  I also have a boom-box, an answering machine (not voice mail), and a box of blank CD-Rs (7X).   I have a solar-powered calculator (not an RPN model), a couple of  old-fashioned TVs (not flat screen), a 5-disc cd player with a 25-year old receiver, and two $50 speakers. I  have a Walkman (with my WalkFit with Kathy Smith CD inside it). I even used to have a laser disc player and six movies, and a Sony Betamax – back in the day. Oh, and a slide rule.  It used to be my Dad’s.

Things I don’t have, and/or don’t need, want or understand what the fuss is all about:

Slot Music

Blue Ray (or Blu-Ray)



a bluetooth imbedded in my ear


pointy-toed pumps

an ugly, baggy purse with a buckle on the strap (in mustard, green or purple leather)

jeans with a name

jewelry glued to my nails or my teeth

anything Brazilian


multiple tank tops with spaghetti straps (and contrasting bra straps)


a pimp cup


Playstation or Nintendo

xBox (or BoTox)

a StarBucks addiction




on-board GPS

back-up camera



I didn’t get Cabbage Patch Kids, Beanie Babies, Pet Rocks, Chia Pets, Tamagachis,  Dora, Barney or Tickle-Me Elmo, either.  

I guess I’ve been old for a really long time.



  1. Ha! Color me O.L.D. too, I guess. I am completely out of the loop on celebrity stuff and happy to be as far from the loop as I can get. As far as your list, goes, I do own an iPod (which I stopped using after the novelty wore off), a Blackberry (that actually belongs to my company and I only use when I travel — and that includes the cell phone part!), I do have a Garmin Navigation System because I use them in rental cars when I travel and when we moved back to New England, I’d never have found my way anywhere without it and…I do have a tatoo :)

    A couple of those things listed — I don’t even know what they are!

    Comment by lisakenney — January 13, 2009 @ 10:58 pm | Reply

    • OK, Lisa. I’ll save you a rocker near mine at the Shady Lane (or is that Shady Ladies) Rest Home. I got a good spot near the library on reserve!

      Comment by cindylv — January 13, 2009 @ 11:03 pm | Reply

  2. But you’ll end up getting a X-box when you retire at the Shady Lane. If it’s the Shady Ladies (why does that sound not so innocuous to my heathen ears?) you might have a few Brazilian ‘bits and pieces’.

    Comment by usman — January 14, 2009 @ 5:54 am | Reply

  3. OK, I’d take the X-Box and leave the Brazilian stuff to my colleague, Lisa!

    Comment by cindylv — January 14, 2009 @ 6:24 am | Reply

  4. You’re not old, Cindy, merely civilized, refined, and too damned smart to do things like wear pointy-toed pumps. If God had meant for us to wear them, He would’ve made our feet that shape.

    If, however, you insist on being “old,” I want a rocker next to you and Lisa at the Shady Ladies!

    p.s. — I have something Brazilian… guess what?

    Comment by Piglet, MPH — April 20, 2009 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

    • Let’s see….is it a cookbook detailing the secret recipes of Portugese sailors? Please tell me it’s not something you wear that spends most of its life in a secret hiding place on your body? ;^D

      I’ve notified the Shady Ladies rest home that we’ll be needing a bigger porch!

      Comment by cindylv — April 20, 2009 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

  5. Ooo, the cookbook sounds good, but nope, that’s not it. It *is* something I wear, though, and not in a secret place, either. ;-)

    OK, I can’t stand to torment you like this… it’s a green tourmaline ring. One of my vices is buying local jewelry when I go places. I got the ring on my first visit to Sao Paulo. Tourmaline is a typically Brazilian stone, and the ring was made by a Brazilian jeweler, very clean design, very striking.

    And yes, I’d be hideously easy to interrogate. This is why I will never have any sort of security clearance.

    Comment by Piglet, MPH — April 20, 2009 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

    • Your ring sounds lovely! :^D

      Comment by cindylv — April 20, 2009 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

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