Sure Signs That I'm in My Mid-40s
Yes, I'm older than most ListAppers. But, then again, get off my lawn.
- •Bruce Springsteen's appeal has almost started making senseUntil last year, I never opted to listen to his brand of baby boomer rock. I still think his working-class-regular-Joe persona is a bit much for a multi-millionaire mansion-dweller Rock God, but I bought Thunder Road last year, thinking that he might be saying something worth hearing. It didn't last: I proceeded to sing new lyrics about my 11 yr old's ski team, which is probably why I thought of Bruce in the first place. (Woah, Thunder Ridge! Blah blah blah reach the finish line!)
- •I am not interested in watching shows with body horrorDefinitely a generational thing here because my millennial kiddies like them. I'm not squeamish or appalled by excessive violence in media. I'm just not interested, no matter how well-written and executed they are. Same thing with gratuitous sex. (Where "gratuitous" = any scene where Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, or Michael Fassbender are not partially clothed.)
- •I love Big Band musicFrom the afterlife, my dad is smirking his appreciation of this development. I certainly screamed enough to have that awful Big Band crap turned off for even a minute when I was growing up. Seriously, if it wasn't the Yankee game on the radio, it was the Make Believe Ballroom. Or it was Christmas music. Year round.
- •I was LGBT unfriendly in my teensNot proud of this. Ashamed, actually. I wasn't aggressively hostile - I never bashed - but I could have been an ally to the 1 out lesbian couple in HS instead of shunning them like everyone else. My college was very LGB-friendly, so I got over myself. T-friendliness is more recent development. My teen is non-binary gender and I am super grateful to Gen Y/Millennials for leading acceptance, marriage equality. I'm glad my kid isn't growing up with me and my peers 'cuz we sucked.
- •Opera appreciation is inevitable, as is classical musicI'm sure if hubby didn't loathe opera, I'd already be a fan. I have a growing library of operatic music on my iPod. So it's just a matter of time and opportunity.
- •I've given my blood pressure and cholesterol levels a second thoughtGenetics and diet have always been on my side, I'd actually given them a second thought at my last physical. (I.e., oh yeah. I'm supposed to think about that at my age. Excellent cardiac profile? Good! Thinking done. But maybe a supplement wouldn't hurt.)
- •I'm halfway through my working years but nowhere near halfway prepared to retireMy problem, really. Or should I say, my children's problem since those crumb-snatchers caused the problem and I'm going to have to freeload off someone in my dotage.
- •But I still think I can get away with wearing ripped jeans, a t-shirt, and no make-up.Up to you whether this is good or bad. Franny badger don't give a fuck.