A Frivolous Post About Getting Older and Bone Structure

I’ve noticed that I haven’t contributed to the “On a Lighter Note” category in a while, so here’s something: Upon confirming, once again, the beneficial qualities of beer, I’ve shifted the beneficent beverage into the grocery category of my household budget and, with an adjustment here and there, have managed to open up space for its purchase.
On my way home, this afternoon, I picked up my current preference, a Tröegs variety 12-pack, and I was carded… again. Distributors of alcohol check my identification with some frequency, which (being just about 36) strikes me as odd.
So here’s my question: is this common? Could I really pass as a 20-year-old if I wanted? Or is this a common experience among people my age?
It makes me wonder who else might be in my “boyish demeanor” category of facial structure. Perhaps Matt Allen (pictured at the top of the page).

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John Loughlin
John Loughlin
13 years ago

It’s better than being asked if you would like the senior discount – trust me

riborn
riborn
13 years ago

Boyish and girlish demeanor is in the eyes of the beholder. The older my eyes get, the more boyish/girlish 30 appears. And don’t even try to understand at 36 how young 20 will look in 15 more years!

Justin Katz
Justin Katz
13 years ago

riborn:
I’ve got some inkling. When I was rounding 20, there was a rash of celeb-males (like Jerry Seinfeld) dating 16-year-olds. It already seemed a bit pathetic to me then. Nowadays, it seems a bit more like pathology… imagine wanting 16-year-olds to be attracted to you.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
13 years ago

John Loughlin-LOL-you got that right buddy!!
Once,just after I was married,I stopped in a bar with my wife who was 23 at the time.The drinking age in NY was 18.I ordered a beer and a cke.I let ehr have a sip of beer and the bartender said -“finish up and get her out of here”-she then showed him her BC and he apologozed and bought us a round.She actually had to carry her BC around to prove she was an adult.
She always has looked years younger than her age and so do her sisters.

bella
bella
13 years ago

Years ago, I found it annoying. Today, I look at it as flirtation.

Don Botts
Don Botts
13 years ago

I’ve seen you in person a couple times, no gray. Once the gray comes in, the carding goes away.

David C
David C
13 years ago

I’m used to being carded at public places like ballparks and concerts, but at age 50 I was pretty surprised when the server really looked carefully at it to make sure it was legit!

Ken
Ken
13 years ago

I’ve got a salt and pepper beard plus I’m way over 60 and I still get carded! It is a wonderful feeling when a young woman behind the counter asks you to prove your age to her. I normally respond with; “are you looking for a date?” I notice a lot of my retired friends are dating or have wives that are a lot younger than they are. Senior citizen status and discounts start in this state at age 50 and are extended at age 65.
By the way John Loughlin it is regarded as a show of respect in my new state to offer senior citizens up to 50% discounts on their purchases and the city and county lowered my property tax to $300 a year due to senior citizen status and State does not tax my retirement income. Because I have a $30 yearly unlimited senior citizen bus pass (saving a lot of mileage and gasoline costs $4.009/gal with my car); on a loaded bus the younger set must give up their seat to me (women, pregnant women, senior citizens and small children are not allowed to stand) or the bus driver throws them off the bus.
Depending on which state you are living in and the cultural respect given to senior citizens age does have its privileges! Don’t forget, everyone will grow old at some time in their life and become a senior citizen.

Bob
Bob
13 years ago

Ken,
What state do you live in?

Max Diesel
Max Diesel
13 years ago

@Ken
Just great. Another Rhode Islander lured to the dark side by low taxation and a better way of life in general. Pretty soon there won’t be anybody left to fight the good fight here in Rhode Island.

Dan
Dan
13 years ago

Parents needn’t worry – my attraction for high school and college-aged girls is vastly outweighed by how little tolerance I have for listening to them.

Monique
Editor
13 years ago

“my current preference, a Tröegs variety 12-pack”
… is A.R. being compensated (I hope) for this product placement??

Ken
Ken
13 years ago

Hey I just want to say to all the regular AR contributors I never mention my new state I’ve been living in for 5 years but Bob asked!!!! Bob and Max Diesel, I retired to the State of Hawaii and am now living in Honolulu, HI a state ranked by Kiplinger.com as one of the top 10 in the nation for retirees based on taxes (cheaper than Florida) and retirement offered amenities at about 1/2 cost of staying and living in RI with the same cost home (RI property tax = $2,700/yr. verse HI property tax=$300 with age qualified exemptions). No property tax on cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats plus retirement income and social security exempt from HI state income tax (but that small portion of retirement income that originates from State of RI I am required to pay RI State income tax via a RI-1040NR, General Excise Tax (sales tax) 4.5% on all transactions sales and services except prescription drugs; all other islands 4%, no winter heating bills or clothing required as average daily temperature is 78 degrees year round, gasoline is about 30 cents higher than RI but as a state we are changing over to all electric cars (Federal and State rebate $12,000 off dealer MSRP plus $500 rebate for house charger, 100 miles=$3.94 charge @ current $0.219 electric Kwh rate, HI has a 365 day growing year so daily farmers markets provide organic produce , meats and fish cheaper than frozen chemically foods from mainland and senior citizens age 50 and up get up to 50% off purchases from local businesses and because HI as an individual state instituted healthcare reform over 40 years ago the lowest medical insurance costs in the nation plus the happiest, least stressed and one of the longest living populations in… Read more »

Warrington Faust
Warrington Faust
13 years ago

Ken, There is “no such thing as a free lunch”
So, who is paying for ” free public events, shows and concerts by city/state, free beaches with free parking, free bathhouses and showers, free picnic grounds, BBQs and lifeguard protection with ground maintained and trash pickup by city and county”?
Are there large taxes on the Tourista?

Warrington Faust
Warrington Faust
13 years ago

Justin, trust me. In about 5 years you will begin to notice cashiers referring to you as “sir”.

Ken
Ken
13 years ago

Warrington Faust, Actually according to the National Business Travel Association 2008 report combined taxes on lodging, rental cars and meals per day for Hawaii was $21.45 and it was $30.00 per day in Rhode Island making a vacation in Hawaii $8.55 cheaper a day just on the basics. Even though HI is a much larger state than RI, HI has a 4-county seat of government which is a heck of a lot cheaper to run than RI style of 39 cities and towns government entities. That is why HI county property taxes are so low plus the counties do not run the school system. In Hi there is only 1-school district run by the state so it is financed by state income tax, general excise tax (GET sales tax) and various state user fees along with other state functions and departments. The 4-counties are financed via property taxes, meals, lodging, rental car taxes and various user fees. Yes HI has one of the highest state income taxes in the nation @ 11% for income $200,000 and above (instituted by Gov. Linda Lingle (R)) but that is temporary because of the recession due to expire 2015 with other tax changes (HI has the most millionaires in nation per population that at a moment’s notice can hand you $1 million in cash; one of HI’s billionaires is donating $6 billion to Hawaii charities.) and the ½% surcharge added to 4% GET in 2007 for island of Oahu is temporary (expires 2030) to fund the construction of the $5.5 billion elevated 20 mile long high speed light commuter rail system which broke ground last month (creating up to an estimated 12,000 direct construction and related support jobs). Walt Disney Co. just hired 1,100 people for all positions to fully staff the new themed… Read more »

Ken
Ken
13 years ago

Warrington Faust, A thumbnail sketch of what happens in Honolulu and Waikiki Beach: Basically people living in Hawaii love great food and a good party! Those two things will make friends for life! As far as all the free events, the City and County of Honolulu due to the recession has limited the number of parades through downtown Honolulu and Waikiki Beach from 60 a year to 40 a year but any parade based on and expressing free speech gets a free pass. There is no limit on the holiday parades that start day after Thanksgiving and run up to Christmas Day. Sometimes there are 6 parades a day with floats, equestrian units, multiple bands up to 3,000 marchers plus the jolly old man himself! This does not include the massive electric light parade put on by the mayor and city and county and state employees for lighting of the capitol Christmas tree also other electric light parades with police escort and electric light boat parades throughout the harbors with the state harbor masters. Of course every national holiday, specific Hawaiian holiday, sports holiday, ethnic holiday and for no good reason holiday has to have a parade and a block party with up to 6-live performance stages in the streets, sidewalk beer garden for adults and 1 to 2 DJs spinning records to keep the younger set moving. City even helps sponsor a very large block party in the middle of Waikiki Beach in tribute to the pink Hormel canned meat Spam which almost seven million cans are eaten every year in Hawaii! The NFL Pro Bowl came back to Hawaii because the players were upset it was moved after 30 years. They felt this is a reward for their efforts plus they and families like the way they are… Read more »

BobN
BobN
13 years ago

Well Justin, as the comment threads prove here every day, it’s better to look like a kid than to act like one.

Ken
Ken
13 years ago

Justin,
My next door neighbor is a professional drywall contractor/sub-contractor and has been working almost every day of the year since I purchased my condo 5 years ago.
Right now there are approximately 75 years of major construction projects on the books at Honolulu City Hall on Oahu alone not including future redevelopment projects and major TV/Movie Sound Stages needing carpenters to build stage sets.
Best thing is the weather and less stress life reverses the aging process so you’ll grow younger and more people will card you here!!

Ken
Ken
13 years ago

Ralph,
Kiplinger.com has designated the current 10 states that are tax-hells for retirees as:
California.
Indiana.
Iowa.
Nebraska.
New Jersey.
North Dakota.
Oregon.
Rhode Island.
Vermont.
Wisconsin.
Kiplinger.com has designated the current following 10 states as tax-heavens for retirees as:
Alabama.
Alaska.
Colorado.
Delaware.
Georgia.
Hawaii.
Pennsylvania.
Michigan.
South Carolina.
Wyoming.
Based on my real life living expenses Kiplinger is right on target with their advice plus I feel younger every day and am getting carded like Justin to boot!!!!

OldTimeLefty
OldTimeLefty
13 years ago

BobN
Maybe you should rethink your childish remark above by meditating on Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:3 “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
OldTimeLefty

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