Am I An "Oldie"?
I'm about to find out if I can "drive 55".
Recently, I turned 55 years of age.
That's not old enough to retire (at least according to the Social Security Administration), but it is old enough to get a "senior discount" at most restaurants. And it's old enough to reflect on how elements of my outside life have changed during the last 20 years.
Sammy Hagar, the rocker who eventually was the lead singer for Van Halen, once proclaimed he couldn't "drive 55", but he is past 55 years of age. Next year, according to at least one source, he will turn 65.
Up until the time I was in my middle 30's, I listened to whatever sounds in modern pop were (especially on the radio). Then, during a "moonlight madness" sale at the mall one summer night, I bought a book called The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, which covered the rock and roll era from 1955 to the present, and became more and more interested in the "oldies". By 1990, it got to the point where I couldn't listen to modern music any more. I also became more and more attracted to "classic rock", to which I had originally been turned off.
Television was the same. When Nick at Nite first came on the local cable system, I became less and less interested in current prime time TV. (This is when Nick was airing reruns of baby boomer classics such as Get Smart, Bewitched and The Mary Tyler Moore Show). I can't watch it today for the same reasons I couldn't watch modern TV any more.
Even my news reporting is "old school", which may be, at least in part, why I've been in the area all these years. Fortunately, WTAP has been willing to accomodate that.
This has also affected how I react to new technology. When I finally broke down and purchased a cell phone a few years ago, it was the least expensive type I could find. Outside of my work, I don't do a lot of talking...let alone texting...on a phone. I own a "netbook", which I still haven't figured out how to use. The same goes for an MP3 player. I have tons of vinyl records and cassette tapes stashed away at home, and, yes, I still play them. Don't even get me started about an I-phone or I-pad. (The late Steve Jobs would have starved to death long ago if he had to rely on me.) I am, as some of you have found out, on Facebook, but I don't do much "tweeting".
I guess I have become as hopeless as we baby boomers thought our parents were. All I can say is that, if I'm an "oldie", I hope I'm a "goodie".