Scott Hanselman

Reflections on turning 0x1F

January 19, 2005 Comment on this post [15] Posted in Musings | Tools
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I turn 0x1F* on Saturday which puts me with one foot squarely in the grave. There's no mistaking it, I'm old. I haven't been this old since I turned 0x1E, nearly a year ago.

I'm officially Sir now. I haven't been "dude"-ed at Blockbuster in at least five years, and the way the kid behind the counter looked at me when I asked for "The Breakfast Club" is still burned into my retina. You'd have thought I was asking for a silent film or something.

I went to Red Robin yesterday, a place I've been happily carded for years, but this time my receding hairline and advancing pooch caused the young greeter to immediately offer me a seat at the bar. I suspect he was right on the edge of helping me to the senior section until I shot a stern old-guy look at him.

I'm pulling gray hairs out of my once Magnum-PI-quality moustache. I'm wondering if I need more fiber in my diet. I'm disappointed when Law & Order is a repeat. I Tivo Oprah. I've said "these young punks" while at the mall. I wonder how parents let their daughters out of the house with their butts hanging out while simultaneously wondering where these chicks were when I was in High School. I watched Napoleon Dynamite with the wife recently and explained (in about 20 minutes) all the different sub-classes of Geek (Dork, Dweeb, Spazz, Stoner, Theater Geek, Computer Nerd, etc) and my standing in the genus. I played Bard's Tale on my C64 emulator recently and wonder why the graphics weren't as good as I remember them being. I started with 128kb and now have 2gig. My watch has more CPU power than my own failing mind.

Yep, it's a milestone, with 0x28 not far beyond, and beyond that, death.

On a related note, this Friday, I will be completely and totally prepared to enter High School.  I think I have the tools and emotional maturity now.

* That's 31 in Hex, just an FYI for my cousin Jack, who scored a 13 on the recent Nerd Test. He's "balanced" and goes "outside" and "gets involved with his community." Sheesh.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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January 19, 2005 5:23
Scary...I was just thinking of firing up my C64 emulator to play Bard's Tale yesterday. I was listening to Led Zepplin (four) and it reminded me of the days I went without sleep playing that game with the Zepplin tape on auto-repeat.
January 19, 2005 5:58
You still go to Blockbuster? You ARE old! ;-)
(I'm 0x29, but I use NetFlix.)
January 19, 2005 8:27
Hey now, I still go to Blockbuster! In fact, I use their online service now insead of Netflix.

As someone who is 100101/0x25 years old, I have slightly more in the grave than you do, and I think I am just about prepared to graduate high school. In fact, I sometimes wish I could go back... My 20th high school reunion is this year - I guess that will have to do. :)

Hey, there's always college!
January 19, 2005 10:22
Nah, that's not old. When you start calling people your age "those young punks", then you'll be old. Besides, you're still in your "early 30s" phase. I turned 042 today, putting me squarely in the no-chance-of-ever-being-hip-again mid-thirties.

Anyway, happy birthday.
January 19, 2005 10:32
Quite down out there you dang, young hooligans! (0x28 and counting down...)
January 19, 2005 13:33
Hi Scott,
I somehow got to your wedding page and can't watch the videos. Seems as if they are just missing in the directory or the link is not up-to-date anymore.
January 19, 2005 15:39
Old? Old? You don't know nothing from old.

You're not even 0x20 yet. Stop angsting and start living.

Save the angsting for when you're nearly 0x30 (like me, angst angst).
January 19, 2005 15:44
My girlfriend gave me 5 lit candles on my cake this year. She isn't a geek or anything, but I had recently explained binary to her. ;)
January 19, 2005 21:11
Hermann - I had to pull the Videos down as too many people were watching them and it was sucking bandwidth.
January 20, 2005 10:23
I haven't been "dude"ed in a while, but I've been getting "man"ed a lot lately -- enough that I'm starting to wonder why. I don't think I look like a hippy. Maybe it's my bling.
January 20, 2005 21:24
As someone is 0x2B and a grandfather, and just now starting to get old, you just need to get over it and move on dude!
January 20, 2005 21:57
Bard's Tale. Haven't thought about that game in a long, long time. That was the first computer game I ever bought with my own money; paid $7 for it at the local EB back in 1990.

Speaking of Bard's Tale, what is the password that grants you entrance to the catacombs? Some wizard's name, but I can't remember.

My favorite magic character class was Sorcerer; he could spawn the red dragon for your party, and that thing was a badass. I also remember the RESTore spell; all party members full hp and negate most effects.

Oh, and the last thing about Bard's Tale. I remember having the Stone Knife equipped for one guy in my party, and the occasional message "[CharacterName] attacked stoned [Enemy] with Stone Knife." A stoned enemy. Funny.

January 20, 2005 23:09
Heh. The Mad God's name was "TARJAN."
January 22, 2005 12:13
Your time has now arrived, sir. Please make yourself comfortable for the rest of the journey.
January 24, 2005 1:54
Scott, I hit 0x1f in July and I we're thinking *exactly* the same things! Does that mean I'm even older before my time?!

Happy slightly belated birthday mate!

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