Does every older person go through this?

Sometimes I don’t recognize the world I grew up in. I’m pretty sure it’s the same place – the names are mostly the same, the oceans haven’t moved – but it’s not the same at all. It can hit me in a single sentence, like…

[Jerry] Seinfeld is of course a huge advocate of humor in comedy.

…and as little as ten years ago that would have been a complete nonsense sentence, perhaps a lame attempt to be funny. But in context of course it makes perfect sense, and does not indicate that the comedy part of the world is a better place than it used to be.

Of course I’m so old that when I was a kid, if you looked up “gay” in a dictionary you’d only get…

Gay (adj): Showing or characterized by cheerfulness and lighthearted excitement; merry.

…so I’m just happy all my organs still work and I haven’t broken my hip more than the permitted number of times before death.

But seriously, folks. I’m so old I remember when comedy contained humor. And we liked it that way.

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7 Responses to Does every older person go through this?

  1. Judy says:

    “Gay (adj): Showing or characterized by cheerfulness and lighthearted excitement; merry.”

    I still use this definition and refuse to use it in its hi-jacked form. Made my kids crazy, but I love being eccentric!

  2. Tennessee Budd says:

    “He said, ‘The sheriff is near!'”.
    Never gonna see the like of that again–back when folks had a sense of humor.

  3. Buck. says:

    “And we liked it that way”

    Philistine! Comedy is supposed to be morose and dour. You are now to spend your hard earned money in a club being lambasted with a guilt fest aimed at you over the lingering effects of the alleged childhood sexual abuse, real or contrived, of the dufus on the stage.

  4. Robert says:

    Tenn Budd:
    I saw that flick when it first came out.
    When the Mayor uttered his famous racist line, the three black guys behind me absolutely lost it laughing. So, yep, some people had a sense of humor way back when. Nowadays…waitaminnit… you kids git offa my lawn!

  5. Joel says:

    😀 I knew I was missing a joke, but didn’t even catch that that was a line from a movie. Had to look it up.

  6. Ben says:

    I’ve always loved that scene!

  7. Robert says:

    And I missed the “Laurel & Hardy” handshake the first time; I knew the phrasing was odd but didn’t make the connection.

    Just viewed yer embedded video. I disturbed the cat LOL-ing. Irreverent humor plowing head-on into our um, societal tender spots, is sorely needed today. (SO tempted to make a tasteless joke now but will restrain myself). Breaktime’s over, back to the salt mine for me…

    Joel, “go do that voodoo that you do so well”.

To the stake with the heretic!