The SnowSinus Blues

Here I am, sitting at home, avoiding the snow and trying to fight off my fourth sinus infection in a year’s time. When I get sick, and am left to do nothing but sleep and stare out my window, I tend to think more about my morality mortality. With that said, here are the top five reasons that I know I’m getting older:

1. NPR Rules
Remember when listening to NPR and watching AETN was like smashing your balls in a doorway? I do, it wasn’t that long ago. But now that I have a huge distaste for radio dj personalities, and the lack of a truly good radio station on the public air, NPR has made my life so much better. If you’re not listening to NPR, you should. You’ll feel smarter after 1 minute.

2. My Immune System Sucks
I’m supposed to go see another specialist tomorrow, this time about my blood. While I’m still certain that I’m fine, that’s obviously not the case with my sinuses. I’ve got what’s called a deviated septum, and that apparently isn’t helping fight off multiple sinus infections. I may have to get a humidifier for my loft. Or rip my nose off.

3. Sappiness is Up
Old people cry, young people don’t (yeah, that’s a bad stereotype). But since I’m getting older, I’ve been able to effectively put myself in other people’s shoes. TV shows are the worst and it doesn’t seem to matter what show it is. If there’s a sad situation, chances are I’m curling some lip.

4. Gift Wishes
I love getting gifts. Who doesn’t? Growing up, though, I HATED getting clothes as a gift. Give me a toy, some video game, hell, even a book. But clothes? Blech. Well, now that I have to pay for everything in my life, getting my own clothes has taken a serious back seat. Now, I enjoy getting clothes as gifts. I’ll even accept bath towels, kitchen stuff and more grown-up things. That’s a serious sign of getting older.

5. Blank Faces
When I’m in a group of my “peers,” and I’m asking questions like, “you guys remember Ollie North,” and then crickets chirp, that’s no good. Why do I hang out with young people!

I’m sure there’s more to this list, so please, assist your elderly friend.

+ original post date: November 30, 2006 06:26 PM
+ categories: All About Seth


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Sinus infections!!!! I feel your pain brother. I've had 3 so far this year and I suspect that with the weather the way that it is, I will have my fourth by years end. There have been weeks where I considered sawing my nose off. For the first one I had this year, the doctor gave me amoxicillin. WTF? Didn't that stuff quit being effective in about 1985? My brother uses and swears by a neti pot, but I'm too weirded out by the thought of pouring water up my nose. Oh, and Public Radio Rules!

+ author: Aaron
+ posted: November 30, 2006 07:37 PM

Concerning weepiness:

My wife makes me watch certain Oprah shows she deems "special". I should avoid these for 2 reasons:
1) It's freaking Oprah
2) There's a 97% chance I'm going to get misty while watching it.

Another sign of aging that I've found myself noticing: reckless young drivers. I yell at them from inside my minivan. Then I cry when I realize that I'm old.

+ author: Nelson
+ posted: November 30, 2006 07:59 PM

Reason #6: I mistake words like "morality" for "mortality." Thanks Little D.

+ author: Seth
+ posted: November 30, 2006 09:25 PM

Quiet down you old people or I'll take away your keys.

+ author: Thomas
+ posted: December 1, 2006 12:32 AM

I totally agree with NPR ruling it. There is not a day that passes that the voices of Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep welcome us into the new day. Another sign of getting older is when you start saying phrases like "Now that's a good looking lawn."

Aaron says that for him a sure sign of aging is "sproutin' a bunch of pubes."


+ author: bev
+ posted: December 1, 2006 08:23 AM

Concerning weepiness:

I got choked up at a documentary last week. Weird. I also cry everytime I watch that one scene in Love Actually with the cue cards.

Kidding on that last part. Good luck with the doctor, nerd.

+ author: danny
+ posted: December 1, 2006 10:06 AM

Totally with you on the putting yourself into other people's shoes things. I can even flip on a show I've never seen and know nothing about yet also empathize with the characters.

Here's some additional signs of aging you have to look forward to in about 5-8 years if they haven't creeped up on you yet:

* Before eating, drinking, or inhaling anything one of the factors you consider is how it might affect your life expectancy.

* Your doctor knows you by sight and you see him more frequently than some of your relatives.

* When visiting a cemetery you start noticing the empty plots and noting which ones you think are pretty.

Also, here's a conversation I had at work the other day:

Employee: "Yeah, just like [a literary reference I can't remember at the moment]"
Me: "Huh?"
Employee: "Didn't you ever read '1984'?"
Me: "Well yeah, but I read it - let me think - 26 years ago. I don't remember all the details."
Employee: "Wow... I was still 2 years from being born 26 years ago."

+ author: ScooterJ
+ posted: December 1, 2006 10:19 AM

7. Going to the bar sounds gross. Smoky, loud, and obnoxious? Thanks, I'll sit at home and drink my craft brews in peace.

Jesus. Not only do I sound old. I sound married!

+ author: Corey V.
+ posted: December 1, 2006 10:28 AM

I love it. I think I've prematurely hit this phase in my life.

In addition to everything in this post, here's what makes me feel old:

When instead of going out with my friends, I'd much rather stay in and watch 60 minutes.

Being able to watch and enjoy the Discovery Channel, the History Channel or the DIY network for hours upon hours. Also, I find myself DVRing these channels A LOT. I'm so lame.

Buying new carpet for my house instead of the huge lcd that I really wanted.

Not being sure if I'll even buy a next-gen video game console because I don't think I'd even play it.

Being more than a little jealous of my neighbor's leaf-sucking machine and really nice yard.

Buying a station wagon (albeit has a hemi)

Getting STOKED for mid-term elections and watch CNN straight for 7 hours.


Speaking of NPR. Does anyone else thing the name (ignore my spelling on this) Lack Schmi Sing is incredibly ridiculous or what?

+ author: Jonathanonymous
+ posted: December 1, 2006 03:45 PM

Jonathan! YES! Is it:

Laksmee Seng?
Lack Smei Sing?
Lacks MeSheng?

I'm with ya!

+ author: bev
+ posted: December 3, 2006 05:49 PM

Hey Seth, I had this same problem about 3 years ago. I had a total of 5 killer sinus infections inside of a year. I went to the ear/nose/throat guy, I had an MRI, they drew blood, but nothing was helping.
So, after all this I was going crazy. I was sure I was dying or something.
After the last of the five I've been totally healthy(I still have the spring SI, but that's normal). I guess my body just had a bad year. So' with this said keep your chin up, because they will stop occuring so frequently.
One thing that helps me is this It hurts like hell but keeps my sinus cavities feeling awesome.

+ author: Tim Campbell
+ posted: December 6, 2006 06:02 PM

reasons i know i am getting older-

-i can actually get up before 10 on the weekends, and feel good
-i get excited about saving money
-i am slowly becoming more of a morning person, but still don't talk or look at me. i'm not ready.
-my sister is sarcastic, and thinks i am lame
-i crap at the same time everyday
-i eat fish on a regular basis
-i get uptight when my family won't tell me what their holiday plans are

but i don't feel lame. i feel good. getting older is fun, so far.

+ author: jones
+ posted: December 6, 2006 07:39 PM

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