I'm not implying that were old, but . . .

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Blog entry by Karson posted 10-02-2009 08:39 PM 2023 reads 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A senior moment … at 48?

David McClure teaches science and coaches at Faubion Middle School in McKinney . He is also a Teacher Voices volunteer columnist.

$5.37. That’s what the kid behind the counter at Taco Bueno said to me. I dug into my pocket and pulled out some lint and two dimes and something that used to be a Jolly Rancher.

Having already handed the kid a five-spot, I started to head back out to the truck to grab some change when the kid with the Emo hairdo said the harshest thing anyone has ever said to me. He said, “It’s OK. I’ll just
give you the senior citizen discount.”

I turned to see who he was talking to and then heard the sound of change hitting the counter in front of me. “Only $4.68” he said cheerfully. I stood there stupefied. I am 48, not even 50 yet a mere child! Senior citizen?

I took my burrito and walked out to the truck wondering what was wrong with Emo. Was he blind? As I sat in the truck, my blood began to boil. Old? Me?

I’ll show him, I thought. I opened the door and headed back inside. I strode to the counter, and there he was waiting with a smile.

Before I could say a word, he held up something and jingled it in front of me, like I could be that easily distracted! What am I now? A toddler?

“Dude! Can’t get too far without your car keys, eh?” I stared with utter disdain at the keys. I began to rationalize in my mind. “Leaving keys behind hardly makes a man elderly! It could happen to anyone!”

I turned and headed back to the truck. I slipped the key into the ignition, but it wouldn’t turn. What now? I checked my keys and tried another. Still nothing. That’s when I noticed the purple beads hanging from my rearview mirror. I had no purple beads hanging from my rearview mirror.

Then, a few other objects came into focus. The car seat in the back seat. Happy Meal toys spread all over the floorboard. A partially eaten doughnut on the dashboard.

Faster than you can say ginkgo biloba, I flew out of the alien vehicle. Moments later I was speeding out of the parking lot, relieved to finally be leaving this nightmarish stop in my life. That is when I felt it, deep in the bowels of my stomach: hunger! My stomach growled and churned, and I reached to grab my burrito, only it was nowhere to be found.

I swung the truck around, gathered my courage, and strode back into the restaurant one final time. There Emo stood, draped in youth and black nail polish. All I could think was, “What is the world coming to?” All I could say was, “Did I leave my food and drink in here?” At this point I was ready to ask a Boy Scout to help me back to my vehicle, and then go straight home and apply for Social Security benefits.

Emo had no clue. I walked back out to the truck, and suddenly a young lad came up and tugged on my jeans to get my attention. He was holding up a drink and a bag. His mother explained, “I think you left this in my truck by mistake.” I took the food and drink from the little boy and sheepishly apologized.

She offered these kind words: “It’s OK. My grandfather does stuff like this all the time.”

All of this is to explain how I got a ticket doing 85 in a 40. Yes, I was racing some punk kid in a Toyota Prius. And no, I told the officer, I’m not too old to be driving this fast.

As I walked in the front door, my wife met me halfway down the hall. I handed her a bag of cold food and a $300 speeding ticket. I promptly sat in my rocking chair and covered up my legs with a blankey.

The good news was I had successfully found my way home.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 10-02-2009 08:47 PM

you da man , karson .
young or old !

great story ,
you should be a woodworker ,
i hear it’s a great hobby ,
for all ages .

just paint some lines on the floor ,
so you can find your way to and fro . (LOL)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-02-2009 08:57 PM

LMAO….I hate to say it but I have had a few of these….you start worrying if you are developing Alzheimers…or going senile….but then there are moments of absolute clarity where I can focus on something and amaze myself with my recall and thought process….

I once read somewhere that research shows that the older we get the less we focus on negative situations /memories (love that)...and the less concern we have about time/space (don’t know if that one fits)......but I think alot of these memory snafu’s are due to the fact that we just have a lot more to deal with as we age and we prioritize more of the right now…then the past….

Anyway…the best thing we can do is to challenge our minds as much as possible….you will notice that the older individuals with the sharpest minds are the ones that keep their minds sharp by reading…learning…and challenging themselves daily….the mind is like a muscle…it needs excersize…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 10-02-2009 09:02 PM

Boxers or briefs?


Depends on what?


I just wet my pants reading this…Thanks! I needed that after this week.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 10-02-2009 09:06 PM

Great story, Karson. I enjoyed reading this. We all have moments like this but seldom do we get this many at once.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 10-02-2009 09:08 PM

haha, nice

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 10-02-2009 09:09 PM

At 43, I find it laugh out loud funny. I hope I still find it funny in 5 years…

-- Steven

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#7 posted 10-02-2009 09:13 PM

Karson wether its old age or not you just made 37 people laff so thats not a bad thing

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 10-02-2009 09:30 PM

I hate when that happens.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 10-02-2009 09:38 PM

Been there, done that!! The bad news is it doesn’t get any better. The good news is, in a couple more years you won’t care!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 10-02-2009 10:05 PM

I wish I was only 48 again.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 10-02-2009 10:12 PM

Karson I was going to say something but I can’t remember what Iam 61.

-- Billp

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#12 posted 10-02-2009 10:30 PM

Are you really that old Karson, 48… I would have said 42. LOL
Yeah and I am only 15… damn dyslexia.. I mean 51… Oh so 84 hey.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 10-02-2009 11:17 PM

That kind of reminds me of the first time I asked for a senior discount.

I think I was just as embarrassed.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 10-02-2009 11:22 PM

This was bad because…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#15 posted 10-02-2009 11:28 PM

Its not old timers its sometimers…..

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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