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Yesterday I went to the grocery store, specifically Kroger. Once everything had been rung up I noticed that I had been given a ten percent senior citizen discount. Cool, I thought to myself. I don't know how long I had been getting it with my Kroger Plus card, but I appreciated it.

A few years ago I went for lunch to Cici's pizza for their $3.99 all you can eat buffet. The perky young lady rang up $2.99. I asked if there was a special running and she told me that Tuesday was senior day. I said that was cool and appreciated. So I continued to frequently take lunch at Cici's on Tuesday. One Tuesday after the cashier rang up $2.99, I noticed a small sign next to register stating that Tuesday was senior day for all customers 60 and older. As I recall, I was 55 at the time.

A couple of years ago when I was visiting my dad we went to Golden Corral for breakfast and the same thing happened. They gave us both senior citizen discounts even though I was really not old enough to qualify. My dad thought that was hilarious and called me old man for quite some time.

When my daughter visited me last summer and we went to Denny's for breakfast, the waitress brought me a senior menu.

I'll accept the insult if it saves me money. I need the money more than I need my pride. But being mistaken for being older is much cooler when you are a teen trying to buy beer. Now, I just accept it as it beats the alternative having had two Christmas cards sent back to me this year with an annotation indicating the addressee was deceased.

Oh well, every guy has to be a dead man some time, that's the way it goes.

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Sunshine79

Jan 20 @ 9:18AM  
Be glad you have grey hair!! It is good for some things!!

I remember the 1st time my dad got a Senior discount. It made us laugh as he was only about 52 at the time. He's now 60.
sugarnspice005

Jan 20 @ 9:36AM  
But being mistaken for being older is much cooler when you are a teen trying to buy beer

That is so true. I'm sure saving the money has it's advantages...but, I like my hair the way it is, brown with it's reddish highlights. And I plan on keeping it that way for as long as I can.
Wordsofwit

Jan 20 @ 9:46AM  
I remember a close encounter with a lady I dated for a while. She dyed her hair, but not all of it. Let's just say the public hair didn't match the hair on her head.
sugarnspice005

Jan 20 @ 9:51AM  
I'm honest about it...I said in Softie's blog yesterday that I dye my hair. I'll be 45 this year, so yes, there is more gray showing than what I like, so I dye my hair. My youngest sister just told me this past weekend that a few of her co workers thought my hair was blonde. Guess it's a matter of perspective?
dmbchick420

Jan 20 @ 9:51AM  
I was at the grocery store with my mom once and the lady rang her up with a senior citizen discount. She sorta laughed, but I think she was a little miffed about it and said to the cashier, "Do I really look that old?" I don't remember what the lady said to her....I was so embarrassed, but my mom is good at embarrassing me frequently
dmbchick420

Jan 20 @ 9:54AM  
Sugar....don't feel bad! I'm almost 35 and have been dying my hair for the last 7 years! When I was around 26, I remember my best friend saying, "You know you got some gray hair coming in?" At first, it was because I wanted a different color, but now I have to dye it or my grey hair starts coming in
Wordsofwit

Jan 20 @ 10:05AM  
Better turning grey than loose. My first grey hair showed up at thirteen and it didn't bother me, never has, except for once. When I was around 42 a rung on a ladder broke when I was coming down off of the roof. I flipped over went down face first about seven feet into a wood pile. The left side of my face had a lot of abrasions. To avoid risking infection, I didn't shave for over a week. My beard came grew out white.A friend of mine, an extremely attractive woman in her thirties came by and quipped, "Cool, I always wondered what your father looked like."
sugarnspice005

Jan 20 @ 10:07AM  
Gray showing at 13 or 26? Damn! I didn't notice my first gray hair till I was 38, and I thought that was too young. Although, I do have a cousin who had quite a bit of gray showing by the time she was 29.
casuallylooking

Jan 20 @ 10:26AM  

But being mistaken for being older is much cooler when you are a teen trying to buy beer.
Isn't that what a fake id was for? Not that I would have ever done such a thing of course...

Gray showing at 13 or 26? Damn! I didn't notice my first gray hair till I was 38,
I must be one of the really lucky ones........ so far, at 50, none yet.
But my eyebrows seem to be fading away.......
soft_touch938

Jan 20 @ 10:36AM  
Ok ladies....women don't dye their hair....they dye their curtains or an old shirt. They COLOR their hair. There...cosmetology lesson 101....

I seem to make cashiers uncomfortable....they didn't know if I qualified or not and more often than not they wouldn't ask and I'd get charged full price. Now that my hair is mostly white I don't have that problem anymore.

Just a brief off topic here. I didn't start coloring my hair because of white hair...I did it because my own hair looked faded and lack luster. Coloring it brought back the shine and depth of shade of my own hair color.
RevDocLove

Jan 20 @ 10:57AM  
My beard started turning long before my hair..
lunanegra

Jan 20 @ 11:27AM  
I'm 28 and people my age call me "ma'am".

I am not old, goddamnit.
RJ53

Jan 20 @ 12:21PM  
Senior citizens discount for those over 55 at Roses is why I shop there every Wednesday. Damn it is funny getting carded again. It is not a big store, my son used to work there, I shop there every week. You would think they would stop asking to see my ID sooner or later. LOL I am not sure if I should be flattered or annoyed at this point.
somnium

Jan 20 @ 12:23PM  
I am not old, goddamnit.
You're not old! But back in the hippie days (fun hippie era) if you were 30, your were considered old and not to be trusted... at all! Yet, I was getting laid- no problem!


sugarnspice005

Jan 20 @ 12:38PM  
Ok ladies....women don't dye their hair....they dye their curtains or an old shirt. They COLOR their hair. There...cosmetology lesson 101....

OOPS!!! My mistake Softie!

I COLOR my hair.

How's that? Did I pass comsmetology 101?
Wordsofwit

Jan 20 @ 1:02PM  
Ok ladies....women don't dye their hair....they dye their curtains or an old shirt. They COLOR their hair.

Isn't that kind of like turning back the odometer on a used car? You can change the hair color but that doesn't mask over crow's feet and turkey necks. Not everyone has the genes of Dick Clark or Eartha Kitt to pull it off.

When I see an elderly woman at the store or some place with dyed hair and pounds of make up, it strikes me as the emperor's new clothes. It is so phony and a laughable facade. Some of them look like they could portray the Joker in a Batman movie.
RJ53

Jan 20 @ 1:25PM  
When I see an elderly woman at the store or some place with dyed hair and pounds of make up, it strikes me as the emperor's new clothes. It is so phony and a laughable facade. Some of them look like they could portray the Joker in a Batman movie

The last time I colored my hair it was supposed to be temporary and it was in the 70s. I did it for a halloween gig and it was a bright purple. The next day I went to wash it out and found it was not so temporary after all And I had to go to class. I ended up leaving it for a few weeks as everyone loved it. I have never used hair color again. The only time I ever used make-up was on stage or special occasions as it felt like I was wearing a blanket on my face and I hated it. It also made me sneeze.
dmbchick420

Jan 20 @ 2:24PM  
You can change the hair color but that doesn't mask over crow's feet and turkey necks.

Bruce, I don't have to worry about that.........YET!!! Hell...I still get pimples!!!!
StraddleMyNose

Jan 21 @ 1:56AM  
Bruce, you crack me up with some of these stories

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