You Know You’re Old When:

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Last night a cute blonde girl bought me a drink. However, she knew me because she’s my kids’ summer camp counselor. This incident got me thinking about how you know you’re old—today is my 53rd birthday. So I decided to start a list: You know you’re old when…

  1. A cute blonde buys you a drink, and she’s your kids’ summer camp counselor.

  2. You have to leave the place where she bought you the drink because the music is too loud for your tinnitus.

  3. You leave by jumping in your filthy minivan.

  4. You stop on the way home to buy baby-bottle liners.

  5. You cancel your babysitter at summer camp because you’re too tired to go out at 9:00 pm.

  6. The only CDs that you buy are from Starbucks. (My wife thought of this one.)

Please add your ideas to this list so that we may commiserate!


You know you’re old when you feel like that you should answer your Facebook birthday wishes (over 100) and then Facebook smacks you down.

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About the Author:

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

164 Comments

  1. brent naylor August 30, 2007 at 11:58 am - Reply

    you are too old when it just seems yesterday when your father was celebrating this age.

  2. Paul Roub August 30, 2007 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Or, “… you buy CDs.”

  3. Dave August 30, 2007 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Too old when?:
    You are sending out autographed copies of your book to 20-something entrepreneurs who hope to feel as “young” as you do. Thanks for all the great wisdom (the kind that keeps us thinking and young at mind). Hopefully we’ll meet before 54 rolls around.

  4. Philip Elder August 30, 2007 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I have three sizes of clothes: Summer, Spring/Autumn, and Winter in my closet.
    Read: Small, medium, large! 😀
    Philip

  5. brent naylor August 30, 2007 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    believing, if you were not married, you would of been in.

  6. Chris August 30, 2007 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    …the number of funerals you attend exceeds the number of weddings you attend.

  7. Bill Robertson August 30, 2007 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    … home improvement and cooking shows are interesting.

  8. Steven Buehler August 30, 2007 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    The music you grew up with starts playing on your local “oldies” station.

  9. William Voll August 30, 2007 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    … When your kids are the babysitters!

  10. Akela Talamasca August 30, 2007 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    You know you’re too old when you have to explain to someone why we say ‘Dial the number’

  11. Mario August 30, 2007 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Hello Guy,
    We feel old also when we listen:
    1. Some new tricks for iPhone application at Facebook.
    2. Twitter adds “search box” and we do not know what Twitter is good for.
    3. some person make a very good looking blog, better than ours in minutes at www.weebly.com, without the problems of installing wordpress.
    4. To make a claim for a “link.”
    5. To buy the new Photoshop for 60 bucks OEM edition.
    Mario Ruiz
    @ www.oursheet.com

  12. Michael Stelly August 30, 2007 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    You know you’re old when…
    you remember what “album sides” meant;
    you’re son asks, “what are those black CD’s?” (45 rpm’s) — true story.

  13. a. August 30, 2007 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    When you realize that when you went to high school you didn’t get an email address. And no one you knew at high school had an email address. Or knew what email was.
    Or that none of the people you went to schools with are in facebook (or even linkedin) as they are too old (at least mentally).

  14. Mike McCamon August 30, 2007 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    When you have to explain to someone what “the operating system wars” was and why I’m still a religious Mac user.

  15. Casey West August 30, 2007 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    When you’re having a conversation about the 80s coming back and you completely confuse the teenagers by mentioning a Members Only jacket – the one hanging in your closet.
    When you’re 27 and you’ve done everything a 53 year old has done to think he’s old, even #6 (I love your music, Norah Jones).

  16. Steve August 30, 2007 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    …when your wife says, “Honey, let’s run upstairs and make love.” and you respond with “I can only do one of those things.”

  17. Failing is not an option... August 30, 2007 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    You know youre old when

    When I came across Guys blog by today I found out that he took the chance of his 53rd birthday to prepare a list that defines what tells you that youre old.
    Sure I just got 30 years old but anyhow – sometimes I feel like feeling old sta…

  18. Kåre Mulvad August 30, 2007 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    When you have to use Ctrl + + + + To read the text on the pages you visit online – btw. turning 29 tomorrow…

  19. Martha August 30, 2007 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    You know you’re old when you start making lists that start “You know you’re old when…”

  20. Jamie August 30, 2007 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    You know you’re old when you spell words correctly and use full sentences in text messages.

  21. Michael Sporer August 30, 2007 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Guy;
    This post really struck a nerve, because today was one of those days when everything went wrong. At 52, I don’t bounce back from days like this as quickly as before. Your post enlightened me as I go back to work this evening for round 2. Thanks, Guy!!!

  22. RayC22 August 30, 2007 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    You know you’re old when you use the phrase,”I used to…” and “when I was your age” more than “I will” and “When I’m older”.\
    Or, You know you’re old when your MLM buddies is trying to sell you dentures and toupee instead of energy drinks and protein supplement.
    By the way, the picture is missing some candles, 23 to be exact. hah!

  23. Brian August 30, 2007 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    You remember when jokes about the USSR were funny.
    “Your papers please” and other absurd restrictions on freedoms are right around the corner.

  24. AK August 30, 2007 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    …when your kids “discover” The Beatles and think they’re cool. (But you’re STILL not.)

  25. SDL August 30, 2007 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    you know you’re old when you’re boyfriend’s daughter announced his engagement to be married and the response is “I didn’t know old people got engaged.”

  26. Marc Duchesne August 30, 2007 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    You are too old when you don’t get this Facebook hype.

  27. bjgis August 30, 2007 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    I like Little Feat’s version:
    “You know that you’re over the hill
    When your mind makes a promise
    That your body can’t fill”

  28. Marc Duchesne August 30, 2007 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Ooops, typo ! (maybe I’m getting old 😉
    FacebooK, not “Facebool” *
    * Facebool : the new Facebook trendy app for Boolean operators fanatics !

  29. Dave W. August 30, 2007 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    …when you remember Guy Kawasaki talking about the new Mac Quadras.
    …when you still make “ring-ring” sounds when your grandkids are playing with the cordless telephones.
    …when you still refer to telephones as cordless and corded phones.
    Turning 29 to 30 is not so hard. Turning 34 to 35 is much harder because you now have to check off the “35-54” box on surveys.

  30. Phil Curnan August 30, 2007 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    The oldies station plays stuff that you don’t know because its too new.
    Your kid has to show you how to operate the new whatever.

  31. Stacy Jo McDermott August 30, 2007 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Guy! Best wishes for a great year ahead.
    You know you’re old when you remember having to get up and walk over to the TV to change channels…
    And related:
    You know you’re old when you remember that at the most there were 5 TV channels to choose from…

  32. Barbara Heffner August 30, 2007 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    …your child handles all tech support for the household, even though you work in the high-tech industry.
    …you get more excited about buying a new appliance than a new leather jacket.

  33. TodayIsNotOverYet August 30, 2007 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

  34. Musings from the Peanut Gallery August 30, 2007 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    You Know You’re Old When

    Guy Kawasaki has a great post, “You know you’re old when:” Thing is, I’m a year younger than him, and the list looks older! You know you’re old when your son is older than your boss. You know you’re old…

  35. Tom Brickley August 30, 2007 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    You know you are too old when a pretty woman tells you that you look around 45 and you take that as a compliment.

  36. Jesse Ciccone August 30, 2007 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    your Generation isn’t represented by a single letter

  37. Doug Haslam August 30, 2007 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    You know you are old when:
    You don’t know whether to be more frightened by the fact that your friends are turning 50, or that 50 doesn’t sound old anymore.
    When you speak with another adult and realize she was born during your senior year of high school
    Great thread!

  38. Emon August 30, 2007 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    …when your friends start sentences with ‘Remember when…’

  39. Jamie Phelps August 30, 2007 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    I feel old when I start realizing that a very large number of my favorite bands are no longer playing music. My favorite band called it quits in 2003, and I still listen to them all the time. When those bands outnumber bands that are still around on your iPod, that’s when you’re getting old.

  40. Frank Roche August 30, 2007 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    You know you’re old when…
    …you don’t recognize the guy who’s shaving you in the mirror
    …you haven’t heard a single song on iTunes Top 10
    …you stop drinking caffeine, 2% milk, and eating white bread, and it still is hard to hold the weight.

  41. Jason Falls August 30, 2007 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Ike Piggot pointed out on his blog the other day that there are people alive today that first heard Nirvana’s “In Utero” actually in utero. Ugh.
    Happy Birthday!

  42. ranjit August 30, 2007 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    you know you’re old when…
    you’re home alone on a saturday night, the phone rings, and you hope it’s a wrong number.

  43. Hank Nachtsheim August 30, 2007 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    You know you are old when you find yourself reading “You Know You Are Old When” blogs and articles.!

  44. Jim August 30, 2007 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    I bought a CD recently and the cute young female working the register told me it was “…an awesome CD.” I glowed thinking how “cool” I still am. She followed up with “…my Dad listens to it all the time.”

  45. Alec Saunders August 30, 2007 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    …your kids (age 9 through 18) look at you funny when you talk about buying the latest “album” from your favorite band…
    …your kids ask “what’s that, dad?” when confronted with a rotary dial phone at a novelty shop…
    both of these happened to me in the last week.
    Happy Birthday Guy!

  46. Luis Villa August 30, 2007 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    My stepfather said he felt old when his kids started voluntarily listening to NPR.

  47. Susanna August 30, 2007 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    …when the number of years you’ve known your spouse is greater than the number of years you haven’t.

  48. adil August 30, 2007 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    You know you are old when you remember what happened 20 years ago in your life but forgot what happen just 24 hours before

  49. Abhi August 30, 2007 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    This might make you feel old…..today I am also celebrating my 27th birthday…almost half of your age….but this might make you feel good…I think you rock!!

  50. j August 30, 2007 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    …you just turned half Guy’s age (26.5) and even YOU remember the days of 1200 baud modems.
    Happy Birthday!

  51. Jim Kring August 30, 2007 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    You Know You’re Old When…
    You are writing articles called “You Know You’re Old When”

  52. Jim Teece August 30, 2007 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    …The cute, hard bodied, dark haired girl sitting next to you at the Sushi bar doesn’t notice your wedding ring and leans over so close you can smell her sweat and she whispers in your ear as your heart races, “Your so funny and cute and nice… I’d love to introduce you to my mom!”
    really happened to me. mid-life crisis here I come.

  53. Marc Duchesne August 30, 2007 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    You’re too old when posting a comment on a blog you think you made a typo and, actually, no.
    post-scriptum : Happy Birthday, Great Guy !
    ***************
    Marc,
    Hate to tell you but you did have a typo. I fixed it because my young eyes caught it.
    Guy

  54. Michael Steverson August 30, 2007 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Happy B-Day, Guy.
    You know you’re getting older when your knees buckle and your belt doesn’t.
    Best Wishes.

  55. Jim Goshorn August 30, 2007 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    You’re getting old if you can remember the original TV show the “new” movie is based on (ie: Speed Racer)
    You’re getting old if you remember doctors doing house calls
    You’re getting old if you can remember the names of the Monkees
    You’re getting old if you can remember watching the Beatles premier on Ed Sullivan
    You’re getting old if you remember when pay phones were 10 cents or less
    You’re getting old if you remember 78 rpm records
    You’re getting old if you were glued to the radio listening to Cousin Brucie
    You’re getting old if you remember watching TV on a B&W set
    You’re getting old if you remember commercials for a toy gun that Kurt Russell did
    You’re getting old if you remember snacking on Bonomo Turkish Taffy
    You’re getting old if you owned a Steve Canyon pilot helmet
    You’re getting old if you remember seeing the “Three Stooges In Orbit” in the movies

  56. darsys August 30, 2007 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    (1) Happy Birthday, Guy. I think it’s great an old creature like you managed to survive to his 100th birthday. That’s quite an accomplishment. Ok, that was almost mean. So seriously, happy birthday.
    (2) I had no idea you had tinnitus. I have it too. Blech. Bill Shatner has it too not that’ll make you feel any better, though. You should join the American Tinnitus Association because it’s worth it just for the magazine with all sorts of useful stuff. Contact me if you want more info.

  57. Mike Sax August 30, 2007 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    … when people come up to you and say you were their childhood hero.

  58. mike August 30, 2007 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Another sign:
    When your current boss is the same age as your baby sister, and your new boss-to-be is younger than your daughter!

  59. Shane August 30, 2007 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    You know you’re getting old when youthful Apple Computer wunderkind and author of The Macintosh Way starts musing about being old!
    Cheers,
    Shane

  60. Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta August 30, 2007 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    You Know You’re Old When:

    How to Change the World: You Know You’re Old When:: Last night a cute blonde girl bought me a drink. However, she knew me because she’s my kids’ summer camp counselor. This incident got me thinking about how you know you’re old—today is my 53rd birthda…

  61. Jake McKee August 30, 2007 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    When you have no idea what channel MTV is, but you can punch up HGTV and Food Network without looking.

  62. Ash Haque August 30, 2007 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Guy!

  63. Steve Woodruff August 30, 2007 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    You know you’re getting old when 2 pieces of information leak out for every new bit you take in.

  64. Evert August 30, 2007 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    When most of the sentences that you say to your kids start with: “When I was you we had….”
    E.

  65. Faraz August 30, 2007 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    You know you are old when:
    – your primary use of the internet is to find descriptions of your ailments on Web MD and to find the operating hours for your local bed, bath and beyond
    – if you’ve complained that you need bigger keys on you cellphone

  66. Alfred Thompson August 30, 2007 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    When ever you meet an attractive young woman your first thought is “I wonder if she would be right for my grown son.”
    There are people you work with who are younger than your child[ren] and some of them are managers.
    BTW Happy Birthday. I hit 54 the other week myself.

  67. Paul Ruppert August 30, 2007 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    You know you’re old, when you share a birthday with the founder of Truemors, and bought his first book in 1992, then picked up “If You Want to Write” upon his recommendation!

  68. Nathan Gilliatt August 30, 2007 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    You know you’re getting old when your kids start making observations that start with “you know you’re getting old”…

  69. Stephanie V August 30, 2007 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    (This actually happened to me this morning.) You know you’re old when a friend of yours says he can’t meet you for lunch because he has to have lunch with a VC, and your first thought is “Viet Cong.”
    HBD Guy!
    (smooooch)

  70. Kendall August 30, 2007 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Guy!

  71. Steve Tourigny August 30, 2007 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    1) You worry more about your parents than your kids.
    2) It takes two hands and two legs to lift your wide goalie arse off the ice when one leg would bounce you up quite nicely 30 years ago.
    Happy B’day from Folsom, CA

  72. Alvaro August 30, 2007 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    …when you appreciate wisdom over adventure.

  73. Fong Fong August 30, 2007 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    You know you’re old when someone new has picked up the torch that you have been carrying. Happy Birthday Guy!

  74. Recruiting Bloggers.com August 30, 2007 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Kawasaki Is Old

    So what? Isn’t life tragic? It’s so jam-packed with difficult choices by which you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Here’s what I mean. In yet another one of those “I’m getting old” articles Sir Guy whines about the dark side of his life de…

  75. Jon August 30, 2007 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    you go to nightclubs and everybody looks at you like you’re their father 🙁
    Jon

  76. Shava Nerad/Shava Suntzu in SL August 30, 2007 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    You feel old when you come back from your son’s freshman orientation for high school, they’re talking about him being class of 2011 for his diploma, and you start doing the math between 1977 and 2011 — and briefly come up with 66 years difference… 🙂

  77. DaveD August 30, 2007 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Gee, I was thinking that Grateful Dead CD at Starbucks was looking pretty good…

  78. blooflame August 30, 2007 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    You know you are old when you go to a restaurant near your high school reunion, the waiter asks “what school?”, you tell him, he says “I went to that school, too! What year did you graduate?”, you tell him, and he says “that’s the year I was born”.

  79. Joe Fusco August 30, 2007 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    …when “getting busy” means, well, you’ve got a lot of errands to run.

  80. PPT Diva August 30, 2007 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    You know you’re old when you see the lunchbox you had in elementary school in a collectibles store.
    Happy Birthday Guy!

  81. Horatio August 30, 2007 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    You know when you are old (i’m 36), when the teenager cashier (16), says to you in Chinese, “uncle”, what do you need or want?!

  82. Stephanie V August 30, 2007 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    (This actually happened to me this morning.)
    You know you’re old when your friend says he can’t do lunch because he has to have lunch with a VC, and your first thought is Viet Cong.

  83. Ujwala August 30, 2007 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    You’re not old enough if you can remember! Happy Birthday! Loved the post and all the comments. Sooo many apply to me as well.

  84. András Hídvégi August 30, 2007 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday From Budapest, Hungary!

  85. Dave August 30, 2007 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday, Guy!
    You know you’re old when you see one of those “you must have been born before this date to buy alcohol/cigarettes” and you remember what you were doing on that date.

  86. tlanger August 30, 2007 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    You know you’re old when the realization hits; you could keel over at any moment and no one would be too surprised!
    You know you’re very old when people are surprised you haven’t keeled over yet!
    HBD – your work is much appreciated!

  87. Julian Schrader August 30, 2007 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday, Guy!

  88. Indus Khaitan August 30, 2007 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    How do you know if a VC is now a VC emeritus (Humour intended :-))
    1. He blogs (and blogs vehemently).
    2. He starts a company for $10000 (and promotes it aggressively)
    3. He talks about growing old
    4. He talks more about speaking engagements than technology startups
    5. He has written 8 books (and is working on the 9th one).
    Happy Birthday!

  89. Carlos August 30, 2007 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    I think you’re old when you read a post titled “you know you’re old when…” just to feel younger.
    HBD Guy.

  90. Henk August 30, 2007 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    One of my professors in college once said: you’re old when you spend more money on keeping your health than on destroying it.
    He’s also 53 btw 😉
    And happy birthday!

  91. Cathryn Hrudicka August 30, 2007 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    You know you’re old when…the people who are CEOs at start-ups you work with are young enough to have been in kindergarten when you got your first job after college…or they don’t remember the Vietnam War or what really happened at Watergate.
    You know you’re still young when…you are able to keep your sense of humor and find things to laugh about when people 15 years younger are whining all around you about trivial stuff…and you can dance as well as they can.
    Happy Birthday, Guy! You still rock and always will.;-)
    Cheers and many more happy ones,
    Cathryn Hrudicka, Chief Imagination Officer
    Creative Sage(tm)

  92. Dr.Mani August 30, 2007 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    You know you’re getting old when most of the people who remember your birthday are ‘enemies’ (friends are more ‘diplomatic’ and pretend to forget!)
    You know you’re getting old when you have more to feel nostalgic about, than feel excited about wanting to change!
    You know you’re getting old when you get invitations – and they are for the weddings of kids you once got invitations to 1st and 2nd birthday parties!
    But here’s my favorite:
    “A woman is as old as she looks. A man is as old as he THINKS he is!”
    Happy birthday, Guy – and here’s to many more where those came from 🙂
    All success
    Dr.Mani

  93. Tomaz August 31, 2007 at 12:12 am - Reply

    You are to old when you start thinking about your age 😉
    Happy birthday Guy.

  94. Kast August 31, 2007 at 12:45 am - Reply

    You’re old when your son wins every time you play videogames with him (well, not so old, maybe: your wife still reminds you that ONLY CHILDREN PLAY VIDEOGAMES !).

  95. Pat Phelan August 31, 2007 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Your kids friends start calling you Mr.
    People in stores start calling you sir
    a treat is an early night
    Happy birthday Guy

  96. Guy August 31, 2007 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Happy B-Day, man.
    I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now, and enjoy every minute of it.
    Keep it up!
    Cheers.
    Guy.

  97. alex August 31, 2007 at 2:48 am - Reply

    When you start making this kind of lists.
    Hppy Brth day. ;- )

  98. Hooshyar Naraghi August 31, 2007 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday, Guy!
    I am a couple of years behind you. You know you’re getting old, when
    – the high-school girl in the neighborhood you were in love with but didn’t get a chance to marry tells you on the phone her daughter just graduated from college. Ouch!
    – you have to describe TV Series like “The Virginian” and “My Favorite Martian” to the entire web team during lunch or late dinner in your dotcom company to show off that you also watch TV re-runs, but not “The Friends.”
    – On the same TV thing, you want to socialize with the kiddos, so you proudly reveal “Did you know Mozilla’s client program Thunderbird used to be the name of an animated TV series too?”
    – you end up introducing President Ronald Reagan (yeah, forget about the Vietnam War) to the same web team.
    – you have a pleasant conversation with a college grad girl on your CalTrain ride and by the time both get off on King Street in SF she says “Thank you so much for giving me hints how to deal with my old manager.”
    – you see your AYSO soccer player on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park and he says “Coach Hoosh, let me introduce you to my wife and son.”

  99. Hooshyar Naraghi August 31, 2007 at 2:56 am - Reply

    I had to mention this one:
    When your eyes fail to recognize the bloody characters on the second page in order to complete posting your comment.

  100. Roberto August 31, 2007 at 4:13 am - Reply

    You know you are getting old when you have tons of knowledge and passion to share and you see beginner mistakes miles away.
    Congrats…
    r0b3rt0
    btw 53 is not old, old is when….

  101. Dave Barton August 31, 2007 at 4:20 am - Reply

    When you think of your parents at your age now and recall how old (make that ancient) they seemed at the time.

  102. Prescott August 31, 2007 at 6:52 am - Reply

    When, uh, just a sec. I’ll be right back. I gotta go pee again.
    Hau`oli la hanau!

  103. Dan Limbach August 31, 2007 at 6:53 am - Reply

    You track the ages of top pro athletes who are older than you. When you can’t find any, you are old. Michael Jordan’s retirement marked the end of my youth.

  104. Mike Castro de Maria August 31, 2007 at 8:06 am - Reply

    How you can’t brought music on iTune !!! Please help inde producer Guy,be a social art buyer. Take a look on my last CD, I’m sure you will love it : “Sweet Sugar Lounge” by Mike Castro de Maria
    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=261200168&s=143442
    You will fell younger after listen it, guaranty pure pleasure and better than Starbucks compilation !!!

  105. MatchMineMike August 31, 2007 at 9:29 am - Reply

    …You don’t know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
    …You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.
    …Your houseplants are alive, and you can’t smoke any of them.

  106. frances August 31, 2007 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Happy belated birthday!
    Having small children at a relatively advanced age means I have these “I know I’m old when” moments every day. :-/
    You know you’re reeeeally old when:
    — You explain to your daughter that you not only had no personal computers in elementary school, you had no PCs (or Macs) in secondary school or college, either;
    — Ditto that on cell phones, microwave ovens, DVRs, PDAs, iPods, etc.;
    — You’re pondering what to do with your record collection, and have to explain to your kids what a record is, to boot;
    — You stop making fun of ED commercials and start paying attention to them;
    — You get your fourth AARP solicitation this week;
    — Two words: statin drugs.

  107. Danny Tuppeny August 31, 2007 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I started reading the comments for more funny lines, but there are so many I gave up. You should update your post with the whole lot without peoples boring comments in between 😉

  108. Larry August 31, 2007 at 10:34 am - Reply

    You start worrying about the next morning while it is still the night before.

  109. Rajesh August 31, 2007 at 10:50 am - Reply

    🙂 – when women friends who were once asking you to take their friends out for a date, start asking you if you knew someone who could take their friend out.
    When it takes you a bit to figure out what ‘bring sexy back’ really means!
    🙂
    Hope you had fun.

  110. Eduard August 31, 2007 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Well… you know you’re old when you no longer feel disadvantaged by your lack of experience.

  111. CB August 31, 2007 at 11:04 am - Reply

    At first the young girls smile back at you. As the years go by they start getting creeped out. After a few more years they don’t even realize you’re smiling at them because you’re invisible. That’s when you know you’re old.
    Others:
    1. You pull your back reaching for a loaf of bread.
    2. You won’t play volleyball at beach party because you might hurt your wrist and loose a couple of day of work.
    3. You stop trying to change people’s minds about religion, politics…or just about anything.

  112. David B. Bohl at Slow Down FAST August 31, 2007 at 11:06 am - Reply

    You Know You’re Old When … you wake up in the morning feeling hung over, and the only thing you did the night before was stay up ‘late’ to watch Entourage.

  113. vantelimus August 31, 2007 at 11:25 am - Reply

    This is a sad one that happened to me almost 20 years ago when I was in my 30s. I was talking to a 14 year old who was going on and on about some then popular music figure. I mentioned one or two musicians that the kid didn’t know. So, as a smart ass, I said “I’ll bet you didn’t know Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings”. The kid in all honesty looked at me perplexed and said “What’s Wings?”

  114. Robert Franklin August 31, 2007 at 11:27 am - Reply

    You know you are getting old when your dad hands over the keys to the car and asks you to drive!
    Well, it did not actually happen that way, more like I wrestled him to the ground and forced the keys out of his hands screaming I will no longer put the lives of my family in jeopardy (slight exaggeration).

  115. Robin Reagler August 31, 2007 at 11:34 am - Reply

    De-lurking to shout: Happy Birthday to you, Guy!

  116. Shongo August 31, 2007 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    You know you’re old when You’re 53 and you’re on a site originally designed with 20 something years old in mind…

  117. Arun Sadhashivan August 31, 2007 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Actresses in movies are half your age (or 1/3rd or 1/4th)
    Arun

  118. Inger August 31, 2007 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    ..your first ipod had a spinning trackwheel..
    Happy Birthday!!

  119. Howard Owens August 31, 2007 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    When you think Twitter is hip.
    I mean, seriously, how many young people are into Twitter?

  120. Vince Bianco August 31, 2007 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Happy Belated Birthday Guy,
    You know you’re old when everyone from the car valet to attractive waitresses started addressing you as “sir.” Ouch…
    Best, -Vince

  121. Ioannis August 31, 2007 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Your parents stop worrying about you, but you start worrying about your parents!

  122. Ina August 31, 2007 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I am still very surprised at your age. You just look much much younger. I didn’t realize that until I read the year you graduated from college: 1976. That’s two years before I was born.

  123. Vivek Krishna August 31, 2007 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    When your memories outweigh your dreams – anonymous

  124. Bruce Haley August 31, 2007 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Well today is MY 61st birthday and I know I’m old when I say that it doesn’t mean anything and I know that for the first time in my life I’m lying. Happy Birthday, Guy.

  125. Fox August 31, 2007 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    You know you’re getting old when…
    The cute young thing behind the cash register at the buffet gives you the senior discount without even asking if you qualify (this happened to me at age 45!).
    You remember when people picked out television sets in part based on how the wooden cabinet would go with the other furniture in the living room.
    And you remember watching the very first live transatlantic satellite transmission, and thinking how wonderful it was that you could see things happening on the other side of the world in real time.
    You remember when you had to pick up the phone and listen before dialing because some other subscriber on your party line might be using the phone.
    And you only called some relatives at Christmas and/or on their birthday because long distance calls were so expensive.
    You remember when your grandmother died and people sent telegrams of condolences.
    You had a Davy Crockett cap, and all the neighborhood boys had BB guns.
    You hear some of the TV ads for 1990’s era dance music CD’s and think that it kind of sounds like disco – but then realize that disco was 20 years earlier.
    You remember buying an album of 24 hits from K-Tel
    You remember the jingles and announcers from your favorite top-40 radio station – and they actually worked at that particular station, not at some satellite feed HQ that sent the same programming to hundreds of stations.
    You remember when car radios were AM only, and had “Conelrad” symbols at 640 and 1240 kiloCYCLES (not kiloHERTZ) on the dial.
    You’ve ever looked to see if there is a “tribute” site for your former favorite radio station – and there IS – and the big topic is which of the former on-air personalities have departed this mortal plane.
    You remember when people complained mightily because gasoline went above 30 cents a gallon, and swore they’d give up driving if it ever went up to 50 cents.
    One of your children just had an operation that is usually only needed when people start to age (e.g. gall bladder removal).
    You remember when computers were large behemoths that occupied entire rooms, needed their own cooling system, and were only used by large businesses. And you realize that the computer on your desk probably has far more computing power than that monster computer did.
    You gave up on instant messaging because you can’t understand all the shorthand terms the kids type.
    You’ve changed your views on religion and politics considerably, and find that you get into arguments with your kids because they picked up your former beliefs and values and haven’t “seen the light” yet!

  126. Shefaly August 31, 2007 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    You know you are old when fashions come back around and you have the kit from the last time they were in fashion (e.g. Raybans).
    You know you are old when the same thing happens to rock bands (e.g. Red Hot Chilli Peppers).
    You know you are old when the oldest clothes you have are double-digit years old (but boy, fitting in them still, comfortably, is such an ego boost!).
    You know you are old when you have a personal trainer who was born when you were already in high school (hell, you are old if you can afford one as good as he is).
    BTW I believe some people are born old. It is more a state of mind (which is why some kids stare at you when you sing a song aloud with the radio and they think you are demented and do not know how to act your age) than a state of body.

  127. James September 1, 2007 at 12:20 am - Reply

    You know your old when:
    You can neither sit down nor bend over without making some kind of noise.
    You look to see exactly how much money you dropped before you pick it up.

  128. James September 1, 2007 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Forgot this one
    You know your old when:
    On you birthday you get a birthday card from AARP……

  129. Joerg Weisner September 1, 2007 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday Guy,
    even if this comes a bit late.
    I know I am gettting older, by having fun, reading all these comments.
    Maybe its because I am one year older than you 😉

  130. Slow Down Fast Today! September 1, 2007 at 5:08 am - Reply

    Making Time This Labor Day for Personal Development

    Are you planning one of those low-key, kick-back-and-relax weekends filled with quality instead of quantity? Here are some reads for your Good-Slow weekend:

  131. Keith Seckel September 1, 2007 at 10:36 am - Reply

    I love the list so far and am surprised no one has mentioned these two:
    You know you are getting old when you remember…
    a) when MTV played only music
    b) when MTV went off the air at night
    c) when TV in general went off at night! (after playing the national anthem!)

  132. Victor September 2, 2007 at 7:28 am - Reply

    Hi,
    For the past month I have been trying to get the crew at Starbucks in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to stop calling me “Uncle”.
    In Asia “Uncle” is used as a sign of respect to older gentlemen.
    I am 44, so you can understand the dismay when the PYT calls me “Uncle”!

  133. karthick September 2, 2007 at 7:39 am - Reply

    When a kiddo asks you abt sth u hv never heard of..

  134. Michael September 2, 2007 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    …you had two sizes of coping: large and small broomstick handles.
    …You remember when boards were skinny *before* they were fat.
    …”Dogtown” was the HolyLand of all things Pool-like.

  135. 40Hourstogo September 2, 2007 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    ….when your son starts high school.
    Happy Belated Birthday Guy.

  136. Carl September 2, 2007 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    You know you’re old when it takes you all night to do what you used to do all night.

  137. Queensalmon September 2, 2007 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    I FEEL really old when I’m convinced that the kid in the car next to me is not in any way old enough to drive!! (I’ll be 44 in two weeks).
    RE: records – my kid once referred to them as “those really big black CD’s”
    BTW – Costco.com sells two turntables that can download your records to your PC through a normal USB. The sound quality seems good, but I just got mine, so haven’t transferred to mp3 yet.

  138. Tara Kachaturoff September 4, 2007 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Happy Belated Birthday, Guy!
    Kind Regards,
    Tara Kachaturoff

  139. Penny Herscher September 4, 2007 at 8:40 am - Reply

    When you go from being CEO and the youngest member of the executive staff (at Simplex) to being CEO, 47 years old and the second oldest person at the company (at FirstRain)!
    Happy Birthday Guy.

  140. Outdoor1s September 4, 2007 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Here is a response I received from a friend after I forwarded the “make love or run upstairs” comment:
    “I know I am getting old when people compliment my new allitgator shoes and I am BAREFOOT.”

  141. Solutions Talk September 5, 2007 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Old is just a state of mind…and body…

    Today’s Notable Quote(s): “If I would have known that I was going to live so long, I would have taken much better care of myself.” – Mickey Mantle “The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter

  142. Tyler September 5, 2007 at 7:59 am - Reply

    You know your getting old if you once had a secretary that used a typewriter…
    if you remember business life before email…
    when you keep calling your kids ipod a walkman…
    if you ever owned an Atari Pong game…
    uggghhh!

  143. BillT September 5, 2007 at 9:07 am - Reply

    You know you’re getting old when:
    1. Five of the 40 Garage Portfolio Companies on the Home Page of your Website have bad or missing links!
    2. Of the 35 remaining links very few are compelling, interesting, exciting, or at all revolutionalary!

  144. anon September 8, 2007 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    …you think Guy Kawasaki is sexier than Zac Efron!

  145. Pamela Slim September 10, 2007 at 9:18 am - Reply

    OK, I am way late to the table on this one, so first, I wanted to say HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY Guy! My b-day is August 28, so I now know one more reason to like you — anally retentive Virgo tendencies. Try to deny it, I know the truth.
    Now for my “you know you are old” moment — when I found myself singing and dancing in the aisles of Target, to music that was blatantly analyzed and chosen to appeal to my 40-something suburban Mom demographic. I don’t remember the specific track, but it must have been Kool and the Gang or another “bleeding edge” musical act. As soon as I realized what I was doing, I promptly got embarrassed at myself. Good thing I don’t have teenagers with me, or I might gone down forever into the Mom Hall of Shame. But my two-year old Josh did say “Stop dancing Mom.”
    Enjoy your 53 years young.
    You are still a spring chicken, really, albeit with a bit more crackly knees.
    -Pam

  146. mike September 10, 2007 at 10:18 am - Reply

    you watch 5 minutes of the MTV video music awards, hardly recognize anyone, and wonder when popular music got so terrible.

  147. Grampaw September 12, 2007 at 8:43 am - Reply

    You know you’re old
    When your Granddaughter starts college after a
    4 year stint in the Air Force.
    You remember when there were only 3 TV networks.
    Movies cost a Quarter, and you saw 2 of them and a cartoon.

  148. Jerry Calliste Jr. September 12, 2007 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    At 41 years old your 6 year old granddaughter is constantly calling you “Grandpa”.
    Your 25 year old daughter (who has three kids of her own) is bugging you to hurry up and get her 44 year old mother pregnant because in her words she, “..always wanted a brother.” Yeah, right well guess what?
    You only seem to remember everyones surnames and not their first names.
    You remember when New York City pay phones used to be 10 cents to make a call.

  149. Marc September 13, 2007 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    you know you’re getting old when at one point you thought you were too young for a job and now you worry about being to old for the same job. Where once you were hungry and inexperienced, and now your grizzled and full of sage wisdom… oh and the chili peppers are still relevant.

  150. Stu Waterman September 13, 2007 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    You don’t dread turning 50, you wish you were turning 50…again

  151. Chris September 13, 2007 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Why would your Minivan be filthy? What has age to do with it?

  152. tantowi September 16, 2007 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I feel old when I saw a football player retired, cause I older than him.

  153. Antti Kalpio September 18, 2007 at 5:03 am - Reply

    You know you’re old when you bookmark Guy Kawasaki’s blog instead of break.com

  154. I, Hans. September 20, 2007 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Yeah.

    How to Change the World: You Know You’re Old When:: You know your old when: You can neither sit down nor bend over without making some kind of noise. You look to see exactly how much money you dropped before

  155. [email protected] September 21, 2007 at 1:54 am - Reply

    You Know Youre OldWhen

    Guy Kawasaki had a great post on his blog at his 53th birthday. Also, he invited readers to share their thought. Here is the audio version。

  156. Mike Burda September 21, 2007 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Y’know you are old when you are annoyed by advertisements before the movies in theatres. C’mon, I am paying to see the movie why are you making me watch commercials? I remember when…. 😉

  157. Prem September 22, 2007 at 2:42 am - Reply

    You are too old when….in your Club bill you find you have spent more on medicines than at the bar.

  158. mike t September 22, 2007 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    You are old when someone younger gives up his seat when you board the bus or train. But my Swiss friend he will punch him in the nose if anyone does that

  159. Kevin C September 23, 2007 at 7:45 am - Reply

    People do things at 25 and you start to wonder if you were like that at that age. I probably was 🙂
    As Jimmy Buffett says, grow old slowly!!!!
    Ciao!

  160. Marketing & Strategy Innovation Blog September 26, 2007 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Presentation of “You Know You’re Old When”

    by: Guy KawasakiI loved this PowerPoint adaptation of You Know Youre Old When (be sure to read the comments). Heres also an audio version that I did. Just in case you missed it the first time around….

  161. JMG3Y September 26, 2007 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    You remember when rotary devices were part of phone dialing and channel changing.
    You know the massive mass difference between a card punch and a punch card.
    You remember when Control was the first word in CDC rather than the last.
    The most important tape had magnetic domains rather than chemical adhesives.

  162. Bob Lazzarini September 26, 2007 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    you know you’re getting old when…
    you add detergent and fabric softener to the clothes washing machine as it’s filling up with water … and then walk away without putting the dirty clothes in it. 🙂

  163. Scott September 28, 2007 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    You know you are old when you tell a Nixon joke in a training class, a really funny one, and the entire class looks at you with blank stare.

  164. Robert Richards November 22, 2007 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Just hit the that 53 today and thought I’d add these:
    You know your getting old when your teeth go out more than you do.
    …you sink your teeth into a nice buttery corn on the cob and they stay there.
    …your get up and go has gotten up and went.
    …your grandson needs to give you a shove to get you and your rocking chair a rocking.

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