Wednesday, June 6, 2012

How I Know

I know I'm not that old, but I'm still getting up in my years and these are some fun ways that I can tell that I'm old.

When I was 16, I had a car phone. It wasn't a cell phone because no one took them out of the car and it was bulky and gray. I was so cool.

Creepy cartoon? Why not.

When I was little, this was what I meant by "playing on the computer"



When I had friends who didn't go to school with me, we became pen pals...like actually hand-wrote letters to each other and mailed them.


If I liked a song when I was younger, I had to wait for it to come on the radio and record it onto a blank cassette tape if I wanted to be able to hear it again later without buying the whole album.

The best way to capture Paula Abdul songs

I actually remember when these were everywhere and only took a quarter to call your parents to say you're done at the mall with your friends and ready to be picked up.



The number one way I know that I'm old is that I now only have one year left of my 20s. That's right, it's not just D-Day and National Running Day, it's also my birthday today!

I couldn't resist using this

In one of those "You know you're a runner when..." moments, I find the most upsetting part about turning 29 is that I only have one year left in my cushy age group before I have to move up to compete against the 30-39 ladies. I often place in small races around here because the 20-29 age group is easy, but my same time wouldn't do as well in the 30-39 group (those women are tougher!). The worst part is that I'm going to be spending half of being 29 either gestating or recovering from giving birth so I will only have a few months to boost my ego with age group awards.


Are you celebrating National Running Day? I'm not doing anything special because you know, it's a Wednesday and I'm still stuck with a dog who can't run but needs to walk so a run outside won't happen. I will run on the treadmill during nap time to make up for it!

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  1. Happy Birthday! I remember doing all the things that you mentioned above. It was so annoying to be ready with a blank cassette tape to record a song. Also, I remember when the beepers were the coolest thing ever.

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    1. OMG, i wanted a beeper so badly haha.

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  2. Happy Birthday! Even though you are moving out of your preferred age bracket, at least you're getting closer to reaching a nice round number :). I did not know it was national running day and was planning on taking a spinning class. I'm thinking of buying a treadmill to run around B's schedule. Any suggestions? Also, no Peanut or Faith pictures?? I feel robbed.

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    1. I have a Sole F64 treadmill and I've been really happy with it! The only thing that I didn't like was what a pain it was to put together!

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  3. Happy happy birthday! Are you doing anything fun to celebrate? Hopefully Faith will not be mimicking the boy in that video (ew, gross!)

    I'm not excited to move out of 20-29 either. Those 30-something women are FAST!

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    1. i disagree. A reenactment of that scene would be awesome, especially if you caught it on video.

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  4. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day!
    I remember all of those things plus wearing two pairs of socks at a time. Why was that cool?

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    1. OMG, I think I have conveniently erased that sock thing from my memories. I had two colors of socks that matched my DARE shirt and I couldn't decide which to wear so I would put the blue and turquoise on one foot and then the turquoise and blue on the other. God I was so cool.

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  5. When I was young, we had to record songs we liked by scratching the notes onto rocks. We had to really like a song for that to be worth it.

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  6. Also, I heard they're cancelling National Running Day, because intense exercise is bad for your heart, and they don't want to encourage people to hurt themselves.

    I think they're going to make 2012 the National Watching Internet year.

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  7. Happy Birthday! I used to french roll my jeans and wear penny loafers...that look should come back. Getting to 30 isn't so bad either but I know what you mean about the age groups. I thought the world would end last year when I turned 30!

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  8. Happy birthday!!! The only one of those I didn't do was the car phone - I guess I wasn't cool enough.

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    1. I'm still sad I never had a Zach Morris phone.

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    2. I had a huge phone in 1998, but it still fit in my pockets. But only because my pants back then were really baggy.

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    3. Pant sizes are pretty similar to phone sizes these days if you think about it, the smaller the pants get the smaller the phones which is actually a pretty horrific thing if they keep correlating in this manner.

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    4. Well at least phones can't get too small. How would people play games if they couldn't see the screen??

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    1. I know, I really am. Time to bust out the Mom jeans and let myself go!

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  10. I tried to explain to my class how phones used to be attached to the wall and if you had to do something in another room you would have to say "hold on" and if you weren't home you just didn't get any phone calls and they just stared at me in confusion, just like when I try to explain how to read. Happy birthday! Is it always on national running day? I guess I've never paid attention.

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  11. Happy birthday!!! Did you ever try to send notes with your pager? As in match the number with the corresponding letters and send messages that way? Yeah, I'm kinda in your age bracket :)

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  12. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day!!! 30's are great but for me they were spent with someone constantly attached to my boob or hip. My 40's have been very liberating, in a way, because my kids are older and can do things for themselves. I can actually have 10 minutes alone if I want to.

    I also found that the 40 age group was even tougher than the 30's.....

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  13. Happy Birthday! I was trying to explain to a former co worker what DOS was on the computer and she simply could not understand. I didn't get a cell phone until 2000 (my senior year of high school)but I never had a beeper. I would run to my locker to check my phone to see if I had any missed calls...but I only had a couple of friends who had cell phones and they were all in school with me. And I didn't have voicemail. This turned into a boring list of fact about me. I'm sorry.
    I hope you have a nice birthday and enjoy being the last year of your 20s! I only have 4 months left and I really plan to live it up with lots of K2, bath salts, and other highly dangerous but not illegal (yet) drugs. And then to wrap up 29 I'll have a baby.

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  14. Seriously, what is it about that age group that makes the women SO FAST!

    You know what else makes you old? You have a kid and another on the way! You're a MOM!

    Happy birthday!

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    1. I'm hoping that turning 30 next year magically makes me faster.

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  15. Happy Birthday! I hope no one pukes on your cake!

    I'm slow but I figure if I keep running into my 80's I'm bound to win something eventually.

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  16. Happy Birthday! Since I'm older - I remember all of those things too. And when "snap bracelets" were banned at my school because they were dangerous. Now, apparently they're used in those long running relays...

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    1. Ah snap bracelets. So trendy. Also, pogs! Man, I loved those things.

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    2. I was going to bring up pogs, but wasn't sure how it'd go over. My brother had a slammer (the big honkin plastic one) that had OJ Simpson on it. get it?

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  17. Happy birthday! I'm bitter to be leaving the 20-24 age group in a few months - that one is definitely the easiest for women around here. In elementary school I would wear a beeper on my jeans and it didn't even work. I just thought I looked cool.

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  18. Happy birthday!!!! I hope Faith makes extra special gang signs for you today.

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    1. Faith is deeply committed to making sure I enjoy the day, starting from 2am.

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  19. Happy Birthday! Want to trade ages? I would love to lose a few years :)

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    1. We can trade ages if I can take your speed too :)

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  20. Happy Birthday!!! It is funny that you brought up the topics of cassette tapes and the computer before internet. I just had the same discussion with friends the other day. Sadly, I will be turning 29 in September and will also be moving up an age bracket next year.

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  21. Happy Birthday! I remember all those things too...but I was a bit older ;) I loved cassette tapes!

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  22. Happy Birthday Kara! I wasn't cool enough to have a car phone but I did have one of those big hunking cell phones. Not the super huge ones but pretty damn close. I thought I was cool. Oh, and I had a couple of pagers, super cool.

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  23. Happy Birthday! Enjoy 29!!! I turned 30 earlier this year and I cracked up at this list. I'm not fast at all so I wasn't too concerned about moving up age groups. I was sad about losing that 2 though. My grandfather said "welcome to the second third of your life" which made me cry a little. It hasn't been so bad so far :).

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  24. Happy Birthday! That video is so gross though, I cringed but couldn't help me laugh a little also.

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  25. Happy Birthday! Let us know how 29 is. I get to find out for myself next month.

    I never had a car phone, but a friend's family did. I still used a pay phone my first year in college before I got my own1 cell phone...When I went to visit Dan at college, I'd stop by a gas station at the bottom of the hill in Ithaca, call him so he'd know to let me in in 10 minutes.

    I remember one time in 2nd grade I went to a friend's house and she had an Apple IIe. We made signs for our bedroom doors and printed them using her dot matrix printer.

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  26. Happy Birthday Kara....I can't wait to read about the amazing gift that you'll be receiving from your husband tonight. It's going to be amazing I'm sure. :-)

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  27. Happy birthday!!!!!!! Hope it's wonderful!

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  28. I used to hold the tape recorder up to the TV to record stuff like TV theme songs. Which of course made me wicked awesome.

    Happy Birthday! Is the actual day today? Mine is tomorrow. Seems like a lot of blog world bdays lately. Lots of people getting busy in September!

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  29. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I kind of want to not run today, just to be contrary. But it's on my schedule.

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  30. Happy Birthday!

    I think I'm going to do National Running Day big today and be on TV while I'm at it. There's a big meetup for Black Girls Run in Atlanta that is being filmed or something. I have to run anyway.

    I totally had a car phone in my Toyota Tercel. It was stored in some kind of big black bag that had to stay under the seat.

    When I did mostly road races, I was so sad to move from the 30-34 group up to the 35-39 group. It is the 35-39 ladies that are the most competitive of the range.

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  31. Happy Birthday!! I think today will be my rest day, but it depends on the boys baseball game, & whether it gets rained out.

    And, all of the age-related memories in your post made me feel old. Especially the tape. My husband actually still has his mixed tapes, & sometimes subjects me to them on long road trips. Cruel.

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  32. Happy Birthday!!!!

    Microsoft Paint is still the best thing ever. I used it to make the pics on my blog post. And I'll use it again. I'LL NEVER LET GO.

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  33. So you and all your readers are all over the hill?

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  34. What hill? We just keep climbing them because that is how tough we are!

    Holy Crap you are practically a baby. I guess I didnt' realize how young you are. Love it! Even though the 30s ladies are tough, I'd say you are ready to add to the competition. I mean running prego is great training! ;-)

    I loved taping songs off the radio! That was the best! Giving your latest crush an great mixed tape.

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  35. Happy Birthday, Kara! I can't believe you're a decade younger than I am (and you're absolutely right about the 30-39 AG--I'm happy to be leaving it next year--though those 40something ladies are tough, too). I remember all those things you remember, but as a card-carrying Gen Xer I also remember the debut of MTV, LPs (I owned some myself) and computers with NO graphics, just green glowing type on a black screen. Now who's old? :^)

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  36. Hi! I'm a friend of Kari's (from her running group). Your comments on her blog are hilarious, so I checked out your blog and wasn't disappointed. I love this post--brought back so many memories! I remember begging my mom to let me use her typewriter for certain elementary school assignments bc hers had an eraser cartridge, which seemed incredibly technologically advanced compared to the "kids typewriter" my parents picked up at a yard sale. Man. Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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