The following question is a serious and important question about the demographics of ATS.
Periodically, here on ATS, we see posts lamenting the "old days on ATS". One such post was circulating just yesterday. I responded to that post much
the same as I do other ones like it. However, after my initial response I started to do some deeper thinking on the matter and as I did so I was
reminded of something...
A while back I was sitting on the couch watching TV with the wife. I don't watch much TV (at all), so it was a notable occasion. As I sat there I
kept feeling this tickling sensation on the top of my left ear. I couldn't figure out what it was. It was like there was something there, but there
wasn't anything there...and it was buggin' me! I kept brushing my ear off like there was something on it. Finally, I decided to do a closer
inspection on the top of my ear to see what was bugging me. As I moved my fingers slowly over the top of my ear I felt it. It was a hair tickling
the top of my ear. So I grabbed a hold of it thinking it was a rogue hair from my scalp, but it wasn't. It was attached to the top of my ear!!
I was mortified! I immediately told my wife about my discovery. I had a hair growing on my ear!! It wasn't a bad hair, or a dirty hair, it was just
a single really fine, but long, hair. I was immediately alarmed to the max and told my wife as much. She said something really curious to me. She
said..."You're just getting old, Hon! That's what happens when people grow older, they get hairs growing on their ears.
Well, color me STUNNED! No one ever told me this! My whole social status had just fast forwarded about a century with this revelation. I was now
officially an...'OLD GEEZER'! That cute girl winking at me in the grocery store wasn't winking at me cuz she thought I was 'hot', she was winking at
me like she would to her elderly gramps at Sunday supper. Dammit!
I immediately yanked out said hair, and I profusely denied that hairs were growing on my ears. But then I found another one. Double-dammit! I
started panicking. I mean, I'm not ready to try to find socks which match my Depends undergarments! This simply will NOT do!
My wife got me down off the ceiling (as she usually does), and told me it would be okay; it wasn't the end of the world (yet). And in that moment I
realized something. That fine grey hair on my ear came with something else, it came with a lifetime of experience and changes. Times had changed
dramatically since that empty pit in my stomach feeling when my Mom dropped me off at kindergarten that first day. Times had changed since that first
day I woke up and realized there would be no more High School. Times changed since the reality of moving out of my home town hit me. Times change,
and we get older. But with all those passing years comes a richness of life, knowledge and experience.
Maybe that thin grey hair wasn't so bad after all.
Times change. People change. The internet changes. And society changes. We can either choose to roll with those changes, or we can stay stuck at
some point in the past.
So I ask you this, ATS...how many of you here have hairs growing on your ears???
edit on 1/26/2020 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason