When I was growing up, the expression was not to trust anyone over thirty. If they were over thirty, they were the man, part of the system, the establishment. I listened to the advice but didn't always take it. Some people over thirty seemed very nice. Besides, people older than thirty prepared most of my food. If I didn't trust them, I'd starve to death.
They also drove me places.
With respect to anyone under forty, I don't trust them in certain matters. It's nothing personal, just something I've noted.
Don't trust people under forty when you're dressing for weather. This is an observation. It was 30 degrees off under cloudy skies. Ice rimmed the streets, sidewalks and curbs as sunlight darted around the edges of dark clouds. A twelve degree wind was knifing through my coat. I was thankful I'd chosen something a little heavier and was wearing gloves and ear muffs for my walk.
Here comes some girls in light jackets. Their arms are bare, along with their heads and hands. One is wearing a crop top. Another is wearing a skirt.
My wife and I discussed this and we are unanimous about it: the young don't understand cold. Keeping warm is something you learn from being cold a few times. Dressing to keep warm is an outgrowth of learning to keep warm. Those people under forty just don't seem to get it. They're still dressing for fashion to impress others.
Don't trust people under forty for good advice about where to eat out. Sorry, but the worse advice I get for eating out comes from people younger than forty. Fast foods? They consider that good food - McDonalds, Burger-King, Wendy, Jack In the Box, Whataburger, Taco Bell.
This is definitely a matter of education and re-education. I used to eat like them. Then I tasted good food. I could not return to fast food after that. Even the places that I enjoyed, like In 'N Out Burger disappointed me in my forays back.
So when someone younger than 40 tells me of places to eat with good food, I smile and thank them. Then I look for an elder with experienced taste buds.
Don't trust people under forty about what movies or television shows are funny. Tastes in humor are definitely unique and mostly generational. So are television shows. My wife and I have tried to watch the hot shows. We usually come back thinking one word about them. What's that word?
Oh, yes: mindless.
Most of the offerings out there in television and movie land seem to be mind candy. That's one of the things disturbing me about "The Hobbit"; Peter Jackson seemed to try to turn the movie into something more mindless than the book with all of its CGI graphics.
Don't trust people under forty about comfortable shoes or fashion tips. I don't think people under forty know what it is to have sore feet. "Those shoes look cool," I heard one young shopper tell an older woman with her. "Yes, but are they comfortable?" the other replied. She looked over forty.
Yes, it's nice if the shoe looks stylish or cute but give me something with comfort. I like something I can walk around in, arrive at home and not need to seek my feet. Perhap I'm old-fashioned about this because I'm older, mid-fifties, but comfortable shoes are important to me.
Fashion is not so much. Young people don't seem to get that. They seem willing to buy something for the season that they'll never wear ago. Of course, when you're young, your body is still growing so you cast things off pretty quickly. As you age, your growth slows. Then the manner of your growth changes. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about .
That's my guidance for trusting people under forty. They're not cut in stone or eternal. I'm sure some 70-something out there is saying, "Don't trust anyone under sixty. They don't know what they're talking about." Meanwhile, people under forty are dismissing me as an old fool.
That's okay. I'm warm, my feet are comfortable, and I think I'll read a book tonight and have a spinach salad for dinner.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com