Places Where You Can Feel Younger

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My whole life, I was always the young one.

I was the youngest (and in fact only) one in my family.

The youngest one in school.

The new kid at work.

And then something happened.

Suddenly the years piled on and I started to become one of the older ones. And I hate it!

To avoid that horrid feeling of "oldest one in the room," I like going to certain places where I can actually feel on the fresh side compared with everyone else there.

To wit:

*Broadway shows. The median age there is generally somewhere in the eighties, so I'm practically jailbait.

*Flea markets. Young folk simply don't care about collecting ashtrays and damaged dolls from the 1920s. Even if you're AARP age, the fleas will make you feel young again.

*Townhouse. At the long-running gay bar for oldies and twinks (above), the twinks are getting sparser, but there are always new oldies coming around the bend -- in fact, it's a bottomless pit since the aging process is one of the few things in life you can rely on.

That makes this the perfect place to stand (or actually, sit) next to them and feel young again. Keep glancing to either side of you and exult, "Jeez, I'm not that old!"

Other ideas?



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16 comments
Bri_ein
Bri_ein

LoL...the townhouse...that screams funeral home from the lighting to the decor to the flowers

Jonster
Jonster

The Townhouse is a few blocks from my office.  I go every six months or so.  Maybe it's the girly cosmos I order, but the bartender treats me like a waste of time.  Last time I came in with some regulars who have lots of moolah.  Same bartender, except this time he kissed my ass.  I guess it's more who you know than who you blow at that place.  Possibly both.

mYtY
mYtY

Upper West Side during the day.. Barnes and Noble UPW

tony adams
tony adams

If you had not mentioned the Townhouse, I'd have added it. I went there three weeks ago and I was pure chicken in that room. It's like a bubbly wake!

I'd like to add:Wednesday evening, Tropics restaurant, Wilton Manors, Florida. The entrees are 2-4-1, and the median age is 241. And yet, the bar at Tropics is still extremely cruisy which goes to prove something. Something too horrible to say.

Daniel Carver
Daniel Carver

Doctors' offices, Denny's on Mondays and Wednesdays, Supermarkets on Senior discount days, Weekday Movie Matinees, all the commercials on MSNBC, Gay Chat Rooms where the twinks sport 30 year of service Lundy's lapel pins, stores that sell Tab and Frusen Gladje, paperback book exchanges.

Edwina Monsoon
Edwina Monsoon

The opera!  Live or in a movie theater.  Except for when 3, possibly 4 generations of Russian families come out for Onegin or something, everyone looks older, walks slower, and sucks on hard candy.  And no one spends the performance annoying everyone with their cell phone lights.

Rabbit
Rabbit

Move to the Ural Mountains, where everyone lives to 131. Of course, nightlife leaves something to be desired...

Judy McGuire
Judy McGuire

The Brooklyn flea markets are all full of skinny young things, so you can feel fat AND old there. 

Jackiejosephs
Jackiejosephs

So I should go to flea markets and Broadway shows just so I'll feel younger than everyone else there? Works for me.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

I used to work in that same neighborhood years ago, and I agree...plus, the "seniors" are grabby!

P.S. - Jonster, I must know you (at least by sight), we always seem to be two steps away  from each other in our experiences.

Natali
Natali

UPW? Do you mean UWS? It's not that bad. There are plenty of young people here, it's just that a lot of them are Orthodox so they're dressed modestly and you might not realize how young they are.

Vivi
Vivi

The Upper West Side Barnes & Noble is now a Century 21.

Jonster
Jonster

Hmmm.  I've noticed that.  I used to wonder if you were a friend of mine posting anon.  Ha!  Have a good weekend.

Natali
Natali

There's another one on 82nd.

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