This past week was the first time I ever really felt old.
But, first, we rewind about twenty five years.
I don’t have an older brother. So, I needed my friends’ older brothers to be my “guy.” Everyone has a “guy.” He’s a bit older. He teaches you about music and movies and life and whatever else it is a young teenager needs to learn.
So, this was probably 7th or 8th grade. My friend Izzy and I are in the car with his older brother, Mo. He’s playing us some music we had never heard before. He’s DRIVING. And he hears us talking about baseball.
“You guys are going to outgrow this pretty soon. At some point, you get old enough when you just don’s care about sports.” He was about 17 when he said this.
For the past quarter century, I’ve had that idea in the back of my head. At some point, I’m going to outgrow sports. It just won’t seem that important to me. And at that point, I’ll be old.
So, last Monday night, I’m home, purposely not watching the home run derby because the home run derby is boring as shit every year. But, I am looking at twitter to see some of the results. And that’s when I see the name “A. Duvall (Cin.)”
I genuinely have no idea who that is. I have never heard of someone competing in the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby. I have never heard of someone who is among the league leaders in home runs.
Does this mean I’ve gotten old?
The next morning, I got to work and asked, “What the hell is Pokemon Go?”
Its not just that I don’t play Pokemon Go. Not taking advantage of the latest technology is nothing new for me. It took me years to get an IPhone. I don’t understand Spotify. I have never signed up for Facebook. But in each of those cases, I knew that whatever I wasn’t using existed. Pokemon Go somehow became the biggest thing in the world without me having any clue that it even existed. I asked one of my friends at work. He’s 29. He knew all about it. He had been reading about Pokemon Go for weeks. He downloaded it the second it was released. (He said “dropped.” That didn’t make me feel better.) And I had somehow missed all of it.
Yes, this means I’ve gotten old.
Difficult People by Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner
It’s been a big week for people I am fans of making shows I do not like. I like Billy Eichner very much. I find Julie Klausner amusing. I tried to watch Difficult People last year. I did not enjoy it. But, its back for season 2. The reviews have been great. The first episode features John Mulaney (my favorite comedian) and Tina Fey (who I very much enjoy.) And yet, I still do not enjoy this program. It has funny concepts which are not successfully executed.
Maron by Marc Maron
Here’s another comedian I’m a huge fan of. His IFC series ended this week after 4 seasons. I watched the last 4 episodes today. The overwhelming emotion I got when the series ended? Relief. Relief that I wouldn’t have to watch Maron anymore. I watched every episode for 4 years but I don’t think I ever actually liked one of them.