What with all this talk about the magic of the 21-35 demographic (as RTH commenter Undustrial put it, "Just talk about hipsters and everyone takes you seriously"), I'm starting to feel terribly middle-aged. Maybe it's time to start organizing with the rest of my cohort, and demanding spaces in the city that meet our unique needs.
The first time I felt middle-aged, I was 21 years old. Stephen and I hadn't been dating very long, and we went out for the evening with a good friend of his and his relatively new girlfriend. After a lovely dinner in a restaurant that Stephen and his friend should not have been able to afford on a student budget, we all went up to this fellow's residence room for a drink, which is when I decided that my boyfriend's friend was terrific fun.
He poured us all drinks from his fully stocked liquor cabinet. I recall sipping on a B&B, and I think the guys might have had scotch. We looked through his coffee-table book collection (beautiful collections of art, architecture and travel), while the soundtrack from The Sound of Music played in the background - because he liked it, and to hell with anyone who didn't, really.
Forward 25 years. We've been married almost that long, and Stephen's friend and his girlfriend said their vows as well. Here in comfortable mid-life, we still hear The Sound of Music plenty, since it's one of our children's favourite movies (though I confess that some days, it's just a little too much), and one of our daughters played Maria in a high school production.
We get together with our old friends fairly often, since their daughter is great friends with our son and daughter who are close to her age. I mentioned that bottle of B&B last time they visited, and they said that the B&B that is in their liquor cabinet now is likely the very same one from which I partook back in the day.
While they were in our living room, laughing over old and new times, I didn't feel middle-aged. I felt 21. Does feeling 21 count for the purposes of the stadium debate? Or is that too young?
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