Has your age ever been questioned or challenged?

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Geoff Brown
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Has your age ever been questioned or challenged?

When I was traveling, especially in the USA, it was always customary on entering a club to be asked for ID to check age. Even though I was in my mid 30's at the time I did look young for my age. Honest !!  

Now I am of a certain age north of 60 I keep getting people questioning that I look too young to have reached that goal. Flattering yes. But is the perception of age poor, are people blind or is it just politeness?

Two instances:

Flu jab at local practice. Initially the nurse refused to give me the jab because she vehemently insisted that I could not possibly be the required age until I showed her my driving licence!

At the cinema using the Meerkat pass the counter operative suggested that I was no where near the required age when requesting a Seniors ticket. But it was supplied without grief.

Of course there is the saying 'that you are only as old as the woman you feel'..............

 

                         

 

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I’m knackered then 

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Just off to audition for a character who is old, deaf, demented and reactionary!

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Constantly, my wife says I'm like a child in that bloody car!

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Oh yes, this is where I can recount the most uplifting event of my life.

I was at a friend's 60th party at a hotel and when the time came to leave I went to reception to get my car park ticket validated so I didn't have to pay. "Which event were you at?" the receptionist asked, and upon telling her that it was the 60th party she remarked, "Oh, not your party then." I answered truthfully that I had already had mine the year before and she replied, "but I had you down for your mid forties."

Of course, it might have just been the training they get to keep the customers happy, but she definitely wasn't joking. In truth, if I look at photos of myself from the late 1990s I do seem to look exactly the same, unlike those from twenty years earlier again, where I appear to be a different species.

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The whole ID thing when it comes to alcohol can be a PiTA in MA.  The influence of the Puritans still run strong here.  There are dry towns and the towns that will serve booze have a mix of town and state Draconian laws when it comes to all things alcohol -

  • There are limits on how many alcohol licenses a supermarket chain can have in the state.  Many supermarkets do not serve and those that do have a strict ID rule regardless of age.  MA license (or the equivalent non-driving ID card issued by the state) is the only ID a checkout assistant can accept.  Anything else (out of state DL, passport, military ID) needs supervisor approval
  • Some sporting events will only accept an MA DL or a passport before serving drinks - this is their way of keeping the away fans sober
  • A patron can have no more than 2 drinks in a bar, unless you order some food
  • "I cannot serve your next drink until you finish the one you already have".  We have experienced this at restaurants when you take your beer from the bar to your table and then try to order wine with your meal
  • You cannot go to the bar and order a round of drinks unless everyone is present.  Some places will allow a person to buy a max of two drinks but some places are strictly one drink per person per visit
  • All drink promotions (such as happy hour) are banned
  • It is illegal to serve anything other than a single measure of spirits.  Interestingly, there is no mandated measure of what a "single" is
  • Strict minimum age of 21 to drink.  Getting a liquor license is expensive (in the $100,000's), time consuming and difficult (numbers are strictly controlled).  If an establishment is caught serving under age they will get a license suspension (which will cost $$$ in lost revenue) and will have their license taken away for repeated offences (and the bar tender will get a big fine and can even be jailed).  For this reason, some establishments have a "card everybody" rule and can be very fussy about what ID they will accept (a fake out of state DL is one of the main routes that under-age college kids use)
  • It is illegal to have an open bottle / can / container of alcohol in a car.  There are limits on how much alcohol you can transport in a vehicle
  • You can now have wine shipped to your home address (unless you live in a dry town, of course) but only a maximum of 12 cases in any one year

Sorry, I've digressed a little from the original post Drunk

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When in NY this year I had to show ID when buying alcohol - I’m in my 50s so made my day ;-)

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Humble braggging about your youthful good looks Geoff?  Not a problem I have..I was getting the occasional 'concessionary is it , mate ? ' years ago ... Mind you , as we baby boomers took all the money , apparently , maybe we should insist on paying in full.?   

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I would have thought that the lack of about 60% hair might be an indicator of my age. Obviously not.

Pay in full? Not on your bloody life even if people think that I am too young not to !!

The mantra remains the same: paid my taxes, got the pensions & bus pass so I deserve seniors rate/concession as well................

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Whilst I have always thought you have looked your age Geoff i am not buying you any more fags !! or books from the top shelf.

old Clive.

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Sorry, I've digressed a little from the original post

Not at all. The question of age eligibility and ID came up with my children in the USA but I can't ever remember it in the UK, except for popular misconceptions about alcohol with food.

I had a beard for some years... any guesses about who said what about my age when I removed it?

Jonathan