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Published April 17 2011

Swift: Time’s arthritic knees keep marching on

About a decade ago, I wrote a column about losing my sense of cool.

I lamented about how even the people I used to think were cool – like my big sister Mabel – were now driving minivans and listening to Jimmy Buffett.

If only I’d known then what I know now.

I was way, way cooler back then. Ten years ago, I’d never had a single serious conversation with my doctor about colon health. I didn’t need bifocals or watch “Everybody Loves Raymond.” I still wore high heels.

But another decade has brought great perspective. I could now make my living writing “Over the Hill” copy for Hallmark. I now really know what it’s like to feel old and obsolete in a youth-obsessed culture.

Here’s just a sample of the ways I now feel old:

I can’t wait to revisit this list in another 10 years. That is, if I’m not too busy starring in cholesterol commercials.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Tammy Swift at (701) 241-5525