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Laugh Or Cry At How We Have Aged? (Reader Poll)

Laugh Or Cry At How We Have Aged? (Reader Poll)

Photos from 2012, 2015, 2020, 2023. How are we doing?

For most of the past week I’ve been in California, attending a securities conference but also using one of my rare trips to the Left Coast to visit friends and readers on the way there and back.

One thing I consistently heard was that people are making plans to leave California and waiting for the right moment in life.

In Los Angeles, I had the chance to meet up with long-time reader, commenter, and friend, who goes by the commenter handle Luke Hand Cool. We first met back in 2012, and then again in 2015, 2020, and on this recent trip. We met at a bagel place in Beverly Hills, not far from where I was staying. You would not believe the prices. Fortunately, he paid.

I thought it made sense to put together a composite of images to see how we have aged. See the Featured Image above. (The sequence is 2012 top left, 2015 top right, 2020 bottom left, 2023 bottom right.)

How are we doing?

READER POLL – Open until midnight Pacific Time, Monday, September 18 (javascript must be enabled to see the poll and vote):


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Whitewall | September 14, 2023 at 10:12 pm

Well, you’re younger than me. 😉

There will never be a right time, just go, but we got enough Californians in Texas

LukeHandCool | September 14, 2023 at 10:36 pm

What a handsome couple!

We both held our stomachs in for the picture. Otherwise we’re lean and mean.

I hope everyone gets the chance to meet Professor Jacobson in the future. He’s a very humble and down to earth guy in person. The first time my (Japanese) wife met him she was struck by how an Ivy League professor could be so humble and polite in manner. She said if she ever met a University of Tokyo professor (Japan’s top university) that would likely not be the case.

Bill has the type of temperament and intellect you want in a professor.

This has been a paid advertisement for Bill. Haha.

Aging in the mind can have some real benefits. Some call it wisdom. Aging in the body has none, unless one likes naps.

In other words, laughs and cries, with perhaps a bit more crying.

henrybowman | September 15, 2023 at 12:32 am

Any aging that occurs with a minimum of warts, humps, or wheels is good aging.

OwenKellogg-Engineer | September 15, 2023 at 4:28 am

I wish there was a third option to select:
C. That’s life.

Rupert Smedley Hepplewhite | September 15, 2023 at 7:22 am

Very handsome gentlemen. I’d say Life has been kind to y’all in the Looks Department.

You both look amazing! We always hear that conservative women are better looking than leftie women, but I think the same holds true for conservative men.

texansamurai | September 15, 2023 at 7:53 am

one of my grandfathers observed that the idea you acquire wisdom as you age is nonsense–older men still make the same mistakes–they just don’t make them as often

personally, “don’t mind being older now to have been young then” is appropos for me

mcrognale | September 15, 2023 at 8:24 am

I’m always amused when I think that we are the generation who’s “battle cry” was never trust anyone over 30! Lol

Steven Brizel | September 15, 2023 at 8:51 am

LShana Tovah ( Happy New Year) to you and yours and mayyou be blessed to keep up your invakuable work for many many years!

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | September 15, 2023 at 8:55 am

Aging is like flying. Any landing you walk away from is a good landing. The scarier ones require laughter.

I still see the guy that I was 30 years ago in the mirror. Only older and wiser, although a whole lot nastier in my commentary. Maybe it’s because I am no longer afraid of saying what I want in fear of losing my job.

    Jakespeed in reply to AF_Chief_Master_Sgt. | September 19, 2023 at 9:14 am

    BINGO! As I told a co-worker as I was quitting my last job, “I have “Ron White Disease:” I have the ‘right to remain silent, but I just don’t have the (expletive deleted) ability.’

    You have to suck it up and fight to hold your tongue to keep from offending others.

    I had enough of that excrement by time I reached 60. I’d earned that right to say what’s on my mind, consequences be damned.. I figure that’s what causes wrinkles…and high blood pressure…greying/thinning/losing hair and getting old

    When we’re older, we’ve earned the right to say EXACTLY what’s on our mind. I stopped worrying “what other people would think” about my words or actions.

    It’s good to be polite, but if it’s not returned to you, I turn off politeness and if necessary, decorum, and call Bullsh:+ when it’s really needed. Just understand and accept the consequences before you act.

If you are able to read this page then REJOICE! You are alive. Aging is an element of being alive. And, while joining The Choir Eternal would be the Ultimate Reward, if you have a pulse then you’ve work to do. Get To It.

Aging gracefully? An oxymoron.

You’re only as old as you act or feel.

Quartermaster | September 16, 2023 at 1:21 pm

Other than getting grey, neither of you has changed much.

dr. frank | September 18, 2023 at 1:35 pm

How fast our lives go by was the dirty little secret our parents never told us about!

I have not aged a year since I started following Legal Insurrection. The cameras all lie.

I put in a hard day’s work closing up the lake place yesterday. My body told me (and still does) that I’m older even than last year. I’ll never be as old as Quid Pro Joe, but I’m hot on his heels = only I’m fully cognizant. Y’all are a couple of younguns.

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