Friday, June 6, 2014

How I Know I'm In My Thirties

My friend Jennifer and I went to a Dueling Piano bar for her birthday.

It made me realize that I am no longer in my twenties.

It started early: the bar was downtown, and I was astounded by all the cars. I didn't know what everyone was doing. Then I realized, duh, it's a Friday night. People usually go out Friday night. I wouldn't know. I'm generally in my pajamas by 6 on Friday nights.


Here are other reasons why I knew I was in my thirties while at the Dueling Piano bar:






1. I made a hissing sound when I was given my lemon drop because I could taste all the alcohol. If I were in my twenties, I probably would have guzzled it down.



2. Speaking of the alcohol, I was not pleased with the prices. I ordered the cheapest cocktail ($9) and thought to myself, "I could have bought a book with that amount of money."




3. I kept getting annoyed that the couple in front of us kept kissing. I wanted to shout, "Get a room!"



4. I really wanted to tell the lady who kept singing while raising her hand up and down in the air to quit it. You are not Christina Aguilera.




5. I didn't know a lot of the songs that were played. People kept requesting Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus songs. I fear for the youth of today. I can take Lady Gaga songs, but Miley Cyrus? Not as much.




6. I did not find it cute when the lady at the table behind us started to dance wildly. She was clearly drunk and she was doing some interpretive dance moves. I wanted to tell her she was distracting and that she looked ridiculous.





7. I thought the room got too loud a couple of times. My ears began to ring.




My ears continued to ring as we left.

Don't get me wrong, I had a good time.

But going to places like that?

Remind me that yes, I'm in my thirties.



63 comments:

  1. everything about this post; EVERYTHING.

    i'm always the one hollering: goddamn it's loud in here! TURN THAT SHIZZ DOWN!

    or: wtf, why is she going on like that? sit down, bitch; you're acting like a fool.

    or: jesus fucking christ; what is with this garbage music? put on some [insert 80s or 90s jams in here].

    i feel you, girl; i feel you.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  2. ha! Nine dollar cocktail. You could buy a book, or a Palace Pet or Magi-Clip princess doll!
    I feel my age a lot when I try to go out.
    Sometimes it's really fun too!

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  3. Ha! I'm 28 and nodded and said yes to everything on this list.

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  4. hehe oh, the 30s. my friend was at a bar and asked if the band could TURN IT DOWN. It was too loud for her. They thought she was kidding!!

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  5. Going out is always a reality check for me too. Props for taking a shot- I don't know if I could handle it!

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  6. You're perfectly right.

    I'm 45 and I too am in my pj's as early as I can get in them. I don't care what night it is.

    I've been nagging my husband about going dancing. I love it and we haven't been in ages.

    I checked the place we wanted to go and said: "Damn. The band doesn't start till 9:00...there's no way I can last till then."

    Not. Kidding.

    I guess I was thinking the music started around 4:30 so I could be home and in bed by 8:00??

    I feel you, sister...I do, I do.

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  7. YES! To all of this!

    When I go out with my friends who are younger (let's be clear, this happens once a year at a blogging conference) and they're all "it's only 11PM", I'm thinking "OMG, it was bedtime 2 hours ago".

    And current music makes me so sad.

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  8. I entered my 30's as I left my teens. All of that has annoyed me (okay, maybe not the martini part) since I was in my early 20's.

    I enter my 30's this year (ahhhh.... less than 4 months until my birthday!).

    I call it maturity. ;)

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  9. I'm getting closer to my 40s (gasp!) and I definitely have a hard time even considering going to clubs. That's just not my scene anymore. LOL!

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  10. I see you on your own domain today!!! Woohoo!!

    I am also in my pajamas by 9 every night. Friday nights are for Disney monies, IMO!

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  11. Hahahah. Yes. I was so surprised when I went to a real bar recently how strong the drinks were. I never would have combined about strong drinks a decade ago!

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  12. I'm 43 and date night for me and my husband is when our daughters spend the night with my mom and I get Subway to go (a sub for him, a salad for me, how sad is that?) and we watch a movie at home, starting the movie at 7:00 so we can be sure to be asleep by 9:30.

    Clubs? Bars? I haven't been in one of those in at least twelve years and I don't miss them at all.

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  13. When Chris and I were dating (he was in pilot training at the time and I was a teacher) we went to a local piano bar every weekend - so much fun!!
    Where we live now doesn't have the same kind of place but there is a dueling piano bar that is fun on occasion - as long as I can be home by 10 or 11 at the latest!!!

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  14. I could totally have written this.

    Have a great weekend!

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  15. Im not in my 30s but I might as well be because I was nodding my head in agreement with all of this!

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  16. I'm pretty sure going to a piano bar in and of itself makes you in your thirties, because in your twenties you go to loud dance clubs where all the girls look slutty and all the guys reek of cheap cologne and everybody is grinding on the dance floor. :)

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  17. Ah so true. Try being in your 40s! I didn't do all that stuff in my 20s, but I tried it in my mid-30s. I enjoyed it for about a month! I felt like I needed to get out there and not sit at home in my apartment, but "getting out there" meant leaving the house at 9 or 10 pm, battling traffic and packed venues, dealing with creepos hitting on you, and rolling into bed around 2 am. Then I'd sleep until noon. I'm definitely a homebody now. Even on New Years Eve, we went to dinner and were home by 8 pm!

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  18. Ugh..you sound just like me, and it's depressing. But I kind of like it too. And really...young kids, GET A ROOM!

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  19. This made my head hurt just reading it. We ain't as young as we used to be.

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  20. Haha! I was like that in all my twenties! I can't picture myself an old lady!Oooh the nagging!

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  21. It's Saturday night, and I just came back from buying cleaning products. I don't think that's acceptable even in your thirties.... Still, at least it's peaceful here, and I can do my interpretive dancing in the privacy of my own home.

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  22. BAHAHAHA YESSSS. Yes yes yes. I cannot tell you how completely on-board I am with you....down to the very last item. My ears are hurting, can I go home now?

    I think there's a ton of awesome fun stuff 30 year olds do, though, too. Like learning how to make actually decent meals. And making decent money. And buying wine without getting carded. We've got it made!! HAHA

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  23. Honestly, if I went to a place like that, I would probably be primarily entertaining myself by watching all the other people and the crazy things they did and thinking they were weird...and I'm 22....

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  24. Hihihi, love this post. I am also in my thirties and have a similar feeling about those nights! :-)

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  25. I am not quite yet 30 (have a few months to go) but I pretty much agree with everything you said here! Going out just isn't my thing anymore. I would much rather host a backyard BBQ with some good beer, wine, food, games & friends than deal with going out any day! Sure sometimes it can be fun but I think I like happy hours best lol

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  26. Yes, yes, yes to every comment! Only when you're in your 40s there's no way you would consider doing this. You'll totally buy the book and make up some excuse why you can't do such things.

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  27. Ummm....what does that make me? I'm in my flipping 50's.

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  28. Hahahaha! This is hilarious! I have to agree that I have the same thoughts at times :-)

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  29. I hate cocktail prices! I almost always get a beer when we go out.. because at most they are like $5. Haha. At least you had fun even though it sounds like there were some whack jobs there.

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  30. I feel my age all the time when I'm around people in their late teens and early twentied. I avoid going to the mall on the weekends, because their are too many teens their just hanging around.

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  31. I feel you so much on this! This is why I no longer go out, lol. I don't like hangovers and I don't like noise. Oh, and I really don't like 90% of people.

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  32. lol funny but i just turn 20 and all these annoy me as well Ik i have a old soul but lol this funny so me your not alone!

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  33. Loved this post. u had me laughing from number 1! good job Welcome to the dirty thirty!

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  34. Hahahaha YES. It's funny how we start to see things differently once we get a little older.

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  35. This post is so funny. I am still laughing at the lemon drop hissing. LOL

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  36. Welcome to your thirties! I'm enjoying every minute of mine except for maybe the drawbacks that you mentioned ;)

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

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  37. HAHAHAHAHA!! I'm still in my twenties but I could relate to some of these specially the $9 cocktail. I would gladly buy other things I need rather than spend my money on that expensive cocktail.

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  38. Imagine how I feel in my 50s. Especially the loudness of the room and the fact I like spending Fridays with some takeout, a bottle of red wine and a good movie... on a good night maybe two movies.

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  39. Hahahaha, I had a similar experience this past weekend. My husband's medical school had a gala in the city and so a few of us went bar hopping afterward. Let's just say, I'm still recovering.

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  40. Like they say, "In your 20s you enjoy the drinks. In your 30s you pay your drinks." Priorities, Priorities!

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  41. LOOL yes! that is so true! my fav was "Get a room" that is so disturbing hahaha

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  42. Hahaha Nine dollar cocktails is the best :)

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  43. Ha ha, funny, and kinda true. But don't give up yet! Us 30-somethings need to start a revolution or something to take back our social lives!

    http://meaningfulself.blogspot.com/

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  44. I'm in my 30's and feel exactly the same way. It's 6:45 and I'm ready for bed.

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  45. I haven't gone out in a couple of years. My hang outs are at the mall with the kiddos!! I would probably feel the same! Glad you had time.

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  46. A lot of things changes in me too when I reached that age. It is a natural thing I think and I guess it is better to avoid those kind of places that can easily annoy us to avoid conflict. lol

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  47. Such a cute article. I love all the videos. You are young !! I just turned 50 and honestly I don't look or feel it. Enjoy each day and remember its only a number.

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  48. Haha, this made me chuckle :) Wait until you get to your 40s and you just stop going out completely. That, and everyone looks 12. Everyone. Doctors, people driving cars, and who are these sullen children behind the supermarket tills!

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  49. It is funny how our perspective changes on things as we get older. Thanks for sharing!

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  50. I no longer enjoy going to bars late at night. Usually you'll find me cuddled up on the couch watching a series and that's it. I can so relate to this post and I'm not even in my thirties!

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  51. this is interesting! i only have few years to go to reach thirties! lol great post to discuss with friends!

    -Karlyn Cruz

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  52. I'm still a few years away from 30, but can attest to feeling some of these things. My fiance is 31, but seems to be aging in reverse. He loves going out and loud clubs.

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  53. Ha-ha! I can soooo relate to all of these and I'm in my 50's! I still blast my radio in the car, but I think that is because I'm going deaf! hee-hee

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  54. Well I am in my 40s and can I say at 40 you discover the lighter side and actually can enjoy some of these things :)

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  55. Lol, I really enjoyed reading this! 30s? Pfft, you're still a baby! Seriously though, I do go out dancing with the girlfriends from time to time and thankfully, we have lots of places for the "older, upmarket" crowd, so no sight nor sound of Miley, thank goodness! But I can totally identify with what you're saying - I hear myself going, "can't Beyonce and Little Mix put some clothes on?" I'm getting old!

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  56. Hahahaha I am also in my thirties and can fully relate with your story especially with couples kissing passionately on the streets. I hope you had a nice time inspite of the noise.

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  57. Ha this is so funny! I'm in my twenties but I can relate to many of these points. Guess I'm just not the loud, outgoing, party-type person we are often seen as.

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  58. Right now I am in my 30s too and these are some hilarious points that made me laugh for a while. I would say yes to all of these and have similar thoughts most of the time!

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  59. Wait a few years & you won't even set foot in a place like that, LOL. It's true that our values change as we get older ... so enjoy where you are today & tomorrow (it will come)

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  60. It's funny how our appreciation for certain things as we age. Sounds like you are ready to transition to something a little more laid back. Change is good, embrace it!

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  61. I agree and relate to so much of this! It's weird to think some of these things were once enjoyable, but once 30 hits it all changes.

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  62. I literally turned 30 last June and boy it sure felt like it. I made sure to take gorgeous snaps though to make up for everything. But I agree with everything you pointed out.

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