As most of you know by now, I am over 50; 56 to be precise and have made my living on the internet for the past seven years. My computer skills are not really up there with most of you, as I am self-taught but learning more every day. This leads to some interesting results and problems. First, as my skills grow and I become more involved with the net, I have less and less to talk about with people my own age . Their eyes glaze over at the merest mention of computers and the 'net. They are dull and uninteresting and have no fucking idea what is really going on in the world! I mean, they act so FUCKING OLD and set in their ways! I've got three boxes running all the time, build the occasional box for friends, do repairs and maintainence for them, use a projector for one box just because I can and have no idea what those other people DO! I have a 70 year old motorcycle and a couple of 80 year old cars because they are COOL, NOT because I want to go back in time 70 or 80 years! JEEZ! Try to discuss the ForeEx market with them! They don't even know what it is although one guy once asked me what they did with the foreskins of cattle! Online stock trading? They write letters to their brokers! One of the results of this is that most of my friends are much younger, chronologically, than myself; GFs included! (Now THAT part is just FINE with me!). I mean, gals around my age want to talk about their GRANDCHILDREN! I don't have grandchildren and most likely won't so I certainly don't need theirs! Fuck! These people are like, "It'll never replace the horse!" Shit. Nice part is that when they ask me what I do, I just hand them a business card that gives them my name and the statement "Internet Consultant" and since they have NO idea what that might mean, they are too embarrassed to ask! Saves as lot of basic education! I took a tip from John P. MacDonald who wrote the "Travis McGee" series of mysteries and also had some printed up that say "Certified Guarantor", like the ones his buddy Meyer has. No one knows what a "Certified Guarantor" is and again, they are too embarrassed to ask but it saves time. I've thought about doing some up like the character in the old NBC Mystery Movie, "Banacek", which simply give the name and underneath, "Restorations". They will never ask what any of that means! The funniest one that I heard from a guy around my age was, "I have a computer but I don't have the internet because that's where you get those viruses." He actually has NO internet connection! WTF? He has a three grand MAC and he does nothing but PLAY GAMES on it! WOO HOO! I go to the bar and take my laptop! The other guys are all talking about feetball, beseball; which be berry, berry good to them but after a while there's always some gal who wants me to check her MySpace profile or look up something on Google and well, you know how it goes! Anyway, it is very interesting to see how technophobic most people are! Try to discuss current music with these people and it's like, "Who?" They are all listening to Yee-Haw Bass-Ackward Country Fuck music while I'm going for Indie! Shit! Anyway, it's kind of a neat thing but really frustrating at times. By the way, my avatar IS my dog; I took the pic about four months ago when he only weighed about 85 lbs. He is now up around 125-130 and stands 37" at the top of his doggie skull, which means that he can steal shit off the table without much effort. As we are having a snowstorm here, he is sleeping under Computer Station 2 as I'm not using that one right now! He is larger than his daddy and over twice the size of his mommy! Yes, he is part wolf. Anyway, just a few observations on our society, I suppose.