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Age before beauty

August 30th, 2003

Here in Brisbane, the buses still have signs admonishing students (who get concessional fares) to give up their seats to adults. I hadn’t seen this in action until yesterday, when I was on a bus from the University to the city, which was standing room only when I got on. An elderly lady got on the next stop and the driver used the PA system to call on students to get up and “give their seats to the older people”.

I was pleased to see that one student immediately offered her seat to the old lady. I had slightly more mixed feelings when another student followed suit, offering her seat to me. After declining one such offer, I decided it was better to age gracefully and accepted a second – the old knees aren’t what they used to be, after all.

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  1. andrew
    August 30th, 2003 at 14:04 | #1

    Ouch. From your picture you don’t look old enough to warrant that kind of treatment.

    I’m at an awkward stage where, on campus, people can’t tell if I’m an old grad student or a poorly dressed professor – it’s the former…actually, it’s more of a perpetual adolescent who hasn’t clued in that he looks a little pathetic.

    And every year, they get younger. Or something.

  2. Jason Soon
    August 30th, 2003 at 23:56 | #2

    the exact opposite of my experiene. just 2 months ago I got asked for ID at a nightclub

  3. August 31st, 2003 at 03:38 | #3

    It’s funny how you can go off some people (Jason).

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