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How Not to Act Old: 185 Ways to Pass for Phat, Sick, Dope, Awesome, or at Least Not Totally Lame Paperback – August 4, 2009
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“Shimmers with a multitude of wise and hilarious insights on the pitfalls of acting your age. Don’t just read it, memorize it. And buy it for everyone you love. It’s original and brilliant! ” (Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author)
About the Author
Pamela Redmond Satran is the author of five novels and the coauthor of many bestselling baby name books, as well as the creator of nameberry.com. A columnist for Glamour, she writes frequently for the New York Times, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post. She lives not all that far from Brooklyn and plans to act thirty-three forever.
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I've suggested this book as a birthday prize for a dozen friends; and I'm still reading the thing. I've shared with so many my age (65) that the single reason to learn to text is not to communicate with your kids but more importantly, to just not act old. I was warned before, but good rules were found here on practical things like how not to get banished from Facebook by your kids, or how to limit the Organ Recital of all your owies to 10 seconds tops at first meeting with fellow Olds.
I really should have given it a four star for one reason: she doesn't spend more time talking about how working on one's love life is a sure way to not act old. I could have used more tips here.
Perfect reading next to the crapper, I say. And I envision all the bathrooms of Boomer America with this jewel at comodeside; as it is filled with witty ways each day to go for the youth you have left rather than deny, deny, deny; or just whine on about what's falling off you physical truck as you start to waddle some down life's mortal road.
This was also a delightful book for me in that it was born out of a whacky idea; an idea that turned in to a NYT Best Seller, a title sure to keep going back to print. As least as long as folks keep showing up at the Old Gate.
Buy this book and feel five years younger. Heck, go for two for a ten year yield. Oh, and as to undies on the cover of the book? Yes you'll be a free baller in no time at the coaching of this Santran lady. Amen.
1) Don't use the word "dial" when referring to making a phone call. Hardly anyone remembers a dial phone so you'll seem ancient if you say it.
2) Don't eat meat. It's much better for you to eat a plant-based diet, and there are many more choices in stores and restaurants these days for vegeterian and vegan food. Besides, it's a lot better for farm animals if you don't eat them, and it's better for the planet.
3) Don't use a quilted handbag. You're not old enough to care about lightweight bags that don't match your clothes anyway. Leave the brightly-printed bags and backpacks to the college kids.
4) Be very careful about using lip liner. Nothing screams old like a woman with lip liner tracing her lips and no lipstick in between.
Check her website for additional tips.