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How grown up are you?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Atavar, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Atavar

    Atavar Well-Known Member

    I read this article today about the 50 things which are supposed to mark you as a grown up. Against this list i score a pasty 8/50, which is probably a bad sign for someone close to their 30's, although i note that many men and some women can never be totally grown up as one of the points of being a grown up is the ungrammatical "Being sensible enough to remove make up off before bedtime".

    So, how grown up are you?

    The full list is:
     
  2. MartyG

    MartyG Well-Known Member

    27, though I was erring on "Being sensible enough to remove make up off before bedtime".
     
  3. AlecM

    AlecM MiniMe

    41

    ....but I don't feel like a grown up!

    :eek:
     
  4. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    Well my parents no longer make my financial decisions on account of both being dead so does that make me grown up- believe me I wish they were still around to give me financial advise 'cos they were better at advising me than I am ever am!
     
  5. RonM

    RonM Alpha Napper

    Nope never been able to do that I can however make a stab at following a recipe:p and like all weans (translation - kids) I can spit the dummy with the best of them.
     
  6. Atavar

    Atavar Well-Known Member

    I think you did a fine job choosing that Redsnapper tripod :)
     
  7. Vodkaqueen

    Vodkaqueen Well-Known Member

    16/50... but most of them things can't be avoided with a couple of odd exceptions :)

    Guess that makes me 1/3 adult, 2/3 child!! No hope for me then :D
     
  8. TH-Photos

    TH-Photos Well-Known Member

    Having a mortgage Now past tense: Had a Mortgage
    Mum and dad no longer make your financial decisions No but as it's inherited thoughts about their approval on its use do arise
    Paying into a pension yes
    Conducting a weekly food shop yes
    Written a Will yes
    Having children yes
    Budgeting every month What's a budget?
    Being able to cook an evening meal from scratch yes
    Getting married 27 years ago
    Having life insurance yes
    Recycling yes
    Having a savings account yes
    Knowing what terms like 'ISA' and 'tracker' mean yes
    Watching the news yes
    Owning a lawn mower yes
    Doing your own washing yes
    Taking trips to the local tip Leave that to the wife
    Planting flowers Leave that to the wife
    Being able to bleed a radiator yes
    Having a joint bank account Never
    Having a view on politics They all screw us
    Keeping track of interest rates Mostly
    Finding a messy house annoying It's a sign of a lived in house
    Being able to change a light bulb yes
    Owning a vacuum cleaner yes
    Holding dinner parties Sometimes
    Listening to Radio 2 Ken Bruce, Friday Night is Music Night
    Enjoying gardening No
    Spending weekend just 'pottering' What's a weekend
    Mum starts asking you for advice Would be nice for that to happen again
    Carrying spare shopping bags just in case With shops charging for bags it's a necessity
    Like going round garden centres NO
    Wearing coats on a night out Depends on weather
    Going to bed before 11pm Depends
    Making sure mum and dad are phoned at least once a week Would be nice to do that again
    Classing work as a career rather than a job Been through that, now work is a chore
    Repairing torn clothing rather than throwing it away Maybe
    You iron yes
    You wash up immediately after eating NO
    Enjoy cooking Yes
    Buying a Sunday paper No
    Always going out with a sensible pair of shoes What others are there?
    You like receiving gift vouchers Yes, so I can choose the gift
    Work keeps you awake at night Not after a stiff drink
    Filing post Recycled
    Having a 'best' crockery set yes
    Being able to change a car tyre Been able to do that since I was 10
    Being sensible enough to remove make up off before bedtime ????!!!!!
    Being able to follow a receipt yes
    Owning 'best towels' as well as 'everyday towels They all get used here in equal order
     
  9. Atavar

    Atavar Well-Known Member

    Alas, finding the article on The Telegraph reveals all the same typos. Copy paste, what hast thou done? Perhaps one of the signs of being a grown up should be employing a decent proofreader? :)
     
  10. TH-Photos

    TH-Photos Well-Known Member


    Similar sentiment here.
     
  11. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    Cheers but that's hardly on par with anything major...then again if my parents were still around my dad would be urging that Nikon D80 and possibly a Canon..oh and a Leica etc....he once spent a good few hundred (And this has to be 30 years ago at least) on having a lens to use over his viewfinder that was made to the prescription of his specs and we were all threatened with dying in unpleasant ways (to the extent none of us ever confessed) if my mum ever found out- she didn't see why he couldn't be happy with a Kodak Instamatic
     
  12. jchrisc

    jchrisc Well-Known Member

    I reached the peak some time ago and am now going down again.

    Perhaps the simplest example is that I used to be 6ft 1" and now I am only 5ft 11" . . . . :)
     
  13. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    Having a mortgage - yes
    Mum and dad no longer make your financial decisions, - no longer around
    Paying into a pension - no drawing them
    Conducting a weekly food shop - yes
    Written a Will - yes
    Having children - long gone away
    Budgeting every month - don't be daft
    Being able to cook an evening meal from scratch - yes
    Getting married - twice
    Having life insurance - yes
    Recycling - when I remember
    Having a savings account - what for
    Knowing what terms like 'ISA' and 'tracker' mean - see savings
    Watching the news - rarely
    Owning a lawn mower - no lawn
    Doing your own washing - nobody else to do it
    Taking trips to the local tip - get a skip
    Planting flowers - sometimes
    Being able to bleed a radiator - yes
    Having a joint bank account - who with?
    Having a view on politics - can't be @rsed
    Keeping track of interest rates - no
    Finding a messy house annoying - no
    Being able to change a light bulb - yes
    Owning a vacuum cleaner - yes, 3
    Holding dinner parties - who for?
    Listening to Radio 2 - not for years now
    Enjoying gardening - sometimes
    Spending weekend just 'pottering' - do that all week too
    Mum starts asking you for advice - difficult from the other side
    Carrying spare shopping bags just in case - got cloth bags
    Like going round garden centres - occasionally
    Wearing coats on a night out - don't go out much in the day let alone nights
    Going to bed before 11pm - why what happens?
    Making sure mum and dad are phoned at least once a week - no one to answer
    Classing work as a career rather than a job - RAF was better than working for a living
    Repairing torn clothing rather than throwing it away - why wait until it's torn?
    You iron - no
    You wash up immediately after eating - no, bung it in the dish washer, turn it on when full or getting short of plates/cutlery
    Enjoy cooking - yes
    Buying a Sunday paper - no
    Always going out with a sensible pair of shoes - only sort I have
    You like receiving gift vouchers - who from?
    Work keeps you awake at night - what's work?
    Filing post - in t' bin
    Having a 'best' crockery set - no, having odd plates etc
    Being able to change a car tyre - easy
    Being sensible enough to remove make up off before bedtime - wrong gender
    Being able to follow a receipt - assuming it means recipé then yes
    Owning 'best towels' as well as 'everyday towels - they're all the same
     
  14. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    Having a mortgage –never had one
    Mum and dad no longer make your financial decisions – as I say I wish they could
    Paying into a pension
    yes
    Conducting a weekly food shop –
    supermarket over the road buy what I need when I need it
    Written a Will-keeping meaning to
    Having children
    Nope
    Budgeting every month –
    try to and usually fail
    Being able to cook an evening meal from scratch –something with pasta, a stir fry, an omelette
    Getting married= nope
    Having life insurance
    no
    Recycling sometimes
    Having a savings account
    yes
    Knowing what terms like 'ISA' and 'tracker' mean
    yes
    Watching the news
    occasionally
    Owning a lawn mower
    don’t have a gardem
    Doing your own washing
    yes
    Taking trips to the local tip
    nope
    Planting flowers
    Nope
    Being able to bleed a radiator
    in theory
    Having a joint bank account
    Never
    Having a view on politics
    They all screw us
    Keeping track of interest rates
    Nope
    Finding a messy house annoying
    It's a sign of a lived in house
    Being able to change a light bulb
    yes
    Owning a vacuum cleaner
    yes
    Holding dinner parties
    Never
    Listening to Radio 2
    No
    Enjoying gardening
    No
    Spending weekend just 'pottering'
    What's a weekend
    Mum starts asking you for advice
    Would be nice for that to happen again
    Carrying spare shopping bags just in case
    No
    Like going round garden centres
    NO
    Wearing coats on a night out
    Depends on weather
    Going to bed before 11pm
    Depends
    Making sure mum and dad are phoned at least once a week
    Would be nice to do that again
    Classing work as a career rather than a job
    Been through that, now work is a chore
    Repairing torn clothing rather than throwing it away
    Not often
    You iron NEVER did then never mind now
    You wash up immediately after eating
    NO
    Enjoy cooking
    Occasionally
    Buying a Sunday paper
    Occasionally
    Always going out with a sensible pair of shoes
    I’ve worn sensible shoes since I was 11 I hate high heels
    You like receiving gift vouchers
    with some people the alternative gift is worse
    Work keeps you awake at night Nope
    Filing post
    Nope
    Having a 'best' crockery set
    Nope
    Being able to change a car tyre
    In theory
    Being sensible enough to remove make up off before bedtime
    Nope
    Being able to follow a receipt
    yes
    Owning 'best towels' as well as 'everyday towels
    Nope
     
  15. TH-Photos

    TH-Photos Well-Known Member


    It's not that difficult.


    Last Will and Testament

    Of LesleySM


    I LesleySM being of sound mind hereby bequeath all my worldly possessions to be shared equally between the contributors to this thread.


    Signed

    The 11th day of June 2012

    Witness

    The 11th day of June 2012
     
  16. surf_digby

    surf_digby Well-Known Member

    Being able to change a lightbulb qualifies you as being grown up? I remember making basic lighting circuits at school when I was about 8.
     
  17. Scphoto

    Scphoto Well-Known Member

    Things I haven't done or don't do:

    Written a Will
    Having a savings account - well I do have an account but I wouldn't call the contents savings.
    Planting flowers
    Holding dinner parties
    Listening to Radio 2 - I can't stand Radio 1, but equally think Radio 2 is a pile of S****
    Enjoying gardening
    Spending weekend just 'pottering'
    Like going round garden centres
    Wearing coats on a night out
    Going to bed before 11pm
    Making sure mum and dad are phoned at least once a week - I'm usually round there every day or so
    Repairing torn clothing rather than throwing it away
    Buying a Sunday paper - don't by any paper
    Always going out with a sensible pair of shoes
    You like receiving gift vouchers
    Work keeps you awake at night
    Filing post
    Having a 'best' crockery set
    Being sensible enough to remove make up off before bedtime
    Being able to follow a receipt
    Owning 'best towels' as well as 'everyday towels
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2012
  18. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    There's only one rule that I go by for this and it is one my Grandfather taught me:

    A boy becomes a man when he walks around the puddles and not through them.

    He walked through puddles right up till he died (not in a puddle related incident!) and I plan on doing the same.
     
  19. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Being able to change a car tyre

    I bet there aren't many here that can do that, change a car wheel maybe, but changing a tyre .......... :)
     
  20. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    I notice a lot of folk think they can change a car tyre. Good for them. I have had to do it myself, a few times, and it was damned hard work. The last occasion, as I was in the middle of the Iraqi desert at the time I had no choice but to do it myself, as I had already used both my spare wheels. Fortunately, I had four tyre levers, a spare valve, another person to help, a large lump hammer to get the bead off the rim (the sealant had gone rock hard), some spare engine oil to use as a sealant, and a good 12 volt compressor - using a foot pump generally won't increase the air pressure fast enough to pop the bead back out to the rim with the new cover.

    Ever since then, I have taken to carrying several spare inner tubes, as these can be much easier to fit by sliding under the bead when it is in the centre between the rims, and then wriggling the valve into place. At least you don't actually have to get the old cover off and the new one on. Also, it is not a problem to re-inflate with a foot pump.

    Oh - wait a minute - you don't suppose they meant changing a wheel, do you? :rolleyes:;):D
     

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