I have prematurely aged myself.
In the car last night, X and I were discussing something and I mentioned that I was 36 and half years old. He was all "No, you're not!" and I was all "Yes, I am!" until he pointed out that I was born in 1971, which would indeed mean I am not 36.
Instead, it appears I am 35.
What the HELL is wrong with me, Internet? Why would I do that to myself? I have been telling people I am 36. Even my doctor. I expressed concern to my doctor that I would be 37 when New Kid is born. GOOD GOD. Just the other day, a friend expressed surprise when I said I was 36 because she said I seemed younger. Perhaps, because I am younger?
On the one hand, it's not a picnic growing older, but I steadfastly maintain that I want to grow older. A Dirt Nap Alternative isn't nearly as appealing as getting wrinkles and saggy boobs. I draw the line at my ass, though. No droopy butt, please.
While I am getting all geezerly-like on you, I have to say that I am having a greater appreciation for what the Stars go through in Hollywood since having gotten HDTV. It's crazy what Hollywood has been hiding from us all these years via softfocus and perfected stage makeup. HDTV must be making some stars rend their Juicy Couture because it's amazing how many YOUNG stars have wrinkles and lines when viewed via HDTV (Ali Larter from Heroes comes to mind). Most interestingly, many, many young GUYS are already getting crinkled and HDTV is NOT their Best Bud even now. Perhaps, because women tend to be more conscious of sun exposure? Anyway, it doesn't really bother me and actually, it is one of the reasons why I enjoy the show Brothers and Sisters so much. It freely shows Sally Field, Ron Rifkin, and Patricia Wettig in all their Craggedly Glory. It lends a more realistic touch. The show is borderline cheese week after week after week, but Field, Rifkin and Wettig manage to keep it real. I would argue that seeing Vanessa Williams' endless web of lines on the show Ugly Betty helps her Wilhelmina character from becoming too comical. While Wilhelmina is eVIL, you can't help but have a teeny bit of sympathy because you know and most importanly, SHE knows those lines bother her to no end.
I wonder if HDTV is going to heighten the fervor for plastic surgery even further? I'd like to hope that HDTV will allow the viewing public AND Hollywood to become more accepting of REAL facial features, but I am not optimistic.