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30 Signs You’re Not a Proper Grown-Up Yet
Metro UK ^ | Thursday 24 Oct 2013

Posted on 10/24/2013 12:06:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Legally, you’re an adult once you turn 18. By society’s standards, you come of age at more like 21. But as most of us come to realise, you’re not really a proper grown-up for at least 10 years after that. In case you’re not quite sure whether you’ve reached total independence, here are some signs real adulthood has yet to sink in…

1. You’ve been working full-time for six years but you’re still waiting for the summer holidays to happen

2. You sometimes eat cereal for lunch…

3. …and sandwiches for dinner

4. Your ultimate career goal is to get to the point where you can go to work in your pyjamas

5. You go to exhibitions and galleries… using your parents’ Tate membership cards

6. Watching Question Time makes you feel like some kind of wizened old man…

7. …as does listening to Radio 4…

8. …you haven’t quite mustered up the courage for Newsnight yet

9. You’ve been known to return from a weekly food shop with six bottles of wine, three packets of Supernoodles and a single apple

10. You and your housemates do clean the place, but you can’t get it to look as clean as home did

11. You’re still too scared to leave voicemails

12. Your first instinct when a light bulb goes is to call the landlord…

13. …But you realise that’s unacceptable, so you call your dad

14. You don’t usually take your laundry home to Mum, but if you’re going home anyway, you bring a few bits and bobs for her to do for you

15. You’ve realised there’s no point in buying sugar, salt or pepper for your kitchen when you can get those little sachets free in so many food outlets…

16. …and the plastic cutlery is useful for when washing up seems too stressful

17. You spend 30 per cent of your time thinking about ways you could justify getting a puppy even though you work full-time and are out most evenings

18. You do not own a toolbox

19. You do not own an iron and are pretty sure your creased-shirt look is catching on at work

20. You don’t complain in restaurants because it makes you feel too much like your Grandma Joan

21. You eat baked beans for the last 10 days of each pay packet

22. When you see a parent with their toddler in the street, you identify with the toddler and not the parent…

23. …and you wish you could be in a pushchair too

24. You stopped being a student long ago, but you’ve extended your NUS card through trickery and still enjoy discounts almost everywhere

25. Similarly, you’re over 26, but magically still have a Young Person’s Rail Card

26. You’ve lived away from home for years, but your bank statements still go to your parents’ address

27. You took a coat to be dry-cleaned once and talked about it for days because it made you sound so grown-up

28. You still make a Christmas list each year…

29. …and it includes things like ‘Food processor’, ‘Laptop insurance’ and ‘Money’

30. When things get tough – really, really tough – you call your mum


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: adolescence; adults

1 posted on 10/24/2013 12:06:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
2. You sometimes eat cereal for lunch…

Guilty.

2 posted on 10/24/2013 12:08:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

And cold sandwiches for dinner....guilty. You try cooking when it’s 105 outside!


3 posted on 10/24/2013 12:11:56 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan!)
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To: dfwgator

I snack on Life Cereal or Kix (Fruit Loops sometimes) right out of the box like you would eating potato chips. Been doing that since I was a kid.


4 posted on 10/24/2013 12:13:13 PM PDT by jmacusa (I don't think so, but I doubt it.)
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To: dfwgator
Yo dude. Off topic, but...

Dabo said he has watched the film and thinks if Clemson and FSU played 10 times Clemson would win 5 and FSU would win 5.

Well, maybe not so off target. Dabo needs to grow up...

5 posted on 10/24/2013 12:13:16 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: dfwgator

heck I sometimes eat cereal for dinner

the new chocolate gluten-free chex are de-lish!

and honey-nut cheerios are good for you, so its like a salad


6 posted on 10/24/2013 12:13:52 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: nickcarraway
My unproveable theory;

Adam and Eve were created as mature adults .. never went through puberty

Jesus is refered to as the last Adam

Jesus ministry (maturity) began at 30 and ended at 33

thus

I conclude a man matures in the 30 - 35 year block.

That theory holds true to my own life and as I observe the world around me.

7 posted on 10/24/2013 12:14:26 PM PDT by knarf (`)
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To: Mr. K

Raisin Bran is my night time cereal of choice ... keeps me regular.


8 posted on 10/24/2013 12:16:03 PM PDT by knarf (`)
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To: knarf

You are 100% right. Looking back I didn’t become fully aware until about 33.


9 posted on 10/24/2013 12:17:31 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: nickcarraway
4. Your ultimate career goal is to get to the point where you can go to work in your pyjamas

I sometimes CAN work in my pjs (software development working from home) but it wasn't a career goal.

10 posted on 10/24/2013 12:20:21 PM PDT by BureaucratusMaximus (Economy says: White House worse than expected.)
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To: MaxMax
Thanx, I appreciate the nod.

Like I said ... it's unproveable ... unless everybody agrees with me .. and if THAT happens ... I'm running for President !

11 posted on 10/24/2013 12:20:32 PM PDT by knarf (`)
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To: knarf
Raisin Bran is my night time cereal of choice ... keeps me regular.

Signs you are a proper grown up (and then some):
     You worry about which cereal will keep you regular.

12 posted on 10/24/2013 12:22:01 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: nickcarraway
Guilty as charged!

Been there, done that, still doing it. I win!
13 posted on 10/24/2013 12:22:40 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: KarlInOhio
Signs you are a proper grown up (and then some): You worry about which cereal will keep you regular.

Which is why I eat this.


14 posted on 10/24/2013 12:23:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Geez I eat cereal for dinner.

I pretty much own 1 to 4 and my kids are out of college.


15 posted on 10/24/2013 12:23:06 PM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: Boiler Plate

I’ve even been known to occasionally have *gasp* Ramen Noodles.


16 posted on 10/24/2013 12:23:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: KarlInOhio

And if I left my teeth on the nightstand or actually put them in that plastic thing with the fizzie.


17 posted on 10/24/2013 12:24:28 PM PDT by knarf (`)
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To: dfwgator
I’ve even been known to occasionally have *gasp* Ramen Noodles.

Ah, but do you eat them unreconstituted, i.e. right out of the package?

18 posted on 10/24/2013 12:29:32 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: knarf

The fizzie is in the plastic thingy but where are my damn teef!


19 posted on 10/24/2013 12:29:38 PM PDT by bonfire
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To: Alex Murphy

I’ve done that!


20 posted on 10/24/2013 12:30:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

My definition of an adult is someone who has paid all their own bills for one year.


21 posted on 10/24/2013 12:31:17 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: bonfire

check the nightstand ... under the candy wrappers ... next to the andro-gel ... by the aspirin ... probably covered by the clicker.


22 posted on 10/24/2013 12:32:49 PM PDT by knarf (`)
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To: yellowdoghunter

What is wrong with cold roast beef sandwiches?
Especially if you cooked the roast beef!


23 posted on 10/24/2013 12:34:16 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Alex Murphy
"Ah, but do you eat them unreconstituted, i.e. right out of the package? "

Worse .. (or better?)

I boil water and make the broth, and drink the broth while I munch down on the dry noodles.

Don't knock it ... try it.

24 posted on 10/24/2013 12:35:03 PM PDT by knarf (`)
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To: bonfire

Where’d I put those d@mn glasses?


25 posted on 10/24/2013 12:35:16 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings)
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To: dfwgator
Mixed dry Cap'n Crunch into vanilla ice cream?
Poured melted Cheez-Whiz over Flaming Hot Cheetoz?

FWIW, I know a guy who takes a spoon covered in Marshmallow Fluff, and dips it into popcorn for a mock-popcorn-ball experience.

26 posted on 10/24/2013 12:37:34 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: nickcarraway
18. You do not own a toolbox

I've always owned toolboxes. I thought being a "proper grownup" was when they stopped being furniture.

27 posted on 10/24/2013 12:38:36 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: nickcarraway

1. Umm...I’m the Network Administrator for a decent sized school District. So, yeah... I wait in eager anticipation for Summer break so I can have some peace and quiet to go fix all the things they’ve broken over the past school year.

A lot of the rest of that crap is so metro-sexual it could only have been written in either New York or the UK. Change a light bulb? Clean your room? Weep for the species...


28 posted on 10/24/2013 12:39:40 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: yellowdoghunter

You’re still on your parents’ health insurance.


29 posted on 10/24/2013 12:40:20 PM PDT by mkboyce
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To: Alex Murphy

I could feel my arteries harden just reading that.


30 posted on 10/24/2013 12:40:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Little Ray

I agree completely!!


31 posted on 10/24/2013 12:41:47 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan!)
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To: mkboyce

Good one....


32 posted on 10/24/2013 12:42:31 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan!)
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To: All

Big rule in my house is that you aren’t a grown up, unless you pay ALL your own bills and expesnses. Also, grown up status, and all the inherent perks like not having to follow my rules ALL THE TIME, is revoked if you come back to live in my basement.


33 posted on 10/24/2013 12:45:00 PM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: Alex Murphy

Sounds good ... I’ll haf’ta’ give it a try.


34 posted on 10/24/2013 12:47:26 PM PDT by knarf (`)
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To: KarlInOhio
As an adjunct to that for men;

You know you are getting old when you have to shave your ears.

35 posted on 10/24/2013 12:51:53 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: dfwgator

I eat it for dinner on occasion.


36 posted on 10/24/2013 12:52:01 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
You know you are getting old when you have to shave your ears

I just braid.

37 posted on 10/24/2013 12:54:11 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

“You know you’re old when your family talks about you in front of you.” - Rodney Dangerfield


38 posted on 10/24/2013 12:56:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

For me these are signs I am too old. I don’t understand half of these points.


39 posted on 10/24/2013 12:58:50 PM PDT by Driabrin
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To: Driabrin
For me these are signs I am too old.

Sure. Like this one:

You’re still too scared to leave voicemails

If you came of age in the last century, you may still be too scared of that.

Is voice mail just a pretentious way of leaving a message?

I'm not sure voicemail is really hear to stay, though. Younger people just send texts.

I don’t understand half of these points.

It's British.

Some of it is just strange:

Watching Question Time makes you feel like some kind of wizened old man…

…as does listening to Radio 4…

I guess Radio 4 is like NPR. I don't get the "wizened old man" thing, though.

40 posted on 10/24/2013 1:14:32 PM PDT by x
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To: nickcarraway

One Sign You’re Not a Proper Grown-Up Yet

You're elected President of the United States


41 posted on 10/24/2013 1:26:48 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: knarf

I’m 56, been married 30 years, and my wife would probably argue that I’m STILL not there. :)


42 posted on 10/24/2013 1:56:40 PM PDT by jimmango
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve paid my own bills and changed light bulbs longer than the author has probably been alive but do half the other things on the list. Nothing wrong with cereal and sandwiches or working in your pjs.


43 posted on 10/24/2013 2:03:41 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: AD from SpringBay
My definition of an adult is someone who has paid all their own bills for one year.

Pretty good definition!

I'll be 60 next year, and I'm guilty of (at least) #'s 1,3,4,28, and up until a couple of years ago 30.

I look forward to summer vacation, because I'm worn out from my son's activities: school, Boy Scouts, sports, etc. Gives me a chance to recharge my batteries.

Since August, this has been our weekly schedule:

Mon: Boy Scouts, 7:30 - 8:30

T-W-Th: Football practice, 6:30 - 8:30. I generally get my walking in while he's at practice.

Sat: Game day

Sun: Church, followed by religious ed, 6:15 - 7:30 (I teach his class - Old Testament)

As to #30, I spoke with my mom at least once a week, but she's been afflicted with Alzheimer's for the past two years. It's tough, she has no memory of her brother, my sister, or me.

44 posted on 10/24/2013 2:16:47 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: dfwgator

Yum. And, I love old-fashioned oats straight out of the box. Dinner, lunch, makes no difference.


45 posted on 10/24/2013 2:59:48 PM PDT by CH3CN (And, that's the whole kettle of fish in a nutshell.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Hey now, I resemble that remark!


46 posted on 10/24/2013 3:08:35 PM PDT by Conservative_caterer (here's to no-limit credit cards for everyone!)
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To: nickcarraway
26. You’ve lived away from home for years, but your bank statements still go to your parents’ address

Son #3. His mail goes into a draw on the table under the TV. He swings by about once a week to pick it up

Been living on his own for 6 years.

47 posted on 10/24/2013 4:25:07 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: nickcarraway

How about not having a bank account?

Me? I’ve had a checking account since I was in college. The two young women (29, 26) living with me pay everything, including the rent, in cash. Neither of them have ever had any bank account. The 29-yr.-old shares her parents’ cellphone plan. Both of them rely on me for Wi-Fi.

I don’t get it. Is this a generational thing, or is it just them?


48 posted on 10/24/2013 7:19:33 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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