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How to Feel Really Old in 10 Seconds

I feel it necessary to be able to swim a mile due to the film War Games.

I mentioned this while talking to four other women the other night.  None of them had heard of the movie because they were too young.


(I couldn’t find a clip so here’s the dialogue.)

[David and Jennifer attempt to find a way to get off Professor Falken’s island to prevent NORAD from launching a nuclear attack]

David Lightman: I think I saw one…

[runs ahead for a moment and stops]

David Lightman: What kind of an a**hole lives on an island and he doesn’t even have a boat?

Jennifer: Maybe we can swim for it. How far do you think it is?

David Lightman: No. It’s uh, two, three miles at least. Maybe more.

Jennifer: Well, what do you say? Let’s go for it!

David Lightman: No.

Jennifer: [starts to remove her shoe] Come on!

David Lightman: No!


David Lightman: I can’t swim.

Jennifer: You can’t swim?

David Lightman: No, I can’t, okay? Wonder Woman, I can’t swim!

Jennifer: Well, what kind of an a**hole grows up in Seattle and doesn’t even know how to swim?

David Lightman: I never got around to it, okay? I always thought there was gonna be plenty of time!

Jennifer: Sorry.

David Lightman: I wish I didn’t know about any of this! I wish I was like everybody else in the world, and tomorrow it would just be over. There wouldn’t be any time to be sorry… about anything.



  1. Trish Loye says:

    We are not old. We’ve just watched a lot of movies. 😉

    1. Marianne Hansen says:

      I think I’m old. Because this was supposed to post next Tuesday. Now I have to come up with something new to discuss. I may have to trip and fall or something.

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