We were taping the show that airs Tuesday, and Diana DeGarmo (the American Idol runner up from the most recent editon) was on. Someone mentioned that she’s 17, and was born in 1987.
And I thought, holy shit, I remember 1987. How can someone born that year be 17 (and be turning 18 and thus eligble to vote later this year)? I suddenly felt very, very old.
Shortly thereafter, one of the execs (who is from Philly) was gloating about the Eagles going back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1981.
And I mumbled, wait, January 1981? I wasn’t even born yet. Wow.
My friend Shawn, who I’ve repeatedly made feel older than dirt despite the fact that he’s not even 30, overheard me and just shook his head and smiled.
I suddenly felt very, very young. And very, very thankful that the exec didn’t hear me, because that definitely would have made him feel old.
And generally, it’s not a good idea to make your bosses feel old.