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There's a stupid Crest Whitening Strips commercial where a woman asks if we can tell whether she would have had a crush on David Cassidy or Ralph Macchio in high school. Now, that's why I think lying about your age is ridiculous. I don't want to study Backstreet Boys fan pages in order to convince people I graduated high school in 1998, it's just too much work. You could pretend you were living in a remote African village or that your intellectual parents prevented you from watching TV even at a friend's house, but we Generation Xer's bond on the basis of shared popular culture, so what would you talk about? Do women still lie about their ages on a regular basis, with the taboo against younger men/older women mostly gone? It's so fifties, like Blanche DuBois hiding in dim light so Mitch won't see that she's older than he thinks in A Streetcar Named Desire. Don't reject her because she's older than you, Mitch! Reject her for her habit of seducing underage boys!

Somewhere I read an interview with Chrissie Hynde where she said she never lies about her age because she likes hearing "But you look so much younger!". I agree, it's much better than lying and getting a raised eyebrow and a "Yeah, right!" look. Anyway, I'm going to go watch some After School Specials on DVD and then look for Dynamite magazine on eBay, so there!

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