How Not to Act Old at Work

Hint: Don’t bring the donuts.

By Pamela Redmond Satran • Guest Writer
Bet she never acted old in her day.
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First Published September 2, 2010

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Alexandra Rue04.14.2012

Where did my just posted comment go?

Alexandra Rue04.14.2012

I am the oldest person working in my building of about 48 people. I try not to act like a pain in the neck, but otherwise I have no desire to act like a young'un. I am who I am,and I am more than fine with that. I've never arrived at the crack of down (how awful!), I've never brought the donuts (or anything else), and I've always been rather quiet and retiring. I'm the oldest person in my building, but far from the one with the most longevity. I do shock once in a while with "before we had desktop computers" but only because it is so unfathomable, and it really hasn't been that many years ago. Well, yeah, I guess it has. Anyway, I'm pefectly happy being who I am because I get to retire in a couple years, and there's no way on earth that I want to be looking forward to being in the workforce for another twenty or thirty years. I'm not particularly concerned whether the twenty or thirty year olds in the building like me or not. I do my job and do it well and have their respect in that area. But I don't want to sit at lunch and listen to their titter tatter about clothes and television shows. I like to hear about their boyfriends and families, but I do not like hearing about revolving, serial boyfriends and live ins and all of the attending upheaval that goes with it. I think, grow up, use your head, you are selling yourself short, I heard this last week and the week before and the week before. They don't want my advice and I don't give it. What can I say. I AM the oldest person in the building.

Leslie Claire04.02.2012

Or, How to Act Like a Vapid Little Slacker.

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