May 15, 2005

aging and racing

I was looking into a mirror today as I was fixing my hair, and thinking, "You know, I really don't look like nearly 40." Maybe it was the ponytail, or maybe it was the overalls - or maybe it's just that Gloria Steinem said and that this is now what 40 looks like. Anyway, here's the evidence, in inside and outside lighting. (Though I do think I look older in these than in my mirror. Cameras are not kind to me.)

Later note: I dragged out a few old photos to look at this morning, and it is true that I've aged. There is, of course, that deep line over one eye. And while I've always had dark shadows under my eyes - so the mirror has said - they didn't used to leap to the forefront of every photo quite the way they do now. I think the issue may actually be not the way I look but with my concept of forty. When I was a kid, forty-year-old women were teachers or moms. Their lives were focused on responsibility and they almost never did anything fun or spontaneous or challenging (probably because their daily lives were challenging enough already). Even their recreation was sedate. Of course, they may just not have done it while the kids were watching.

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Also, and more importantly, here are some photos from yesterday's Dam to Dam regatta - me accepting my medal (don't get excited, I was the only female sculler in a single) and the whole outlaw crew. They handed out medals just for participating in this inaugural event, but those had red, white and blue ribbons. All the ones in these photos, on blue ribbons, are actual first place medals. Rudder and his partner were only disappointed that the winning eight beat them by 11 seconds!

Later note 2: I forgot to say, there's more about the race here.

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Posted by dichroic at May 15, 2005 06:04 PM

Lovely to see you again! I'm curious, what do you guys do with all your medals? Do you hang them somewhere? I know you put up two Christmas trees, I'll bet you have enough medals to do a third one! ~LA

Posted by: LA at May 16, 2005 12:16 PM

I've looked at forty (and fifty and sixty) from both sides now. You look considerably younger than that. (Maybe it's because you don't have to be a mom or a teacher.)

Posted by: l-empress at May 16, 2005 12:43 PM

You do look younger than forty to me, too. Maybe l-empress is right about the mom thing... Pregnancy alone puts a lot of stress on the body, so that would make sense. Of course, I've had many people mistake me for fourty or older ever since I was twenty or so... Maybe it's because my hair was already greying. :-)

Posted by: Melissa at May 16, 2005 12:47 PM

Baybee-face! So we can bless our ancestors who gave us the genes to let us look so young. That and SPF 45... I'm a hella more freckles and tan so far this year than ever before despite precautions. Darlin', you look mahvelous. Wish I had pretty medals to show off for all my sailing, though... (grin) Big hug. -J

Posted by: Jenn at May 16, 2005 08:55 PM

Jeepers, to an 84 year old man you have the looks of a wise infant.

Pleased to meet you.

Posted by: Denver doug at May 17, 2005 09:36 PM
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