Age Ain't Nothing But A Number

Age Ain't Nothing But A Number

An undergrad's perspective on getting older
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Rites of passage play a large part in our society. Specific birthdays, graduating high school, the loss of virginity, a first beer, all are social constructs that signify that a boy is becoming a man. But the idea of being a man, even at 20, is somewhat elusive. I'm not a boy, but I don't consider myself a man by any stretch of the imagination. Men work 9-to-5s and have beer bellies and worry about things like going bald and mortgage payments. I've always thought that guys in college are in a limbo-state between adolescence and adulthood. But I was recently proven wrong.

I had a rite of passage in a supermarket this week.

I was picking up some groceries for my mom while home for fall break. A trip to the grocery store in my hometown consists of a few parts:

1. Avoiding old teachers

2. Avoiding people who I graduated with who haven't left town

3. Leaving as quickly as possible with little to no human interaction.

With a sigh of relief, I had successfully accomplished the first two, and I was standing in the checkout line, poised to leave. I handed the cashier my money and turned to pick up the bags when the bag boy said it.

"Have a nice day, sir."

This wasn't the usual pleasantry that comes secondhand to any Southerner. This was a word weighted with meaning. It meant "you are older than me" (which I am, but not by much). It meant "you are clearly and visibly old enough to warrant a small sign of respect." It was meant as a polite gesture, which is what really killed me. This kid genuinely meant it. I was flooded by a rush of differing emotions. I wanted to gag, to cry, to scream, to tear at my hair and run out of the store. I wanted to prove to him that I wasn't a "sir". I'm hip. Do "sirs" listen to Fetty Wap? Can "sirs" hit the Quan? This one can.

Instead of arguing, I smiled (it probably looked more like a wince), took my change, and shuffled out to the parking lot. I replayed the scene in my head over and over, each time putting a more sinister emphasis on "sir" so that it took on a tone of mocking. Always overly-imaginative, I started rationalizing it in ridiculous ways. "Maybe this is like a Freaky Friday thing and my dad and I switched places." "Maybe that kid just looks 16, but is really 12, so everyone must be a sir to him. Someone should shut this place down. Child labor laws"

In hindsight, I'm not mad about being called "sir". I'm frustrated because for the first time in my life, I was confronted with the idea of my aging. It may have started a lot earlier than I thought it would, but I know I'm still young. I still have my adult years ahead of me (God willing), with a whole world full of people to meet and places to explore. For now, I'll just enjoy this period of time in which I can act like a fool on a Friday night and still be called "sir" the next day.

Time marches on, and all we can do is enjoy the beat.


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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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Warcraft 3: Reforged - A legend returns

One of the top 100 games of the century makes a comeback in an epic way.

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17 years ago, the legion invaded the realm of Azeroth, forcing the different races of Humans, Orcs, Night elves, and Undead to make the most unlikely of alliances. There were those who fought for the light while the others wished to banish it. Night and day, the furnaces of Lordaeron burnt bright as the loyal dwarves of Khaz Modan hammer away the swords and shields that would aid the fight ahead.

17 years ago, the young orc warchief Thrall foresaw the fate of his people as meteors of green flames crash upon his lands. He saw the upcoming demise of his clanand ordered a mass evacuation towards a new continent where they shall be safe for generations to come. 17 years ago, the night elves felt a corruption within the Tree of Life, causing them to split into opposing factions: one fought in the name of the Goddess, while the other fought in the name of personal hatred. 17 years ago, a legion of undead came upon the shores of Lordaeron, plaguing the land and defiling the life force of the realm. That was the story of Warcraft, one that spanned continents and races only to join them together for a crucial battle of their history.

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Warcraft was a monument to an entire gaming generation, ranked 2nd best game of all time by German games magazine "GameStar." Its fate, however, was ultimately sealed as computing technology became better and overshadowed the old giant. Plus, with the rise of gaming consoles and handheld gaming devices, PC gaming lost its appeal slowly, and games like Starcraft or Warcraft eventually faded into oblivion.

But over on the horizon, Blizzard Entertainment came to the rescue. Following the success of their previous release of Starcraft: Remastered, they decided to come forth with their next great project: remastering Warcraft 3.

Using a new and revamped engine built over the foundations of the old one, they have rebuilt the world we once loved. Adding to that are new, high definition voices and sound effects that they recorded just for this old game. For the blurry characters of old, the team decided to upscale and remodel all present units to give them the 2019 high-def treatment they deserved. For the old user interface (UI), the development team settled on one that resembled the "Starcraft: Remastered" interface, offering more room for players to look at the gorgeous 4K character models. Also, to fit the new continuity from World of Warcraft, Blizzard opted to alter the story by a small margin, showing promising changes to the revived game.

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However, not everyone was hyped when the game was announced. Many gamers expressed disappointment at Blizzard's move of remastering old games instead of developing new ones. Many, feeling uncomfortable at the company's decision, took to the internet and into forums. Some fans expressed concerns over Blizzard's decision to retcon a game they hold dear Some are unhappy with the graphics not being consistent with characters: unit models look too detailed while buildings look cartoonish.

Despite all this, the general population loved the announcement at Blizzcon. As the game slowly reaches its release date of December 31, 2019, the hype can only go up from here. For those of us who can't hold their excitement, here's a video of the crowd's insane reaction to the announcement:


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