James asked me that yesterday. "You actually want to be called 'Old Man'?" I asked.
It caught me by surprise - I couldn't believe it. There's definitely a male-female divide here. When we reach a certain age, we females stereotypically lie about our ages, buy anti-wrinkle cream and dread our next birthday, and here James is, 21 years old, wanting to be called an old man? Weird.
First of all, I think there are a few requirements for being called "Old Man." The flavor of our lump would have to be a boy. I don't think there are many girls who walk around saying, "Yeah - me and my old man are gonna go hammer up some dry wall."
Another thing is, to my knowledge, you don't address your father as "Old Man" directly. You're not like, "Hey! OLD MAN! Can I borrow the Subaru?" Instead, you use "Old Man" when you're talking about him to your friends. Again, "Yeah - me and my old man are gonna go hammer up some dry wall" (said by male offspring).
Don't you also have to be kind of cantankerous and curmudgeon-like to be called "Old Man"? These are definitely not adjectives that can be used to accurately describe James. The kid's whole face smiles when his mouth smiles.
Of course, I could be completely wrong about all of this. What do I know, anyway? Opinions? (Sorry, James.)
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