That’s when I found out I’m older than him — by eight months!
I don’t know what it is about the Aussie chef that made me think I was much younger than him. It was a bit shocking — and somewhat depressing — to realize I wasn’t.
Turns out I’m older than Ryan Reynolds, Diane Kruger, Colin Farrel, Reese Witherspoon and the French actress who played “Amelie.” I’m the same age as Bradley Cooper, Charlize Theron, Russell Brand, Eva Longoria and — get this! — Chelsea Handler. Angelina Joie is three months younger than me and she’s got six kids.
But what really rocked my age boat was this: child stars like Soleil Moon Frye (“Punky Brewster”), Keri Russell (“Felicity”) and Mayim Bialik (“Blossom”) are around my age. I always thought they were kids.
The whole age thing really started to weird me out last night. It’s hard to believe, for example, that “Back to the Future” came out 28 years ago — or that “Shrek” was released 12 years ago or “Jurassic Park” two decades ago.
I lived most of my life without the Internet or cable TV. There were no online surf reports or TiVo or even cell phones. I used to do research at a thing called a library — complete with card catalogs — and used some contraption called pay phones. I got my first email account and a pager — yes, a pager — back in college. Before that, I don’t know how we ever got in touch with each other.
I realize age is relevant — you’re only as old as you feel (or act) — but it’s still shocking to take stock of your life and realize, “Man, I’m old.”
Anyone else feeling ancient?