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maybe I should try growing a beard

maybe I should try growing a beard

Mon, 04/06/2009 - 23:16 by Aido in response to give or take ten years

Very seriously, this is a near-direct transcript.  I don't know why the dude decided I needed to know his exact age.  Weekends at the mall: everyone is in high school.

I should probably note, I'm turning 24 in about two weeks.  Being mistaken for someone 10 years younger than my actual age is a first, but I still regularly get carded at movies. :/  Conrad left for Rochester a while back and returned with a scruffy beard.  He normally suffers from the same "hey shouldn't you be in class right now" affliction that I do, and I think that the beard helps a lot on that front.  He is, as always, envious of Ananth's abilities to grow a full, luxurious beard within hours.

Since it's in the comic, I'll mention my wallet.  It's a cute, compact, and practical little thing called a Jimi.  I've had mine for two years or so and it's been real good to me.

Ananth is sick and running a fever!  Please send him your best and hope that he doesn't get the rest of us sick.



Comment by Rose (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 08:45

Aw. I get carded all the time and whatnot. It actually kind of sucks because I never want to be affiliated with my high school years. The only time I never get carded is when I'm out for a drink and I have a male server...

He doesn't look me in the eye and goes straight to the boobs.

Guess 15 year olds don't have boobies? o_o


Comment by Naktarr (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 23:07

It depends on your genes... I for one had very big boobies at 14!

The best way to judge age is by their figure, according to your race/gender/weight - it rarely lies! Well, it has a better success rate than going off the face, anyway.

Mr. Anath has a fever hm?

Comment by Abe (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 09:11

Mr. Anath has a fever hm? Plenty of rest and drinking of fluids is in order then.

Or you can soak washcloths in egg whites, wrap your feet in them and cover with socks. What? Strangest home remedy I've ever heard from someone.

 Haha weiiiird!

Comment by Ananth Tue, 04/07/2009 - 15:07

 Haha weiiiird!

Is this what I have to look

Comment by Del (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 09:30

Is this what I have to look forward to in four years' time? '>.< At least people don't confuse my gender!

I feel your pain! I'm 26,

Comment by Rachel (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 10:16

I feel your pain! I'm 26, and work in a movie theater with a bunch of teenagers, most of whom think I'm younger than they are... until they find out I'm married. (and I'm nearly six feet tall!)

I've had people threaten to cut up my license because they're sure it's a fake/not mine. Apparently I will appreciate this in ten years- so I've been told, anyway. I'd just like the lady in the grocery store liquor store to stop making snide comments when I buy my cookin' wine...

No worries Yuko, at least

Comment by Aperture (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 10:19

No worries Yuko, at least you don't look 10 years older than you are!

Hopefully Ananth will get better soon.

When my sister was 18 she

Comment by Garoben (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 10:36

When my sister was 18 she went to Rome and they tried to let her into the Vatican for free because they thought she was under the age of 10. (Also, she in an elementary education program... and when she went for some sort of student teaching thing she got asked if she was a new student. She was 20 or so at the time. Hahaha.)

The opposite for me....

Comment by Yujovi (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 12:42

I sometimes wish I had your problem... I was working last year, and of the newer people that got hired asked me if I was a graduate school student... I was still a senior in high school. O_o

Oh my god, I hate it when

Comment by Ashiru (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 13:00

Oh my god, I hate it when that happens. I think the three most embarassing times were when I was given a kids meal at a restaurant and I told the guy that I was most definitely not a kid and he looked at me like I was lying, then my mom and siblings and I went to the movies and the lady was like "One adult and three kids?" and I think the most embarassing was on my 21'st birthday when the lady at the bar took my ID thinking it was a fake. ^^;

Oh yeah, and get well soon Ananth!!

Thank you!

Comment by Ananth Tue, 04/07/2009 - 15:08

Thank you!

I wish people thought I was younger...

Comment by Desmoine (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 13:00

I'm only 19 and people always think I'm 30. Which is nice when I go out drinking, but sucky any other time.

Stray Immortality Gene?

Comment by SJPi (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 13:24

I just physically stopped aging at sixteen. I creeped a coworker out when I showed them a picture of me at sixteen, then eighteen, and now at twenty-three. Except for hair length there's absolutely no difference. It's annoying getting carded all the time though. (First time poster/long time lurker!)

I actually get social

Comment by Michael M. (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 15:01

I actually get social security checks in the mail because of my beard .

 Hahaha! XD

Comment by Ananth Tue, 04/07/2009 - 15:09

 Hahaha! XD

Jimi FTW

Comment by Nephiel (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 16:27

Yeeeeeah it's a Jimi! I've been carrying one for over a year now. (I reinforced the top hinge, see flickr pic linked to this post). I gave another away, and still keep two spares just in case.

It's good because it forces me to carry only what I need. Otherwise I end up stuffing my wallet full of receipts and tickets and post-it notes and so on until it grows to the size of a brick. I couldn't sit straight when I carried my old leather wallet in the back pocket of my trousers! XD

PD: Get well soon Ananth!

Wow! :O

Comment by Aido Wed, 04/08/2009 - 17:54

I just went through your photos -- awesome mods!  I'm super impressed by your entire key chain!

Yuko, I feel your pain,

Comment by Lady J (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 17:16

Yuko, I feel your pain, honestly and completely. I'm turning 23 in May, as well as getting married sooner or later.... and I get carded for PG-13 movies! Its been like this since I turned 16, actually, everyone thinks I'm 12, 14 at the oldest. Even the people that go to my church, who have seen me drive, and who know I'm getting married find it hard to believe I'm in my second decade. Whenever someone questions me about it, I just tell them its because of my fae-blood, since I was born in England.
We should get buisness cards that has our birthdates and our age in a nice, large font to hand out to people who disbelieve.

Oh and to make the carded

Comment by Lady J (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 17:24

Oh and to make the carded thing even worse. I was taking my 14 year old sister to said movie, with a couple 15, and a 16 year old... and I was the only one carded.

Eternal youth is great only when you're old enough to enjoy it.

The Fae-blood comment is

Comment by Halconnen (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 16:43

The Fae-blood comment is genius.

And I certainly wish I'd look as young as that. I'd blatantly abuse it to creep the hell out of people just for the heck of it.

Sadly, I look exactly my age, so I can't really abuse my looks for anything. -_-

Get Well Soon

Comment by Chris D. (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 17:41

I had a similar issue what with being mistaken for being younger than I actually am. Unlike some where being small is the issue, I have the "problem" of having a baby face and a dislike of facial hair. I still occasionally get carded for alcomohols, but I haven't been carded at a movie theatre in years.

Savor the opportunity to be thought of as young!

I fight that battle by routinely acting like a 10 year old...sadly I've had to start acting some point my immaturity number will be 20.

...I dread that day...

I've got the exact opposite

Comment by Belua (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 18:36

I've got the exact opposite problem, I look about ten years older than I am... I think it's the facial hair.

Ananth's Health

Comment by Kitty (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 18:36

I hope you feel better, Ananth! Get well soon!

I just remembered I'm

Comment by D2k (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 19:00

I just remembered I'm exactly a year older than you (give or take a few hours).
I realized this a couple years ago, but I had forgotten.

Asian, dearie. I'm sure

Comment by KaT Adams (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 19:18

Asian, dearie. I'm sure we'll appreciate it in ten or twenty years. Right now... yeah. Carded to buy smokes for pete's sake.


Comment by Louis (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 19:31

Appearance of a comic beard! Lookin' snappy, Conrad. Also is it just the fury in the last panel, or did you get a new haircut, Yuko? Also get well soon Ananth.

...Haha, I think it's time for a John-centric comic.

I'm seventeen and I do this to people all the time, mistake them for younger than they are. I'm usually out by five to ten years. Funnily enough it's usually people over 35 that their age gets brought up, and then they think I'm just some smarmy kid trying to impress them, when really it's just how they look to me. x_x Maybe not growing since the age of twelve has done something to my perception.

Get better Ananth

Comment by Kyon (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 19:42

I hope you feel better soon Ananth.

Also I got carded when I went to see the Friday the 13th movie on opening night which was not very good anyway. I'm being asked to show I.D and some lady actually had the nerve to ask if I lost my parents while I was sitting in JFK waiting for my friend to pick me up.

Yay Tasha!

Comment by Aido Wed, 04/08/2009 - 17:53

We were giggling about that, what a weird coincidence. XD


Comment by Ghost (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 21:48

is how my mother commonly words it. The Lady is 55, looks 35 to most people. Ironically I'm rather the opposite. I'm 16, and get confused with 20-24 year old when ever I talk to people.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Ananth.

Be thankful.

Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 21:54

Yuko, be thankful you work from home.

I work in RETAIL. You know how they are! They're retarded!
"Are you even old enough to be working here?"
- I'm wearing a name tag and standing at the register aren't I?
"What are you, like 14?"
- NO.
"How old are you?"
- I'm 20!

I get it ALL of the time. It drives me nuts. Especially when you're like dude, I'm YEARS older than you. Don't even.

Moral of the story: people are dumb and we both have baby faces. Also no boobs and we weigh like 100lbs. XD


Comment by Ananth Wed, 04/08/2009 - 11:15

Are you old enough to be on the internet unsupervised??


Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 22:43

My mom says I can play on the internet for 2 whole hours!

I'll be 24 tomorrow and

Comment by GraveDigger_Monkey (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 21:56

I'll be 24 tomorrow and people assume that I'm younger cause of how I look. even with a beard I don't look like an adult. Well I guess the real problem comes from the fact that hair doesn't grow on my cheeks :(. I want a full beard, but for me thats a pipe dream.

I'm 29 and constantly get

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 22:09

I'm 29 and constantly get mistaken for a 16-18 year old and still get carded at movies. I'm 6'1" too. Be glad you look young. You'll look better for longer while everyone else gets wrinkly ^^

Although in Wal-mart the lady in self-checkout refused my driver license and said it had to be a fake since there was no way I was 29. She didn't even accept my federal military ID either... Had to get the manager -_-

Here's hoping no-one else

Comment by Jenn (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 22:59

Here's hoping no-one else gets sick, and that Anath gets better soon!
Well, on the age thing: I turned 26 this year, and while I'm grateful that I'll presumably still look younger than I am years from now, it still bugs me that my younger sister looks more adult than I do - and I'm the one working, and taking on loans, etc etc etc! Still the likelihood of having fewer wrinkles than all my friends in 20+ years (living in The Bahamas no less) is a definate plus ;)

Hey, look!

Comment by Orsa (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 23:58

There's an RIT ID in thar! I guess I missed the boat on this one, but I didn't know Yuko was an RIT student. Woo, go Tigers, and all that.


I'm not too sure which would

Comment by Sovy Kurosei (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 00:23

I'm not too sure which would be more awkward for Ananth. The time Yuko got mistaken for a boy at the bank (I think? Some comic a while back) or for being fourteen years old at a convenience store.

It's definitely the fourteen

Comment by Ananth Wed, 04/08/2009 - 11:23

It's definitely the fourteen years old thing ... ultimately I'm not homophobic, so I wouldn't be bothered by Yuko being mistaken as a boy in the long term. 

But anyway, I know she's a girl and I know she's a year younger than me, so really, I don't care either way personally. 

Can´t say that ever

Comment by Oxy (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 02:04

Can´t say that ever happened to me...but then again, I´ve been wearing a nice full beard since I was 14...which reminds me, that I turn 28 in time passes...

Oh, and get better soon, Ananth!


Comment by Mai (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 02:11

I'm 26 in little over a month and I get the same thing. I think the worst is when I get a salesman at my door. "Hey sweetie are your parents in?"


I work in a supermarket and at least 4 times a day I get someone asking me 'Your too young to be serving alcohol aren't you?'

my reply falls between 'I wish..' to 'if I was then my boss would be in trouble wouldn't he?'

Once a policeman though my driving license was a fake! Granted it was south african, but that is no excuse.

My quick fix - cut my hair short - it adds on 5 years to my 15 year old look. so I still get asked for ID for alcohol but this time it's reasonable.

i've had the same age problem and one of Yuko's other problems

Comment by livinginlyoko (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 04:58

i got carded trying to buy a 15 (i'm in the UK), i'm acctually two years older than that, i'm also always getting mistaken for girl, whether on the phone or in person

(i think one may be linked to the other)

It's funny, I used to get

Comment by Cowdog (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 08:00

It's funny, I used to get carded all the time, and I'm 32. But ever since I grew a beard, no one bothers me anymore about it. All that and no one uses my face for a scratching post either.... :P

Oh, I sympathize.

Comment by Nychan (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 09:22

I'm constantly being mistaken for someone much younger. The most recent example (though not the most extreme) involved me and my girlfriend sitting in the exit row of a plane. The flight attendant came by, glanced at the people across the way, the looked over at me. Her smile drops. "Excuse me, girls," she said, "but how old are you?"
We stared at her for a second. "Uh, I'm 21," says my girlfriend, "and she's 22."

The minimum age to sit in an exit row is 15. That's a seven year difference, for me.

I don't mind, really; someday I'll be fifty something and look like I'm thirty. I'm cool with that. ^^

Lucky. I get mistaken for

Comment by Yugosaki (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 11:40

Lucky. I get mistaken for OLDER than i am. I haven't been ID'd in a liquor store since i was 17.

Be happy. When you're 60 you'll look 30. when i'm 60 i'm look 145.

To be fair ...

Comment by conrad Wed, 04/08/2009 - 14:19

To be fair there are some very attractive-looking 145 year old men. Look at Sean Connery for example!

The laughter from that is

Comment by Halconnen (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 16:53

The laughter from that is putting me in serious pain. D:

Tell conrad not to envy

Comment by ZokiE (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 17:29

Tell conrad not to envy Anath, I suffer a serious case of afternoon shade and it's mostly annoying. It gives the reverse effect really, I was getting strange looks from waiters when ordering soft drinks at age 15 with my parents ^^

I know, right? Everyone's

Comment by Ananth Wed, 04/08/2009 - 18:27

I know, right? Everyone's all, "Excuse me sir shouldn't you be having whiskey" ... 

No! Conrad should envy

Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 22:48

No! Conrad should envy away!


scruff is sexy.

i know what you mean. i'm

Comment by catamari (not verified) Sat, 04/11/2009 - 02:49

i know what you mean. i'm 20, and i get offered kids' menus, so i'm mistaken for a 10-12 year old.