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Excellently played. I have a piece I've been mulling over about an older man in a hospital ... the same 'when do we become invisible' vibe ... when are we just 'some old person'? There's a whole other angle about why people think old folk no longer have taste, or needs, or they only want 'old stuff'. Mm, thought provoking fiction, Bill.

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Dec 3, 2023Liked by Bill Adler

While I know it's fiction, as one who is an older GenXer, it's kinda spot on.

Maybe I should start pick pocketing people on the bus. :P

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"I don't make the rules of the universe. I'm just reporting them." "“You’re irrelevant to the younger generation.” This is no joke, Bill. Invisibility is absolutely a fact. I feel it every day. But.... golly.... you have given me a new direction here... I'll give it a try and let you know how I do.

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When life gives you lemons, eh?

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Dec 3, 2023Liked by Bill Adler

Ha! I will be reminded of this each time I am at a Starbucks! "Am I invisible?"

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Ha! Does this flow from a personal Starbucks experience? Seems like there are other parts/people in our society that we "invisible" too.

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Excellent - really enjoyed this!

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Awesome! Really clever exploration of middle age angst. It was a ton of fun to read.

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this touched on something that feels quite true, unfortunately, and can probably relate to more than age...Loving the twist at the end Bill!

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Dec 10, 2023Liked by Bill Adler

I know about the invisibility-whenever my mother was with me - people always addressed me and not her, it used to drive her mad!!

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Just classic. Well done and thank you for sharing, Bill.

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All thieves in prison should've just waited a while. Good story, Bill!

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I know how she feels.

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They both wrote about different kinds of invisibility: literal vs. metaphorical.

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Wow- I got THIS to look forward to as I get older...

H.G. Wells meets Ralph Ellison meets generational prejudice.

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