I'm a fake and a phony-I want to come clean!

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Back in 1986 I was developing a product titled, YourSelf Unlimited. In it's day it was a darned outstanding product. Anyway, for the product cover I needed a head shot of myself. I went to a studio and shelled out a couple hundred dollars and got a few photos taken. I used one of the images and it kind of grew on me.

Through the years I guess I was too cheap, or maybe to lazy to get updated photos taken, so I stuck with the photo of me when I was 35 years old. Today I'm 58 years old and I laugh at the guy who I see in my Avatar all over the net. He was a good man, a good father, and a good husband--but he's evolved. That man doesn't really exist anymore. I have taken his place.

So I thought it was about time to come clean. No more using photos that are over 25 years old. I thought this was a good place to do it. So today I'm revealing the real Mike McMillan. He ain't much to look at, but it is me. I haven't gotten a haircut since my wife passed away six years ago. I got old--but I still feel like a kid.

I still go out to a football field where I played as a kid. I take my football, my tee, and a forty year old pair of Riddell football cleats. On a good day with a great wind I can still split the uprights from 35 yards out. On a bad day it really ain't pretty.

But somehow I did get old. So I'm changing my image today. I'm replacing my Avatar here with my new one. On a good day, it looks like me. On a bad day I look much, much worse. I'll probably keep the new, long-haired Avatar up for the next 30 years. Get used to it!
#clean #fake #phonyi
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris W. Sutton
    Quite honestly, I think that anyone who uses old pictures is trying to fool people and they should be banned for life. Who would stoop so low as to.... ummm, never mind!
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  • Profile picture of the author robinana
    You rock! And you are only as old as you want to be! My dad taught me that. My kids are teens and they say I act more immature than they do...still make prank calls with them, still up for putting 50 "garage sale here" signs at the wrong house. Age doesn't matter at all! And your hair is cool too....
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  • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
    Good for you Mike

    My friend always says age is just numbers and I'm inclined to agree with her.

    I'm 51 and I was told the other week I'm cool by a 15 year old. lol that was a real accolade.

    Sounds as though your still pretty cool as well

    Kim


    Originally Posted by mikemcmillan View Post

    Back in 1986 I was developing a product titled, YourSelf Unlimited. In it's day it was a darned outstanding product. Anyway, for the product cover I needed a head shot of myself. I went to a studio and shelled out a couple hundred dollars and got a few photos taken. I used one of the images and it kind of grew on me.

    Through the years I guess I was too cheap, or maybe to lazy to get updated photos taken, so I stuck with the photo of me when I was 35 years old. Today I'm 58 years old and I laugh at the guy who I see in my Avatar all over the net. He was a good man, a good father, and a good husband--but he's evolved. That man doesn't really exist anymore. I have taken his place.

    So I thought it was about time to come clean. No more using photos that are over 25 years old. I thought this was a good place to do it. So today I'm revealing the real Mike McMillan. He ain't much to look at, but it is me. I haven't gotten a haircut since my wife passed away six years ago. I got old--but I still feel like a kid.

    I still go out to a football field where I played as a kid. I take my football, my tee, and a forty year old pair of Riddell football cleats. On a good day with a great wind I can still split the uprights from 35 yards out. On a bad day it really ain't pretty.

    But somehow I did get old. So I'm changing my image today. I'm replacing my Avatar here with my new one. On a good day, it looks like me. On a bad day I look much, much worse. I'll probably keep the new, long-haired Avatar up for the next 30 years. Get used to it!
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    My Avatar is a picture of me in ten years time.. so I'm actually doing quite well
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  • Congrats Mike! Fantastic attitude, and very well said.

    I always think its funny that people seem to feel ashamed of being old or not looking like a supermodel etc etc, and I applaud your comfort with being who you are. The world is full of weird and wonderful people in all shapes and sizes and I hope that more people realise that looks, age, material things- all these things are just wrapping. The most important thing is who we are, what makes us special. I believe that everybody in this world has something to give and its about high time that people learned to look beyond the surface. Age is a process that adds wisdom and evolves us as human beings, and as such I think it should be something that is respected and treasured, not treated as though it is a disease.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I had a 20-something friend tell me recently that if I would do one thing or another (I wasn't listening very closely) I would look younger.

      I did young....now it's time to do older. Why get stuck on one phase of your life and keep trying to stay there instead of experiencing what comes next?

      It's all good - and you never get old inside.

      Good for you.

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      • Profile picture of the author ThomM
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        I had a 20-something friend tell me recently that if I would do one thing or another (I wasn't listening very closely) I would look younger.

        I did young....now it's time to do older.
        Why get stuck on one phase of your life and keep trying to stay there instead of experiencing what comes next?

        It's all good - and you never get old inside.

        Good for you.

        kay
        I might have to use that for my sig at a couple of other forums, great line and so true Kay.
        I haven't gotten a haircut since my wife passed away six years ago. I got old--but I still feel like a kid.
        First my condolences Mike, I lost my wife 7 years ago and haven't cut my hair in all that time either.
        Now the next question. How did you get your hair to actually grow:confused:
        The eight or so I have left barely cover my ears
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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          Hey Mike, you'd make a cute girl.

          Ever think of having a sex change operation?

          I hear they can do those things you know.

          What were we talking about?

          Oh yeah, old photos. I have no idea how old mine is. I think it was taken
          sometime before Genghis Khan.

          I'll have to check with Merlin to find out for sure.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          A friend of mine just (finally) cut off his ponytail. Maybe he realized that when your "tail" is composed of only the fringe of hair that is left on the back of your head....it loses something in the translation.

          I cut my long hair years ago - it's just too much trouble to deal with.

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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
          Originally Posted by ThomM View Post

          I might have to use that for my sig at a couple of other forums, great line and so true Kay.

          First my condolences Mike, I lost my wife 7 years ago and haven't cut my hair in all that time either.
          Now the next question. How did you get your hair to actually grow:confused:
          The eight or so I have left barely cover my ears
          I have found im not actually losing my hair, it is migrating to the retirement communities on my a$$, with brief stops at my ears and shoulders
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          • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
            Originally Posted by Michael Motley View Post

            I have found im not actually losing my hair, it is migrating to the retirement communities on my a$$, with brief stops at my ears and shoulders
            At least your hair's stops are brief at those locations - mine aren't.



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            • Profile picture of the author ThomM
              ThomM--thanks bud, I appreciate your comment. Now listen, about getting my hair to grow. There is what I call the "50 Factor". Essentially what this theory says is that once a man turns 50, hair stops growing where it is supposed to, and starts growing where is isn't supposed to. PLEASE don't make me explain it any more than that. Nice to meet you Thom!
              I'm 56(?) Mike I know that theory all to well
              If I wasn't diligent with my barbers scissors I could do a comb over with my eyebrows
              Nice meeting you also Mike, even if you do have hair
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Hi Mike -glad to meet you. Nothing wrong with a distinguished older man.

    My pic is getting to be about 3 years old now, too. I'm going to be doing something about that soon.

    I cut my hair after that pic and it was the biggest mistake I ever made. It's growing back but it doesn't grow as even as it did years back. Not real worried about it these days, though. Seems I've hit the age of "don't sweat the small stuff, it's a long walk back to Eden".

    Gee Steven - you must be a friend of my grandson, Methuselah?
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  • Profile picture of the author wirelessgeek
    I like your attitude about aging! I don't consider it at all fake to want to show off what you looked like 30 years ago. After all, that was you 30 years ago. And I do like that "Willie Nelson with long hair" look; HE looks good, too, for how long he's been around.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    You look great, Mike! I have always liked men with long hair and face fuzz. Many need to pull it back in a tail after 30 so as not to look haggard, but not so in your case.

    Coincidence I just replaced my 6 year old pic with last year's version a few hours ago - not sure if it is an improvement - not an age thing but more about lost 15 lbs.

    I know I have mid-life crisis, (in regression) but it really irritates me when people write to apologize for an error saying 'well, excuse me I am XX years old' (usually younger than I am), as if it is to say this is why I am brain dead.

    I feel better and look better than 10 years ago and I don't appreciate people acting like they are on their last leg. It makes me feel bad.

    Like cheese we get better with age. (saying is actually 'age doesn't matter unless you are cheese').

    Anyway, here is to still coherent after all these years.

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Well...

    Be nice, but here is a more recent pic of me. It's from 2007 instead of 2004. It was after a long day at Disney World and I was a bit tired - but happy.



    So there you have it.

    Anyone else brave enough?

    All the best,
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      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      Well...

      Be nice, but here is a more recent pic of me. It's from 2007 instead of 2004. It was after a long day at Disney World and I was a bit tired - but happy.



      So there you have it.

      Anyone else brave enough?

      All the best,
      Michael

      Michael,

      We were just there this past July. I recognize the place.

      Good times.

      The pic in my avatar is from my sons first day of First Grade - just a month and a half ago.
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    Eww!!!

    Gareth, I like your avatar better.



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    Chris, I'm laughing--good one. Robinana, you don't cross state lines to do your garage sales gig do you? I'm in MI so I'm safe, right? Traffic-Bug--no, I didn't reveal the "real" Mike. I'm really 127 years old, I'm just trying to work you folks up to the real Mike slowly. Kim Standerline--thanks Kimmie. But what still kills me is when I ask my kids how old someone is they are talking about and they say, "He's pretty old, he must be at least 40 or so." Arghhh .

    JayXtreme--Having your future picture posted is a great idea. When I was a senior in high school and went to our yearbook-signing dance, one of my buddies got my yearbook and drew a mustache, beard, and long hair on my senior picture. I was *issed. I looked at it a few months ago and yikes!!! It looks almost exactly like me now!

    Gareth, that looks almost exactly like me except for the body. I've got a wrist band just like that though! Mike Oksa--Disneyland is no easy gig. Kids can wear ya down!

    Patrician--you're a sweetie for saying those things. And yes, I don't mind aging like good cheese, as long as I don't turn green around the edges. WirelessGeek--thanks bud! HeySal--thanks, hey, let's not sweat anything! KayKing--hey Kay, I've got more hair care products than my girlfriend--oh my gosh!!!

    Steven, NO--a sex change operation is out!!! I've got a year's supply of Vi*gra and I plan on using it up in 3 months. After that, who knows?

    ThomM--thanks bud, I appreciate your comment. Now listen, about getting my hair to grow. There is what I call the "50 Factor". Essentially what this theory says is that once a man turns 50, hair stops growing where it is supposed to, and starts growing where is isn't supposed to. PLEASE don't make me explain it any more than that. Nice to meet you Thom!

    ParisHairdressing--your words are very good! Bless you! SuzanneUK--gads, not trying to be a smart ass, but you don't look half your age. Blond or brunette, doesn't matter, I know you're a good person. ic7--thanks bud. Hey Andrew--thanks, stay cool!

    Thanks all--if I missed anyone, I'm old--I've got an excuse. One thing I have learned in my years is that judging others by their looks is one of the premier foibles of this human condition. The sexiest, coolest, most impressive attributes of a good person are caring, empathy, honesty, and a good set of ethics. I'll take those things over "covergirl" looks every time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    You're old? At 58?

    You gotta be kidding me!!! You're way younger than many of us here at late 30's and this thread proves it.

    Way to go Mike!!!
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    Old is new again my friend old is new again.
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    Dude, why are you reviving a 3 year old thread to just say that ??
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