1.) They wear bow ties more than your average (non-stripper) twenty-something-year-old.
2.) Old men frequently wear more tweed newsie-style hats than other age groups.
3.) They rock suspenders.
4.) They wore everything now-popular before it got popular, making them . . . dare I say . . . the original hipsters?
5.) Despite societal shifts, they still value chivalry, and can often be spotted opening doors for ladies.
6.) Puns are more common in their joke repertoire than most other age demographics. (This statistic is based solely on anecdotal observations, but I feel confident that it is true, despite any and all efforts on my part to bring puns to the twenties and thirties demographic.)
7.) Werthers, while generally considered an “old man” candy, are still the ONLY delicious hard candy.
8.) The process of aging has mellowed out the macho and they feel okay with expressing emotions while remaining secure in their masculinity. . . awwww.
9.) Old men remain the only people who can refer to someone as “doll” or complement people by saying “you’re lookin’ very sharp” (Yes, both have happened in my personal experience, and it was not sketchy, douchey or poser-ish.)
10.) Old men often retain the strong values they began with, most particularly perseverance in doing what is right . . . which is (in my humble opinion) a pretty big reason why the most beautiful marriages started so very long ago. . . dedication in love is so very admirable, and so few people still value that perseverance.
I’m not saying I’m in love with an old dude or anything, and I know nobody’s perfect, but pas gentlemanly generations certainly just do some things better, don’t you think?