What interested me about AAGP was that I really enjoyed the hours I spent in high school volunteering as a Bingo caller at the local nursing home. I mean really, who doesn't love a good Bingo game? (Though, incidentally, I am actually terrible at Bingo. I know, you didn't think it was possible for anyone to be bad at Bingo. I mean, it's a game of luck, right? Wrong. I am telling you, I am BAD AT BINGO. But I still love it.) We would make fun rhymes with the numbers that were called, like "B-9, as in 'that tumor is benign!' B-9," or an old favorite, "B-5, staying alive." Things got a little awkward with that one on occasion... One of the feistier Bingo regulars would call out, "Yes, let's all stay alive, please."
When I signed up for AAGP, I dreamed of my adopted grandmother and me winning Bingo tournaments, learning to knit, watching 'Antiques Roadshow' marathons, all while wearing appropriately cheesy matching t-shirts. I thought AAGP would finally be an opportunity for me to do all the fun old-people activities that I love but feel weird doing by myself because I'm a college student and not a senior citizen. You see, I may be 20 years old, but deep down inside, I am an old person. I'm not afraid to admit it. I like eating dinner at 5 o'clock and going to bed before midnight, and I am really bad with technology, and I think it's weird when guys wear their pants so low that you can see their Spider-Man boxers, and I love Bingo, dammit! So I was pretty excited to find a club for people with shared interests.
And then I met Nancy, my adopted grandmother. Nancy is great. However, she does not like Bingo, Scrabble, or knitting. Wouldn't you know my adopted grandmother is the only old person in the world who doesn't like Bingo. But we still have a great time every week when I visit. She has years and years of stories to tell. At first I thought maybe she wasn't really all there mentally, because she was telling me about making quill pens for the president and getting letters from Mother Teresa, but then I saw an article about her from a newspaper and realized it was ALL TRUE. (Her mind is probably sharper than mine.) Apparently Nancy has been making quill pens for the Supreme Court for over 20 years. Talk about legit.
So the moral of the story is, age is just a number. And if anyone wants to start a Bingo club, I'm free on Thursdays.