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Advice and Dissent: Young Self, Meet Old Self

So, in yesterday's column I published reader comments on an earlier column about growing older. I closed with the lament of a reader who wished someone had told her when she was younger about the depredations of aging.

That inspired me to ask readers for things they wished they'd been told when they were younger, you know: If I only knew then what I know now...

However, the vast majority of the advice I'm receiving so far is about aging. Don't get me wrong. I appreciate it. And it's no surprise that's on the minds of the suddenly aged. But I was hoping for some more arcane advice, advice more specific to individual people and the fascinating situations they find themselves in. I mean, "I wish I had flossed regularly" is not as interesting as "Never offer to co-drive a car across the country with a croupier named Marco."

So if you have advice along those lines -- things an older you wishes you could tell a younger you -- e-mail it to me at

Photoshop Till You Drop
I'm extending my deadline in this contest through the weekend. Any of the handful of entries I've received so far could be a winner but I want to see what you're capable of.

I explain the genesis of the contest here but the basics are simple: Take a photo of some bit of Washington-area signage and digitally alter it in some clever way. If I pick yours as my favorite, I'll treat you to lunch.

E-mail me your entry by Sunday evening.

Now I'm off to my eye doctor to see just how bad things are.

By John Kelly  |  March 5, 2009; 8:22 AM ET
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