Jermaine O’Neal and I Are Getting Old

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About Oliver Lee Bateman

Good Men Project contributing editor Oliver Lee Bateman is one of the founders of the Moustache Club of America and Penny & Farthing, two blogzines specializing in flash fiction and creative nonfiction that he co-curates with web developer Erik Hinton, medical consultant Nathan Zimmerman, and freelance writers Christie Chapman and J. R. Powell. He is a lawyer as well as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Follow him on Twitter @MoustacheClubUS or on Google+. Oliver's Spring 2014 US History From the Civil War to the Present course is being live-streamed by UTA. You can access these lectures by clicking here.


  1. I enjoyed your wrestling piece.
    It was around 28 , when the effervescent free energy of youth started to really drain from me. I remember packing full a lorry, for my house move, and then realising i wanted to repack it. Except my body said,’um i dont think so fella’
    I remember thinking, ‘wow im starting to age. a few years ago(22) i would just have torn the lorry up and repacked it, no problem’

    I remember being 19 and dancing drugfree and effortlessly, literally from midnight til the break of dawn, rave-worshipping the moon and the sun as it broke over the Cornish coast (i had taken my car to a cornish beach). That ‘free energy’ of youth.
    Now my energy levels at 36, are like the first 30minutes when i woke up when i was 19. However I prefer being old, that time-served experience of life, to being young

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