11/12/2012 04:11 pm ET

Who Told AARP About My Birthday?

You may have been lucky enough not to get a draft notice during the Vietnam War, but this is one bullet you younger boomers are almost certainly not going to dodge: the membership invitation that arrives from AARP, seemingly at the stroke of midnight on your 50th birthday.

Some recipients may feel irritated by an unwelcome reminder of an even more unwelcome milestone. Others may be excited at the prospect of Comfort Inn discounts. And some – you know who you are – are AARP haters who post scathing comments on blogs if the group is mentioned even peripherally in an article.

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