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We just started reading LA Sports Columnist and one-time LAist interview subject J.A. Adande's blog this week. Actually, just yesterday when he posted some of the mail he's been getting regarding his NBA MVP column in which he had the gall to not choose Employee #8 (and not to get sidetracked but this LAist contributor agrees. Steve Nash made every player on his team look like an MVP candidate and LeBron James played like Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson had a baby the second half of the season. Kobe might be the greatest show on earth but, last we checked, basketball is a team game and you can tout all the 50 point/1 assist games you like, we'll always argue that that's spectacular but compared to filling up the rest of the stat sheet and getting your team to 50 wins or better is better).

But we've digressed.

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Today, JA points to Esquire's 59 Things a Man Should Never Do Past 30 which includes Organizing a Party Bus and Wearing an Ironic Moustache amongst it's masculine don'ts. JA, who we're not even sure can grow a moustache, adds a few of his own to the list like "Type “lol” or any other text message/instant message abbreviations" and "Date a stripper."

Wait a second. No Ironic Moustaches or Stripper Concubines? In this town? And is it a man-card violation if we still employ smilies in IM conversations and emails? We're not fans of LOL either but, come on, a round yellow winking button can't possibly have an expiration date.

We're pretty sure that at least half of the men we know over the age of 30 still employ at least a few of these behaviors. In fact, this kind of behavior, while stupid, may even be the unseemly underbelly of the newly coined generational phrase Grups (or, you know, urban culture the last 30 years or so).

Do you have any tips for the over 30 set? What else do we need to retire?

And, we'd note, Dave Chappelle, Esquire's cover boy this month, might, in fact, do some of the things on the list as well.