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  • The Artful Bodger
    Two of us went to Pyongyang in North Korea some time ago. Everyone was assigned a guide and an interpreter. My guide was a very young woman (very pretty too of course) and a very pleasant young man as the guide.

    They thought we were very old and would hold our elbows when going up or down stairs, every time we even paused a chair would magically appear for us to sit on. Two very nice young people with a job to do but it sure did get tiring eventually!

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  • J Weber
    When I was in my 20's the shop I worked had a bunch of old guys in the toolroom that took a liking to me.Looking back 30+ years that was the best thing that ever happened to me.I always had someone to go to for answers.
    They are all gone now and Dam I miss them! Now the pups come to me.It ain't right.I will never know 50% of what them old boys did.

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  • Deepest_Valley
    You guys are a bunch of young whipper snappers. Several years ago, four of us old guys were doing a major repair of a 100 year old wooden turntable. As I was the leader, I had special name tags made us; The Three Score and Ten Crew. The other day one of the guys suggested that maybe it was time for new tags; The Four Score Crew.

    You are only as old as you think you are.

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  • PixMan
    Originally posted by duckman
    <snip>Been involuntarily retired for the last 2 1/2 years when Remington closed our shop to save money but all they did was shoot them selves in the foot when we were in full production the plant made between 400 / 500 rifles every day of the week after they moved the operations to NY state on there very best day they make 100 of our rifles . <snip>
    No surprise there. Apparently their "corporate stupidity" continues too, because they did the same thing to the Marlin plant in North Haven CT, closed as of October this year. The very definition of insanity is to do the same thing over again and expect a different result.

    I assume you don't want to be doing a long commute at this point in your life, but Smith & Wesson is moving their Thompson Center line from Maine to Massachusetts soon, and says it'll create 300 to 350 jobs in their Springfield facility. No one here cares that 350 jobs in a Maine town evaporate while we give S&W $6M in tax concessions for 5 years. That's essentially having us taxpayers fund 120 of those people for 5 years.

    BTW, a few jobs should be opening up over at Ranor in Westminster, they just landed some big contracts.

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  • duckman
    Well I'll be 68 on Jan 2 take absolutely no meds not even aspirin weigh about 20# to much , can make my 16 year old 6 foot 200# grandson look like a wimp when I do things that he thinks I can't do like pick up a full 100# propane tank , I only do that when I have to take it out of my truck. Been involuntarily retired for the last 2 1/2 years when Remington closed our shop to save money but all they did was shoot them selves in the foot when we were in full production the plant made between 400 / 500 rifles every day of the week after they moved the operations to NY state on there very best day they make 100 of our rifles . But I digress I feel I'm healthier than most of the older people (60 plus) in my small town and plan on being around long enough to be a burden on everyone . Have never spent more than 4 hours in the hospital not counting the time when I was born , never broke any part of my body except for the normal cuts, bruises, aches, and burns.

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  • Bill736
    Yes, I can relate to your problems. A year ago when I was...lets see, 2009 minus 1948....61 years old , I was standing at the urinal in the supermarket bathroom. My mind was wandering off on some subject , and suddenly I didn't know where I was, or how to get out of the bathroom. The confusion only lasted three or four seconds, but it was a bit alarming. I've had a brain MRI since then, with no particular damage noted other than a few small defects common to most people my age. Fortunately, it hasn't happened again, and it may have simply been a case of my concentration on one subject causing a loss of awareness on another subject. Or, I may have actually started to fall asleep , and awoke confused.

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  • fixerdave
    I guess everyone has that moment when they realise... I'm old. Me, I have an advantage, it will be when the aliens come back.

    No, really... you see, I distinctly remember being a kid watching that stupid show, "Chariots of the Gods" or something. They talked about how the Mayan 64K year calendar rolls over - and that's when the aliens come back. I remember calculating it out... 46 I'd be. I'd still be alive, probably. That was the first time I realised that I, me, myself, was going to be one of those old people. I was going to get old, way off in the future mind you, but it was going to happen. Well, next year, the future arrives. I'm not going to be holding my breath for the aliens, but I know I'm going to be OLD.

    But, it's all good. At least I'll get that moment done and over with. I can relax for the next 30 years or so and not having to worry about "that day" when I'm confronted with, well, maturity. Right now, I still feel like I'm faking being a grownup - next year, sigh, I guess I'll be one for sure.

    I guess the real test of "old" (and putting this slightly on topic) is when you realise that that stuff you buy for your shop will outlast you. Yeah, yeah, lots of old machinery was made before we were born and will outlast us, but knowing it and really, really knowing it are two different things. Sort of like me just realising that I'm 45 and commiserating with the old farts I'm not old yet, that's next year.

    Last edited by fixerdave; 12-23-2010, 10:20 PM.

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  • Tim Clarke
    At 57 the thing that amazes me is nowadays I'm in the group I used to refer to as old farts. My new boss, who's 34 tells me and the guy who I work with He can't believe the things we know. I usually tell him that I've been a pretty good mechanic since his dad started high school. Maybe before.

    I still feel pretty good, and hope to continue to do so for a long time. BUT I'm a whole lot more careful than I used to be.

    The sweet young things are nice to me, but I suspect it's because I remind them of their grandpa. Egads!


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  • brian Rupnow
    I'll be 65 this July, and Damn, I feel good. I still work every day, I still drive my model A hotrod, and I'm smarter now than I ever was. I've got a good looking wife who loves me and makes more money than I do, a bunch of kids that have finally all moved out for good, and a hatefull Tomcat who thinks I'm wonderfull. Merry Christmas, ya bunch of old farts!!!!----Brian

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  • sasquatch
    I,m almost 66 and recently went through a number of health tests.
    The Doctor told me i was actually in quite good shape for my age,,,,

    I told him ,well when i was young i did a lot of running, that,s what i attribute it too.
    He looked and said,Oh, Jogging- like that?

    I said,, no not really,, "Running away from the Cops Chasing us."

    He had the strangest look on his face.

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  • 38_Cal
    At 60, my hair isn't going gray, it's getting I don't have senior moments, I have blond ones!


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  • davidh
    Originally posted by tryfred
    Perspective is everything…

    My Mother-in-law lived in a senior apartment complex … she was 93; she always referred to another resident that lived there as that “old lady” that lives down the hall.

    my God i love that. . . . .

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    Gotta stay off your butt and keep pushing yourself.
    Last edited by pgmrdan; 12-27-2010, 10:07 AM.

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  • oldtiffie

    Originally Posted by oldtiffie
    Seems that some are confronting or being confronted by their mortality for the first time and are either afraid of or not liking what they see or of what may lie ahead in the not too distant future.
    Originally posted by Lew Hartswick
    Just how OLD is OLDtiffie? :-) It sounds like I may be among the elder
    here at 78 last Aug. :-) I'm still in "reasonable" shape (just lucky I guess).

    I'm not all that old at all at 74 in 3 weeks.

    I am a realist though as I'm always looking forward to tomorrow - as a realist and pragmatist - and certainly not through rose-tinted glasses.

    I've seen people in their 20's or 30's drop their bundle completely if they were injured or disabled in any way. I've seen many go into denial that they have reached 30, 40, 50 etc. I've heard all the stories about 40 being the new 30, 50 being the new 40 and using that at 50 to justify thinking they are 30!!

    I do get embarrassed, annoyed and disappointed in "old fools" who can not face reality and who can't see that they can't turn the clock back.

    I have had to face and adjust to my limitations as regards ability and ambition.

    I've had my horoscope read out to me and I've seen it often enough to have taken notice of it - at last.

    I do almost kick myself at times when I can't do something physical that I did easily when I was younger and which I kept doing as I got older and got to the stage that it was a PITA. So I re-thought it, went back to square one, an matched my needs with my ability and lo and behold it was not only better and easier but often quicker. The lesson was that if I was half as smart as I thought I was when I was younger I'd have thought it through then and got the answer I got now. I guess I'm getting a bit smarter (less stupid, pig-headed too?) and a lot less of a tear-ar$e in my later years.

    I am in pretty good shape but have had to and have adapted to my needs and limits as I go on.

    I got a very good lesson about this time in December 1981 (about 3 weeks before I turned 45). It was at a pre-Christmas drinks pi$$ -up. There was an Army bloke there who was giving everyone a through PITA complaining that the Army had discharged him to early retirement. I just happened to be near enough and pi$$ed enough to hear another bloke tell the whinger that "45 is one of the biggest days in your life". The whinger was stunned. I stuck my nose in and asked "Howzat" to which the reply was "The day you turn 45 you are one day closer to 60 than you are to 30". My reply was "$hit, 30 was like yesterday" to which he replied "In that case 60 is tomorrow". And then when I realised what he had said and what it meant, I was stunned into silence. And I wasn't the only one!! The end result is that all I wanted to do was to get to 60 and see how I had fared in the 30>60 years. I don't remember 45, 50, 55 but I sure do remember 60 as I had to confront just how well I went in the 45>60 zone as compared to up to 30. It was not too bad but not as good as I'd kidded myself it would be.

    After that I just looked forward to 60 then 65 and 70.

    I am now looking forward to 75, 80 and 90+ in terms of meeting my more reasonable aims and ambitions.

    But I could "fall off the twig" tomorrow too.

    I wonder why I was not such a realist when I was younger, but I can see that I did get to be more realistic as I got older.

    No matter how bad getting old(er?) may seem to be its good to be alive and to have the chance and all-be-it increasingly limited ability to make the most of it before the inevitable end.

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  • Jim Hubbell
    Well I read all this about getting old and it kind of scares me! Today I turn 80 and am still going strong. ( strike strong ). Since the pacer implant 5 or 6 years ago things are becomming easier. My new shop is comming along nicely. No end of projects.

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