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    I,m not skipping...

    Sat in a meeting at work today and as more people joined the table many of whom I was meeting for the first time I realised that I was the oldest person there. Everybody was younger and I sit wondering what do these ladder climbing kids know? Iím most probably being unfair as I was that age once. Is it just me? Cycling apart from the fitness is also part of my vanity, to try to keep age at bay. Am I the only one not skipping joyfully into old age? Am I alone in still wanting lots of sex? Want it as much or more then when I was 25. Thank-fully still getting it as well [thankyou god]. The one who dies his hair [good enough for Elvis] and still rides/swims/walks the same distance as when he was only 25? I see a lot of guys my age or younger who have the grey hair and beard to match and thatís fine if you are comfortable with that but it is definitely not for me. Or my partner. I still have my vanity and still want to catch the eye of a good looking woman [or maybe any woman]. Not that I would do anything as I still have a beautiful woman at home plus of course they have not seen me naked or grey! Am I wrong? Is it just me? Tell me over 50s. Am I alone?

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    I asked my barber if he had anything for my graying hair. He said, "respect." Everybody's a wise guy.
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    At 61 I'm not even close to being the oldest one at work.

    Hair's grey........white actually and I really don't care. There are no kids in my line of work so we never notice the difference untill we leave the lab areas and wander out into the rest of the company.

    The company................well, they have just begun to notice that all the engineers and technicians in the prototype development area are shall we say....ancient. It first this was a joke untill they started to hunt for replacements........

    It would appear that with a (very) few exceptions modern society is not raising any hands on replacements for the old ones. The younger PHD's and engineers coming our way have to be protected from themselves when it comes time to handle real tools and hardware. (don't get me wrong...some are really good with theory and simulations).

    Am I getting old.............na. I'm just getting more valuable.

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    Each person is entitled to their own thoughts, so don't read anything here as judgemental about your view... but reflecting my view.

    I think our society has placed too much importance on looking young... and made the visual signs of age evidence of a lesser level of vigor.

    I don't, and won't dye my hair (if any) nor will I be likely to do anything artificial about my decreasing supply of hair. I will maybe try shampoos that help make my hair fuller. For me, making the most of what I have is appropriate.

    I want to look my age, and live as a younger person, and not try to disguise the fact that I am older.

    I have lived many years, and deserve the respect that my age should afford me, but American society has stolen that from me.

    Will I constrain myself to only doing things that "old people" do? Absolutely not.

    Do I care what women think of me? Only one... I know that dying my hair wouldn't make a difference, and I know if she stopped dying hers, I would love her just as much. If my gray thinning hair or wrinkles offended her, then she wouldn't be worth my time.

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    Coloring grey hair would be about the same as wearing a rug - imho. Bald heads and greying beards won't turn away the women worth attracting. Not being able to accept these changes would definitely be a turn-off to the one I love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Travis View Post
    I asked my barber if he had anything for my graying hair. He said, "respect." Everybody's a wise guy.
    Yet pretty funny also.

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    A gag from the now-completely-bald comedian, Gallagher (the watermelon smasher):
    He had mixed feelings about his hair. On the one hand, his hair is gray. On the other hand, it is hair.

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    Coloring grey hair would be about the same as wearing a rug - imho. Bald heads and greying beards won't turn away the women worth attracting. Not being able to accept these changes would definitely be a turn-off to the one I love
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    Everybody has their own opinion on who they want to attract. So women colouring their grey hair would look better with a rug? Don't see why you wouldn't want to look your best. Why would you ever bother resraying an old bike frame or car if you didn't care how it looked?

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    While I have done nothing to cosmetically alter my appearance, I have no problems with anyone who does. I think it is natural for people to want to look younger and why not take advantage of modern techniques to do so? No doubt there are advantages to looking like one is 45 when they are really 55. If someone can pull it off, then more power to them.

    I don't relish the effects of age, and I have been slow to develop wrinkles on my hands & face, and have kept nearly all of my hair to boot. I like all of this! But I don't do anything to enhance my appearance.
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    I just did what balding guys do - got a buzz cut. My daughter said - "Wow Dad, you look great". Wonder what she wants for Christmas? Whatever, she's got it

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    Does anyone here think Marie Osmond is still hot? I think that would provide insight into this discussion.

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    There seems to be a lot of concern with how we look on the outside. I'm told that I look more attractive now with the salt 'n pepper hair than I've ever looked. So, I'm not sure "looking young" equals looking your best. I find that I can communicate and connect with people of any age if I want. I just have to be open and willing to listen more than talk. I also remember the first time I looked at my hands and saw my father's hands. At first it surprised me. But with additional reflection I came to understand that my father is a man who's impact was significant enough that I have a visual image of his hands stored in my mind's eye. This reinforced and reminded me that I believe it is what is inside the physical body we are given that makes someone memorable or important. Hence, I spend more time worrying about who I am inside than what I have to work with on the outside. This has caused some changes I didn't anticipate. For example, I never really anticipated what it would feel like the day my oldest son could perform a physical task (of strength) for me that I was no longer capable of. At first I was surprised that I couldn't do it, and that he could (rather easily, I might add). Then I was in a state of admiration at his skillful use of his physical strength. Finally, I was thankful for a relationship strong enough that he wanted to work side by side with me. Am I getting older? Yep, one day at a time, just like everyone else. I for one have few negative feelings about the process, and when they come I usually get past them pretty quickly. I've got today, and tomorrow is promised to no one. I don't have much time to do battle with "getting old". There's way too much else to do.
    Oh I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused. But since their wings have got rusted, you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes. But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain, that's when I knew that I could not refuse. And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjim1 View Post
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    Everybody has their own opinion on who they want to attract.

    So women colouring their grey hair would look better with a rug?

    Don't see why you wouldn't want to look your best. Why would you ever bother resraying an old bike frame or car if you didn't care how it looked?

    Jim
    I'll concede the first point. Very true.

    I have no idea where the second point came from. I was equating a man hiding his greying hair with coloring to a man hiding his balding head with a fake hair piece.

    Third point is completely off-base. Who said anything about not caring how you look?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    But I don't do anything to enhance my appearance.
    However, etiquette requires that you manicure your horns periodically.

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    At 60- I am just happy to keep what I have got- A bit of hair- My fitness and my Sanity.
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    As one who started going white/grey at 20...
    It never got in the way of the right women likeing me...
    And I've never thought of changing it...

    As for keeping up with the young men,,, why would you want to?
    More then half of them are rude and brainless and I don't see any need to be like them.

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    We're all getting older by the moment and creeping at varying speeds to the brink of the Great Hereafter, higher beingship, essence of Goo, or total obliviation except as worm food, depending on your belief system and perhaps by what actually happens, which no one knows for sure.

    So.... GET OVER IT.

    According to the pictures posted here, most of you are butt-ugly anyway, so why you are worrying about what babes think is beyond me.

    I hope you have found these words of some comfort to you.

    And I for one think Marie Osmond is still hot.

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    For me it wasn't being the oldest at the meeting. . .don't mind that at all. . .it was being at the SAME MEETING I had attended. . .TWENTY YEARS AGO and twice per year since!!! You know the meeting. I came to call it "The Somme". . .it goes, "Well Lads, let's fix bayonnets and go over the top this one last time!! Who's with me? God, Queen, and country! Tally-HO!!!". Just like the one twenty years ago, we're fought back to our own trenches by nightfall. Glad I got out with these gray hairs and the Survivor's Cynicism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    It would appear that with a (very) few exceptions modern society is not raising any hands on replacements for the old ones.
    This is a massive looming societal problem. The good news - many of us won't be forced into retirement. The bad news: many of us won't be forced into retirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooker View Post
    This is a massive looming societal problem. The good news - many of us won't be forced into retirement. The bad news: many of us won't be forced into retirement.


    Better said than I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh_caines View Post
    As one who started going white/grey at 20...
    It never got in the way of the right women likeing me...
    And I've never thought of changing it...

    As for keeping up with the young men,,, why would you want to?
    More then half of them are rude and brainless and I don't see any need to be like them.
    Because maybe he's competing for young women? All this "looking younger" thing is pretty useless unless you're wanting people to think* you're younger for some reason. I don't see the point.

    And all you guys should take a second look at women your own age, if you're not already. All of us are much cooler now than we were in our 20's.

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    I didn't like having gray hair and used to dye it. Then I got my photo back from my 40th high school reunion and realized that I didn't have enough hair left to dye. So I switched to a buzz cut and don't bother with my hair anymore.

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    When i was a kid 50 was really old. No adult I knew rode a bike or played softball or flag football. They were flippin OLD.
    I think we are (at least the we on this forum) in much better shape than those who were 50 in the 50s. We also look younger because of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coyote! View Post
    For me it wasn't being the oldest at the meeting. . .don't mind that at all. . .it was being at the SAME MEETING I had attended. . .TWENTY YEARS AGO and twice per year since!!! You know the meeting. I came to call it "The Somme". . .it goes, "Well Lads, let's fix bayonnets and go over the top this one last time!! Who's with me? God, Queen, and country! Tally-HO!!!". Just like the one twenty years ago, we're fought back to our own trenches by nightfall. Glad I got out with these gray hairs and the Survivor's Cynicism.
    I was just in that meeting this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weak Link View Post

    And I for one think Marie Osmond is still hot.
    I never thought of her as hot. But Jane Seymour sure qualifies--and she's even older than Marie.
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