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Old 04-03-10, 06:20 AM   #1
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On getting old... warning, EMO thread

Well, I just passed my 51st birthday which means I have scars older than many of you... What I find interesting is that what I am losing is my nerve more than anything. This is odd because really, we are in the best position of our life. Great place to live, good friends, no need to work, our company is doing very well, etc, etc.

My wife suggests this is something about men getting older. As much as I want to deny that I am no longer as I was at 20, I fear she might actually have a point.

Anyone knows anything about this?

Sometimes I think it is because I really have no more long term goals. In the past I could pretty much ignore how I was feeling because I was too busy to feel.
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Just the opposite for me.
Turned 68 yesterday.
When I hit 50 years. I realized that I was on a short count down to dearth. I would Never make it to 100.

How many Days, Years do you have left?

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Just the opposite for me.
Turned 68 yesterday.
When I hit 50 years. I realized that I was on a short count down to death. I would Never make it to 100.

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Old 04-03-10, 06:28 AM   #4
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anything to do with the 8th picture on here?
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anything to do with the 8th picture on here?
Nope, all the plumbing still works well.
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Just the opposite for me.
Turned 68 yesterday.
When I hit 50 years. I realized that I was on a short count down to death. I would Never make it to 100.

How many Days, Years do you have left?

Have some fun:
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Well, I probably will make it to 100, most of my family does. Perhaps I need to think of myself as starting yet another life now. I could think of myself as a Trustafarian....
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anything to do with the 8th picture on here?
Just because you need a toilet nearby, doesn't mean you've lost your nerve ... oh wait, yes it does
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well, it's not as bad as having no dreams at my age.
I have impossible fantasies, but no dreams.
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I'm 37 and I'm pretty grumpy lately. My dad, 70something, told me something about getting grumpier with time. He said that witnessing youngsters do everything wrong and ignoring his advice was irritating and he was getting sick and tired of being ignored.
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My 50th was in September and for the first time, I was affected by a number. It took a few weeks to get used to but meh, getting older does beat the alternative.

I still keep up to much younger on my bikes, but get dropped by some older, still enjoy an active life in every regard, no drugs or enhancers required! Still admired and desired by some, despised by others and have no insecurities.

Just an aging man and it ain't all that bad. If you are lucky, you too will get old. I sure hope to!
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Are you gonna be yelling at us to "GERROFF MAH LAWN!!!!" soon?
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I like the John Mayer lyric on this:

Had a talk with my old man
Said help me understand
He said turn 68, you'll renegotiate
Don't stop this train
Don't for a minute change the place you're in
Don't think I couldn't ever understand
I tried my hand
John, honestly we'll never stop this train
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Pshaw, already doing that... young whippersnappers, no respect today I tell ya....
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well, it's not as bad as having no dreams at my age.
I have impossible fantasies, but no dreams.
I think the fact I have achieved more than I ever thought I would is part of the problem (ya, I know, cry me a river, eh). The fun really was the road, not the arrival. Hmmm, I probably am addicted to the adrenaline, but can't bring myself to do something like that again for nothing.

What I am trying to do is figure out other things to do that bring satisfaction, but aren't as intense as my old goals. Perhaps I can be peleton fodder like Patentcad... Nah, not that desperate yet.
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I think the fact I have achieved more than I ever thought I would is part of the problem (ya, I know, cry me a river, eh). The fun really was the road, not the arrival. Hmmm, I probably am addicted to the adrenaline, but can't bring myself to do something like that again for nothing.

What I am trying to do is figure out other things to do that bring satisfaction, but aren't as intense as my old goals. Perhaps I can be peleton fodder like Patentcad... Nah, not that desperate yet.
I'm in the same boat (albeit nine years older than you), and I was also left with a "what next" mentality for a year or three. Then I discovered woodworking. Seriously. I use a part of my brain I hadn't really used since I was a kid (my spatial reasoning deficit was legendary, let me tell you...). And it's really rewarding to do hand-cut joinery and apply a nice traditional finish to a piece. There's always something new to try, and there's a really neat link to tradition that makes you think "wow- people have been doing this stuff (like dovetails) for centuries, and I get to use their techniques to do the same thing." I get majorly excited about this stuff, as you can tell.

Anyway- not suggesting that you get into woodworking- something tells me you might be full-up with wood, but you get the idea. A crafty hobby can be a real life preserver! BTW, not just men go through this- my wife has too. I think it's just the hormone slowdown that's typical of our age group. You'll get through it!
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He said that witnessing youngsters do everything wrong and ignoring his advice was irritating and he was getting sick and tired of being ignored.
I've never been good at following advice, so I hope I never get to the point where I expect people to care what I think.
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I'm in the same boat (albeit nine years older than you), and I was also left with a "what next" mentality for a year or three. Then I discovered woodworking. Seriously. I use a part of my brain I hadn't really used since I was a kid (my spatial reasoning deficit was legendary, let me tell you...). And it's really rewarding to do hand-cut joinery and apply a nice traditional finish to a piece. There's always something new to try, and there's a really neat link to tradition that makes you think "wow- people have been doing this stuff (like dovetails) for centuries, and I get to use their techniques to do the same thing." I get majorly excited about this stuff, as you can tell.

Anyway- not suggesting that you get into woodworking- something tells me you might be full-up with wood, but you get the idea. A crafty hobby can be a real life preserver! BTW, not just men go through this- my wife has too. I think it's just the hormone slowdown that's typical of our age group. You'll get through it!
It is an idea. Even though I own a wood factory, I don't work in wood. I would be spoiled rotten, we have a dovetail machine... The problem is I have real experts who work for me, and so anytime I want a piece of furniture (okay, I never want a piece of furniture - only my wife does) I just order it from the factory. There is no way I can make anything even close to as good as they do for years.

But, thanks for the idea. If you ever want, come visit and you can see the operation, and I will send you home with some really nice wood.
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It is an idea. Even though I own a wood factory, I don't work in wood. I would be spoiled rotten, we have a dovetail machine... The problem is I have real experts who work for me, and so anytime I want a piece of furniture (okay, I never want a piece of furniture - only my wife does) I just order it from the factory. There is no way I can make anything even close to as good as they do for years.

But, thanks for the idea. If you ever want, come visit and you can see the operation, and I will send you home with some really nice wood.
Thanks for the invite! I might take you up on that! CR has the most incredible wood...
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Thanks for the invite! I might take you up on that! CR has the most incredible wood...
I have a stash of 1500 BF of cocobolo... eat yer heart out.
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pull yourself together!

or do i have to slap you?

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or do i have to slap you?
I am still trying to recover from that photo you posted of the kilt in P & R....
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Fred, auld man....the biggest difference I noticed after 50 was that I was having MORE fun!
  • I can ride a bike further than 99% og the 18 year olds.
  • I get hit on by nubile young coeds at Purdue
  • I've taken up mountain climbing at 50
  • I live each day as if it were my last

Life is good, and when I pass, I'll be sliding in to the plate with a wrecked body and a hearty YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!
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Perhaps I can be peleton fodder like Patentcad...
First you would have to learn how to actually spell peloton. Then you would have to get physically fit enough to ride in a peloton. We both know neither of these things are going to happen are they Fredly?

Why don't you relax, STFU, and ride your bike?
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Fred, auld man....the biggest difference I noticed after 50 was that I was having MORE fun!
  • I can ride a bike further than 99% og the 18 year olds.
  • I get hit on by nubile young coeds at Purdue
  • I've taken up mountain climbing at 50
  • I live each day as if it were my last


Life is good, and when I pass, I'll be sliding in to the plate with a wrecked body and a hearty YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!
I'd get that dementure seen to if i were you.
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