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Old 11-12-16, 09:36 AM
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Junior Grouch hits 40.

Today is my youngest's 40th birthday. He's the only one of my kids who has truly kept the faith. In fact, he's probably out riding his road bike right now.

Wonder if I'll still be around in 10 years so I can harass him on 50+.
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Old 11-12-16, 09:57 AM
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Oldest is 45, lucky you to have a convert. None of mine ride regularly, altho youngest son will come around in time - he smiles and laughs at times when pedaling.
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Old 11-12-16, 04:56 PM
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My daughter tuns 38 next year.
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One of the more fascinating parts of life is that the older we get, the narrower the age gap seems to become.

Back in school, kids two years older than me were always taller and smarter than me. Now... hmmm... maybe not so much.

Back in my 20s, those in their 40s were pretty mature and stick-in-the-muds. 50yos were grey and ready for retirement, and how could anyone in their 60s still be alive.

Now I am in my 60s, some of the 40s are still a bit fitter, but on the whole, not most of them, and quite a few of the men have lost their hair (Ha!!!). And I could consider those in their 50s to be among my age cohorts.

With awareness of physical and emotional fitness and a bit of medical help, for some of us the observation that 60 is the new 50 and 50 the new 40 isn't so far off the mark.
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Does this make Retro Grouch into Ancient Grouch?

I do prefer getting older to the option!
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My oldest, at 52, is older than me. I think I'm gonna try to hold out on the croaking thing until I get to harass him fer hitting full social security age.
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Old 11-12-16, 08:12 PM
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Does this make Retro Grouch into Ancient Grouch?
Nope. I need to get older in order to qualify for "ancient," but I'm working on it.
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Does this make Retro Grouch into Ancient Grouch?
I believe that Antique Grouch is the next step. I would have said C&V, but we're already past that point.
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My wife and I had already been married 11 years when our elder son was born (pictured), and his brother arrived almost 5 years later, so we got started late at the parenting thing. (Our grandson, also pictured, will be 20 months old in a week.)

In contrast, my parents were 21 when I was born, and my brother came along 2 1/2 years later. My father told me he felt sort of old when I turned 50, but really felt old when my brother did.
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Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
One of the more fascinating parts of life is that the older we get, the narrower the age gap seems to become.

Back in school, kids two years older than me were always taller and smarter than me. Now... hmmm... maybe not so much.

Back in my 20s, those in their 40s were pretty mature and stick-in-the-muds. 50yos were grey and ready for retirement, and how could anyone in their 60s still be alive.

Now I am in my 60s, some of the 40s are still a bit fitter, but on the whole, not most of them, and quite a few of the men have lost their hair (Ha!!!). And I could consider those in their 50s to be among my age cohorts.

With awareness of physical and emotional fitness and a bit of medical help, for some of us the observation that 60 is the new 50 and 50 the new 40 isn't so far off the mark.
Yea, I'm probably not the only one here who, in his mind, is stuck about 30 years in the past.

I remember early in my working world, say 20s, I was always a little surprised and pleased when an older person (that being 40!) treated me like a peer, joking, collegial, etc. As an older teen or early 20s, I always thought it was unique and weird (but great) when friends of my parents were friendly on an equal footing type basis or seemed to actually enjoy my company, because most adults were so f'ing formal in those days, and snooty to us long haired types.

Since becoming that old guy, I have never even felt anything but collegiality and peer-ness with young co-workers, or my friends' kids. Different generation, I guess.

I had kids in my mid-late 30s, so the oldest is just about to turn 30 and the youngest is mid-20s. They're both active, but neither enjoys riding a bike enough to actually own one and use it regularly. I tried - they always had bikes and we did a lot of family rides when they were young. But it just never took. Probably because we lived in a place that was not really conducive to casual riding or fun for a kid like the neighborhood I grew up on back when. My place has very rough gravel roads, steep hills, nowhere to go really. You have to be very motivated to ride out the door (which I am) rather than haul the bikes somewhere to ride. When I was a kid and young adult, I lived in suburbia and/or the city where you could ride anywhere, plenty of destinations, and didn't have to be an animal to get back up the hill to home.
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Our oldest, (my step daughter) will be 40 in a few weeks. There is something about that number that makes you say HOLY CARP!
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Man Grouch-y, I'm getting close. My oldest son turns 36 today. He's single ,no kids. I texted him wished him a happy birthday and told him to cheer up as he's finally at an age he can legally date a girl half his age.
I had him at a very young age, in fact I had three kids by the time I was his age.
My goal is to live forever, so far so good.
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