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Getting old

  1. May 5, 2005 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Okay, this is a thread for old farts to complain about aging.

    You know who you are. :rofl:

    :biggrin:

    Well, maybe the thread shouldn't be quite so limited, but two things have been bothering me lately. First, teeth. I had a leaky crown that has caused all sorts of problems. It has taken over a year to get this all fully resolved. Every time I have to go to the dentist it makes me feel old.

    The really tough one is watching family members and friends grow old. My parents are both old enough and in poor enough health to be a daily concern. Tsu's mom is already gone, and her dad is also a constant concern. Also, my best buddy, my longest friend in life, is now 80.:surprised Frankly, every time he doesn't answer the phone [as happened 5 minutes ago] I worry. He has been close to death a couple of times already, and I think he now has four terminal illnesses. But I understand from him, being that he has out lived all of his oldest friends less one - me - that watching your friends go is the hardest thing of all. For about fifteen years, talking with Jim was to get the latest on funeral services.

    Anyway, not to be too depressing, but maybe a few people have something to say about getting old.
     
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  3. May 5, 2005 #2

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    Just one thing to say...it's the one thing in life worth procrastinating on. :biggrin: I was going to say just don't do it, but the alternative doesn't seem much better. :uhh:
     
  4. May 5, 2005 #3
    Funerals..illnesses...getting old, thanks for getting me worried. Anything else?
     
  5. May 5, 2005 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    Other than all of the gas, not really. :biggrin:
     
  6. May 5, 2005 #5

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    I didn't know that you get gas, but you've certainly caused more than your share. :tongue:
     
  7. May 5, 2005 #6

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    Living in the time I did, a lot of my friends are dead from drugs. The few lucky live ones are serving life sentences for drug traficking.

    I don't do drugs. I enjoy the things around me. I love meeting new people, even if over the internet. So many great people out here to get to know. They make me laugh and make me realize that there is so much to learn and laugh abought and understand.

    I'm not that old, none of us are. Based on the longevity in my family, I will be fully cognizant for another 50 years, at least. And then some. :approve:
     
  8. May 5, 2005 #7

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    Still too young to die, but never too old to Rock & Roll. :cool:

    There certainly is the issue of the mortality of my parents generation. All the grandparents are gone. My wife's uncles are all gone, and a few aunts.

    My only problem is that it can take weeks to heal when I get banged up. I got 'thwacked' by a tree. I was moving a fallen tree (it was hanging over the road near my house) to the side. So, it being a pretty dead tree, I got the brilliant idea of lifting the end and running with it, by which I planned to snapped the trunk (the base was jammed between two other trees). Well the 'dead' tree still had some strength. When my feet got onto the shoulder, I slipped, the tree recoiled, and I got thrown about 10 feet back onto the pavement and landed on my hip. OUCH!! It took about 3 weeks for the pain and stiffness to subside. :biggrin:

    It wasn't as bad as falling out of a tree and hitting the ground sideways, or breaking the fall of one my mates (all 230 lbs of him) with my chest. Those took a few months for the internal bruising to heal. :biggrin:

    Oh, well, perhaps it's time to slow down . . . .




    Nah! :biggrin:
     
  9. May 6, 2005 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    Now come on, you all see those worrisome little things. You know what they are. Fess up.
     
  10. May 6, 2005 #9

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    I mail-ordered some music CDs, including one by the Anita Kerr Singers. Some kind soul at the warehouse tucked in an A.A.R.P. membership blank for me.
     
  11. May 6, 2005 #10
    A year ago April I turned 49, and for some reason that number didn't bother me a bit. This year, however, I decided to turn 28 on my birthday. I suggested the same tactic to Evo.

    Horror stories: I frighten myself by continually having the same thought pop into my head when I look in the mirror lately, that if I just get a really good night's sleep some of these wrinkles will clear up. Also: if I just make some kind of change in my diet some of this thinning hair will probably thicken back up.

    Then there's the Homer Simpson syndrome that kicks in where, the vow to live your life to the fullest means you are going to eat two of those disgustingly sweet, creme-filled doughnuts.
     
  12. May 6, 2005 #11

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    No wrinkles for me yet. I take after my grandmother ...smooth skin. All of those years hiding from the sun, being white as a ghost have paid off. :biggrin:

    Yep, zooby and I are 28.
     
  13. May 6, 2005 #12
    Thing is, you actually look 28. I am dependent on shakey camera work, grainy film, and a full body costume for my youthful appearance.
     
  14. May 6, 2005 #13

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    LOL! I thought 29 was a good age, so I stopped counting after that. :biggrin:
     
  15. May 6, 2005 #14
    29 is good. To be honest, nothing between 40 and 49 bothered me in the least, and I would have been happy if I could have frozen my age anywhere in there for the rest of my life.
     
  16. May 6, 2005 #15
    bah dont worry one of these days one of you scientists are going to make the shot that makes us immortal :biggrin: but then the religious people will come into picture :devil:
     
  17. May 6, 2005 #16

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    Naw... they won't want to mess with 'the plan', so they'll just go ahead and die out. Evolution in action. :biggrin:
     
  18. May 6, 2005 #17
    Things are becoming clear now. This is why you have such an affinity for William Shatner masks and Breasted Gorilla suits. What is the infatuation with weird purple jellyfish all about?
     
  19. May 6, 2005 #18
    I hope you didn't drop the bong... :rolleyes:

    My most constant reminder of age is what it's done to my eyes -- constantly swapping glasses, & never seeing quite right anymore.

    Knees complain more than they used to, but since I went back to school I don't have time to run as much anyway. But there's no escaping the eye thing. It's a real insult.
     
  20. May 6, 2005 #19
    If you can get back to about page 50 of the stupid quetions and read through the next 3 or 4 pages you will learn the origins of Alfred Einstein's Jellitivity as well as some info about Jelliphysics in general.
     
  21. May 6, 2005 #20
    Damn, you're right! I forgot to even mention this bifocals versus two separate pair thing that eaten up so much money. I feel like I haven't seen one thing in the world clearly for at least five years.
     
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