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  1. Jan 16, 2005 #1


    I came across this "older" thread, (question was..."How old are you all?" ...) I am bringing it back up new, because it is worth the answer of a few of us older people here.

    As for me, getting older is FANTASTIC! I have gone further into the void of the geek fold, and enjoying who I really am. I do know what it is like to be comfortable in who one is. I ditched (10+ years ago) the mental "image" of what is seen in the media, and now have been transforming myself into myself as "what is comfortable" must be who I am. Does this make sense to you?
     
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  3. Jan 16, 2005 #2

    JasonRox

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    Exactly.

    I would never change my life. I love it as it is. Getting older makes no difference.
     
  4. Jan 16, 2005 #3
    Being old sucks. You just wait til you cant see more than 2 foot in front of ya!
     
  5. Jan 16, 2005 #4

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    I'm already going deaf, and I still enjoy life very much.

    Note: I had a tumor in my ear and the rest is self-evident.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2005 #5

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    :cry: I'm old. :cry: And I was going to pick you!!! :cry: :cry: I can still see more than two feet (with the aid of these special vision goggles), but what? what did you say??? darn batteries in this hearing aid keep dying. :grumpy:
     
  7. Jan 16, 2005 #6

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    They last for like two weeks. What are you talking about? :confused:

    When you get older, the car magically gets slower. This a mystery still yet to be solved.
     
  8. Jan 16, 2005 #7

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    Aw, you can't be that old...us being twins and all that! Actually, since Tsu, MIH, you and I are all twins, I think we have to average our ages or something...I'm not sure I come out that well in the deal, but I think it's still a reasonable age we'd come up with if we did that.

    Aging doesn't bother me at all. I plan to feel young forever! Unlike my mom, who I can't remember ever being young...meaning all my life she's complained about getting old, even when she was the age I am now! It's like she's always wanted to be old and decrepit complaining about every ache and pain, counting gray hairs, etc. I just can't be like that. My only symptom of aging is I find myself exclaiming more often things like, "Those kids nowadays!" to refer to people in late teens and early 20s. :grumpy: Otherwise, there's a lot of freedom that comes with it once you're past those stages where you either have to "belong" or think you know everything when you don't, or start realizing you don't know everything, but haven't learned how to admit it yet. Acquiring the ability to laugh off insults is good too. There may be some inconveniences, like starting to need reading glasses or hearing aids (not there yet), and your body making more noises than it used to when getting out of bed, but overall, they are just inconveniences. Besides, I somewhat fancy the idea of being the crazy lady with the long gray hair someday! Somehow it sounds liberating.

    Anyway, there's no point complaining about it or fighting it, aging is inevitable, so it's all about attitude.
     
  9. Jan 16, 2005 #8

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    I know all about "blue hairs" thinking they are going 60 mph when they're only going 30 mph. My children get tired of me explaining how as you get older things speed up, which is why these old people going 30 mph in a 70 mph zone think they are driving fast. :bugeye:
     
  10. Jan 16, 2005 #9

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    I refuse to slow down as I get older! Then again, I never thought my grandmother would either (she was quite a lead foot well into her "blue hair" days...actually, she made fun of the blue-haired women as she prided herself in being a "platinum blonde"...uh huh...that's code for white hair by the way)...she eventually slowed down, but not until her late 80s. But she started out faster than most (I always see little red sports cars as "granny cars"...LOL!)
     
  11. Jan 16, 2005 #10

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    Yep, my daughter and her friends consider me to be one of them. Moonbear, you and MIH are the youngest of "the twins". :biggrin: But wisdom doesn't always come with age!

    It really does come down to how old you feel.
     
  12. Jan 16, 2005 #11

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    Yep, attitude is everything!! :approve:
     
  13. Jan 16, 2005 #12

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    I gave in and bought reading glasses off the shelf at the drugstore last week. Still don't need 'em for anything other than reading from a printed paper page, though.

    Another sign of being old is that I bought the Hee Haw DVD at Wal-Mart. Just finished watching it and laughing out loud. I can so relate to Junior Samples.
     
  14. Jan 17, 2005 #13

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    Oh, dear!1 :eek:

    Oh, poo. It doesn't matter how old we are. As long as we're having fun... :biggrin: So what if I'm 51. I have fun like a... what?... 10 year old? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Hey! I LIKE playing hopscotch!! (and jacks, and jumprope...)

    p.s.
    I said, EVO!!11 IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW OLD WE ARE. AS LONG AS WE'RE HAVING FUN!!11
    RIGHT?!?!?
     
  15. Jan 18, 2005 #14
    Yep, agree with you, Evo-darlin'

    My attitude is what got me where I am today. I have the greatest memories to take with me on my trip to old lady land. I am sure I will grave in pleasure as I remember all the things I did (YIKES) as the years have passed. Thus far, I can't remember a year that has gone by that I haven't accomplished something for laughter and a great memory that goes in the bookcase in my head.

    One of the most important things I say, (which I can, 'cause I am a hoot-tooting psy·chol·o·gist) is to plant memories as you grow your youth years. And last, remember the art of conversation.

    "Knowing when to say the right things at the right moment, and knowing what not to say at the wrong moment." (Author - unknown)

    ~Werdas'
     
  16. Jan 18, 2005 #15

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    Was she short, and from Pasadena?
     
  17. Jan 18, 2005 #16

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    LOL! Not from Pasadena, but she was short...even shorter than me, and I'm definitely short! :rofl:
     
  18. Jan 20, 2005 #17
    She cried the wimper of a willow tree with tears streaking all over her skin, ...

    I had a granny directly in my lane on the fast Houston loop this AM. She, was driving along with her husband sitting on the passager side in their NEW shiny bright 2005 vehicle. Speed limit was around umm.....65, and Granny wasn't about to weaken those new shiny wheels and rims, so she took me on a 45 mile drive at her convenient speed of 35 all the way. The lanes, 5 coming, 5 going, commuter and bus lanes were loaded, so alas, driving a big E-150 HUGE van, it was impossible for me to merge to another lane.

    It was a very good morning. I had to chuckle as EVERY car that was able to merge to the lane closest, or hit the side to pass on the right of me gave me a bird!

    Was a glorious morning! My exit was coming up in a few more ramps. I was thinking about how Mr. and Mrs. Granny could have been enjoying the scenery along the way.

    Well, my turn was coming to veer to the right lane off the expressway, and Mr. and Mrs. Granny took the same right turn. OYE VAY! A chuckling gaggled out of my throat. I had taken notice they were blinkering to turning right, and I was going over the over pass, turning left. We both stopped at the same stop sign, and I gave her a wave. We are both at the stop sign at this time, and she motioned me to roll down my window. As I did so, she ask me where "a particular" hospital was, because seated behind her was her deceased husband. She had no rush. Tearing rolling down her face, (she must of been in her late 80's) she told me later at the hospital (I volunteered to have her follow me) that she had been married over 60 years. And she didn't want to let him go. I sat with her for four more hours, until the hospital finished their paperwork, and the furneral taker had removed Mr. Granny's body to the morgue. She cried the wimper of a willow tree with tears streaking all over her skin, following the creases of her age lines. She told me between her tears all the wonderful experiences she had with her husband. She also told me that "now" she would be all alone in this world, with no biological relatives now alive - but she didn't seem all that sad about it. I asked her why. She said, "We had no children, just 45 years of children foster caring. We spent our waking time with those children on our farm." Her last words were, "memories", "Oh, I will walk the road with the memories of my husband and our 163 foster children, and that will carry me forth until I join Julius someday." She kissed my cheek, squeezed my hand, patted my cheek, and told me that "today" was going to be a special day in her heart."

    I never learned so much emotion and love in four hours.

    ~Werdas'
     
  19. Jan 20, 2005 #18

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    Bless your sweet heart, Werdas. :smile:
     
  20. Jan 22, 2005 #19
    It's Bugging Me!

    This hit me the other day.

    How did Mrs. Granny get Mr. Granny into the car? I cannot figure this out. The closest avenue I have come to is her strapping him on a "dolly" and rolling him to the car.
     
  21. Jan 22, 2005 #20

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    How long had he been dead when you got him to the hospital?? :surprised I assumed while I was reading your story that he had a massive coronary in the car on the way to... somehwere????
     
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