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The joys of growing old

  1. May 11, 2007 #1

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    The days when I could sneak upstairs without a making a sound are gone. Due to numerous injuries, my knees and hips snap, crackle and pop as I climb the stairs. :redface:

    I find that I can't stand still for long periods or bend constantly without groaning. :redface:

    I can work in the garden on my hands and knees for hours, I just can no longer stand back up without assistance (sometimes accompanied by a small scream of pain). :redface:

    My knees are getting wrinkled. :cry: Can you get botox for knees?

    Oh, and guess what? I've decided to buy an electric mower!!! My riding mower is in the shop and I remember a neighbor of mine had one...

    Ok, we're taking bets. How far can Evo go before she mows the power cord?

    A) 5 minutes

    B) 10 minutes

    C) Are you kidding? She won't make it onto the grass before the cord wraps around her legs, drags her to the ground, pinning her to the mower THEN the cord hits the blades. :surprised
     
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  3. May 11, 2007 #2

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    You know you're getting old when cross-training becomes a necessity. You can no longer do the same workout two days in a row (swim, bike, run, MX, etc.).....
     
  4. May 11, 2007 #3

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    After reading this, I'll have to go for C). :biggrin: o:)
     
  5. May 11, 2007 #4
    The second sign of getting old is loss of memory.

    :uhh: I can't remember what the first sign is.
     
  6. May 11, 2007 #5

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    I'm betting on C.

    Funny, I almost started a thread like this the other day. I guess we are both feeling old these days. :biggrin:

    As for Berkeman, :grumpy:, you are old when cross training means that you walk up the hill and then pass gas.
     
  7. May 11, 2007 #6

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    Evo,

    I'ts about time I told you that we have a print of the same painting (same as your avitar) of the Lady of Shallot in our foyer. There's a story behind this print, but later...It's some thing about the...anyway I didn't think at first...you see

    the woman has been getting younger! In the picture! She's getting younger! Something is terribly wrong!
     
  8. May 11, 2007 #7

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    :surprised :bugeye: :surprised

    :cry:
     
  9. May 11, 2007 #8

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    It's spring, time for yard work, the old bones aren't ready yet.

    :biggrin:
     
  10. May 11, 2007 #9

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    Hey, don't forget membership in AARP! :biggrin: :rofl:
     
  11. May 11, 2007 #10
    For those are experiencing the joy of growing reeaaallllly old, is it true that you tend to become more religious when you grow old (provided you are not atheist of course) ?
    In my place, I find this true for a large majority, especially elderly women.
     
  12. May 11, 2007 #11
    Interestingly, I've noticed that the proportion of old people at my church back in college was about 1/4, which was curiously high, considering its proximity to campus. I remember always being scared of being late to church; all the college students went to the early service, and if I showed up for the late one, I'd be sandwiched in between old people.

    Not that I don't like old people too. It's just that my college friends tolerate my constant physics-related discourses more easily. :rolleyes:
     
  13. May 11, 2007 #12

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    I can't imagine my mother being religious. :tongue:
     
  14. May 11, 2007 #13
    Ok, these are small discomforts but they don't seem to be that bad. IMO, older people have a lot of charm. Personally, i am looking foreward to grow older because it means :

    1) i will look more "esthetic" and more "experienced"
    2) an older face expresses the experience of life and shows more character and class
    3) more money as your professional career grows
    4) you are climbing the social ladder
    5) young women will like me more :wink: because of ... err...you know... $$$

    I will be truely happy when i am around 50-55. I will be at the top of my career, i will be the richest ever in my lifetime and 25 year old women will think : "ohh, look at the distinguised gentleman with his nice Jaguar and his $$$$$ bank account. This guy "knows life" ..."

    Ahhh, the joys of growing old, indeed. I am looking foreward.

    marlon
     
  15. May 11, 2007 #14
    "The older I get the older "old" gets." How old do we feel is the question.
    Today I feel about 16 in dog years.
     
  16. May 11, 2007 #15

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    I don't see that as necessarily the case, but for some, it is a place to socialize. I have seen more women at church than men - in general - regardless of age.

    Certainly as one gets older, one faces one's mortality, especially when friends and siblings start dying off. My parents, who have reached the mean age of longevity in the US, have had many friends and colleagues die already.
     
  17. May 11, 2007 #16

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    Well, it depends.

    I would second that if I could look like Jack Nicholson, for example. :approve: :biggrin:


    It's great to see such optimism. Thumbs up! :wink:
     
  18. May 11, 2007 #17

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    Quit laughing. :grumpy:
     
  19. May 11, 2007 #18
    I do, with a slight Marlon Brando touch on the side.

    marlon
     
  20. May 11, 2007 #19
    This was what I think is the reason. For the majority I think, prayer is a way of finding inner peace and forgetting the grief. It is also considered as a way of atoning for one's past sins. And as you mentioned, socializing with people of same age group is another reason.
     
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  21. May 11, 2007 #20

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    How do you know that they weren't always religious?
     
  22. May 11, 2007 #21

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    I'm 55, and since I worked on concrete floors for many years (paper machine operator, pulp mill chemist, consultant work) my knees have really gone to hell. I've had cartilage removed from both of them and although I can tough it out when standing , walking, etc, I cannot kneel anymore. I used to canoe through class 4-5 white-water for fun, but I can't stay on my knees long enough to do that, nor can I kneel and weed the garden or kneel and repair plumbing under a sink, for example. The arthritis due to wear without the cartilage is quite painful in some circumstances, but given the state of the art, knee replacement is not an option at my age. My doctor suggested anti-inflammatories and perhaps pain-killers, but I don't like taking drugs and masking the symptoms simply so I can cause more damage without being aware of it. As they said in "Space Cowboys" "getting' old ain't for sissies".
     
  23. May 11, 2007 #22

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    The slight Marlon Brando touch doesn't count without at least a slight touch of his voice. :cool:

    Btw, the one and only aesthetic reason because of which I could perhaps say that I'm looking forward to growing old is my genetic predisposition to early-age hair-greying. At least I'll look compact then. Not that it's tragic yet, but I predict that half of my hair will pretty much be gray in my early thirties. :grumpy:

    Although, women say it's charming. (Expecting confirmation. :biggrin:)
     
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    grey hair is very cool (for a guy :wink:)
     
  25. May 11, 2007 #24
    I never said that they weren't. All I'm saying is that the once "casually' religious become "zealously" religious. This is what I gather from my observations of elderly people in my family and around me.
     
  26. May 11, 2007 #25

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    Gray hair can be very attractive in ladies, too. When Emmylou Harris started going gray, she just rolled with it. I've seen her live, front-row, at a cabaret club, and she was gorgeous.
     
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