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Old 08-22-2011, 11:52 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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I find that the most rewarding and interesting discussions result from being around a mix of ages, as mere age does not guarantee perspective or wisdom. The biweekly lunch group near my home is made up of mid-60s to mid-70s folk, and while there are a few who have a circle of interests beyond MONEY, medical issues, the grandkids and negative politics, they are in the minority.

Being around children, teens and young adults is always an interesting perspective- and reality-check. It's important to me to learn new things regularly and what I learn from the young is how the future will be shaped.

What I need to happen is to have MY hearing go the way the spouse's has and then I could stand to live in a townhome or small house on a tiny lot in the middle of a mixed community.
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I find that the most rewarding and interesting discussions result from being around a mix of ages, as mere age does not guarantee perspective or wisdom. The biweekly lunch group near my home is made up of mid-60s to mid-70s folk, and while there are a few who have a circle of interests beyond MONEY, medical issues, the grandkids and negative politics, they are in the minority.
You can say that again! I can't think of a single person related to me by blood who is in a generation older than mine who seemed to have gained wisdom and insight as they aged. Some in my own generation, yes.

It would drive me crazy to be around people whose mental world is limited to money, medical issues, grandkids and negative politics. But fortunately, as you point out, there are some who have broader interests even if they are in the minority.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:23 PM
 
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It's always tough to get a good conversation going. Too many people lack this skill.
On the other hand, last night I found myself in a cheery conversation with another dog person about... dog farts... I guess it takes all kinds.
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:45 AM
 
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It's always tough to get a good conversation going. Too many people lack this skill.
On the other hand, last night I found myself in a cheery conversation with another dog person about... dog farts... I guess it takes all kinds.
Please tell me you recorded that conversation and are going to post it on City Data. Please!!!
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:25 PM
 
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Nah. I prefer to remain mysterious about that.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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2-3 times a year my wife and I spend a few days with a couple that live in Del Webb Hilton Head (Bluffton SC). The people we have met, gone to parties with, played golf with, had meals with, etc. were all very friendly and most welcoming.

There are so many formal activities one could not begin to list them. Many have formed their own social clubs based on a common interest/past history like a local card game. As my wife and I are golfers then 2 (soon to be a 3rd) golf courses interest me and would play a big part in our life.

Their are many retired trades and professional people living there so someone is always willing to step forward and help. Many of the retired trades people just like to keep busy and their charges are nominal and top quailty work.

All in all I can easily see someone wanting to retire to such a facility.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Del Webb Bluffton

I've been to Hilton Head a few times and like it but the low country concerns me because of the snakes and gators or crocs.

When you were there, did you see a lot of these creatures? After dark? We were told once when we were visiting HHI not to walk after 9 at night b/c of the snakes. (I hate snakes).

I did think it looked like a lovely community.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:51 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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It would drive me crazy to be around people whose mental world is limited to money, medical issues, grandkids and negative politics. But fortunately, as you point out, there are some who have broader interests even if they are in the minority.
The weather! You forgot the weather as a subject for discussion.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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The weather! You forgot the weather as a subject for discussion.
You are quite right. The weather is a standard topic for people who have no life, together with medical issues, money, grandkids, and negative politics. I am not saying that interesting and bright people never mention any of the above, but I am saying that if those five topics constitute the entirety of someone's repertoire, then that person is shallow and superficial. I would go bananas if I were surrounded only by such people.
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:57 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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You are quite right. The weather is a standard topic for people who have no life, together with medical issues, money, grandkids, and negative politics. I am not saying that interesting and bright people never mention any of the above, but I am saying that if those five topics constitute the entirety of someone's repertoire, then that person is shallow and superficial. I would go bananas if I were surrounded only by such people.
Not shallowe and superficial as much as laid-back, unconcerned, uninvolved and totally comfortable and content with their lives. The worst day retired is still better than the best day employed!
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