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Old 09-10-2014, 01:54 PM
Status: "Support the Mining Law of 1872" (set 19 days ago)
 
Location: Cody, WY
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It's 48 here, headed for a predicted high of 52. Tonight, the predicted low is 31 with a 70% chance of rain or snow. The predicted high tomorrow is 40 with a 50% chance. But the predicted high Saturday is 62. That's my birthday (71). I've never had snow for my birthday and was really hoping.
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Every day us a gift. And I'm 50. Take nothing for granted.
I wasn't even thinking of old age at 50.

When I was young I used to think that I should start eating healthful food, but I knew that could wait. I never did get around to it and now I'm old enough that it doesn't matter. I like fat.

 
Old 09-10-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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I never had a problem envisioning myself at 60, 70 or even 80. I had a very clear picture of what I assumed my life would be like and even what I would look like. I have a lot of female relatives in several generations so I based my assumptions partially on how they aged.

The only thing I didn't get "right" for age 60 was that I never thought I would gain weight, so that is a downer (but I am still working on that). My lifestyle is fairly close to what I anticipated, but there are some big letdowns, such as my husband's diminished health, which means many of the things we enjoyed doing together just aren't possible now. Fortunately, all the solo pursuits I assumed I would still enjoy at this age are very much the things I still do and still enjoy.

I expected to have much more discretionary income than I have now, so I thought I would be taking month long cruises annually and maybe spending winters occasionally in Barcelona or in some little fishing village in Greece. But that was probably kind of silly, anyway, as I don't know that even if I had the money to do it that I would want to be out of the country that much at this point in my life. Heck, I don't like to go without seeing my son for much more than two weeks. And I don't like leaving my dog in someone else's care at all (she is old and in poor health).

I have a while to go before 70 but I see myself pretty much as I am now, but I am working on making the transition to no more hair color. My younger sister turned prematurely gray (as I did) at 30 and has just transitioned to foregoing hair color and she is now a very natural white/platinum blonde. I have always wanted platinum hair and hers looks so wonderful . . . I am going to work towards that (eventually! lol). I see myself at 70 being slim and trim again (may be kidding myself on that!) and living basically the same life I have now.
 
Old 09-10-2014, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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[quote=Escort Rider;36434708]In another thread about when to take Social Security, I posted about one of the reasons I took mine at 62:

When I was 62 I could not imagine living past 70, not because I had some incurable disease or because early death was common in my family, but because it was simply unacceptable for me to be 70, simply outrageously unthinkable. I know other people who lived past that point, including both my parents and quite a few aunts and uncles, but that was just not me. I was almost surprised to wake up on the day I turned 70 about five months ago, but part of me must have known it would happen because I had not made any extraordinary efforts to get rid of stuff in preparation. (About all I had done was prepaid my cremation with the Neptune Society). So now I am pushing 70 and a half and I've accepted that fact.

In fact, I'm sort of proud to have achieved that milestone with only very minor changes in my ability to carry on in life (I doubt if I could put in a string of several 14-hour work days in a row any more), and I'm proud when people express surprise and disbelief at my age.

I suppose a psychoanalyst would have a field day with me, no?[/quote]

Probably have a "field day" with most of us! lol

I don't think I've ever given much thought to how long I'll live. When I have it's just been for a minute or so in conjunction with whatever it was that brought it up. I think, ever since I was a kid, I've seen most family members live into their late 80s/early 90s so I've, maybe, just 'assumed' I'll be around for a while. I've never been "bothered" by any age/birthday, unless it was my 61st when I thought about it for 10 minutes and then forgot about it. Was happy when I turned 62, started SS and could work fewer hours if I wanted to. I'll be 72 in five weeks and I KNOW I'm getting 'old' but I'm happy and doing well so it's not going to get me down. I may feel differently at 80...if I make it that far.

It really surprises me too when people express disbelief at my age. I know how old I am. I think I LOOK how old I am. I think it's more my personality that makes me seem younger than I am and, for that, I shall be grateful. According to my doc I should be good for a long time to come but I also know he does NOT own a crystal ball!
 
Old 09-11-2014, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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AZ Brat: I am your age. I cannot fathom how I got to be here. It was just yesterday I was out buying my kids school clothes for grade school, wasn't it????

Now I feel the aches and pains of keeping this house up and gardening/digging and am trying to convince myself I need a condo. I don't look my age either and even the pharmacist wanted to know if I was old enough to get a shingles shot ! Some of that isn't good, cause your kids expect more from you than you can handle. Like, they want to go go go and I just want to sit. Biggest changes in being 70 come with the bones I think. Mine are creaky.
 
Old 09-12-2014, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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AZ Brat: I am your age. I cannot fathom how I got to be here. It was just yesterday I was out buying my kids school clothes for grade school, wasn't it????

Now I feel the aches and pains of keeping this house up and gardening/digging and am trying to convince myself I need a condo. I don't look my age either and even the pharmacist wanted to know if I was old enough to get a shingles shot ! Some of that isn't good, cause your kids expect more from you than you can handle. Like, they want to go go go and I just want to sit. Biggest changes in being 70 come with the bones I think. Mine are creaky.
I know what you mean. When I think about it I'm sometimes 'shocked' that this much time has gone by. I guess I'm lucky that I can still keep up with my kids but, heck, they're getting 'old' too! lol All of them are in their 50s now. How did THAT happen?? Tomorrow one of my grandsons is getting married. He's 27! All my grandkids are ages 18-34. Unreal! And then there are those great grandkids too, ages 2-9. I told my mom I'm not old enough to have grandkids that old, let alone the greats. lol

I have my little aches and pains. They aren't all that painful but, boy, are they annoying! Especially when they are aggravated by my job. If I could get rid of one thing in my life it would be my job. Alas I don't see that happening for a very long time, if ever. Sigh. Good thing I like what I do!

I'd love to own my home again but as a renter I guess I don't have to worry about expenses and the WORK that comes along with home ownership. I wouldn't mind having a condo myself and, maybe, someday... In the meantime, living on my mom's property, I do end up paying for a lot of the maintenance around here. She can't afford it but I'm getting such a great deal on rent I can't hardly say no. I wouldn't anyway. Thankfully I have a nephew and grandson that help out when they can.
 
Old 09-13-2014, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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There is one portable device that I wouldn't be without: my Kindle Paperwhite. I've had a Kindle since Amazon introduced it; it's wonderful.
15 years ago, I didn't even know how to turn on a computer ..............I am now in my 83rd year and couldn't get along without my Lap top or my Smart Phone.......have had both for many years now.

I would appreciate it if you would explain to me why you feel so strongly about your:..KINDLE PAPERWHITE..........I have no idea what it is, and would like to know: #1: what makes it so important to you in your daily life, #2: Would it be useful on a long cross-country auto trip?......I am going to be driving back to the midwest in about 11 months to attend my 65th High School Reunion (and will be taking my Laptop and my (DROID) Smart Phone).......I'll be staying in that area for about a week ............would "this KINDLE" item be something I would also want with me?

Thanks for your comments and opinion(s)............................Griz

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Old 09-14-2014, 12:41 PM
Status: "Support the Mining Law of 1872" (set 19 days ago)
 
Location: Cody, WY
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15 years ago, I didn't even know how to turn on a computer ..............I am now in my 83rd year and couldn't get along without my Lap top or my Smart Phone.......have had both for many years now.

I would appreciate it if you would explain to me why you feel so strongly about your:..KINDLE PAPERWHITE..........I have no idea what it is, and would like to know: #1: what makes it so important to you in your daily life, #2: Would it be useful on a long cross-country auto trip?......I am going to be driving back to the midwest in about 11 months to attend my 65th High School Reunion (and will be taking my Laptop and my (DROID) Smart Phone).......I'll be staying in that area for about a week ............would "this KINDLE" item be something I would also want with me?

Thanks for your comments and opinion(s)............................Griz
The Kindle is an electronic reading device. It allows the owner to download books from both Amazon and other sources. The device which weighs only a few ounces can store hundreds of books. There is additional storage with Amazon. They provide storage space for any book obtained from them, even books that are free as many are. There are links to dictionaries in the device as well as wikipedia.

The device only weighs a few ounces; I prefer it to a physical book for convenience. I consider it a necessity on a long trip because I consider reading material a necessity and this is so much easier than having a stack of physical books. You'll save money on purchases as well. It works best for text; graphic reproduction is less than satisfactory; however, you can download a book you've purchased to as many devices as you wish. The graphics may be improving. Just yesterday I downloaded a book with a number of photographs. I downloaded a free sample (a really nice feature) planning to purchase a physical copy if I liked it. But the electronic pictures are greatly improved in this book so I decided to purchase the Kindle edition at a much lower price.

The screen on the Kindle Paperwhite is front lighted so that the light does not shine into the reader's face as cellphones and tablets do.

The Kindle Paperwhite is black and white, has no sound, and browsing is very difficult. But it does what it was designed to do. It looks like print and uses electronic ink. It's easy to change the light level, font size, and other displays.

If you like to read this is it. I do like the model with 3g. There's no fee for it and you can connect to Amazon almost anywhere. Once a book is downloaded, however, you don't need any connection unless you wish to connect to the store or wikipedia. The dictionary is in the device. The link to an independent review supplies more information.

http://smile.amazon.com/Kindle-Paper...rds=paperwhite


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuOv...st=WL&index=40
 
Old 09-14-2014, 01:53 PM
 
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AZ Brat: I am your age. I cannot fathom how I got to be here. It was just yesterday I was out buying my kids school clothes for grade school, wasn't it????

Now I feel the aches and pains of keeping this house up and gardening/digging and am trying to convince myself I need a condo. I don't look my age either and even the pharmacist wanted to know if I was old enough to get a shingles shot ! Some of that isn't good, cause your kids expect more from you than you can handle. Like, they want to go go go and I just want to sit. Biggest changes in being 70 come with the bones I think. Mine are creaky.
know just what you mean. recently tore my rotator cuff, stretching to change a light bulb, carrying a garden hose, doing yoga - did all the same day, I don't know. but it is just too much now to keep up my house so I am trying to talk myself into a condo.

thinking to rent for awhile and think about it as soon as I am able to sell.
 
Old 09-14-2014, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default When familiar posters go missing

There are certain regulars in every forum, Retirement being no exception. We get to know those people over time - their personalities, their interests, and their likes and dislikes. Even if some of them irritate the hell out of us and we consider them nut cases, they are part of the familiar landscape.

So when such people go missing I feel a certain sadness. The sadness is greater if I liked them, of course, but it is present even if I didn't, because I wonder what possible bad luck has befallen them, or even if they are dead.

Two such people: I'mcurious (gone over six months from City-Data) and Caladium (gone over four months from City-Data). Anyone else notice their absences?
 
Old 09-14-2014, 03:21 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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There are certain regulars in every forum, Retirement being no exception. We get to know those people over time - their personalities, their interests, and their likes and dislikes. Even if some of them irritate the hell out of us and we consider them nut cases, they are part of the familiar landscape.

So when such people go missing I feel a certain sadness. The sadness is greater if I liked them, of course, but it is present even if I didn't, because I wonder what possible bad luck has befallen them, or even if they are dead.

Two such people: I'mcurious (gone over six months from City-Data) and Caladium (gone over four months from City-Data). Anyone else notice their absences?
If I may set your mind at ease somewhat, I am almost 100% positive that nothing bad happened to imcurious. I remember that she used to post in bright purple and could be quite controversial. As for Caladium, last I knew she was posting on forums for the Williamsburg area but that was a while back. Sometimes posters are asked to leave, sometimes they leave of their own accord.
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