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Old 11-06-2014, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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MontanaGriz, you are an inspiration!
Thank you for the compliment.................................

Regarding "interests".........................

I strongly believe "we" as adults, end up having & developing various areas of interest that result from the different environments "we" were subjected to in (3) stages of our lives:
#1/ Our formative years (approx age 5 to age 19);...
#2/ Young adult-hood and/or parent hood to approx age 50;..... and
#3/ Middle-age years to end-of-life-years.

In my case, I grew up in a rural area with abundant wild life and was allowed to start fishing alone at about age 6.....began hunting (supervised at age 10) and was hunting alone from age 12.
My father passed away when I was 13 and I started driving alone from age 14.
Worked my way through college and graduated in 4 1/2 yrs (having had my 2nd year interrupted by over 4 months in the hospital recovering and rehabbing from multiple (15 fractures) injuries sustained in a double fatality/single vehicleauto accident. I was a passenger (R/S front seat--it killed the two friends on my left.).....................Thus my early-life experiences helped form and create various areas of interest that I pursue to this day.

The long-term, negative effects of that accident;...a "working-career of 40 years";.... 51 years of marriage;....being a cancer surgery survivor;.....and continuing to live alone these 10 years after losing my wife to cancer..............ALL of these environmental circumstances have contributed to the multiple areas of interest that "keep-me-going" on a 'day-to-day'-basis............................................. ......

.....Oh, I almost forgot....................My wonderful, loyal, understanding companion "REX"............My Brittany!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
Old 11-06-2014, 01:22 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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My condolences on losing your mate, I am not looking forward to that day. But, it will happen, so I treasure each day.

After suffering such losses the spirit remains with resolve; hopefully, and we learn there are no bad days. Some are crappier than others, but it's still another day on top of the grass. We are all survivors of one devastating thing or another. I think the idea behind that is that it will grant us wisdom in some way.

Corny, I know, but I'm an optimist. No idea why. And I know that crappier days are ahead for me. So be it. That scrappy 19 year old with the workboots and thermal top with the sleeves ripped off is still in me somewhere. Sometimes I have to look, but I know she's in there somewhere.
 
Old 11-06-2014, 02:17 PM
 
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My condolences on losing your mate, I am not looking forward to that day. But, it will happen, so I treasure each day.

After suffering such losses the spirit remains with resolve; hopefully, and we learn there are no bad days. Some are crappier than others, but it's still another day on top of the grass. We are all survivors of one devastating thing or another. I think the idea behind that is that it will grant us wisdom in some way.

Corny, I know, but I'm an optimist. No idea why. And I know that crappier days are ahead for me. So be it. That scrappy 19 year old with the workboots and thermal top with the sleeves ripped off is still in me somewhere. Sometimes I have to look, but I know she's in there somewhere.
She is there ready and able to help you weather future storms. We are who we think we were.
 
Old 11-06-2014, 03:20 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Yeah, leave the forum as is IMO. It's not like there's that many of us here.

Simply look at the elders that are still young at heart and sharp of mind. They're not in a rocking chair all day.

OT jean_ji and old_cold, you will chuckle when I tell you we are bracing for three to five inches of heavy and wet snow tonight. Cancel the chiropractor, change the litterboxes, extra bedding in the horse stalls, gas up the generator, fill the sand buckets, get out the shovels, cook up some vittles. Did I forget something? Oh, take showers, too.
Never a chuckle, snow is serious business! Do you still have leaves on the trees then? That makes it easy to lose power if you do. It sounds like you've thought of everything. I hope the snow ends up north or south of you.

My day included a trip on the electric ferry to the beach with the Captain who is retired and loving what he does: going back and forth across the ICW on the half hour all day and talking to folks and offering little boys a Tootsie Pop (after checking with Grandma to make sure it was okay). The launch is all volunteer and the captains are full of joy, it's great to be around retired people like that. There are so many ways to stay active and I think one of the best way is to have a true passion for whatever you do.

My main passion is my grandkids at this time in my life along with some secondary ones. I'm going through kindergarten again, I love to see the learning happening in leaps and bounds. Seeing things through the eyes of a two year old is opening my eyes once again too. I know I did this all before, but I was too busy to appreciate it. Now I have the time and a second chance.


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Old 11-06-2014, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Thank you, Clark Park, for the author recommendation.
 
Old 11-06-2014, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I have never really understood why folks want to break it up into sections (Retirement forum). I mean . . . just read and engage in the threads that interest you or the ones where you feel you have something to contribute . . . I don't see the need to have more subcategories - and for the very reasons you mention, oddstray.

Just gets too complicated for my simple brain, I guess.

It's all good as long as it doesn't get too complicated.
Like you, I prefer this Retirement Forum as it is. About every six months to a year, this same debate resurfaces. I see no problem with the Retirement Forum doubling as an "all things senior" forum; in fact I think it's better with the subject matter broad as opposed to narrow. A couple of years ago they split off the whole Medicare business and made it part of a sub-forum of the Health and Wellness Forum entitled Health Insurance and Medicare.

My attitude is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
 
Old 11-06-2014, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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That worries me. The 'Science and Technology' forum used to have three subgroups. There was overlap in all of the main and sub groups. So the CD administrators created *six* subgroups. There's still overlap in all of the main and sub groups. And now it's a PITA to read. IMO, they wrecked it. I hope this 'Retirement' forum doesn't go in that direction.
The point was that Retirement does not necessarily encompass Senior Issues, and vice versa.

There's really no answer, under the current setup, to avoid repetitions of subjects from past months or years. People tend to start new threads rather than pick up on the old ones, and for good reason...some of the old threads left off in 2010, even 2007, and the OP is long gone.

That said, the current setup reflects how senior minds meander, so we should leave it as is. More fun.
 
Old 11-06-2014, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Like you, I prefer this Retirement Forum as it is. About every six months to a year, this same debate resurfaces. I see no problem with the Retirement Forum doubling as an "all things senior" forum; in fact I think it's better with the subject matter broad as opposed to narrow. A couple of years ago they split off the whole Medicare business and made it part of a sub-forum of the Health and Wellness Forum entitled Health Insurance and Medicare.

My attitude is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
I haven't been back to Medicare since the split. To me, that's a prime "Senior Issue" but not a necessarily retirement issue.

"Health and Wellness" is just that, health and wellness.
 
Old 11-07-2014, 04:41 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Maybe I am nuts.

Yesterday a friend (male) took me for a long ride and one place we ended up was a Big Lots up in New Hampshire. The place turned out to have "my" soap that I have never been able to find outside of England! It's for sensitive skin and is non scented and when you use it, it's so creamy. I bought all they had--three bags of it, $64 just on soap, less than $2.00/bar. Got to find a place to store all this soap.
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Maybe I am nuts.

Yesterday a friend (male) took me for a long ride and one place we ended up was a Big Lots up in New Hampshire. The place turned out to have "my" soap that I have never been able to find outside of England! It's for sensitive skin and is non scented and when you use it, it's so creamy. I bought all they had--three bags of it, $64 just on soap, less than $2.00/bar. Got to find a place to store all this soap.
Is that the same as Ocean State Job Lot?

I have a fetish for soaps, esp the fine milled bar soaps from France. Normally frugal, I've been known to spend $6+ on a single bar. It's a lovely luxury to have it wrapped in tissue, tied with ribbon, and put in a little bag, like they do at some gift shops. So what kind is your soap?
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