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Old 04-23-2014, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Nah, nah. You just haven't discovered the 'secret' yet. At 62, I still ride shopping carts. What you have to do first is make sure you have a good cart that will roll straight without you having to constantly steer it. Then, feet on the back lower rack, spread apart as far as possible, and . . . this part is the key . . . place your hands as far forward as you can on either side of the basket and make sure the bulk of your weight is just forward of the rear wheels. Ya gotta lean over real far.

With that method, just give a mighty one or two step push . . . hop on . . . and ride the cart halfway to your car.

The hard part that I haven't quite figured out yet is how to lean my body weight side-to-side so that I can get the silly thing to steer in the direction I want to go. Usually, I have to put one foot down to rotate the cart in the direction I want to go, (good time to get in an extra 'power' push).


Never give up riding shopping carts. Not only is it fun, but people will comment with disgust on how foolish us oldsters look when trying to act like kids.
I just had the funniest visual, imagining my little 86 year old MOM doing that! LOL She'd probably get to her car faster...or not! She won't even use the electric carts in the store so I don't suppose she'd want to 'ride' a regular one either. Oh yeah, I won't do the shopping cart thing either. Don't relish broken bones!
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:01 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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I have never ridden a shopping cart.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Subconscious Syncope, USA (Northeastern US)
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I was around 50 when our dog of 12 years died. We rushed right off to the animal shelter to get another dog, since we knew from the dog before the one that just died that we would spend a few miserable days missing our dog, and run right off to get another one anyway. Why put off the agonizingly inevitable?

Anyway, we brought home a female hound puppy. We had forgotten how much time you have spend digging underneath furniture to drag the puppy out when you want to see it. It took only a few hours for us to realize that with sweet precious little "Bella" - she was the pup that taught us we are getting too old for puppies. We have no human children, so we cant use the kids and the grands to suddenly realize we are no longer kids ourselves, lol.

If we live to need another pup after Bella's time is done, it will probably be one of those 'older dogs' at the shelter.
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:47 AM
 
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I was around 50 when our dog of 12 years died. We rushed right off to the animal shelter to get another dog, since we knew from the dog before the one that just died that we would spend a few miserable days missing our dog, and run right off to get another one anyway. Why put off the agonizingly inevitable?

Anyway, we brought home a female hound puppy. We had forgotten how much time you have spend digging underneath furniture to drag the puppy out when you want to see it. It took only a few hours for us to realize that with sweet precious little "Bella" - she was the pup that taught us we are getting too old for puppies. We have no human children, so we cant use the kids and the grands to suddenly realize we are no longer kids ourselves, lol.

If we live to need another pup after Bella's time is done, it will probably be one of those 'older dogs' at the shelter.
Bless you for keeping Bella. Not to worry about under the furniture. She is grabbing some privacy while she cases the joint and decides what her role is there. She will come out on her own once she sees that it is safe. My cats all did the same thing. It wasn't long before they were in my lap.

Enjoy Bella.
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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A couple more things I noticed lately.

I saw one of my former HS teachers on FB. She was middle aged when I was her in class thirteen years ago, but looks old, sick, and feeble now.

My oldest ex-girlfriend is 50.

Girl I went to elementary school with that I asked on a "McDonald's date" when we were <5 had her now four year old daughter asked out on a date.

My father used to run chess tournaments with another local man. This man's son went to my school, but was hit by a car in 6th grade and has been in a wheelchair with cognitive difficulties since. His other son has had substance abuse problems and moved back in.

My dad saw the other man at the grocery store last week and said Anthony look like he was twenty years older.
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Old 04-29-2014, 01:27 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Dad is 73 (a very active and pretty healthy one, though) and after his retreiver passed they got two sheetzu puppies last spring. He loves it, takes them to the dog park to talk trash about politics with the other owners.

Dh would love another dog but the pain of losing them prevents it, we have watched the herd of cats dwindle from 22 in the heydays to 8 now.
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Old 04-29-2014, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Salem,Oregon
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Nah, nah. You just haven't discovered the 'secret' yet. At 62, I still ride shopping carts. What you have to do first is make sure you have a good cart that will roll straight without you having to constantly steer it. Then, feet on the back lower rack, spread apart as far as possible, and . . . this part is the key . . . place your hands as far forward as you can on either side of the basket and make sure the bulk of your weight is just forward of the rear wheels. Ya gotta lean over real far.

With that method, just give a mighty one or two step push . . . hop on . . . and ride the cart halfway to your car.

The hard part that I haven't quite figured out yet is how to lean my body weight side-to-side so that I can get the silly thing to steer in the direction I want to go. Usually, I have to put one foot down to rotate the cart in the direction I want to go, (good time to get in an extra 'power' push).


Never give up riding shopping carts. Not only is it fun, but people will comment with disgust on how foolish us oldsters look when trying to act like kids.
Ok now I gotta go find a cart hope there's no cameras on the lot!
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Old 04-29-2014, 01:46 PM
 
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Dad is 73 (a very active and pretty healthy one, though) and after his retreiver passed they got two sheetzu puppies last spring. He loves it, takes them to the dog park to talk trash about politics with the other owners.

Dh would love another dog but the pain of losing them prevents it, we have watched the herd of cats dwindle from 22 in the heydays to 8 now.
It's a feeling that never heals.
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Old 04-29-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: southern california
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Injuries take longer to heal
Get tired more often
Sicker more often and longer
Less stamina
That's the bad news now the good
Judgement and timing are extraordinary
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:19 AM
 
Location: NYC
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The first concrete marker that makes you realize you are getting older is when you involuntarily make a noise when you bend down to pick something up. Hey, that's what Dad used to do!
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