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Old 08-29-2019, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by KathiOH1 View Post
Interesting that marino760 thinks 40's is middle-aged. I thought I was middle-aged and I'm well into my 50's.

At this stage, I've noticed I have to be more cautious of injuries/balance loss. Last year during a vacation, I was running for exercise and tripped on a speed bump in the road. I broke a rib and wrist ... somethiing I didn't expect until it happened. Also noticed balance loss during hikes now. I don't speed hike anymore and going long distances on a single bottle of water is no longer possible. I've also taken to bourbon tastings. After all those years of enjoying wine, I guess I was ready for something different.

One thing my husband and I recently started enjoying is the Opera. In Knoxville, the opera shows subtitles of what is being sung. We love it. Maybe you're on to something, Ralph_Kirk. I run to dubstep now, too. I will never like country.
That's why I gave up road cycling. Up until my mid fifties, I was cycling as much 250 miles a week. But I became steadily more aware that I wouldn't be able bounce back from an accident. So now I'm on an elliptical.
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Old Today, 12:54 AM
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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I appreciate the responses even though I started it as a joke thread. I'm going on 70, so I guess I can no longer consider myself middle-aged, huh? My concessions to "old age" have been no more sun (too much damage), can't drink tea anymore due to a kidney stone, can't drink coffee anymore because it makes me nauseous for some reason, have to be super-careful of getting wounds on my legs because they turn to cellulitis, and can't stand the cold. I'm in FL and my AC is set at 81. When it gets cold enough for heat, the setting can't go below 74 or I'm freezing.
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Old Today, 07:07 AM
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Avalon08, sounds like you should take up drinking bourbon. It will help you sleep and warm you up at the same time! haha

I've noticed my tastes have changed over the years . . . such as drinking bourbon and dry wine, and eating spicy mustards and bitter salads. I think after eating the same foods for 50+ years, the tastebuds need a change. I also have to pay attention to what nutrition the food offers because I get more muscle cramps and joint aches than I used to. No more carbs either.

The things I look forward to in retirement is spoiling grandkids, finding fun events like food/drink tastings and ballroom dancing, traveling more to see what International cuisine I've been missing, and taking up a hobby like painting or writing. Am I misguided? Please tell me retirement doesn't have to be boring.
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Old Today, 07:29 AM
Location: Kentucky
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Originally Posted by Ralph_Kirk View Post
The middle-aged thing that my wife and I do?

Listen to jazz.

Now, we are black but we'd never liked jazz before. I know some white people our age who had been certified rock fans, but suddenly became country fans.

I think it's hormonal. All of a sudden you reach an age where you start liking your parents' music.
I like SOME jazz, but when I was a kid my dad would play Freddy Fender in the car. I grew up hating Freddy Fender! But the only songs I know all the words to are Freddy Fender songs! Actually, as I age, my musical taste have expanded, I think some people become more tolerant as they age (others not so much!)
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Old Today, 07:44 AM
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