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Old 08-20-2017, 04:35 PM   #1
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When I was in school I wore Goodwill clothing even though both parents worked.
At 12 I had saved enough to buy my first .22 rifle (still have it)
At 16 I had saved enough to buy my first motorcycle, a 305 Honda.
Tried to go into the Navy when I turned 18, but failed the physical.
Got married the first time at 19.
At 21 I got a job that I stayed with for 30 years and also bought my first TT.

Now:
Grandson that lives with me won't wear anything but Nike or Adidas branded shoes.
Won't buy anything but brand name clothing.
No interest in any of the armed forces, even has recruiters coming by the house.
Has a fairly steady girlfriend, but haven't heard of any nuptials being planned.
Has nothing saved and doesn't seem interested in it, spends everything he gets. Owes a $13 fine to the school and is refusing to pay it, won't get his diploma till it's paid. I can't pay for his football, nor even student body card till it's paid either
Put applications in at about four places and didn't get hired so quit trying.

He turns 18 in December and I told him that once he graduates he's on his own since I'm selling the house and going full time.
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:45 PM   #2
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Sad state of affairs we are in now. I have a 40+ son like that. He does not live here. Grand son is just the opposite, takes after me. Worst part is they just don't care and think they will,get taken care of.
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Old 08-20-2017, 09:59 PM   #3
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The more postings I read from "Mr D" the better I seem to like and respect him!
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:23 AM   #4
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The more postings I read from "Mr D" the better I seem to like and respect him!
Same here... Don't think I'd mind having him as a neighbor... To his post, things have changed, not so much for the better... As a kid, I mowed yards for $3 a pop, had a paper route, all to buy gas for my CB100 Honda.
Now days we are doing ok, I'm working 60+ hrs a week, but DW still shops at second hand shops. Why waste $$ when you can get 'like new' clothes for cheap ? Guess we are "old school" . We believe in working and saving, but we also buy nice things when we want. Today, people and their kids are ,,umm,, different... If the internet goes down, half will starve... (step son included...)
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Today is a sad day for my. My wife of almost 30 years died one year ago today at 2:31 pm. She saved all her life for retirement and never got to enjoy it.
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When my son turned 18 in 2000 I put the form to register for the Selective Service* in an envelope and gave it to him as a birthday card. Got him thinking a bit more about goals in life. 17 years later he has a great job, wife, two kids, a nice home. To this day he still mention my birthday "gift"

* Registering with Selective Service still the law
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Today is a sad day for my. My wife of almost 30 years died one year ago today at 2:31 pm. She saved all her life for retirement and never got to enjoy it.
I'm Very sorry for your loss... I've only been married for 17 yrs, but not real sure what I would do if I lost her... Take care....
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Today is a sad day for my. My wife of almost 30 years died one year ago today at 2:31 pm. She saved all her life for retirement and never got to enjoy it.
It is difficult to find the right words, sometimes what we try to say comes out as "trite". Just know that Debbie and I always pay attention when you post and we both pray that your life will continue in a positive way while you gratefully embrace all the fond memories you and your wife accumulated.

Keep it in the wind!

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Today is a sad day for my. My wife of almost 30 years died one year ago today at 2:31 pm. She saved all her life for retirement and never got to enjoy it.

Mr D,

I wish I could say that I know how you feel but I can't. We just celebrated out 29th yesterday and I would miss her terribly if she was gone....take care my friend and enjoy full timing.

Shifting gears....I worry about the future of our families with all the divisive feelings and lack of clear thinking going on...I think we lost our way long ago. Was that a 305 Scrambler? That was one of my favorite machines ever!

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