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Old 02-28-2015, 09:07 PM   #1
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Old men tend to ramble

I have never understood why birthdays that make your age end in zero are different. But, they feel that way. I guess it is the ides of another decade, not just another year. And, I now have seven decades. Yep, I hit the big "70". But, I still wonder who that old man that looks at me from the mirror is.
There is no garuantee that I will see eighty. But there was not a garuantee for seventy either. So, what happens now? I have lost the desire and never had the ability to change the whole world. All I can do is to keep on keeping on and try to make my small spot in the world a little better. Try to get a smile from people who need to smile. Try to be an old man that people can talk to. Try not to tell all the younger people how to live because what was the way fifty years ago doesn't work now. Keep active, both mind and body. Accept change, because things will change whether you accept it or not. I don't like some of the changes, but no one asked me. I am too old to put on my armor, jump on my charger and attack the nearest windmill.
All I can do is the best I can for me and mine. And, try to spread kindness and humour as I finish out what is left for me.
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:19 PM   #2
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Happy birthday!
70 is the new 50?... Well, maybe not, but it is not nearly as old as it used to be. One day at a time...
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:30 PM   #3
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Happy B Day, well said and I fully understand.....I used to be Superman....now I am only BatMan!!
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:39 PM   #4
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Happy Birthday ... great perspective from a man who "has been there and done that"! Congratulations!
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Happy Birthday with more to come.
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Old 02-28-2015, 10:48 PM   #6
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Happy Birthday, what a great attitude, you will definitely get to the eighties and nineties with that attitude. Well said and we need more people like you, have a great year and many more to come.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:56 AM   #8
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I'm with you Jim. I hit 70 yesterday. But I share my birthday with my youngest daughter, AND my youngest grandaughter. Looking back I wonder sometimes how I made it this long. Not complaining mind you. We just need to stay active in mind & body. No sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair for me. I read once how one guy wanted to go out..... Sliding in sideways to the Pearly Gates on a Harley in a body completely used up and telling St. Peter...."Man, what a ride."
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Happy Birthday Halfwright! Shoot for the 80 mark!
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I'm with you guys. Turned 70 two months ago. Lots of good times still to go. My father is 97 and still in good shape. Like Peter Pan, I'll never grow up!
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Old 03-01-2015, 07:56 AM   #11
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You may be halfwright, but you have the WHOLE big picture. I agree with your philosophy.
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Old 03-01-2015, 08:06 AM   #12
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Happy Birthday! I love your perspective on life! Have a great year! /ken
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Happy Birthday from a youngester,64. My wife tells me I am growing older but certainly not growing up. Please do not stop telling kids how things should be as they desperately need guidance in the right direction. So many are not getting it from their parents. I still drive a school bus and see every day the growing number of children now being cared for by their grandparents. I also see those kids that believe things like, one should buy their meat at the store where it is made instead of killing animals. They really need the insight and experience that you have. Kids today are one power outage away from going crazy.
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When I retired my daughter bought me a tee shirt that said "Warning, Retired, Knows it all and has plenty of time to tell you all about it" Now that I am 72 and have been practicing that statement for years, I find I keep forgetting what it is that I know and I have a need to attempt to back up that statement by filling in the gaps with "BS"
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