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Hey, I am 74 years old and work 3 or 4 days a week. Days off and night in my work shop. I make brooms and wagon wheels. Better to wear out than to rust out.
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Real, full sized wagon wheels, with the iron tires?
One of my grandfather's did that ... he was both a blacksmith and a wheelwright.
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buggy wheels and cannon wheels. Done them for West Point. Not many of us left around these parts.
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I saw a Cannon coffee table at a house where I was working. Just a glass top over a wood cannon painted glossy black with gold trim. Looked pretty cool.
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My grand dad could "iron a carrage" when he was 16.
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Pete wrote:

Wasn't there an old Neil Young song with lyrics . . .
better to burn out, then it is to burn, hey hey, bye bye . . .
From the late 60's I believe.
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" Hey, Hey, My, My...It's better to burn out than it is to Rust... Hey, Hey, My, My" Neil Youg & Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps 1979 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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On Wed, 07 Jan 2004 12:04:19 GMT, B a r r y B u r k e J r .

Good point Barry. I usually walk 5 miles a day. Yesterday I hiked 8 miles in the mountains on a trail labeled as "difficult." I'm 50 and still feel like 30. But, I'd much rather spend an evening in the shop, than a drinking party at night (both are fun).
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Old!.....you said old? I had my first child at forty-one, (not me actually, but you know what I mean), and a second 13 months later. They are now 11 and 10, making me 52. Raised them a few years by myself after their Mom passed. (I have a new respect for domestic diva's) Two years ago I met and married a 40 year old lady, (yeah, she keeps me young too) Then I retired forcibly and started investing in real estate. So now it's bring my Daughter to school at 7:30, ride my exercise bike for 1/2 hour, go to work on houses all day, and some evenings, Karate classes 3 times a week (for the kids and I, just got my purple belt) play in the woodshop as often as possible. Still play Hockey Saturday nights, racquetball when I can get to the courts. Oh yeah I hurt, from years of football knee's, and hockey slams, bending, stooping, climbing. I feel every pain, and because I do, I know that I am alive, and I relish that. The alternative really sucks. That doesn't mean I don't complain and groan, that too is part of getting older....................and having three younger people to wait on me.
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I work just as hard as I did when I was young....I just don't get as much done.
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On Wed, 07 Jan 2004 07:56:21 +0000, Groggy wrote:

I helped Jr. tile his kitchen and dining room. He'd take the measurements, and I'd run outside squat down in front of the wet saw on the ground and do the cuts. Next day, I discovered you really do have butt muscles.
-Doug
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And if you do the tile laying, then back muscles, arm muscles, leg muscles, and sore knees are all telling you that they don't care for that kind of thing!
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Hi Folks, Everett M. Greene wrote:

Just one suggestion, though you might find it a bit strange. If you want to overcome the negative effects, regardless of age, of such activities, get yourself a good book on stretching and do about fifteen to thirty minutes after warming up and before calling it a day....you can do this while listening to music or watching the idiot box if you like. I recommend the book by Aaron Mattes, but Bob Anderson's is not too bad either. It really does work, as I can attest. I'm both a learning woodworker, a fulltime software designer and so forth. If I do the stretching as above, I feel much better afterwards and I am also well advanced into middle age so I understand the factors. I've done all the tilework I ever want to do and what Everett said has a real ring of truth to it.....stretch, you'll be glad you did.
Stretching by Bob Anderson ISBN: 0936070226 Specific Stretching for Everyone by Aaron L. Mattes available at www.stretchingusa.com
Respectfully, JCrowe
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wrote:

I hurt my back three months ago. No insurance, so I did not see a doctor. I started a morning yoga exercise for the back, and 6 weeks later my back is okay. But, out of habit, I still do the morning yoga while the coffee maker is doing its thing. Basically, it's a morning stretch, slow and easy. Makes me feel young again. No back pain, no doctor bills.
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On Wed, 07 Jan 2004 16:07:55 -0800, Everett M. Greene wrote:

Yup, I found out about all those helping the daughter put in a brick patio over a sand bed. That was almost a month ago, and I think I need to see a bone crusher for the back.
-Doug
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I'm 64 and will start doing the Medicare dance in another couple months. I get up at 5 am to the sound of creaking and groaning (LOML said "is that you or is the house settling?" (smart ass)). If I didn't get a half hour of aerobics in and walk to the post office, I don't know what would happen. Is fear of the unknown an incentive?
Just remember the old Swedish saying "Aging is the pits, but it beats the alternative".     mahalo,     jo4hn
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A friend tells me that that is a good thing. If you wake up and don't hurt all over, you probably are dead....
-Bruce
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That reminds me of a verse from an old song:
I wake up each morning and dust off my wits Pick up the newspaper and read the obits And if my name's not there, then I know I'm not dead So I have a nice breakfast and go back to bed
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jo4hn wrote:

I'm not looking forward to getting old. I already wake up to creaking and groaning at early 30-something. My neck cracks and pops, my shoulders make chunka chunka noises, my knees crack, my hips pop... I'm going to be a mess.
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You know you're getting old when: - Happy hour means a nap; - your back goes out more often than you do.
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