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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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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).
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.
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
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
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
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
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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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
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