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Looking at what the world has come to, I am happy that I am as old as I am.
I recognize that youth of today have the same right as I had when I was that age, to go for their own generation's music, movies, litterature (or rather: lack of it), social conventions, food habits, ... you name it.
But it isn't my way. Quite far from it. It is far from my ideals and tastes. I could of course turn into a grumpy old man, spending the rest of my life complaining about how bad youth are today, how they ruin the world. It would be of no use - grumpy old men never stopped a society from developing.
I know well that today's young generation doesn't create a very much "worse" world than our generation did, it is just different. So different that I don't feel at home in it. If I had an opportunity to sit watching it for another 100 years, moving further and further away from my wishes every year, I would have gone crazy from frustration. I would rather lie down when I still feel that I can "tolerate" the modern world, even though I am far from enjoying it. I guess I can take another 20 or 30 years, but not much more. I wouldn't mind if it happened much faster.
That's the funny part. I've exercised consistently since I was 30. I'm now 58 and I run 15-20 miles a week, lift weights twice, and in the warm weather bike on the weekends. I have fairly extensive osteoarthritis that has reduced my pace from 8:30 minute miles to 10:15 on really good days when running. Lifting weights is affected more by the statin drug I take for cholesterol than the arthritis. My biking is the only thing that doesn't seem affected by my aging. I cruise at 16-18 mph on the flat, 50+ mile rides are , and I can still climb the Devil's Backbone[^] (a local half-mile steep hill) without getting up out of the seat most of the time.
Based on the old folks who I saw at my 40th high school reunion a month ago, I don't even like to think what it would have been like if I'd been sedentary all these years. I don't mind the pain from working out so much.
I've hiked, biked, kayaked, camped , etc. most of my life and arthritis is getting so bad in my knees and hands it's limiting what I can do. I'm 70 and I look around at my peers and I thank god that's all that's wrong! (Hopefully)
Going to go get fitted for knee braces in a couple of hours, hopefully that will help.
They call me different but the truth is they're all the same!
I'm 70 and I look around at my peers and I thank god that's all that's wrong!
I ride a bike tour that includes a fair-sized group of retirees. We've got folks in their 70's and 80's riding 45-65 miles a day for a week. A few of them get off the bike, pull a collapsible cane out of their cargo bag, and hobble off. I want to be like them when I grow up .
Mike Hankey wrote:
Going to go get fitted for knee braces in a couple of hours, hopefully that will help
My running partner at work had his hip replaced three years ago, and a shoulder two weeks ago. He's out for 2-3 months. Our running joke (pardon the pun) has been:
"We have the technology. We can rebuild him. He's the $60,000 man."
I spent 10 years practicing Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido when I found that I had lost most of my range of motion; heck I couldn't even approach touching the floor when standing. That rolled back my clock by at least 20 years, undoing the damage caused by sedentary living and office work. What bothers me most now is trying to figure out Medicare! I just got my card and I am deluged by spam - email and snail mail - offering me supplemental coverage. At least the latter will heat my house for decades, but I still have no idea what the differences in offerings are...
Just seen part of the Imitation Game on Film4 a movie channel in the UK, all I can say is location right, pretty much everything else wrong. Alan Turing builds the worlds first programable computer?
No, try Tommy Flowers of the GPO (who put his own money in when the Govertment said no). Single handedly designing the method for braking the Enigma, no a Polish guy did it and invented the machine they appear to be giving credit to Alan Turing. Turing tradic hero, money making movie, the real people not so much. If you have never heard of Tommy Flowers look him up, we owe him more than we do Turing (this is not a nock at Turing, just people appear to giving him too much credit, too late). Mathematians taking credit for Electrical Engineering again this week, I have had too much to drink but it's Friday and I don't care...
Frank Wilhoit: “Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition …There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect.”
We never have had a president* so completely deserving of scorn and yet so small in the office that it almost seems a waste of time and energy to summon the requisite contempt