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Being old isn't too bad. (though I'm not THAT old just yet) I'll be retired at 42 so I can kick back and enjoy life at that point until I'm a vegetable at least.

If you take good care of yourself and get lucky life is pretty enjoyable. You should definitely have insurance and a will written up though, just in case. You never know after all. Getting old affects everyone differently so it's hard to say but personally I've yet to experience any downsides at 39. Though some of that may be attributed to not having the strain of a marriage or kids lol.
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BlueOni wrote:

Technology, then vs. now: are you living in another world, or just the same one in a shinier package?

A completely different world.

No computers, no ATM's, no debit cards, rotary phones (wireless house phone, cell phone, wtf are those???), TV's were an actual piece of furniture, not something you hung on the wall or put on a stand. Pong was the latest thing

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BlueOni wrote:

Technology, then vs. now: are you living in another world, or just the same one in a shinier package?

A completely different world.

No computers, no ATM's, no debit cards, rotary phones (wireless house phone, cell phone, wtf are those???), TV's were an actual piece of furniture, not something you hung on the wall or put on a stand. Pong was the latest thing



I remember you use to go into the bank to get money lol so long ago. I also remember waiting in line at movie theater for a good flick was normal sometimes the line was huge for Star Wars or Jaws but you just thought its ok cause its good
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I remember you use to go into the bank to get money lol so long ago. I also remember waiting in line at movie theater for a good flick was normal sometimes the line was huge for Star Wars or Jaws but you just thought its ok cause its good


I still do that to this day. I don't know why, but I just prefer the face to face interaction these days for everything. And I'm an IT guy...
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scoobydew

I remember you use to go into the bank to get money lol so long ago. I also remember waiting in line at movie theater for a good flick was normal sometimes the line was huge for Star Wars or Jaws but you just thought its ok cause its good


I still do that to this day. I don't know why, but I just prefer the face to face interaction these days for everything. And I'm an IT guy...

Same here.



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I want to go out all at once, be in control of my own death.right now I just live for vanity.


(Just in case you ever wondered why it was up there with the Big Seven, usually interchangeable with Pride...)


scoobydew wrote:
I remember you use to go into the bank to get money lol so long ago. I also remember waiting in line at movie theater for a good flick was normal sometimes the line was huge for Star Wars or Jaws but you just thought its ok cause its good


Of course, that was also because your cineplex only had three screens, and the movie would be showing on only one of them--Maybe two, if it was a big hit like Star Wars! (And then ran a year, because people wanted to see it again!)

And since your theater only had three screens, you had to go to the variety of several different theaters in your city or hometown area, just to find which one was showing the movie you wanted to see--None of the convenience of going to the shopping mall and having all twelve of the movies playing from the last three months handed to you on a platter, like everything else in the shopping mall.
Fortunately, most of those small three-screen theaters were independently owned and operated, had to bid for which popular movies they got to show, and took more care in keeping their little local theater space clean, funky or classy...Some of the independent college-town ones would even show old classic films on the big screen once in a while, since the 35mm film prints were available from the studio!


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No computers, no ATM's, no debit cards, rotary phones (wireless house phone, cell phone, wtf are those???), TV's were an actual piece of furniture, not something you hung on the wall or put on a stand. Pong was the latest thing


Everyone in the country watched the same TV program as each other on one night of the week, because it was all we had apart from the movies, and then had to wait seven days for the network to show us all the next one. If you had to wait a whole four months to find out Who Shot JR, eat it, guys, they've got you hooked, and "binging" was for fat people who ate Twinkies.
It united our pop-culture, which is why you could quote a TV catchphrase line and everyone would immediately know what you were talking about.

(It's when you're able to compare what progress gained and lost over the decades that you start preferring the term "Experienced" to anything age-related, and that Experience is Power.
The one thing those just out of puberty are too busy admiring themselves to have figured out yet--and are piss-pants terrified of losing--is that there is nothing "cool" about Not Knowing Things. And never was. Not Knowing Things is a weakness, and makes you an exploitable commodity by those of us who do. )
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Memory loss is the worst, not because it happens but because you can't tell if its normal or not. I've watched so many shows in the past 2 years and I often forget I ever watched random shows or what they were about. Does that happen to anyone else? Or is that something normal?
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Let's hope for the singularity to rescue me before I grow really old ;)

Looking at my 90 year old grandpa I realize growing really old is no fun. And while I doubt I'll reach that age (too much unhealthy food) it may happen. Considering my grandpa was fire and flames going to war when he was my age and also smoked for a good portion of his life...


GotenLoooovesCorn wrote:

Memory loss is the worst, not because it happens but because you can't tell if its normal or not. I've watched so many shows in the past 2 years and I often forget I ever watched random shows or what they were about. Does that happen to anyone else? Or is that something normal?


Considering I can't even remember the names of characters of many animes I watched and I am not really old I'd say it's pretty normal.
Just a sign that whatever it was you watched in the end was just a cheap time killer and had no real meaning or mental value.
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Well, our sensei Jokingly said once about rough exercise and age.


"When you are under 20 you recover in hour or two , when you are between 20-30 you recover in day or two, when you are over 30 you book a date for recovering in your calendar month or two away."
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Old? No NEVER! I need to find fountain of Youth! So I can stay young forever!
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BlueOni wrote:

Technology, then vs. now: are you living in another world, or just the same one in a shinier package?



What did we learn from JoJo anime? What did we learn from Dio Brando? Lets become Vampire and live forever.. We'll stay young forever! Sound Good? Yes, we'll have to say good bye to the SUN!
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Old? No NEVER! I need to find fountain of Youth! So I can stay young forever!


(Of course, one of the things about being older is that to older people, "Young" means "Idiot".
Oops, wait, sorry, you don 't know that yet. )
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What I've noticed is that many end up with double dependants. Adults have children to care for then suddenly grandparents/great grandparents get ill and need care too. That was a little easier to juggle with extended families living together but now grandparents may live far away or even in another country. My own mother was country hopping to babysit her own grandchildren then going back to the Caribbean to check up on her own mother who was the great grandmother. Finding good trustworthy home helps proved to be a big problem.

In my family we have arthritis. That can end up affecting mobility so I'm crossing my fingers that I don't get that. Grandmother got glaucoma in her 70s for which she took medication for. I'd have to watch out for that possibility too. When stressed mother now has blood pressure problems. It can get too high or too low. Grandmother's hearing declined a bit so she started spending less time on the phone. One great aunt got cancer when she was in her 80s so did grandmother. Grandmother refuse to going on a special diet because she said she has to die of something. She'd already outlived two husbands and half of the neighbours.

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Knowing a number of people older than me (70+), I would say that the first thing is that you should make peace with God, since that will take away the final fear of growing old. Everyone's body slows down as they grow old, so although no one likes it, they recognize what is happening and just change their lifestyle. The thing that aggravates older people the most are the threat of Alzheimers, dementia, and/or stroke, since those that take away your alertness and thought process. As I recall, the thing that AARP cites as the greatest dollar sink for older people is the cost of health care.

Being older and retiring gives you the opportunity to do things and go places you never had time for before, but only if you have saved up enough money, and your body can take it. Lots of older people also volunteer for different things, since boredom is also a hazard.
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Knowing a number of people older than me (70+), I would say that the first thing is that you should make peace with God, since that will take away the final fear of growing old.


As they say, "An Angry Young Man thinks he's cool. An Angry Old Guy gets either pity or ignored."


Being older and retiring gives you the opportunity to do things and go places you never had time for before, but only if you have saved up enough money, and your body can take it. Lots of older people also volunteer for different things, since boredom is also a hazard.


The travel opportunities and volunteerism also come with that other quality that comes with age and experience, namely, "No longer being the center of your own little world", and wanting to see what it looks like for other people.
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