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Old 07-17-2016, 09:11 PM   #41
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I bet my golfing partner my 86 year old neighbor would gladly take 74 in a heartbeat too! Im 52, and he enjoys talking on our rides to the courses 45 miles away, so I listen. Very interesting as he ponders death often. And oddly enough, not in a fearful way. He says he is getting more tired and worn down and is not worried about death so much as avoiding a long painful one.
Kind of interesting as my friends also in early 50s, do not ponder on such thoughts.
I find it interesting about his thoughts of the end being near; as although the ticker isnt so great, he has all his original parts, plays 18 holes 3 days a week, has all his wits, and does all his yard work. I would figure there would be more defiance instead of acceptance.


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It's funny, but I don't fear death. My Christian faith keeps me from worrying about death, but how it comes and what I'll miss afterwards bothers me. I know it sounds strange, but I want to see my grandchildren that my parents didn't get to see. I want to grow old with my best friend and the love of my life.


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I know it sounds strange, but I want to see my grandchildren that my parents didn't get to see.
Doesn't sound strange to me....I never had children, but now I have a herd of granddaughters, (the youngest, twins, will be a year old next month).....I've grown very attached to all of them, and would love to stick around until I see how they turn out.
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Doesn't sound strange to me....I never had children, but now I have a herd of granddaughters, (the youngest, twins, will be a year old next month).....I've grown very attached to all of them, and would love to stick around until I see how they turn out.
I did not see much of my 2 grandsons growing up, but we have a 2 year old granddaughter that we both dote on, and I would like to stick around for a while to see her grow up.
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I have buried many good friends since reaching my late 60s. Including the buddy who I learned to ski with. And the gal who always offered a beer after a big meal "to help get rid of that too full feeling". I was best man at the wedding of a buddy and he is in the final days of fighting cancer.

DW and I are continually making new friends, but even many of those have passed on. I don't pass on any age-related jokes. We try to keep a young mind set and a full bucket list.

And we don't sweat the small stuff. We appreciate people who are motivated by "bling" even though we have outgrown such things. We do not fear what is going on in the world.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:28 AM   #45
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My neighbor ran marathons and ate healthy. He died at 60 from an aggressive brain cancer.


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Anecdotes such ase these are perhaps the poorest excuse for failing to take care of one's health, IMO. Endless research has shown diet and exercise do more to contribute to one's physical, psychological and emotional health than anything else:

10 reasons why weights can help burn fat, quit smoking and even help cancer recovery* | Daily Mail Online

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In a study of nearly 4 million men and women around the globe, the risk of dying before the age of 70 was 19 percent for men and 11 percent for women of normal weight.

But that risk jumped to 30 percent and 15 percent, respectively, for obese men and women. That's an absolute increased risk of 11 percent for men and 4 percent for women, the researchers reported.
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Researchers discovered that 10 controllable risk factors account for 90 percent of all strokes worldwide.
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We're headed out on a cruise with her two sisters and a brother in law. Three of us turn 60 within a month. The CEO of the cruise line is buying us a dinner In a specialty restaurant and providing a free bottle of wine. There's more to that story but I won't bore you with it. It's very nice of him to do this for us though.


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Now that's how to celebrate! May your next decade be as much fun as the cruise should be.
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Anecdotes such ase these are perhaps the poorest excuse for failing to take care of one's health, IMO. Endless research has shown diet and exercise do more to contribute to one's physical, psychological and emotional health than anything else:

10 reasons why weights can help burn fat, quit smoking and even help cancer recovery* | Daily Mail Online
+1 very important to decrease the effects of sarcopenia
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I can tell you are worried, but we don't come with an expiration date printed on us. You and the missus should go out on the town and celebrate your big day and then start writing the next chapter right away. I will be 66 next month--my parents died at 50 and 55 so for me, every day past 50 is a reason to celebrate. I hope you will relax and enjoy life, as your sig line states. Happy early birthday!
You are so right about that. We tend to feel we will die at or around the age our parents died, but that just doesn't happen as often as we believe. It is in a way a miracle that we have made it this far. I see young people die from senseless stupidities, carelessness or unfortunate accidents and I feel so lucky that I happened to escape all these land mines up to this point (knock on wood!). It is true - we are mortal and I do feel my mortality more and more as I get older, but at the same time, it is nice that we get to live longer, without worrying about the next meal, while still keeping the above average IQ (YMMV!! ).

It could have been a whole lot worse.
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I have been calling myself 60 on other threads, but the truth is that I still need a few months for that to be official. But I can draw my 401k and IRA without penalty now. Does that count?

Of course it counts. Just 3 years ago, there was a chance I would be 6 ft under. Doesn't that suck, not getting to spend your IRA/401k, let alone any SS that you worked for decades to pay into? Life is not fair, but we all hope it happens to somebody else and not ourselves.

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I try to look at years like milestones. At 13 teenager, 16 driver's license, 18 vote, 21 alcoholic beverages. Now, I'm already at the senior citizen's discount age. In one year I can draw from my IRA without penalty, at 62 I can apply for social security and at 65 medicare.
My young lady, I wish you good luck in LV in the other thread. Perhaps you did not see it, but how were you doing there (I know you gamble some)?
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It's funny, but I don't fear death. My Christian faith keeps me from worrying about death, but how it comes and what I'll miss afterwards bothers me...
I do not fear death, but I love life.
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My young lady, I wish you good luck in LV in the other thread. Perhaps you did not see it, but how were you doing there (I know you gamble some)?
I just took a look....thanks for your comment.

...and yes, I do gamble some. Casinos closer to home are not our cup of tea. When we want to gamble, Las Vegas is where we want to go. It's not just the gambling...but the plane ride (we're going first class this time..a new experience for us), restaurants, shows and people watching. I get a kick out of just planning and anticipating the trip. We'll be leaving in a few days. ...and I'm more than ready.
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I do not fear death, but I love life.
And....I'd also like to stick around long enough to see how it all turns out......
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It's funny, but I don't fear death. My Christian faith keeps me from worrying about death, but how it comes and what I'll miss afterwards bothers me. I know it sounds strange, but I want to see my grandchildren that my parents didn't get to see. I want to grow old with my best friend and the love of my life.


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I was going to say you are getting really old but now that you mention it 60 years out of infinity years sounds young.
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And....I'd also like to stick around long enough to see how it all turns out......
Why not just make a reservation at Milliways, the restaurant at the end of the universe?
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Why not just make a reservation at Milliways, the restaurant at the end of the universe?
I've booked table 42.
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It is more likely that an immortal on Earth will find the end like that depicted in The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. The earth becomes dark and cold as the sun is slowly burned out, with flora and fauna degenerate into simple living things resembling nothing we have now.

H.G. Wells described that scene as 30 million years from now, but science now says that the sun can last a few billion more years. Also, it will become a red giant before going dark, and in the process will roast earth to a crisp.

But, long before we get to that point, our immortal will have to fight the Morlock to survive along with the Eloi.
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It is more likely that an immortal on Earth will find the end like that depicted in The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. The earth becomes dark and cold as the sun is slowly burned out, with flora and fauna degenerate into simple living things resembling nothing we have now.
I think it will first become a cinder as it's engulfed by the Sun growing into a red giant.
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Yes. I cross-posted the correction with your reply.
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I just turned 78. I lost my wife of 30 years when I was 67. I was blessed to find a lady who shared my love of travel. We were married when I was 69. "Come grow old with me, the best is yet to be"-Browning
In our time together, we have been on 45 trips including 15 cruises. In fact, we were married in Santorini, Greece while on a cruise.
My wife's bucket list is just about complete, but there are still things we want to do.
I am looking to join the Octogenarian Pilots Association in 2 years
Just saw your wedding photo. That's sweet.
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To Souschef.... congratulations and best wishes to you and your lady for many more years of adventure and happiness.

Nice to see others in our same decade of life.

Both DW and I are the same age, though she's much older than me (4 months). We "growed up together" as pals 1943, friends 1950, schoolmates 1954 , dates 1955, fiancees 1956, and married 1958... over the past 73 years.

80 is a landmark we never even thought of making, but being here is wonderful. Every new day is a gift, and we take nothing for granted. Only difference from earlier years, is that we "do" what we want... not what's expected or "normal".

Life is truly great, and we're grateful to be here.
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