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Old 08-01-2014, 10:27 AM   #21
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Roaming old people are becoming an serious problem in many cities as they harrass and attack other people. The old ladies are the worst. Probably spread here from England.

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What annoys me is all the school kids who get out at 1:30p or 2:00p. Just when I thought I could drive to the store with no traffic I encounter kids crossing the street and parents parked waiting to drive them home.
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Just another thing to consider when thinking ER.
Well, guess I'll postpone ER one more year and hope the older crowds thin out by then.

Seriously, I know some folks talk about feeling younger when they interact with newer generations, but I've always found the opposite to be the case. Older folks make me feel like a young 'un.
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In my area Walmart is full of 65+ yo folks week days early 7 - 9am. In the afternoon it is mostly Moms with little ones shopping. I stay away on weekends if possible...what a mad house!
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Honestly this was my biggest adjustment to ER at 40. SO MANY OLD PEOPLE!

Apparently they avoid the weekends when the "young kids" are out, and come out during the week. Yes, God Bless them, we're all going to be that age one day, and my own parents are among them -- but still -- it takes some adjustment. When you ER, your real peers are at w*rk, so these elderly become your new peers.

Get used to slow driving, slow parking, slow moving down the golf course, slow moving up the grocery store aisles, and long talks with retail clerks while you wait and wait behind them.

Just another thing to consider when thinking ER.
... This is one of the major reasons why I don't recommend 30 & 40 somethings to retire. You either have to hang with old people (whom you secretly despise ) or must live a life of rarely running into your age group . At 52, I am kind of in-between but will hang with older folks when I RE. When you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:33 AM   #26
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Along with obesity age is the last remaining legal prejudice. And with Plus size models looking so luscious, soon it will the aged all alone giving others someone to throw off on.

Get at it people, before you too are old to enjoy it.

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It's actually ok to go to places at the same time you did while you were working if it's too much of a culture shock to go other times. And yes, many of those people you see out during the day have jobs, just not 9-5 M-F.
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thanks, Chuckanut! Haven't seen that skit in forever.
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What annoys me is all the school kids who get out at 1:30p or 2:00p. Just when I thought I could drive to the store with no traffic I encounter kids crossing the street and parents parked waiting to drive them home.
This is why Amethyst runs into all the old people at 7AM. They want to avoid that crowd.

I love shopping at 7AM, and I'm not old yet, in my mind. Great time to get out. You'll run into working people (especially at Home Depot or Lowes), but for the most part, it is all good.

You see, kids HATE the morning. Also, burn outs, druggies and thugs hate this time of day. A perfect time to shop.

I still w*rk, but frequently run my shopping errands at 7AM.
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Actually our area, rural outside a metro area, is very quite during the week. We often go to a matinee to be the only two in the theater. I love doing stuff during the week, the weekends less appealing because of all the w*rking folks are out doing stuff. I'm 57 dont really see an increased number of SRs during the week. I guess it's regional.

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I didn't understand their eerie similarity to one another. Besides men and women all being exactly the same ashy-gray color from head to toe, they were all about 5 feet 4 inches tall and built like little stout cookie jars. Even "shrinkage" due to age doesn't account for it. Maybe I was really seeing pod people, not old people.

Remember this is my memory from age 18, which was quite a while ago, and I am probably starting to shrink myself!

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This is why Amethyst runs into all the old people at 7AM. They want to avoid that crowd.

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Shop on Friday night is you really want to avoid the crowds at the grocery. Cuts the time almost in half.
There really seems to be a difference between East Coast and Iowa on the grocery shopping thing. In Iowa the grocery stores were PACKED on Fridays after work until about 9:00 PM. Here in northern VA, the stores are not too bad at all on Friday evenings. Not deserted as on weekday mornings, to be sure, but DW and I waited much to long to discover that grocery shopping was much easier after w*rk on Friday than on Saturday morning.
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While I was working there was only one 11-year period in which I worked M-F day work. The rest were all various shift work jobs so I didn't notice anything unusual when I retired. Seemed normal to me.

Except now if I want to go to the grocery store I get there before noon and weekday or weekend is about the same. After noon on a weekend forget it.
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"All the old people out during the day"

Well, at least we can be sure that they are not vampires, "stout cookie jars" that they look like.
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What annoys me is all the school kids who get out at 1:30p or 2:00p. Just when I thought I could drive to the store with no traffic I encounter kids crossing the street and parents parked waiting to drive them home.
The horror! Just run over the little crumb-snatchers.

Actually, I like them. They swarm into the YMCA while I am working out. I like to eavesdrop on their conversations. Gives me a different perspective.
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Actually I've been surprised at how many younger people are out and about during day. I'm sure that many are students or they are people who work weekends and have a day off during the week or they work in the evenings or they work from home, etc. Still, it did surprise me.

As for the "old" people out and about, now that I'm 60 I realize that for years my estimations of age were way off. I always knew I wasn't good at guessing ages, but I had no idea how much I was off. Now, that I'm 60 and DH is 66, I realize that people I use to think were "old" and in their 60s were more likely to have been in late 70s/early 80s! I was easily overestimating age by a good 15 to 20 years!

I realize now that a lot of the people I thought were early 50s were actually mid to late 60s!
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I cannot wait until I can go places at a time of my choosing rather than what is ok for my work schedule...

Bike rides on Friday mornings...workouts sometime other then lunch or after work when there are tons of people and you might not be able to get on the squat rack...completely avoiding costco on the weekends

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Actually I've been surprised at how many younger people are out and about during day. I'm sure that many are students or they are people who work weekends and have a day off during the week or they work in the evenings or they work from home, etc. Still, it did surprise me.

As for the "old" people out and about, now that I'm 60 I realize that for years my estimations of age were way off. I always knew I wasn't good at guessing ages, but I had no idea how much I was off. Now, that I'm 60 and DH is 66, I realize that people I use to think were "old" and in their 60s were more likely to have been in late 70s/early 80s! I was easily overestimating age by a good 15 to 20 years!

I realize now that a lot of the people I thought were early 50s were actually mid to late 60s!
+1 on both counts. I do enjoy the shops and parking lots being less crowded during the week, but I see more younger folks than older.
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Never noticed it at all here in Dallas. I'm guessing that in a bigger city like Dallas, you see all kinds of people out at all times of the day.
Yep, wall to wall people almost 24/7 here. Makes you wonder if any body actually works anymore...
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