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Old 02-17-2014, 09:35 PM   #1
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Life in the 90's

Above link to writer Roger Angell on life in the nineties. Not the 1990s, the other nineties, should we be so fortunate(?) to live so long.

I think I can safely trim the back end of my retirement planning spending.

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Old 02-17-2014, 09:42 PM   #2
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Literate and witty. Always an awesome writer.

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Old 02-18-2014, 12:27 PM   #3
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Thanks for posting that. Very nice, well written. I recall my father, in his late 80's, was asked if he would get another dog after the last one passed. He said "no, I can't stand putting them 'to sleep' any more". At the time I thought is was because the histrionics of my mother every time a pet had to be put down. But after reading this article, I realize that there might have been more complexity to his feelings.

I was able to download the original article in html and then turned it into a epub for easy reading on my nook.
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Old 02-18-2014, 12:58 PM   #4
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Thank you for posting this. I read the linked blog and enjoyed that so much I then googled the original New Yorker article.

Lots of wisdom in those words.
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:16 PM   #5
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I had to check the dictionary to find out what "venery"meant.

Will never make the next 16 years to Angell's age, but hope springs eternal.
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:55 PM   #6
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The article mentions the phenomenon of becoming "invisible" (and inaudible, apparently) to others as you age.

While I would never want to go back to the unpleasant hyper-visibility of girlhood - being catcalled and insulted as I walked down a public street - I worry that being treated by others as if I don't exist (except, of course, when they want my money) will affect my own view of myself.

Will I seem to myself to diminish in size, depth, and importance? Will I eventually cease to develop and use what gifts I possess, if nobody notices or acknowledges me? Is this what drives people to enter "senior communities" where everyone is in the same age-boat?

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Old 02-18-2014, 03:30 PM   #7
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I went and read the original article, also. It was very good (and I had to look up venery as well).

Here is the link to the original article:

Roger Angell: Life in the Nineties : The New Yorker

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