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Sat Jan 10, 2015, 03:39 PM

Tomorrow I am Going to be 60

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I made some informal resolutions to keep when I am old. Now that I will be 60 (that seemed old when I made these) I look back and think I have kept (more or less) them. Here they are, with some illuminative stories

1: I will not regard everybody younger than me as put on this planet to be my servant. This annoyed me when I was younger, and I resolved not to do it. I haven't and don't.

2: I will not say 'When I was your age' and follow it with how much better I was than the person I'm talking to. In those days we answered 'When I was your age' with 'When you were my age people walked on four legs.'

3: I will speak respectfully to younger people so long as they speak respectfully to me. I remember once going into a restaurant when I was 19 to get a coffee and a bowl of soup. I had filed my copy and was taking time before a city council meeting. An elderly woman fixed me with a glare and said "Young man!" in a stern voice. I ignored her, I didn't know her and had no idea why she would be addressing me. She snapped "Young Man!" again. I looked up from my soup and she snapped "I have a dirty fork!"
I shrugged. I didn't work there, It wasn't my problem. I said, "It's not my concern." Before I finish what she was saying, she snapped "You're very rude, boy. I'm going to call the manager." She did, the manager explained I did not work there. She should stop bothering the other customers. She snorted at me and stalked out.

Since then when I approach somebody younger it's 'Mister, Sir, Ma'am, Mizz' never "young man, young lady, boy, girl, kid, sonny boy' or something disrespectful like that.

4: I will not blather on about how music, people, movies, theater, food, and so on were better when I was younger. These are matters of taste. And It was not easier to get a job. I had the oil shock, stagflation and the Reagan Depression to deal with. I had a job during the first two, but constantly worried about losing it. And beer is much better now.

5: I will not say stupid things like 'I'm older and wiser.' Robert Heinlein was right when he had Lazarus Long say, "Age does not bring wisdom. Often it merely changes simple stupidity into arrogant conceit. "

6: I will not make stupid threats. Especially I will not threaten to whip, spank, tan the hide, warm the bottom or other battery of someone younger. I remember hearing a friend's aunt say, 'You're not too big to spank, boy.' to him. He responded, 'And neither are you, and you'll find that out if you try it." You do not threaten to spank a paratrooper in the US Army.

7: I will not whine about my ailments. Actually I'm very healthy for my age. Active physical jobs, not smoking, and fighting with the rapier and tweehander have kept me so.

8: I will not fool myself into thinking very young women especially desire me.

Wolf

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Wolf Frankula Jan 2015 OP
TuxedoKat Jan 2015 #1
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orleans Jan 2015 #3
benld74 Jan 2015 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2015 #5
handmade34 Jan 2015 #6
Joe Shlabotnik Jan 2015 #7
shenmue Jan 2015 #8
KMOD Jan 2015 #9
lovemydog Jan 2015 #10
Enthusiast Jan 2015 #11
AwakeAtLast Jan 2015 #12
irisblue Jan 2015 #13
sarge43 Jan 2015 #14
Wolf Frankula Jan 2015 #18
oberliner Jan 2015 #15
Wolf Frankula Jan 2015 #16
RebelOne Jan 2015 #17
steve2470 Jan 2015 #19
magical thyme Jan 2015 #20
Mr.Bill Jan 2015 #21
Phentex Jan 2015 #22
BeyondGeography Jan 2015 #23
panader0 Jan 2015 #24
chknltl Jan 2015 #25
Art_from_Ark Jan 2015 #26
DeSwiss Jan 2015 #27

Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 05:39 PM

1. Well, Happy Birthday then!

Great rules to live by. I follow all of those myself. Hope you have a wonderful, memorable day.

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 06:31 PM

2. If everyone followed your resolutions,

the world would be a better place, Wolf!

Congratulations on another successful trip around the sun!

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 08:50 PM

3. well, in that case i think it's safe to wish you a happy birthday!! have a great week!! n/t

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 09:18 PM

4. HAve a HAppy Birthday. Whenever someone says Mr. to me, I immediately think of my dad

I'm 58 and close on your heels,,,,,,

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 09:58 PM

5. I hope you'll have a great birthday tomorrow, my dear Wolf!

And I greatly respect your resolutions. They are excellent.

I wish you many more happy years!



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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 10:45 PM

6. Happy Birthday!!

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 10:53 PM

7. Happy Birthday,

Very considerate and thoughtful resolutions.

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 12:55 AM

8. Happity birfdeee!

Have lots of cake!

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 01:03 AM

9. Happy Birthday, Wolf!

 

Your not 60, you're 25 with 35 years of experience.

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 01:08 AM

10. Happy birthday W F.

Enjoy!

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 02:44 AM

11. Happy Birthday, Wolf Frankula!

Maybe yesterday's music wasn't better back then. But it's still good to hear once in a while.





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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 12:09 PM

12. We share the same Birthday!

These are wonderful words for anyone to live by. I will refer to this often.

Have a great one!




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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 12:22 PM

13. happy birthday

and I am going to adopt your list.

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 12:47 PM

14. Happy Birthday, Wolf

I'll be 72 tomorrow.

A couple more to add to your excellent advice.

1. The days are dwindling down so live each one fully

2. Don't dwell on the past. Done is done.

3. Old dogs can learn new tricks, so keep interested in what's going on and try something new.

4. Wear something purple and a red hat. It's liberating.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 07:02 PM

18. Happy Birthday Sarge43

May you have many more.

Wolf

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 02:43 PM

15. Regarding #8

 

My question is - do you especially desire very young women?

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Response to oberliner (Reply #15)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 03:28 PM

16. No I Don't

But I've seen men my age make damned fools of themselves over young women.

And one I forgot.

9: If you really want to do it, do it today, do it now. There is NO next time and some day never comes.

Wolf

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 06:32 PM

17. Happy Birthday. I wish I was 60 again.

On Jan. 18, I will be 76. I don't consider myself old, but others do. I am just happy to have made it to this age. I just hope to make it to 80.

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 10:32 PM

19. Happy 60th! :) nt

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 01:08 PM

20. belated happy b-day Wolf!

 

I made it to the big 6-0 just over year ago! Welcome to the next decade

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 01:35 PM

21. Turning 60 is not bad.


It's 61 when you begin to realize it's an irreversible trend.

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 02:20 PM

22. Happy Birthday!

Hope you enjoy yourself today.

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 02:52 PM

23. Congratulations

60 is my official plug-removed-from-wall-except-for-the-stuff-I-care-about age. I have five years to go and I don't know if I can make it without doing same right now.

Your post #16 tells me I'm on the right track.

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 06:08 PM

24. Happy belated B-day from a 64 year old.

The thing about being "over the hill" is that as you start going downhill, you pick up speed.

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 06:39 PM

25. "I will not fool myself into thinking very young women especially desire me."

I was glad to see that one listed, high on my own list was that I would NOT turn into the 'Creepy Old Guy'.
Speaking of which: Old Guy goes up to an Old Lady and says: "Say there hot stuff, would you like some super sex? She looks him over and says: "I'll take the soup....definitely the soup!"
Happy 60th Wolf Frankula

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Response to chknltl (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 13, 2015, 12:53 AM

26. OK, that does it

From now on, I'm going to have to say "great" instead of "super"

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Tue Jan 13, 2015, 12:55 AM

27. Congratulations!

 

- Tomorrow I'm going to be 63. So I win!

K&R

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