I Am Over 50 Years Old

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    Sure Signs You're A Bore

         "The secret of being a bore is to tell everything."     -     Voltaire      "Boredom:  the desire for desires."     -     Leo Tolstoy     "A bore is a fellow who can change the subject back to his topic of conversation faster than you can change...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    Jul 28, 2011

    The Wringer Washer With my older sisters off

    to school in 1959, I had pretty much had Mom too myself. I was four and couldn't do much on warm days on the farm. No kids to play with because we were way out in the country, and the school bus driver refused to pick me up as I watched my sisters get on the bus and tried to...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Jul 19, 2014

    We All Make Mistakes, But...

         "Computers have enabled people to make mistakes faster than almost any invention in history... with the possible exception of tequila and handguns."     -     Mitch Radcliffe
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    Nov 24, 2011

    There's More To This Story (1)

         I wanted a record deal.  It was 1971 and I knew I was good... I'd had one of my songs on the radio that I hadn't made a dime off of because the damned band I'd jammed with had ripped me off.   I knew I was good... I wanted a deal.      At 17... in New York City...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    1 Response Jan 15, 2012

    Her Coffee In The Morning (3)

         The parade had all the usual things small town parades have.  Fire engines (our little red-head loved those), high-school band, floats with old veterans riding on them behind farm tractors, local politicians waving insincerely from convertible Fords and Chevrolets...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    3 Responses Feb 28, 2012

    A Change Of Heart

    "If I had to choose, I'd rather have birds than airplanes." - Charles Lindbergh
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    1 Response Aug 28, 2013

    A Kingdom For A Time Machine

    "When we grow old, there can be only one regret; not to have given enough of ourselves." - Eleonora Duse It's been on my mind a lot lately. Oh, I gave enough of myself, always gave one hundred percent to anything I ever did - professionally or otherwise. But now... now that I'm...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    Nov 14, 2013

    Her Coffee In The Morning (4)

         By that fall of 1977, I was in basic training, technical school, field training, and a hell of a long way from everything I'd ever loved or known.  She was staying with her Amish-like parents, our little red-haired boy and our new-born little girl whose arrival I had...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Feb 29, 2012

    The Grinding Of Gears

    All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another." - Anatole France Change becomes more difficult as my time passes. I embrace it of necessity...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    Jun 17, 2013

    I'm not sure whether to attribute it to age

    or inclination, but -- I get a real kick out of impudent young men. I run a small division and half the offices on our floor were recently severely damaged by a sprinkler malfunction. Enter the crew of young, energetic, clean-up/maintenance workers. As my team's offices were...
    Colormevibrant Colormevibrant
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 19

    Her Morning Coffee (5)

          "It's the hardest thing in the world to do.  To get somebody you love so deeply and personally to love you back.  You never forget how it felt... it keeps you going I guess... husbands and wives get married for different reasons... families are created... careers are...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    4 Responses Mar 3, 2012

    Good Group

    Almost ready for the "I am over than 60" group. Have the usual aches and pains but happy.
    marriedup marriedup
    56-60, M
    Dec 16, 2012

    Lost Tools

    "The drinking I did at my last big gig, made my voice grow low. They were saying they needed the 'young sound' .. when they let me go ... that's how this business goes ..."     -     Harry ChapinMy voice feels like that of an old man.  I can't write to this stranger...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    Aug 31, 2012

    Me Too

    And heading for the next decade. After all we age every day. I've known people that take aging very hard. They dislike birthdays. Perhaps, they feel even stronger about. Especially the key dates. They take them quite hard. But we do have things to look forward to. But...
    jml2000 jml2000
    61-65, M
    Apr 26, 2013

    Occupy Wall St. Movement

         In the spirit of Woodstock 1969, I couldn't be more excited and encouraged to see educated young people organizing all over the world against the power of banks and ineffective governments.    I am their biggest supporter.
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    Oct 18, 2011

    Her Coffee In The Morning (1)

          I loved to kiss her neck in the morning.  Helll... I liked to kiss her everything back then... I was only 18 ... we married young then.     It was a ten-wide trailer in upstate New York.  We didn't have much money, but we worked hard trying to make some when I...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Feb 27, 2012

    Goodbyes

         They hurt like hell.. they shake your life if you loved them.  It's inevitable you will love.... inevitible you will lose them somehow....     My mom died when she was my age... Dad shortly after.     I guess he had had enough goodbyes too...     I hate...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    Apr 6, 2012

    I'm more physically strong

    and emotionally better than I ever have been. Yet I'm 50.... It is what it is......
    kaceyg1 kaceyg1
    51-55, F
    1 Response Nov 8, 2014

    Loss

    "I don't believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately, you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. It's a mean thing... life."     -     George Clooney
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    May 13, 2013

    What's Going On?

         "Everyone I know has attention deficit, and they say it with great pride.  It's a bad time to be right."     -     Joni Mitchell      "I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird.  Now I know that it is people who call other people weird are weird...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    Aug 4, 2011

    Grandma's Toys

         She lived with us sometimes, but mostly she didn't.  Somehow, she figured out that I loved things that could fly, so every year on my birthday she would send me a dollar and one of those balsa-wood gliders us kids used to play with outdoors in those days.  I liked...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Jun 6, 2012

    Should Have... Would Have... Could Have...

         "The follies that a man regrets most in life, are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity."     -     Helen Rowland     Some days as I walk alone, I can't help but ponder those who I never made love with in the name of loyalty and the promise...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    1 Response Dec 2, 2011

    Let's Negotiate

    Surely we can work something out. Do you like strawberries? Of course you do, everybody loves strawberries... I happen to know where they're a LOT of them. Surely, we can work something out no?
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    1 Response Sep 18, 2013

    I like my 50s. Sure I am not

    as fit as I was in past years, but 50 and over was liberating for me. I stopped judging me against others and appreciate every day more. 50+ rocks.
    NJinGa NJinGa
    56-60, F
    1 Response Jan 1, 2014

    Marriage Perspectives

         "Marriage, like money, is still with us; and like money, progessively devalued."     -     Robert Graves     "I'd marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars, would sign half over to me, and guarantee that he'd be dead within a year...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    1 Response Aug 26, 2011

    I don't know how it happened.

    ....... The hours, days, months, years, and yes, decades flew by. It seemed I stayed the same while the whirl of past experiences and memories gathered into a larger and larger pile behind me. I am sure I really did change somehow, for example, if I look in the mirror I half...
    lllewyd lllewyd
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Aug 28, 2014

    The Gilboa Dam

          My father grew up in the shadows there in upstate New York.  All I remember is sleeping in the back of an old station wagon while me  and my sisters and brother rode by it in the middle of a cold winter's night to visit family.  Dad must have had bad memories there...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    3 Responses Mar 9, 2012

    "Looking back, I have this to regret,

    that too often when I loved, I did not say so." - Ray Stannard Baker I wish it wasn't so... but it is. Seems like all the people I loved the most are gone now. I wish I had told them.
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Dec 28, 2013

    I'm new here so forgive me

    if this is an often written about theme. I recently turned 50 so I've been reflecting a lot on the whole aging process. People asked me as 50 approached if it bothered me. Ok, I admit that I'm not thrilled about the extra wrinkles and my hair thinning a bit but I'm really...
    Loving50 Loving50
    51-55, F
    8 Responses Dec 21, 2013

    Because You Asked About Me

    I was born and raised in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, mostly on a farm. I went to Woodstock in 1969 when I was just 14 years old, it was right nearby. I married young, and joined the Air Force when I was 22 years old. I was in for 18 years. I am a veteran of Desert...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    3 Responses Jul 3, 2013

    Retrospect

        As I get to the point in my life when I realize that my twenty-five year old mind does not match my damaged body, the fast-lane seems obscure to me now.     Although I am not quite old, the aches and the pains and the pills seem to govern days that I had better plans...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Jul 13, 2012

    The Old Couple

    For the past several years my wife and I would run into another married couple when we were out. They were passing acquaintances and we always said hello and had brief conversations. I could never remember their names and just called them the "old couple" when my wife and I...
    marriedup marriedup
    56-60, M
    2 Responses Jan 2, 2013

    Yes, This Would Be Me

      Yes, this would be me. I love every minute of my over fifty life. All of the pressure to be like someone else has melted off of my shoulders and I am happy to live in my body and dance to my own tune. Life is more sensual now because there are so fewer distractions in the run...
    hillbillycrone hillbillycrone
    56-60, F
    6 Responses Feb 28, 2012

    Lover's Cross

    "They said it was bound to happen.  Just a matter of time. Now I've come to my decision... and it's one of the painful kind. It seems that you wanted a martyr... just a regular guy wouldn't do. I can't hang upon a lover's cross for you." Jim Croce "Ladies come to see you... if...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    1 Response May 18, 2012

    Her Coffee The Morning (2)

         One of those Sundays... while I was kissing her neck and the red-haired boy was bugging us tearing up the comics, she said we should go to the Memorial Day parade in our little town.  Who was I to argue.     She said she was pregnant.  Turned out to be a little red...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    Feb 28, 2012

    I have learned to relax

    and not stress so much now that I'm in my 50s
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    Feb 8, 2015
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    Aug 12, 2013
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