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    Cyburbian Zoning Goddess's avatar
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    The Fifties, talk to us!

    RJ and I are having a discussion about our age. He turned 50 in Dec and I will in May, and I know a couple other Cybs are there or almost there.

    Amazingly.... as my Mom predicted.... I don't feel a day older than I did at 20. I look in the mirror and think hey, what the heck happened??? I am just NOT that old.

    Who else is approaching mid-century and what do you think?

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    You already know I am in July.

    Now you want to know what really scares me is that my Father died when he was not even 51.

    Looking in the mirror - less hair, more gray.



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    September for me. I don't feel that old most of the time. I did have some kids yell out of their car from behind mine " get going grandpa" . The wife will not let me forget that one.
    “As soon as public service ceases to be the chief business of the citizens, and they would rather serve with their money than with their persons, the State is not far from its fall”
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    One day you wake up and you are 50 and you wonder how the time passed so quickly.
    You darn tootin', I like fig newtons!

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    Cool, a thread about the 1950s. Who the hexx is old enough to contribute to this thread?

    Ohhhh.......all about Cyburbians IN THEIR fifties......

    This Bear will be sixty in about eighteen months, so I might have a good feel for the fab fifties. Is fifty the new thirty? Depends. (Sly brand name reference.)

    Work Ethic.....Might be an over-generalization, but folks in their forties, fifties, sixties, etc. have a work ethic that is different than younger pups. I am in that older group.....our expectations from employers was different.....and, quite frankly, employers WERE different when I was younger. My "boomer" work ethic is still strong.

    That said, I think about retirement a lot. My oldest supervisor retired Friday, at age sixty-two. She is young enough, active enough, healthy enough to enjoy some time on the golf course, traveling, playing with grandkids.

    If you are in your fifties.....plan on thinking about retirement a lot.

    Activity Level.....Let's develop THE BEAR SCALE, to determine activity level. 1-10 is the range, with 10 being highest activity level......or ability TO PERFORM physically at that level. When I turned fifty my BS was 7. Looking back, my BS when turning forty was probably 9. As I approach age 59 my BS hovers in the 5 range.....so my physical ability has slipped.

    On Friday, a group of us were making preliminary plans to get back on the basketball court, when the weather breaks. That group consists of a fifty-eight year old Bear, a forty-eight year old Quality Manager, and a handful of thirty-somethings. My one fear with basketball.....even the slow-break style we play.....is breaking a bone......they do get brittle.

    Health.....So many factors come in to play with the health equation. I was in my late forties when I first went through radiation for my Hodgkin's Lymphoma. When I reached my mid-fifties the nasty "C" returned with a vengeance, so chemotherapy and the bone marrow transplant helped to define my fifties. Those medical marvels are helping me get in the position of defining my sixties, by keeping me alive. Good thing!

    I don't get as much exercise as I should, although my long and very active work days are certainly physical in nature. I am just not sure how much my weakened system (because of the "C" fights) and/or AGE factors in to my health.

    BTW.....Many people in their fifties begin the "line-up" in a medicine cabinet of all of the different scripts that they are on. This Bear is now on ONE script, and I don't even need to take it every day.....about once a week. I am very proud of that. (Cue the strong eastern European heritage music.)

    BTW2.....No, its' not Viagra.

    See Me, Hear Me.....I have worn high-powered specs since I was twelve. The vision in one of my eyes has actually improved during my fifties, but glasses are still part of my life. I am not vain enough to consider lasik-type surgery. Those of you who are far-sighted (unlike me) will probably see that book you are holding move farther away, so you can read it. Expect to wear reading glasses.

    My hearing has never been perfect. A lifelong obsession with loud rock and roll and a broken ear drum.....but this Bear is not wearing a hearing aid. Those in their fifties with hearing issues.....expect them to slightly increase. It appears that the sixties and seventies are the critical times for hearing loss. IMO.

    Culture.....Different people handle those culture differences in different ways. My way (cue Frank Sinatra) has been to keep an open mind. I have no problem with changing mores. If I am interviewing two candidates for a position that does not require interaction with the public, I would hire the more qualified person.....even if he/she had a tongueful of studs. If your idea of fun is to listen to violent rap music.....not my problem.

    That said, one of the "requirements" for being in your fifties is to shake your fists at "young'un's".....because of their music, their clothing, their body art, their movies. I say.....to each their own.

    Thinking Young.....In any decade of our lives we need to keep "thinking young". How many of you folks know people in their twenties or thirties who already stopped "thinking young". They get into a negative shell, encased by what they accept as "normal".....and grow older in spirit faster than dirt.

    Bathroom Trips.....As an aging male I have gone through the "now cough" exams or the "glove" exams. Expect more of these digital invasions.....but they do serve a useful purpose.....find those problems before they become big problems.

    That said, I do wander to the bathroom a lot more in my fifties.

    I will worry when I still go but DON'T wander to the bathroom.
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    Those of you approaching the big five-oh.....have fun! It ain't so bad. Now cough.

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    Not there yet but I can see it.

    The last couple of years I am feeling it more. Have had to admit I can't do all I used to do.

    Since the Dr took me off the hormones I can see some pretty drastic differences in my skins texture and my ability to cope. Getting old is not very fun.
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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    I'll be 50 after Hillary is elected, but before she is sworn-in.

    Never have had to get a prescription, or spend time in a hospital as a patient.

    My BS peaked around age 9, at about a 6. Currently, about a 5, but since I have never had a car, I walk more places than most people. That leaves the most dangerous activity that I do to be lifting my free weights at home.

    My other BS meter peaked in my early twenties.
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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    Who else is approaching mid-century and what do you think?
    I'm halfway to being 50 years old and still am approaching mid-century. What do I think? It seems so far away and I can't even imagine what my life will be like by the time I'm there.

    For those who have experienced twice as much life as I have thus far, what do you suggest to a young'un like me?

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    I am 56. That's one of the reasons I don't do too well on trivia quizzes relating to post-70's music.

    Over the years I let my weight creep up. My big goal for 2006 was to lose 50 pounds, and I did it. I decided that with that weight off I would try running again (I used to run cross country, did many 10Ks, used to run for fun. I discovered within a few days of starting over that my knees were shot. Damn! And I've still got four years of college eligibility left! Fortunately my knees are all that's gone bad. I row a few times a week and take long walks and hikes.

    One thing as you approach your fifties, if you're like me, you think, "Why didn't I plan more for retirement?" We got off to a late start, and even with my federal and PERS retirement funds, I will have to keep working and saving for several more years. So all you young whippersnappers out there,

    MAX OUT YOUR IRAS AND 457s (that's deferred compensation, not the .457 guns)OR 401Ks! DO IT! SAVE, SAVE, SAVE! INVEST, INVEST, INVEST! LOOK AT THE LONG TERM!

    You'll thank me when you reach 50 and realize you have enough money to retire early.

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    It's been said that for the "boomers" the new 50 is 70 and the new 60 is 80

    I believe just because of longevity and what it will take to maintain a decent life style

    A couple of years ago, we made a proposal for a form based code project
    On the way back (I was driving), one of the other fellows asked me to explain form base to him, as I was doing so, he made the statement that "I guess I am getting to old to understand new things"
    I almost drove off the road, I was laughing so hard, and said "dude, I am older than you are"
    He is more of an Xer than a boomer
    As for peak BS, I think that was more in my late teens and earlier twenties when I was in the military and they governed my life style
    Mrs Katt and I are now going to more weddings and showers than funerals, weddings and showers are much more preferable
    Really don't think about the age too much

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    This thread should really be renamed the "old folkies thread"

    Just kidding... my mum would kick my butt if i said that to her... i have more respect than that
    "Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?" Zoolander

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    The born in the fifties are turning fifty! not me yet I got years to go

    2012 is when my life ends

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    I am hitting 50 in July. Until recently I had not a single grey hair, but in the last few months a few have appeared in my beard. It has been slow attrition physically. First, bifocals, and now even my bifocals don't work for very close work, and forget really tiny print. The body is doing fine, but a bit stiffer.

    One of my best friends will turn 50 on the same day. We are planning to get together and commiserate or maybe just party hardy. Of course now the drugs of choice are Metamuscil and Ben Gay.
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    I will let you know in almost 22 years....
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    I will let you know in almost 22 years....
    Oh, well, never mind....
    Last edited by Zoning Goddess; 05 Mar 2007 at 9:36 PM. Reason: Delete

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    Quote Originally posted by Jen View post
    The born in the fifties are turning fifty! not me yet I got years to go

    2012 is when my life ends
    Late 2013 for me. Since I don't plan on retiring until I'm dead, it's not that big of an issue for me.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    I'm not there yet, but I can see it well enough from where I'm standing.

    Off-topic:
    I think that we who were born between 1960 and 65 really don't fit in either the "Baby Boom" or "Generation X" -- we're too young to be thinking retirement and too old to remember watching Sesame Street.
    Batter up!

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    50ish

    I'll be 58 in July. I don't seem to give a s**t about the little stuff any more. Too soon old and too late smart.
    WALSTIB

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    I sure hope jetpacks and flying cars are around when I turn fifty...in 2022!

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    Off-topic:
    I think that we who were born between 1960 and 65 really don't fit in either the "Baby Boom" or "Generation X" -- we're too young to be thinking retirement and too old to remember watching Sesame Street.
    I agree, though I consider myself a Gen Xer. It's always annoyed me to be lumped in with the boomers, when they are closer to my parents age than mine. My experience growing up and in college was completely different than the boomers. The 60's and Vietnam are vague childhood memories for me. I have more in common with the X'ers than the boomers.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    I agree, though I consider myself a Gen Xer. It's always annoyed me to be lumped in with the boomers, when they are closer to my parents age than mine. My experience growing up and in college was completely different than the boomers. The 60's and Vietnam are vague childhood memories for me. I have more in common with the X'ers than the boomers.
    Off-topic:
    Dittoes. Born in '64 and I've always felt more akin to Gen X than Boomer mentality.

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    Oh... I'll probably celebrate my 50th birthday in my moon house in 2034... (yeah right...it'll probably be in a van down by the river!)

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    I'm still a youngin' at 33, but I remember when my mom turned 50 and the people at the plant she worked at (about 1500 people on the shift) threw her the biggest surprise party ever and made it extra special for her. I think it was one of her favorite birthdays of all time. I was just finishing up my junior year in high school when she turned 50. I will probably be a grandmother by the time I hit 50 considering my daughter will turn 30 that year
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Exactly 30 years from today, in the year 2037, I will be celebrating my 50th birthday in the White House, either because I will be living there or my friends will. BWAHAHAHA!
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