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    The Rogaine treatment on my head is having an unintended consequence.

    The stuff is working great on my head but it seems I'm getting some hair growth elsewhere. We were sitting my by the pool this afternoon and ZG pointed out that I'm getting more hair on my chest!!! (Actually, in another circumstance this morning it was also noticed, but that discussion shall remain private .) We think there's a cause and affect issue with the Rogaine.

    She also did an inspection of my back: nothing there. That's a good thing.

    I better read the instructions and warnings again.

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    RJ's gone from 4-5 stray hairs to a veritable lush field across his chest. I like it. He's freaking out. Maybe because I'm using phrases like "a lush field".... It is an odd coincidence, with the Rogaine and all. As long as he doesn't wipe that on his head and then touch me anywhere, I shudder to think!

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    I'm very conscious about washing my hands after applying the Rogaine to my scalp. I don't want to see you develop a hairy butt.

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    There they go again.
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    The Rogaine treatment on my head is having an unintended consequence.
    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    I'm very conscious about washing my hands after applying the Rogaine to my scalp.
    I don't think that you can blame the Rogaine for those hairy palms.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Referee Bear calling a "time-out", for the following message.....

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    'Gen X' author tells how guys really view age
    Most see themselves as 31, no matter how old they are

    By Douglas Coupland

    A few days ago, I had a business lunch with a guy I thought was about 10 years older than I am. I'm 46, and he looked to be 55 and resembled every English teacher you've ever had. At the end of lunch he said, "You know, I was born the same week as you..." and went on to discuss all the same music we listened to in high school. Meanwhile, it was all I could do to compose myself while looking around for a reflective surface — a knife blade, the hologram on my Visa card — to convince myself I didn't look 55 like this guy did. I felt as if I had progeria, that disease in which you age half a century in five years. That's what growing older does to a guy.

    We've all bumped into friends who look like hell. Our first thought is always divorce, booze, or one of those other wicked speed bumps on the road of life. What's really happening, of course, is that your friend is in the middle of a progerial plunge. Time passes, and more time passes, and then you see that friend in the checkout line of a Safeway one afternoon, and you realize he's not drinking or having troubles. He's just aging. The kicker: So I must be too. That's when you head to the produce department and check yourself out in the mirrors above the lettuce and celery.

    I have this theory about men and aging. We have two ages: the age we really are, and the age we are in our heads. Most men are almost always about 31 or 32 in their heads — just ask them. Even Mr. Burns from “The Simpsons” is 31 in his head. One of the most universal adult male experiences is of standing before a mirror and saying, "I'm sorry, but there's been a horrible mistake. You see, that's not really me in the mirror there. The real me is tanned, throws Frisbees, and kayaks the Columbia River estuary without cracking a sweat."

    In myself I've come to notice that aging comes in spurts. I've asked others, and they pretty much agree. I'll look the exact same way for a decade, and then — wham! — God hits the progeria switch and for two years the downhill plunge begins anew.

    And then it stops again.

    My body will plateau for another decade, until the next time it decides to collapse a bit more. Which is funny, because in a weird plot twist, I'm probably in better shape now than I was at 20. Many reasons: I quit smoking in 1988 (though I could start again right now), I stopped eating crap two years ago, and last year, I finally found a gym that doesn't allow music: no John Cougar Mellencamp blasting at maximum volume while circus freaks in harem pants and the thong equivalent of a T-shirt make those embarrassing orgasm noises while bench-pressing the mathematical squares of their IQs. Instead, I can think and enjoy my time working out without a massive sonic brain invasion. It makes all the difference. And what do I think about in the gym? Muscle tissue breaking. And then I try to decide whether to rebuild or pack it in. My ligaments are iffy about whether they should snap or strengthen. My body tries to decide whether to age or become more powerful. And as a control freak, it bugs me so much that a lot of this stuff is beyond my control. Exercise, sure, but at the end of it, instead of looking thinner, I may merely look gaunt. Or haggard. Or — ironically — my age.

    Former astronaut Neil Armstrong was once asked if he exercised, and he said, "The good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats, and I'm damned if I'm going to use up mine running up and down a street." What I've found is that even if I do get into fantastic shape and shed the spare tire and stop eating junk, the best I can hope for is to stay in the same place. That's the main thing I've come to realize about aging. The elevator is never going up again. Well, okay, I think it goes up if you go the Beverly Hills-plastic-surgery route, but that's an expensive and shadowy realm. Compare and contrast George Hamilton with Samuel Beckett.


    Lately, I've begun to have this heretical thought that people were never supposed to live to be old enough to age in the first place. We forget that until the 1950s or 1960s, senior citizens were extraordinarily rare, and the seniors one did see were begoitered, often-limbless, shrunken-apple-head people who wheezed and cackled. A hundred years ago, if you hit 70, you deserved every shred of respect you got. These days... well, does one deserve respect for wanting to look 55 at 70? Does wanting to appear younger in any form deserve any respect at all? In the 1990s, I helped design a plausible future for the film "Minority Report." One of the things I came up with was "young old people." Tom Cruise's character in the movie was actually 70 years old, even though he looked 35. Now that I think of it, maybe Tom Cruise really is 70. If that turned out to be the truth, would you be surprised? Be honest.

    The way things are going now, pretty much everybody you ever graduated from high school with is easily going to make it to 70. Nobody thought of this a hundred years ago when they invented the high school reunion. The essential allure (and intrinsic unfairness) of high school reunions is that you never know who's still riding along a plateau, and who has just gone through a progerial plunge.

    My father is 80 this year and still works as a doctor, a GP. His practice is largely older, and his specialty is keeping them not only alive but also alive and chugging. He has a belief that aging can be slowed by careful monitoring of the thyroid, by keeping folic-acid levels high, and by monitoring cholesterol a certain way. All of this is good advice in any event, but I bump into his patients all the time, and man, these people are vibrating. His waiting room is like the pool scene in Cocoon. These people still attend their high school reunions. It's the weird new circle of life.


    I actually don't mind aging. The best part of aging is that everybody you know is aging right along with you. Last week, I checked online, and James Gandolfini, Leif Garrett, Michael J. Fox, Henry Rollins, and I were all born the same year, 1961, and yeah, that's about where I feel in my head — which feels honest and righteous. I'd be truly freaked out if I discovered that Nick Lachey was born in 1961.

    It sounds obvious, but... we get old. It's one of the first things we forget once our teens are over and we've stopped counting the hairs in our armpits. Freaking out about aging becomes depressing or funny or pathetic only if you make the incorrect assumption that everyone else lives inside a change-proof hyperbaric chamber.

    They don't, of course. We're all locked inside the time machine, and we're all going to the exact same destination. And I just checked: Tom Cruise was born in 1962.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    'Gen X' author tells how guys really view age
    Most see themselves as 31, no matter how old they are

    By Douglas Coupland


    It sounds obvious, but... we get old. It's one of the first things we forget once our teens are over and we've stopped counting the hairs in our armpits. Freaking out about aging becomes depressing or funny or pathetic only if you make the incorrect assumption that everyone else lives inside a change-proof hyperbaric chamber.

    They don't, of course. We're all locked inside the time machine, and we're all going to the exact same destination. And I just checked: Tom Cruise was born in 1962.
    My mom (now 92) told me 30 years ago that she looked in the mirror and "Who is that person?". She said she always felt 25. So women do this, too! I know I do....

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    Interesting articles in the AARP The Magazine this month -

    Since Cyburbians like lists - 50 Reasons to Love Being 50 +
    http://www.aarpmagazine.org/people/5..._being_50.html

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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Interesting articles in the AARP The Magazine this month -
    Since Cyburbians like lists -
    50 Reasons to Love Being 50 + http://www.aarpmagazine.org/people/5..._being_50.html

    Cool article. I guess in a lot of ways I relate to the article and embrace many of the points. Maybe because I realized life was too short when my mom passed when she was barely into her 60s.
    "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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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    It was fun to read, but with so many broad-sweeping generalizations, I hope that nobody takes it too seriously.

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    We been moving our offices the past several days and man am I sore, And to think, I used to laugh at peoplw who gimped around after moving.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    i was just diagnosed with lateral compartment arthritis in my right knee.

    i re-injured my knee about a month ago while playing soccer. i was concerned that i re-tore my ACL or did something to the other ligaments in the knee.

    i had an MRI last week and did a follow-up with the Dr. today. the MRI shows this arthritis. i'm too young to have arthritis.

    Dr. said no need for PT or surgery at this point. keep on with the anti-inflammatories and re-check in 6 weeks. if in the meantime i continue to have pain or things get worse i can get "jelly shots" (not to be confused with jello shots!) in my knee. and if that doesn't work then i will need to have it scoped. *sigh*


    But on the bright side, I have permission to be stupid and keep playing soccer.
    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Gigging on ofos got me to thinking....My eldest son turns 23 years old this Friday. The youngest reached the age of 21 this past August. And I'm applying a little more Rogaine to my skull each morning.

    I'm getting old.

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    I officially hit old last Friday. I was sitting in the restaurant of a skating rink while my boys skated. A kid was goofing off beside my table, and I told him to get away from me. And he wasn't my kid.

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    After reading all the remarks and tests and "the rest", I feel pretty good and also a lot younger Thank You
    Now I can show this to Mrs Katt When people ask her if she is the Trophy Wife Which I never hear the end of after some one asks her.

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