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iamlost's not only merely a senior,

He's really most sincerely a senior.

     
12:08 am on Jun 8, 2019 (gmt 0)

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The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.
---Madeleine L'Engle Camp


All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
---anonymous


I am now officially ancient. Senior by decree and not merely WebmasterWorld post number.

...I must aver,
I thoroughly examined him.
And iamlost's not only merely a senior,
He's really most sincerely a senior.
Yes, let the joyous news be spread
The weird iamlost at last is a senior!
--with apologies to the Coroner


The fact that the part running things seems stuck at age 17 while the other parts increasingly groan is, frankly, an insufferable nuisance.

Note: I'm Canadian, we mix and match metric and imperial to our heart's delight; we know that US-centric differences exist but have to look them up.
Once upon a time I could:
* run up stairs to rappel tall buildings in a single bound (take that Superman!), these days I look for the elevator if staying on the sidewalk isn't an option...
* scale a 12 foot vertical wall at speed, lately one 3-feet high has me looking for a gate...
* do a 50k (31 miles) with 30kg (66 lbs) gear cross country hike (ruck march, yomp) in under 8 hours, now just the thought of either exhausts me...
* lift a full 45 imperial gallon (54 US gallon, 204.5 litre) drum and carry it 100 feet (30.5 metres), now I need an extended coffee break after rolling one on it's rim...
* thought LALO, HALO, and HAHO drops to a 1-metre target great fun, now I believe jumping from a perfectly good aeroplane at any height to be suicidially stupid... umm, that the An-225, A380, C-5, or bumble bee can actually fly...
* helm a multi-thousand ton ship at speed through a constricted channel by radar alone, yet now I find daylight driving a car in traffic a nuisance...
* happily go days without sleep, currently I find afternoon naps quite pleasant...
* do arithmetical, even algebraical, calculations in my head, now, more oft than not, I pull up my phone's calculator...
* see in the mirror a ripped body in freshly ironed clothes, more oft than not now the clothes are ripped and the body could use a massage...
* eat three helpings of everything and then clean up everyone else's plates, increasingly three appetizers do the job...

Ah well, I was born male and we simply get older while women mature with age. 'Tis a wonder and a joy that the ladies put up with us guys past maybe 15. If there is anything that could be classed as divine intervention...

For you younger fellas, a bit of wisdom, with which do as you will: women communicate multichannel simultaneously while us guys are fortunate to single channel in sequence. Women are sensory mavens, men barely aware. Put another way: men are Apollo Guidance Computers, women are iPhones. This is the biggest difference between the two genders.

Now, barring accident, disease, war, social collapse et al I've got one to a few decades left to like and to love and to lust after the weirds and wonders and women. May they be as fun and as intriguing and as fulfilling as any preceding.

To you each and all: Be well, live long, find joy.
1:02 am on June 8, 2019 (gmt 0)

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What was that about, Junior?

(signed) Tangor, older than dirt.
2:42 am on June 8, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I could be wrong but it would seem that iamlost is sharing a time related milestone here. May your happiness continue and even increase Mr. iamlost.
5:29 am on June 8, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Senior by decree
You got a letter from Ottawa saying “Congratulations! You are old” ? Or was it “We regret to inform you that as of your last birthday you are now officially an old fart” ?
6:31 am on June 8, 2019 (gmt 0)

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To quote tangor's alter ego he is:

...a very old man; how old I do not know. Possibly I am a hundred, possibly more; but I cannot tell because I have never aged as other men, nor do I remember any childhood. So far as I can recollect I have always been a man, a man of about thirty.

so, to be called 'Junior' by him is truth for he is my elder both outer shell and inner self. Ave, senex!

@not2easy: thank you.

@lucy24: all gas emissions are perfectly fresh however old the rest of me. That said, yes, I have a congratulatory letter on genuine Parliamentary letter head from my Member of Parliament (for whom I did not vote) actually signed in pen offering to be of assistance in applying for any and all entitlements due my new found antiquity. Also a genuine Congratulatory Certificate from my Prime Minister in appreciation of my having attained the minimum age threshold for same. Not only merely a senior but really most sincerely a senior!
Note: my kids, who requested both, are toast; totally completely carbonated toast! Once I catch them.
7:37 am on June 8, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Iamlost, I can relate to all of that.
My biggest problem is the mind tells me I can still carry that heavy object, or stay up until 3am with no consequences.
Having wisdom is still my aim, with fleeting glimpses of the benefits.
7:47 am on June 8, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Congratulations whatever age you are. I can relate to lots of this having turned 70 last year.
9:04 pm on June 8, 2019 (gmt 0)

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The real beauty is having all that experience. As regards the Old Pharts at Webmasterworld, that we have not only the ability and and desire, but the grace and patience to share that accumulated knowledge with others is a blessing.

In that regard:

@iamlost ... Welcome to the Club!
3:27 am on June 27, 2019 (gmt 0)

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In Canada, if you're a gov worker, you receive a letter saying congrats. It continues by saying it's time to retire and then offers help and advice on picking a good retirement home, when it's time. A few health brochures, including one that says a full 51% of the population will get a cancer in their lifetimes and that you are now most at risk after 65, and a financial brochure for help in downsizing your house, if you managed to pay one off, rounds out the "helpfull" package.

Stay 59 where it counts, my friend, and make these vultures wait an extra decade(or three)..
11:23 am on June 27, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I am now...

Happy birthday! You are now officially wiser!
12:24 pm on July 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Remember:
Growing old is compulsory
Growing up is optional
6:29 pm on July 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Happy 50th? :-)
6:54 pm on July 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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@piatkow: women mature men just get older. :)
Myself: mentally I'm 4-1/2 and the world is a magical adventure; emotionally I'm 17 and women are the first and greatest wonder of the world; physically I'm healthy though fitness is on the long decline...

I semi-retired aka burnout at 43. A long long time ago now :(
To keep myself interested and involved I 'found' the web and 'semi-retirement' has become years of #*$! long hours... I still tell folks I'm semi-retired though. :)
9:05 pm on July 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Wait 'til you've retired three times. Then you will be "old". :)
12:49 pm on July 2, 2019 (gmt 0)

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These threads make me feel younger, particularly as I reached my half-century yesterday
2:01 pm on July 2, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Yer only a laddie! ;)


I became a septuagenarian last year. :)