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As each day goes by, one get older.  When one gets older, things one did in the past have to go away.  I turned 79 last week.  I am no longer able to do the things I did in the past because of physical and mental aging.  So instead of crying in my soup so to speak, I have resolved myself to find to do other things now and in the future to replace what I did in the past.  In addition to giving me an attitude adjustment, I found new ground to explore.  IMO, the whole thing is a part of growing older.  The big thing for me now is to try to stay as active as I can both physically and mentally.  

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20 minutes ago, Chuck B said:

SNIP/ "The big thing for me now is to try to stay as active as I can both physically and mentally.  "

I thought that's why we have grand and great grandchildren.  Mine sure keep me on my toes physically and mentally. :) ......Dennis

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1 minute ago, Chuck B said:

Be glad your grand kids are close enough for you to enjoy.  Ours are over 500 miles away.  What keeps me on my toes are the "honey do things"  the wife seems to want me to do.  I respond by "doing less than nothing", that creates  work for others, including her.

We enjoyed our grandkids every summer as they would call and ask where we were when they got out of school. Parents would fly them to us and they'd travel their summer vacation all over the country. (they've been to 42 States.) We would usually let them choose what they wanted to do. One year they wanted to swim in all the Great Lakes so we did the circle tour. Another time they wanted to see civil war sites so we went from Vicksburg to Gettysburg.  But, my best story comes from Florida. They wanted to see a rocket launch so we went to Jetty Park at Cape Canaveral. For those who've never been there, Jetty park sits on the Florida side of the bay with Georgia on the other side. One morning we heard a loud siren and saw these pontoon type boats running up and down the bay. Curious, we went to see why.  Kings Bay, Georgia is a nuclear sub base and they were bringing a submarine. The Navy closes the bay while they escort it into port. These were Navy pontoon boats and up front sits a sailor manning a 50 caliber machine gun in full gear. My grandson, who was 12 at the time thought that was sooooo cool.....fast forward to 2020. My grandson is now 21 years old, in the Navy, stationed at Kings Bay Ga. and guess what he's doing??? Yep, he's the gunner....things that impress our young people in our travels.....Dennis

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Getting old sucks but getting older and wiser is wonderful. I'm only 72 and I enjoy the knowledge and wisdom I've developed over the years. I love visiting with the kids and slowly passing the reigns to them.  watching them grow older and wiser. My mind says do it and my body answers back very loudly, ARE YOU NUTS? So let's all remember to stay busy and grow older and wiser, let's not GROW OLD! 

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Dennis,

I think Jetty Park is to the e south of Cape  Canaveral along the space coast about midway down the Atlantic coast of Florida. It’s a great place to watch rocket launches. Also had the same Sub experience while leaving Port Canaveral for a fishing trip. Patrol boats with a looong Sub leaving the port. Awesome sight

 

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Dennis

Thank you for that great story and wonderful experience you had with the Grandchildren. When one of my Uncles came home from WW II he stopped in at our home and visited. He was a Ranger and my Dad let me stay up late and listen to his story's about his experiences.  Inspired me. I was 11.  I enlisted in the Army and attained that goal of becoming a Ranger in 1953. Never regretted it.

Paul A 

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I'm 62 and am looking forward to a home with no repairs and maintenance. Someone to drive me around and a plot of land to grow a garden if I feel like it but this Corona is not my idea of fun being in a community of others with all the rules and regulations and separating. Good grief, I haven' seen my mother since before mothers day when my father put her in the home. Might need to start a community of mini homes. Like a trailer park.

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17 hours ago, Chuck B said:

Be glad your grand kids are close enough for you to enjoy.  Ours are over 500 miles away.  What keeps me on my toes are the "honey do things"  the wife seems to want me to do.  I respond by "doing less than nothing", that creates  work for others, including her.

Chuck B,

My two grand-kids are over 6000 miles away in Alaska about as far away from Florida as you can get. Shortly after retiring in 2009 from the film industry in CA we drove the coach and cargo trailer to Alaska and spent the summer there in 2010, went back again in 2012 and a third time in 2015.  My younger son gave me a first class ticket last March to visit for a couple of weeks. It had been 5 years since visiting them last. Growing up too fast! I would still like to make one or two more trips to spend the summer in Alaska with my family before I cannot drive the coach safely any longer. Those trips are some of the best memories in all of our RV'ing, both while Full-Timing and Part-Timing, around the country.

Two things I have learned in the process of getting old.

One, even though my mind still thinks I am in my 20's, my body tells me I am definitely 76.

Second, getting old is NOT for sissies!

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Chuck

I totally know how you feel. I just turned 69 and 6 years ago stripped And resealed the whole outside of this cabin ( stepdaughters) my home base. Laid new oak and  bamboo flooring. Today I am rebuilding the deck that surrounds 3/4 of the cabin. Not sure if my lower back is going to survive. But at least the pain says I’m still alive. Not sure what the future holds for this great country of ours with all that’s going on, but I too will adjust to what life brings me and hope the best for our future.

Hunkering down in the mountains of Oregon.

 

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23 hours ago, Dennis H said:

We enjoyed our grandkids every summer as they would call and ask where we were when they got out of school. Parents would fly them to us and they'd travel their summer vacation all over the country. (they've been to 42 States.) We would usually let them choose what they wanted to do. One year they wanted to swim in all the Great Lakes so we did the circle tour. Another time they wanted to see civil war sites so we went from Vicksburg to Gettysburg.  But, my best story comes from Florida. They wanted to see a rocket launch so we went to Jetty Park at Cape Canaveral. For those who've never been there, Jetty park sits on the Florida side of the bay with Georgia on the other side. One morning we heard a loud siren and saw these pontoon type boats running up and down the bay. Curious, we went to see why.  Kings Bay, Georgia is a nuclear sub base and they were bringing a submarine. The Navy closes the bay while they escort it into port. These were Navy pontoon boats and up front sits a sailor manning a 50 caliber machine gun in full gear. My grandson, who was 12 at the time thought that was sooooo cool.....fast forward to 2020. My grandson is now 21 years old, in the Navy, stationed at Kings Bay Ga. and guess what he's doing??? Yep, he's the gunner....things that impress our young people in our travels.....Dennis

Hi Dennis,  Well you are participial correct in that if you want to see a rocket launch the Jetty Park campground in Cape Canaveral , Florida is a great place to watch one from.  I know because after 35 years at the Kennedy Space Center I retired from there in the Fall of 2009.  There is a Trident submarine base across the inlet from the campground and they do escort submarines in and out of the port.  You will also see all of the cruise ships departing and arriving as well as being at the right time after a SpaceX launch you might see them returning with an expired booster.  Kings Bay, Ga. is a good 100 miles north of us and yes they have a  nuclear submarine base there as well.  🙂

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