Monday morning open thread

It has been an epic Monday on the domestic front (nothing bad, just lots of frustrations and inconveniences), and it’s looking as if the afternoon will be only marginally better.  I’ll blog when I can, but would be delighted if you’d use this as an open thread.

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  • suek

    Wow.  Talk about a poisonous article.  I had no idea.  Well, maybe I did, but nothing concrete to back it up…

  • suek

    Another one.  Sure makes it clear why our hostess chooses to remain anonymous.

    Probably you should just make sure you read AT today…!!

  • Mike Devx

    This is definitely an open-thread comment.
    I exchanged some emails with my sister today.  She sent one of those typical emails that trail around the world; this one was about valuing growing old, and being happy with it.  I agreed, and here is the crux of what I wrote to here.  I wondered, since we skew a bit older here in Book’s comment section, if anyone else had comments…
    Some text from my reply to my sister:

    I especially liked the conclusion:

    > So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free.
    > I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever,
    > but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting

    But I tell you what… I’m a year and a half from 50.
    I don’t know what that means!
    I think I’ve gained some wisdom about human nature over the years.
    I’ve learned to be less judgmental.

    But I think of Mom and Dad at 50, and to me, they seemed to have “figured it all out”. I haven’t figured it all out! I often feel as stupid as when I was 18!
    I have plenty of DOH moments. At 50, Mom and Dad’s eldest, you, were approaching 30. I can’t imagine having a 30 year old son or daughter, having raised them? I’m barely able to take care of myself and my house and my dog!

    I feel like my life is still just starting. I have so much to learn! Isn’t that crazy? But I feel young!


  • Mike Devx

    Let me add a little background for context:
    Since I graduated from college the first time, at age 22, I’ve supported myself alone.  After the second time through school (for computer software engineering) I was worth negative in equity.  By now I am debt-free, own my own home completely, and while not financially secure for retirement, I’m on my way decently – especially when compared to the troubling statistics of the majority of people my age.
    So my post and my general question is about how I see myself at 48 – still with so much to do and to learn.  No limits.  I look in the mirror and I don’t see “old” at all.  I don’t see “young” either.  I just see me, and I could keep going to age 200 and not be done, but of course that won’t happen.  Everything still seems fresh and new, and there’s so much to be done, so much to know, so much to learn.  That’s why my intrinsic sense is that, in life, I feel like I’m still just starting out.

  • suek

    >>I just see me>>
    Heh.  For me, looking in the mirror is a shock.  I don’t even recognize that person in there!  But inside – I don’t feel like I’m any different than I was in my early 20s.
    Mike, my observations have been that men don’t really get hit with age – physically – until their 50s, so you’re on the cusp.  Women – if they don’t go the cosmetic route (and I’m guessing the hormone supplement route) start showing their age in their early 40s.  At one time, I thought that was “unfair”…but from my present perspective, I think it’s a blessing.  My oldest son – 46 this year – and his wife had a son last year…she was 45 at the time.  They’ll be 65 when he’s 20!!
    Looks are simply a factor of reproductive ability, and by the time a woman is 40, babies start to become a real iffy proposition.  I remember reading a report of a woman, who at 63 was the oldest woman on record to give birth.  Personally, I think she had to be _nuts_!! And the doctor who implanted her should have lost his medical license.   Can you imagine raising a child at nearly 65??  The terrible twos??  How incredibly selfish can one person be – to have a child at that age.  What about the child?  Chances are at least good that s/he’ll lose that parent sometime between ages 5 and 15.
    Anyway.  Enjoy your 50s.  60s get a bit trickier.  Things begin to sort of fall apart if you don’t keep in shape.  Just remember – use it or lose it.

  • suek

    On the subject of aging a few family quips …
    When my Nana turned 80, I asked her do you ‘feel‘ 80? I just loved here answer – “Not when I bend down, but when I try to stand up, Yes”
    When my sister-in-law and I (who are the same age) turned 60, I remarked to her that if we were furniture, they would call us Art Deco.
    Things begin to sort of fall apart if you don’t keep in shape.  Just remember – use it or lose it.
    Is that why owners of antique cars, keep driving them?

  • suek

    >>Is that why owners of antique cars, keep driving them?>>
    Could be.  We have a couple who drive an old Model T (I think.) to church every Sunday.  Not the black paint job that all the original Model Ts came in, but a dark green with yellow and red trim.  Very spiffed up.  I guess if I looked as good for my age as that Model T does, I’d be out and about showing off as well!


    A picture is worth a 1,000 words and after looking at this one … I keep blurting out only 4-letter words.

  • Mike Devx

    Sadie’s picture in #9,
    Wow!  I guess this is what happens to Freedom of Information under Obama’s “Transparency”!
    It looks like someone looked at each sentence and asked: “Do the people have any compelling need to know this?”  As opposed to: “Is there any compelling need for this to not be seen by the people?”
    The difference between “need to know” and “need to conceal”.  And aside from national security, there is no valid “need to conceal” that I can think of.
    Well, it’s not surprising.  For this *is* the Administration that has abandoned the Rule Of Law in favor of the Rule By Man.  Kings and queens… and dictators… the prerogatives of royalty… and The Chosen One.
    “After all, I am the King.  Er, uh, I mean, the President.”

  • suek

    >>“After all, I am the King.  Er, uh, I mean, the President.”>>
    Here’s a must read follow up to this.  Mike’s not far off:


    Sharp eye and excellent link, suek. The genesis of the problem according to the link was  SCOTUS [1983].