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When I was young and developing skills I always strived to get better. As I get older I seem to be having a harder time retaining those skills. For example you get done welding a piece on a small utility trailer get up and take off your gloves  and then see your chipping hammer laying on the ground. You then proceed to brace yourself on the piece you just welded to lean over to pick up the hammer. Or the time you caught the leg of your pants on fire cutting off that hard to get at piece of steel. My wife is about to take my welder and cutting torch away from me.  I used to be pretty good at siphoning gas out of the '58 stake truck into my '53 ford to get enough gas to get to town for a date. Fast forward 50+ years I decide to take the 1200 A to the station to fill it with premium gas for the winter. In my wisdom I fail to take a can to bring some premium back for the antique walk behind tractors, oh well I'll take a can next time I go to the station. As I am sitting there I come up with the brilliant idea to siphon a gallon or two out of the 1200A, it wouldn't miss a couple gallons. I proceed to get my high test hose ( piece of 5/8 garden hose) and a can and head to the building where the 1200 sits. Stick the end of the hose in the tank and put the other end in my mouth. Half a inhale later I am sipping on 93 octane with a touch of Seafoam in it which doesn't improve the taste one bit. Go into the house to get some milk to see if it will cut the taste of the gas. Not so much. Wife asked why I smelled like gasoline. Busted. Hope she doesn't take my trucks away. Just a warning to everybody that getting older is not much fun.

Dennis

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I always said there aint much future in it......:rolleyes:

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It's not for sissies.  But I'm sure enjoying the perspective.

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5 minutes ago, Steve C. said:

It's not for sissies.  

That's what My Mom always said.

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I don't like to think that I am starting to get older and I don't consider your late 50's to be old. But.... one thing I notice is this: When I learn something new it displaces something I knew previously and that old displaced knowledge is very hard to get back!!B)

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Just now, TomH said:

I don't like to think that I am starting to get older and I don't consider your late 50's to be old. But.... one thing I notice is this: When I learn something new it displaces something I knew previously and that old displaced knowledge is very hard to get back!!B)

I just tell people my hard drive is full, and has been for years.

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I am just "running like a three legged mule in a fast horse race!!!!"

May be that I need a shot (or two) of that 93 octane!!!

It's not that I am running too slow-----just that the world is spinning to damn fast.  (the inertia is about to get me):(:huh:

DD

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35 minutes ago, 2+2 Guy said:

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I used to work for a guy and his dad worked with us until he was in his mid 90's and I don't mean just piddling around he did everything anybody else did had 3 hip replacements as he wore 1 out anyhow he always told me Boy don't ever get old I would always tell him the alternative wasn't to good either.Never saw a guy that truly enjoyed work like he did .Both he and his son would never ask you to do something they wouldn't do themselves. And most of the times they made sure they were there if it was something that was going to be nasty

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I still enjoy the work and the long hours however I can still put a lot of hours in not just all at one time, need a break after milking in the morning, projects just take longer but still get done. recently put a new apron chain in h and s 400 bushel spreader, one day to get parts from factory, we are only 20 miles from the factory, next day started on replacing rear sprockets and drive shaft, next day put floor chain in, I like the 2 and 3 hours projects.

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6 hours ago, pt756 said:

I still enjoy the work and the long hours however I can still put a lot of hours in not just all at one time, need a break after milking in the morning, projects just take longer but still get done. recently put a new apron chain in h and s 400 bushel spreader, one day to get parts from factory, we are only 20 miles from the factory, next day started on replacing rear sprockets and drive shaft, next day put floor chain in, I like the 2 and 3 hours projects.

just change the Hrs. to days and you will make ''book time'' for the repairs

been dealing with this sense 2011  also . fine motor skils are the worst

then theres the issue of climbing and installing metal roofing,, guess its a young man's sport now.

Mike

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Yes it is a different ball game now, since I retired naps are required after lunch! Gas in the mouth is not good ! Or on your pants and boots either !

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17 hours ago, jingles1928 said:

When I was young and developing skills I always strived to get better. As I get older I seem to be having a harder time retaining those skills. For example you get done welding a piece on a small utility trailer get up and take off your gloves  and then see your chipping hammer laying on the ground. You then proceed to brace yourself on the piece you just welded to lean over to pick up the hammer. Or the time you caught the leg of your pants on fire cutting off that hard to get at piece of steel. My wife is about to take my welder and cutting torch away from me.  I used to be pretty good at siphoning gas out of the '58 stake truck into my '53 ford to get enough gas to get to town for a date. Fast forward 50+ years I decide to take the 1200 A to the station to fill it with premium gas for the winter. In my wisdom I fail to take a can to bring some premium back for the antique walk behind tractors, oh well I'll take a can next time I go to the station. As I am sitting there I come up with the brilliant idea to siphon a gallon or two out of the 1200A, it wouldn't miss a couple gallons. I proceed to get my high test hose ( piece of 5/8 garden hose) and a can and head to the building where the 1200 sits. Stick the end of the hose in the tank and put the other end in my mouth. Half a inhale later I am sipping on 93 octane with a touch of Seafoam in it which doesn't improve the taste one bit. Go into the house to get some milk to see if it will cut the taste of the gas. Not so much. Wife asked why I smelled like gasoline. Busted. Hope she doesn't take my trucks away. Just a warning to everybody that getting older is not much fun.

Dennis

Got a better high octane story. My dad is getting up in age 78 and Parkinson's is taking over. He tries to get outside everyday he thinks he still is young and can do what he did before. One day he is trying to light the garbage in the barrel.not much success so he grabs a can of gas which I left a bit of high octane in from snowmobile only about a qt left in a gallon can.He pours it on garbage strikes a match and boom. My brother looks what happened and burning garbage is floating down all around him. He managed not to set himself on fire or anything else and a day later is telling the neighbor how a couple soda bottles exploded from the fire and that sugar water can sure burn. The moral of the story is my brother and I spend half the day making sure if dad is outside he is not doing something foolish and unsafe and usually extinguishing the garbage. 

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Your stories made me smile, I'm only 37, but already know exactly what you're talking about :-)  as my pappy used to say, any day on the right side of the sod is a good day.  Carry on fellas, be careful out there.  As the great philosopher used to say, Keep your stick on the ice!

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4 hours ago, dale560 said:

Got a better high octane story. My dad is getting up in age 78 and Parkinson's is taking over. He tries to get outside everyday he thinks he still is young and can do what he did before. One day he is trying to light the garbage in the barrel.not much success so he grabs a can of gas which I left a bit of high octane in from snowmobile only about a qt left in a gallon can.He pours it on garbage strikes a match and boom. My brother looks what happened and burning garbage is floating down all around him. He managed not to set himself on fire or anything else and a day later is telling the neighbor how a couple soda bottles exploded from the fire and that sugar water can sure burn. The moral of the story is my brother and I spend half the day making sure if dad is outside he is not doing something foolish and unsafe and usually extinguishing the garbage. 

Did the same things when i was alot younger than i am now

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As we get older some of the age related problems are medically correctable.

I have a case in point:

My doctor detected a high level of calcium in a blood test on me.   After seeing several specialist, and many tests later, the doctors decided that the calcium issue  was caused by my parathyroid being overactive and would probably respond to partial removal.  In late November of 2017 I had surgery in the local University Hospital by a doctor that has spent the past 20 years performing the procedure  on patients from all over the US.

Bottom line is, my calcium levels are now normal, and several other age related problem have also improved. My Doctor says the surgery improved/corrected at least 3 age related issues that he was concerned about. 

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55 minutes ago, oleman said:

As we get older some of the age related problems are medically correctable.

I have a case in point:

My doctor detected a high level of calcium in a blood test on me.   After seeing several specialist, and many tests later, the doctors decided that the calcium issue  was caused by my parathyroid being overactive and would probably respond to partial removal.  In late November of 2017 I had surgery in the local University Hospital by a doctor that has spent the past 20 years performing the procedure  on patients from all over the US.

Bottom line is, my calcium levels are now normal, and several other age related problem have also improved. My Doctor says the surgery improved/corrected at least 3 age related issues that he was concerned about. 

Nice!  Glad to hear it, modern medicine has done some amazing things.  So you feel like a spring chicken again? :-)

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As I have aged (62) my body is starting to slow down/fail/wear out from all the dumb stuff I did while I was 10ft. tall and bullet proof. A older gentleman whom I worked with years ago while I was packing a bottle of oxygen on my shoulder that stuff like that was going to come back and haunt me, he was right.

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Never was a bolt i couldnt get tight or loose.  but i do find myself using a longer cheater pipe now and reach for the hot wrench quicker than i used to. 

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Bolts, I know I put on years ago now I'm wondering why I put them on so tight.

 

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gee use to just jump off the outside silo ladder years ago, you know there was always the last 8 feet  that was not put on, now I get a step ladder and climb down. seems like you use to bounce off the ground back then.

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several  of the older farmers we use to help put up hay told us young bucks to lay down and take a rest under the hay wagon for a half hour after lunch

guess they didn't want us to loose our lunch LOL  and also ''ginger water'' so we wouldent dehydrate

alwayse had to make sure Mr turrell was out from under the wagon before we started again

now I dont mind taking a rest in the afternoon,, work will be waiting.

Mike

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  These stories are heartwarming and we all pretty much smiled and knotted .

     I have become so hard on myself , at 72 and having a pace maker for last five years , I forget, look at projects and think no problem ,until I get to them!

      Need MORE light for everything, Doctor took away my welder ,because welders and pace-makers don't play well together,  I look for a creeper chair for everything in shop , the cheater bar is so long now I can hardly lift it, everything is harder then it looks,  Tractors all have K&M steps with forth step.:lol: Getting down in shop work , then up takes a few minutes and MUCH concentration. Four legged chairs are strategically placed in shop for breaks, Pillow is always out in shop office for a siesta .

    Worse of all ,it seems everything I send out for repairs takes forever ! Is it that young people are working slower or is it me thinking I want it now , which appears to be a malady that most of us old farts suffer from, after all, time is running short .

           All in All, getting old is NOT for SISSIES but we keep swinging  away and we get- er- done,  eventually , between aches and pains and Doctor visits .

           You know, I hope we are all still struggling to get things done when we are in our Nineties and  blowing up the garbage barrel, (That was funny right there) or putting dents on the  tail gate of my pick-up or even the Motor Home :D cussing at the wrong the wrench size I picked out of tool box and complaining about how everything now a days have become so  DARN heavy !

    Some days , Bob and I are pathetic in shop both looking for the part we just picked up and set done and its no where to be found.  Thank God ,for the privilege to be able to do these crazy things together and laugh about it.

         I want to think its the "Country Boy's" RIGHT OF PASSAGE ! and a good one.

          Tony

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