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valerie    Posted 10-08-2002 at 12:08:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I realize I'm very new around here, and also that asking a person's age is kind of taboo. I hope you will forgive me if this question is out of line.

But I really respect and value the wisdom of older people who've already been through a lot of things. I've been reading the posts and I am enjoying what so many of you have to say. It looks like some of you have been around for awhile. I never had a grandpa or grandma to chat with and I like listening to older folks' conversations.

Would any of you mind posting your age? I don't have too many years to brag on, but I'll post that I'm 39. Too old to be called a spring chicken, but too young to have the wisdom of a sage.

renee    Posted 10-10-2002 at 19:58:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Valerie, I was 71, the 25th. Probably too old to be buying a 3 acre farm, with an old house that needs fixing. At least my kids think so. But the call back to the country just got too much.


Valerie    Posted 10-11-2002 at 06:23:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think it's wonderful and you are never too old to get back to beauty and what is natural and good. I'm sure I will be just like you. :)

Hogman*** GOOD GRIEF    Posted 10-09-2002 at 21:09:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
It looks like I take tha blue ribbon for antiquness. I hatched out Dec 23rd 1923 which would lead one ta believe it'll be 79 come next Dec.
Great Grand Kid started school this Fall.
Maw Hogs 56,after 18 years of it We still share tha same pillow every night which is ta say tha sparks still there'n snugglin's tha best part of life.

rachel    Posted 10-09-2002 at 17:18:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
47 three weeks ago and glad to have made another year without running into a mack truck or a 6 prong buck in rut or somesuch.... Mark is 53 and calls it 39, another Jack Benny if ya remember him

Clare    Posted 10-09-2002 at 14:30:05       [Reply]  [No Email]

Donna from Missouri    Posted 10-09-2002 at 12:24:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fifty-eight... and that seems uncomfortably close to sixty, but it's out of my hands!

Chuck, WA    Posted 10-09-2002 at 10:03:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmmm....didn't realize what a bunch of young pups there was on this board! :)

Looks like I'd be on the young end of the older 10%. But, as a hobby farmer on only a few acres, I usually yield to the experience of you younger ones who have been living a lot closer to a lot more land for a bigger part of your lives. I have lived on small acreages at other times in the past, so my combined experience is a little more than just what's current.

I'm 59, a scientist, and wishing retirement was closer so I could spend my time at something more meaningful, but it's not in sight yet! I suppose I might fall into what some on this board would call a "yuppie" but I'm no longer "young" and no longer an "up and comer" - that being where the term yuppie comes from.

Since moving out of town last Thanksgiving, I've been busy. I bought my first tractor (MF35 diesel) last spring and will tow home my first real implement (JD 214 baler handed down by a generous wheat farmer friend) this weekend. I hope to find a sickle and rake, and with them, bale my few acres of grass hay, and maybe also some for my small acreage horse owner friends and neighbors. Around here where the circle-sprinkler hay fields can easily be several quarter to half mile radius circles (hundreds to thousands of acres), it's hard to find anybody who's willing to bale a few acres. I restored a couple of idle acres to pasture grass this fall, so am making some slow progress. Am building a pole barn (24x36x12 with gambrel roof and with 12x36 open shed) - expect it to be finished by November. Posted a pic of it partly framed back last summer, and will post again when it's done. Will add field fence to existing barb next year, then we'll see where to next.

Swamphandy    Posted 10-09-2002 at 06:36:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am 23 years old. Have posted under Swamptrot in the past, switched to Swamphandy couple of months ago.

Wow looks like I keep mature company. Not sure what that says about me. I will say this is my favorite forum on the internet. Folks seem to still have a grain of respect here.

I am a computer/technology general specialist. Old or new, high tech or low tech, if someone can't figure it out they call me in. My favorite project so far was reprograming a 1980's payphone with no manuals and no passcode to get into it. Full time I work for a small family corperation for peanuts. For kicks I play at farming a couple of chickens. If I ever slow down enough I want to have a nice garden. Farmins' in my blood I think. Grandpa is past 70 now and still farming every day on the ever shrinking cherry farm. Kinda sad to see it shrink like it does. Old dead cherry trees all over the place an' he doesnt plan to plant any more. By devine grace my wife I get to live on a small corner of the farm. Right across the 'used to be dirt road, now a highway' yuppies are paying over 250k for houses in the new sub that has been going in for 10 years now on an old cherry farm. There is a 3000 student school next door on what also used to be a cherry farm. On the other side there is a monstrous church and a huge ice skating/hocky place(where the RedWings practice in the off season) which also used to be a cherry farm. Grandpa refuses to sell the farm still though. He has been offered over a million $ for 64 acres, but is not interested in the money even though he lives on a little over 10k per year. He is my truest hero, the person I most idalise. wow this got long fast, I am gonna stop now... thas a lil bout me at any rate.


WallSal55 - My hat's off to Grandpa...    Posted 10-09-2002 at 06:43:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gave me a lump in my throat! Thanks for sharing
that one.

valerie    Posted 10-09-2002 at 07:57:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yep, he knows what's precious. But, why are the cherry farms not going anymore???? Cherries are my very favorite fruit! :)

Swamphandy    Posted 10-09-2002 at 11:41:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Same reason all farms are having hard times: mechanization. Today one large farm can produce more cherries than all the farms in the area used to 50 years ago. More product is available but the demand has not gone up so prices go down and small farmers go bankrupt. Sad but true.


Valerie    Posted 10-09-2002 at 12:39:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I realize I'm biased...

But I say organic cherries all the way!! More time consuming and a little pricier to get going, but the selling price would be sky high!

(Val steps off the crate and spits out a pit - discreetly, of course)

I'm so old I fart dust!    Posted 10-09-2002 at 04:50:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
At 45 I feel a day older than Gods dog.
Regrets?? yup,lots of em' I wish I had moved to North Carolina 10 years before I did! lots of good land goin' away now and I'm sorry I missed it.

Bama Dee    Posted 10-09-2002 at 04:18:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
58 year old retired male dancer

scooterhead    Posted 10-09-2002 at 02:11:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
46 , rore hard and put away wet !!!!

kraig WY    Posted 10-08-2002 at 22:01:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I'm 55 and have no desire what so ever to be young again. I'm a retired police officer, and hated that job. Also retired from National Guard. Last job I had was running the marksmanship unit. That job I do miss. All I did was travel around to rifle and/or pistol matches. Now I just practice my main hobby, procrastination, and I love it. I give lots of advice but you have to take in account I don't know nothing.

ol Henry    Posted 10-08-2002 at 19:31:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Retired last year after 35year as an electrical lineman, will be 62 in Dec. I seen way too many storms and spent way too many nights out in the rain,and way too many days in the hot sun, but I had a good time along the way.

Les...Hey ol Henry    Posted 10-09-2002 at 03:09:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Were you a lineman for an electric cooperative? I work for one (the only one in NH). Only time I get to play lineman at all is during a storm which is fine with me since I got started in the business too late.
I started out as a meter reader after coming off active duty, then went to staking (field planner, line designer or whatever you call it) and now in the right-of-way dept. as a forester/arborist.

ol Henry    Posted 10-09-2002 at 05:09:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy Les
No not a co-op, I worked for PSO in Tulsa, Ok.
We had quite a bit of rural stuff though. I got to watch the city spread out over the years, seen many farms and ranches that were cut up and and developed into housing and industerial sites.
Ever get cussed out for cutting them trees down ? heh heh

Cowboy Joe    Posted 10-08-2002 at 19:04:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm 39+

Burrhead    Posted 10-08-2002 at 20:06:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah and I fergut to tell you Joe, you just barely sound like a yankee on the radio, Keep up the good work.I'm a little over 39

Alvin NE WI    Posted 10-08-2002 at 18:59:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will be 72 in 14 days, retired but still get up early, help with some dairy farm chores yet, travel, and mostest, enjoy working slowly on my old tractors and walking through our woods and river trail. Been around the world via Uncle sam also. My oldest grandchild is 27 now so i guess I don't qualify to be your Grandpa either.

EIEIO    Posted 10-08-2002 at 18:49:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am 60, feel about 30, want to be 62 to get my social security while I can still enjoy it. I sometimes look in the mirror and wonder who that woman is looking back at me, sure can't be me!!!

Nathan(GA)    Posted 10-08-2002 at 18:46:58       [Reply]  [No Email]

jamo    Posted 10-08-2002 at 18:11:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
45 want to be 25, feel like 105!

bob ny    Posted 10-08-2002 at 14:59:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
70 years tosoon olt und tp late schmart

Fawteen - No kidding?    Posted 10-08-2002 at 15:05:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Huh. Mentally, I had a picture of you at about my age. Gives me hope, that does... ":^)

BOSS    Posted 10-08-2002 at 14:51:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm 37. But I always say, " its not the years, its the miles."

And I got alot of them !!!!!

Fawteen - Boy, HOWDY!    Posted 10-08-2002 at 15:06:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
and most of mine were on some rough dang roads, too!

Scott Hansen    Posted 10-08-2002 at 14:26:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
46, and spittin' fire....OH! Cramp! Oh! Oh!

LH    Posted 10-08-2002 at 14:10:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I'll be 41 next month. Been retired form the police force for just over 2 years. Now I raise horses and other assorted critters, and do fence work and some odd jobs to supplement my income.

Hal/WA    Posted 10-08-2002 at 17:02:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am also retired Law Enforcement. I took a medical a couple of years ago after 25 years of service, just couldn't do it anymore. Thank God for the retirement system! I'd be in a world of hurt without it. I never planned to retire so early, but some things are beyond our control.

I sometimes miss the job, but I sure don't miss the paperwork and the whining. I still get calls from people that know me asking what they should do about different problems. Kind of odd to have no authority at all after all those years.

Hope your very young retirement is because you live in an area with a retirement system that allows you to retire on time after 20 years and not because of medical problems. Good luck.

LH    Posted 10-08-2002 at 17:54:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know waht ya mean Hal. I served on 4 different departments in about 19 years. The last 2 dep't I got stupid and let em make me chief. I hated the politics and stress so took an early out with a bleeding ulcer, and migraines. I loved bein a cop, but not the politics.

Les    Posted 10-08-2002 at 14:00:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hit the double nickels last July. Don't belong to AARP and never will.

glen sw wi    Posted 10-08-2002 at 13:48:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have my medicare card. Don't know why they gave it to me. Don't feel that old.

Mudcat49    Posted 10-08-2002 at 13:39:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Mudcat is 53!
There may be snow on the roof, but there is plenty of fire left in the furance!

Patria/48    Posted 10-08-2002 at 13:16:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Welcome valerie

JoeK    Posted 10-08-2002 at 13:07:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pushin 50 and it's pushin back.

WallSal55    Posted 10-08-2002 at 13:07:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Soon to be--47 in a month. Reached the age of
wisdom in my 40's, but wish I wasn't so smart some days.
On the other hand, I am still learning.

Ana - 55 and still larnin'    Posted 10-08-2002 at 12:56:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I love to learn new things, try to keep an open mind, but some things just don't seem to change a whole lot. Everyone loves to share their experiences and that's what's fun here.

Gary    Posted 10-08-2002 at 12:45:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
...from La too and dont mind ya askin' Be 50 in a few months and still spend time trying to draw on as much wisdom as I can get from my 70 + parents. Especially my father, we share the same interest in an older way of life and suprisingly enough to each, learn from each other. It's fun.

Craig H    Posted 10-08-2002 at 12:41:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
G'Day Valerie,
Well I'm only 43, but I know what you mean.
Heres a story:

I met this old man, about 90 in an Aussie pub recently. He was leaning on the bar and crying his eyes out. So I went up to him and said, "whats the matter mate". He then proceeded to tell me that he was married to a 25 year old beauty queen who loved him with such passion, he said that she was a wonderfull cook, never nagged him and that she had the most beautiful long blonde hair. Well as you could understand I was a bit puzzled. So I said to him, "obviously you are married to a most beautiful woman, so why are you crying"? To which he replied, "Iv'e forgotten where I live".
Now to prove that you are right Valerie, I am a member of the Alzheimers Carers Association of South Australia, and that was told to me some time back by a lady who suffers mild dementia. She showed me that a sense of humour is not lost when we depart from our days of youth.
Have a good day
Craig H........

Ron/PA    Posted 10-08-2002 at 12:33:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I wouldn't respond except my head is swollen from you saying you Respect, and Value my thoughts.
I'm only 49, and 3 things you should think about.
I remember alot of what my grandpa told me
You need real high boots to remain here,
I lie alot.
Now seriously, welcome to the board, and it's a pleasure to have you stop by, ask your questions and you will tap a wealth of information from these fine folks.
Welcome from Central PA.

Fawteen - Just a pup, sorry...    Posted 10-08-2002 at 12:32:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll be 52 in a coupla weeks.

Cur Mudgeon    Posted 10-08-2002 at 12:20:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well les see. I was about 21 when you were born. Not a whole lot of wisdom here, just a bit of expierence.

DHunter n NOLa    Posted 10-08-2002 at 12:19:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Valerie, I'm 67, retired from 40+ years working at a Petroleum Engineer mostly on international assignments. Now I live close to New Orleans, thus the NOLa behind my name.

Valerie    Posted 10-08-2002 at 15:35:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm still cracking up from all your responses.

So no one here is old enough to be my grampa or gramma, but you sure do have lots of experience. Good to know I'm not the youngest around here.

And I can definately tell there's some leg yankers in this area. I'll have to watch out or come out of the chicken coop with egg on my face. :)

Grove r    Posted 10-08-2002 at 16:22:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hold it valerie, ain't had my answer yet.....born in '39, I was, can't quite remember why I used to chase women....they say the memory is the secound thing to go.....can't remember what the first thing was.....oh well....I'll ask the misses when she gets home.....have a gooder, R.E.L.

A Man    Posted 10-09-2002 at 19:29:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I thought XXX was the first

Sid    Posted 10-08-2002 at 19:25:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am fifty five. Hey grover. I Know a fellow who uses the association method to help his Memory. I saw it work one time. It went something like this I asked him what the new waitress name was he said I can not remember but I know a way that can help me figure it out He asks me what is that pretty flower with stickers on the stem Do you mean a rose I say? He says Yeh thats it. He turns to the kitchen and hollers at his wife Hey Rose who is that new gal at the cafe. Have you ever tried this method to help you with your aaah what was you problem again Well anyway congrats on being around this long.

Grove r    Posted 10-08-2002 at 19:56:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, tried that once, got into a lot o' trouble....guys like Dick, an' Enus, an' Art, an'....think they called it the association process, so now I'm in the process of DIS association.....another name for it is selective hearing....wife says I'm realy getting good at it, too....have a gooder, R.E.L.

Tammy E-TX    Posted 10-08-2002 at 17:30:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
was 39 in June... and welcome to the board!

fredo    Posted 10-08-2002 at 20:28:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
[71] been there done that amen. hope you find common sense on this site. looks pretty good to me so far.

fredo    Posted 10-08-2002 at 20:26:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
[71] been there done that amen. hope you find common sense on this site. looks pretty good to me so far.

Ron/PA    Posted 10-09-2002 at 04:58:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fredo, Put your glasses on and look again! (grin)

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