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Old 03-25-2012, 05:07 PM
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The older you get, the easier it is to injure yourself. Going on hikes is one thing, I have a few relatives in their 90's that still go on hikes, but they wouldn't do downhill skiing like they did when they were younger.
My father is one reason why I didn't replace my diving board on my pool when it broke. In his 70's he would go off it and do flips. His head was getting closer and closer to the edge and it was making me nervous. Between him and 3 teenagers I said I was going to give myself some peace and not replace it. He also tore something on the back of his heel playing basketball. His body just doesn't stretch the way it used to.

Now If I could keep him out of trees or off the top of my roof, I'd feel safer. He just had a couple stents put in his heart less than 2 weeks ago and I came home from work on Friday and he was outside chopping wood.
I told him the Dr said take it easy for awhile and he said if I take it any easier I might as well be dead. In his mind he isn't 78, he is 35. I guess I'd rather that than the opposite but he does make me nervous some of the things he does when I'm not home. I told him if you insist on doing dangerous stuff at least do it when someones home to help if you need it. It goes in one ear and out the other.

Oh wow Linda! He sounds very trying. It is scary. My Mom is just about to turn 90 (in April) and there's no way she could go hiking. She is quite thin and fragile but still able to get around....very slowly. And I lost my Dad at age 92 not long ago. But up until he got very sick, he was walking 3 miles a day. That's a lot! My Mom had a mild stroke and hasn't been able to go on those long walks for some time. But what's amazing is both of their minds were and are good and sharp. I know what you mean though...when I lived in Idaho, just recently, and I had to climb up on my roof to shovel snow, everyone said to let someone know because if I fell or got knocked out, no one would notice I was missing and wouldn't find me until spring. Or when I'd go hiking by myself, a bear could eat me and no one would know. I never told anyone where I was going and all that. I just went. Of course, they'd probably see my car parked at the base of the trail on those hikes where I had to drive a couple miles from my house. But yeah, it is wise to let someone know and for your Dad to wait till someone is around to do dangerous stuff.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:13 PM
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Alligator wrestling.
OK, perhaps I should add some details.

I am going to a conference in SEATTLE. The subject matter of said conference is internet security. Alligator wrestling will probably get me assailed for various, probably obvious reasons. It would be a low point in life for me to get ridiculed by...nerds. Ya know? I am a Hi-Tech redneck, but will still be WAY out of my comfort zone in a place like Seattle.

LOL

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My dad always says if we do find him dead in the yard to just remember he had a good life. I told him the yard is one thing, the shower another!
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:41 PM
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Well now I have to plan a trip to MO. :O

And I agree you don't have to be old to have to slow down. I can run in sprints for short periods of time but I hurt my knee when I was in middle school and when the weather changes I just can't do as much as anyone else my age. I'm 25 now
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OK, perhaps I should add some details.

I am going to a conference in SEATTLE. The subject matter of said conference is internet security. Alligator wrestling will probably get me assailed for various, probably obvious reasons. It would be a low point in life for me to get ridiculed by...nerds. Ya know? I am a Hi-Tech redneck, but will still be WAY out of my comfort zone in a place like Seattle.

LOL

I'm still open to suggestions.
Why do you think you'll be way out of your comfort zone in Seattle? Tell me. I'm not sure what you mean or why you say that. I might be able to put your mind at ease.

Oh, and as far as carrying luggage, do you think a big back pack would work? Then you'd have your hands somewhat free except when loading it on and off your back. lol. No telling what the TSA will do though. Those crutches ya know....mighty suspicious.
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Why do you think you'll be way out of your comfort zone in Seattle? Tell me. I'm not sure what you mean or why you say that. I might be able to put your mind at ease.

Oh, and as far as carrying luggage, do you think a big back pack would work? Then you'd have your hands somewhat free except when loading it on and off your back. lol. No telling what the TSA will do though. Those crutches ya know....mighty suspicious.
Isn't a crutch a dual-use item? It would be perfect for bludgeoning everyone to the plane to death so that you crash it into the space needle. Or not.
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I must add.. mad respect for moms who aren't afraid to run around and play and be silly with their kids (even if it means getting a wee bit dirty lol)

I love my parents, but that's one thing I would change as far as how I was raised. Play (like outside games, hide and seek, etc..) was more of a "kid thing" children did with other kids, toys, pets etc.. and I remember really wishing my mom would play with me at the park instead of just keeping an eye on me while she read her book or got work done
That is the sole reason for me being an undomestic goddess. LOL! I would much rather play monster trucks or go outside and play hide-and-seek and play on the jungle gym.

It's so weird to be this age. I don't feel like I'm in my thirties. Mentally, I feel about 23. I almost had my first heart attack when I realized 40 was going to be here in the not-to-distant future. O_O I'm not one of those people who despises aging or is afraid of it, I'm just confused because my mental age is younger than my physical age (if all that makes sense ).

One thing I miss doing is training/breaking horses. I canNOT afford a broken arm or leg, much less back or neck. And let's face it-we don't bounce like we used to.
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Why do you think you'll be way out of your comfort zone in Seattle? Tell me. I'm not sure what you mean or why you say that. I might be able to put your mind at ease.

Oh, and as far as carrying luggage, do you think a big back pack would work? Then you'd have your hands somewhat free except when loading it on and off your back. lol. No telling what the TSA will do though. Those crutches ya know....mighty suspicious.
Well, most of all.... Its a BIG city. BIG city people live there. I can't stand big cities. Something in me just cannot trust people who want to live that close to each other. Plus, well, you know... LOL I am a redneck who wears a camo hat and kills deer. I reckon I won't fit in. You basic sterotyping stuff, only in reverse this time.

(I can't bring my gun. A place that tells me a law abiding citizen cannot defend their life bothers me. AFAIK, Washington State does not have a CCW reciprocity law. I know that I will likely not face a threat... Its the whole idea...)


And yes, I will be forced to deal with the TSA. Nuff said.

ETA: AND I will be 3000 miles away from the people who I love the most. I have faith that they will be taken care of, but I will miss them. It will be the longest I have been away from Hannah in many years.
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Isn't a crutch a dual-use item? It would be perfect for bludgeoning everyone to the plane to death so that you crash it into the space needle. Or not.
But, they will force me to put them in an overhead bin. How would my crippled ass get to them if I need them for such a reason? *

"SAFETY FIRST" ya know. LOL

* This arguement could be used against a bunch of INSANE anti-gun laws, but I digress and do not want to hijack.
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Well, most of all.... Its a BIG city. BIG city people live there. I can't stand big cities. Something in me just cannot trust people who want to live that close to each other. Plus, well, you know... LOL I am a redneck who wears a camo hat and kills deer. I reckon I won't fit in. You basic sterotyping stuff, only in reverse this time.

(I can't bring my gun. A place that tells me a law abiding citizen cannot defend their life bothers me. AFAIK, Washington State does not have a CCW reciprocity law. I know that I will likely not face a threat... Its the whole idea...)


And yes, I will be forced to deal with the TSA. Nuff said.

ETA: AND I will be 3000 miles away from the people who I love the most. I have faith that they will be taken care of, but I will miss them. It will be the longest I have been away from Hannah in many years.
You'll be okay. A heck of a lot of millionaires walk around seattle wearing plaid wool shirts and grungy ripped up jeans. It's like, hmm, is that guy a millionaire or a homeless person? You'll never know.

Plenty of Seattleites kill deer or are fond of relatives who disperse venison. I mean, there's a Cabelas an hour south and really only downtown feels like a big city. The rest is a lot of sprawled out neighborhoods with gigantic greenbelts and trees. The area I lived in had Discovery Park, which was half as big as the residential area and had bears and sometimes cougar (and it's right smack in the middle of Seattle too). I think you'll be pleasantly surprised anyway. There's a lot more forest than you'd imagine inside and around the city and there's a lot of outdoor recreational stuff you can go do within an hour or two drive.
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