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    Default mid fifties and fatigued

    Ok i knew as i got older i would have less energy but this year seem to be dragging too much.At such a tender age. I drive by a builder whom is 73 and going strong working everyday. Heard on the radio the other day that people need to plan on working into thier 70s and even 80 to have a decent retirement- what is up with that?.

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    Keep the weight and stress up and you shouldn't have to worry about it.

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    Monster Khaos.
    I will never buy a Nissan Cargo Van.

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    I'm 75 and going back to work, build one more any way, building gets into your blood and being productive is a hard habit to break, especially seeing other people my age dying off and floating around on cruise ships. I thought I'd finish off life doing expert witness work in construction, but it's frustrating seeing all the stupid thing contractors do and their gullibility accepting anything material manufacturers claim for their products. I do have to say that I put the tools down at age 25 though,

    I worked for a contractor once who continued working until his 90s even though he was quite wealthy, he actually made his money in real estate, hated real estate but loved building, his advice was to do both, make your money in real estate but build for self-satisfaction and enjoyment in life. He was an old Oakie who came to California in the 20s (before the Dust Bowl migration) to escape poverty, when his wife died in his 70s he went back to Oklahoma, remarried and brought home a gal he dated on a bicycle before the turn of the 20th century, he outlived her as well. One of my heros is Oscar Neimeyer, a fantastic architect still working at 103, he remarried at 99 after his first wife's death, in 1969 I made a pilgrimage to Rio and Brasilia to see his work, this in spite of the fact that Niemeyer is an active Communist, and I despise Communists, Socialists, and Democrats, it's ironic that a Communist has remained so productive, I was talking to my cigar roller who escaped from prison to escape Communism in Cuba, I asked about Cuba and the potential of normalization of relations, he said that his people have become so lazy under Communism that it will take generations to restore the work ethic even if they renounce Communism, and here is a Communist still working at 103!
    Last edited by Dick Seibert; 06-24-2011 at 12:00 PM.
    “‎A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.” ― John Stuart Mill

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    You Rock Mr Seibert. I have a good friend in his early 80s still goes to his office and pratices estate law. He is getting some frail ness but his mind is so sharp. I too think i'd rather die with my boots on building something or planting trees and bushes or gardens. Might just have to go to shorter days but keeping going seems to be what makes a charmed life.
    Oh the 73 year old was shingling on a windy day acouple years ago and the wind caught him while he was carting a bundle. As he was about to fall off her dropped the bundle running off the roof landed got back up the ladder and back to work... He looks like he should be in his 40s i look like i should be in my late 60s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Seibert View Post

    I'm 75 and going back to work...still working at 103!
    Random thoughts on a random day. I understand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Seibert View Post
    I'm 75 and going back to work, build one more any way, building gets into your blood and being productive is a hard habit to break
    I woke up this Saturday morning at 5:30 am. I usually get up at 3:30 to 4:00. So I took the day off. But I felt unproductive taking the day off. Even at 60 years olds.


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    could be low T
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    Add a B complex vitamin to your diet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albion View Post
    Heard on the radio the other day that people need to plan on working into thier 70s and even 80 to have a decent retirement- what is up with that?.
    Otherwise you have to persuade people to grow your food for you.

    Seriously, if you think you're dragging to much, talk to a doctor about it. Some surprising things can contribute to that, and a lot of them have little to do with age. For me, a naturopathic doctor has been more helpful that a traditional one.
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    Naw, the secret to a long, healthy, and happy life is to stay away from doctors and lawyers (and make a lot of money).
    “‎A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.” ― John Stuart Mill

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    Ah, the new Body Science category here....sweet.

    How do you guys keep your feet from getting all cracked on the bottom?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchman View Post
    Ah, the new Body Science category here....sweet.

    How do you guys keep your feet from getting all cracked on the bottom?
    Depends on why they are cracking. I suffer from psoriasis and from the low humidity in the winter. I use coal tar ointment for psoriasis and a silicone ointment called Sween 24 my wife gets from one of her wound care suppliers (Coloplast) for seasonal drying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchman View Post

    How do you guys keep your feet from getting all cracked on the bottom?
    Soak 'em in cider.
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    Except for crawling I still can do what I did at 25 at about the same pace, frame, dig, lay block, pour concrete,etc…56 y.o.

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