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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-15-12 02:34 PM
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I will always love my friends till the end
Edited on Fri Jun-15-12 02:35 PM by DainBramaged
Those of you who stayed while the lemmings flocked to promises of fame and fortune


Those who tried to keep a great ocean liner floating while the crew and passengers jumped into lifeboats


Those who realized it wasn't party that kept us together, it was purpose.


I have lost interest in politics this year. I realized I have NO influence on what happens around me. I struggle with my health, I struggle with my sanity. I struggle with the fact that it's the same as it ever was, the rich stepping on our faces while the crowd believes they are the saviours.


I'm in the fourth quarter of my life, maybe the red line and I hear the two minute warning whistle. My Mom and brother died of cancer. My sister has cancer and is ill, I have a doctor's appointment Tuesday for an issue and the IRS wants back taxes from 2004.


What's the point about politics if you can't even keep your own boat afloat.

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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-15-12 03:08 PM
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1. Well, I'm a gerontologist, and I say that everyone should prepare for the fourth quarter.
And we boomers aren't going to age, right? But we DO need to prepare for the fourth quarter.

And the thing is, we who are a bit older don't have the concerns that the young folks do -- especially about careers, or just steady work, that will keep them going for decades. So we should be able to act on what we care about, and not worry about consequences in the far future. In fact, we only have to worry about keeping our own boats afloat for shorter periods. So, in many different ways, we should be able to resist flocking, to stay with the ship rather than fighting for the lifeboats, and to support those who are trying to make a difference, even a political difference -- for example, supporting the resurgence of Occupy.

And even if we have only a few years, or months, or even weeks to go, we can try to make them count.

So, when they try to step on our faces, let's give them hotfoots. Or if our boat ain't going to float long, we can try to use it to ram the opposition.

And, DainBramaged, we need you right here, encouraging us, egging us on, and making what we can do count.
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mercymechap Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-15-12 10:58 PM
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2. I hear you!
After all the stress and effort the dummies will keep voting for the ones that will do us in!
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-16-12 07:26 AM
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3. I hear ya DB!
Re: post #1 I have a lot of boomer friends and I myself am struggling with feelings of not being able to accomplish anything or make a difference, despite my hopes and dreams of becoming an architect and so forth.
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-16-12 11:46 AM
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4. In the big scheme of things..
..all that matters is being a good person, and helpful, and kind on balance..

Best wishes with your appointment, and thank you for making our world brighter.

:hug:

PS, be sure to get back to us...
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-16-12 01:29 PM
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5. thank you for your brave post
and as I enter the second half of my life (and I know there's no guarantee on it being half time, we don't know when our time is) I realize how quickly the youthful years pass, so I agree with skip, its all about being a good person and looking out for others as we look out for ourselves, and we continue yo fight the good fight. I will say a prayer for all my fellow DUers, and send out good vibes for all....
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-16-12 01:30 PM
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6. off to the Greatest Page with thee!
:bounce:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-21-12 03:59 AM
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7. DB, I am so sorry to read about your troubles.
I wish we all lived near each other so we could be of more encouragement and more concrete help to each other.

Words seem so ineffective when a board friend is hurting.

Please try to de-stress in every healthy way that you can. Stress is harmful to the body.

Tai Chi and walking work well for some who are in the "final quarter." And someone on PBS hawks a video about yoga for people over 50.

On another, but perhaps related subject, I recently cut out food and beverages that contain preservatives and have noticed a positive difference in my physical and emotional well-being. (Scotch does not count as a preservative!)

My beverages of choice have long been water and pomegranate juice on the rocks, with a rare glass of amaretto over ice (my personal slurpy) or wine, so I needed no changes at all there.

I still eat all the same kinds of things I ate before, even "junk food," just nothing containing an ingredient that I have to google to understand fully.

(Examples: Cape Cod =potato chip label: canola oil, salt, potatoes. Full stop. Things in most Hagen Daz ice cream flavors are similarly recognizable to non-chemists. Ditto Rienzi canned tomatoes.)

Not trying to preach or convert. Just throwing out something that recently made me feel better without many sacrifices, in case anyone has any interest at all in giving it a try.


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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-21-12 11:27 AM
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8. Hagen Daz yum
In the 80's my FAVORITE ice cream was Frusen Gldj vanilla, period. They had a store in Fair Lawn NJ near where I grew up and I would go out of my way to eat it.


It has disappeared due to corporate stupidity.


Thank you my friend. I will heed your advice.

:loveya:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-12 09:11 AM
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9. After I logged off yesterday, it hit me that salt IS a preservative, as well as a seasoning.
However, it is a preservative found in nature and requires no processing, aside from allowing water to evaporate, also natural. So, I make an exception for salt.

Of course, I am not saying that eating salt or ice cream or chips or canned goods is good for you or me. I am just saying that, if you are going to eat junk food or canned tomatoes no matter what, I recommend brands that have ingredients whose names you probably would have recognized when you were about 5 years old.

It's made a difference for me, anyway. Probably going vegan, avoiding all canned foods until they makes those cans safer and giving up junk food would make much more of a positive difference for me, but I am not ready for that and may never be ready for that. So, for now, baby steps, like no added chemicals.
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