“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Monday, April 21, 2014

What's next.



Went to town today to mail a book I've been meaning to send out to a friend.  Thought I'd pick up some groceries. Nothing major.

Got into town and truck wouldn't start.  It's not the  batteries. The vehicle has two massive batteries, and they are relatively new. I think it's the starter.

A guy I used to work at the gun counter with over at the General Store has a wrecker service. He had a stroke a few years ago, so he doesn't drive the wreckers anymore.  Called him, and he sent his truck.  They hauled me to the garage I have used for 20 years.  This Norwegian guy about my age used to run it, but now his two sons do. I always go there for vehicle repairs.  Left the truck there  Of course, I was 22 miles from home with no ride, but fortunately for me my old counter mate from the gun store gave me a lift in his POV. (Privately Owned Vehicle.)

I didn't want him to drive all the way up the dirt road though, because the gate key was in the truck, and there's no where to turn . I didn't want him to have to try to jockey around with that on the narrow road, so I got him to let me off at the foot of the mountain.

Started up the mountain and couldn't get going. I guess I am just tired.  Legs wouldn't hold up and I couldn't catch my breath. So it took me 45 minute to walk what used to take me about 15 minutes when I was younger. Still, I did make it to the house.

14 comments:

  1. I think my Dad would have had the same opinion of old age. On the occasion of his 90th birthday he said to me, "Honey, if you get the chance to live to be 90, don't do it."

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    1. Today I'd agree with your dad. The more things you can no longer do, that you once did without thought, the more onerous being older gets. I have less patience (not that I was ever renowned for that attribute), I get mad quicker (wouldn't have thought that was possible but clearly it is), and worst of all I am not as good a planner as I once was.

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  2. I had the privilege to eat Easter Sunday Dinner yesterday with a WW2 combat vet. He still drives and walks without a cane. He didn't seem to be fond of getting old either, but seems to have done so rather gracefully. He's 89. He made my day.

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    1. I guess it's attitude. Some people can just let it flow on past them. I was never one to make anything easy if I could make it hard. But being mad at life is like being mad at the post office. It doesn't do any good , and it just holds up everybody else in line.

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  3. I can't say about the ages above 50, But the happiest day of my life was when I realized I had finally grown old enough and that my testosterone level dropped far enough I was no longer susceptible to female coercion

    Seriously it was as if a fog was lifted from my brain and I could actually see things I had been missing all those years. I will never take one of those pills like viagra Being actually in charge of one's own sex drive is like being unshackled from the beast.

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    1. Well, don't sweat it because nature will take care of that for you down the road. 31+ years into my marriage, it's a hell of a lot more important to me that my wife and I can still enjoy each others company and work together on surviving life at our age. What really hurts about growing old is losing your ability to do simple things like stack wood, walk around the lake, stuff like that. I never thought the day would come that I would wonder if I could make it up the mountain to the house. It makes me angry and that helps the situation a whole lot. >:-0

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  4. Harry, I'm glad you got home safe.

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  5. Well, I could always have called the Sheriff's department and reported some senile old guy walking down the street. Could have got a ride that way.

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  6. PioneerP's comment made me laugh. Ain't that the truth. Funny I just read an article today that said that science has now determined the age at which men get grumpy--70. That seems to be the golden age when it all goes downhill. Well if this is true, then I better get all the fishing in that I can in the next 24 years. --Troy

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    1. Troy, I saw that same article. I remember thinking if they had included me in their study it would have blown their premise all to hell. I'm not 70 yet but I am certainly cranky.

      I bet if PP's wife knew he put stuff like that on the internet she'd snatch him bald headed.

      Yeah, get all the good things done you want to do. I still think I might get myself a nice houseboat and put it on one of these lakes up here. Then I could drive over, spend the night , drive home and have the best of both worlds. Not a really expensive one, just something modest but comfortable, with a decent little kitchen and good sleeping quarters. The one I stayed on with my brothers out on Lake Shasta five years ago would be perfect, and they were selling used ones at the marina for $28,000 then. You can't even buy a decent used car for that.

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  7. What a day you had! I hope nothing too major is wrong with your truck. First your wife gets in her accident, and now this.

    Don't kill yourself climbing up that mountain.

    *You mentioned that your son is dyslexic. I had issues with that to. Foreign languages and even learning was hard for me when I was in elementary school. I learned to overcome it. I have my masters degree now. I'm so glad my boys don't struggle like I did.

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    1. I'm glad your sons don't have dyslexia. It caused my son a lot of misery until it was identified. Once we knew what was wrong, my wife went to the Linda Mood Bell school in Nashville, TN. to learn special teaching techniques for that learning disability. In fact, my wife was a French teacher, and became a special education teacher because of the problems Glenn had. Today he can read perfectly, and is fully functional in society. When he was just a little guy I used to lay in bed at night and worry about how he would make a living if he never learned to read.

      It was a bad day. I guess I should not get so het up over something so minor, and the truck needed to go into the shop for an oil change anyway. My insurance paid the towing bill, so I just need to deal with it and quit being so whiny. :-0

      I'm not sure why I ran out of steam trying to get back up here today. Never had it that bad before but I am feeling fine now. I think the truck just needs a new starter. Old vehicles need parts once in awhile, but that has been a good truck. We go back a long, long ways together.

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  8. Glad you got back to the house. My great nieces make me feel old.

    I tell you my parents don't realise how old they are. I think it is having all the grand children and great grand children all over the house. Keeps them on their toes. My parents are nearly touching 80. they play on the wii with the kids, on the floor doing jigsaws. making cakes and even last year my mum went sea kayaking with my nephew. I wasn't too happy about that. And my mums new word that she says on the phone when you talk to her on a Sunday is CHILLAXING! lol "what are you doing this afternoon?"... "your Dads reading his kindle and I am Chillaxing" LMAO Surround yourself with young people. you will soon feel younger.

    I am also grumpy at the moment. The garden is not cooperating and the changeable weather is giving me headaches from the changes in pressure.

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    1. Do you get migraines? My daughter does and weather changes sometimes brings them on.

      As long as you can get around, I think getting old can be tolerated. Once it gets to be painful walking up the stairs, things go down hill rapidly. Your mom is brave. I spent a lot of time at sea on Navy ships, but I am still afraid of the ocean. I wouldn't go out on it in a tiny kayak for all the gold in the world.

      I have a fire burning this morning and am just drinking coffee. I'm planning to spend the day reading. It's drizzling and cold outside.

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