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Fifty reasons to hate being 50+1 - You finally get out from under your parentsThey say you don't become a man until your father dies.Well, that is true. But then your mother drives you nutsfor the rest of your life. And guaranteed, she is goingto out live you.2 - Because gray doesn't look good. Really. You look old.Chicks don't dig old, unless you happen to have madea bundle in life. Remember old? When I was younger,old people said the oddest things and just spoke oftheir ever expanding list of ailments. Now I'm one of them.Shoot me now.3 - "The surest sign of age is loneliness." (Amos Bronson Alcott)4 - "In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us."(Josh Billings)5 - "I think when the full horror of being fifty hits you,you should stay home and have a good cry." (Alan Bleasdale)6 - "As I give thought to the matter, I find four causes for theapparent misery of old age: first, it withdraws us from activeaccomplishments; second, it renders the body less powerful;third, it deprives us of almost all forms of enjoyment;fourth, it stands not far from death." (Cicero)7 - "There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow."(Edith Wharton)8 - Sex doesn't get better. It simply stops occurring. Yourpartner loses all interest. Whether it is because of you,or the fact she has become a dried out bagged out old hagis irrelevant. Give up the quest. You'll only embarrassyourself in perusing this activity...and probably getarrested trying.9 - You lose compassion for others. Hell, you lose all patiencewith others. Forget the fact that you have lived throughthe very problems you see others about to make, they aren'tgoing to listen to you. You're old and don't know. Let them learn the hard way.10 - Men engage in questionable activities due to mid-life crisis?This had to have been written by a woman. Hey, go down tothe local bar, tell them to play some Sinatra, hoist a fewin the corner in the dark by yourself, and tell everyone elseto shut up...you'll do what you damn well please.11 - Change careers? You're lucky if you still have a damn job.It is a youth centric society. Your life skills are useless.You job can be done by someone with less experience for alot less in salary. Note to corporate America: hey, outsourceTHIS!12 - Crossword puzzles!? Oh great. I can see myself now sittingin a home with all the other geriatrics, drool bib in place,working on that 7-letter word for the clue "the solution tothe problems of the aged"...I have it partially: s-ic-de.13 - Money can buy happiness? Oh yeah. Two words: strip club.14 - Keith Richards? A multimillionaire who did everything wewere warned not to. Now we're saying 'hey, he lived...maybewe can to'. Give me his fortune and I'll live a jolly oldlife. Otherwise, shut up and get out of my face.Free to do what I want:15 - Create death list of all those who crossed you in life16 - Spend all day searching for porn on the internet17 - Calculate the speed at which your investment portfolio is tanking18 - Our music? Please. I t was business for those guys. They madefortunes off of us buying their stupid albums and going to theirconcerts. Now they can afford to be liberals...and we somehowcontinue to buy their greatest hits CDs and go to reunion concerts.19 - Yes, this one hits the mark. We've lost all sense of embarassementand really don't give a damn what we do anymore. This normallyleads to court injunctions and various restraining orders.20 - The Beatles? Please. See response to 18.21 - Wow. Hats off to that guy fighting into his 60's. Now for therest of us, we are simply the target of street ruffians. We aretoo old and too soft to protect ourselves and exist at the mercyof others. Woo-hoo. Old age is great.22 - Our love grows deeper over time? Have you taken one too many Vicadinfor breakfast? Most of us become bitter old bastards that don'tgive a damn about anyone else because we see the dirty undersidethat this society has become. Want an eye opener? Go to nightcourt in your town sometime and see if your love for your neighborgrows as a result.23 - B.B. King? He is one guy I do respect. He has seen and accomplisheda great deal. But again, see item 18. Sorry my man, but being afat cat doesn't mean you can offer advice to everyone else stillstruggling.On raising children as older adults:24 - what are you nuts!?25 - what are you nuts!?26 - what are you nuts!?27 - what are you nuts!?28 - Paul Newman. Sure. Living well he is. Do you know how much money thisguy has made over the years? See item 23. I don't mind people makingmoney. Like Reverned Ike used to say, "Money is good! I love money!".But it should go to those who actually contribute is some positive wayto society. I'm not sure entertainers fall into that category.29 - Spiritual side? Hmmm. I am lucky in that I have the luxury of havingactually read something of history on this matter. My conclusion isthat God and religion have lead to more wars, depravity, and intolerencein this world than practically any other concept created by man.30 - Powerful? We are old, not powerful31 - Congress? More people getting rich telling us what to do...andstealing our money while doing it.32 - Voting is powerful. Isn't this how we got to where we are now?Voting for stupid transparent people doesn't help.33 - Over time, our financial assets will be totally spent on taxes,health care, and greedy children.34 - Consumer spending?! Is there anything left over to spend?35 - Great...lots more old people in the future. Goodbye social security check.36 - That we're living longer is a good thing? Merciful God in heaven, whenwill this agony end?37 - Now we're taking philosophical advice from Judge Judy? I'd like tosee her put in lock-up at Rikkers for a weekend.38 - Here is some advice for all the do-gooders out there looking to helpme: shut up and leave me alone. I just need someone to find the bodyat the end, thats all.39 - The world has changed. It only grows to be a more frightening, darkerplace full of despair and inconceivable brutality.40 - High school?! That was about as close to prison as I ever wanted to getin my life. And seeing how fat and stupid everyone else has becomeoffers no interest to me.41 - Judging character? Maybe. I'd just like to not feel so confused andlost during the day as I grow older. Or maybe I'll just get to thepoint where even that doesn't matter anymore. What is that positivethey say about Alzeiheimers disease...you're always meeting new people.42 - A more efficient brain? Who comes up with these "discoveries"? Surelyif my brain were more efficient, I wouldn't be so confused by every newgadget that comes along.43 - A desire for meaning mellows the mind? What an ****. Its not thatwe are getting mellow. Rather it is that we simply give up.44 - Intolerence. Yeah, I can see that. However, when objecting to badservice, I have seen that lead to police intervention, pepper spray,tasers, and a court date.45 - Trauma leads to englightenment? Sorry, but I fall into the category of"Hardship can render us bitter, selfish, defensive, and miserable". Sof--- off.46 - Our younger days. Yes they were fun. We actually did things rather thansit passively playing video games. That is as lost in the past as78's, tube radios, and cheap gas. It is a brave, new, and very frighteningworld out there. Having seen what our generation has wrought, I shudder toconsider the future guided by that fat stupid grand kid playing on the X-Box.47 - We can stay fit? Maybe some. However it is disingenuous to pick an ex-professionalathelete to prove your point. Martina has the money, time and physicalcapacity to devote to training. The majority of the rest of us do not.It is a fact of life. We're old. We have diseases. We have infirmities.Simply living day to day is the chore.48 - "Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man."(Trotsky)49 - "The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that agebrings wisdom." (H. L. Mencken)50 - There are reasons why we tighten our circle of friends. We generally hatemore people as we grow older because we see them for the transparent shamsthey really are (I have your number Obama). We become bitter and cynicaldue to what we have seen and what we continue to see in this world. Giventhat, who the hell wants to be friends with an old person, except for otherold bitter cynical people. And I don't want that.
Maybe it is all that bad stuff JerryDaBum mentions, but somehow it all just sems more comfortable than being younger did! Maybe because all that down stuff he mentions just doesn't seem so serious and sad and frightening as it would if I read his list back when I was young and took things he listed more seriously. At 50 I can say yeah, whatever! At 12 I'd be wanting to cry seeing that attitude being the way I'd be in the future. Now I just kind of pity him he is so pissed off at everything, and agree with a lot of the stuff he says, like when I hear that trauma leads to enlightenment garbage it gets me mad. I do the bitter and cynical thing, but I can laugh at myself for feeling that way more than when I was younger and the world felt more serious. Laugh at people being transparent shams, and feel a real good satisfaction I konw better than to trust them. I can laugh and enjoy that anger and hate in me I'm feeling toward people instead of feeling sad they are the way they are, like I'd be if I were younger. The circle of friends is tightened to me, myself and I, but its a thrill at old age it doesn't hurt anymore.