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Old 04-23-2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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Benefits of Old Age

Okay, "old" is relative but I'm 51. When I was a teen I read every one of the Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald and loved each of them. I think I reread them again in my 30's. Now that I'm in my 50s I am rereading them yet again, realizing that I have forgotten the story lines enough that they are fresh to me again.

A bad memory is sometimes a good thing when it comes to books. On the other hand, I've sometimes been bitten by getting halfway through a book and realizing that it seems awfully familiar somehow. I've started to log the books I have read in a spreadsheet.
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Don't forget where you saved the spreadsheet, and for goodness sake, don't password protect it!

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Old 04-23-2009, 12:32 PM   #3
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:43 PM   #4
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Heck, yes. I've said before that one of the huge benefits of reaching "a certain age" is that you can re-read all your favourite detective stories and not know "who did it".

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Old 04-23-2009, 12:51 PM   #5
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I just saw a quote from another member here on this forum. Credit goes to Columbus:
"As I get older I find myself wondering more about the hereafter -

I walk into a room and wonder - - - - what I am here after?
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Okay, "old" is relative but I'm 51. When I was a teen I read every one of the Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald and loved each of them. I think I reread them again in my 30's. Now that I'm in my 50s I am rereading them yet again, realizing that I have forgotten the story lines enough that they are fresh to me again.

A bad memory is sometimes a good thing when it comes to books. On the other hand, I've sometimes been bitten by getting halfway through a book and realizing that it seems awfully familiar somehow. I've started to log the books I have read in a spreadsheet.
You also get to rediscover your family & see your wife (What wife!!) anew every day
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Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:40 PM   #9
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Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
In that case, I've paid a high price and have nothing to show for it.
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I went to a play last year - Memories of Water (I think). It was nearly half time interval when it dawned on me that it sounded familiar, and I realised I'd watched a movie called "Before I/You? Go". When I looked it up on the internet, the movie was based on the play.
Of course, in the movie you have different locations, and on a stage just one set, but I should have realised earlier.

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The first does not bestow the second IMHO!
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In that case, I've paid a high price and have nothing to show for it.
I'd ask for my money back then.
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The first does not bestow the second IMHO!
No, some of us stay child(ish)like forever.
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