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My younger brother was devastated when he reached 30 - serious depression! He turned 55 this year and has never felt better about it.
I'm going to hold my breath until you give me a satisfactory answer.
I'm going to stamp my feet too, and hope the kids are embarrassed.
(Considering that my favorite hobby can be described quite accurately as Make-Believe and Dress-Up, that is very true ... )
Lalita Tademy told me when I was turning 50 that her 50s were the best decade of her life - so far. I'm less than a year into mine, but I feel it going that way. Liberating, somehow, to be 50.
But one of the most interesting ways is by what comes in the mail. It started with offers to apply to college after graduating from High School. Soon offers for bank, store and credit card accounts came in the mail when I got married. Too tempting to resist.
Offers of insurance for children, diaper coupons and tot toy ads began. Explanation not needed.
Mail extolling the advantages of age defying lotions, make-up and body-shapers long before necessary. Laughable.
Same mail at thirty. Worrisome.
Continuing education, career change, and "it is not too late to get the same low insurance for the whole family" mail. Tantalizing and annoying at the same time.
Ads and coupons for re-vitalizing skin products, gray hair coverage (not quite needed) and exercise equipment. Depressing.
More offers to get that same low insurance, except it is for you to get for your grandchildren. When did that happen? Oh, yeah.
Join AARP mail. Have you taken care of your funeral arrangements and paid for them yet type of mail. Huh?
Same insurance offer, no mention of children or grandchildren, still at that same price and for a little more includes funeral benefits, just in case. Disconcerting.
Your new AARP membership card, and a news letter from the Senior Citizen Center now re-named the Active Aging Center for active-agers (you did not need to sign up for this newsletter, it just started coming in the mail). Okay. I am older, not old, active age not-withstanding.
Now the mail brings health news aimed at old people, retirement home information, same old insurance offer. Hey! I am only 55 years old!
All I am waiting for in the mail now is ads for places I can use my new senior discount. Woohoo!
i am Jude...live alone on my farm in SE Ohio...read anything as long as it is "good" according to whatever scale i'm using at the moment. i don't suffer fools gladly..and i recognize some of the names here....and i will never grow up!!
i am also getting close to the 60 mark..i turn 59 in January...unless the worm beats me to it....
Hmmm... wondering if these two are connected! Yikes! Welcome Jude!
I read EVERYTHING. There isn't a room in our house that is not filled with books. I live in a 160 year old row house in NYC's unofficial 6th borough, Hoboken, NJ, which is really urban (great for me because I don't drive.) My husband, Jeff Tamarkin, is also a writer (His book Got a Revolution, won best book of the year from SF Chronicle and Boston Phoenix) and our son Max is big in theater and applying to high schools even as I write this.
I also write kids books. My proudest moment was writing some of the Wishbone Books, based on the PBS series about the little dog who loves classic literature.
I already see my friend Meg Waite Clayton here! A great author and a super friend, and I'm so looking forward to meeting everyone else.
I am also highly addicted to movies, chocolate, knitting.
Somewhat along those lines (TBR), I started a new group today that I thought might particularly appeal to members of this group--Books off the Shelf. It is a challenge to read books we already own. If you're like me, by the time I reached 50, I had accumulated a LOT of books that I never actually got around to reading. I keep them because I really do want to read them; I just keep getting distracted by new titles! I thought maybe a challenge would help me on that objective. If you could also use a push, come on over!
Edited because I forgot how old I am.
Welcome and Happy Birthday.
Along with the the creaky knees, I acquired a certain "use the good fabric" attitude somewhere along the 50s...
Congratulations to your daughter!
To the rest of the folks here - we're in the same club. Which you might have guessed. :-)
(Remembering one event about 25 years ago in Wyoming, where I got to be the one to climb up and fix the roofpole that had separated during the lightning storm, on the grounds that it was *my* tent...)
I must confess that I like having an open floor in my tent, though - grass is such a nice rug. With proper trenching, it barely gets wet in the rain.
My sister & I bought some good camp-cots at REI a few years back; the nice athletic young woman who was ringing them up for us said, 'oh, luxury campng,' to which I responded, 'no - middle-aged camping!'
Camping for the Currently Middle-Aged...
Now with bursitis in my hips, and sciatica, and that wonky back problem and the bad wrists and the newly chronically-painful elbow, well, damn! You should see me at work when I have to get something off the floor or from way under the counter. As my (older) boss says, "It's all about the leverage!"
ETA - ok, so I started one - now where are all the LT Calontiri???
I pretty much still feel like 27. Don't I look it? ;-)
I remember a couple of decades ago when my ex told me about some public figure who had died at age 52. "That's young," he said. Pause. "It didn't use to be."
I try not to get down on the floor in the first place. It only leads to undignified shuffling and grunting. Sometimes ya gotta to get the right photograph though.
However your logic suffers from the same flaw as Tolkien's. He said that "eleventy first birthday" meant 111th. But eleventy implies a minimum of base 12 and so eleventy first would be 133rd (11 x 12) + 1.
Similarly if you are 50-10 then that implies at least base 11. So that means you are (5 x 11) + 10 = 65.
Sorry to be so pedantic, but I am taking a maths course through the Open University. As you've probably guessed, I'm struggling with it.
I think that's a pretty darn good explanation. Many of us on this site will read anything if it is the only reading material at hand--we just have to read. Consequently, we might read just about anything that didn't bore us. Now, I might be able to tell you what I "think" will bore me and I might avoid those topics if possible. But, if it's at hand and I need something to read, I'll pick up anything and if it interests me, I'll keep reading.
In 34 years of marriage Lee managed to help me learn 7x8=56 - I had a blind spot about that one - and to trust (sort of) the convoluted way I do mental math. He said the way I figure things out like point spreads in a ball game is bizarre but it works, so it's ok. I'll be forever grateful for that insight.
My life plan (see first sentence) didn't exactly work out, as I lost Lee to pancreatic cancer in 2005. I rely on my grandkids and my memories for the good laughs in my life. And my daughter, who - thank God - inherited her dad's math genes, helps me with the math phobia.
Regarding the age issue, look on the bright side, 60 in base 12 is 50. So you are eligible for this group after all!
Anywho, I'm 57, soon 58, and feeling like I'm speeding through this 50's decade pretty fast. I just discovered spinning this past year, however, and I feel better than I've felt in a long time. I'm the oldest (which I don't mind, but I'm also the fattest, which I do mind) one in my class--most are in their 30s--and they all think they invented exercise. Heh.
My favorite genre these days is memoir--maybe it's my age.
>24 tloeffler:. I also lost a huge spreadsheet of book titles. It was devastating, and it's also one reason I'm so glad to have found this site. Glad to see you here in this group, too!
I think you've already discovered what it took quite a few of some time to find out! Welcome.
I had a database of my books that I lost when a computer died. (Yeah, backups, great idea.) Then a month later my house was flooded and I lost boxes of books plus the bottom shelf of each bookcase. So the database was moot.
Then I discovered LT and was sooooo happy at the prospect of a catalog of books that wouldn't get lost even if the computer died. Little did I realize on that day that the threads/groups/virtual friends would be an even more important part of the LT experience than the cataloging. But it's so.
Don't get me wrong, I love these groups--but I know myself well enough to know that I could sit at the computer all day and read and respond to these threads. One of my goals this year is to read more, and I think being able to catalog my books here will help loads with that.
My wife, when asked the question about here age would answer 75 (even when she was only 45). She liked it when people would say ' Wow! You look goood for 75' ;)
I was only thinking this morning that I feel and think the same way i did in my teens - but now I am at the age were I am comfortable to express my opinions but wise enough to do it kindly :)
I have a very wide range of genre - although lately I have been more YA
Except, of course, for Tim, our fearless leader (site founder, majority owner, lead developer, inflatable rhino wrangler, stuffed bobcat fancier and chief pony ostler), who tends to be around at all hours of the day and night.
Welcome to the group. Have a cuppa , and feel free to express you opinions. With tongue in cheek we may (while LOL) disagree. But all in fun. We leave the heavy stuff to the 20 somethings.
Anyway, I turnt 52 a week ago today and I still go to ballet a few times a week. Heck, my knees have been bugging me for 30 years, so being in my 50s is no big deal where that's concerned.
I love LT; what a cool site. Finally I've found "my people."
I'm off to finish reading Lake of Dead Languages. Can't wait to get my mitts on Arcadia FAlls, which I won from the Feb Giveaway. Come on, Ballantine Books! I want that book!
Currently the changing of user names is turned off because of some background problems. Keep an eye on this thread for news of that.
Enjoy! There are some good people here, all book fixated.
Anyone feel like this? Ladies, do you know what I mean?
I just feel strong and brave and speak my mind graciously and feel as if I am finally who I am authentically.
Do have aches and pains and the graying hair, but I've earned them!
Not touching that question with a 10-foot barge pole!
But welcome BeeHoney (what a great username!), I'm glad you're feeling on top of the world.
Edited because I typed "your" instead of "you're"; please don't tell anyone on Pedants' Corner.
Anyway, it sounds like you're having a power surge. :-D Have fun!
But, aw shucks, I saw todays post and hurried over to see who the newcomer was - but guess I'm still the new kid on the block. That's OK, its kinda nice being the 'youngster'.
In fact, a closer look at your library reveals that the majority of your books have only a few (under 10) copies here on LT. Esoteric, indeed!
Or the fact that we are all book lovers!
I know I have had phases that I have outgrown as a reader but I don't think that I will ever be THAT interested in architecture.
ejj, I must confess that none of the P's that you mention meant much to me as a youth, tho I did have quite a crush on Hailey Milles (?) as Pollyanna, among things. It was discovered when I was about 12 (6th grade) that i did not really know how to read so by that time I was probably 7 years behind you. Remember the phrase "slow learner?" That's me on a good day. eek
I have a mild interest in architecture--changes over time, for one thing, and simply beautiful things, from Notre Dame to Frank Lloyd Wright--but I don't think that would make me read deeply in it. Still, I wouldn't mind a tour (accepting the invitation to Carol!) with someone knowledgeable, although not of the town I live--maybe someplace like San Francisco or New York?
I have been on a walking tour with someone who was knowledgeable on the subject...but I must be easily sidetracked because I find the art deco lady's head on the old WAMU HQ or the walrus on the Arctic Bldg much more interesting then the lines of the building and what kind of column it is.
In my defense, one of my all time favorite books is City: Rediscovering the Center by William H. Whyte but I enjoyed it for the social and psychological aspects.
I am trying to post a link that might or might not work. In any case Walt (you'll meet him if that link works) and I have the Arctic Building but I'm not sure about the deco WAMU HQ. I am in New Mexico where architecture is a whole different scene from most of the rest of the USA, or the rest of the world, for that matter. eek
I like what you said about "reading" a building. I used to be pretty good at guessing the year built of public buildings just by the proportions of the interior spaces. Now, I'm woefully out of practice.
Many years ago (while on a Frank Lloyd Wright walking tour) I ran across one of those books I always wish I'd gotten. It was a field guide to architecture, with tips on spotting window shapes and roof shapes and all sorts of adornments. I just hate it when I regret not getting a book. It seemed pricey that day, but I've been thinking about it for 20 years -- shoulda just got it!
I like to read historical fiction, history/culture/mythology (general Celtic, Scottish, Irish,), time travel, mysteries, creative photography books, other fiction such as A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner. I enjoy audiobooks as well.
Just found you all through a post via another Librarythinger.
Just 56 last week.
Just finished Dead Like You by Peter James who I like because I used to live in Brighton (not his best book though).
Just waiting for the sale of my flat to go through.
Just about to start a little more internet research on an idea I've had for a book.
No, that's not quite true. Just about to get some lunch before I ...
Just wish I had a bigger place with more book shelves.
Welcome to the group.
p.s.( there are never enough shelves.)
More shelves… yes, I know the problem.
Booksloth, come sit by me. Middlemarch!!! Yay!!! (My all-time, if-I-had-to-pick-only-one-God-forbid)
All one can do is look at them across a chasm there is no bridging.
My idea of paradise is an incredible library, comfy chairs, endless coffee or tea (depending on my mood), and (in another room so as not to disturb anyone) plenty of great conversations about ideas and books. Heaven!
Gee, I'll be turning 60 (chronologically anyway...) on 2 January; does that mean I have to quit this group????
It is nice to meet a nother January birth!
I have to agree that there are really never enough bookcases! I've resorted to stacks on every available flat surface! LOL
I agree with tess_i_am48. I was gifted an eReader by my well-meaning son last Christmas, promptly loaded a book onto it that my Aunt was wanting to read, and loaned it to her. She very much enjoyed reading the book on it and liked that you can enlarge the font when necessary. However, I've yet to read anything on it myself. *sorry son* :) I am also of the feeling that I want to hold it, savour it, touch the cover, re-read the jacket time and time again, and also, appreciate the artwork that goes into the covers! That's one thing that is not the same with an eReader. Yes there's a 'cover', but it's not the same as a physical book. *sigh*
That said, one of these days I'm going to get a new eReader for commuting. My old PDA has over 200 books loaded, most from Project Gutenberg. Very handy. For a while I tried pruning my physical library due very limited space. It wasn't long, though, before I went into withdrawal and had to feed my habit.
Yes, thats true. There are other ways to store and recover your E-books (so I'm told).
I use mine for the books that I know I'll only read once and some favorites that are nice to have handy when I travel. It's also nice to read the samples to get an idea if you're interested in a book. Within these guide lines I'm happy with mine.
I know some people at work subscribe to their news papers and magazines on them also.
And Amazon does promise that mostly you would be able to download your books again after purchasing them once. I know there's one famous instance in which that wasn't true, but . . .
Options, it's all about options for me.
I Forgot to mention out of print books that may be hard to find or a little on the pricy side. There are many places to down load and read books for free (like Project Gutenberg).
In the not-free department, I'd like to have various mystery and fantasy or sci-fi series available on my Kindle, when I get a Kindle, and I'd feel no need to hold onto the physical books for them, then. But it would take some time to buy all that I'd want.
I'm an SK/Grade 1 teacher, wife, mother, grandmother etc. I read slowly but can't live without a book on the go. I have a dog at home and 2 gerbils at school. I am training to be a licensed lay worship leader and actually preach the occasional sermon. Which doesn't mean that I'm a good person...just a thinker and wonderer. I love librarything.com and have just started to enjoy facebook. Not quite an addiction yet.
Re: Facebook as an addiction: *imagine Yoda's scary voice* It will be.
I fought it at first, but now I'm friends with people from grade school and regularly see cute baby pictures and waste way too much time playing games. And get coupons from my supermarket. One way or another, Facebook will suck you in even as you are annoyed by many of its features.