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Don’t Mess with Seniors!

A while back, one of my commenters said she had read a book with an “old” couple just like AdventureMan and me.

“Old??” we looked at each other in horror!

“Old people with a son getting married” is I think what she said, so that makes just about every person over 45 “old.”

We will have our revenge. Time flows only in one direction – but the older you get, the farther away “old” looks.

My 85 year old mother visits friends, now and then, who live in retirement homes, from modest to posh.

“What do you think, Mom?” we ask, knowing how lonely she is without Dad and wishing she had more companions around her to do things.

She sighs.

“They are all so OLD!” she says. “I don’t want to be surrounded by all old people!”

And she is right. She lives on her own, she cooks her own meals, cleans her own home, with only a little help from a cleaning lady and her family. She keeps herself in good shape. She is far from “old.”

I found this in today’s news on AOL – some young idiots thought they had an easy target. They thought wrong.


Two would-be carjackers learned the hard way not to mess with this grandfather. Ted Mazetier, 84, stopped to help two men with a broken-down car in Tacoma, Wash., April 22 but ended up fighting them off when they attacked and demanded his keys. Mazetier kicked one in the groin and the other in the stomach. The two were later arrested, reported.

May 28, 2009 - Posted by | Aging, Character, Crime, Family Issues, Health Issues, Living Conditions, News


  1. Don’t mess with this guy lol. he got amazing courage, I’d love to be like him I would be so helpless if I was put in this same situation, so age has nothing to do with anything it’s the spirit that counts

    Comment by pearls | May 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. hahahahahahaha old 🙂

    Comment by Purgatory | May 28, 2009 | Reply

  3. OMG!OMG! i take back my words! 🙂 im scurrying for cover! 😉

    Comment by onlooker | May 28, 2009 | Reply

  4. “Old couple with son getting married”??

    tactful i would say!

    The day i turned 25 i decided that age means nothing anymore. Physical passing of years that is… your real age is whats ur heart feels like… so i have decided i will forever stay 18 cause well thats how old my heart and soul feels…

    on the other hand there are people who are raised to think of themselves as “old” and that “life has gone by and we are old and we should act like old people” and i swear to god they are only in their 30’s … by the time they are in their 50’s they would have old age symptoms “back pain, blood pressure, inability to walk” just because they are convinced they are now grandmotherly old… when infact life can just start at 50!!!!

    It’s allll in our heads… that age thing…

    Comment by Daddy's Girl | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  5. Pearls, you are so right – it IS the spirit that counts, and two idiots are now in jail. Imagine – he stopped to help them!

    Purgatory – Well hahahahahahahahaha right back at you, because, like I said, time only flows in one direction! 🙂

    Onlooker – Don’t worry, sweetie, we are laughing about it. 🙂 Once, when I was still in my 30’s, a young soldier called me “ma’am” and told me he was to respect his elders – “elder” and “old” being all relative, I guess!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  6. Technically no, time can be bent.

    Comment by Purgatory | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  7. How true….we never see ourselves as old…yet some how we advance towards age…I recall a time where by I thought my age was old…but now I have reached it…it doesn’t seem that old!

    Comment by Duma Key | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  8. LOL, Purg, soon you turn 40 and I will watch you try to bend time then!

    Duma Key – Exactly! Here we are at “old” and my Mom is fighting being “old” tooth and nail (she looks really good, too). I think “old” isn’t what it used to be.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  9. To my grand mom everyone under 70 was a young woman or man 🙂
    I’m glad your Mom is still fit to do everything!

    Comment by Nicole | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  10. Nicole – I wonder what our generations are going to look like at 70, 80? I wonder if we will be as healthy as her generation, or whether our bad eating habits will catch up with us?

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 30, 2009 | Reply

  11. My wife shopped at Tesco and at the till her bill came to £48 something. As she needed to have spent £50 to qualify for 5p a litre off fuel she asked if she could just add a couple of items but they said ‘no’

    Unabashed she asked if they mind taking all the stuff back and giving her money back !

    They gave her the fuel ticket

    Don’t mess with seniors (especially my wife!)


    Comment by silverhairs | October 30, 2010 | Reply

  12. LOL, I wouldn’t want to mess with your wife, Silverhairs! Good on her, for sticking to her guns. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 30, 2010 | Reply

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