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2009-05-03 06:16:28 PM
slowclapchildren.com
 
2009-05-03 06:18:22 PM
Not to ruin the love-fest or anything, but why is everyone crying tears of joy over this? I liked the little switcheroo in the middle (which was pretty spry for the nearly-dead) but they're just playing the piano in a hospital. It's kind of sad that you guys inherently assume that the elderly are so decrepit and feeble than any semblance of normal, human action is grounds for undying praise.
 
2009-05-03 06:20:35 PM
Kierkegaard's Pseudonym: Not to ruin the love-fest or anything, but why is everyone crying tears of joy over this? I liked the little switcheroo in the middle (which was pretty spry for the nearly-dead) but they're just playing the piano in a hospital. It's kind of sad that you guys inherently assume that the elderly are so decrepit and feeble than any semblance of normal, human action is grounds for undying praise.

You get married for 62 years and be that lively at 90 and then you can have an opinion.

It's nice. Go rain on someone elses' parade, will ya?
 
2009-05-03 06:23:11 PM
Couldn't view the video until now... also have to give them a clap.

img244.imageshack.us

/By someone else whom I'm sure would also approve.
 
2009-05-03 06:25:21 PM
lokidecat: You get married for 62 years and be that lively at 90 and then you can have an opinion.

It's nice. Go rain on someone elses' parade, will ya?


So it's your opinion that the elderly are so decrepit and non-functioning that something as mundane as playing the piano is grounds for tears of joy? I may be breaking some rules of protocol by asking people to explain their reactions, but at least I'm not assuming that being elderly is a synonym for "largely worthless and unable to do anything."
 
2009-05-03 06:25:57 PM
i306.photobucket.com
 
2009-05-03 06:29:12 PM
JonnyBGoode:
*Airplane pic*
Alright, get me Hamm on five, hold the Mayo.

Came for this, left happy

/just as happy as the wacking material section
//love that movie
///gate 13....gate 14...
 
2009-05-03 06:29:35 PM
Way cool period.
 
2009-05-03 06:29:38 PM
People are feeling good over this because they feel guilty about the terrible way Americans treat their elderly. In France, we revere our elderly and don't make them do piano tricks for food and shelter.
 
2009-05-03 06:43:00 PM
lokidecat: Kierkegaard's Pseudonym: Not to ruin the love-fest or anything, but why is everyone crying tears of joy over this? I liked the little switcheroo in the middle (which was pretty spry for the nearly-dead) but they're just playing the piano in a hospital. It's kind of sad that you guys inherently assume that the elderly are so decrepit and feeble than any semblance of normal, human action is grounds for undying praise.

You get married for 62 years and be that lively at 90 and then you can have an opinion.

It's nice. Go rain on someone elses' parade, will ya?


What if I manage to stay single for 62 years? It will be worth it if I never great treated like these two.
 
2009-05-03 06:44:05 PM
img18.imageshack.us
 
2009-05-03 06:57:09 PM
I walk through this lobby every day to get to work and every so often there is someone playing. It's nice there are people who come in and volunteer to play. It adds a touch of class and helps make the day a little more pleasant.

I haven't seen the couple in the video. I hope I know how to have fun when I'm their age too.
 
2009-05-03 06:59:35 PM
*applauds*

Obviously those two graduated from the Chico Marx school of piano playin'
 
2009-05-03 07:06:54 PM
newsblaze: awesome! you may not believe this, but I'm 57 and I still look out on the world with 18 year old eyes. A friend of mine is 85 and says the same thing. The only difference is the legs aren't capable of moving as fast as they used to. My guess is that couple would say almost the same thing. You will discover that yourself in about 70 years.

Being in my mid-50's as well, I agree with you wholeheartedly.

I have played in a few community bands along the way, and invariably there a good number of the members in their 70's and 80's. But playing music seems to keep them mentally keen and physically in better shape. It is awesome just to jam with them.

I also belong to a veteran's cribbage league, and many members are also seniors. We had our banquet last night and those people sure know how to live it up as well.

All this has taught me is if you have a good outlook on life and do activities like these, it will keep you young in mind and spirit.

/that was an awesome video and had me grinning like a kid
 
2009-05-03 07:12:02 PM
Great post. It put a big smile on my face :) Thanks.
 
2009-05-03 07:19:48 PM
My last recital was music for four hands, so I am getting a kick out of these replies.

She played a wrong note 14 bars in.

...

Just kidding. That was like, a Hamtaro-like level of adorableness.
 
2009-05-03 07:30:22 PM
Wow. how sweet - made me smile.

/and then I realized how old and alone I am
//unless you count my 26 cats, that is
 
2009-05-03 07:37:16 PM
lol...

my mom just forwarded that vid to me earlier today..

good stuff.

+1 subby
+2 old couple
 
2009-05-03 07:40:24 PM
this is the best small world fark moment ive ever had. cool.. i knew Fran and Marlo back when i was a kid, 30+ years ago. They were the directors of the YMCA Bell Ringers in Des Moines Iowa. For years, they devoted all their time and energy to teaching music to kids, and leading them all around the country and world traveling and performing. They provided hundreds of kids some great experiences. Every summer they took the chorus on tour, driving around in a couple old baby blue 60's bluebird school buses customized to carry a ton of bells and costumes and kids. Wow... i hadnt thought of them in ages.. thank you so much for that post submitter.

// rarely admits that at 10 i was essentially a von trapp.
 
2009-05-03 07:52:11 PM
FREEBIRD!
 
2009-05-03 07:58:14 PM
nuclear_asshat: The people who built ham radio's in their basements we make fun of for not knowing how to program their phone. They actually went to places like Bastogne and Okinawa and we think we're more wordly because our movie collection has subtitles and our roommate was from the Ukraine. We talk about organic food and eating vegan and they actually grew and slaughtered their own food. Who the fark are we?

Actually, the people who built ham radios in their basements can generally handle their own phones and maintain their own computers. Quite a few of them kept up with ham, and have you seen today's ham radios? They make cell phones look like children's toys in terms of ease of use.

But most of the old people I know are about as good at phones and computers as most of the people my age - which is to say, not very.

And quite a few of us have killed our own food - it's just less trouble to get it at the store. I'm not sure how worldly it makes you to travel to foreign countries with the intention of killing people. It had to be done, but do you really learn much about the culture doing it?

The piano duet was nice. It made me smile.
 
2009-05-03 08:08:31 PM
Well done, big grins from a couple who hopes to be that cool, anytime.
 
2009-05-03 08:12:27 PM
Wow - tres cool. Definitely use it or lose it - remember that people. Kill your TV (and maybe computer), and get out there and do something.

(turns off computer to go and practice bass)
 
2009-05-03 08:24:41 PM
Nogale: That was adorable. I sent it to my parents (young whippersnappers of 67 who have only been married 38 years.)

Now back to our regularly scheduled loneliness and despair of ever finding someone to grow old with...


Yup...had to send to my g-ma who is a n00b on the internets...had to remind her to click the arrow in the center of the screen to make it play. My favorite story was when she first started emailing (a coupla years ago), she sent me a paragraph-long email, and at the end noted, "i can see a mistake up at the top of the email, but don't know how to fix it without hitting backspace all they way there, and i don't want to retype everything, so i'm leaving it there" Old people are cute!
 
2009-05-03 08:27:25 PM
LikeALeafOnTheWind: this is the best small world fark moment ive ever had. cool.. i knew Fran and Marlo back when i was a kid, 30+ years ago. They were the directors of the YMCA Bell Ringers in Des Moines Iowa. For years, they devoted all their time and energy to teaching music to kids, and leading them all around the country and world traveling and performing. They provided hundreds of kids some great experiences. Every summer they took the chorus on tour, driving around in a couple old baby blue 60's bluebird school buses customized to carry a ton of bells and costumes and kids. Wow... i hadnt thought of them in ages.. thank you so much for that post submitter.

// rarely admits that at 10 i was essentially a von trapp.


wow... that's some good stuff..
 
2009-05-03 08:29:24 PM
nuclear_asshat: Okay. I don't want to turn anything so inspiring into anything remotely political. That being said, more and more I realize the measure of who you are isn't who you got drunk with when you were twenty, how big your house was when you were 35 or what cool parties you are invited to, or how many awesome vacations you've taken by 40.

We're (myself included) so farking ageist in this world we think anyone over 50 has nothing to teach all of us information overloaded know-it-all's who have had access to the entire world since we were twelve.

The people who built ham radio's in their basements we make fun of for not knowing how to program their phone. They actually went to places like Bastogne and Okinawa and we think we're more wordly because our movie collection has subtitles and our roommate was from the Ukraine. We talk about organic food and eating vegan and they actually grew and slaughtered their own food. Who the fark are we?

Yep. They have a lot of lessons for us. If I was smarter when I was a little 'tard I'd have payed more attention before I lost almost every grandparent before the age of 16. We have a lot to learn.

Lesson #1 Humility


So Much This.
Don't think that was political at all...i think that is common sense that many of us are lacking. My current favorite commercial is the one in black and white with the two old women talking about aging as a good thing. Being raised by my g-parents gives me a bit of a different perspective i think, but i think the fact that our society values youth over age is very telling.
 
2009-05-03 08:31:51 PM
Meh.

How about img1.fark.net...
 
2009-05-03 08:32:37 PM
nuclear_asshat: Okay. I don't want to turn anything so inspiring into anything remotely political. That being said, more and more I realize the measure of who you are isn't who you got drunk with when you were twenty, how big your house was when you were 35 or what cool parties you are invited to, or how many awesome vacations you've taken by 40.

We're (myself included) so farking ageist in this world we think anyone over 50 has nothing to teach all of us information overloaded know-it-all's who have had access to the entire world since we were twelve.

The people who built ham radio's in their basements we make fun of for not knowing how to program their phone. They actually went to places like Bastogne and Okinawa and we think we're more wordly because our movie collection has subtitles and our roommate was from the Ukraine. We talk about organic food and eating vegan and they actually grew and slaughtered their own food. Who the fark are we?

Yep. They have a lot of lessons for us. If I was smarter when I was a little 'tard I'd have payed more attention before I lost almost every grandparent before the age of 16. We have a lot to learn.

Lesson #1 Humility


You certainly have the right Fark handle, although you may consider adding the word 'insecure' to it.
 
2009-05-03 08:36:45 PM
KidneyStone: nuclear_asshat: Okay. I don't want to turn anything so inspiring into anything remotely political. That being said, more and more I realize the measure of who you are isn't who you got drunk with when you were twenty, how big your house was when you were 35 or what cool parties you are invited to, or how many awesome vacations you've taken by 40.

We're (myself included) so farking ageist in this world we think anyone over 50 has nothing to teach all of us information overloaded know-it-all's who have had access to the entire world since we were twelve.

The people who built ham radio's in their basements we make fun of for not knowing how to program their phone. They actually went to places like Bastogne and Okinawa and we think we're more wordly because our movie collection has subtitles and our roommate was from the Ukraine. We talk about organic food and eating vegan and they actually grew and slaughtered their own food. Who the fark are we?

Yep. They have a lot of lessons for us. If I was smarter when I was a little 'tard I'd have payed more attention before I lost almost every grandparent before the age of 16. We have a lot to learn.

Lesson #1 Humility

You certainly have the right Fark handle, although you may consider adding the word 'insecure' to it.


your handle is particularly appropriate as well. pisser.
 
2009-05-03 08:46:47 PM
Wow, that was full of awesome.
 
2009-05-03 09:07:35 PM
The video didn't show the outcome of them hitting the "Brown note" thereby making everybody in attendance shiat in their Depends.

//Just kidding, that was really inspiring. WOW, 62 years together!!!
 
2009-05-03 09:21:25 PM
This video is so going Susan Boyle. Five million hits on it within a week.
 
2009-05-03 09:34:20 PM
LordOfTheTards: LikeALeafOnTheWind: this is the best small world fark moment ive ever had. cool.. i knew Fran and Marlo back when i was a kid, 30+ years ago.


write them a letter and tell them so. now's a good time to do that.
 
2009-05-03 09:38:15 PM
nuclear_asshat: Pay no attention to those who would belittle your comments. BRAVO...for you
 
2009-05-03 09:48:10 PM
johncb76006: Now close your eyes and imagine the two of them naked and having sex.

that's part of what keeps them young

//not like you'd know anything about that....
 
2009-05-03 10:13:14 PM
johncb76006: Now close your eyes and imagine the two of them naked and having sex.



*fap*
 
2009-05-03 10:40:18 PM
Hick: The old man is wearing his pants pretty high.
Probably has something to hide.


The older the person, the higher the pants. I'd make a graph, but it's late.
 
2009-05-03 10:41:33 PM
Victor Borge ftw
 
2009-05-03 11:00:44 PM
Ossim
 
2009-05-03 11:39:21 PM
I sometimes work down at the Mayo Clinic, and every now and then you catch a gem like this going on in the Atrium area.
 
DOW
2009-05-03 11:43:41 PM
That was so much awesome, thanks, subby.
 
2009-05-03 11:48:55 PM
nuclear_asshat: Okay. I don't want to turn anything so inspiring into anything remotely political. That being said, more and more I realize the measure of who you are isn't who you got drunk with when you were twenty, how big your house was when you were 35 or what cool parties you are invited to, or how many awesome vacations you've taken by 40.

We're (myself included) so farking ageist in this world we think anyone over 50 has nothing to teach all of us information overloaded know-it-all's who have had access to the entire world since we were twelve.

The people who built ham radio's in their basements we make fun of for not knowing how to program their phone. They actually went to places like Bastogne and Okinawa and we think we're more wordly because our movie collection has subtitles and our roommate was from the Ukraine. We talk about organic food and eating vegan and they actually grew and slaughtered their own food. Who the fark are we?

Yep. They have a lot of lessons for us. If I was smarter when I was a little 'tard I'd have payed more attention before I lost almost every grandparent before the age of 16. We have a lot to learn.

Lesson #1 Humility


THIS!

really dad I did listen!
 
2009-05-04 12:14:29 AM
johncb76006: Now close your eyes and imagine the two of them naked and having sex.

Hey, don't sell the old boy short. He could sure shake his booty pretty well. No wonder grandma was smiling.

(My parents still mauled each other regularly into their late 70s (mom died at 76), even after mom's mastectomy and her being bald from chemo, and dad was on oxygen for emphysema. They were just hot for each other.)

It's good for the cardiovascular system! And endorphine production! Hooray for geezer sex!
 
2009-05-04 12:22:16 AM
Absolute win!
 
2009-05-04 12:31:58 AM
notmtwain: The Mayo on the keyboards...The Mayo.

Very nice.
 
2009-05-04 01:08:43 AM
And no one broke a hip!
 
2009-05-04 02:01:43 AM
+1

very heartwarming
 
2009-05-04 02:20:36 AM
That was great!
 
2009-05-04 03:11:57 AM
Came to the fark
looking for the snark
then found even the senile
could make this cynic smile
 
2009-05-04 05:08:57 AM
That was sweet.

Do any of you who took piano lessons as kids remember playing partners? Not piano four hands, or two people playing two pianos, but playing partners. They had special music books just for playing 'partners', and I remember it being kind of fun. I can't remember what the difference is between piano four hands and partners, if there is a difference - maybe the music was just easier. When I was older, we did a lot of Brahms and Schubert pieces written for piano four hands, which was much more difficult, and not nearly as much fun.
 
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