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(Metro)   You know what's respectful? Attending the funeral of a RAF serviceman who had no relatives able to go to his funeral and you stepped up to the task because you're from the internets   (metro.co.uk) divider line 6
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2013-11-09 03:48:23 PM
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IronOcelot: Got to hear some hellacious war stories, learn to play mean game of dominoes, drink a ton of booze those geezers smuggled in and had a veritable river of poon open up for me as all the grand daughters thought that a young man "choosing" to spend time listening to Gramps ramble on was sexy.


That sentence ended MUCH better than I thought it would at about the halfway mark.
2013-11-09 03:41:16 PM
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Lady Indica: FTA: The elderly shouldn't need to wait until they're dead to experience the kindness of strangers

I couldn't agree more. I'm not currently doing this, but years ago I participated in an 'adopt a grandparent' program at some Catholic old age facilities. I know a wee bit of ASL so I was paired with an elderly woman who was deaf and non-vocal. The facility didn't have anyone fluent in ASL, and her vision was poor. She had a son who lived somewhat locally, but he was a dickhole.

I've always really liked old people. They're blunt because they're old and they think about dying a lot. So a lot of the social bullshiat is just gone, and they're generally happy as hell to talk about their past. I find that utterly fascinating.

Not everyone is as weird as me, so if listening to old people ramble on (I could spend days with Grandpa Simpson utterly entertained, I really could) there's tons of other things you can do. Arrange to take pets (that can behave) to visit an old age facility. If you have a hobby you could bring it to a facility and enrich their lives. If you're a gamer, think of how much games could enrich the lives of people who are mentally fit, but physically infirm.


I did something really stupid when I was a teenager and got slammed with 250 hours of community service. One of the things I could do was basically hang out at the community center with the old folks and doing stuff like helping them with meals(they got a free lunch) and just be there interacting with them.

Best. Punishment. Ever.

Got to hear some hellacious war stories, learn to play mean game of dominoes, drink a ton of booze those geezers smuggled in and had a veritable river of poon open up for me as all the grand daughters thought that a young man "choosing" to spend time listening to Gramps ramble on was sexy.

Oh and it was just FUN.

I clocked in about twice as many hours as necessary because it was just damn cool.
2013-11-09 03:07:35 PM
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2013-11-09 04:20:23 PM
1 votes:

Iron Chef Scottish: So every WW2 Allied serviceman is now a hero? He was farking ground crew. It's good & necessary to pay respect to these people but 'hero'? No. And I strongly suspect the deceased would say the same.


If you'd been aircrew, your airrcraft ("T for Twat") would have been the plane the erks never changed the oil or spark plugs for.  As the Vietnam War expression went, "sorry 'bout that", as they looked at your chalked name wiped off the ops board.
2013-11-09 03:21:28 PM
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Iron Chef Scottish: So every WW2 Allied serviceman is now a hero? He was farking ground crew. It's good & necessary to pay respect to these people but 'hero'? No. And I strongly suspect the deceased would say the same.


Compared to your generation of Nintendo-playing smart-mouths, yeah, they're all an heroes.
2013-11-09 01:57:53 PM
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Lorelle: Yup, although it was noted in the article that he was a private guy. It would be nice if the people who attend the funeral can give some attention to the WWII vets who are still around.


You mean the old guys that were knocking down barricades in DC last month? They seemed to get plenty of attention.
 
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