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2014-04-14 09:17:53 PM
I'm 48 and already farked.
 
2014-04-14 09:19:07 PM
You would be grumpy too.  What is the equation of how young you can date?  Half your age plus 7 years?  Who the hell wants to bang a 42 year old?

/cue pics of cute 42 year old women in 3. . .2. . .1
 
2014-04-14 09:24:15 PM
I got your cognitive slide right here.
 
2014-04-14 09:26:08 PM
I went through early grumpipause, around 35

/damn kids
 
2014-04-14 09:26:49 PM
I'm mid 60s and I've noticed memory problems for a few years now.

But I'm as happy as I've ever been.

/Considering that this is Hell nor am I out of it.
 
2014-04-14 09:30:45 PM
Late 40's. Life has been going downhill since about age 16.

/ already grumpy enough to be 70
 
2014-04-14 09:32:09 PM
According to the article I'm going to live forever
 
2014-04-14 09:33:38 PM
Like hell. Guess I'm not like most men then.
 
2014-04-14 09:33:43 PM
I'm 28 and grumpy as shiat!
 
2014-04-14 09:34:32 PM
So they surveyed retired military. I wonder why they suddenly became happy at 50? Anyone?
 
2014-04-14 09:35:01 PM
"At least one study found that older men in nursing homes who were grumpy actually lived a little longer," Carolyn says. "The thought is that these individuals could voice their unhappiness with their current situation and perhaps get more attention and perhaps better service than individuals who suffered quietly."

Or maybe it lets the complainer do some self-organization that isn't possible if you just let your feelings congest and congest over the years. Maybe there is (gasp) some kind of usefulness to this behavior, which is why it's useful.

/grumble
//grump
///psychologists
 
2014-04-14 09:38:59 PM

nickdaisy: So they surveyed retired military. I wonder why they suddenly became happy at 50? Anyone?


I'd be pretty happy to hit retirement age with 22 years in and a full pension/medical.
 
2014-04-14 09:44:41 PM
I'm prematurely curmudgeonly.  I guess it's only going to get worse.
 
2014-04-14 09:45:29 PM
Wow I have a LONG way to go and I am already a cynical asshole, I pity the people I have to deal with when I get elderly.
 
2014-04-14 09:46:03 PM
Past a certain age, not only does a guy discover that his 'eternal life' is winding to a close, but his body has begun to not only fail, but turn ugly. He's not going to draw any interesting stares from 26 yr old chicks if he prances around on the beach in swim trunks.

Plastic surgery is mainly for the face, but from the neck down, things sag alarmingly. Plus, he'll have discovered that his Soldier is no longer so quick to stand and salute and be ready for duty and often might need the assistance of a little pill. Plus, if he manages to fire his gun, it's no longer the nearly religious experience it used to be. Not by a long shot.

If he wants to date, the majority of ladies within his acceptable age bracket are starting to look like his Mom. That makes things creepy. Others will look like his grandma.

Though, his brain will be locked into a self image of himself when he was a round 32 and his interests will fall into the same bracket, meaning a lot of disappointments.

If married and truly in love, things will be better, but the youthful, bright, often delightfully impulsive and frequently surprising bride of wondrous beauty will probably be hidden under a layer of fat, her smile lines have gravitated into a scowl and her face has started to melt.

I'd love it if we could freeze the outward appearance of aging at around 40 at least. It'd make things a whole lot better.
 
2014-04-14 09:55:32 PM

K3rmy: You would be grumpy too.  What is the equation of how young you can date?  Half your age plus 7 years?  Who the hell wants to bang a 42 year old?

/cue pics of cute 42 year old women in 3. . .2. . .1


Uh, I would.

I'm not explicitly looking for a 42 year old, but I've gone out with older women.

One of them even lied about their age.   Who cares?  Age is just a number.  I wasn't blind.  I could see what she looked like.
 
2014-04-14 10:05:34 PM

Rik01: Past a certain age, not only does a guy discover that his 'eternal life' is winding to a close, but his body has begun to not only fail, but turn ugly. He's not going to draw any interesting stares from 26 yr old chicks if he prances around on the beach in swim trunks.

Plastic surgery is mainly for the face, but from the neck down, things sag alarmingly. Plus, he'll have discovered that his Soldier is no longer so quick to stand and salute and be ready for duty and often might need the assistance of a little pill. Plus, if he manages to fire his gun, it's no longer the nearly religious experience it used to be. Not by a long shot.

If he wants to date, the majority of ladies within his acceptable age bracket are starting to look like his Mom. That makes things creepy. Others will look like his grandma.

Though, his brain will be locked into a self image of himself when he was a round 32 and his interests will fall into the same bracket, meaning a lot of disappointments.

If married and truly in love, things will be better, but the youthful, bright, often delightfully impulsive and frequently surprising bride of wondrous beauty will probably be hidden under a layer of fat, her smile lines have gravitated into a scowl and her face has started to melt.

I'd love it if we could freeze the outward appearance of aging at around 40 at least. It'd make things a whole lot better.


Damon Knight

"Dio"

also known as "The Dying Man"

Interesting read.
 
2014-04-14 10:15:15 PM
Speaking for myself, I'm perfectly happy with life and ... "Hey you little a'hole.  Get off the f'ing lawn!"

/f'ing a'holes
 
2014-04-14 10:20:43 PM
I don't wanna die. Sometimes I wish I'd never been born at all.

Carry on. Carry on.
 
2014-04-14 10:43:16 PM

lohphat: I'm 48 and already farked.


I guess we should have served some time in the military police and secured a sheriff position in a small town and had some wild novels written, and your name should have been either Walt Longmire or Stone Barrington (not sure about that last one).
 
2014-04-14 10:47:20 PM
I'm 45. I recently lost a ton of weight for the first time in my life and now women of all ages are throwing themselves at me. Life is good,
 
2014-04-14 10:56:44 PM

baconbeard: I'm 45. I recently lost a ton of weight for the first time in my life and now women of all ages are throwing themselves at me. Life is good,


Did you shave your beard?
 
2014-04-14 10:58:17 PM

Pincy: baconbeard: I'm 45. I recently lost a ton of weight for the first time in my life and now women of all ages are throwing themselves at me. Life is good,

Did you shave your beard?


I shave it occasionally so that its stubbly bacon goodness shines through.
 
2014-04-14 11:03:10 PM
I'm 32 and I already hate people like I'm 75.
 
2014-04-14 11:04:38 PM
When I hit 70 I'm going out in a hail of gunfire and I'm taking as many of you as I can with me.
 
2014-04-14 11:10:03 PM

Abox: When I hit 70 I'm going out in a hail of gunfire and I'm taking as many of you as I can with me.


Well, we all need something to look forward to.

No offense intended, but I look forward to you dying before your 70th birthday.
 
2014-04-14 11:11:11 PM

Abox: When I hit 70 I'm going out in a hail of gunfire and I'm taking as many of you as I can with me.


"t a certain age, not only does a guy discover that his 'eternal life' is winding to a close, but his body has begun to not only fail, but turn ugly. He's not going to draw any interesting stares from 26 yr old chicks if he prances around on the beach in swim trunks."


Get real. For most men, this happens decades before 70.
 
2014-04-14 11:12:02 PM

oukewldave: I'm 32 and I already hate people like I'm 75.


8 years older than you but other than that, this is my motto of life.
 
2014-04-14 11:23:46 PM

Jimmysolson: Abox: When I hit 70 I'm going out in a hail of gunfire and I'm taking as many of you as I can with me.

Well, we all need something to look forward to.

No offense intended, but I look forward to you dying before your 70th birthday.


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2014-04-14 11:46:56 PM
72 this summer and while not the life of the party i still enjoy many things. the COPD and finances means not doing what i planned at 25 but hey, i'm alive so the grumpiness goes away pretty quickly.

a platitude for the youngsters: you're as happy as you make yourself.
 
2014-04-15 12:01:50 AM

Abox: Jimmysolson: Abox: When I hit 70 I'm going out in a hail of gunfire and I'm taking as many of you as I can with me.

Well, we all need something to look forward to.

No offense intended, but I look forward to you dying before your 70th birthday.

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That probably wasn't a very nice thing for me to say. I apologize and I really don't look forward to anyone dying.
I do hope you have a change of heart sometime between now and then though.
 
2014-04-15 12:08:23 AM
My life is beautiful.
 
2014-04-15 12:18:52 AM

Curious: 72 this summer and while not the life of the party i still enjoy many things. the COPD and finances means not doing what i planned at 25 but hey, i'm alive so the grumpiness goes away pretty quickly.

a platitude for the youngsters: you're as happy as you make yourself.


72 and still curious? You gotta get on that while you still can.
 
2014-04-15 12:38:50 AM
I'm 50, happy and quite healthy. I ran a 10k last Saturday in 51:33. Does anyone else find the diminishing sex drive somewhat liberating? I've been happily married for 24 years and we still enjoy sex together. It's just that I have a lot of fun doing other things now that I'm not thinking with my penis as much.
 
2014-04-15 12:39:54 AM

NoGods: Does anyone else find the diminishing sex drive somewhat liberating?


So there's a light at the end of that tunnel?

/36
 
2014-04-15 01:03:19 AM

Abox: When I hit 70 I'm going out in a hail of gunfire and I'm taking as many of you as I can with me.


If I make it to 80, I'm going to start doing hard drugs... Because hey, why not?
 
2014-04-15 01:07:14 AM
Halfway there. Guess I need to have more fun while I still can.

Oh, and...

/cue pics of cute 42 year old women in 3. . .2. . .1

www.godammit.com

/way past 42
 
2014-04-15 01:18:14 AM

K3rmy: You would be grumpy too.  What is the equation of how young you can date?  Half your age plus 7 years?  Who the hell wants to bang a 42 year old?

/cue pics of cute 42 year old women in 3. . .2. . .1


You sound like my 70 year old dad.
 
2014-04-15 02:09:27 AM
42 this year, recently married for the 2nd time. Still spending my weekends doing this...
scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net Oldest kid finishes school this year, got a great job, don't owe too much on the house.
Yep, life keeps getting better.
 
2014-04-15 03:01:49 AM
Don't kid yourself, after your first back and/or knee surgery, 40 can suck donkey balls too. By 50, you're on first-name basis with every form of joint pain known.
 
2014-04-15 03:22:13 AM

K3rmy: /cue pics of cute 42 year old women in 3. . .2. . .1


The 42 year old women on the online dating sites put pictures that are at least 10 years and 50 pounds out of date.  By that formula, I can date 34 year old women (I'm 54).  None are interested in going out with an ugly middle aged divorced guy.  I bet that would change if I won the lottery.
 
2014-04-15 03:26:28 AM

cynicalbastard: Don't kid yourself, after your first back and/or knee surgery, 40 can suck donkey balls too. By 50, you're on first-name basis with every form of joint pain known.


I'm getting intimately acquainted with the family maladies.  Arthritis and bursitis are now regular visitors.  That's from my mother's side of the family.  From my father's side I get an overwhelming desire to oppress the Irish (family joke due to history).
 
2014-04-15 03:39:55 AM

lohphat: I'm 48 and already farked.


me too. my wife is 27, and i feel awesome. i worked out, and cooked today...will get farked pretty soon.
 
2014-04-15 05:35:35 AM

Rik01: Past a certain age, not only does a guy discover that his 'eternal life' is winding to a close, but his body has begun to not only fail, but turn ugly. He's not going to draw any interesting stares from 26 yr old chicks if he prances around on the beach in swim trunks.

Plastic surgery is mainly for the face, but from the neck down, things sag alarmingly. Plus, he'll have discovered that his Soldier is no longer so quick to stand and salute and be ready for duty and often might need the assistance of a little pill. Plus, if he manages to fire his gun, it's no longer the nearly religious experience it used to be. Not by a long shot.

If he wants to date, the majority of ladies within his acceptable age bracket are starting to look like his Mom. That makes things creepy. Others will look like his grandma.

Though, his brain will be locked into a self image of himself when he was a round 32 and his interests will fall into the same bracket, meaning a lot of disappointments.

If married and truly in love, things will be better, but the youthful, bright, often delightfully impulsive and frequently surprising bride of wondrous beauty will probably be hidden under a layer of fat, her smile lines have gravitated into a scowl and her face has started to melt.

I'd love it if we could freeze the outward appearance of aging at around 40 at least. It'd make things a whole lot better.


Thanks for sharing Debbie!
 
2014-04-15 08:23:12 AM
I wish my 80 year old father would get grumpy.  Instead, he's so very outgoing and trusting that he's an easy mark for scam artists.

That article was kind of crap, it had a lot of words but didn't explain much.  I'd be interested what they considered grumpy behavior.  What one person considers grumpiness, another person considers honesty.  A lot of people who self identify as grumpy, I identify as straightforward good people.  I greatly prefer that to the sweet old lady who says bless your heart, while stabbing you in the back.
 
2014-04-15 08:34:55 AM
Nearly 60, and everyone can kiss my royal pasty white ass.
 
2014-04-15 08:58:06 AM

Curious: 72 this summer and while not the life of the party i still enjoy many things. the COPD and finances means not doing what i planned at 25 but hey, i'm alive so the grumpiness goes away pretty quickly.

a platitude for the youngsters: you're as happy as you make yourself.


Amen.
 
2014-04-15 09:14:38 AM

some_beer_drinker: lohphat: I'm 48 and already farked.

me too. my wife is 27, and i feel awesome. i worked out, and cooked today...will get farked pretty soon.


You're only as old as the woman you feel.
 
2014-04-15 12:47:06 PM
FTA: "...grumpiness is not always a bad thing. At least one study found that older men in nursing homes who were grumpy actually lived a little longer."

Wrong. Living longer in a nursing home IS a bad thing.
 
2014-04-15 12:50:41 PM
I bet I know what the glue is....
 
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