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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28775677/...

Who knew Steinbeck could be so dangerous?


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

WHAT THE FUCK?!


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Hey we already have the WTF thread.




shellyindallas So much for older = wiser.


message 5: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17315 comments Mod
That whole book has bad juju.


message 6: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 777 comments That happened here, where I live in Bradenton, Fl--nobody knew the gun had real bullets in it? Does that sound susupicious or what? Why would they even have a real gun with real bullets there in the first place?


message 7: by Lori (new)

Lori That link is taking forever to come up, but I do get the gist.

Just a couple of months ago an actor slit his throat when a sharp knife was used instead of the prop knife. And at first people in the audience didn't know. They thought the actor was doing a great job.

wtf indeed!


message 8: by Lori (new)

Lori OK I just read the link. Figures it was the seniors in Florida!

I can say that now that I know the dude (81!) is fine.


message 9: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 777 comments Yeah, he is fine, it grazed his head. It happened at a community theater here. I still wonder what a real gun with real bullets was doing there in the first place.


message 10: by Cyril (new)

Cyril | 493 comments I wonder what an 81 year old is doing outside a nursing home.




I was surprised when a financial advisor I visited said that I should plan my retirement as if I was to live to 90. If that's the case, then I also will take up acting as another career.


message 11: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 777 comments People around here do all kinds of things into their 80's, 90's--it's amazing! As long as you're healthy, why not? We had a volunteer who worked at th hospital and her kids finally got her to retire when she was 91--and on her days off, she went around visiting shut-ins! There's no reason to be in a nursing home because of being in the 80's, if the person is capable of being independent. I think its pretty inspiring. The only thing that actually scares me is some of the people that still drive. They can barely walk or see, but they still get behind the wheel--UGH!!!


message 12: by Lori (new)

Lori Once again I agree with you 100% Leslie!

Whenever we used to visit my husband's parents in Bradenton, I couldn't believe how many cars were driving around with no one in them. Or maybe, just maybe you'd see a wisp of blue hair sticking up from behind the drivers' seat. And it seems like everyone was driving at 10 mph with their blinker lights on!


message 13: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 777 comments I know, it's scary. I feel like the old people around here are more a danger on the road than the teenagers, and there are a lot more of them, too!


message 14: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Oh definitely, old people scare me when they're driving. I read an article not long ago about how hard it is for older people to give up driving because many of them view giving up driving as symbolic of a lack of freedom and getting too old to be functional. It's a tough issue. My sister in law at one point refused to let her kids be in the car with her father in law driving, and he was one of those guys who insisted on driving everywhere. He gave in eventually but there was some tension there.


message 15: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent (akagunslinger) Randomanthony wrote: "Oh definitely, old people scare me when they're driving. I read an article not long ago about how hard it is for older people to give up driving because many of them view giving up driving as symb..."

There are three casinos within two miles of where I work so every morning I get into some geriatric casino traffic. Scary stuff, especially when they're driving 40 and the speed limit is 70.


message 16: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17315 comments Mod
Lord only knows what kind of medication they've been mixing with booze whilst gambling.


message 17: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 777 comments In this town, if you don't have a car and can't drive, you are stuck! It takes 3 hours on a bus to go somewhere that you could drive to in 20 minutes. And the buses don't even go a lot of places and you still have to get yourself to the bus stops. I do feel sorry for people who have to give up driving, but if you can bearly see, have slow reflexes and are just decrepit, it's major dangerous to drive. It's hard, but there comes a time when a person has to stop. I don't know what my dad will do. He'll go crazy if he can't drive. He's retired and he goes out every day. He would go nuts if he couldn't. I wish we had good mass transit in this area, but we don't.


message 18: by Cyril (new)

Cyril | 493 comments In most places in this country, if you can't drive, you might as well curl up and die.


message 19: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 777 comments Yep, you're right.


message 20: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) | 24194 comments My 88 year-old father still drives. It makes me nuts to think about it. He's so damned stubborn.

So if you happen to be driving around Georgetown Texas, keep an eye out for a green Passat.


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