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"Don't let the old man in"

Old 06-11-2019, 07:34 AM
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Default "Don't let the old man in"

Some of us may be looking in the mirror and saying something similar.
Some thinking, how did I ever make it this far?
For the younger ones it may be your Dad, Grandfather, uncle, friend ...

So, who do you know that is not letting the old man in? Is it you?

My friend Mark that started racing Motocross with me after going to one of my races in 1978. He was faster than any of us. Qualified for the ISDE and went to Holland.
He has had MS for 20 years and has been in the same bed for the last 2+ years. His mind is the best thing he has left. Went to see him again Sunday.
Wife and kids left him when the second daughter went off to college. They never come see him. Others he has known his whole life or most of it never go see him.
He refuses to give up, not that I want him to. He's sure as hell is,"Not letting the old man in."
No matter how bad things get, it isn't as bad as Mark, being a prisoner in his own body and he is fully aware of it.

I haven't seen the movie yet but intend to.
Read the comments, some are worth taking the time.






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Damn....
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Reminds me of the dude I saw in the mirror as I was shaving this morning.
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Sure looks a lot like my kid brother.
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If you have not seen the movie it is pretty good.
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Sorry about your friend.
Good movie but I think Grand Torino is a more appropriate movie for the topic.
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I am the old man in the mirror. 56. Can still compete with my 18 and 20 year old kids . Go till the end. Still got a pulse, then keep moving us my motto. Your friend at least has the right frame of mind.

Me on a 125!

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I always have something on my agenda...

When I have a lot going on, I dont have time to get old



Hell, Jackson Browne even sang about me back in the day..."In '65 I was 17 and running up 41. In '69 I was 21 and called the road my own"

Those were some great years and happened naturally...today I have to work a little to make the great ones happen. A shitty disposition will always be a shitty disposition.
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Makes you think...
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Speaking from experience, I can say that even though I don’t make time to get old, getting old is making time for me. My advice, play as hard as you can because there will come a time when you won’t be able to and possibly won’t even want to.
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I always have something on my agenda...

When I have a lot going on, I dont have time to get old



Hell, Jackson Browne even sang about me back in the day..."In '65 I was 17 and running up 41. In '69 I was 21 and called the road my own"

Those were some great years and happened naturally...today I have to work a little to make the great ones happen. A shitty disposition will always be a shitty disposition.
He also sang "I've been aware of the time goin' by. They say in the end, it's the wink of an eye." I quoted him at my daughter's wedding. Didn't think he'd mind.
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Originally Posted by madhatter1 View Post
I am the old man in the mirror. 56. Can still compete with my 18 and 20 year old kids . Go till the end. Still got a pulse, then keep moving us my motto. Your friend at least has the right frame of mind.

Me on a 125!

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it's nice of them to let you think that LOL

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I was limping and wincing when I walked. My brother had a cane left over from an accident and suggested I try it.. Me, a cane, they're for old men, I'm only 70. I tried it, crap, it made all the difference in the world. What an invention. Lots of good Cane Fighting videos on U Tube, they're an impressive weapon. Time for the old man to start cane training, whoosh, whoosh.

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When I was young an dumb, I would go that is going to hurt when I get older. Now, I go crap, that hurts, an that is just getting out of bed in the morning.
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Originally Posted by avenger79 View Post
it's nice of them to let you think that LOL

couldn't resist.
i definitly can’t beat them on a track anymore but on trails I am a decent fast guy and get them there. Best part is the oldest is a super sucker for the old trick of holding throttle open and clutch in making him think I am going to pass him. He always overshoots next corner and away I go! Never gets old.
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When I was young an dumb, I would go that is going to hurt when I get older. Now, I go crap, that hurts, an that is just getting out of bed in the morning.
In the 70's when I was dedicated to racing Motocross one of my broken bones was an ankle and I missed 6 weeks of work with the cast. (5 broken ankles total)
when I came back, the older guys at work, (construction) said, "When you get older you are going to regret racing and all your broken bones."
(At the time we were building Annapolis High school on Riva Rd. This is where Bausum Farm race track was being replaced with the new school. Just down the road from Travis Pastrana's house)
I was 20 y/o+/- and them, 50+. Their hobbies, going to the bar after work and weekends. At least that's all they talked about.
I replied, "I will NEVER regret racing and my broken bones." I'll be 63 in Nov. and still don't. Racing motocross, etc. were the best (single) years of my life.


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My father (72) always says "Save a little bit of your body for when you're older." Wish I knew how to do that.
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i definitly can’t beat them on a track anymore but on trails I am a decent fast guy and get them there. Best part is the oldest is a super sucker for the old trick of holding throttle open and clutch in making him think I am going to pass him. He always overshoots next corner and away I go! Never gets old.

I hear you, I was in the same place at one time. used to ride sport quads and street bikes with my youngest. around the time he turned 19, we went out and really gave her hell. no one my age would come close to me, but that little asshole walked away like I was standing still.

I will say this, it isn't going fast that hurts, it's the sudden stops when you miss a jump/turn/whatever.
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Speaking from experience, I can say that even though I don’t make time to get old, getting old is making time for me. My advice, play as hard as you can because there will come a time when you won’t be able to and possibly won’t even want to.
As Hunter Thompson said:

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”

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