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Random Play: Age shall not weary me

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  • steven crawford,

    My dad cycles from Wellington to Auckland annually. Thats after he makes his way out of the pelorus sounds by dingy. Not bad for 65. However he rids a light weight 28 inch wheeled touring bike.

    It never occurred to me that I could start referring to him as the elderly old man.

    Due to the irksome nature of public television our house-hold has ditched the TV set in favor of making our own fun.
    However the idiot-box void, has been filled with far less trivial and quite possibly neuron replenishing stimulation. I depend on Radio NZ National for the general gist. Then I use this moderating process here at public address and it links. Maybe the elderly journalists (metaphorically speaking) after there chagrined experiences of being pruned from TVNZ, will by corollary, become valuable bloggers with alacrity.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2589 posts Report Reply

  • Juha Saarinen,

    76 is the new 56.

    Since Nov 2006 • 523 posts Report Reply

  • Cactus Kate,

    This is ridiculous.

    Although I see an opportunity.

    As a barely thirty something supporter of horizontal physical therapy of now "the elderly", can I get a government grant?

    Hong Kong • Since Dec 2006 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • Leigh Kennaway,

    So do you old guys get, like a pension or something at your age?

    I hope so, it would be great to retire in 11 years time, and not the 20 I'd been expecting........

    Western Bays • Since Feb 2007 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    85 is the new 65

    Since Nov 2006 • 2589 posts Report Reply

  • Riddley Walker,

    i think the '[56 is] elderly' gaff is just a perfectly clear illustration of what happens when you have a news policy that only wants to pay new graduate salaries and avoid all the 'unnecessary' costs associated with 'ancient' 50+ers who might, not only have a corporate memory and understand the target audience, but who might also have the annoying capacity to talk back to management and argue a bad call.

    i think the appropriate old folks' phrase to describe this strategy is penny-wise, pound-foolish*.

    *for you youngin's out there, pennies and pounds were things we used to use to pay for goods and services before EFTPOS.

    AKL • Since Feb 2007 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    So do you old guys get, like a pension or something at your age?

    I hope so, it would be great to retire in 11 years time, and not the 20 I'd been expecting........

    Well, here in Indonesia the grand old age of 55 is the official retirement age. There is no pension of course and nobody actually retires...apart from those hardworking souls who've made a small (unofficial) fortune working for various arms of the government, or anyone loosely related to Suharto...but you can get a retirement visa to live here at that age.

    So, in five years....

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Riddley Walker,

    start crocheting that rug Simon

    AKL • Since Feb 2007 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Nick Westgate,

    I found this on the net (so it must be true):

    Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

    Middle-aged /Mid"dle-aged`/, a.
    Being about the middle of the ordinary age of man; between 30
    and 50 years old.

    Other, presumably newer, online dictionaries say "between 40 and 60" or "roughly between 45 and 65 years old". The shift over time makes sense, and so does retirement at 55 in countries like Indonesia.

    Ok, better stop there. Damn this irksome RSI.

    Tokyo • Since Dec 2006 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Hickling,

    I think that explains why I'm getting to be a grumpy old bugger who always complains about the numerous spelling mistakes on the NZ Herald site and BBC World.

    Barbados • Since Nov 2006 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    My father is still working at 82.
    Whats his occupation?
    Bricklayer.
    I doubt if some now in their 20's will be able to lift a pen at 82.
    Or whatever they will use to write with in 60 yrs. Perhaps spoken word recognition software will be all they will know.
    Ah its so much easier to move the lower jawbone, brain engaged
    OR NOT...

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1175 posts Report Reply

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