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What Do You Suppose Is Our Average (Member) Age Here?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by brookdalebill, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

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    Older Than Dirt (OTD)
     
  2. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Back in the years when my son and I were hiking a lot, we were heading south on the AT, covering Maine and New Hampshire. About a month long trip, around 500 miles.

    One afternoon, we rolled into a place called Poplar Lean-To, near Saddleback (the Maine one). You don't have to sleep in the "lean-to" shelters, but many do. We usually opted to 'stealth camp', finding any decently flat spot big enough to lie down on. But this day we were going to camp near (not in) the shelter.

    We're setting up our tarps, and we're close enough to the shelter that we can hear a couple of people moving around quietly. Then comes this big sigh, a drawn out M-O-A-N, and a short curse. After a few seconds, another round of moaning, followed by more cursing.

    We walk over, and meet Cimmaron*, an older guy, who like us, has obviously been on the trail for quite a while. Turns out he just turned 84. He's now in Maine, heading north from Georgia, with pack, over countless mountains. The goal is usually to do the 2200 mile trip in one go, but I'm pretty sure he was on his second year (having taken winter off). Thing is, where most hikers cover from 15-28 miles per day, the best he could do was 6. Which meant a heavier pack, because he took longer to get to a resupply point (town). More water. etc.

    He kept b*tching and moaning about being too old for this crap, but not in a very serious way. It was clear he was in some physical pain, though.

    So, I asked him "Cimmaron, if all this is causing you such difficulty, why not just stop hiking?"

    "Well, ya see, when you get to a certain age, people like to be 'helpful' and tell ya what you can and can't do. .... Screw that."



    *Trail names are common in the AT community. I bet you can guess what I was called. And my son was Goldilocks. We're both big guys, not uh, very feminine (except when I wore a hiking kilt for a week), and I used to get a kick out of the inevitable smile when other hikers would learn that WE were the moosie and goldilocks they'd been hearing about.



    Last I heard, a few years ago, Cimmaron was still on the trail. You might think, wow, he must be a very experienced hiker. Well, he is now. But he only started hiking in his 80s.

    It ain't over 'til it's over. :)
     
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  3. Mrbob135

    Mrbob135 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    49 3/4 here...Turn the big 50 in April.
     
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  4. Rick330man

    Rick330man Tele-Afflicted

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    I guess this means the Telecaster is the guitar of choice for old timers.
     
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  5. screefer

    screefer Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Let's be honest, when most of us went to school they didn't have History...
    In life, pace yourself.....67 over here
     
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  6. cntry666

    cntry666 Friend of Leo's

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    I’m 43 and I’d say average age is 50
     
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  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Older guys, by percentage, are a bit more liable to own and play Esquires and Telecasters, than the general playing public.

    But I know a heck of a lot of people my age who play Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Stratocasters. The T types are no higher than 3rd, in my view.
     
  8. Firedogx

    Firedogx TDPRI Member

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    Where the young people at? I’m 23. Then again I just joined recently. However lurked for a while.
     
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  9. 2blue2

    2blue2 Friend of Leo's

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    Come on try it on for size, remember to shake your fist.......

    YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!

    Yup now at 50+ it is starting to fit,
    soon we're gonna start thinking some one else's music is to loud and yelling at clouds.


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  10. Wobbles

    Wobbles Tele-Meister

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  11. KyAnne

    KyAnne Tele-Afflicted

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    63 here. Isn't Papa Joe like 85 or so?
     
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  12. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Pic of me (52yo) and my sister.. Wanna guess her age? 1513837498718.jpg
     
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  13. Rick330man

    Rick330man Tele-Afflicted

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    Not a fair question because of the fundamental differences between aging north of the equator and aging south of it.

    Does that shirt saw "Alabama"? Down under?
     
  14. suthol

    suthol Friend of Leo's

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    Just commenced my 70th year yesterday, so that may help to nudge the average up by a few seconds
     
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  15. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Haha you might be onto something re the aging..
    The T shirt is Alabama Shakes merchandise.. Bought it at their Sydney gig on my 48th birthday, got to meet the bass player..very cool night, despite the summer heat wave we were having!

    So how old does my sis look?
     
  16. 2blue2

    2blue2 Friend of Leo's

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    I'm going with 29:) but the horn rim glasses are 65 for sure.:eek::rolleyes:


    How old does my socks look?:p


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  17. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    My sister turns 70 in April, so the glasses definitely hinted in the right direction.. but she amazes us all..

    As for your socks, hmmmm.. 5 years?
     
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  18. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Tele-Holic

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    I'm 59, My eldest grand daughter tells me next year grandad, you will be old... she is 19, I remember being 19, she knows nothing...
     
  19. william tele

    william tele Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    She's beautiful at any age...but I'd have guessed younger than you! Merry Christmas!
     
  20. Snook

    Snook Tele-Meister

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    Hell.. I can't even remember being 59, let alone 19.
     
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