# One week to the big FIVE-OH!

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#### Bat-mite

##### Rocketeer in MD
No, I'm not going to Hawaii. I'm turning 50 in a week.

Any advice from the old farts out there? :wink:

#### neil_w

##### Good at some things
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Throw out all the AARP solications you'll receive in the mail.

#### ThirstyBarbarian

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I crossed the half century mark earlier this year. I celebrated by walking across a country. Not this one! It's too big! When you're picking countries to walk across, it's better to pick a small one.

And I'm not saying walking across countries is the only way to celebrate. But I do think it is a good excuse for a bucket-list type item. Do something special that you've always wanted to do. All you have to do to justify it is say, "You only turn 50 once!" People accept that excuse without question.

Also, as I learned when my wife turned 50, you get to use the whole "You only turn 50 once" excuse all year long, not just on your actual birthday. So if you haven't already been using it, you are way behind. Get on that! It reminds me I have a few more things I need to use that excuse for too...

Best wishes old man!

#### samb

Launch a rocket ! :grin: "The 50s are the youth of old age."

#### o1d_dude

##### 'I battle gravity'
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Ha ha!

How about setting an alarm for the next morning?

#### ksaves2

Ha ha!

How about setting an alarm for the next morning?
Be glad you're on the right side of the grass. Kurt

#### ThirstyBarbarian

##### Well-Known Member
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Ha ha!

How about setting an alarm for the next morning?
You still need that. Unlike a lot of older guys, I'm lucky I have a bowel movement promptly at 8 every morning. But without an alarm, I don't actually get up until 9.

#### samb

You still need that. Unlike a lot of older guys, I'm lucky I have a bowel movement promptly at 8 every morning. But without an alarm, I don't actually get up until 9.
I really did not need to know that Thirsty (but funny). And I predict this thread will go down the toilet with it.

#### ThirstyBarbarian

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I really did not need to know that Thirsty (but funny). And I predict this thread will go down the toilet with it.
It just goes to show that you are never too old for potty humor.

(Or maybe that's just me?)

#### GregGleason

##### Well-Known Member
Brush up on, "Hey kids! Get off my lawn!" And "Could you repeat that?"

Get used to developing aches and pains. And a new appreciation for life in general.

Greg

#### H_Rocket

##### Death by Powerpoint
Any advice from the old farts out there?
1. I'm 56 and I just rode a bicycle 102 miles in one day.
2. Keep this in mind: age, experience and treachery will overcome youth, skill, and enthusiasm every time.
3. Get off my damn lawn

Seriously, more than anything stay active.

#### KennB

##### I-95 Envoy
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Schedule that colonoscopy.
Check what discounts you're entitled to at the places you shop/eat.
Read the ingredients on the hair/beard dye boxes; there's some pretty nasty stuff in some of them.
Don't lose your job; ageism is illegal but that doesn't stop companies from applying it.

#### Andy Greene

##### Well-Known Member
Throw out all the AARP solications you'll receive in the mail.
Funny you mention that , I turned 50 on the 5th of this month, so good advice here so far
Anyway, the wife thought it would be funny to leave me a AARP application in my B-Day card , its a good thing she lets me buy rocket stuff and fly or I woulda been really pissed :wink:

#### Andy Greene

##### Well-Known Member
Schedule that colonoscopy.

Don't lose your job; ageism is illegal but that doesn't stop companies from applying it.
And thats a FACT ladies and gentlemen , if your gamefully employed at this point of your life- starting over - so to speak - is a LOT tougher than being 35-40 and starting over.

#### jd2cylman

##### Still not Carl... ;-)
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I turn 50 in October. My GF asked me what I wanted to do for my 50th. Since scouting for redheads in Scotland was out (she's wanting to celebrate with me) :eyeroll: , I suggested maybe an indoor water park. I've never been to one (indoor or outdoor), so I thought that might be a fun but affordable outing. And if I go too fast down a waterslide unclenched, that colonoscopy might be easier :y:

#### kcobbva

No, I'm not going to Hawaii. I'm turning 50 in a week.

Any advice from the old farts out there? :wink:
Yeah! You beat me by a month! It's great to be young!

#### dixontj93060

##### Well-Known Member
1. I'm 56 and I just rode a bicycle 102 miles in one day.

Seriously, more than anything stay active.
Let's see... I will be in about a month. In the past year I have gone from a cane and walker to now walking a couple miles and exercising each day. Of course, it took the intervention of modern medicine (knee and hip) to do so, but I'll take it any way I can get it at this age.

#### Zeus-cat

##### Well-Known Member
You still need that. Unlike a lot of older guys, I'm lucky I have a bowel movement promptly at 8 every morning. But without an alarm, I don't actually get up until 9.
So you have a bowel movement at 8, but don't get up until 9??? Are you changing the sheets at 10?

#### ThirstyBarbarian

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So you have a bowel movement at 8, but don't get up until 9??? Are you changing the sheets at 10?
People ask me how I deal with it.

#### ThirstyBarbarian

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Just for the record, I don't actually crap myself at 8 and get up at 9! That's an old joke I heard before most of you were born... Get off my lawn!

When I was young, I thought of 50 as old, but now that I'm here, it's not so bad. I did accomplish one of my most amazing physical feats this year, and it gives me hope that more adventures are ahead. But you never know. This is the age when a kind of sorting starts to happen. Some people go on for another incredible 20, 30, 40, even 50 years! My parents are in their middle to late 70's and doing well. My dad still rides centuries on his bike! I would not be surprised if they made it into their 90's, and I hope they will. But some of their friends haven't done so well, and even some of my friends who are only my age aren't so great.

The "Carpe Diem" philosophy is usually one for the young. Seize the day! Don't waste your youth! But it applies to any age. If you've gotten to 50, and there's anything you've wanted to do but never had the chance, don't put it off! I sensed my window closing, and I squeezed my adventure in. Hopefully I get more, but if not, I'll always have Spain and the Camino de Santiago --- one great adventure! Maybe I lost my shot at the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalacian Trail, but I got the Camino, and it was great!

Get yours!

#### Bat-mite

##### Rocketeer in MD
I have already had two colonoscopies. Family history on both sides. I guess colonoscopies are pretty easy compared to the prep for a colonoscopy!

#### neil_w

##### Good at some things
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Just for the record, I don't actually crap myself at 8 and get up at 9! That's an old joke I heard before most of you were born... Get off my lawn!
Thanks for that clarification, I was concerned. I figured it must hav been an old joke, but I hadn't heard it before and I LOLed.

Based on this thread, apparently the #1 concern about turning 50 relate to one's bowels. Or perhaps it is the #2 concern.

#### Woody's Workshop

##### Well-Known Member
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Don't worry Bat-mite, it's all down hill from here on. Just roll with it.

hahahahahahahahahaha,,

Man,, there's something seriously wrong with you guy's....

I REALLY wish all of these posts didn't hit quite so close to home,,, lol...

Teddy

#### rstaff3

##### Oddroc-eteer
I was going to add something...but the memory is the second thing to go.

#### H_Rocket

##### Death by Powerpoint
The "Carpe Diem" philosophy is usually one for the young. Seize the day! Don't waste your youth! But it applies to any age. If you've gotten to 50, and there's anything you've wanted to do but never had the chance, don't put it off!
Once you get to your 50s you realize the truth in the statement that youth is wasted on the young. I think a thrill really exists in building your bucket list and potentially being able to afford it. I took up cycling in my 50's as well as scuba diving and Jetskiing. Next up, I want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, go in a hot air balloon, hang glide, and, if they still do it, bungee jump.

Then I need to convince myself that a colonoscopy is a good idea. I work in healthcare and a renowned gastroenterologist describes the process as a "two foot stainless steel tube with an @hole at either end..."

#### rstaff3

##### Oddroc-eteer
It's sad when you get old enough that, no matter how distasteful it it is, there are worse things than a colonoscopy. I have history on both sides so I now get a power nap every 5 years. In the prep, beg for the pills vs the gallon of liquid.

#### H_Rocket

##### Death by Powerpoint
no matter how distasteful it it is, there are worse things than a colonoscopy.
Four hours of PowerPoint on either Microsoft or Oracle Licensing come to mind.

#### rstaff3

##### Oddroc-eteer
Well, if we are opening the discussion to work related items, I am sure the list is big. Whining employees is up there.