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    My condolences to those who posted above about losing family members and friends recently. My grandfather lived to age 94, and I remember for the last 20 or so years of his life hearing him frequently say that all of his friends were dying. In the end, I believe he outlived most if not all of them but was quite ready to take his turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eljr View Post
    My condolences.

    (just saw you sent a PM, I have not opened it yet)
    How did surgery go? How are you feeling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe B View Post
    Thanks Merl, and I'm sorry to hear about Thursday's funeral. It seems once you get to around 50, you start seeing people you know fall away. In my sixties now, it seems to be happening much too frequently.
    It is very sad to know of young people who pass. Lives cut short, parents dealing with the unthinkable....drives home to me that we have to be grateful for each and every day.
    I had an Economics student back in the 1970's; I was in my 20's, he was 19. We got along very well, and I even spent a couple of evenings with him and his parents. One day we ate lunch together near the university; the next day I was told that he died in an auto accident (driving too fast and no seatbelt). The funeral was tough going, and I could see that his parents were broken. I still remember what we ate for lunch - brisket.

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    I went to a family wedding Friday. Lots of drinking, and dancing. I had a nice chat with some relatives I don't see very often. That was good. It was a good day, nice wedding, nice setting, lots of people. But I drank too much. I had a hangover yesterday, my first hangover in four or five years. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who was hurting from the night before.

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    I don't know if I've said it here before, but it was a while ago anyhow. I work for a life insurance and asset management company as my day job, and am a musician by night/weekends. I have to talk about death just about every week with somebody, some days much more than others. Reading up on all these things happening to people just reminds me how important my job really is, and that I shouldn't lose sight of what I'm really there for. I help people deal with the consequences of illness, poverty, and death.

    On a side note, I'm doing very well. Poor, but I feel like I'm on cloud nine. I guess I wouldn't feel this way if I felt my job was a failure right now, but it isn't. What I'm really happy about is more elusive, abstract.

    I get odd thoughts these days when I listen to classical music by myself. For one, I'm happy just the way I am. Almost too happy. It gets me thinking... what have I done? Have I gone down a road that no one else can follow? Am I so entrenched with this world that no man could ever really be my type? Could a man handle that I actually like dead people more than him, and he would actually have to earn my respect OVER dead people? It's different than a usual music lover, I'm a professional musician and amateur musicologist. Music IS my life, not a hobby, and any guy interested in me either has to be "in the system" or get used to me real fast. What if... I end up locking away all my opportunities, and all that's left for me is these dead people? Very much alive in my heart, but still dead. No marriage, no children. I guess I'm saying this because I've been on dating sites for the past few months and this is EXACTLY what I'm running into. Guys show immediate interest, but as soon as they find out what I really love, they get intimidated and confused, and rather not talk to me about it. These are normal guys, who may have been a good fit for me on a personality/compatibility level. But alas, they just don't understand me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huilunsoittaja View Post
    ...Could a man handle that I actually like dead people more than him, and he would actually have to earn my respect OVER dead people? It's different than a usual music lover, I'm a professional musician and amateur musicologist. Music IS my life, not a hobby, and any guy interested in me either has to be "in the system" or get used to me real fast...
    Well, let’s see. The man would have to accept being 3rd place: to dead people during the day and music during the night. Sounds like a wonderful proposition.

    I would suggest saving yourself and the other party’s time by adding full disclosure information on the dating site, something like: ‘looking for someone who loves music and those who have passed.’
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveM View Post
    Well, let’s see. The man would have to accept being 3rd place: to dead people during the day and music during the night. Sounds like a wonderful proposition.

    I would suggest saving yourself and the other party’s time by adding full disclosure information on the dating site, something like: ‘looking for someone who loves music and those who have passed.’
    HAH I didn't think of that other connection with me as a life insurance agent. By dead people I mean dead composers. A few read my profile description and reply "You like classical? That's interesting, I don't listen to it much. What do you like about it?" :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huilunsoittaja View Post
    What if... I end up locking away all my opportunities, and all that's left for me is these dead people? Very much alive in my heart, but still dead. No marriage, no children. I guess I'm saying this because I've been on dating sites for the past few months and this is EXACTLY what I'm running into. Guys show immediate interest, but as soon as they find out what I really love, they get intimidated and confused, and rather not talk to me about it. These are normal guys, who may have been a good fit for me on a personality/compatibility level. But alas, they just don't understand me.
    You never know when the right guy will appear in front of you, so always remain open to the event.

    I've always been lucky when it comes to women, but it was the woman who kept her distance from me who had me salivating. We have been married now for over 50 years.

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    well leaving Vegas for a couple days and going to Sunny California to visit the kids-dogs-cats for labor day weekend. 5 hr drive so not so bad....as long as there is no traffic!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    You never know when the right guy will appear in front of you, so always remain open to the event.

    I've always been lucky when it comes to women, but it was the woman who kept her distance from me who had me salivating. We have been married now for over 50 years.
    I always have the greatest respect for those who make it that far. Reason being that while we might think we have initially made a good choice, that choice is often made when life is good, health is good, responsibilities are few and we are young and energetic. But then come the Passages: The Career passage, the Children passage, the Middle-Age passage, the Health-Challenges passage. And then, surprisingly and counter-intuitively to many, yet perhaps the most dangerous, the Retirement passage.

    IMO, often during one or more of these passages one or both is not the person the other thought they would be.
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    My wife's 80-year old father lives alone in a mobile home near Jacksonville, Florida. Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit the area Tuesday. Residents are frantically stocking up on supplies, and essentials-- especially bottled water-- are scarce. He called us several hours ago to report that Wal-Mart is completely out of bottled water and while he was there his pants fell down. Since he wasn't calling from jail we gathered he was OK. We told him to wear a belt next time he goes out. Not sure where this ranks in hurricane survival stories.

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    A girl from my class has just been immortalised in a big way with this beautiful painting in the middle of town. She got picked as the model for this painting after the painter photographed her playing with a group of other children.

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    Bit of a trite post, but I finally made 15 free throws in a row! Took long enough. I'd gotten close many times before, but I always started to doubt myself more and more the closer I got to that benchmark. I'm not particularly good at basketball by the way (though I've been improving recently), but I really like playing and watching it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldiat View Post
    well leaving Vegas for a couple days and going to Sunny California to visit the kids-dogs-cats for labor day weekend. 5 hr drive so not so bad....as long as there is no traffic!!
    and going back again next weekend and going to Santa Monica Pier to watch the opera "La Boheme" will be live at the opera house down town and simulcast on a very large big screen on the pier. and its FREE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geralmar View Post
    My wife's 80-year old father lives alone in a mobile home near Jacksonville, Florida. Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit the area Tuesday. Residents are frantically stocking up on supplies, and essentials-- especially bottled water-- are scarce. He called us several hours ago to report that Wal-Mart is completely out of bottled water and while he was there his pants fell down. Since he wasn't calling from jail we gathered he was OK. We told him to wear a belt next time he goes out. Not sure where this ranks in hurricane survival stories.
    I assume he got suspenders and rode out the storm safely?

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