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Author Topic: Fifty-Plus Club for SteamGeezers  (Read 31447 times)
barb dwyer
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« Reply #275 on: December 05, 2013, 03:40:18 am »

A question for my fellow Geezerz ...

I've recently been taken off the active student list
at least for a few weeks
having discovered nothing less
than a crushed vertebrae
and now a bit of disc trouble.

*puts hand up*

Please - no pity
some pain medications
make you GLAD you got hurt!
 Cheesy
So I'll be 'fine' for a given definition of 'fine'
just have to take a brief respite
from the Art School and the far too
heavy studio load I'd given myself.

*but it SOUNDS dramatic as all get out doesn't it?*

I tripped and fell at school.
The x-rays were at the College's insistence
and no one particularly me -
expected to find the jumble we found.

MEANWHILE - while that gets sorted...

I've returned, as I oft do
to the contemplation of my Steampunk Design.

I posted a few months back
about having a bit of an epiphany
in realizing that I needn't wear a corset
if I don't CARE to wear a corset
*only to learn that might be exactly the device
that will enable me to stand for hours to paint
or sculpt etc. and walk around if I ever get
the opportunity and money
at the same time that is
to attend a Steam Con.

I've also been contemplating
the reality of aging in a Steampunk Society
and find there's not much at all
for we are so few.
But *are* we?
I've never attended an event so can't know first hand.

But in playing with sketches and ideas along this line
I think we might be breaking new ground in many ways
and have an idea
that the exploration of external devices
such as hearing, vision, spine support etc;
would have also been of great interest
to we of the 'Silver Horde' generation
in a world powered by steam.

The video 'Heart of Steam' got me thinking about this again.

What would you invent to help your present condition?

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Banfili
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« Reply #276 on: December 05, 2013, 05:22:55 am »

An exoskeleton, like the ones in the E. E. 'Doc' Smith D'Alembert Family SciFi/Fantasy series of books - took the concept of 'bionic' human to new levels - or depths, depending on your point of view. (having just had MRIs etc., reveal the extent of injuries received on holiday)
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« Reply #277 on: December 05, 2013, 10:14:00 am »

Definitely an exoskeleton, though hopefully incorporated into a fine pair of sturdy boots, connected via pneumatic garters to a cummerbund/waistcoat combination, which in turn is connected pneumatically to leather gloves to match the boots. Pneumatic rather than hydraulic so that the exoskeleton can make all the gasps and grunts for me (the increase of self-made sound effects with age is most bizarre, but irresistible).

I recently moved to a new house which needs quite a bit of work doing to it (mahogany raised bed for my daughter, added sound proofing throughout, spiral staircase to the garden, converting the attic to a living/work space, etc. etc.). I have no car and the builders' merchant/timber yard is a quarter of a mile away, so much trudging with 2x4's and boards has left me with the impression that my spine has compacted by a couple of inches while my arms and shoulders have grown by an equivalent amount. And it's all so much slower than it was last time I did it, 15 years ago.

I can't/won't take pain medications, so may well be joining you in the wearing of corsets soon, Barb. Take it gently and get well soon.
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« Reply #278 on: December 05, 2013, 05:32:48 pm »

Here is a change of subject: a minor benefit of being in the SteamGeezer club! My friend and I ate at a Wendy's fast food restaurant a few days ago. I ordered two items off  the value menu ($.99 items), and a cup of iced tea that was listed at $1.69. The incredibly perky counter girl chirped " That will be $2.15!" When I asked her if she got all of my items, she replied in the affirmative. After I got my order (with a very small drink) I checked the ticket and it seems that I qualified for a free "senior drink"! Hahahaha! I guess this grey hair is good for something after all. (My friend was miffed that she didn't get the free drink, but then, she doesn't have grey hair!) Such are the minor joys of  life lately...
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« Reply #279 on: December 11, 2013, 03:47:13 am »

 Grin

Joining up!! Hit the half-century mark two days ago! (December 9).

Where's the free booze? Cheesy
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« Reply #280 on: December 11, 2013, 05:37:09 am »

Welcome!

It's over there, behind the wicker-what-not!
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« Reply #281 on: December 18, 2013, 04:10:43 pm »

Ahem. Fifty eight years of age, so I would be honoured if you allow me membership of this august body.
I did think I was a bit old for all this, but, having attended my first steampunk gathering back in November I was pleased to see many there of a similar age. So I guess I might fit in here.

Just don't expect me to dance, my dancing days are long gone.
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« Reply #282 on: December 18, 2013, 05:27:34 pm »

Welcome aboard!!
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« Reply #283 on: December 19, 2013, 02:08:53 am »

Welcome, dear fellows. A toast!
Over the ears,
and past the gums,
Watch out Cerberus,
here she comes!

*GUULP*
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barb dwyer
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« Reply #284 on: December 19, 2013, 06:43:12 pm »

Thanks for the extoskeleton suggestions and is what I was thinking as well!

And a warm welcome to Captain Dialvo and Dr. Moreau
(I'm guessing you've sold the island, then?)

Lady Toadfinger's post reminded me of something
that happened last semester -

I was in line at the pharmacy at the college clinic
(brilliant place if you don't mind a doctor younger than your sons)

a woman who's an employee of the clinic
got in line behind me
who's also 'let her hair go grey'
hers was cut short;
(a very cute cut btw)
mine's almost waist length.
I normally wear it wound in a kind of bun sort of thing,
to keep it out of my eyes and paint when I'm working
but that day it was feeling defiant so I left if down.

I turned to her and said,
"Ah. I see we have the same colorist. Cute cut."
and turned back around.

There was a perfect three-beat silence, then
The entire waiting room broke out laughing.

She said something about our colorist being hard at times
and I turned back around and we had a short conversation
about whatever (I honestly don't remember)
It may have been about women's choice to let their hair
be the color it is or something ...

it takes so very little to be human sometimes
I'm often surprised more people don't try it.

Being a full time student,
I carry my University ID with me everywhere
and am usually given a choice of senior discount
or can use the discount given University students.
Has been a welcome surprise for me at times!



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barb dwyer
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« Reply #285 on: December 19, 2013, 08:18:38 pm »

am still tempted to do the first steampunk bag lady thing ...
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« Reply #286 on: December 20, 2013, 12:15:22 am »

Do it in the summer, Barb - too cold in the winter - an outdoor, summer job!
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« Reply #287 on: December 20, 2013, 12:16:58 am »

barb,
I like the bag lady idea... Will you use a steam driven shopping cart to haul all of your swag? I sense a Halloween costume idea sneaking up on me...
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« Reply #288 on: December 20, 2013, 12:59:30 am »

Thank you for the welcome, Barb Dwyer.

Good to be here...
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« Reply #289 on: December 21, 2013, 03:40:38 pm »

Thank you for the welcome, and no barb dwyer I rather think you have me confused with some other. I have not, and never have, owned an Island. And rumours of strange behaviour with animals are just scurrilous tales.  Wink
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« Reply #290 on: December 21, 2013, 04:53:15 pm »

But they are straight from the horse's mouth.
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barb dwyer
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« Reply #291 on: December 27, 2013, 06:05:20 pm »

a steam powered shopping cart.

hmmmm....

heh.

Alo, Walking Stick and welcome if none have done so.

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« Reply #292 on: December 30, 2013, 01:20:51 am »

Ahem!

I will be leaving the 50 year old group in approx. 6 months, should I start a new Club for Sixty-Plus Steampensioners Huh

The annoying thing about this getting old lark is my brain still thinks I'm 21
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barb dwyer
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« Reply #293 on: December 30, 2013, 02:33:57 am »

oh, spider ... I shouldn't think so ... anyone?

we could just leave it at the half century earned mark, you think?

I'd hate to see anyone go, the posts are infrequent as is, yes?

I do hope you (all) decide to stay.
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« Reply #294 on: December 30, 2013, 09:07:53 am »

I will stay. I am already over 60, and don't fancy moving.
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« Reply #295 on: December 30, 2013, 09:22:10 am »

It says Fifty-Plus, not how much plus. You can be a SteamGeezer until you are finally out of steam.
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« Reply #296 on: January 08, 2014, 12:16:58 am »

I must have sprung a leak, I think the Steam is escaping already Grin
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« Reply #297 on: January 08, 2014, 02:51:11 am »

So that was the psssssst I heard!!
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« Reply #298 on: January 20, 2014, 07:33:49 am »

Puppetji's Daily Affirmation for People Over 40


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« Reply #299 on: January 20, 2014, 11:35:18 am »

O, very good, J. Wilhelm! And all good advice too!! Grin
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