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Re: A Thread for Geezers
piano_deb #1157575 03/05/09 05:54 AM
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Was due to retire this year too but it simply is not going to happen... grrrr...


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LaValse #1157614 03/05/09 08:24 AM
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53 here ... and what's up with the Viagra?

Changing careers, not by choice, but trying to enjoy the ride, it is the only one in town. Wife and I been working out 3 times a week, try to take the puppy for a walk out back -well really he's the one walking around, I just sip my coffee, I just try to stay warm and keep him out of TOO MUCH TROUBLE-. Can't wait for warmer weather... crazy

Don't feel like an old Geezer till we bring the great niece's and nephews around, then after an hour or so, OMG take em home...I need a nap. I can start to feel the aches in the morning...notice to you younger folks...start to do some excersice early on.... sound like your parents in years past? well get use to it, they never stop, Mom is 83 and still questions when I go out with no cap...comeon....


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Les Koltvedt #1157644 03/05/09 09:15 AM
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Well, I'm 61 and still going strong. My plans to retire have been put on hold since my 200.5K retirement plan is no longer adequate. Still, I get out and work the sheep with my dog, play the piano, walk several miles a day (between 5 and 10). I do notice that it takes me longer to recover from colds and things, but maybe that's because I'm less patient than I used to be.

The grandchildren do tire me out more easily than did their parents.

But it's been a great ride so far!

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Going on 63. Still in excellent shape physically. Some aches and pains but nothing to talk about. Workout 6 times a week. Was able to retire at 55. Started learning the piano from scratch at 60 to try and keep the ole gray matter functioning. Only wish I had started earlier. Wish I could learn faster...but what the heck. Iam lovin' it.


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wj3 #1157762 03/05/09 11:30 AM
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This is a great re affirming thread.

I am 62, started piano at 60.

Having a lot of fun, with Classical to Beatles to Jerry Lee Lewis.

It is a mind challenge and better that crosswords or soduku.

I play with my grandchild. At age 5 she seems to like to sing Johnny Cash tunes.

My Geezette(or Crone?)thinks it is wonderful. I learned "When I'm 64" for a birthday present just for her. She says she even likes to hear me practice while she reads.

My teacher is great, a 58 year old raised on classical and still performing in salsa and Afro Cuban bands with his wife.

I work and learn from Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, all in one. I am midway through book two.

I loved "Grand Obsession" and the "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier". Piano videos on You Tube inspire me.

But one of the greatest pleasures has been this forum network. I enjoy Piano World for the advice and fellowship. It is a great resource and just plain fun.

Let's seniors stay connected.


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epf #1157776 03/05/09 11:42 AM
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Man, I was talking about walking 2 miles a day and playing lots of tennis and now I see that my contemporaries are outdoing me by miles, literally. However, I have a young wife, so.....

But I love geezerettes! Smarter, classier and some ways sexier than pre-geezerettes, my wife being a great exception.

So off I go to soak my hands in warm water to loosen them up so I can hammer away at the piano. Come to think of it, my old Lester piano is older than I am and only complains when I abuse it with my playing.






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dukeofhesse #1159486 03/08/09 11:30 AM
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Geezerettes--- what a great word. I'm stealing it.

Sixties is certainly not too late to learn something new. After all, better late smart than never smart.

So yes, there are challenges with having older joints and older ears and eyes. If you remember back to age 19, it had its own difficulties. My doc told me, "Getting old is not for wimps. You have to be not only tough, but very, very adaptable."

Some of my buddies say they'd go back to being 19. Personally, I don't think I could bear it.


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Jeff Clef #1159701 03/08/09 07:40 PM
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I turned 56 today. Multiple heath problems, sometimes I feel 90 but I wouldn't be 20 again if you paid me. Way too much angst over nothing.


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58, this year, self taught 5 years, practicing Chopin's Mazurka Op17, No14 (I said practicing) and living every day as if it's the last day. Lowered my cholesterol by following my “O type blood diet”, still working, have to, go to the gym 5 days a week, rode my bicycle with the club yesterday -30 miles- luckily it was 60F but last week it was 24 F but I still kick the young guys a…s. Why do I ride up these hills in PA? Because they're there. Next week I'll be doing my first time trial (only 10 miles but it is all out, get your heart to 160, 170 bpm (the oldest race age entry is 40+)- Why do I do it?, because I am able do it now and I am afraid I will not be able to do it tomorrow!



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A thread for geezer, wannabe, piano players - and I'm one of them. Doesn't that say it all.

Happy Birthday Frycek!

Wow...56, that's old...

l's dad

...I'll be 56 in September smile

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lizzy's dad #1159812 03/08/09 10:53 PM
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H'Bday Frycek!

Thought I would steer clear of this one. But you guys are having so much fun I could not resist.
I try to hike 2 -3 miles a day. Hit the weights twice a week. Gave up skiing about 10 years ago for snowboarding. What a blast that is... surfing ice crystals. I am 57 but snowboard and golf with a 70 year old buddy who keeps reminding me I am just a pup. Who am I to argue?








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Geezer alert! Everyone go out and buy the book "Younger Next Year"! Great stuff. Basic premise of the book is that there is no reason you cant feel like youre 50 - until the age of 80 if you follow some basic rules.

Just started piano - bought a Yamaha P85 today - and am anxious for my left hand and right hand to start talking to each other...

Avid cycling, tennis, working out, and I compete in Long
Drive competitions in golf. Am 55 and drive the ball about 330 yards.

Just discovered this forum - seems like a lot of great people!

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Just turned 56 - been taking weekly lessons for about three years now.

I play bass guitar in a part time classic rock and roll band. Always wanted to paly piano - so now I am, and I love it.

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Mike White #1160121 03/09/09 01:57 PM
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I guess I qualify as a geezer, or a geezerette. I will turn 64 this month (today I feel about 90), and have been playing piano for a little over a year. There is a frustrated young person/athlete inside of me that hasn't been let out in a long time. I just returned from a vacation where a lot of walking and standing has left me very stiff and hurting. This means that I've got to get myself more active starting NOW.


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Well I'm 51. Been taking lessons for 7 years but I don't like to tell very many people that because they expect so much more than I'm capable of...

I don't usually feel much like an old geezer... although my baby granddaughter (20mths)is finally calling me 'granma' (sooo cute) so that reminds me....

I do a brisk walk 35-55 minutes 5 times a week and go to the gym 2-3 times a week. Been thinking I need to add more aerobics to my routine.... (Jamaica in 6 weeks!! yikes) but I can't seem to make time for it as my piano practicing takes up my early morning and noon hour... I figure brain and soul exercising is just as important for a healthy body... right??


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Sorry is this is a repeat. it's an experiment. I sent in my Geezer contribution and don't find it here. I wanted (and still do) to know if there's anyone out there older than I am -- I will have made 79 mostly good trips around the sun in a couple of weeks. I have seven grandchildren and nine grandcats and I love my piano beyond words. I am a recovering rusty retread.

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wanted (and still do) to know if there's anyone out there older than I am -- I will have made 79 mostly good trips around the sun in a couple of weeks.


I suspect you may have just killed the thread. thumb








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Does that make me the "Geezerking??"

But that title should really go to the oldest guy, no?

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Geezer or Geezerette? ... no matter, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
79 years young... there may be others older- but I am not sure they are as computer literate. So, unless someone else steps forward- I bestow you the crown. smile








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Retread, I think I'll second the motion of making you the geezerking. But who is the Geezerette Queen?

My father lived to the age of 101. Drank way too much and was the ultimate lech. He was also an SOB. However, he did play tennis well into his 80's and excercised daily even into his 90's. But I think chasing women was what kept him alive.

My mother died at age 74 and she played piano everday. Hmmmm...

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