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10-26-2012 02:41 PM
hellosailor
Re: A Sobering Realization

Doctors are like major league baseball players: Often overpaid, morally or ethically lacking, and only able to bat .275 on their best days.

On the other hand some hardworking lackey driving a UPS truck or pouring coffee has to get it right pretty much 100% of the time, or they're gone. Hmmm....

Unfortunately you've got to interview a doctor and often "date" a few of them before you do something radical like "marry" one. So far the best thing I've found about ObamaCare is that an incredible number of older doctors, who never had the business management skills to properly run a practice, are retiring out because "it just costs too much to computerize". Now, how to get rid of the ones with poor medical skills as well....

Which still won't turn an of us into well-conditioned spry eldsters but sure will help prevent further needless damage!
10-26-2012 02:35 PM
oldragbaggers
Re: A Sobering Realization

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My daughter was in a car accident. She suffered a spinal injury. The doctor told her, "No more weights, forever!" After a year of being mostly sedentary, she found herself depressed and lethargic. She went back to the gym, started lifting again and is now a personal trainer and winning fitness competitions. She's happier than I've ever seen her and in amazing shape. Doctors can be overly cautious sometimes.
Doctor's are afraid of liability. If she lifts weights, hurts herself and then says, "but my doctor said I would be fine....." I think they always try to err on the side of whatever is most likely to avoid a lawsuit.
10-26-2012 01:57 PM
JulieMor
Re: A Sobering Realization

My daughter was in a car accident. She suffered a spinal injury. The doctor told her, "No more weights, forever!" After a year of being mostly sedentary, she found herself depressed and lethargic. She went back to the gym, started lifting again and is now a personal trainer and winning fitness competitions. She's happier than I've ever seen her and in amazing shape. Doctors can be overly cautious sometimes.
10-25-2012 01:58 PM
rbrasi
Re: A Sobering Realization

This reminds me of when I herniated a disk moving furniture in '08. I asked my doctor if I could still play hockey. His response? "F**k no!" I still skate twice a week. What a d**k. I'm 45, btw. I will probably sail and play hockey until I drop, regardless of what anyone tells me.
10-25-2012 12:45 PM
PBzeer
Re: A Sobering Realization

Or perhaps just the peace and serenity of doing what you long to do will take care of it, eh?
10-25-2012 11:17 AM
JulieMor
Re: A Sobering Realization

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Interesting thought. However, I'm 51 and my wife is 49. We've never considered that it could be a problem...
At 51, I never even gave it a thought either.

My dad was 53 when he bought his first boat. I'll be 62 in April. I never even started to feel age until the last year or so. Maybe the activity required for living aboard will reverse that.
10-24-2012 09:29 PM
exkma367
Re: A Sobering Realization

If you look around volleyball beach at Georgetown Exuma you will notice the predominant hair color is grey. We met a couple at Manjack in the Abacos. Both were in there mid 70's. We sailed, dined, beach combed and snorkeled with them and I suspect we may have slowed them down a bit. If memory serves, Wes and Linda were on a 32 foot Valiant and living well, really well. Go small, go now. You can always find a way to make money, but you will never be able to buy a minute more time.
10-24-2012 09:15 PM
ewayne
Re: A Sobering Realization

Locally, August 1st we had a 70 year old woman return from a two year circumnavigation aboard her Najad 38.
She just departed again October 22nd for her next attempt at a single handed non-stop circumnavigation via the great capes!
She is currently the oldest woman to have done a single handed circumnavigation TWICE. She is headed south for the Horn.

I don't think age is an issue here as long as one has health and desire.

Google S/Y Nereida and Jean Socrates for inspiration!!
10-24-2012 08:53 PM
Minnewaska
Re: A Sobering Realization

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Why? What good could come from that?
You're right. You can lead a horse to water......... but no telethon will make 'em drink.
10-24-2012 07:44 PM
smurphny
Re: A Sobering Realization

Four years ago, when I was 61, bought my basket-case boat to renovate and sail. The year before that, I retired, relocated, and built a new house...I mean built, from the footings up...alone. The only help I needed was digging out some glacial erratics:-) We oldsters can "keep on ticking." Although not as strong or agile as I once was, I'm a hell of a lot better at making sane decisions and planning.

That said, I believe it is important to avoid being trapped into long-term plans, especially as it relates to sailing. I originally planned on circumnavigating but really lost my desire to do so. So I canned the idea without a second thought. I now use the boat when I feel the urge to do so without being wedded to any plan that's going to keep me trapped on the boat. One of the goals of being retired should be to enjoy life without being driven by some plan that may no longer make you happy. This is one of the dangers in owning a sailboat. Often fantasy differs from reality. It's probably wise to avoid making sailing plans that require burning bridges or getting in debt, or giving up other things that are not possible on a boat.
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