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50 today!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by beanzontoast, 20 Jan 2008.

  1. beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    It's my 50th birthday today. (Sister-in law sent me a badge the size of a side plate to prove it). Mrs Beanz is just cooking a light chicken tikka and baked potato dinner for two as a quiet 'tv dinner' celebration meal - we ate out with the grown-up kids yesterday. While she's cooking, I've been pondering getting older and it seems to be resolving into plus and minus fashion...

    Minus - Some of my old friends are retiring now. I can't see any way of me retiring before 65 when my pension from my old job kicks in. (Or is retirement a minus? How would I fill the time if I wasn't working? At least work keeps the mind alert!).

    Plus - Some of those 'over 50' offers on tv will start applying to me. Minus - I have yet to identify a single one that's actually useful...

    Minus - By 50, I've heard it said that who you are is pretty much who you are going to be. Plus - For fun I've set myself the aim during this year of doing 50 things I've never done before, not necessarily to do with cycling, but would be nice to include a few cycling-related. Things that don't cost a lot would be useful, as 2 kids at uni come first in the call on dosh.

    So... suggestions welcome! :eek:
     
  2. So -you are nearly a 'has beanz' then! Congratulationisms on your birthday. :tongue:Have one for me. :eek: (Depending...)
     
  3. 1) Visit a CycleChat member by cycling there.(Check bonj's 'mappa mund(i)ane')
    2) Paint a picture or a portrait - either of the 'curry chef' (:tongue:) or yourself in a mirror...
    3) Keep the newspaper of today.
    4) Always try and beat your lethargy when it comes to getting on your bike.:eek: (in the rain particularly)
    5) I'll be 53 sometime this week :biggrin: - make sure you don't get either 'bleeding heart lib'. or 'grouchy'. Be ultra positive - beanz meanz business!
    6) I know the uni bit - my son has declared that he will be off to Fiji, Australia, Texas etc etc and then start a job on more money than I have ever been offered in my life... but I'll still be his Dad.:ohmy: So congratulations - 'Dad'
    7) I was nosing in the gallery and I noticed that peeps were getting bikes for their 40th birthday presents :ohmy: Now, by reasonable deduction, something involving 50 - or even 53 teeth might be in order - new of course!!!:tongue: (And attached to a bike preferably;))
    8) Add pinches of salt as appropriate :smile:
     
  4. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Find the steepest hill you can and hit 50MPH down it!
     
  5. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    -Many happy returns, by the way. Heading that way meself - is it ok over there?
     
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    beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    Hi Dave - if you mean, how is it here in Derby - not raining now (at last), wind has died down (at last), not really cold.

    If you mean you are heading towards 50, I'll tell you later! :eek:
     
  7. OP
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    beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    Great list, Ap. :smile:
    I've just re-entered the world of DSLR (Sony A100 double lens kit - bought by recycling kit from one hobby to pay for another!) and have a hankering to make one of the 50 things doing a '365' - where you take one photo that must include yourself in some way every day for a year. Someone on The Genius of Photography said he took photos all the time because by doing so he remembered all the events in his life more clearly - if I recall, he went as far as saying he only really remembered those things he photographed.

    Thought it might make an interesting exercise?
     
  8. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    I was talking about 50 - I avoid Derby when I can as it costs a lot in petrol driving round and round and round and round the ring road.

    ANyway, you only usually get the weather when we've finished with it. :eek:
     
  9. bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Location:
    Crosby Merseyside
    Congrats Beanzon.
    You'll start getting those bloody requests for subscription to the Saga magazine soon. They've been harassing me for years. I even picked one up in the dentist the other week and found it quite interesting! Aarrgh
    ( as somebody once said "if I knew I was going to last this long I'd have looked after my teeth better" )
     
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    beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    The possibility of me developing this trend in 'older interest' magazine subscriptions has worried me for some years. I've already told Mrs B to take my wallet off me if I ever show signs of saying I want to buy magazines to do with
    a) canal boats
    :ohmy: visiting country houses and gardens
    c) building any model that comes in 150 weekly parts, whether from matchsticks or not

    :eek:
     
  11. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Happy Birthday Beanz :eek:
     
  12. bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Location:
    Crosby Merseyside
    Oh -oh.... I rather fancy a canal boat + I just bought a lathe and the plans for a steam engine ..... very perceptive of you:blush:
    Those ladies with the blue rinses selling life insurance on afternoon telly are quite ta:biggrin:sty too
     
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    beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    Best cut my credit cards up too then! :eek::ohmy:
     
  14. longers

    longers Veteran

    Many Happy Returns :eek:.
     
  15. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Happy birthday old bean(z).