WHEN YOUR 64  

brute472 74M
1871 posts
6/14/2006 7:07 pm

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6/19/2006 1:27 am

WHEN YOUR 64

Hail the kitten that likes passion.com, look in the background at the computer screen, she really is a sex kitten.

Down to the serious stuff and on Sunday I am one birthday closer to being able to claim the old age pension.
Well I still don't feel much different on the inside but I suppose everyone can see the difference from the outside.

Why is it that when we get a few years under our belts and are far wiser than when we were young society decides we are ready for the scrap heap.
To prove that point how many oldies do you see serving at McDonalds, how many old meter maids have you seen lately?
Try getting a new job when the sixties hit it is near impossible.
At 62 I was suddenly unemployed, I was a highly qualified electrician/high voltage operator.
Saw an ad in the paper seeking someone in my field.
I rang the number and spoke with the employer we discussed my experience and the type of work that was to be done.
We chatted for 20 minutes and he said you are just the person I am looking for!
Just before completing the deal he said "How old are you," and when I replied 62 he did not even have the civility to say anything just hung the phone up in my ear.
That is just one example of the prejudice the over 60's face.
I was lucky, as I live in a small town the local newspaper editor offered me a job as a reporter and I have been happy in this new career change.
I am one of the lucky ones, I know of a few others that have lost confidence in themselves through the same treatment and no longer have the drive to face any more knocks so just sit at home and vegetate.

My question is: have you come across age prejudice and how did you handle it?


quietly_softly 51F
4824 posts
10/25/2008 8:55 am

I'm lucky that in my profession, my fees go up as I get more senior. We have no retirement age - many of us die in practice.

I'm unlucky in that I am unable to get a scholarship because I am too old. Have you ever noticed the application requirements tend to state a maximum age? Sigh... is there ever an age where someone stops learning?


brute472 74M
3480 posts
6/19/2006 1:27 am

Thank you kindly sweet miss.


twirly_girl 47F

6/18/2006 1:36 pm

Happy Birthday brute!
Hope you have a wonderful birthday.



-Nikki


brute472 74M
3480 posts
6/18/2006 2:36 am

Thanks Miz Hunyny you always make my day.
You remind me of the lyrics from a favourite song, "I could easily fall in love with you."


brute472 74M
3480 posts
6/15/2006 10:14 pm

    Quoting rm_mzhunyhole:
    I am lucky that I get enough money that I don't need to work now that I am retired..I'd hate to have to look for a job.My aunt was descriminated against once ..she got a lawyer and got a job and some back pay because they didn't hire her at the age of 51.
What I have always wanted a widow with means and as a bonus good looking too! Sorry I live so far away.


brute472 74M
3480 posts
6/15/2006 10:12 pm

    Quoting Naked_Tuesday:
    Sorry haven't reached 60 just yet. Wait for tomorrow, Oooops.
    Sooner or later people will have to address that issue as the employment market is geared ever and ever younger. With people living longer the only jobs with longevity seems to be in Politics. Hasn't Ted Kennedy been there forever?? And Supreme Court Justices aren't they there for life? If people are not working for themselves and guarenteeing their own futures there may not be much of a future for them to look forward too.
    I've heard some people say, IF it don't make you money don't waste your time. The older we get the more evident it becomes. If we don't invest in ourselves, we won't have a future.

The industries are losing all the experience that has been built over the years and it won't be long before there will be no more tradesmen the way things are going over here. Apprenticeships are no longer being offered.


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