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Re: What Are You Afraid of?
Reply #15 - Sep 12th, 2019 at 4:09pm
 
slingbadger wrote on Sep 7th, 2019 at 6:34am:
I'm not afraid of any animals that I know of. The problem is sometimes you don't know what you're afraid of until you encounter it.
As for me, people scare me. They're worse than any animal. As I get older, I'm afraid of being  an invalid.

Agreed. We hairless killer Chimps are the scariest creature on the planet. Hands down.
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Reply #16 - Nov 30th, 2019 at 10:43pm
 
Slingky wrote on Sep 7th, 2019 at 9:55pm:
Alone is a really cool show. I just finished season 6 a couple weeks ago and like the unique skills / foibles that each contestant brings to the show / series. Have you ever considered being a contestant? It'd be great to see someone on the show who's good with a sling / can represent the slinging community. If I'm not mistaken, that's one of the survival skills that hasn't been featured on the show yet.

In terms of fears, I'm afraid of cliffs, but not necessarily heights. Don't like bears either - before and after I saw The Revenant. Cubs are cute, but where there's a cub, there's usually a momma that's willing to split any real or imagined threats open like a ripe banana. I'm afraid of people who control nukes, but can't well control themselves.

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If I was younger I'd love to be on Alone.  Through a lot of my life I think I'd have been a formidable contestant.  I'm 65.  I doubt I'd have the energy for that sort of competition now.  Getting old blows.
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Reply #17 - Dec 6th, 2019 at 1:41am
 
    Civil war.  We Americans aren't immune to it.  This time around the reasons would be very similar to the last. It really could happen.
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Reply #18 - Dec 9th, 2019 at 1:05pm
 
    One fear that's in the back of most peoples' minds as they grow old is becoming dependent.  I would hate to need to depend on someone.  After Dad died Mom lived to be 86 on her own.  She was quite proud that she needed no one.  She died in her own livingroom alone.  It's how she wanted it.  "I don't want to die in some God ******** hospital with tubes sticking out of me!"  Becoming so old and feeble that you have to depend on someone for your daily existence would be a miserable way to live.  I hope I go out like Mom.  Living that long would be nice too. 
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Reply #19 - Yesterday at 3:03am
 
Rat Man wrote on Dec 9th, 2019 at 1:05pm:
    One fear that's in the back of most peoples' minds as they grow old is becoming dependent.  I would hate to need to depend on someone.  After Dad died Mom lived to be 86 on her own.  She was quite proud that she needed no one.  She died in her own livingroom alone.  It's how she wanted it.  "I don't want to die in some God ******** hospital with tubes sticking out of me!"  Becoming so old and feeble that you have to depend on someone for your daily existence would be a miserable way to live.  I hope I go out like Mom.  Living that long would be nice too. 


I work in an old people's home and the people that live there are usually not in the best shape. A lot are entirely bed bound. I, of course, do my absolute best to make them as comfortable, happy and fulfilled as possible (as do all my colleagues) but there have been times I've come back from holiday and been a little sad that some of them are still there and haven't "moved on". There is one person in particular that I've been looking after for 5 years now. They haven't been able to walk for 4 and a half of those 5 years. They haven't been truly aware of where they are or what is happening around them for more than 5 years. They haven't spoken intelligibly for more than 5 years. They can't feed themselves or clean themselves and barely react when their family visit. They spend most of their time sleeping and when they are awake they are nervous and stare off into the distance. It feels like they are really only technically alive.

One of the saddest things I've ever heard was about one old man that was living there. One of the nurses said to me "Yeah he doesn't have any family... well he does, but they don't visit..." That was tough but then this same guy was upset one day and I asked what was wrong and he said that his parents were dead. This guy was pretty old so that wasn't a surprise but then he said "...and I can't go and put flowers on their graves." I had to take a moment to myself after hearing that because that was soul-crushing. I don't think I'll ever forget him saying that. He has now died and I wonder sometimes how many people remember him.
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Reply #20 - Yesterday at 9:00pm
 
Just another anecdote on the same topic.  I remember when my paternal grandfather was nearing the end.  He ended up in a hospital, and during one of our visits I remember him saying he was afraid he was never going to get to go home.  It turned out he was correct, and he passed away not long after.  To this day I wish I had known for sure it was the end for him.  I would have stolen him out of that hospital and taken him back home to spend his last hours there.  Brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. Cry

I completely agree with you Rat Man.  It would be great if we could all spend our final days in the place of our choosing.
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Reply #21 - Yesterday at 11:09pm
 
      If I somehow knew the hour I was going to die I'd drive out to the Jersey Pine Barrens. I love The Pines.  My parents started taking me there when I was a baby.  I'd park myself by a nice cedar water river among the wildlife and meet my maker there. Yes, it would be nice if we could choose.
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Reply #22 - Today at 9:23am
 
A lot of older philosophy (and theology) talks about dying well. I feel we've forgotten that and don't even think about it. My wife's grandfather passed. Great guy. I still think of him a lot. He died well. Before the deterioration got too bad. My maternal grandfather on the other hand? He is not dying well. What he has...you can't call it living and he is becoming a burden.

I hope to be more like my wife's grandfather (God rest his soul) and not be a burden on my daughters. I hope to die well.
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