55 Today! Goin' To Denny's To Order Off The 55+ Menu!


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Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 8, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
A new menu to order from....every age has its compensations. Just think, only 10 years to Medicare!!!

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Feb 8, 2013 - 02:48pm PT
Don't forget - Tuesday is senior day at Fred Meyer - 10% off. Wait - is it Wednesday? I am having a senior moment.
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Feb 8, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
About a year and a half ago I had a birthday, the magnitude of which prompted some reflections on aging. As aging seems to be a common interest in the Taco, Iíll inflict those thoughts on you. Youíre welcome.

Aug. 4, 2011: reflections

I woke up this morning in a remarkably good humor, considering that as
of today I am eighty.

According to the Bible, however, man's lifespan is threescore and ten.
And the Bible is the infallible and immutable word of God.

Ergo, I have been dead for ten years. That explains a lot of things.

I had been wondering about the increasing pungency of the ambient air. I had thought that perhaps it was just time to change out of my winter long johns.

And it was a relief to Cindy to discover I was dead too. She thought I had been giving her the silent treatment for ten years.

What I thought was global warming was likely just the heat of decomposition. And here I was worrying about the future.

And the glassy thousand-yard stare commented on by my friends seems now
to have been perfectly normal, given the circumstances.

I am quite surprised to have achieved this vintage. I initially refused to believe it, but it has been confirmed by carbon dating.

Back when I was a kid I thought life ended at sixty. Now that I am eighty, I think I was on to something.

Eighty is quite a significant number, and I am proud to share it with statistics like the number of metres a Humvee will travel on a litre of gasoline,the IQ of the average Birther, the percentage of the world's wealth that goes directly to big oil companies, and the average waist size, in inches, of much of the deep south.

Considering that I have been deceased for ten years, last year's passport photo looks remarkably good. I'm a little alarmed, however, that British Columbia renewed my driver's license without question. It makes one wonder what is behind the wheel of oncoming cars.

I noticed that they pointedly did not ask me to sign an organ donor card
this time, which may mean something. So I asked if I could sign up as an
organ recipient at a senior's discount rate, but they claimed to have no
such program. This is clearly age discrimination.

Speaking of senior's discounts, I have so far lost my dignity as to ask
for them at every opportunity, such as when paying library fines or
parking tickets and when buying newspapers and bubble gum.

I note that there are at least two attitudes about seniors, which are
reflected, respectively, in the phrases "respected elder" and "there's
no fool like an old fool". Having some insight I privately hold with the
latter while giving enthusiastic lip service to the former.

I also note with glee that a senior can say outrageous and insulting
things and get away with it without being subject to physical violence -
a luxury of age because they rarely hit old folks in Canada. Except in cities.

Seriously, though, despite God's statute of limitations I appear to be
at least partially alive and even minimally sentient, for the moment.

I do find, however, that there is a significant amount of senile entropy showing up, manifested most clearly by the decreasing number of functional joints. I feel powerfully empathetic toward the Tin Woodsman, pre-lube. The replacement of four of these restored me, after an interminable period of recuperation and physical therapy (by a series of delightful, nubile therapists), to a marginally functional state, capable of enjoying both sloth and lethargy. However, these corporeal metals make airport security personnel nervous, and I am deeply concerned about being tasered and whisked away to some black site, especially when entering the US.

Well, we'll see what shakes out. In the meantime, I'll hike less and stroll more, trying to ignore the crunching sounds from the prostheses.

And Iíll spend a lot of time on eBay checking out bargains on both hiking sticks and wheelchairs, so I'll be ready either way.

Social climber
Feb 8, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
Why do I suddenly have a craving for some eggs over my-hammy?

Social climber
san joser
Feb 8, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
Just order the Grand Slam. It's free on your birthday.

Order from the senior menu tomorrow.

Trad climber
SeKi, California
Feb 8, 2013 - 03:43pm PT
And...........They will be opening a Denny's in Oakhurst in May!!

Feb 8, 2013 - 04:05pm PT
Happy Birthday!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Feb 8, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
Fossil Climber, that's funny :DD

Happy B-day Guys! Numbers are overrated. We may not be able to jump up and down or leap across as well And we may have some wrinkles and spots and sometimes a little less hair BUT hopefully we have wisdom to see the easier path which requires less leaping and jumping and have developed so much karma that our beauty comes from within.

What am I thinking? 30, 40, even 50, looks pretty dang good from my chronometer.....but we are what we are today, so we better darn well enjoy that cheap, horrible coffee! Cheers, lynnie

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 8, 2013 - 11:50pm PT
Wayne, that is one of the funniest and creative things I have read on ST.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Feb 9, 2013 - 12:20am PT
So a guy walks into a McDonalds. He orders the same breakfast he always does. He notices the bill is too low and tells the young lady at the register she did not bill him enough. "No sir, that's an egg Mcmuffin and a senior coffee." There is a vacant pause....."senior coffee" echoes in my mind..... That's the day I started to feel I must be a senior.

Social climber
Feb 9, 2013 - 12:24am PT
Don't break yer hip gramps.


Richard Buckrop, 2nd place, 5:05 mile pace, 60 years old.

Age is really just a number.... I couldn't touch that when I was training HARD 6 days a week and a teenager.

Trad climber
Feb 9, 2013 - 12:46am PT
I f*#kin love Denny's.

One of very few good reasons to venture down south.

I will not exit the highway unless I see that delicious logo on the FOOD AHEAD sign.


Social climber
Feb 9, 2013 - 01:07am PT
You shouldn't be eating that crap food on your birthday, Bob.

It's all grease and shitty carbs.

Now a good 20-year scotch and a steak...

Happy Birthday.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 9, 2013 - 01:15am PT
Fossil Climber, eloquently put for the undead! I'm also pleased to know that my due diligence in honing sloth and lethargy will eventually pay off.

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Feb 9, 2013 - 03:30am PT
The local Salvation Army Thrift gives 20 pct off on thursdays. Scores abound...Happy Birthday!(s)
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Feb 9, 2013 - 12:35pm PT
haven't been to Denny's since the one in Poughkeepsie wouldn't serve us "hippy climbers" ice cream on a relatively warm day after going to the 'Gunks, that was 1977 or so...

but I'm not holding that against you on this celebratory day marking yet another year in the reign of "A True American Legend, bitches..."

best to you BVB

Trad climber
Chamonix, France
Feb 9, 2013 - 12:46pm PT
I stayed at the Vagabond, next to Denny's, in Bishop last September. I asked the receptionist how much for a room. She told me. I smiled nicely and asked her for senior rates. She smiled back and said 'Those ARE senior rates, sir'. Bitter sweet, you see...

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Feb 9, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
hmmm, no updates on the Denny's front. I wonder if the old man is still dealing with the aftermath... Denny's can get pretty ugly overnight.

Trad climber
Butte, America
Feb 9, 2013 - 01:07pm PT
American Legends never get old--they just get more legendary!!!!1111

Delta, Utah...last bastion of civilization before heading to Ibex:-)

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Feb 9, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
Plus you now can get a senior discount at the movie theaters!!!
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