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Sam McMichael
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I retired for about a year, and then went back to work part time out of boredom. I am having some health issues that make travel very difficult and some others that have made it very difficult to shoot the bow. I did not hunt this year. I have even begun to consider taking up the rifle again, something I haven't done in 23 years. Shoulder surgery fixed part of my problem, but arthritis is beginning to really become an issue. That takes some of the luster off bowhunting. Fishing with the grandson is a big part of my spring time plan. I don't have to travel far or climb trees to catch fish.

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Ron LaClair
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When I turned 60 I bought a Harley and got a tattoo, it made me feel 20 years younger. [goldtooth]

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Last summer at age 81 I went on a one week road trip on the bike and on the last day I road over 200 miles to make it to the GLLI. So the solution to getting old is....don't act your age. [biglaugh]

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Mike Bolin
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I don't feel old at all. My point was that I am content with hunting deer and turkey here at home and spending more time with my wife, kids and grandkids. 3 mornings a week I lift weights and try walk 3-5 miles a day. I've been cutting and splitting firewood this morning and am heading out this afternoon to try to get deer number 3 for the season. Maybe I should've worded my title differently. I was just saying that I am content with my life. I'm not ruling out a Moose hunt in the future, it just isn't as much of a priority as it once was. Happy New Year to everyone here on the "gang"! Mike

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quote:
Originally posted by Ron LaClair:
I'll be 82 in March, if you guys think it's bad now.... wait until you look like this

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Is that " wishful thinking " Ron [biglaugh] [pray]

I think you look pretty good Ron, I think you're three times as active as I am !!!

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Ron,

I had to get up on my gold wing because of my knees !

What's your plans for when you get 120 ! And besides yeah don't look a day over 25 !!!

I bet you are skydiving without telling us !

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Wow ! Mike,

Splitting wood, hunting deer, running a 3 to 5 mile race with turkeys.

I think I got to have a better attitude Mike, because it looks like you got it down. Attitudes are adjustable, and that's all you have done to bring your self right down to happiness. You look like a guy that appreciates what he has not what he needs to chase to be happy. Having your wife help you with that, that's great

Congratulations on retirement !

Carl

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Ron LaClair
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Speaking of cutting wood I did some of that too last fall. It's good to know I can still cut it....wood that is [biglaugh]

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Mike Bolin
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Hey Ron, if you get tired of the Kawasaki Mule, I'd be glad to load up and get it out of your way! Never had a side by side before but now that I'm retired I find more and more uses for one. I gotta '05 John Deere Buck (650 CanAm) that I'd leave for you to use! ;<) LOL!

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Ron LaClair
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I love my Mule Mike. I've got a Polaris quad but I got the Mule a few years ago when Nancy was too sick to walk in the woods so I'd take her for rides around the farm.

I haul it up to Shrew Haven in the U P every year now too, It's real handy for old guys with bad knees. [Big Grin]

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Sounds like pretty good situation Mike...congratulations. And a wife who enjoys it too..I envy you that..lol.
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Keep on keeping on Mike!

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I have noticed that the colder it gets, the older I feel. With these current temps, some of you northern guys must be about 110 years old this week.

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Could never stand the term "bucket list". I'm almost 64 and retired almost two years ago. I do what feels good and there is no "list" involved. Kind of like "man cave", I don't like that crap term either. Yup, I'm a crusty ole bastard. :)

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Mike Bolin
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Sam-went out mid-morning and hiked a bit under 2 miles on the hunting property looking for turkey sign (season goes out on Sunday) and checking out the deer movement. Wind chill was -3 degrees when I hit the woods. As long as I was moving it wasn't real bad...not real good either!

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