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Old 06-30-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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Default What ever happened to aging gracefully?

This Wimbledon, Canadian viewers are bombarded with this ad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpCqe340fw

Everything is so cheesy... The cool props, the look we are drinking on the beach pose, the guitar solo, the kiss... Since when are you supposed to try to look and behave like a teenage surfer dude when you are pushing 60?

And that line... "Never trust anybody over 90"?..

Very disturbing...

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Old 06-30-2008, 10:07 PM   #2
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It didn't particularly surprise me...everyone knows that western culture (aka America) has a perverse obsession with youth.
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:18 PM   #3
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When I'm in my sixties I hope to still be open-minded and still playing tennis.. looking `cool` wont be on my agenda, but then again it never really was.
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Everything is so cheesy... The cool props, the look we are drinking on the beach pose, the guitar solo, the kiss... Since when are you supposed to try to look and behave like a teenage surfer dude when you are pushing 60?
I resent that. I am 64 and if I feel like a teenage surfer dude, isn't that great? My motto is to always act my shoe size.
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When I'm in my sixties I hope to still be open-minded and still playing tennis.. looking `cool` wont be on my agenda, but then again it never really was.
Look forward to it. You just become more Santoro-like with age.
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Look forward to it. You just become more Santoro-like with age.
That will do, there is a guy in his sixties at my club who I've played with/against a few times - he moves well and certainly has all the skills to entertain (does remind me a bit of Santoro).

I've got no problem with anyone surfing, high-fiving, plating basketball or anything like that, the cheesy smiles and the ``don't trust anyone over 90`` kinda put me off.. perhaps better actors would do the trick. Also I don't get the problem with gray hair, each unto their own of course and anyone who wants to die their hair any colour is obviously 100% fine, but I don't get it when people are desperate not to let anyone that they have gray hair.

btw, that guy at my club - silver haired fox (fox in the cunning way, not the sexy way.. well you'd have to ask someone who's into men.. although when I typed `silver haired fox` into google here's what I found.. http://boomers.msn.com/articledp.asp...umentid=379781)
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I resent that. I am 64 and if I feel like a teenage surfer dude, isn't that great? My motto is to always act my shoe size.
My comment is about people in their 60s who are trying to look and behave like teenagers. I have no problems with people feeling young, props to you.

As for your motto, I can only hope you are using european measurements for your shoes...
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God, I hate that commercial. But it's funny in a desperate kind of way.
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I'm aging gracefully. I have grey around my ears, like in commertial. Sexy, I can tell you.
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The Baby Boomers are obsessed about aging (or should I aay not aging.) Its good in some ways as it motivates them to stay more fit and take better care of themselves but they have to face the fact that ultimatly, they are still getting older and I don't believe they are really facing that. They seem to decieve themselves that they can actually hold of the process indefinatly although botox, face lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction and drugs like Viagra do not turn back time, they only delude the user that they have.

Still, we humans are weak, and with a sizeable disposable income here in the US, we are very succeptible to the promise of youth despite the futility of it all. In short, we lack the wisdom that should come with age, its been displaced with the ferverant beleif we can buy enternaL youth. Laughable and sad at the same time.

This is the generation that came of age in the 60's when the counter culture was at its peak and I suppose they refuse to become what they so despised as youths.
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The Baby Boomers are obsessed about aging (or should I aay not aging.) Its good in some ways as it motivates them to stay more fit and take better care of themselves but they have to face the fact that ultimatly, they are still getting older and I don't believe they are really facing that. They seem to decieve themselves that they can actually hold of the process indefinatly although botox, face lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction and drugs like Viagra do not turn back time, they only delude the user that they have.

Still, we humans are weak, and with a sizeable disposable income here in the US, we are very succeptible to the promise of youth despite the futility of it all. In short, we lack the wisdom that should come with age, its been displaced with the ferverant beleif we can buy enternaL youth. Laughable and sad at the same time.

This is the generation that came of age in the 60's when the counter culture was at its peak and I suppose they refuse to become what they so despised as youths
Yes, getting old is bad, unfortunately, that´s the true, you can always act graciously towards aging, but that doesn´t mean it´s a good thing.
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My comment is about people in their 60s who are trying to look and behave like teenagers. I have no problems with people feeling young, props to you.

As for your motto, I can only hope you are using european measurements for your shoes...
No, I don't try to look like a surfer. I do wear shorts and tennis shoes all day though - but hey, it's Costa Rica - PURA VIDA.
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Yes, getting old is bad, unfortunately, that´s the true, you can always act graciously towards aging, but that doesn´t mean it´s a good thing.
That is not true at all - from my aged perspective. The older you get the more you are a winner in life. Don't forget that no matter what you do, we have already done it - and more!
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