Identifying with columnist

Comments: Re: On Being retired Gord Turner November 22

I can truly identify with Gord Turner about retirement since I arrived at the same spot little more than five years ago . Inside I feel no different than I did when I was 20 even though my outside doesn't move nearly half as fast as it did back then. Some of the things that excited me in my early years still hold the same magic for me today, though there are memories that make me shudder and wonder how it is that I am still breathing today.

It seems that not long ago I was struggling to find an opening into my career and now I am contemplating what changes retirement has brought to my life. One niggling bother is the fact that the years are creeping up on me and age has to be taken into consideration. This has led me to the question "How old am I ...Really?'. In trying to find the answer I stumbled across a short quiz helped clarify a good number of things. I would encourage the reader to take pencil in hand and determine for yourself what age they truly are.

The True Age Quiz

Scoring Explanation - In each space write

1 if this situation never occurs.

2 if this occasionally happens to you.

3 if this regularly happens in your life.

4 if this is a common occurrence.

5 if this happens without a second thought. . .


Physical Clues

_1. Your ears are growing more hair than your head.

_2. No matter who walks into the room, you no longer hold in your stomach.

_3. Your back goes out more often than you do.

_4.  Reading   the newspaper comfortably will require lengthening of your arms.

_5. You are truly interested in the details of other people's operations.


Clothing and Accessories

_6. The end of your tie has not seen the top of your pants for a long while.

_7. You can survive without sex but not without your glasses.

_8. You are very comfortable wearing black socks and sandals.

_9. Your wardrobe is a eclectic mixture of love beads, leisure suits and Armani ties.

_10.You wear sweat pants so you can breathe rather than because you planned an athletic activity.


Tools and Toys

_11. You have purchased a compass for the dash of the car.

_12. You take exceptional pride of your lawnmower.

_13. Neighbours have taken to borrowing tools from you.

_14. You are buying a metal detector so that you can enjoy the beach.

_15. Laying on the floor in front of the television has not occurred in at least two decades.


Activities and Pastimes

_16. Discussion about pension plans has ended in a heated argument more than once.

_17. You can fully explain what the word 'Equity' means.

_18. Speed limits are no longer viewed as a 'challenge'.

_19. Going to work holds more appeal than booking off sick.

_20. People shake you awake from your nap thinking that you're dead.


Social Life

_21.  Your neighbours never even notice that you've had a 'wild' party at your place.

_22. When you talk about 'good grass' you are referring to someone's lawn.

_23.  Going bowling without drinking is a common occurrence.

_24. A phone call at 9 PM is always accompanied by the question 'Did I wake you ?'.

_25. You enjoy the hip tunes they use for elevator music.


Scoring Explanation

The final tally will give you a combination of chronological and biological age, in other words your "True" age. Find the category you fall into below for further explanation.


0-20 Either you are being exceedingly dishonest or have yet to be born. In either case, Why are you taking this quiz?!!

21-40 There is nothing to concerned about. The terms 'mid-life crisis' and 'pension' are little more than vague notions that will happen to everyone else at some point in the distant future.

41-60 You may be in the throes of mid-life or perhaps your denial factor around ageing is such that only a motorcycle or sports car can alleviate the problems you face.

61-80 Mid-life crisis is behind you and a good pension is in front of you. Life is to good to even consider yourself  'old'.

81 - 100 Your mortality is staring you in the face. Please drop the author an e-mail.... I need to chat with people I have a lot in common with.


Ryan Lengsfeld

Nelson, BC

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