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Feb. 12th, 2005

02:17 am - Dementia Concretia

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"There's a bug some old people get. They work hard all of their lives and when retirement finally arrives -- instead of quietly going into that dark night -- a strange earwig burrows into their brain and forces them to build, Build, BUILD! Taking whatever is handy -- usually concrete, bottles and household junk -- they fashion icons and structures until they are exhausted. This is dementia concretia . Whatever its cause, it prolongs the lives of the afflicted. Many of these tortured souls continue building well into their eighties. If you ask them why, most will shrug their shoulders and say, "Well, I had to do something ."

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From:kindofstrange
Date:February 12th, 2005 07:37 am (UTC)
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I, for one, intend to keep adding to a damn cool house someday. Whether it be sculpture, or actual living space modifications, I would love to spend part of my retirement making a unique space that will live on after I'm gone.
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From:crasch
Date:February 12th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)
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Me too! If you ever have a chance to see it, check out the book Home Work by Lloyd Kahn. It's filled with hundreds of pictures of unusual hand built homes. It's predecessor, Shelter, is also wonderful.
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From:kindofstrange
Date:February 12th, 2005 08:49 am (UTC)
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oOoOoOo

I must begin my search for said books.

Because, you know, I need more books.
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From:crasch
Date:February 13th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
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You can never have too many books.
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From:bhv
Date:February 13th, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)

Three Good Reasons?

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So give me three good reasons why you should wait. The friend of mine recently asked me how old I thought that I would live to be. Then he asked me how many summers I had left. Then he asked me in which one of those summers would I be the healthiest.

I have on my desk right now the funeral program for a woman I knew who worked hard until retirement. She had six months of healthy retirement, then got cancer and was dead six months later.

Promise me that you will not put off the things you love to do until you retire.
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From:kindofstrange
Date:February 13th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Three Good Reasons?

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Actually, I'm mainly waiting because I'm putting my funds towards other things that make me really happy at the moment. =)

I'm saving up $$$ so that I can go to art school in a few years, and fulfill a pretty deep desire to get better at something that means a great deal to me.

I'm going to be traveling these next few years, and would like to experience apt living for a little while longer.

And I, for one, am not the sort of person that needs a push to live life to the fullest. I've been somewhat fixated on the idea since my father was murdered when I was 4. The thought that I might not get to enjoy life because of some ridiculous job I do not enjoy, etc, is always there in the back of my mind.
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From:rillifane
Date:February 12th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Uh oh! I just realized that is what I'm doing.

I've been sketching the plans for a gigantic Chinese style hutong (a house built around a central courtyard) and trying to figure out if I can build it onto my current place or if I should buy a new site and sell the current one.
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From:crasch
Date:February 14th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
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I sympathize. I've spent an embarrassingly long time thinking about how to build a liveaboard airship.
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From:rillifane
Date:February 14th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
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Ah yes. That's like my plans to build a sea going frame that I can drive a recreational vehicle onto.
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From:frauhedgehog
Date:February 14th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Funny, on the back of the new issue of Messing About in Boats there is a big ad from an older guy looking to part with a big concrete boat he built (and now has to sell since the new owners of his house don't really want it in their front yard) . . .
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From:crasch
Date:February 16th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)

Hahaha.

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Concrete boats do work, but they're very heavy. I wonder how he planned to get it out of his yard...
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