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What will you be doing at 99?
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May 15, 2012 - 1:23 pm
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Lets say you'll live to 99 years old, do you think you love violin enough to still be playing it? This old timer is showing us that "too old" to play violin ina  band is not an option. He is no Milstein but he's having fun! hats_off

"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov


May 15, 2012 - 2:12 pm
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One thing to consider is that some studies have indicated that playing a musical instrument can help people to minimize or avoid the effects of senile dementia and/or senility.  (Speaking more than one language also seemed to be good for that.) So never even considering yourself "too old' to be playing may be a good plan.

Violin, well, I could see the possibility of something like arthritis being bad enough or a stroke or other health problem resulting in being unable to play.  But other than that, no.  I don't see any point in ever thinking of yourself as "too old to play".  And even with problems like that, there are still instruments one might be able to play or instruments/interfaces could be developed so one could still play. 

That 99 yr old gentleman is still playing, and that is inspirational and a fine sight to see.  *If* I live to be 99, I would hope to still be playing.  If I'm not, then it wouldn't be for a lack of trying. LOL

I do have to say though, that not many people could wear that hat and still look distinguished.  But he manages it.


"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman


May 15, 2012 - 2:27 pm
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When I am 99, I will have finally mastered Ode to Joy!!!

My grandma is 88. She still gardens, mows her own lawn, cans green beans, tomatoes and whatever else she has, patches jeans for people on her treadle sewing machine, cooks/bakes goodies for the neighborhood kids, and whatever else she feels like doing. I have several other long-lived relatives in the family tree, so 99 is not really unattainable... I try to plan accordingly.

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May 15, 2012 - 2:47 pm
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dionysia said
When I am 99, I will have finally mastered Ode to Joy!!!


imagine still going at 99, if you finish digging your plot and then keep eating your own produce instead of the genetically modified, mass produced rubbish, you could pass that easily!

I am amazed at how old people of my age are.....

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May 15, 2012 - 6:59 pm
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Being senile and playing a violin go together well.  If you screw up a part you don't remember it anyway.

May 15, 2012 - 8:30 pm
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Seeing as I started playing at almost 50 years old, at this rate, I'll be 99 before I'm any good.


I agree, that learning new things later in life keeps brain cells alive and the outlook young!


When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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May 15, 2012 - 9:47 pm
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Ha ha ha! I have fairly good knowledge that I don't have to worry about still being around to play at 99. I guess I had better get to work on part 5.  At 60 I dont have long.rofldazed

May 15, 2012 - 9:53 pm
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I would hit 10,000 hours somewhere around the age of 99.   Hardly seems worth it but I'll take it dancing

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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May 15, 2012 - 10:17 pm
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@ DanialB.....Love the perspective.

I never planned to make 50, so when that happened, I had to develop new goals and somehow manage the remaining years....violin fills a portion of the time; thank goodness. 

Now my wife wants to have a baby....I am now expected to reach 99 or over. 

Now THAT is motivation.

I hope the fiddler goes another 99.


May 16, 2012 - 12:41 pm
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Kevin M. said
Being senile and playing a violin go together well.  If you screw up a part you don't remember it anyway.

Haaa! When you're senile, you make "new" friends every single day.

NV, great find, lol; I just wonder why every one of them look so pissed off, haaaaa!

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