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How to be an old man...

Postby Delaney » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:17 pm

My protagonist is an old man, just retired (if anyone wants to correct my idea of old, just remember, its old to me).

So I need to think like an old man. I'm 20. I don't know how to research this.

Any ideas?
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Postby xcheck24 » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:19 pm

i think mudge can give you a few answers on this one *hides* :D
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Postby charlesp » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:25 pm

Here's an easy assignment on how to think like a retired man... go watch the incredibles... that frustrated desparation you see in Mr Incredible... that's what I've seen in a lot of retirees.

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Postby sourbluerook » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:28 pm

just some ideas

when i think old men i think of guys meeting every morning for coffee or evening for cards...i also see two graying friends on a park bench full of wisdom but talking about nothing...
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Postby TheMudge » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:32 pm

You are SO in trouble, X . . .

Define "old", Del . . . is he old and weak? Old but still active? Early retirement? Forced out of the workplace? We need more details . . .
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Postby xcheck24 » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:36 pm

TheMudge wrote:You are SO in trouble, X . . .


what are you gonna do to me? huh huh huh? :P
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Postby Delaney » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:41 pm

Define "old", Del . . . is he old and weak? Old but still active? Early retirement? Forced out of the workplace? We need more details . . .
I would say, newly retired... and really bored. Maybe he's been retired a few years... and all his friends are too...
I was thinking of watching Jack Shmidt again, too...
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Postby charlesp » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:43 pm

watching Jack Shmidt again


About Schmidt with Jack Nicholson?

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Postby Delaney » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:45 pm

Yeah, that...
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Postby sourbluerook » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:52 pm

ooooo About Schmidt...now thats old---retired---& depressing
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Postby Delaney » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:56 pm

Strangely comic too... I want the story to be kind of light like that...
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Postby timberline » Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:06 pm

Fake it, Delaney. I'm 65 and getting into the heads of octogenarians. I also did stories on a teenybopper, an African-American obsessive-compulsive, and a post-pubescent coed. Who's to tell you you're wrong if you make the character interesting?

Are you (ahem) thinking there's a typical retiree?
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Postby Delaney » Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:12 pm

LOL I was hoping somebody would say that, but I thought if I didn't do some 'analysis' the stroy would sound unconvincing... a 20 year old retiree?
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Postby CycoMerlin14 » Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:36 pm

Visit a nursing home. :D
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Postby Delaney » Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:40 pm

:-D
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Postby Anblick » Tue Dec 28, 2004 6:18 pm

Is he a dirty old man?
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Postby TheMudge » Tue Dec 28, 2004 6:23 pm

Anblick wrote:Is he a dirty old man?


Enquiring minds want to know!
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Postby xcheck24 » Tue Dec 28, 2004 7:12 pm

i bet mudge REALLY could help you out about the mind of a dirty old man *runs away quickly*
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Postby Anblick » Tue Dec 28, 2004 7:59 pm

*sticks foot out and trips X as she tries to make her getaway...*
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Postby Delaney » Tue Dec 28, 2004 8:26 pm

No its not about a dirty old man...

Though yes, Mudge would be perfect for the part...
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Postby xcheck24 » Tue Dec 28, 2004 8:55 pm

Anblick wrote:*sticks foot out and trips X as she tries to make her getaway...*


*jumps over his foot and keeps running*

i used to play field hockey and still play street hockey...you'll have to do better than that :P
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Postby Anblick » Tue Dec 28, 2004 8:56 pm

*raises hockey stick in anticipation of hurdle move, knocking her back anyways*
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Postby xcheck24 » Tue Dec 28, 2004 9:03 pm

excuse me? was that hooking? a cross check, my dear?
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Postby Delaney » Tue Dec 28, 2004 9:06 pm

*Hits both attackers with volumes of books* Unless you're OLD MEN fighting with hockey sticks, quit ur violence!
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Postby xcheck24 » Tue Dec 28, 2004 9:11 pm

do i have to bring out the mark messier avatar? he is about 6,386 years old :D
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