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I Guess My Wife Is Right...I Am A Wood Nut

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by velvetfoot, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    Well you guys are lucky. Im 30 now and its starting to catch up to me. I am pretty active as far as working on my own stuff etc, but i dont get out of the office/truck as much as i use to. I run 2-3x per week and still stay about the same weight.

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  2. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Let me get this straight - you are complaining that you are 30?;hm
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  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    You are saying you have dead wood? :oops:
  4. Realstone

    Realstone Lord of Fire

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    I was a bricklayer for 15 years, I know how to stack
    Will work for wood.
    Do you deliver?
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  5. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    ;lol I was still in my prime at 30.Most 20 yrs olds on the job couldnt beat me up a ladder or scaffold.I've since slowed down,nothing to prove now.Take time to relax & smell the flowers so to speak.
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  6. Realstone

    Realstone Lord of Fire

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    I could keep up (and pass) the young bucks until I was 43. Then I gave them a shot at it.
  7. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I think you and I are approx. the same age...and I still don't know too many 20 somethings that will take me on any given day. I am sure that will change.<>
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  8. Thistle

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    I'll be 49 in September.Some days feel 25,some days feel 75,depending on how rough it was.This heatwave past few weeks sure takes its toll,I know that much..I dont have quite the endurance when younger,but havent lost any strength yet.Dad told me a few months back "Wait until your late 50's,it hits you suddenly" He's almost 83,still a tough ol' boy.
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  9. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    No im not complaining. Im just saying i cant eat like i use to and not gain anything like when i was 23-25.
  10. ScotO

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    Wait til you hit 39-40, and I'm sure the older guys on here will tell you, you ain't ever gonna get any younger. I'm not complaining, I feel great and still have the stamina like I did when I was in my 20's. Doc checked me out this afternoon, said my blood pressure is a little high so I gotta cut salt and caffiene out of my diet (two of my favorite things), but I wanna be healthy and live long for my wife and kids so I will listen to him. Going back in two weeks for a follow up to see if I gotta take a water pill. Dammit I sure hope not. But it is what it is. Getting ready to hit the gym soon too, after the living room and fireplace projects are finished this fall, I'm hitting the weights and bike again. And I'll start back up with the weekend tree work, we've got enough trees to keep us busy from late fall right into early spring. Booking jobs left and right for pruning/tree removal, lots of jobs coming in. I'm done cutting for the summer unless something REALLY good comes my way. I gotta get that room done, or I'll get "shut off".......I can't handle being shut off!;em<>
  11. Realstone

    Realstone Lord of Fire

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    All good Scotty, but no need to overdo it. When I learned that the occupation that lives the longest with the best of health was postmen, I realized that moderation was the key to good living. Concrete workers (the hardest working of all trades IMO) don't last that long after retirement.
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  12. Realstone

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    I hear ya. I don't push myself over the threshold like I used to. Back in the 90's I was into racing mountain bicycles, then I got into racing road bicycles. Talk about pushing yourself to the limit, I did it. It was nothing to ride the bike 20 miles to work, work a full 8hr shift, ride the bike home 'the long way', eat like a hog (I was packing around 5000+ calories in a day!) go to bed, get up and do it again. Saturdays and Sundays consisted of 80 to 100 mile rides, unless there was a fairly local race. Late fall into winter, weight room every day after work, for 2 hours or more. I really was into the fitness, I lived it like a madman. After the mountain bike, I hit the weights hardcore. I still lift but not like I used to. I was in super shape till the kids came along (No, I don't regret it one bit. My kids are my world). I do miss the fitness lifestyle, and want to get back into it at a realistic level here soon. But I don't wanna miss ONE THING with my kids. I'm having more fun being a father and husband, and this wood-burning obssession is quite fun too.
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  14. Thistle

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    !!! uh oh....Laborer's Union member for 22 yrs here.Gonna see about retiring early at 55 though,will have 29 yrs in then.Body will be wrecked if I wait til I'm 62.Do something else much less strenous for a pay cut until then if possible.
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    You Young guys just love to complain about getting on in years . I'll bet there are darned few of you that actually heard ,and remember JFK's inauguration address . I heard it , just can't remember it :) what were We talking about any way?
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    Wow! That is a lot of activity.

    What would be better than combining the two? Transfer your love for fitness to them. When I was an apprentice bricklayer (blocks really, the older guys got to lay bricks) I was consuming calories like you and not gaining weight. 25 years later I'm only 5 lbs heavier. I lift too (in the winter anyway) and hate the feeling I get when I get sedentary.
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  17. ScotO

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    My pap (who passed away 7 years ago) would tell us about events in his life, and where he was/what he was doing in relation to those events. He recalled the day that JFK was asassinated, he could remember Walter Kronkite on the B/W TV, he recalled what my gram was cooking, he recalled the weather......all like it just happened. Sorry I got off-topic there, your post just pulled that memory into my head. I sure miss my Pap. What a great man he was! Carry on.....
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  18. Realstone

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    I was in the brickies union too until I got laid off. Best thing that ever happened to me. Went into business for myself repairing chimneys, then into a related trowel trade. Now I can work at my own pace. Is there anything else you can do (that you enjoy) to make money?
  19. ScotO

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    He's a DAMN fine wood/stone artist.....DAMN FINE.....look at some of his work!
  20. Realstone

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    I remember it. In B&W
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    Got a link?
  22. clemsonfor

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    OK Scotty, its official, Im LAZY!
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    Haven't really had a spat but she is saying I am taking over the yard and my reply is that the money we are saving on buying oil is taking over our bank account!
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    Sorry to get this thread back on topic. I just wanted to share my 12 year old son's hand made birthday present to his old man.
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  25. amateur cutter

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    That's great! I want one. A C

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