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Celebrating Over The Hill Or Older Than Dirt

Posted by: Gregory Scott on 02/01/2013 - 2:27 AM

Yesterday, an an artist whose birthday we were celebrating very humbly asked that we close the thread.
I can respect that. So now, if you have a favorite "older than dirt artist", perhaps you could, without naming names, celebrate the mature artists among us by showing us an example from their portfolio.

So here are a few people that come to mind:
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Note: Danger! If you post a woman's art in this thread, do so entirely at your own risk. Self humiliation/promotion is permitted.


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Posted by: Camille Lopez on 02/01/2013 - 3:31 AM

okay I'll bite
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Posted by: Gregory Scott on 02/01/2013 - 3:44 AM

Thanks. I was afraid I might have committed a faux pas, or maybe a "stepped in it", depending on if you're from France or a US agrarian region.
I'll nominate a hummingbird-guy-who-shall-remain-nameless:
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Posted by: Vivian ANDERSON on 02/01/2013 - 4:51 AM

I'll drink to that!

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Posted by: Paul Cowan on 02/01/2013 - 4:55 AM

This was over a hill .... well, up in the mountains, actually ,,, and I'm pretty sure it's older than me. But maybe it isn't

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(I don't mind self-humiliation but I'm not risking calling out anyone over their age!)


Posted by: Vivian ANDERSON on 02/01/2013 - 5:08 AM

Over the hill, and faaaar away!!

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Posted by: John Rizzuto on 02/01/2013 - 9:41 AM

How did I get put into the "over the hill" category??? I am 46. I am a baby compared to all the geezers on this site. I still have my own teeth and I do not require an adult diaper.


Posted by: Paul Cowan on 02/01/2013 - 10:03 AM

Shush, child.


Posted by: Janine Riley on 02/01/2013 - 10:08 AM

getting closer every day......Art Prints


Posted by: Mary Ellen Mueller-Legault on 02/01/2013 - 10:26 AM

I am proud to be an old 'geezette', older than dirt for sure, I invented dirt!

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Posted by: Claude Oesterreicher on 02/01/2013 - 10:53 AM

In Dog Years...I'm only 427!!! :-p

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Posted by: Janice Drew on 02/01/2013 - 12:04 PM

When I ask my granddaughter how old I am, she says "A whole bunch, Grandma". I'm 63. To a not-yet-three-year-old, that is "older than dirt".

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Posted by: Vivian ANDERSON on 02/01/2013 - 12:26 PM


Posted by: Janice Drew on 02/01/2013 - 12:31 PM

Gregory, this is outstanding!
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Posted by: Ann Powell on 02/01/2013 - 12:33 PM

we are not geezers, we are Classics!! And your time is coming John, once you pass 40 it is all down hill from there soon to be over the hill by going down hill.
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Posted by: Mary Ellen Anderson on 02/01/2013 - 12:39 PM

Oh all right, since Dinosaurs were still local wildlife when I was a kid, here's my latest :)

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Posted by: Mark Smith on 02/01/2013 - 12:56 PM

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This image is going on its 500 sale
True sign dirt lives


Posted by: Angelina Vick on 02/01/2013 - 12:58 PM

Well played...:)


Posted by: Angelina Vick on 02/01/2013 - 1:07 PM

Of course...there are older guys here....but some are approaching half a century!

I mean....that is old enough to be a grandpa....a papa age is definitely over the hill.


Posted by: Angelina Vick on 02/01/2013 - 1:26 PM

Personally I think there is so much more character in the old versus the young.

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Posted by: Angelina Vick on 02/01/2013 - 1:30 PM


Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 02/01/2013 - 1:33 PM

wait a second, what is old here? John is only 46...


Posted by: John Rizzuto on 02/01/2013 - 1:41 PM

I actually thought I was a virile young man until Angel pointed out the errors in my thinking. Grandpa age???? I ain't doing no grandpa style over here.


Posted by: Rich Franco on 02/01/2013 - 1:41 PM

I'm so old......

"Committee called to business! We've just about named everything here on this new "planet" and we just have this pile of brown stuff and we're done for the day, what should we call it?"

From the corner"Well it's brownish, can't we just call it "brown?"

"No, too confusing, other stuff is brown, but not like this stuff"

Rich raises his hand" Well to me, it looks "dirty".

"What's "dirty"?

"You know, dirty, dirt tee!" Like dirt!"

Everybody stopped and looked at Rich, with amazed looks on their faces!

"That's what we'll call it then , DIRT!" I like it!

"Much better than "brown"!!!

"Meeting adjourned!!!"

and that how old I am, I helped name it dirt!



Posted by: Janice Drew on 02/01/2013 - 1:44 PM

John, I've known people who became grandparents at age 40. Rich, you have a great sense of humor.


Posted by: Jim Sauchyn on 02/01/2013 - 1:45 PM

CPR house in Alberta, maybe over 100 years old(?)

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Posted by: Shasta Eone on 02/01/2013 - 1:53 PM

Old enough to know better ....

and young enough to try it again. !

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Posted by: Rich Franco on 02/01/2013 - 3:11 PM


And furthermore, having all your teeth ain't no big deal at my age, just have to remember where I left them......

Hey, I've got a "bridge" I want to sell you.......

I'm proud to have all my teeth at my age, in fact there are 4 in the drawer of my nightstand.......



Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 02/01/2013 - 4:25 PM

for those of you who remember Charles Peck; last fall I was down in Florida and looked Charles up in Punta Gorda..Penny and I went to lunch with him and we toured Punta Gorda to see the many murals he's done down there... We discussed everything from our favorite books to crazy stories of our youth.. He said one thing that I will always remember .. I'm in my mid fifties and he's in his mid sixties and he told me in his words " your 50's are the old age of your youth and your 60's are the youth of your old age, and I'm enjoying my youth once again"
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Posted by: Rich Franco on 02/01/2013 - 4:58 PM


I think I'm just entering my "teen" years then!



Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 02/01/2013 - 5:00 PM

70 is the new sexy


Posted by: Rich Franco on 02/01/2013 - 6:13 PM


Good to know! I've got 6 years to get my act together!



Posted by: Chuck Staley on 02/01/2013 - 6:21 PM

This lovely gentleman was 92 five or six years ago. Don't know if he is still around or not:

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Me? I'm just a pup at 81.


Posted by: Gregory Scott on 02/03/2013 - 4:51 AM

Long ago, my wife was grieving over her 35th birthday and approaching middle age.
I tried to "comfort" her this way:
This shouldn't really be a problem. To be middle aged, there has to be a middle. If the average life span is around 75 years, then middle age would be the middle third of your expected life span, 25 to 50. So you're already halfway through middle age already!

I don't remember if I was brave enough to remind her of the natural corollary to this line of thinking on her 50th.


Posted by: David Bishop on 02/03/2013 - 5:30 AM

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you're as young as you feel..........that makes me very old unfortunately


Posted by: Megan Dirsa-DuBois on 02/03/2013 - 5:30 AM

I'm 52... enjoying all the images and the conversation and since I've been awake all night I'm too tired to look or share another image, but I am sorta curious, how do those adult diapers work after the forth or fifth drink? (laughing) I'm to do the light-speed dash-dance instead of the dance-floor dance too often! Aghhh. I HATE getting old!


Posted by: Paul Cowan on 02/03/2013 - 7:52 AM

Well, I don't feel any older than I did 30 or 40 years ago. Just a bit slower and with some slight malfunctions. The only difference, of course, is that now I look back on the years of my mis-spent youth with a great deal of regret and wish I had been a lot more profligate in my mis-spending of it (any impression I may have given my offspring of dad's drug-crazed hippy 60s are sadly embroidered .... damn it! I was in the Conservative Association at uni!).


Posted by: Greg Jackson on 02/03/2013 - 9:39 AM

Old enough to remember 10 cent pay phones.

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I turned 59 this past November, and between 3 step-daughters, and one of my sons, my wife and I have a total of 11 grandchildren. At times I feel much older than 59, lol.


Posted by: Elizabeth Lane on 02/03/2013 - 9:54 AM

Just look at the great art on here! We get better with 62, I'm just getting started [with the fun].
In a minute I will promo......I mean post mine.
I think it's safer to put oneself in the "over-the-hill, older than dirt category", yes?


Posted by: Elizabeth Lane on 02/03/2013 - 9:56 AM

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In celebration of the opening post and the image of Roger Sweezey's cockroach.


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Posted by: JAXINE Cummins on 02/03/2013 - 10:56 AM

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I really really qualify for this. Darn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by: Rich Franco on 02/03/2013 - 11:17 AM

Chuck, Beautiful portrait!!!

Paul, I'm with you. If I stay away from mirrors and reflections and disregard the aches and pains, I feel like I always did, make the same mistakes I did when I was younger!!!

Greg, I have an older version, that works! in my garage! For many years, I used that phone in the kitchen and told people that they needed to put money into it, if they wanted to make any calls! Eventually the old printed circuit board inside died, and would have cost a couple of hunderds of $$$ to fix, so it's been retired now.



Posted by: Greg Jackson on 02/03/2013 - 11:26 AM


I found that pay phone located in a side street location in Louisville, KY. during the 2010 Worldwide Photo Walk. Here in our town I've purposely looked for any working pay phones (just to see if any exist here), and cannot seem to fine one. Unique idea having people put money in the one you have, lol. :)


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 02/03/2013 - 11:33 AM

Lost both parents recently - mom 91 and dad 94. I was blessed to have them with me for 62 years. Here's a couple of my dad's pocket watches among the 4 or 5 I found in the house:

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Posted by: Chuck Staley on 02/03/2013 - 5:56 PM

It was a phone like this that I used when I was six and woke up and NO ONE WAS IN THE HOUSE!!!

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I quickly ran to the wall phone and cranked the handle. "Operator" she said.

I tearfully asked: "Where's my mother?"

"Now, Charles, your mother is at the hospital--you have a little baby sister! And your grandmother is on her way home to get you."

"How do YOU know?" I asked rudely. "Operators know everything," she replied.

And, guess what? They probably still do...


Posted by: Janice Drew on 02/03/2013 - 6:11 PM

Mary, my condolences to you on the passing of your parents. Bill, I enjoyed your story. I have a replica of an old fashioned phone in my kitchen. It is in working condition.


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 02/03/2013 - 6:22 PM

Chuck, you remind me of party lines....remember when we had to wait for the people who shared the circuit to get off the phone before we could use it? Now I do facetime with my grandchildren wherever I am. We've come a long way, baby...

Edit - thanks, Janice. They died within 5 months of each other. Clearing out the house of a 94 year old man who never threw anything out was interesting....


Posted by: Angelina Vick on 02/04/2013 - 1:41 AM

Age is only a number John. =)

I really do think being young is a condition of the heart.
Maybe the mind as well....willing to keep looking at the world with fresh eyes and wanting to engage in it.

I'm not going to age anymore after 39 though...I'm just going to stop right


Posted by: Patricia Strand on 02/04/2013 - 1:57 AM

Chuck, what a story! Mary, I do remember our phone being on a party line when I was a child, and I thought it was really spooky. Angelina, your words are so true. Mary Ellen, I had not heard of the term Geezette -- very clever, love it!


Posted by: Catherine Howard on 02/04/2013 - 2:01 AM

After reading all of these wonderful posts... I am thinking I may be one of the oldest on FAA... or at least close to.. Wow... could I have the honourary title of "elder Catherine" or maybe "Catherine the Elder" sounds more worthy of my esteemed age.. lol


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