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THERE IS NOTHING GREAT ABOUT OLD AGE ! is there ?
No, but there's nothing great about the alternative either!
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Re: Golden Gate Bridge with a mildly funny story...

Super shots from an excellent camera...better than my efforts when visiting in 2011.
Re - enormous fancy pants camera....there is the beginnings of a move towards smaller cameras....see the Canon 6D - full frame and a smaller body than the 5DIII, I bet there will be more small DSLRs as time goes by....we are fortunate enough as early adopters to be able to stand back and watch laggards struggle with their kit.
I'm glad your condition is not as bad as you might have thought...just don't overdo it with the clonozipam
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John, my sister's diagnosis remains at "Parkinson's-like" because I guess she has only some of the symptoms.
One of the problems with Parkinson's is that there is still no definitive test to confirm diagnosis.
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Nice shots and interesting story Stewart

My wife had a disc in her neck replaced in her neck about a year ago. She has similiar problems in her legs. She was diagnosed with restless leg syndrome and was on medication for Parkinson to sort it. She is now off that medication and is doing well but still has lack of sensation in one and feelings randing from cold to being as describes as being on fire.

This all came to a head when she had a small fall when walking on a rocky flat section assending Helvelen.
Oh dear, sorry to hear about your wife, Alf. It's amazing how many people have a serious health problem.
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The great positive about old age probs is that we have all those " been there, done that, got the t-shirt memories" and lots on film too.

If we had been " PRUDENT!" in our youth, all we would have now is the aches and pains, and wouldn't THAT be a miserable existance?

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Oh yes, if there is a price to be paid for what we do when we are young then it is worth it! Just wish I'd discovered the benefit of walking poles (particularly on steep descents) much earlier than I did!
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Last summer I saw an older gent with an adjustable-length ice axe, a Stubai, I think. He probably had fifteen or twenty years on me (I'm 57) and while I barely made it up and over the last 13,000' pass without falling on my face, other hikers said they saw him glissading with his axe down the snow pack on the other side (his wife was with him, too). At the time I thought such an axe would be the most butch hiking stick imaginable. Today, though, I have a regular hiking pole with a patch of velcro on top, and a patch on the bottom of the 410 with a little hole punched for a tripod stud. Just the thing for that little IS-free camera. But wish I'd had that hiking pole going down Lamarck Col...
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Re: Golden Gate Bridge with a mildly funny story...

I take great comfort - especially when reviewing my catalog of busted or broken parts of my corporeal being - in the following quote from Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. (Yes, the strange and twisted HS hisself)

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”



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I take great comfort - especially when reviewing my catalog of busted or broken parts of my corporeal being - in the following quote from Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. (Yes, the strange and twisted HS hisself)

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”



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Is that from "Hells Angels?" HST was an original, broke-the-mold-after-creation personalities, an excellent journalist, sorely missed...
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Re: Golden Gate Bridge with a mildly funny story...

I have great admiration for you and your bridge pictures, Stewart. I followed some of your conversations with John, and yes he is a great guy too.

Love your last sectional shot with 'Frisco' beyond, it's refreshingly different.
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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”



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Mark, you should have seen me fall apart two weeks ago. If I had a tenth of John's courage I'd buy a cape and launch a career as a superhero!
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Is that from "Hells Angels?" HST was an original, broke-the-mold-after-creation personalities, an excellent journalist, sorely missed...
Stewart -

The only place I know that it finally officially surfaced in print was in HST's "Gonzo" (2007). However, "Gonzo" was a selection of stuff from the '70's through the '90's . . . and I know it was out there in the vernacular long before "Gonzo" was published; typical of the man's ouvre.

By the way, the origin of the saying has been attributed to everyone from various moto and car racers to the Pope, but despite the blatant and multiple thievery it is all Hunter's.


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Yup, he made quite an impact on modern culture.
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was first published in The Rolling Stone on 11 November 1969 . . . my birthday.

The Cosmic Lines of Occurrence are still there . . . just gone feral as any Being does when hunted for redwhiteandblue cultural sport.

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If the doctors want you to have an MRI scan of your spine - persuade them to send you to get an upright MRI, the machines are made by Fonar. Because the patient is standing up during the scan the spine is under load and so demonstrates the distortion that is happening.

The cost of the scans is a bit higher than conventional MRI scans but give much more useful spine information. The surgeon who has operated on my back a couple of times often sends his patients to the upright scanner in London so that he can get a better diagnosis. Mainly because I found out about Fonar via the internet and introduced him to the concept.

Incidentally I found out that I could fly to Miami and back to the UK for an upright scan for less than the scan cost in London, however that would have required a couple of longish flights in cattle class to keep the cost down.

To prepare yourself, Google terms like PLIF so that you can have the questions ready if you end up seeing a surgeon.

Re Motor Neurone Disease it may be an inherited problem, so I was a little concerned when I was sent off for the nerve test with the words - it might be etc, as my Mother had died of it 30 years previously. Being told it was not that was quite a bit of relief.
Derek, I forgot to thank you for this information. I bought a regular lie-down MRI back in December, but will look for the stand up option if I ever have another one.
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