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I have a passion for life and love the outdoors. I am still physically fit and want to remain that way as long as possible.

Friday, July 29, 2011

This weekend marks the 31st US Senior Open, where more than 150 men over the age of 50 are competing to win cash, prizes and the title of Champion. The 2010 winner, Bernhard Langer, won nearly $500,000. Wish we could join in...

However, we know most of us will never play in this tournament and can forget that big payday, but we really enjoy watching. It inspires us to go out and hit a few balls. It reinforces that we are still competitive as we age. We can still practice and work at being better at our favorite sports, whether it's golf or something else. We're sure that Bernhard didn't win because he was sitting on the couch...so we're not doing that either.

It's summer, get out and enjoy it. Hit the course and then some balls, or hit the road and do what you love to do. (We shared what we love to do here.) You know what we think - Old Guys Rule...which means we get out there and we get it done. We LIVE our lives instead of watching it pass us by. How are you livin'? We'd love to know.

As the shirt says, "It don't mean a thing, if you ain't got that swing." We wish all of the Old Guys in the US Senior Open the best this weekend. And should this be your first time reading our posts, when we say "Old Guys", it is bestowing an honor for a life well spent.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams...

Some great quotes about growing older…otherwise known as becoming an Old Guy.  The Old Guys Rule t-shirts, hats, etc. are to be worn as a badge of honor.  They are designed to recognize the accomplishments of a life well spent.  Being aged to perfection means something different to each one of us, but we thought the quotes below sum it up nicely.  Of course, we had to add the Old Guys twist…the first five are serious and the last five are funny.

Seriously, we feel:

Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor.  With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life. 

Charles Dickens

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. 

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

There's no point in being unhappy about growing older. Just think of the millions who have been denied the privilege. 
Cary Grant

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. 
John Barrymore

But these made us laugh:

Youth is a wonderful thing.  What a crime to waste it on children. 

George Bernard Shaw

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. 

Bob Hope

There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward

John Mortimer

Once you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed. 

Charles M. Schulz

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Here’s to bein’ the Old Guys who are picking up speed, relishing in their checkered pasts, and bein’ loud and proud about it.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Old Guys 10 Favorite Things to Do in the Summer

There’s a lot that we love about summer…so we thought we’d share some of our favorite things to do. Here are our top 10 (in no particular order – as Old Guys, we reserve the right to change our minds and our list whenever we want because we Rule and we can.)

 Take a cruise (no we don’t mean a boat, see photo above)

 Hit the beach – with or without a surfboard

 BBQ – where do you think the inspiration from the Grill Master shirt came from?

 Catch a movie the Old Guys way…at a Drive-In…takes us back in time

 Go to a baseball game – major league, minor league or little league

 Play a round of golf with our buddies

 Camp – nothing better than hangin’ out with your friends around a fire with a cold one

 Car Shows – there’s one just about every weekend in the summer

 Take the boat out on the lake, maybe do a little fishing

 Road Trip – preferably on two wheels going down the coast...if you haven’t ever, you should give it a try

Did we miss anything? Is there something that you think we have to try? We’re usually up for it…know why? Because Old Guys Rule.

Picture courtesy of Pat Caporali.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Old Guys Rule Independence Day

A bit of history from one Old Guy to another - John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail after signing of the Declaration of Independence. He commented about how he thought the 4th of July would be celebrated, “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival... It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” Maybe he’s the one who set the tone for how we continue to celebrate our independence.

This 4th of July weekend Americans will be celebrating in a variety of ways. Some will celebrate over a grill surrounded by friends and family, while others will enjoy catching some rays and some waves at the beach. Parades, baseball games, picnics and fireworks will be the norm.

For us, we may try to do everything above and then some, but we will remember no matter what we’re doing that we are grateful for our independence and to those who have sacrificed and served. It was 235 years ago that we declared our independence as a nation. However that fight for freedom began long before our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence and continues today. We hope to never take our freedom for granted. We won’t forget that it has come at a price.

We wish you and yours an incredible 4th of July however you choose to spend it. We hope it is fun and befitting of the Old Guys Rule state of mind.

If you/your family has served or sacrificed for our country, we sincerely thank you.