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Starting to believe in Fate
Last Post 12/30/2013 09:20 PM by Frederick Jones. 13 Replies.
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12/27/2013 02:15 PM

I never really thought much of Fate before but a couple of incidents make me wonder.

An uncle of mine passed a away a couple weeks ago. this guy was a physician, life long cross country skier  and multiple world masters champion in that sport. He did everything one is "supposed" to do to live a long happy life - perfect weight, ate perfectly, lots of exercise, ate literally tons of fish over his life (minnesotans fish a lot and eat a lot of fish!), had a great family. No signs of any disease at all. Dropped dead of a heart failure at age 78.

My father passed away a few years ago. Life long smoker, late life alcholic, never exercised. Ate anything and everything, though was never fat. Developed parkinsons and emphysema in his late 60's and could hardly walk through the house for the last 5 years of his life. Dropped dead of a heart failure...at age 78.

What the hell?

My uncle did live "quality" life right up to the end - he ran 6 miles the day he died (found at his computer in the late evening). So that is a difference.

But really, who would have thought they would live the same length of life according to their lifestyles?

I guess the lesson is that one should never take anything for granted or assume anything. It's just a crapshoot.

Keith Richards


12/27/2013 02:25 PM
Dude...it makes no logical sense. It never does.

My dad is in a nursing home with Alzheimer's at age 79. Just last weekend I saw Bennie Maupin, jazz clarinetists who has worked with everyone from Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to Lenny White, play 90 minutes of top notch jazz and fusion. He is 78.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.


12/27/2013 03:10 PM
give me quality, not quantity! i'd be happy if i was healthy until i dropped dead like your uncle. i've often said i wouldn't mind going on the bike, or on a date night with my wife (i kid her about that but she doesn't find it too funny)


12/27/2013 03:35 PM
Probably more genes and lifestyle than fate. If your uncle had a less healthful lifestyle he might have died at 68...or 58. And with different habits your father might have lived longer and had a better quality of life to boot.


12/27/2013 05:20 PM
Keith, I watched Pinetop Perkins play at Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival with his band and sit in with any other that would have him. Opening day, 4th of July, was his 90th birthday. He needed a golf cart to get around the festival and assistance to his piano bench, but once the music started he was a 25 yo with a long lifetime of playing the blues behind him. Lived another 5 years, playing and performing to the end.

In my family, 85 years seems to be it for the men. Alzheimer's is common, so I probably have about 18 good years left.



12/28/2013 11:02 AM
Cannabis oil (not hemp oil, there is BIG difference) and coconut oil supposed to help prevent alzheimers ....I thought bunch of BS till I saw GW Pharmacuticals applied for 30+ patents this year for the use of cannabis oil to treat bunch of illnesses. Don't know how or like how something "natural" can be patented and controlled perhaps for their exclusive use? Shaking head, Winterale
Nick A


12/28/2013 12:45 PM
Even though it's become an overused expression, "it is what it is" rings pretty darn true for me. Still, hopefully these things help us to not be a slave to too much meaningless BS.

Cosmic Kid


12/28/2013 09:27 PM
Posted By Keith Jackson on 12/27/2013 02:25 PM
Dude...it makes no logical sense. It never does.

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!


12/30/2013 08:37 AM
When I go, I want to go peacfully in my sleep, like my uncle. Not screaming like the pasengers in the car he was driving.


12/30/2013 11:11 AM
and then there's Michael Shumacher, got my hat on today. hope he pulls thru


12/30/2013 01:03 PM
danger lurks around every corner.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.


12/30/2013 06:08 PM
Genetics, genetics, genetics. However, a healthy live style may allow you to enjoy your life more fully.


12/30/2013 09:08 PM
Living to be 80-ish (78? close enough), able to stay active, and going quickly without having to spend any time deteriorating in a hospital, burdening family with care, or dreading death and wishing for one more day.

I hope to be so lucky.


12/30/2013 09:20 PM
thinline, that's really funny AND really scary!
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