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    Yes, Respect, Bob. Good to read you.

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    I am 40. Next month puts another notch in me. I have been wondering where the last climb was. There are so many awesome things now a days....I don't know where or when the last "time" will be. If the hardest "thing" is going there that is not an issue. Thanks for all the input tree people!

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    I made it to 57.

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    Hope I have that long left at least. Are you still running jobs Butch? You out of it totally?

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    TOTALLY!!!

    I miss the good days, but I sure as hell don't miss the bad - and the bad days were coming around more and more often.

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    Just transition to an aerial lift. Hell, I could probably run a lift well into my 80's if I wanted to. At 57, I feel healthy and strong as I did in my 30's. I could do this chit forever... I love my job!
    "The mind is the limiting factor." ~Robin Brown, aka Brownie

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    I thought the same until I was proved otherwise. Basically, the pistol grip was crippling my hands.

    Perhaps I'd have lasted a few more years with lever controls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellow View Post
    Just transition to an aerial lift. Hell, I could probably run a lift well into my 80's if I wanted to. At 57, I feel healthy and strong as I did in my 30's. I could do this chit forever... I love my job!
    You and me both, kid

    I fully intend to stay at it as long as I can.
    This time of not working has really shown me how fast my body deteriorates, when I'm out of the woods.
    I'd have to spend 4 hours every day in a gym to keep in fighting trim, and I HATE gyms.

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    4 hours a day? Your metabolism must be slow as molasses.

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    I'm 42, already with some rough joint issues after stepping in a gopher hole 15 years ago and tearing a ligament in my ankle. Also, my left elbow is pulp after repetitive stress injuries from computer work 10 years ago with a non-ergonomic set up. And rotator cuff sensitivity as a result... BUT I find ways to cope, doing daily Egoscue Pain Free exercises and other bodyweight exercises that enhance flexibility and joint strength. We're about to buy a bucket truck and mini skid steer (Vermeer or Ditch Witch), so I should find even more usefulness on the crew as an equipment operator on those new acquisitions. I don't plan on quitting any time soon or going to the office zone full time. I'd probably go stir crazy if I didn't have time out in the sunshine & great outdoors every day!

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