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Posted by IDRick on Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:43 PM

66 yrs old, retire end of the year, Woohoo!  Been wearing glasses since seventh grade, developing cataracts and some other vision issues.  Will be moving into a different home in 6 months and starting a new layout.  Just for me and the missus to play with, don't have the skill or the interest going for fine detail.  Admire the work of those that can and do, just not for me!

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Posted by wdcrvr on Sunday, November 22, 2020 10:03 AM

 

71 years.  I have been wearing contact lenses (hard lenses, not the squishy type that seems to be so popular) for about 60 years.  I have to wear walmart reading glasses to read or work on computer.  And I also add magnifier lenses on top of those when doing detail work on the model railroad or on my woodcarvings.  Retired at 55 and started my first and only layout (currently 14' x 18') after my 60th birthday.  So I am an old New Guy.

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Sunday, November 22, 2020 10:53 AM

gmpullman

 

 
Paul3
How far the internet has come since then...

 

Funny you should mention that, Paul. I just came across a "vintage" CD ROM of railroading software (West of Union Station?) from 1993. Inside was a coupon for one free month of Compuserve, a $6.99 value! Compuserve was owned by H&R Block back then (Sears Roebuck?) and you could connect with 380,000 other members!

Anyway, I've made it to 64 Indifferent like the Beatles song (yes, I saw the Beatles in '64 and '66) and I'm fortunate to only have to deal with the usual "old-man" maladies.

Reading glasses for the past fifteen years or so and I've been using an Opti-Visor about that long, too. I'm glad there's young folks here Yes

I recently met a 20 year-old fellow that is interested in Cleveland area railroading and I'm really happy to be sharing tales with him about how things were "back-in-the-day". He has been recording some of our sessions and I'm glad to share my experiences with him.

Cheers, Ed

 

I can one up you there:

We have VHS tapes from Woodland Scenics.....I've forgotten which wires plug where to connect my VHS DVD combo player to the back of my semi smart HDMI TV so I have to go to my brother in laws home where his dedicated VHS player is still plugged into the back of his dumb TV in order to watch it. Probably all the material is free over internet now anyway.

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Posted by groundeffects on Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:05 PM

Hi there,

Currently I'm 64 years old.  Regarding eyesight I first received glasses when I was 8 years old. I wore them for many years until I got Lasik surgery for both eyes in 2000.  I haven't had to wear glasses since then, though for close up modeling work I do like to use a hands free magnifier.  

Jeff

 

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