[Zmagnette] Happy Birthday

Allen Bachelder bachldrs at comcast.net
Fri Nov 29 17:00:56 MST 2013

Hey John, I got to thinking more about your 49 + 24 (25, really)  analogy and I'm liking it more and more as I think about it. I was 49 when I rebuilt my first (MGB) engine. It was a good year.  And with 25 years of practice, I've gotten pretty good at being 49 and doing what 49 year-olds do. 

As long as you're still working, this may not mean that much.  But once you retire there is this danger that life starts becoming a spectator sport while ceasing to be a participant sport. It's important to still have something to look forward to and with which to grow.  Fact is that with each advancing year, I hear more and more friends saying things like "You're still doing things like THAT?"    "Isn't it time to quit?"  "Aren't you getting too old for that?" I'm sure some of you hear this a lot too. And some of it even comes from car guys!  

I retired because I was losing physical strength and coordination to do what I did. It ceased to be satisfying and rather became increasingly frustrating. But working on MGs, I still can learn, get better, grow. These cars are keeping me not just alive but embracing life. They keep me 49...  Sure, other hobbies can do the same thing, but the rather demanding degree of physical involvement is rather unique to the car hobby.  And among car hobbies,  where else can you find the camaraderie and expertise found in our merry band?  Thanks to our "Z cars" and thanks to each-other, we're not just living longer, we're staying ALIVE longer.  

Life is good!
Allen & Florrie Bachelder       =iii=<
Spring Creek Home for Wayward MGs
'57 ZB, '65 B, '69 C/GT, '73 B/GT
North Street, MI 48049, USA

On Nov 28, 2013, at 9:46 PM, John Park wrote:

> Happy birthday Allen! You’re about 49 with 24 years experience right? J Hopefully you have many more all with good health.
> From: zmagnette-bounces at autox.team.net [mailto:zmagnette-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Paul Barrow
> Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 11:08 PM
> To: 'List for the Z Magnette Group - North America'
> Subject: [Zmagnette] Happy Birthday
> For those who don’t know, it is Allen Bachelder’s birthday today.
> Many Happy Returns Allen
> Paul
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