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How old is old?
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

October 15. 2013 2:56PM
When I turned 50 last month I didn’t realize how many changes this fifth decade of life would bring with it.

A few days before I hit the milestone mark, I had my yearly physical at the doctor. Fortunately, she told me that I was “boring.” All of my readings were good – blood pressure, cholesterol, the works.
“Boring is good,” I told her.

Then she advised me that sometime within the next year I should schedule a colonoscopy.

Let’s just say it’s not on the top of my “to-do” list at this time, and she did say, “within the next year,” after all.

A nurse at the clinic, however, has other ideas. She’s left me various voice mails regarding scheduling an appointment.

Again, it’s not at the top of my “to-do” list.

Fifty, I’ve also come to realize, is one of those “generation gap” ages.

Take for instance the recent conversation I had with one of our high school volleyball team managers, Maggie. It started over idle chatter about the oodles of banners now hanging in our high school gym.

“Wow,” I said to Maggie, “Now that we’re part of the Metro Conference, there could sure be a lot more banners going up in this gym.”

Without hesitation, Maggie responded, “Well, they could get rid of that 1983 banner and other old ones like that.”

Huh? 1983 … old?

“You think 1983’s old?” I battled back. “I graduated from high school in 1982 – does that make me old, too?”

It only took a few seconds for Maggie to calculate in her head that 1982 was just over 30 years ago. I explained to her that 1982 was a time when cassette players were all the rage in automobiles. Answering machines for our landline phones were a major step forward in keeping the lines of communication open because the cell phone wasn’t even a thought – or a possibility – at the time. And it was an era that we not only rented movies we played on VCRs – we rented the VCR to view it on, too.

I’m no expert on how old is old, but I do know that – like those 1983 banners in the gym – I’m not ready to be hung out to dry just yet either.
Community organization needs
There’s still a need for school children needs this month at the Brandon Area Food Pantry. Those needs include personal hygiene items (i.e. deodorant, bar soap, women’s feminine products, shampoo, crème rinse), bottled juices, peanut butter, jelly, hot chocolate mix, fruit snacks, saltine crackers and Kleenex.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods on hand. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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