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Old 05-17-2005, 06:39 AM   #1
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Midlife crisis

Ok, all you baby boomers and beyond out there (and perhaps a few post-baby boomers??)...is anyone else besides me going through or have gone through a midlife crisis? Fess up...let's hear your story! It's nothing to be ashamed of. Believe it or not, studies have shown that more woman than men are going through this! (Check out the recent Time magazine cover story on midlife crisis in this country.)

I'll go first -- my big change is that I finally went for my motorcycle license last month and purchased my first bike!
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Old 05-17-2005, 07:03 AM   #2
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I think I've been in a mid-life crisis all my adult life. Now I just have the income to be better able to support it! Actually I gave up riding motorcycles after thirty years on bikes. I realized a few years back that I won't heal as fast as I once did. Past that, I've pretty much always taken whatever path I thought would lead somewhere interesting... I see no reason to give it up now!

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Old 05-17-2005, 07:10 AM   #3
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Midlife crisis? I am hopeing I am not halfway yet! (of course I will have to live to be over 100 at this point).
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Old 05-17-2005, 08:45 AM   #4
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Naw

I'm not having a Midlife crisis.

However, I could sure use a new motorcycle, a red sports car, a sky diving ride, a new house with parking for 5 trailers, a new job, new friends, an around the world trip, a 28' CCD, a 19' Bambi, a complete dream wood working shop.
The only thing I don't need is a new wife, mine is just fine thank you.
So I guess I'm really not having a midlife crisis. Just greedy!

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Yukionna...what kind of motorcycle? I got my license last year, but at this point I'm too scared to take out one of my husbands bikes. If I were to dump one, I would not make it to my midlife crisis.
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... I finally went for my motorcycle license last month and purchased my first bike!
I had my midlife crisis at the age of 26 ... just wanted to get it out of the way early.


Congrats on the new bike ... now go take a RiderCourse ... and have fun out there!
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I determined early on that if I always had a sports car, then no one could accuse me of having a midlife crisis.

Congrats on the bike, I'd love to ride a bike, but I require a minimal amount of metal around me. I have a Miata, which is like a street-legal go-cart.

Ride safe and Have fun!
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..... I could sure use a new motorcycle, a red sports car, a sky diving ride, a new house with parking for 5 trailers, a new job, new friends, an around the world trip, a 28' CCD, a 19' Bambi, a complete dream wood working shop....
... um... can I borrow a little cash? I'm just a little short.
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I determined early on that if I always had a sports car, then no one could accuse me of having a midlife crisis.

I have a Miata, which is like a street-legal go-cart.
My wife has a Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4... hmmm... she hardly EVER lets me drive it! She had a Mustang GT when I met her... and a slew of Mustangs before and after... and before this VR-4, she had a 260Z 2+2 coupe and then a 3000 GT SL. I think she subscribes to your line of thinking, Stephanie!

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who needs a crisis?

I suppose I could blame my wanting to get the Airstream on a midlife crisis, if I had to. I don't remember having the crisis though.

Don't think I'll ever get the motorcycle bug, but I could really go for a little Vespa. Zoom, zoom. I think I'll save that for my midlife crisis.

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Midlife crisis

My midlife crisis started at 19 years of age with the purchase of my 1963 Corvette. At the age of 50 my midlife crisis flared up and I acquired a 1996 Corvette. When I turned 56 that old midlife crisis struck again with the acquisition of yet another 1996 Corvette. I must admit that the last Vette has been the real cure for my midlife crisis- for once again I now feel as I did when I was 19.....WOW! what a rush!!! Now if I can only get these old bones to build a bigger garage that will hold all my midlife crisis cures.
I must also mention that there were numerous Motor homes and TT's, including the Airstream, that have filled in the gaps between my midlife crisis flare-ups. It certainly is fun.....
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I had a midlife crisis. So I bought an Airstream. I am going to try
to be a kid again. But............ a lot of old people are younger than me!
The way I see it.........80 or 90 years of clean living will eventually
kill you.
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I'll go first -- my big change is that I finally went for my motorcycle license last month and purchased my first bike!
So, what kind of bike is it? Tell us all about it!

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Yukionna...what kind of motorcycle? I got my license last year, but at this point I'm too scared to take out one of my husbands bikes. If I were to dump one, I would not make it to my midlife crisis.
I know exactly how you feel!

The short story is I purchased a 2005 Suzuki S40 (used to be called the Savage 650). Go sit on one and you will probably like it. It is a good entry-level bike for the new rider.

The long story is before I took the motorcycle safety class and before I even sat on a bike, I thought I wanted a HD 1200 custom sportster. After the class, armed with all the "you are invisible" knowledge and the SEE (seek, evaluate, execute), I then sat on the HD and didn't feel comfortable -- i.e., it has a high center of gravity so, being an experienced rider, I felt I needed to start out with something smaller. I also sat on my husband's bike (a large Suzuki Boulevard cruiser) and didn't even dare to go down the street in first gear (the bike was just too HUGE). I then proceeded to sit on quite a few bikes (trying many different models and manufacturers) and ended up liking the feel of the smaller Suzuki. Eventually I will "graduate" into a bigger bike but not before I get some riding experience under my belt. Too bad you live so far away -- I would go riding with you!

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I plan on bringing the bike to the Seaside Rally to show it off!
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