Old people…

I’m passing this on, because I did not want to be the only old person receiving it.
Actually, it’s not a bad thing to be called, as you will see.
1.      Old People are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem.  Old People remove their caps and stand at attention and, sing without embarrassment.  They know the words, and believe in them.
2.      Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler.
3.      They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing.  They remember the 50 plus Peace-keeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam.
4.      If you bump into an Old Person on the sidewalk, they will apologize.  If you pass an Old Person on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old People trust strangers and are courteous to women.
5.      Old People hold the door for the next person, and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.
6.      Old People get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children, and they don’t like the filth or dirty language on TV or in movies today.
7.      Old People have moral courage, and personal integrity. They seldom brag, unless it’s about their children or grandchildren.
8.      It’s Old People who remove their hats, while eating in a restaurant in respect for the ladies and guests.
9.      It’s the Old People who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.
10.  This country needs Old People, with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values.
And old people carry revolvers with all the bluing worn off. They know how to use them, and aren’t afraid TO use them…
We need them now more than ever.


Old people… — 23 Comments

  1. Almost totally true, except some old people carry stainless steel revolvers!

    Good post and good points.

  2. Well Jim, you’re close. This ole man (74 & counting) carries a Sig and practices weekly.

  3. Old people have been known to carry 1911s in lieu of revolvers.

  4. I am an Old Person and resemble those remarks and carry a Stainless Steel Colt Defender .45 just because. I am also of the age where my kids and their spouses in their 40’s and 50’s are also becoming old people who love to fly the flag, conceal carry and teach their kids real history.

    God Bless America

  5. McC/Judy- Sadly true!

    Guys- Fine… You don’t carry an old revolver… sigh… 😀

    SB- That y’all do! 🙂

  6. Hey, there’s still a little blueing left on my 1911.
    I bought dinner last night for a table full of Navy enlisted and it made me feel real good.

  7. the list made me smile.

    As for hats, I always shake my head at the males who wear either baseball caps or cowboy hats inside while at a restaurant, etc. Yes, I know that technically cowboy etiquette says they can stay on for informal occasions indoors, but I still think it’s a bit tacky.

    My EDC is still most frequently a 1911 backed up by a Seecamp .32 – although I have been shooting a SIG 320 X-Carry a lot recently and like it – may be retiring the old warhorse in favor of the SIG if I can find the right holster for it.

    • Took my ball cap off in Denny’s for breakfast and realized I actually learned something in boot camp as I folded and stowed it above my belt buckle.

      “cowboy etiquette” Source document, please? I plan on doin’ some travelin’ and don’t wanna offend unnecessarily.

      Also, Glock. Sorry, a mere 6-ish rounds make me nervous as I am a crappy shot.

    • I was taught that if I wear a man’s hat (which I often do because of the sun) I follow men’s rules and remove it indoors*. Always. When I wear a woman’s hat, it stays on unless someone asks that I remove it (usually so they can see around/over me). For the National Anthem and pledge? It comes off.

      *Tom Landry defined indoors as “you can’t get rained on.” I use his definition.

  8. ONFO: Thank you for the link.

    I respectfully take issue with “half-tipping” of the hat during the National Anthem. I maintain it comes off and over the heart. Unless you’re in uniform, then you better be standing still and facing the source of the sound if the national ensign is not in view.

    As he drove away to work, my live-in landlord left the flag lying on the ground after it had fallen during the night. We had words later…

    • I was raised that the flag should be lowered at night and brought in. Flag goes back up in the morning.

      Flag up 24×7 was for special places like Arlington…

  9. Just gave my 18 year old grandson an AR15 with a Colt bayonet
    attached for his birthday. He got a 1911.45 for his 16th.

    • Ed, if you’re counting the anniversary of the anniversary of your 29th birthday, yep, you’re old.


  10. I remove my hat as I walk inside, and put it on again after I’m outside. I hold the door for women and men who are clearly older than I am – those are getting fewer and fewer these days. I say please when I ask for something. I thank whomever is helping me, but most especially wait staff. I never respond with the phrase, “no problem”, or some variant; I say, “You’re welcome.”

    I don’t interrupt someone else when they’re talking. I listen. You learn more when you listen.

    I know the words to The Star-Spangled Banner (first verse only), the pledge of allegiance, and the Lord’s prayer, and I learned all those things in elementary school – except the pledge of allegiance, which my grandmother taught me and which I proudly recited for my parents before I started kindergarten.

    I offer to help strangers who obviously need a service that I can provide. Sadly, I’m not able to help as much these days as I used to.

    I’m polite.

    I don’t tolerate loud music well, especially rap music. Neither do I tolerate obstructive governmental bureaucrats and clerical workers who are being over-paid to serve me. In fact, I don’t tolerate rudeness and I don’t deal well with drunks, particularly loud, potentially violent drunks.

    I believe that adult men and women should dress for church services and for dinner at a nice restaurant. Men should wear a suit and tie.

    A few days ago I was told that I’m out of step with modern society. I am, but I didn’t really understand just how far out of step I actually am.

  11. I may be a “silver alert” if I go missing, but if I go missing someone is going to get hurt as I’m usually packing both the 1911 and a Bond Snake Slayer.