Saturday, July 18, 2009

91-year-old loves Cribbage...

From Colorado Springs Gazette.com:

"He turns 91 on Thursday.

The retired electrician has social networked the old-fashioned way for decades, mostly over card games or for work projects.

Sure, he prefers face-to-face interaction, but he’s hip to whatever.

He quit wearing a watch after his wife, Eileen, died in 2006. He also adopted a “whatever develops” attitude, which he says “eliminates the stress.”

Most of his neighbors at Estates at Cheyenne Boulevard apartments are youngsters, which keeps down the female interference. “In those high-rise senior places, when you got a car, you got a lot of women after you,” Gallentine says.

He plants flowers and decorates the back fence behind the white, two-story complex for holidays. Residents like the color he adds to what is otherwise a functional fence behind a cluster of clotheslines. Up now are summery plywood cutouts he painted. He’s plotting Labor Day’s display.

Granted, this isn’t news that usually makes the newspaper. Neither is Gallentine, a nonagenarian, spending his golden years quietly doing his thing.

Make that, things.

“You don’t have to sit home and twiddle your thumbs,” he says.

His thumbs find plenty of other action.

This is a guy who could do a Facebook status update daily: “Bud Gallentine played cribbage, went fishing, caught a Sky Sox game, fed the nickel slots at Cripple Creek, decorated the back fence.”"


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