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Friday, February 13th, 2009
8:10p - Writing Advice from About.com: Fiction Writing Forum

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From: screensave (screensave)
To: All
Posted: Dec 21 08 05:55 PM
Message: 204.1 (1 of 6)

Has anyone ever written about old private eyes? If so, what is it like?

To: screensave
Posted: Dec 31 08 08:33 AM
Message: 204.5 (5 of 6) Reply to 204.1

Old, well, at 63, I qualify!

Old ANYONE, being ANYTHING, share some commonalities.

1) Everyone gets hung up mentally between 21-26 in my experience (assuming they've reached that age in the first place...) Everything mainly still works, the vigor and drive(s) are intact.

As you age, you wake up, look in the mirror and gasp in horror, "Who fed my mirror an ugly pill overnight?" Every day, same old, same old... :-(

2) Once smoothly functioning body parts begin to fail. I arise. SNAP, CRACKLE, POP = a RICE CRISPIES day... weather's changing -- likely rain or snow on the way. Forget the weather man. You weather predicting equipment is built in, and publicly embarrassing to anyone whose hearing has not begun to decline.

3) You discover that "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" REALLY means that if you were a salty enough youngster, you already know them all and recognize them by their bright, shiny new names...

(AND others DON'T want to hear about it in our culture, although in other parts of the world, experience's wisdom is venerated...)

4) Reading glasses are a pain. Can you shoot a gun with them accurately? I can't shoot a gun and never could, so I don't know on that score. Knife fights will kill you quickly, as your speed is gone, but you can pull off some pretty tricky escapes, and thinking outside the box is a breeze. (Coffins are SO confining....)

current mood: witty

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